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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    Yep, I won't deny that i probably didn't do enough research into finding a breeder when I got Koda. I was young and naieve. But I've got him now and I love him to pieces, so thats what counts at the moment. I won't make that mistake again though, next time I buy from a breeder it will be all about research and meeting the dogs and going to different kennels and stuff, getting a feel for each line of dogs.
    I have been down that track too ending up with a dog from a breeder with a very undesirable temperament although fortunately not with me and I also loved her. I learnt a great deal from that experience in many ways.

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    When newfies are treated well and trained they almost all seem to be very similar,complete trust in people, relaxed, chilled, love people and other dogs, like to work, drool and easy to get along with. i have had so many newfies and know so many more. But if they have been mistreated and not trained they can be the most awful dogs. Some can be brought back after alot of work, but some have the mistrust forever

    A good newfie Breeder breeds for character, it is a very important breed standard in the newfoundland dog
    Pets are forever

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    I have a working GSD, he's the current GSD, in a line of 3: very true to form: requires a lot of stimulation/training/exercise to make him liveable with. aloof to those outside of family. Is very vocal, intense drives in this line, which i knew i was up for and happy to get. Excellent foot warmer as he's always at my feet when im sat down. Herd's visitors into the kitchen/dining area so he can keep an eye on em. Will defend me if required (only had this happen twice in my lifetime, but grateful it was a GSD i had on both occasions). All my GSD's have been very very similar in instincts: guard and herd with loyalty to handler/owner/family.

    Rotties: ive owned several, all have herd/guarding instincts, which in this family equates to: sit there and guard that baby asleep in pram in back garden, come get me when it wakes up.
    Keep the toddlers away from the edge of the deck.
    Not pushy with the alpha dog thing, just take the role when it suits them, and handle situations well.
    All have been aloof to those outside of family, not interested in a stroke from a visitor.
    All my rotties have required firm leadership. 3 of them i was 'given' when the families have rehomed due to aggression at 9 months. All rotties ive owned, have been pushy, required firm gentle consistent boundaries, especially in their teens.

    Bordeaux Mastiff: er, well, yes, true to form: appear to be dumb as a post, lazy assed bastards, till something peaks their interest. then speedy, agile, accurate, very bloody fast! dynamic lit up (briefly) machine. Then back to coma.
    I was told once, that mastiff's dance to a different drummer. This is a perfect saying for this breed. A challenge for a working dog owner that i still struggle with. He slobbers a LOT. Sleeps a LOT. that's pretty true to form.
    Quiet dog also true to form, they don't have much to say vocally.
    Excellent swimmer, this is NOT true to form. More nuture of environment of living in australia with a lake. Needs must!
    These dogs have a reputation for taking no shit when undeserved. Brian is true to this. A chastisement badly timed or other poor handling and he'll make his own mind up what happens next! This im told is true to breed. Whist i thought it was due to being cruelly treated in first year.

    Breeding: is not guarantee of anything, but gets you closer to expectations perhaps.

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    I got an Akita X with American Staffy (I think) or some bully breed.

    He's supposed to be a monster.

    More of a lapdog really.

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    I have a friend with an akita entire male. I was nervous meeting it! What a couch potatoe he was! seriously! lol

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    I just read a bit describing American staffys - "rowdy and overly exuberant especially when young"

    Describes my dog pretty well.

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