Question of the Week

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Question of the Week
Tue, 04-16-2013 - 8:44pm

People who don't own a particular breed of dog seem to think they are all pretty much alike.  But, oh, they are not!  There are vast differences among dogs of the same breed.  We know that, right?

I've had pugs for 24 years.  Most tend to be dimwitted, but I have met a few exgtremely intelligent ones.  They have ranged from 17 to 34 pounds.  Some are double-coated; some are single-coated.  Some have bug eyes; some do not.  Their eyes can be different shades of brown or honey.  Fawns shed more than blacks.  Blacks are naughtier than fawns.  Whites are very rare.  Brindles are mixed with something else. Yadda yadda.

Those of you who own or have owned several of the same breed, what have you observed?


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Wed, 04-17-2013 - 11:43am

Good question. As for Toy Fox Terriers - they are not all tri-color (black, white/tan). They all don't have the same hair type. Jack's hair is  very different from Taz's. Taz sheds more than Jack. They're all very intelligent and I would say Taz seems slower than Jack but I think it's more of her stubborn nature and perhaps being female. Jack seems to be the exception as to size. I've never seen a TFT as big as Jack, most of them are small and thin.  Taz is not  thin LOL

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 04-17-2013 - 1:03pm

I haven't exactly owned the same breed...but my ^Valentine^ was a yellow lab, and Cleo is a lab/mix.  Valentine was a bundle of energy with the lab "wiggle" and flying tail.  Cleo is energetic at the Dog Park, but not at all.  She doesn't really have the real lab traits, except for the appetite....LOLOL....

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Thu, 04-18-2013 - 9:56pm

Of the two greyhounds I had, Jester was a big beautiful male, aptly named for being a bit goofy.  Lynnie, whose full name was Feisty Lynn, had raced for 5 years and was as smart as a first grader.  I've had three Weimaraners, and they have all been about equally smart.  Though again, I think the female was a step above the two males.  My first, Duncan, was well bred and hand picked, very big for a Weim (100 lbs), and with good conformation.  Allie was a very small female at just 50 pounds.  She was smart and a bit manipulative.  Comet is a bit ungainly, not well bred and also stubborn.  He's gentler than the other two were.  All were very sweet.

I've had a lot of pure breds, and several mutts.  The smartest of all was a Belgian Sheepdog.  The dumbest was the English Springer Spaniel.  They were all wonderful!


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Registered: 11-19-2001
Sat, 04-20-2013 - 12:12pm
This is a great question Gaye! My "expertise" would be in Greyhounds and Airedale Terriers. I'll limit myself to Greyhounds for this QOTW though and to male Greyhounds only. Spencer was my "dimwit". He was the sweetest boy ever but definitely not the brightest bulb but Buzz was definitely bright - you could see him weighing and measuring things out to see which outcome suited him best. Dante is a bit this way too but he's a people pleaser more so than either Spencer or Buzz. I will say that there are more characteristics with Greyhounds that are alike than not alike though. That's why I love the breed so much. I know what I'm getting! But back to what's not alike. Spencer shed all year long and so much I always wondered why he wasn't bald! And he wasn't double coated nor did he have a thick coat. Buzz had a very thick coat but shed only twice a year. So far Dante hasn't shed hardly at all and has a "normal" coat. Dante has a better set of choppers than either Spencer or Buzz and I hope they stay that way but regardless I'm still getting Dante a dental next month. It's just something you need to do with Greyhounds. And finally, Spencer had a very straight tail but both Buzz and Dante have a curl to their tails.
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Sun, 04-21-2013 - 3:14pm
I have had mostly beagle mixes. One thing they all have in common is they like to sniff and sniff and sniff.... Trampy was the smartest dog I had as a beagle mix, Peco is the second smartest dog, Vozzy is average. My poodle Pepi I had growing up was the smartest dog I ever knew. Pepi knew several tricks and could do math! He could add and subtract when you gave him a simple math problem like 2 +2 =? he would bark 4 barks.