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    Watching my dogs run at the kennels where I work, it is often amusing to see who "takes their fancy" so to speak. The dogs in being boarded are behind fences in play yards, and my dogs have the run of the compond around all yards- meaning they can greet the "inmates" but they dont actually have any interaction (for obvious reasons) beyond a through the fence greeting.

    If there is a Dobermann there, or even more than one in separate play yards, they will return to him or her over and over and over. They say "Hi" to the other dogs, but a Dobermann holds their attention like no other breed.

    Each dog breed I have owned has displayed this type of "breed recognition" behaviour to quite an extent.... So, given I am pretty sure dogs do NOT recognise themselves in mirrors, and given that I'm quite sure my dogs dont use a mirror regularly, what explains this phenomenon?

    A friend and I have come up with a theory, but before I put it here, so as not to quell creative genius (!!!), do others have theories?

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    I have found the same with my Poodle, and often wondered why, he is always happy to make friends with other poodles immediately. Other dogs, he susses them out first. He appears to be instantly attracted to other Poodles. I think its the smell. I think individual breeds have their own unique breed odor seperate and distinct from the dogs own individual scent. Does that make sense???

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    I go to newfie days.......Up to 26 newfies there at the time. i am not sure if it is breed recognition, but they all get on and treat the non-newf members like they are not there. Which always makes me laugh.
    Outside those newfie days we do not get to meet many newfies. But my dogs do seem to like black and yellow labradors. they were know as lesser newfoundlands in the years of Yore . Maybe it is a certain vibe different breeds give off. Would be an interesting study.........
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    Pretty sure they do.

    My dog loves farm dog bitsas especially ones with ACD x Kelpie. I've seen heaps of BCs be complete breed snobs and only make friends with their own kind.

    Labs and GRs pick each other out at our local park. My dog had GR friends as small puppy so she likes them too. And Dalmations.

    After the initial visual attraction - it's all down to doggy personalities.

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    I've never noticed, but then again, I've never met a breed like Rox or any other dog we've had.

    As for the mirror, both my parents and I have quite large full length mirrors in our rooms and every dog that comes through looks at themselves. Jackson can spend a fair amount of time admiring himself. Roxie has never been too interested but has a gander every now and again. Puppies will bark at themselves, but we had a daschund and he looked, and a bull mastiff x and he didn't mind his reflection either

    I don't know if they actually realize it's them, but it's still funny regardless.

    Maybe Roxie goes nuts at every dog because she is a mix? By this theory will mixes be more attracted to more than one breed? Could it be an indicator of what breed they are? LOL.

    My real guess would be they appreciate the mannerisms, smell and characteristics of the other dog because it is similar to their own. It's most likely instinctual for breeding reasons, back in the day when it was all natural and not someone going, 'hey you, have kids' there would have been a selection process. Keeping it in the breed means the line goes further.

    Can't wait to hear your theory!

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    I think some do for sure. My TM's treat each other different than other pack members & Bubba seemed to hate Malamutes no idea why though.
    Our poodles also seem to rather their own kind.
    They all get along with other breeds but it's just different.

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    Yep. Breed snobs here. They'll hang out with other sighthounds but very rarely acknowledge other dogs much. Unless that dog is getting in their faces... then they can sometimes class it as fair game... But they are wolfhounds after all...

    And if there's borzoi amongst a group of sighthounds they will normally only play with them. They do however gravitate towards other breeds with similar temperaments, like deerhounds, greyhounds and Irish wolfhounds. They're more likey to play with them than the salukis or afghans. But they have a very strong pack bond and don't like interacting with strange dogs too intimately.

    I think many breeds have typical types of temperaments so can relate to each other better than very differently behaved dogs.

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    I am not sure about this. I think mini schnauzers seems to gang up at the dog parks but it could be the fact as the owners know each other quite well. My s/tzu does not seem to care that much as long as he is the boss.
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    I admit I walk in the evenings with a tribe of SWF and Frosty - who towers over them all. And the mini schnauzers do seem to recognise each other.

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    What I wanna know - do dogs recognise their own parents when they meet them later in their lifetime?

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