07-09-2010, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by bloo97
I don't see why anything would be wrong. The vet never said anything. But I will check it out. (:
Well it appears that something COULD be wrong depending on your definition of "my dog sleeps A LOT". If Buddy is lazy because he is severly over weight then there absolutely could be medical reasons he's sleeping "alot", If buddy isn't over weight but still not active, then there is reason to be concerned because this is out of breed character, and could either be 1 of 2 things, a genetic defect or illness that is causing it, or 2, just a quarky individual dog trait, regardless of breed. I certainly hope it's the latter BUT until it has been disproven to stem from a medical cause it is prudent to screen for possibilities. I'm sure knowing where it comes from is well worth the piece of mind spending the $$ on the test (which shouldn't honestly be more than $110 dollars).
Vets don't generally think to look for "out of breed characteristics" as a possible symptom for defect or illness. Being a behaviorist I always look at "why does a dog act the way he does" and the second question is usually "could there be a medical reason for it", because in behavioral modification you ALWAYS have to rule out possible medical reasons a behavior might be presenting itself. Doing behavior work is more than just "TRAINING" dogs, it's knowinf breed propensities, knowing a good bit about canine health/nutrition and how it affects behavior, it's about thinking outside of the box when most people are lost, about looking at the animal as a whole, and how that whole is torn apart if just 1 aspect is off (then finding it), rather than looking at it in it's physiological parts as a vet does. Being a behaviorist is like playing the ultimate "where's Waldo" puzzle. Only after you've looked at ALL the parts can you make a complete picture of what is really goiong on, and FIND what you're looking for.
So yes, a Min pin, that is sleeping in excess, which is out of breed characteristic, should IMO be a cause for concern.
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