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    Default How Do You Tell Someone This About Their Dog?

    I have a friend who has just bought a dog. Unofrtunately she did NOT purchase the dog from a reputable breeder, but saw an ad, saw the dog and fell in love with her - you know how it goes. *sigh*
    So, I went around and had a peek, and Shilo (dog) is beautiful. Playful, friendly, looks to have the most wonderful temperament. But she is definately NOT the breed the seller claims her to be. She is nearly a year old, and my suspicion is that the owner realised she was not pure, and has tried to pass her off to someone else as if she is.

    I ummed and ahhed, and pulled my hair and didn't know what to say on the spur of the moment, other than 'she's lovely.'

    I came home, told my OH who thought I would have said something. Have worked in the yard all afternoon and yeah, it has been playing on my mind.

    Do I tell her? Or do I shut up and not mention it???

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    Unless the breed is important to her I would just shut up, personally as she is so happy with the dog.

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    I agree with Di here,unless your friend is specificly concerned with breed then let her be happy and just try and gently guide her towards responsible dog ownership
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    hmm.. what sort of breed is it? did she pay the same price as if it was purebred? i personally would like to know, i wouldnt take the dog back but wouldnt be very happy with the person who sold it to me.

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    The dog could in fact be a purebred but just a poor example of the breed.

    When I was a child my family were given a Bull Terrier pup who was born with perfect black and white Collie markings. Both parents were champions but our Timmy was destined to be destroyed due to his colour. Most people thought he was a cross due to his colouring.

    It's the same with GSD's who have ears that never stand up or Shelties with prick ears. They don't look quite right so many people think they are crossbreeds.

    It sounds like your friend has found a healthy happy companion so if they are content with each other it doesn't really matter.

    You could always say in a casual way, something like: "I've never seen a black and tan Pug before. I thought they only came in fawn or black." This sort of remark is not offensive and if your friend has doubts in the back of her mind it gives her an opportunity to talk it over with you.

    Just as a matter of interest what breed is Shilo?

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    I usually say...if your dog is x, I'm a small horse... Or se such. Ppl say I'm forthright

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    I agree with the general concensus, unless it's really important, why upset your friend? What breed is her dog?
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    Well, she thinks it's a GSD, hence why she rang and asked did I want to come over. Lol. I'm like yeah, I'm on my way. Before this they had a Staffordshire Terrier.

    That's the point I guess, she truly thinks it's a purebred Shepherd. Now I am not in a position where I will lie under any circumstances. At this point I said very little and got the hell out of there. GSD my bumb. The worse standard example of a Shepherd would be brilliant compared to this one - it is definately Rottie in there. I have no doubt about that and would bet my life on it. To me it is as clear as day.

    I think I'll agree to say nothing, but if she askes me outright, na, not gonna lie to spare her feelings, just gotta find a nice way to put it.

    I'm hoping for the easy way out, cause once she takes this dog out and about, there is NO WAY other ppl she meets are gonna tell her it's a Shepherd! Coward, I am. Then maybe she'll ask me once the doubts are already in her mind, and I won't feel so bad telling her my opnion.

    Thanks guys.

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    Send her a chrissy card with a gsd on it

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    Good idea Occy! Lol.

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