Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23

Thread: The question that annoys me most (and answers provided)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Melbourne VIC
    Posts
    607

    Question The question that annoys me most (and answers provided)

    So, after being on this forum almost a year now, there is one question that new members ask all the time and it really frustrates me. And not just the questions, but the answers that follow through the thread.

    "What dog should I get?"

    In my opinion, every dog, even within each breed, is different. Sure, different breeds and groups have different traits worth noting. For example, you wouldn't suggest a kelpie for a single person living in a city apartment, or a french mastiff for an active family that wants to take their dog on long distance runs 5 times a week. Yes, they are examples, they could potentially be acceptable for certain people or dogs, they're just a generalisation.

    But my point is, why always suggest a 'breed' of dog? And why point out what's good and bad about the 'breed' for that member asking the question?

    Given that we are all advocates of animal welfare (I assume), MY advice is contact a rescue group, tell THEM your lifestyle and what your requirements are for a dog and ask them to suggest dogs in foster care that they believe would be suitable for you, regardless of the breed. Obviously, you can say that you would prefer a certain size for you living situation, as not everyone would want a large dog or small dog, as a personal preference, but really, They will know the temperament of each dog in their care and provide some good potential matches for you.

    Why not save a life? If you don't like pugs or French bulldogs because they look funny to you (no offense to pug and frenchy owners, just an example) or don't want a mastiff because they slobber too much, then that's your preference, but why narrow your field to a pure bred such'n'such because that breed is likely to fit your criteria?

    And I am in no way trying to put down reputable breeders. I think they are great, doing their bit to better the breed, but generally the people asking the question "what breed dog?" don't have a breed preference. They are open to anything. Plus, there are many pure bred dogs in rescue and shelters needing homes because the previous owners couldn't give the dog they thought was "the breed for them" the exercise, discipline, or gentle/firm leadership required for that DOG.

    I guess that's my two cents on the matter. Would like to hear other's opinions on this, as this is a very common question on this forum.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Bundaberg QLD
    Posts
    3,301

    Default

    Fair enough Belinda.

    I've answered these Q's before with that type of answer. I guess if we put forth our views on certain breeds a potential owner might get a bit of an idea if they are shown a cross breed containing those breeds. Of course its a gamble though.
    If i didnt know much about dogs......and really i dont.....a forum would be the first place i'd suss out too...thats the beauty of the internet.
    If everyone answered these Q's with "Go to the RSPCA and ask them" it would be a boring and unhelpfull answer IMO, and also make us all look a bit rude too.
    I've found alot of the peeps who ask this Q also mention somthing along the lines of "we saw a cute dog called a Labradoodle, what are they like ?" This is a golden opportunity for us to inform them about designer dogs and backyard breeders....a opportunity not to be missed.

    Just my 2 cents.
    Last edited by Sean; 01-04-2013 at 11:49 PM.


    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
    Education is important, but big biceps are more importanter ...
    DONT SIC YOUR DOGMA ON ME !

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Melbourne VIC
    Posts
    607

    Default

    Yeah, I agree with that. I just think that when people ask this question, we should make them aware of different breed traits but ultimately suggest contacting their local rescue. Shelters are different, the dogs are in cages and they don't really know much about the dog other than through the basic temp test they do. Rescues at least have them in foster care and get to know the traits of THAT dog so can match better to people.

    We can do our bit to help get dogs out of rescues and shelters to allow more to be saved...and hopefully steer the person away from cheap BYB dogs and pet shops.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    605

    Default

    I agree with you. Some people literally have no idea though... Haven't done the research or anything clearly... lol.
    No one loves you like your dog does.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Western Sydney
    Posts
    809

    Default

    As they say "This Breed is not for everyone" for a very good reason. Some people see a breed of dog on TV and get one then realize they don't come trained, "but I don't have time to train, walk, groom or give them love" so I'll dump the dog in the pound.

    I don't think there's a simple answer to this problem as some people will take no notice of advice and get the dog regardless. My new GSD girl Chloe is a perfect example of what happens when you buy a breed of dog you know nothing about. I got her from GSD Rescue and they got her from the pound, she was 7.5 mths old when I got her and now is 9 mths old. She had never been in a house, walked on a lead or given any love. I was told by GSD Rescue they re-home 6 to 19 GSDs per month, some people surrender them claiming they are too hard to handle but on examination are found to be strong willed nothing more.

    Some GSD breeders sell pups to people in their 80's and 90's (a fact in Shepherd news) how the hell could some one handle a dog when that old, you can't.

    They say GSD's are easy to train well that's not true, it's bloody hard work and it's on going. I've done obedience training with the GSDL with both my other GSDs and now Chloe, so I know what to expect and yes they are all different. Tara who I lost to cancer over a year ago was nothing like Chloe, except for the love they all give you. IMO If people are asking "What breed should I get" then maybe a pet rock might be the best option.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    se qld
    Posts
    836

    Default

    One day I am going to write a pro forma reply to have ready for the big question
    "what type (rather than breed) dog would suit us"
    The poster needs to ask THEMSELVES questions about work, family and their life in general
    and then consider how that work/life/family/housing situation will change over the next 10-15 years.
    The yard is not big enough..
    We don't have time for him anymore..
    We have a baby now... etc, etc

  7. #7

    Default

    At least they are asking the question and trying to find a dog that is suitable for their lifestyle as opposed to impulse buying a dog or getting something that won't ultimately be a good match.

    Sure every dog even within a breed can be different, but there is no question in my mind that buying a dog from a reputable breeder gives you the best chance of getting what you want. That's not to say you can't find a good match in rescue, but buying a purebred dog from a reputable breeder gives you more predictability than getting a mix or dog of unknown heritage, that's why we have purebreds in the first place. Whilst every dog can be different, it's not like you have no idea what you will end up with when you get a purebred dog.

    I do recommend people look at rescue but that's just an option if they want to go down that track and I wouldn't say it's better than or even more preferable than going to a reputable breeder. It really depends on what they want.

  8. #8

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogman View Post
    IMO If people are asking "What breed should I get" then maybe a pet rock might be the best option.
    Geez that's pretty cynical. Most people who ask that question have gone to the effort of signing up to a dog specific forum, with the purpose of doing research and making an informed choice when it comes to what breed will suit them best by asking experienced dog owners. I am really baffled why anyone would have a problem with people doing research before buying a dog. Isn't that what we want to see? People making the effort to make an informed decision before bringing a dog home?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Rural Western Australia
    Posts
    2,635

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bec View Post
    Geez that's pretty cynical. Most people who ask that question have gone to the effort of signing up to a dog specific forum, with the purpose of doing research and making an informed choice when it comes to what breed will suit them best by asking experienced dog owners. I am really baffled why anyone would have a problem with people doing research before buying a dog. Isn't that what we want to see? People making the effort to make an informed decision before bringing a dog home?
    Yeah I agree. If I was a potential new dog owner I would like to have an idea of breeds and their mixes that might be suitable before I started looking, particularly information from people who shared a similar lifestyle. I would then talk to a range of breeders and visit the RSPCA. Much better to be informed and to get a good feel for what might be suitable than throwing yourself totally at the mercy of a breeder or a rescue with no clue.

    Sure inividual dogs are different but having owned multiples of a range of breeds there are some very distinct breed charateristics. My cattle dogs for example have very distinct breed traits that are different to my Border collies and the number of whippets I have owned are very different again to cattle dogs and BCs. They all come with inidvidual personalities but there are striking breed differences that will be more or less suited to peoples different lifestyles. I think it is wise to get a feel for this, an individual dog may be different but it is good to be aware of what to watch for and ask about.

    I have no problem with people seeking this type of information and am always happy to tell them what I know about the breeds that I have had all my life.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 01-05-2013 at 10:28 AM.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Rural NSW
    Posts
    5,967

    Default

    I just don't bother answering any questions if I don't feel like it.
    I have been here since 2009 and I find the newer members jump in more which is good. That is a generalisation as I know Hya is still as a constant poster as she was when I first joined.
    None of us are forced to post on any threads so if it bugs us we don't have to open the thread or we can read them then ignore.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •