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Old 05-21-2014, 11:38 AM
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I thought this might be fun. It's always best to hear from actual owners!




Grooming requirements:

Energy level:


Breed history:

What should potential first time owners be aware of?

Anything else?

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc)

I will be back after I grab lunch lol.
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Great idea!!!


Size: 6-10 lbs, maybe 12' at withers (below the fluff, hah!)

Colors: Black, white, black and tan, apricot, chocolate, blonde, fawn, lavender, merle, parti-colour, tricolour, red, orange, sable, wolf sable, brindle, tan points... there is a LOT! Pretty much any colour you can think of is recognized.

Grooming Requirements: Heavy. All the usual stuff plus a good, thorough brushing every 1-3 days. The budget for groomers is low as they do not need to be clipped. Bathing, nails, brushing and tidying up the shape of the fur can easily be done at home by a novice.

Temperament: Lively, happy and funny! Very intelligent dogs who have a great capacity to learn and train (as well as get into mischief!). They are especially sensitive to human emotion and will pester an upset person incessantly, licking them and jumping on their lap until they feel that the person is 'okay'. They are velcro dogs who, because of their independent 'spitz' nature, are just as at ease spending a bit of time alone. Their appeal to people and their natural sociability makes them very human-friendly. Despite this, they do raise a ruckus when guests come over but this is driven by the desire to alert humans to a guest, not an anxiety or fear toward those guests.

They also have an independent streak and while this suits them well for the working individual, they are not the best candidates for off-leash activities in unenclosed areas. Agility, obedience and trick training would all be excellent activities for the Pomeranian. Their desire for attention and silly personality disposes them well to life with children so long as those children are old enough to understand that the pom is a very fragile dog.

Breed history:
The Pomeranian descended from the Spitz family of dogs, the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland. The breed takes its name from the historical region of Pomerania that makes up the southern coast of the Baltic sea (now present day Germany and Poland), not because it originated there, but because this was most likely where it was bred down to size. In its larger form, the dog served as an able herder of sheep. When it first came to notice in Britain in the middle of the 19th century, some specimens were said to weigh as much as thirty pounds and to resemble the German wolf spitz in size, coat and color.
In 1870 the Kennel Club (England) recognized the so-called spitz dog. In 1888 a Pomeranian named "Marco" was sent from Florence, Italy to become the beloved companion of Queen Victoria of England. Because the Queen was a popular monarch, the breed's popularity grew as well. In fact, the Queen is credited for advocating the trend toward the smaller Poms.
Pomeranians were shown in the United States in the Miscellaneous Class as far back as 1892, but regular classification was not provided until 1900 at New York. In 1911 the American Pomeranian Club held its first specialty show. Early American winners were heavier in bone, larger in ear and usually weighed under six pounds. They had type and good coat texture, although they lacked the profuseness of coat in evidence today.
Diminutive size, docile temper and a vivacious spirit plus sturdiness have made Pomeranians great pets and companions.
From Pomeranian History (sorry I was excited to talk about poms but not to give a history lesson, haha!)

What should potential first time owners be aware of?

Despite its toy status, the Pomeranian is not as content to lead a 'quiet life' as a Whippet or a Shih-Tzu. They do have a fair amount of physical and mental energy and do best with at least an hour of exercise per day and an additional hour of mental stimulation (training, play, exploration). Failure to keep up with this will compel the pom to pester you relentlessly with his favourite toy before going off and making his own amusement. When bored they are also given to nuisance barking.

Anything else? Pomeranians are a yappy breed and they love to play the 'lawn cop'. Take it, or leave it. They are excellent watchdogs and will settle down so long as they feel that they have done their job of making the owner aware of visitors or passers by. Upon acquiring a pomeranian you can rest assured that (barring deafness on the part of either yourself or the dog) a person or dog will never again cross onto your property at any hour of day or night without your knowledge!
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Breed: Beagle

Size: The show standard is 13 and 15 inches, but hunting hounds vary anywhere between 10-20 inches depending on what traits the hunter is breeding for.

Colors: Any true hound color and dilutes.

Grooming requirements: Some have thicker coats and shed more than others, but it's usually minimal.

Energy level: Again, the breed is super varied. Generally, they mellow out around a year. They're very adaptable and can be both active and couch potatoes at the same time.

Temperament: Is loud a temperament trait? They're very boisterous and excitable, but also very cuddly and sweet. Excitable, though. Come home? Baroo! Sees squirrel? Baroo! Have food? Baroo! Ask to sit? Baroo! Blink? Baroo! They tend to be a bit shy at first but will treat you like their best friend the second time they see you or if you have food. A lot of things say they don't make good apartment dogs because of the noise, but other than that they're usually very adaptable to new environments. They are a bit "selfish" so to speak, they have a very strict "but what's in it for me?" policy. They're total clowns.

Breed history: Scenthounds bred to hunt rabbits. Originated in England.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They're a lot smarter than breed specific articles and books make them out to be, they're just stubborn. Phase treats out as early as you can or you will regret it. Don't get a beagle if you don't have a good sense of humor.

Anything else? There is a TON of variety in the breed, so I tried to be as general as possible. They're a very enjoyable breed if you embrace their quirks and love a good baroo!

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc) I've had them all my life.
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I thought this might be fun. It's always best to hear from actual owners!

Working/sport miniature dachshund, showline dachshund, rescue dachshund (2), working/sport bred Miniature American Shepherd

As a breed or for my own dogs? As a breed, miniature dachshunds are 11lbs and under. Anything larger is considered a standard, although 16-32lbs is what will do in the show ring. The in between size are referred to as Tweenies unofficially.
Nola (working bred) is 10lbs, Augustine (show) is about 14lbs, Boston is 15lbs and Phoenix is 9.5lbs.

MAS are 13-18" tall and weigh anywhere from 18 to 35lbs. Pike is 6ish-lbs at 14 weeks old.

Again, my dogs or breed colors? Dachshunds come in the colors:
Black and Tan
Black and cream
Chocolate and tan
Chocolate and cream
Isabella and tan
Blue and tan
Chocolate, although it's not an acceptable color
Black (ditto)

And the patterns:
Dapple (Merle)
Double dapple (double Merle)

Nola is a red sable, Augustine is a light "clear" red, Boston is a red dapple and Phoenix is Black and Tan.

MAS come in:
Blue Merle, with or without copper and/or white trim
Red Merle, with or without copper and/or white trim
Black tri
Red tri
Black bi
Red bi

Grooming requirements:
Minimal for smooth dachshunds. Bath every 2-6 weeks depending on the individual, brushing whenever you remember. Ears need cleaned every 4 weeks or so, and nails need done every 1-4 weeks depending on your dog. Teeth need attention though.
Wires need that and also weekly brushing, occasional trimming, and hand stripping 2x a year.
Longs need daily or every other day brushing and occasional trimming.

MAS need daily or every other day brushing, foot fur needs trimmed every week or two, and depending on your dog the legs and back end need trimmed every 2-6 weeks. I keep Pike's legs and butt trimmed short since he likes to roll in everything.

Energy level:
Nola (working bred): the medium spectrum of high energy. Lower than a BC or Mal or JRT, higher than Aussie or Lab.

Augustine (show): medium energy

Boston and Phoenix (BYB rescue and rehome): medium

Pike (working/sport MAS): low end of high energy


Dachshunds should be aloof but not shy. Fiercely loyal to their owners, and the smooths especially are one person Velcro dogs. Highly intelligent and alert with good work ethic and great problem solving ability. Great watchdogs, and the females are quite protective. Thrive with positive training if you start early.
Active and energetic. No tendencies towards HA or DA, although they are not "dog park dogs" for the most part.

MAS are friendly but not in your face, very loyal and clingy. Smart with good drive and work ethic. Energetic and active but have a good off switch when properly exercised. Very biddable and lives to please. No tendencies toward DA or HA.

Breed history:
On my phone, too much to post!

What should potential first time owners be aware of?

Dachshunds are loud. Even when you train them a quiet cue and they're exercised, they bark. It's a much deeper bark than you'd expect, and it carries. They are much more terrier than hound, so make sure you take into account the tenacity and intelligence of terriers before getting a Dox.
Keep them lean. Cannot stress that enough.
Socialize socialize socialize!
They go through several intense fear periods up until 2.
They are the very essence of Velcro.
They are 10x more active than you think.

MAS are clingy. I can't remember the last time I showered alone since getting Pike.
You have to stay on top of grooming.
They're active and energetic. Don't forget it!

Anything else?

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc)
Owned 5 Dachshunds, learned everything I could from Nola's breeder.
Visited any and all MAS I could get my hands on, spent hours and hours with his breeder's dogs.

I will be back after I grab lunch lol.

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Breed: Papillon

Size: Generally 12 inches and under. 5-12 lbs seems common.

Colors: White and either sable, tricolor, black, red, or lemon

Grooming requirements: Ideally they should be brushed out every week and ears combed out. Feet hair grows continuously and needs to be trimmed up. They do shed despite what some websites say... They do not have an undercoat though and don't blow coat.

Energy level: Medium to very high depending on the dog. Most like to do things but are adaptable. Some really truly need a lot to do every day.

Health issues: (I forgot this one!) Most toy dog issues can ail papillons. Luxating patellas is a big one. Collapsed trachea occasionally. Progressive retinal atrophy. Dental issues are super common. There is a rare neurological disorder that is 100% fatal so far in the breed called neuroaxonal dystrophy. Epilepsy happens but is rare.

Temperament: Overall I find them to be very happy, people oriented dogs. Most seem very intelligent and also biddable. They can have some drive to them that surprises a lot of people in a toy dog. Mine have loved to learn anything and everything. They can be quite busy and generally are very Velcro with their people. In general I find them very excitable and they can be barky. Most are friendly but some can be shy and timid. Because they like learning and are athletic and fast they tend to do well in lots of dog sports, especially agility and obedience.

Breed history: Papillons are toy spaniels that originated in Europe. They can be found in paintings that are hundreds of years old.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They need exercise and some can be very surprisingly busy for their size. Overall I think as long as you don't anticipate a calm, sedate dog that needs no exercise. Plan on exercising as much as you would a big dog and you'll be fine.

Anything else?
The breed comes in 2 varieties. The papillon that has erect (up) ears and the phalene with drop ears. In the US they are the same breed and are shown and bred together. Papillon means butterfly in French and Phalene means moth.

What is your breed experience? Owned 2 and lived with 7. Also been involved in conformation (past) and agility with them.

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Breed: Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

Size: Generally 13-16". Oversized happens a lot and undersized happens some too. 12-35 lbs with upper teens to low 20s seeming to be average.

Colors: Sable and white, tricolor, black and white, blue merle and white, blue merle tri, and color headed white (piebald)

Grooming requirements: They should be brushed thoroughly weekly or multiple times a week. They will blow coat 2x a year and will need very thorough brushing then. Feet will need mild trimming.

Energy level: Low/medium to very very very high? That does not help but I have met many couch potato pet bred shelties and have also met many agility shelties that are high drive and very high energy spitfires. Buyer beware

Health issues: vWD, eye problems, thyroid, some issues with hips and knees, collie nose (skin issue), mdr1

Temperament: Like I said they vary a lot. From calm, patient 'lassie types' to high drive spitfires that tear up the agility course. Mine were all quirky dogs with funny personalities who were very dedicated to their people. They were for the most part (erm Nikki not so much...) biddable and had some drive to herd and control motion. They are supposed to be wary of strangers and can be prone to shyness. They need a lot of socialization and most need quite a bit of exercise or a job to do. They and border collies are definitely the most popular agility breeds because of their high drive, biddability and athleticism. Mine liked to bike, play ball, learn tricks, or just run all around our acreage. They were very up for anything.

Breed history: Shelties originated on the Scottish Shetland islands. They were thus crossed with breeds like border collies and later rough collies.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They bark a lot. I mean a lot. And they need a lot of socialization compared to most dogs. They can also be herdy and noise and motion sensitive. Definitely meet the lines and also have an idea if you want a high drive dog for sports or a more pet oriented type. They can be night and day.

Anything else? Did I mention they bark?

What is your breed experience? Owned 3. 2 pet bred and one agility/show bred dog. I know more via agility
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Size-Large 85-160 lbs.
Color-Black with Mahogany or Tan
Grooming-Not high maintenance,brushing and bathing(they do shed)
Energy levels-enjoy walks,playing. They do have crazy bursts of energy,but do take naps throughout the day.
Health issues-hip displaysia,eyes,elbow joint problems, other problems that I can't remember right now
Temperament-they are big babies.The can be very stubborn.They can also be very protective and aggressive... Needs lots of socialization with people and pets very early on.They are playful and very affectionate and goofy.Very smart,they will watch something for a minute before they go after it,to figure out their plan of attack so to speak.Awesome guard dogs.
Breed history-they are herding dogs,and would pull carts for butchers and protect their carts and money.
First time owner beware if-backyard breeders.Buy from a reputable breeder that breeds for health and temperament.Suoer strong dogs,and strong willed.They will eat everything and anything,big chewers and droolers.If not socialized early on,you'll have a big mess of problems.They will be very aggressive towards everything if not socialized.They nip like other puppies,but have very strong jaws and big teeth and the nips hurt and sometimes draws blood(like any pup)
Anything else-they are good with kids and love to be around people.They eat a lot and grow super fast,yet they think they're a small dog.They will sit on your lap and pin you down.I can not stress enough how important it is to socialize them as soon as you get them.They love to be with people and will become your shadow and sometimes they will herd you as you're walking.
Breed experience-currently own two a 1 1/2 yr old female and a 6month male .Had 2 others in the years past,which were bred.My favorite breed to own.
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Breed: working/sporting line border collies

Size: 18 - 23" at the withers though outside that range appears too. Sheep- and sports-line are on the smaller end. Cattle-line are often taller. Builds vary from lanky to brick ****house.

Colors: All of them - black with white irish spotting is the most common

Grooming requirements: Varies. Coats are wash'n'wear for the most part. Usually double-coated, though not always.

Energy level: think fusion reactor

Temperament: Driven. Obsessive. Huge work ethic. Intense. Perceptive. Focused. Handler oriented. Demanding. Neurotic. Competitive. Indifferent to their own pain and personal limits. Pretty much the definitive Type A personality.

Breed history: Created to be the perfect herding dog - the breed was selected for working-ability only (hence the large range of looks). It started with Old Hemp who relied on intimidation through eye contact to move sheep.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? They are not a pet, they are a lifestyle. You will be stared at, outsmarted, and continually pushed by your dog to do more work. You're probably going to break down at least once because you think you're in over your head. They pick up everything quickly, but don't generalise, so you'll have to teach the same thing 50 different ways.

Anything else? Your dog will need a job or two. If you don't find them one, they will find their own and you will not like it.

What is your breed experience? (ie I owned one dog, I bred the breed, etc) Own the breed and help out with the BC rescues occasionally.
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Breed: White Swiss shepherd

Size: Males: height 60-66 cm / 24-26", weight 30-40 kg / 66-88 pounds. Females: height 55-61 cm / 22-24", weight 25-35 kg / 55-77 pounds.

Colors: White

Grooming requirements: The short coat requires very little brushing and the coat does not mat. The long coat requires more attention, especially behind the ears and in the armpits, though the coat is not prone to matting. Both varieties are self-cleaning, so washing is rarely necessary. Both varieties will seasonally blow their coats, but they shed all year round.

Energy level: medium-high

Health issues: Main concerns are hip and elbow dysplasia. Lesser concerns are back problems. (but not to be dismissed! A breeder should definitely screen their breeding stock)

Temperament: Friendly, alert, lively, active, eager to please, intelligent, reserved with strangers. Overall a soft temperament.

Breed history: White dogs have existed in the German shepherd breed since its very beginning, but 1930's Nazi Germany disqualified the color white in the breed. Other registries soon followed, and in just a couple of decades the whites were eradicated from the European population of GSDs. However, unlike their European counterparts, the white dogs thrived in north America. In the seventies some white dogs were imported to Switzerland, where they soon got enthusiasts. In the nineties, Switzerland recognized the white dogs as a breed apart, and with the start of the new millennium the FCI provisionally recognized the breed as the Berger Blanc Suisse, honoring Switzerland as its patron country. The recognition became official in June 2011.

What should potential first time owners be aware of? First time owners should be aware that harsh training techniques will ruin this dog. They are soft in temperament and can easily revert to becoming fearful. They are also very intelligent and love to please, so obedience will probably be a breeze. Socialization is very important, in order to develop their character properly.

Anything else? Some lines in this breed are known for being fearful. Do your research and find a breeder that only breeds dogs with stellar temperaments.

What is your breed experience? I now own my second white Swiss shepherd.

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Oh, for health issues:

Dachshunds: IVDD, skin issues in the dilutes, higher rate of vaccine reactions, luxating patella and epilepsy, although the last two aren't super common.

MAS: hip dysphasia, eye issues, luxating patella, allergies and of course the MDR1 gene.
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