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    Default Breed traits - how do they compare?

    So I've always found the concept of breed traits interesting .. mainly because I don't think they're a very reliable indication at all.

    As majority of you have most likely done research on a particular breed before you bought/adopted, I'm curious whether those dogs have ended up anything like their particular breed traits suggest.

    For example, my husky boy. Just read around for a few minutes and you'll find hundreds of people suggesting they're hyperactive, destructive, cat killing escape artists.

    My boy is a total couch potato and is satisfied with a ~1hour walk each evening, hasn't destroyed anything besides a sprinkler (which was fair game), we regularly go back and visit my parents who own a cat and a smaller dog, and he has so much fun just chasing it around (the cat actually starts the game, too), and he's never escaped through means except me accidentally leaving a door open. I know a friend with a toy poodle that is a hundred times more hyperactive than my boy. About the only thing husky about him is that he sheds a ton, and is actually a husky

    Did your dog(s) live up to their "breed traits"?
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    For the most part yes my breeds have characteristics that I associate with the breed. They have different personalities but my cattle dogs over the years have all been what I expected. Same with my Border collie and kelpie. People often thing kelpies are crazy hyperactive, but mine will work tirelessly all day on sheep if I asked her but she was also bred with an off switch when she isnt working as was my BC who can switch from couch potato to high drive agility dog or working dog in an instant.

    I am pretty careful when selecting my dogs and try and find them well bred with the traits that I expect. A cattle dog for example should not be aggressive. They should be aloof with strangers initially but I would consider outright aggression towards a human unless they were protecting you against someone who intended to hurt you a major temperament fault. Fear aggression is a temperament fault. My kelpie is a tireless worker but not over the top hyper, neither are my neighbours kelpies.

    It really is all about thoughtful and knowledgable breeding. There are way too many thoughtless breedings taking place.

    Poodles are very active dogs, it is kind of what I would expect. They can excel in dog sports for that reason.

    I dont know much about Huskys other than they are quite independent dogs. The few Huskys I know seem well trained, obedient with no particular issues. I would imagine that like most dogs in the appropriate home they are fine. Shut in the backyard and left to their own devices like with any dog it could be a different story.
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    It's a bit hard to say - given my dog is probably some sort of cattle dog outback mutt variety.

    The reason I think she's cattle dog x and not German short haired pointer x or Dalmation x...

    Is she likes to herd and chase things, round them up and nip and I have to work pretty hard to persuade her she's not allowed to herd anything without permission.

    Like most cattle dogs I've met - she's obsessive about things like lawnmowers and whipper snippers and other garden power tools.

    Unlike most cattle dogs - she's pretty friendly - or she started out that way and would go out of her way to go grovel and greet all humans and dogs at the park or the beach. Most other cattle dogs I've known - will ignore you and dogs and etc until they've gotten to know you a bit.

    Like most cattle dogs - she is insanely smart and will train the handler as much as possible.

    Unlike most other cattle dogs - she won't kill things like mice or rats or lizards or birds tho she does like to check them out and will spend hours "hunting" them.

    She's crap at fetch - and most cattle dogs I know are much keener on this game than my dog.

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    I was told Bullmastiffs where stubborn, lazy buggers who snore and fart a lot. I thought WOW thats the dog for me !!!

    And that is exactly what i got LOL

    As far a drooling goes he's nowhere near as bad as other BM's ive seen so we had a bit of a win there. Well, that was until we got Bronx who is the master of slobber bubbles and drools like someone turned on a tap.


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    Who knew mojo could do this... (fetch shopping without eating it)


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    Ha ha that's fantastic. I'm going to try that one. Bet he just drops it then eats whatever he can. Better not give him the bag with the eggs....


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    yeah everyone told me staffords don't shed much, can be agro if left entire, hyperactive, escape artists, destructive .

    so far he sheds like you wouldn't believe, still entire, but hasn't got an agro bone in his body, if a dog snaps at him he thinks its play (still don't wanna test it out though, hes bloody strong) not really hyper, unless there are new people around, he is great with the mrs kids, her son loves to rev him up and play rough, but as soon as miss 6 goes outside he is all "scratch my belly", only escaped once when I left the side gate open, found him in the neighbors yard in line with the back door to my place trying to work out how to scale a 6 foot brick fence...... he was detructive when he was a pup, but I think he is out growing that
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    All dogs have individual personalities, but I'd say in general pure breeds will have similar traits. Dodge 100% is a kelpie, there is nothing about her that isn't mentioned when you read about working Kelpies.

    Koda is a little bit of a different story. It really depends on what you read about Aussies, because Aussies aren't always 'good'. Before I got Koda and was researching the breed, I found loads of good stuff, and even though I looked for it, I didn't manage to find much bad stuff about the breed. Sure it said they can be reserved with strangers... but that seemed like a fairly simple obstacle to me at the time (i was a young teenager). The breed is often described as energetic, trainable and have a clown like personality... Koda is all of these things. But if you look deeper into the breed you will also find that CAN (not always) be reserved, nervous, reactive, and protective. And Koda is also all of these things too... So yes, Koda is very similar to traits the breed often has... but these traits are not always desirable traits in the breed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    . But if you look deeper into the breed you will also find that CAN (not always) be reserved, nervous, reactive, and protective. And Koda is also all of these things too... So yes, Koda is very similar to traits the breed often has... but these traits are not always desirable traits in the breed.
    See this is where breeding is so important, to make sure the undesirable traits are minimised. I know some well bred Aussies well, working bred and showlines and they dont have any weird characteristics. The working breds are business like and confident and the showlines I know are definitely not reactive. They are stable and friendly. Cattle dogs also often get a bad rap because people dont take care when they breed them. Yes they can be reserved with strangers but aggression is an absolute no no. Kelpies as well can be highly reactive and nervy, but they shouldnt be as can Border collies. The working kelpie and collie breeders I know ruthlessly cull anything with a poor temperament and definitely will not breed from such dogs.

    People have come through this forum over the years determined to breed a pair of dogs they have, I remember a a pair of Border collies where the bitch was described has having a slightly nervy temperament. To my mind a dog like that should never bred. An aquaintence of mine bred her very nervy, fear aggressive pet kelpie because she wanted her kids to see puppiess . Guess what, a few of the puppies with their new owners came to our dog club for help with major fear aggression problems. One of the pups grew into a complete pychco dog despite the owners best efforts, it was terrible to witness.
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    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.

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