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Purdie

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  1. Ozzielioness. It appears you are an expert on so many topics. I only bred budgies for 35 years so what would I know.
  2. Ozzielioness. It is not only man who has changed animals through selective breeding. Mother nature plays a big part in gene mutation recessive genes coming together and has given animals the ability to change in order to adapt to new environments like domestic captivity. So too for birds.Wild budgies a quite tiny compared to even small domestic budgies. The first blue budgerigar was discovered in a flock of wild green budgies. The larger show birds were bred from a number of larger budgies that are called long flights. These birds can pop up in nests of wild and small domestic budgerigars. They are taller have thimble shaped heads low set wings and longer flight feathers Larger feet and have a hawkish appearance; Long flights can appear in recessive form in flocks of domesticated and wild budgies.
  3. There is a difference between out crossing to improve a breed with problems and crossing two breeds then claiming they are a new breed. Development of a new breed takes many years of expert knowledge of genetics and realistic goals. I understand to some degree why the big push for hypoallergenic low shed dogs as there seems to be an increase in people allergic to dogs and there are already breeds that fit the bill. I am also allergic to many dogs including my friends 2 oodles. The Australian Labradoodle people have used 7 breeds in their dogs and only 2 of them the Poodle and Soft coated Wheaten are closest to low shedding and Hypoallergenic .There are no 100% non shedding Hypoallergenic breeds. The 5 other breeds Lab ,CCR IWS, American and English Cocker spaniels are not low shedding or Hypoallergenic. In my opinion they are going in circles and may end up with some dogs that look pretty much like Poodles and Wheatens that may still shed and cause allergic reactions. Do we need more breeds developed yes why not as long as it is done with the welfare of the dogs as first priority. When does a breed in development become a pure breed ? It doesn't matter pure breed or cross the health of the dog is of utmost importance. The latest cross of 2 large boned breeds said to be a'' New breed'' are now being sold Not my business the high price ;what does worry me is the pups being de sexed at 8 weeks and I wonder is that bad for fast growing big pups? The pups are also said to be hypoallergenic;well some might be. They are sold to'' their new Guardians ''not new owners so what does that entail.? If you are selling a pup of mixed breed then say the pup is mixed breed.
  4. I do not bemoan the good old days;sure50 +years ago there were litters of cheap pups all over the place but many dogs were not vaccinated and wormed or even seen by a Vet. When I was young my brothers were offered free pups from friends/ colleges who,s family dog had pups. The first pup my brother gave me was free but cost my parents a lot at the Vet to get her healthy. more pups given to me by my brothers and I did my best with them only being a child at the time. Another pup given to me was a working breed that I had to re home because my home was not the best place for him. A few years on I came across a Bull Terrier at a market in the bad old days when pups could be sold at markets and pet shops. I had always wanted a Bull Terrier so handed over the money and took her home. Had her home for a few hours when I saw she had very runny poo so off to the Vet the next day. After a few weeks she was not responding to treatment and found out she had distemper. You never want to see a dog having fits it was horrific;had her put down. After that I said no more dogs but after 2 years I began reading about pedigree dogs and pretty much every dog book I could get my hand on then decided a pure breed was the go so purchased a black Cocker spaniel who I was told was fathered by a champion sire etc etc . No pedigree papers he told me didn't need them he said unless you are a registered breeder ,bs bs etc. Found out months later that the mother of my pup was not a pedigree " Had a bit of something else in her " Later find out pup has brain disorder and her life will be short. ,medication makes her like a zombie so I have her put down. Again say no more pups and get a cat. Months later a friend of a friend comes by on his motor bike carrying a pup in his jacket. I say no I do not want another dog.He asks me to bring water for the pup so I'm giving water to the pup and he takes off and leaves her. Tried to return the dog but get a frost reception from his mother who won't say where the pup is from so I kept her at least she was healthy. Now have things improved these days I would say in some ways yes people have access to a lot of information about buying pets No one can tell you what a fair price is for a pup but i can tell you A pup that is healthy happy of sound mind and temperament is worth it's weight in gold.
  5. When you say 'not a lot of hair' do you mean you don't want a long coated breed or one that sheds a lot.? Have you owned a dog before.? I owned a Cattle dog 'King' when I was a young teen but would not have one again in suburbia. He was the smartest dog I have ever owned and demanded a lot of attention. I taught him to search for hidden objects in the yard and other games to help occupy his mind and he was terrific at it however once I started high school and had less time to spend with him he got bored and dug out all Mum s plants in the yard and then started fence jumping when I left for school. He jumped the fence and bailed up some people who were walking past so Mum said he had to go. I advertised for a home for him stating how he liked to play go find games and was lucky to find a man who trained dogs for search and rescue. He was very impressed with King and said he would have plenty to do and lots of people to interact with. Looked after a friends Kelpie for 10 days and was exhausted at the end of it. Her off switch lasted about 2 minutes then she was let's go again! I know nothing about border collies but I will say unless you are a very very active person who can spend a lot of time with the dog doing activities together not just sitting around then don't get a very active breed. Don;t choose a breed just because you like the look of them. Find a dog that matches your lifestyle. https://www.selectadogbreed.com/
  6. I'm so sorry;the poor Pup. Did the Vet consider Epilepsy or other neurological disorder. Some symptoms of early stages of epilepsy. Between periods where the dog may show calmer behavior and appear to improve then symptoms occur. Very reactive to noise or can seem as if they are deaf and not responding to being spoken to. episodes of the body stiffening. looking scared .Glassy eyed confused like they don't recognize you or their surroundings. Seeking shelter in a safe or dark space'. Not wanting to be touched.Can growl or bite when moved. Running away, sometimes running in circles. Later symptoms can include ;body twitching tremor often when asleep and can be quite violent. Take her back to the Vet and ask him to test her for neurological disorders. Forgot to say poor appetite not eating drinking is also a symptom during episodes. The dog does not need to be unconscious for an episode to occur .
  7. Don't give up hope yet. You may need to look at a small dog rather than a puppy. https://www.petrescue.com.au/listings/search/dogs?interstate=true&page=1&per_page=24&size[]=10&state_id[]=3
  8. Congratulations ! I met a pup today at a nursery named Rocho.
  9. Sorry managed to post in the wrong topic.
  10. Good to know; Have read so much conflicting info about them. Have always loved the look of the Manchester. So far I think Dalmatians might be the best bet.
  11. Manchester Terrier- Swedish Vallhund ?
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  13. I wonder if epilepsy could be a factor.Sometimes seizures only occur when the dog is sleeping as was the case with my dog. She didn't sleep for long periods 10 minute naps with body tremors. her eyes would turn a bluish color sometimes and she looked confused at times. It was in the early 70's when she was diagnosed with' spaniel rage ' a term I don't like . More recent times it is thought there may be a link to epilepsy. I don't know all you can do is make observations and talk to the experts. https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/c_dg_seizures_convulsions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_syndrome
  14. I'm so sorry you and the dog are going through this awful time. Years ago before I new better I purchased a Spaniel cross from a market. She was a normal puppy at first and I taught her to sit and come. At the age of 5 months she began to change not listening to me running around trying to destroy everything she could get hold of. She didn't sleep much and her body would twitch a lot in her sleep. I thought perhaps she had gone deaf so I took her to the Vet . At the vet she behaved very badly lunging and barking at other dogs while I restrained her which caused her to bite my arm. The Vet got so annoyed with her he asked others in the waiting room if I could be seen first. Basically the Vet said her behavior was all my fault and I shouldn't own a dog if I couldn't train her properly. I had raised pups before and never had a problem before. The Vet took blood for testing only because I insisted on it;he said she probably wasn't deaf then said de sexing might help her settle down. He also suggested giving her sedatives for a while to see if that helped. So I left her there to be fixed. When she came home she was very lethargic I thought it was due to the surgery. I was given pills for her to take and was told to bring her back in two weeks for a check. After 3 or 4 days on the pills she looked terrible glassy eyed and was walking in to things. I stopped giving her the pills and she became more normal for about a week and was responding to me and doing better on the lead out walking. I should have taken her back to the Vet but was angry and felt humiliated by the way he treated me. By the second week and all my efforts to spend as much time as I could with her training she regressed and would not let me pat her if I did she would bite me on my hand. I cried a lot was wretched with guilt and blamed myself for failing her ; Went to the library and read every book on training and dog illness that I could find. Meanwhile I watched her when she slept and noticed the twitching was getting so bad that it kept waking her up. This time I called another Vet in tears to the receptionist who kindly put the Vet on the phone. Vet said we are closed but I'm here so bring her in. After he examined her he said she had a serious brain condition sometimes seen in spaniels his own dog had it and was put down as there is no cure. He said she could be sedated all the time but it would not be a good life or a long one. I left her to be put out of her suffering. When I got home my family and a couple of friends berated me for doing it and I cried for weeks but I new I did the right thing for her. i
  15. Australian Cattle dog. Owned one as a teenager. He was a great dog friendly to everyone he loved cats playing with other dogs ball games and running but was also happy to just hang out with me and relax.
  16. Go and speak to them. Mail box notes seem to me not too friendly like they may think you don't want to engage with them as neighbours. Once had a letter in my mail box about my cat wandering however it turned out not to be my cat at all she was an inside cat. I went across the road and spoke to them and we worked out it was a stray cat that was the culprit. Knock on the door and tell them you are worried about their dogs getting injured. These days people spend too much time in front of a computer trying to solve problems. Talk to your neighbours they are people and may have concerns too and are shy to talk to you . work it out together.
  17. An Irish Wolfhound; We had a Wolfhound cross when our Kids were young ages 3 , 5 ,7 and 9. Looked like a Wolfhound only not quite as big.Her temperament was very like that of a Wolfhound. She was good with visitors would bark to announce their arrival and then walked them to the door and kept her eye on them . She seemed to sense when people were genuine visitors or up to no good. One night had an intruder in the yard when I was home alone with the kids,he jumped the fully fenced yard and Pippa dog saw him off back over the fence. When she barked she was scary but I doubt she would have bitten anyone instead would bail them up and stand between them and me. She loved children and was very patient with them. She would trot around behind their bikes and do zoomies but never knocked them over it was the kids who sometimes ran in to her. Shedding wise she did not leave hair around maybe one or two hairs on the floor as most of the dead hair was still in the coat and easily brushed out. I was allergic to many dogs but I tolerated her wire coat unless she missed her bath for too long then I would get a reaction to her but kept clean I had no issues. Her activity level was low to moderate,short bursts of activity then snooze at my feet but also she could go long walks at a amble or trotting pace.
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