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  1. And it's not something caused by the birth. It's mostly bad luck.
  2. As SchnauzerMax says, the most that you could hope for is getting your money back if you return the dog.
  3. Well, previously I would have said that cattle dogs are a landrace, and people looking for a good farm dog might not care about tan markings or tails. I do notice, however, that they are RPBA memebers, and not a working dog registry. ACDs are also popular at the moment, due to the TV show Bluey, and so are a target for people making quick money.
  4. I still come across the occasional landrace Australian Cattle Dog. The loss of genetic diversity is a pity - pedigree ACDs have been refined to be larger, heavier dogs which aren't suitable for all purposes.
  5. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-23/dog-on-death-row-after-owner-loses-lengthy-council-court-battle/12910878 I don't understand how he is "a risk to children" when all the incidents appear to be dog-directed (either aggression or prey drive)? Obviously he shouldn't have been allowed to escape twice after killing a small dog.
  6. That's worrying. I wonder if the oral preparations have similar effects?
  7. Giant schnauzer? (Just because I want one). Very protective, and if your wife is home all day, she will thank you for the low-shed coat. You'd need to socialise them well with unfamiliar children, but I think that goes for GSD and Mal, too.
  8. I'm sorry to hear about your dog. SAS in dogs is common in some breeds, and it varies in severity - your dog is unlucky to have a severe case. In most breeds, it's likely to be a polygenetic or recessive inheritence, which means that it can pop up out of the blue. Your breeder may not necessarily have had any dogs with this before.
  9. It's this that makes me understand the drive to breed (or create new breeds) of medium sized dogs with poodle coats, low-moderate energy levels, low prey drive, low guard instincts, high gregariousness, low anxiety, high bidability, and moderate intellegence. Dog people understand the origins of their breed, and are happy to work with it. The average dog owner, less so; they want a dog that will fit in with them. Yes, there are some very overlooked breeds, such as the lowchen, but they aren't for everybody.
  10. I will also say that my Standard is from Klabauter - Julia specifically breeds for dogs with family dog temperaments, and they are well socialised with her children from a young age. I would certainly not want to mix children with a schnauzer that hadn't been socialised with kids as a puppy. My dog has very strong ideas about what is acceptable and what is not. As she's been socialised with kids, she enjoys the rowdiness. Kids screaming in the back yard tends to result in zoomies. If she hadn't been socialised with kids, then I think she'd likely be highly offended by the noise and activity.
  11. Smaller than a lab. She's a little shorter than my mother's Australian Cattle Dog, and less solid. I second what Dogsfevr says - a Standard is different to a Mini. The three sizes are different breeds with different needs. Having said that, my Standard, is more like a Mini than, say, a poodle. I suppose it also depends on your child's personality, and your dog experience? My boys are very active, and I previously owned cattle dogs, so I'm used to sharpish dogs with strong protective instincts.
  12. I have young kids and have a Standard Schnauzer. I was worried that the mini would be too small, and therfore frightened by busy kids. She's been excellent with them - She has an endless sense of fun, and being a confident dog, enjoys (closely supervised) running and chasing games.
  13. The group isn't dedicated to oodles. There are many people on it with a wide range of experiences and thoughts on dogs. It's just that there's a few very vocal people on there who own oodles, and love to recommend them. There's also a lot of people who don't know much about dogs, and go there for advice. Yes, I'm often tempted to leave, but I'd like to put a few good links up to educate the ones who want more information.
  14. So, I'm on a facebook group that loves the oodles (the group wasn't started for this purpose). I try to educate, but find it overwhelming. Does anyone have a link to a good article that explains the risks/issues with these dogs? These facebook people all seem to believe that their beloved puppies come from a loving home that responsibly breeds crossbreds for the joy of it... Edited for clarity
  15. As you've pointed out, no two dogs are the same, and they can't go looking for a "replacement" for Sumpy. Your parents may be in the right position to go looking for a fostered dog in a rescue organisation. That way, they can meet dogs until they find one that they "click" with. That's such an important factor, and really difficult to predict. An Australian Cattle Dog or small cattle dog cross may be suitable. They are trainable, and tend to stick with their owners. Most dogs will hunt snakes if given the opportunity - terriers will be more persistent, of course, and Sumpy
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