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Hurrah! she is here. We have decided to call her Mica. She had a harrowing couple of days being flown from Romania to Amsterdam, over nighting in Amsterdam then flying to Los Angles. Then a six hour car ride back here! However she was not phased by any of it and is pretty much fearless. Her brother is also here - they shared a crate on the flight. His new people will be picking him up shortly. I am glad they had each other for company! I think it really helped.







This last one is of brother! who is kind of a goofus




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How cute and foofy, Mica has a adorable and sweet face. Congrates on your new addition finally getting her, I to hope you stick around and keep us updated as she grows :)
 

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SO cute!

I'm excited to hear about how training goes. Please post updates! And videos! :)

Are you doing any specific training with her?
 

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We are starting with just puppy basics on the 19th of next month! After we graduate from that we will move on to basic obedience and go from there. I want to get her a CGC title and after that we will see. I will probably take more classes just because I really enjoy them! Though it will depend on how her personality develops. She is a breed that can be pretty iffy with strangers and I do not want ot be disruptive to other peoples training practice.

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@Lucille we actually do not want to discourage her natural temperament. We did get her for the purpose of being a guard dog. However we do want to refine her natural temperament and teach her to think before she acts and to look at us for guidance if she is unsure of the situation. So she will be exposed to as many situations as I can manage and many different types of people to learn what is normal.

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@Lucille we actually do not want to discourage her natural temperament. We did get her for the purpose of being a guard dog. However we do want to refine her natural temperament and teach her to think before she acts and to look at us for guidance if she is unsure of the situation. So she will be exposed to as many situations as I can manage and many different types of people to learn what is normal.

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Cute furball.

Never met one of these dogs in real life . I wouldn't worry about "discouraging natural temperament". The thing about it being a "natural temperament" is that just that.


How did the pups end up traveling together. Did you resell one or do you purchase them together with a friend?
 

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@Esand another family in New Mexico purchased her brother. So the puppies flew in together in the same crate. It saved a little bit on shipping and they were able to travel together which I think helped on such a long journey. We went to Los Angeles and picked them both up. Then had her brother over night - his family drove in from New Mexico on Sunday and we met them part of the way to drop him off with them. I think it was better for both of them to have a sibling on the journey from Romania.

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It is my opinion that large powerful dogs who have guard dog temperaments should be extensively socialized at an early age. Again, in my opinion, guarding activity should be something the owner is able to control, and early socialization helps raise a dog who will not think of being aggressive with the family's children or visiting friends.
 

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@Lucille

I have extensive experience with many guard dog breeds and owned Fila Brasileiros for years.

Also I did not disagree with you and still do not! early socialization is extremely important. You cannot expect a dog to be a successful guard dog if they do not know what is 'normal'. I do not want her being aggressive out of fear - she needs to be super confident, fearless, and able to actually think before she acts.

I do however realise that much like a Fila as she gets older she is never going to like strangers and I do not expect her to do so. I do expect her to listen to me and at least be politely indifferent out in public.

I will not let her be a lunging growling maniac but I also past a certain age will not force her to interact with strangers either. I will let our Corgi and our Shih Tzu take care of all of the social butterfly tasks.

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[MENTION=94674] and they were able to travel together which I think helped on such a long journey.
Thats why I asked actually, it seems like a great option for shipping puppies since they don't have to go through the whole process alone.
 
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