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WoofnHoof

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  1. I agree many of us have crosses and dogs of unknown breeding and love them just as much. I don't think it necessarily implies a bias when we state that a cross will likely not be ideal in this situation, just the simple fact of predictability of traits. Given that many breeders of crosses like to promote those crosses as "best of both worlds" it would be remiss to fail to point out the genetic gambling aspect. If the OP were an experienced owner with heaps of latitude in their situation and willingness to accommodate a variety of behavioural and physiological traits then I think people would direct them to purebreds *and* rescues (which are often crosses). It's not promoting crosses because directing people to a cross in rescue is not encouraging or promoting the breeding of them. Interested to hear thoughts on this though as it's an interesting point!
  2. It's a very expensive exercise for sure! I assume your little one will have an extra hepatic shunt which has a much higher success rate than intra. Best of luck for the surgery!
  3. That's really sad isn't it? I know some horse breeders prefer to restrict what is being bred from their lines if they have spent a lot of money importing sires etc but it's only in very niche markets IME. In this day and age it's easy enough to import whatever breeding you want so it's only restricting a small subset of small scale breeders. Most are ecstatic to see progeny doing well, representing the breed and the lines. We aren't playing for sheep stations out there.
  4. I find it ridiculous personally. If someone wants to have a crack at showing why shouldn't they? If the dog isn't fabulous it won't blow anyone away but they might have a nice day out. If the animals are such poor quality that breeders are embarrassed by them then I would question the quality of their breeding in general. Omitting the few with glaring faults there really shouldn't be anything stopping most people going to the odd dog show, they aren't taking it to crufts for crying out loud. What people consider show quality can vary greatly anyway, realistically if the dog meets the standard it should be of sufficient quality to represent its breed and whether it wins is up to the judge. I remember years ago a similar discussion here with a breeder stating "I don't want to see my shit in the ring". I've only known a few breeders in the horse world who won't register certain progeny and they are the *least* ethical for several reasons. Everyone else is quite happy to see their animals out and about. They are ambassadors for their breed and for the stud even if they aren't perfect according to a show judge. Anyone who shows knows you take take the same animal to one judge and have it win everything and another judge won't even give it a look so it's not the end of the world if it doesn't win. Despite this showing can be great for teaching animals manners and patience, educating owners and spectators about breeds and conformation, socialising dog and human (as long as your fellow showies aren't wankers!) and just generally getting out and about. The gatekeepers need to chill out IMO. Where is the harm in taking pride in the animals you have produced whether they are some arbitrary definition of "show quality" or not? As the OP says, anyone who is going to breed outside of the regs will ignore LR and so it's really just ANKC vs ANKC breeders shooting themselves in the foot.
  5. First thing to think about is the working origin of the breed. Those breeds have been developed over centuries for herding, chasing sheep and cattle all day every day. Work that is both mentally and physically stimulating. That is why they are popular for dog sports which are very high energy and require loads of training. Think about a worst case scenario that could happen. Kids get bored or move out. Work gets busy. It rains for weeks and no one wants to take the dog out for a long walk. Do you still want the dog if the things you hope for don't eventuate? If so what do you see the dog doing while you are working and the kids are absent? If it's purely companionship there are several more suitable breeds who will be happy with short walks and plenty of attention at home. Re shedding most dogs will shed you just have to deal with that but you can minimise it with short coated breeds like danes and greyhounds. Alternatively you can go with a low shedding breed but it will need regular clipping. Barking can be influenced by breed, again think about the history and whether a dog barks as part of its job, most herders do. The rest is largely behavioural and individual, dogs bark for various reasons, sometimes to alert (if you are in a busy area with lots of people going past this might be important) sometimes because they are bored, sometimes they just like the sound of their own voice. A good breeder will help guide you as far as their breed goes as they know them best. Crosses are the least predictable option, as said above it is generally not recommended for people who have a specific set of requirements, you want predictable traits. If you are keen on rescue a greyhound could be an option to explore via a reputable group who performs temperament testing and suitable vetting.
  6. Thank you everyone your thoughts are much appreciated.
  7. I'm sure some whippet owners will be along soon to give you their experiences. In the meantime you will find some good info in the breed101 section and there is also a breed subforum for general chat for owners and breeders. Your best bet is to look up some breeders on the main page and have a chat to them about whether the breed will be suitable for your situation
  8. WoofnHoof

    Sonny

    I very rarely come in here as I can't really cope but I wanted to make a post for Sonny. He is the reason I found this forum so many years ago and he was so very special. I got him from the pet shop before I knew they were dodgy. Of course I picked the runt of the litter, just thought he needed a bit of feeding up and TLC! Long story short and many vet bills later it turned out he had an intrahepatic portosystemic (liver) shunt. A congenital defect that required a high risk surgical repair. So before his first birthday we made the 15 hour drive to the specialist vet in Sydney and thankfully had a very successful surgery. He has been the most amazing dog, typical husky would ping off and never come when called, full of quiet dignity and grace and complete goofball antics. I miss him talking to me and his howl that sounded more like a cat being strangled than a wolf howl. I miss our long walks that used to be runs. I had to learn to be an early riser and a runner even though I am not an early morning person or a runner, he just loved it so much and his joy in running gave me joy. Even as his body failed his spirit was so strong, but he was tired. I wanted him to tell me he was ready, but he would never be ready to leave. The indomitable husky spirit that I love so much kept him moving on even through the pain. I knew I couldn't let him get to the point where he physically couldn't keep going. So I had the vet come to our home and took him on his last little walk, fed him all the roast chicken he wanted and said goodbye as he lay down beside me. It's been a few months now and I'm still heartbroken. I miss him so much.
  9. Great to hear you have had some success with your little guy! You are doing well keep up the training and he will only improve
  10. A husky will not guard you nor will they curl up on the couch with you (unless you keep your internal house temperature below 0 degrees C). They are independent and extremely challenging for first time dog owners. Not to mention they shed a LOT of hair, they cannot be offlead and while they are smart and trainable that doesn't mean they are biddable, they do what suits them not you. When looking at breeds think about their working origins. Huskies were bred to pull sleds in the harshest of conditions. They want to run and if they are off lead they will run and run and never come back, trust me on this. They are bred to seek very little direction from their human, their job was to listen to go, stop and turn. Everything else was up to them, so they do not seek guidance nor permission from their owners. Compare this trait to other breeds such as herding dogs, they will often check with their human and look to them for direction. Look at the breeds that are often doing well in obedience, an obedient husky is rare. Guarding is hit and miss in non-guardian breeds, you need to speak to individual breeders they can tell you if their dogs are likely to have some guarding capability. Again no husky will guard you, some individuals can be a little protective but they are notoriously friendly to strangers. A husky also needs to be engaged, if they are not mentally and physically stimulated they will find ways to occupy themselves that you may not like. This can include chewing up everything, stealing stuff (I lost a wallet for months because the dog stole it), digging, escaping etc. You don't want to let a smart dog get bored or restless. Please keep researching before you decide, it seems highly unlikely to me that a husky will fit your needs. Don't be swayed by their looks there are many huskies in pounds and rescues because they are not suited for many lifestyles. Talk to breeders of ridgebacks and shepherds, they will be able to help you decide whether these breeds may be more suitable for you. Breeder contact details are on the DOL breeds pages, also checkout the Breeds 101 forum to get some more information on the breeds you are interested in. Best of luck in your search!
  11. My boy has had this for some years. Initially when I asked the vet in Qld they didn't know. When I moved to NSW I got it looked at again and we got a diagnosis. He went on steroids initially then moved to an immune suppressant drug (imuran) and he has been on it for about 2-3 years now and it has helped a lot. His nose is a bit damaged from being untreated. Put him on the immune suppressant as he was starting to get severe gum inflammation as well, and he has improved out of sight. Nose and gums improved and nails are not as brittle. Doesn't seem to have had much in the way of side effects. Not sure about long term effects but my boy is quite old so it's negligible.
  12. Yes it's funny isn't it? The OP can evidently sense that papers are worth *something* (which is why they are thinking more $ per pup) but still can't work out WHY.
  13. I suspect the nuances of registration and regulatory bodies and genetic verification etc are lost on the OP who is simply looking to make some $.
  14. Thanks all, happy for every day we get Some days are better than others but usually he is way ahead of me and waiting for me to hurry up!
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