well first, I will watch the litter (if it is in a litter ) look for bullies esp. durning nursing. also during play a puppy that hurts a sibling and doesn't stop is not learning bite inhibition, most puppies will stop. again these are not sure fire ways to tell but if you do all of these you can be pretty sure. now seprate the pups and flip them on there backs and apply a small amount of pressure on the chest, most dogs will fight but should give up soon. a dog that keeps fighting will be more dominate again this doesn't mean he will bite but it is like one of those alcoholic tests, you know, if you answer yes to 3 or more. now grap ther nose and applylight pressure and pull your hand off (puppy should be on his back, unless he just fights to much) the sooner he gets mad. the more likely vicous tendices. now, you want to flip him back over and cuddle him (i know, i know... I said cuddle) this is just ensure we are not leaving a bad impression of humans. now give him a toy, like a rag and let him play with it.then take it away. see if how easy he let's you have it. try this also with a rawhide bone if the puppy is old enough also try it with food, if the puppy is still nursing take him away from momma and observe reaction. also for small puppies throw a blanket over them to see how long it takes for them to get fustrated or scared (watch also for fear aggression). try to lift up there lips to look at thier teeth, mean dogs usually won't allow this. play with thier feet. watching for protest, most dogs will protest but will stop after a little bit. also gently pull on the ears and tail. i know it sounds mean. but it beat buying a dog that bites. most breeders should allow you to do this. if they don't I would question thier experience. this is a tempertest a lot of working dog breeders use. ( i am not sure about show)
Okay, Okay, I believe you, smartie pants. Geez how do you learn all that stuff? Hey, I think what you do for your job is amazing. It must never get boring. Opps, wrong thread sorry. Well, I do have a fluffy, cute and cuddly puppy. I know if you met him, even you, yes you Gunny, would eventually pick him up and cuddle him and say...awwww, he's really cute. LOL My husband who looks like Mike Ditka and is built like Toby Keith has even given in to his cuteness. *Quite a sight to see.* Hee Hee!
it is simple 4 a min poo and bichon to reach a lab and golden also your aunts 1 standard poodle may have been nice but the ones i know are mean if the owners not around and please everyone stop jumping on me
most people look for cuteness when buying a puppy and yes all these puppies look cute but these designer breeds make teddy bear and baby like appearances all their lifes so thats why people want them theyre are some cute puppies that grow to be ugly adults
My Dad was a helicopter pilot in the Navy, and went on to be a commercial airline pilot for United. He loved it, of course, I don't think he was in search and rescue. I have to go back and read your post again, but isn't that what you do? My husband was in the Navy on the P3 and did search and rescue. He said it was soooo hard to spot someone. I guess your job is very dangerous? Be safe.
Okay, I wasn't going to get into this one but I was just wondering (don't bite) if many of this mixed breeds or "designer dogs" did not start off by accident? I know that I kept a good eye on my previous shepherd and the first time she went into heat a little cocker spaniel came knocking on our door. Thankfully He left and I went to talk to his owner about keeping inside and on a least for a few days and I did the same. Mercy seemed oh so happy to accomodate the height difference. But can you imagine the outcome of that? Of course every puppy is the cutest thing out there and people fall in love with them, It does not matter what type of dog it is. Just like every newborn baby is cute no matter if they have a cone head or the nose is somewhere between its eyes. It is unfortunate that when some of these dogs grow up they are not as smart or as cute as they thought they would be and end up in the shelter. We need to start asking people on this forum to get the dogs/cats fixed. Accidents happen.
hey doodle, really sometimes i get going and it is hard to stop. I bet your dogs are great...nothing against them. we all just have our causes...mine? canines. a suggestion when your on here, if it starts getting heated. don't refer to your dogs by breed, use their names. most of the people soften up when you make it more personal.
Well I might as well throw in my 2 cents..... I disagree with ANY form of irresponsible breeding (there are just too many unwanted dogs) and in my eyes breeding ANY kind of mix and selling it at ridiculously inflated prices because the breeder says its "non shedding, healthier than a purebred, the best of both breeds, smarter, cuter, fuzzier....." the list goes on....is just that.Completely irresponsible. Dogs are not fashion accessories...they are living breathing things.Deliberately 'Designing' a mutt because its 'cute and cuddly' is a total crock. buy a shih tsu.....buy a yorkie....better yet, save us all the hassle and buy a stuffed animal (hey they're cute, cuddly, non shedding AND they don't bark;-) ). I volunteer at a kill shelter.....on a daily basis I see SO many 'poos' and 'doodles' dropped off and euthanized because 'they shed afterall', they 'grew bigger than we expected', they'weren't so cute and cuddly' once they passed puppyhood....and guess what?...these 'perfect family pets' still chew up shoes, pee on the carpet, bark at the mailman, and dig up the yard. Who cleans up the mess once the 'trend' becomes a nuisance? Rescues and shelters. ....its heartbreaking.
Aisha, It's me, and yes actually Toby was an accident the breeder said. But funny thing, she still charged me $500.00 for him. I didn't really know any different, that he probably should have been alot cheaper. At that point it didn't matter. I had investigated Maltese, Poms, Westies, Terriers and had pretty much decided I wanted a Maltese. I looked in the shelters and the papers for a puppy. No luck. I contacted this breeder I found and she said all she had at the time were the mixed Malti/poms. She emailed me a picture of them. I went to see them and fell in love. Actually Toby was the only one left so I had no other pup to compare him to. He was the one in the picture that I liked best anyway. He was romping around with an adult English Bull Dog named Rosie. It was adorable. He was happy, friendly and frisky. I brought him home that nite and the rest is history. I don't think that this breeder intentionally bred designer dogs. She certainly did not advertise them that way. She did however, still charge $500.00. Probably because she could. Silly me, I paid it. Not knowing at the time the harm it does to the animals in the shelters. Regardless, I love my Toby to pieces and would pay it for him again.
I have a wonderful puggle. He is almost two and he is the most lovable and gentle dog. We bought him in Mesa Arizona and had him flown back to Tennessee on Kitty Hawk express airline and he has been a joy ever since. We had a boxer mix for 14 years and lost him to cancer a year prior to getting our black male puggle - Toby. This puggle was so loving and when we first held him the healing began from losing our other dog. Puggles are so gentle and love everyone and every animal. He would not hurt a flea and rarely barks. We feel blessed to have found Toby our Puggle. I would get another Puggle if anything ever happened to Toby and am glad that breeders have come up with this lovable mix. Diana Weydig
Just wanted to clarify, doggydoodle...that little rant was NOT a personal attack on you....just a general vent on my part. Aisha....The shelter I volunteer at is county run and government funded. It is the 'animal control' facility. Animals DO go up for adoption there (if they are deemed 'adoptable') but if they aren't adopted after a certain amount of time they are euthanized. We do however work with several no kill shelters in the area to try to rotate the dogs and cats that aren't finding homes....just to give them a better chance.
Wendy, I know what kind of dog Toby is and he is cute. The only difference between you and the other idiots out there is that you actually love your dog. No matter if it was the cutest in the world or turned out to be a hairless ugly thing. You love toby for what he is no matter what, just as you love your kids no matter what. If there were more people like you and I and most of the other people on this forum we would not have the problem that we have today. Correct me if i'm wrong, but I think you mentioned at one time that you were going to get Toby fixed. That is the most responsible thing any of us should do no matter if it is a mixed breed or a pure breed. Wendy, I think that you are a great mommy to your puppy and if i offended you in anyway please forgive me. I have nothing wrong with dogs of any kind, I just hate back-yard breeders who are not watching the dog like they should be. It is like letting my kids go play on the highway, you know they will get hit.
I know that the pound here only gives the dogs three days to either find a home or for its family to come find him. After that they get put to sleep. But if a dog comes in with tags they will do everything to find its owner. And I have to admit I actually paid 10 dollars for a mix before and I was 14 years old at the time. It was a blue heeler/ australian shepperd mix. Wait there let me try to think of a snazy name. How about a Bluralian? Okay now nobody get any ideas.
http://classifieds.yahoo.com/display/pets?ct_hft=detailnp&intl=&cc=pets&cr=&cids=pets-1038187447-8261602&refsrc=search http://www.puppyfind.com/?act=search&view_full=1&view_pic=1&subject=Maltese&puppy_id=66607624541475d29756b0&img_id=186159752541475d3829bda&page_num=0&page=1 http://www.puppyfind.com/?act=search&view_full=1&view_pic=1&subject=Poodle&puppy_id=2978991914145fa51ccf3b&img_id=16286494364145fa5e07d12&page_num=60&page=7 Thought I would post an adult (VERY ugly in my opinion) just to show you that your beloved "designer dog" makes it to the shelters as well. http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2618590&adTarget=468doggeneral&SessionID=41479252605d6384-app4&display=&preview=1&row=0&tmpl=&stat= there you go: a Maltipoo a maltese and a poodle...they all look similar enough to me...why not just get a purebred?
Oh okay smooshie, I was a little worried there for a minute. That is a wonderful idea about shifting them around for a while. I hate thinking about what happens to those guys, and honestly the people who leave them there obviously have no heart and how they sleep is beyond me. But honestly as much as I love dogs, I could never work at a shelter because i would have to be on valium or something.
What needs to be done is to educate the general public somehow. The majority of people think its so cute to breed a dog. When I got my dog, before she was spayed, my Dad wanted me to breed her so he could have a "free dog" just like her, and then he thought we could make a bundle on the rest of the puppies. (He didn't realize a toy dog usually doesn't have many pups) He couldn't understand when I refused until I laid out a thousand reasons why it was a horrible idea. Most people don't really have a clue.