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    Default What Makes a Dog "acceptable"

    We all love our dogs, whether they are purebred or not.

    So, what makes our dogs acceptable in the general dog community. And what makes them NOT acceptable?

    What sort of health problems have you encountered with your breed?

    What sort of response/help have you received from dog forums?

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    I don't care what breed dogs are as long as they have manners and are social. And I don't mean that they have to run happily off leash and get on with all dogs. I just mean social on leash with their owners. And if they do not cope, that the owner is aware and informs anyone of this. Rude dogs and owners are unacceptable. So simple said to me it is for owner and dog to have nice social manners when in a public space.
    And having owned an aggressive dog myself i think that as long as the owner is aware and careful and makes others aware, they can also be a part of our dog community and hopefully be trained to reverse it.
    Sadly I have encountered cancer and a heart attack with my breed. Just bad luck I think . Not really just about the breed. I have been luck in that so far the newfs I have had have been sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollinator View Post
    We all love our dogs, whether they are purebred or not.

    So, what makes our dogs acceptable in the general dog community. And what makes them NOT acceptable?

    What sort of health problems have you encountered with your breed?

    What sort of response/help have you received from dog forums?
    I don't understand the question. Are you asking what dog is acceptable to breed with?
    I accept all breeds of dogs in society as long as they are well socialised and non aggressive. As far as health goes, why would a sick dog be unacceptable in the dog community? All dogs of all breeds can have health issues..just like people. If you want to breed however, to ensure the pups have less of a chance of developing genetic problems, you breed from dogs with none.

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    To me it would be a dog with a very dodgy temperament, unstable dogs are not safe in society and should be kept away from the general public if kept at all.

    Puggerup there is not a single breed of dog known that does not have deleterious genes waiting to surface even if it does not happen often, unacceptable in more the human breeders than dogs themselves are those who knowingly breed from dogs they know carry and throw bad genetic faults, or who will not test for the few we can test for if they know those faults are a problem in their breed, that however as you say, does not make the poor dog unacceptable, just the breeder.

    Health problems on our dogs are mostly from low immune systems, this is, in a way genetic for it is common in breeds who do not have enough diversity to retain a healthy immune system, have seen cancer I think that may be partly due to low immunity and also our modern lifestyle. have seen bone problems in our big dogs, one or two bad hearts, have some Bostons with hemi vertebrae, have only heard of one which this seemed to affect badly but suspect that dog had a secondary problem such as cancer as she got to three years old before she had a problem and an undiagnosed large lump appeared on her side which the HV could not be accountable for. HV is however far more common in screw tailed breeds than is admitted to, most do not x ray for it so simply do not know it is there.

    We think this will eventually lead to the condition being problematical as currently no watch is being kept on which dogs are bred together with it, just as hd became a huge problem in some breeds prior to hip and elbow scoring becoming mandatory in order to register pups.

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    I don't have a breed (mutt owner since always - looking forward to my first pure in maybe a few years) but apart from one dog with allergies developed at 8 years old, no health issue thus far.

    What makes a dog acceptable to me is a waggy tail (or stump or whatever), a big lolling tongue and that beautiful dog nature. Dont care what it looks like, what breed it is, what personality quirks it has. If its a dog, its acceptable.

    If you are meaning in regards to breeding then thats a slightly different answer. Healthy parents who have been checked properly and responsible breeders.

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    I think I *might* know what you are getting at Mollinator but will await your answers to those above so I dont balls it up too "D

    What I do know I accept,no matter breed,colour sex etc in the community is a friendly approachable dog.And yes,even those ones that look as if they are about to tear my head off and are straining to reach me.Body language looks menacing but is all wrong for 'I'm going to eat you' Body language is saying god I'm frustrated,I just want to get closer to get to know you.
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    Good post CC, it is so sad that too many just do not understand body language and think all big dogs mean to eat them, or, conversly insist on tying to pat an aloof dog who clearly tries to convey he wants nothing to do with them.

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