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    Thanks to all of you! I will pursue my plan of having Afghan Hound breed.

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    personally i think the best rule of thumb is ... dumb owner make dumb dog

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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    personally i think the best rule of thumb is ... dumb owner make dumb dog
    That is what I believe....we have only ever owned one dog, who was "simple" and that was due to the fact he had been severely beaten as a youngster and had had a fractured skull. He had difficulty with very simple tasks, but he was gorgeous and gentle.
    One of my favourite students is a cavalier called Monty. He is so clever and smart and awesome at agility.
    Dogs are as smart/dumb as their owners make/allow them to be.
    Pets are forever

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    If a person did exactly what they were told each time, without independent thought, would we consider that intelligent?

    Probably not. But that is what we often regard as intelligent in dogs.

    Afghans can be complete goofballs yes, they can be bouncy as youngsters. I have yet to meet a dumb one, and have known the breed for over 20 years.

    I don't have an afghan at the moment yet would if I had the time and the fences for it. My old affie and I did obedience to a spectable level, although never competitively. He could however work offlead amongst a field full of other dogs reliably.

    Training them comes down to working with them, not them working for you. It has to be a team thing. If the's nothing in it for them they won't be interested. Sometimes making you happy is enough, but sometimes it's not. Sometimes you have to work to make it fun for them.

    And I've always said to people, if you love the breed under the hair, don't be put off by it. People aren't put off pet poodles. It can be managed in pet afghans with regular clipping, and they are worth it.

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    My dog that is 'dumb' does every trick I teach him, he can sit, stay, dance, drop etc no problem, it is the intelligence tests he can't do.

    If I take a treat and place it under a cup he thinks the treat has magically vanished, he can't make the connection that the treat is now just underneath the cup. While my other dog immediately pushes over the cup to get to the treat.

    If I put a treat under a low cabinet, he will just sit there and cry until I get it back out. My other dog will use her paw to get the treat out herself.

    I don't think dumb dogs mean dumb owners, I think some dogs are just a bit simple minded, same as people.

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    I must agree sight hounds are not stupid but independent as a breeder of Siberian huskys which is also a very independent breed does not make this breed stupid but quite smart as they think for them selves and achieve exactly what they want and they let u now .so having no experience in sight hounds I'm relating this to my Siberians. But this also shows us how different breeds can be and I like the challenge fo breeds that have these attabutes so go the independent breeds.avalanche Siberian huskys

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    I agree with chubbsecurity
    A dog is what you make them..

    And that dog is Beautiful

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    Personally I love afgan hounds they are fascinating and beautiful! go or it and please post lots of pics when u get him or her
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    That is what I believe....we have only ever owned one dog, who was "simple" and that was due to the fact he had been severely beaten as a youngster and had had a fractured skull. He had difficulty with very simple tasks, but he was gorgeous and gentle.
    One of my favourite students is a cavalier called Monty. He is so clever and smart and awesome at agility.
    Dogs are as smart/dumb as their owners make/allow them to be.
    I would agree with this to an extent. I have owned and been around lots of dogs. Some were a lot smarter than others - whether it was how quickly they could work out what you were trying to communicate, work out things for themselves (eg opening doors etc), how much they remembered etc. And every now and then you will meet a dog who is near impossible to train, can't remember what it's done before (eg makes the same mistakes etc) and can't work out anything for itself and some breeds have more examples of these dogs than others. Likewise, some breeds have more examples of smart dogs than others because intelligence was an important factor in performing the roles for which they were bred. But I'm not brave enough to name any breeds lol!

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