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  1. My mum's ACD guards my kids from their own dog. I still don't know if she'd recognise a small baby as human, though.
  2. From the second article :"these products continue to be safe and effective for the majority of animals". From the first "The FDA considers products in the isoxazoline class to be safe and effective for dogs" Of course there is some risk. Everything has risks. You have to weigh up the risks, and in my area, the risk from ticks is high.
  3. Asal, very little of what you have written makes any scientific sense. You cannot remove substances from the bloodstream by feeding cheese, ffs. And the speed at which a substance kills invertebrates tells you nothing about effects on mammals.
  4. https://www.bellingenveterinaryhospital.com/NexgardAdverseReactionFacts.aspx
  5. Giant Schnauzer, if you are willing to put the work in with training. Big dogs, low shedding. Minimal coat maintenance between clips, which you can pay someone to do. Trainable, but have strong guarding instincts.
  6. And it's not something caused by the birth. It's mostly bad luck.
  7. As SchnauzerMax says, the most that you could hope for is getting your money back if you return the dog.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. That's worrying. I wonder if the oral preparations have similar effects?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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