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  1. Malinois. Very trainable, I think they would tick most of your boxes.
  2. I did use it before with our standard poodle as an addition to his diet. I remember them being about a dollar then. I was now looking for a more complete, balanced diet, and Ziwi looked really good on paper (except the cost of course).
  3. I wanted to try Ziwi Peak for awhile but never did it because of the cost. Well, I finally got a 1 kg mackerel and lamb pack and decided to give it a try. As suggested, I mixed it with the food I am currently using and gave it to our 1 year old mini poodle. Well, little princess took all of it out of her bowl and ate only Ziwi and left her regular food. I guess she likes Ziwi better. She was never a big eater, so this is new experience for us. Now, it’s only left to budget it in somehow. Not so hard with mini poodle, I am just happy we don’t have a Rottweiler.
  4. They replaced grains with legumes. And, if I remember correctly, the overdose with one of the amino acids present in legumes caused heart problems. It is still largely not understood, but no need to risk it.
  5. Well, this year sucks on so many levels for so many people, but we lost 2 of our dogs this year. Bruno was 13, standard poodle. He was suffering from Addison's disease for last couple of years. While the therapy worked and he was fine, he was also getting old, he had problems with hearing and his eyesight as well. In March he just went to sleep and never woke up. He was an amazing person and we miss him dearly. Then in July, Benji, our 9 years old mini poodle somehow managed to get through the fence into a neighbouring backyard where he was attacked by 2 huskies (we are still not sure how he did it). He died on his way to the vet. That was a huge shock from which we didn't quite recover yet. We have a 10 month old mini poodle girl with us, but we miss our boys terribly. And we'll miss them forever.
  6. So sorry to hear this. We always used air transport in the past and never had any problems. This is just devastating.
  7. I must say we have limited experience with poodles, owning or being in close contact with about 9-10 of them, but our experience with all of them was exactly opposite of this.
  8. We had a mini poodle when our sons were growing up. Benji was following them everywhere doing everything with them. He was just great. Benji was such a brilliant little dog that our friends fell in love with him and got two poodles themselves. Boys grew up and left and Benji was tragically killed by a much bigger dog. We now have another mini poodle, girl this time and she is great too. So friendly and smart, much more subtle in everything that Benji. We are thinking of getting another one as well. Not much experience with schnauzers though. I don;t know how different are they between sizes, but I did grooming in Europe ages ago, and some of the giant ones were somewhat scary. We had a terrier long time ago, and while we loved her to bits she was stubborn and sometimes aggressive towards other dogs. She was also destructive at times. I hope this helps.
  9. Article in Guardian about genetic analysis of Labradoodles. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/sep/10/labradoodle-study-reveals-dogs-are-actually-mostly-poodle
  10. Reading must be a dying skill these days. It clearly says: "dachshund named Leo, which ran over and bit the mastiff on the leg, sparking a fight between the animals" and "this distracted the mastiff that turned round and started fighting with the dachshund". As for girl being unhurt: "her left hand was all bitten" and "the child has been released from hospital and is now recovering at home". Clearly not unhurt. The story is actually true. They are going to erect a monument for this little dog.
  11. Leo the dachshund saves a girl.
  12. I don't know if this was posted already. It is a very nice story about the reunion between retired US army serviceman and dog he used to work together in Iraq. Read the whole story on the Youtube.
  13. I have no idea if this was ever posted here. I just found the article published by American Veterinary Medicine Association of dog breeds involved in fatal dog attacks over period of 20 years. I will just put the article abstract here. Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998 Jeffrey J. Sacks, MD, MPH Leslie Sinclair, DVM Julie Gilchrist, MD Gail C. Golab, PhD, DVM Randall Lockwood, PhD Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Hwy NE (MS K-63), Atlanta, GA 30341. (Sacks, Gilchrist); Present address is National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Hwy NE (MS K-45), Atlanta, GA 30341. (Sacks); The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. (Sinclair, Lockwood); Present address is Shelter Veterinary Services, 9320 Jarrett Ct, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. (Sinclair); Division of Education and Research, American Veterinary Medical Association, 931 N Meacham Rd, Ste 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173. (Golab) Objective—To summarize breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks during a 20-year period and to assess policy implications. Animals—Dogs for which breed was reported involved in attacks on humans between 1979 and 1998 that resulted in human dog bite-related fatalities (DBRF). Procedure—Data for human DBRF identified previously for the period of 1979 through 1996 were combined with human DBRF newly identified for 1997 and 1998. Human DBRF were identified by searching news accounts and by use of The Humane Society of the United States' registry databank. Results—During 1997 and 1998, at least 27 people died of dog bite attacks (18 in 1997 and 9 in 1998). At least 25 breeds of dogs have been involved in 238 human DBRF during the past 20 years. Pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of these deaths. Of 227 reports with relevant data, 55 (24%) human deaths involved unrestrained dogs off their owners' property, 133 (58%) involved unrestrained dogs on their owners' property, 38 (17%) involved restrained dogs on their owners' property, and 1 (< 1%) involved a restrained dog off its owner's property. Conclusions—Although fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers), other breeds may bite and cause fatalities at higher rates. Because of difficulties inherent in determining a dog's breed with certainty, enforcement of breed-specific ordinances raises constitutional and practical issues. Fatal attacks represent a small proportion of dog bite injuries to humans and, therefore, should not be the primary factor driving public policy concerning dangerous dogs. Many practical alternatives to breed-specific ordinances exist and hold promise for prevention of dog bites. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2000;217:836–840)
  14. Not really, they have just been replaced with staffords and American staffords.
  15. Wrong. You shouldn't really talk about something you know nothing about. It looks like trolling. And some new information. Allegedly, the owner of the dog have history of clashing with police and trying to get compensation. So the whole thing may be a set up.
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