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  1. Very sorry for your loss, a beautiful sweet face that looks so trusting in your care. So glad he found it with you.
  2. You should see her from behind! Her owners bought her as a Mastiff Dane cross. Head on, the mastiff is clear. She may have both those, but I'm pretty sure there is more. She has bristle hairs on her chest that suggest Deer or wolf hound. A friend says Ridge back. The hair between her shoulders is more bristly/erect too, .Her ears will prick erect, with just the very tips slightly bent. That is a breath of fresh air!
  3. Yep, I would definitely look to you for a cattle dog! That shows great stability and trainability. Congratulations! Well done. Don't you love hearing of your dogs successes in their 'working' life?! This is what I have to work with- The last sort of cross breed I expected to show the sort of stability and work ethics I was after in a large dog, but so far a start as a we mean to continue approach seems to be working very well. She seems to have a great appreciation of her un-even size advantage with Goose. Adjusting fast to being an inside outside
  4. I really hate that, with holding the price tag on an ad. I seldom enquire because I think of the saying "if you have to ask you can't afford it" and that attitude is one I have no time for. It takes little effort and could save both parties time. Its a little better in N.S.W. but I doubt I would have found a dog either, If I had been looking for a small dog. My daughter managed a lovely 11 month old re home, but only because the breeder knows her and believed the placement was best for the dog. My girls breeds are not ones I would have looked to, she falls into
  5. I have just done what I couldn't have imagined last year, and paid $700. for a mongrel. Not a designer breed. A mongrel- that might have sold as a pup last year for well under $500. So a BYB dog. I have no regrets(so far!) There was another buyer ready to take her sight unseen if I had decided against this 10 month old dog. I was looking for a pup, because many of the things I was looking for come down to training and socialisation in specific environments. This pup has had much of that good grounding done, with the added benefits that I can see what she looks like mature, even though she
  6. Agreed. I mean that 'breed' status should be enough. Pure breed applies to closed registries only and shouldn't be the goal/end.
  7. @Aussiegal02 Being a pedigree forum, and this a not a recognised breed, this forum is not the best place to ask. All you can do is your own research, and best to contact buyers of these pups, and their breeders. Anyone else has only opinion to offer, and on a pedigree forum, this is most often going to be biased towards the predictability of long established breeds. Cross breeding (regardless of purpose) is not the area of expertise here. I would look into how closely bred the lines being used are to achieve the look and traits being promoted for the Lykos.
  8. The sports themselves suffer for it. As does potential for canine ability. At least one of my dogs has been able to participate in working sports at the discretion of the organisers, as he was clearly of recognised working breeding. But I'm not sure how that worked. ( and out performed the pedigrees of his closest breed in the clubs 10 year history, while discounting some commonly held beliefs of working dogs in general, for those fields )
  9. Oh, poor little mite, and you after the big improvements you won for her since shes been with you. Sending best of wishes for you both. Hoping that can be won back and this slight improvement is its start.
  10. Run free and strong beautiful girl. Hugs to you and your family SarasMum. So sorry for your devastating loss.
  11. Re-homes increasing already. Some appear to be just to take advantage of the inflated prices.
  12. Yes. I can understand breed being open to interpretation, and that a Pedigree is just known parentage. But there is really only one meaning for 'pure'. Purity just doesn't apply for recognition as a breed out side of ANKC and other closed registries. And I would not like to see its use encouraged when its a dead end concept biologically, where diversity = responsibility. Purity is the antithesis of diversity.
  13. I recently had a similar experience, it does seem there are a lot of people who have no idea what a pure bred dog even is. A woman telling me her pup was a 'pure breed rotty' with a huge white chest and white feet with a a very short staffy coat. Me; ' So why the short coat and white?' Lady; Oh i was told it was a throw back to the grandfather who was half Staffy". But its not a fault of the people, its a fault in the organisation and its qualification for membership identity. Education is not seen as a responsibility of membership, Its seen as a quali
  14. Not sure how legit, but there was a litter advertised on trading post a few days ago. Good luck!
  15. Its too easy to say "This is a problem, If we do/don't do X, we can avoid that problem. That doesn't tell you how the problems come to be in the 1st place, or how to solve them.
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