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Post by twigletsmum on Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:57 am

Hows about section, whereby breed rescues and specific breed owners can post full details about their various breeds to give newbies/new dOG owners/ first time fosterers etc etc some idea of what they would probably be taking on. Once the pups are sorted I will have a fair amount of free time, so don't mind filling in the gaps. Any thought please?
Edited to add. If breed specific rescues don't want to spend their valuable time coming on line, just send your leaflet, guide lines or whatever to me, and I'll do it for you, or if I don't know myself, will take the info out of a breed book.
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Post by K9Karma on Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:43 am

For pure breeds regardless of species the breed standard gives this. There is always a section on the temperament. Most breed clubs have a page with the breed standard on it. Breed Clubs and breed rescues very often have a page enlarging on this. We used to be able to post details of breed rescues so people could access this information but this section is now locked. Perhaps if it was opened again more of these could be added.

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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:38 pm

Do you mean breed standards as per KC regulations?

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Post by twigletsmum on Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:00 pm

No, as these are not relevant to a rescue dog are they?
As an example..if a Lurcher was looking for a home a none breed familiar person could look up Lurcher and get an idea of what they are NORMALLY like to live with,as there are exceptions in every type/breed.

Lurcher...easy going, make good household pets, not normally good with small furries. Couch addicts once exercised.

Boxer...Bouncy exuberant clowns.

That sort of thing

So new fosterers may see perhaps Borzoi needing a foster home, can look at the description and see if the dog would fit in with their home and lifestyle, before offering.
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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:03 pm

Yeh that would be good. I thought Karma meant like the KC give you about certain breeds. I've never read a KC book so assumed it gave characteristics and if there was a cross you'd use both.

Something like that would be brilliant though. Especially to me as I know barely anything about anything other than Heinz 57 except for the fact that they are always different! lol

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Post by twigletsmum on Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:09 pm

I think that is what K9Karma meant, but as all the dogs on here, are unwanteds, rescues, pound dogs etc, I personally, do not think that the KC standard is applicable, but other members maydo
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Post by K9Karma on Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:21 pm

I do not understand why you think the information given in the KC breed standard on temperament and characteristics is not relevant to a pedigree rescue dog. Many very well bred pedigree dogs end up in rescue. I have one!
For example this is what the relevent section of the breed standard for the Dobermann says
Characteristics
Intelligent and firm of character, loyal and obedient.
Temperament
Bold and alert. Shyness or viciousness very highly undesirable.

This is a link to a page giving more information about the breed characteristics on the Dobermann Welfare website

http://www.dobermannwelfare.org.uk/breed.html

That information applies to a Dobermann whether it has won at shows or just been rescued from a pound.

This is just an example but the information is out there similarly on the web for all pedigree breeds.

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Post by muse2ponder on Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:30 pm

K9Karma wrote:I do not understand why you think the information given in the KC breed standard on temperament and characteristics is not relevant to a pedigree rescue dog. Many very well bred pedigree dogs end up in rescue. I have one!
For example this is what the relevent section of the breed standard for the Dobermann says
Characteristics
Intelligent and firm of character, loyal and obedient.
Temperament
Bold and alert. Shyness or viciousness very highly undesirable.

This is a link to a page giving more information about the breed characteristics on the Dobermann Welfare website

http://www.dobermannwelfare.org.uk/breed.html

That information applies to a Dobermann whether it has won at shows or just been rescued from a pound.

This is just an example but the information is out there similarly on the web for all pedigree breeds.

These are just vague, desireable characteristics though. I thought the OP meant what to expect when living with a certain breed. I know all dogs are different but, for example, many people recommend never excercising siberian huskies offlead in unenclosed areas due to a them usually having a poor recall. You'd never find things like this in the breed standard, as it's not relevant. Instead, it just remarks about their general nature...

.. but that's not to say that breed standards aren't relevant, but I think more practical notes would be useful aswell.
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Post by twigletsmum on Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:39 pm

K9 Karma, Sorry hun, I wasn't very clear was I.? I meant KC breed standard not applicable for movement, breed history, conformation etc, not temperament and behaviour. My apologies.
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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:06 pm

Although potentially this is a good idea, if i needed any help with regards to homechecking a particular breed, any breed traits/ behavior/characteristics, my first port of call would be the rescue i was helping, they would advise what to look for, surely. To enhance the knowledge I would then either go to the library and or look it up on the net for more info on that breed.

This would be enough?

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Post by twigletsmum on Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:46 pm

Yes Julie, it would Hun, but not everybody is as thorough as you. Wink
Also, as we know , not all rescue's are good, or knowledgable about breeds although their intentions may be good.

Mr X pops on line and sees....foster wanted for 'greater spotted hunting hound' 'Hmmmm, I have a space available, that's an unusual breed. lets give it a whirl' Mr X has recently had a home check done, so off goes the dog. Two days later Mr X phones the rescue and complains, 'This dog has eaten my furniture, eaten my plants,eaten the goldfish, the toilet seat, the kitchen cabinets etc etc. 'Well,' says the rescue' didn't you know that greater spotted hunting hounds eat everything they see? That's why they have so many spots' ROFL
Joking aside, I think you probably get the idea. Wink
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Post by Helper and Seeker on Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:30 pm

Also just put any breed into Google and zillions of such pages already exist with forums on every breed and animal imaginable with forums where you can ask people who own the animals or rescue them or breed them or show them or just like them.
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Post by twigletsmum on Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:49 pm

I wasn't in any way shape or form proposing this was a chit chat idea. My idea was of a permanent 'sticky' posting, so that new fosterers, new to dog ownership members etc, could see at a glance the kind of dog charactristics of a breed they were thinking of fostering. It has nothing to do with chatting at all !


As an example....
Boxer..exuberant, friendly, can be boisterous, usually very good family pets.
Lurcher...normally very quiet laid back dogs indoors, but can be naughty with tiny dogs and livestock when out.
Bichons....Small friendly dogs. Enjoy lots of fuss and attention. Coat needs an awful lot of care.

OK I give up, not a good idea then, only a suggestion. Perhaps people glancing on this forum, don't want to trawl through google and read all the literature on each breed :S
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Post by LianneC on Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:00 pm

I think its a good idea and if theres something someone doesnt understand for example they could PM the member directly to elaborate on it. I only have experience with staffies, bullies, springer spaniels and lurchers. More info on breeds would be a great help as then i could possibly help out a bit more
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Post by Helper and Seeker on Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:57 am

Morning All,

I think if your serious about anything then trawling through Google is exactly what you should do. And it is not trawling at all. Type in Springer Spaniel and loads of info comes up.

Since joinging this forum I have gained a whole new lenghty list of peoples contact details and also what they specialise in. If I have a breed specific question I would just PM one of them or better still phone them.

Having : Boxer..exuberant, friendly, can be boisterous, usually very good
family pets.

Can also be said of 3/4 if not every single Dog breed out their.

Please also remember that this forum is not only for Dogs. Kathryns Goal is for it to be all animals in need as she and the Mods have mentioned on numerous occasions.

I am not saying your idea is a bad one Plillipa just not for this site and forum.

What could maybe, be a better idea for this forum is a not quite an ask the experts but ask the more knowledgeable members and you could have a section with headings of Boxers and in the toppic would be members names and details who are willing to be contacted about that breed.

But then saying that even that would be not that bright an idea as the simplest thing would be for any member to post a thread saying Boxer - what they really like and then all the membership can post their thoughts.

This will also mean when a post is old and sorted it can be archived and will take up less space on the forum.

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Post by twigletsmum on Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:17 am

Debbie, I certainly don't agree with...
'Can also be said of 3/4 if not every Dog breed out there.'
Which world are you living in ? Certainly not the one that I am.

The same could also be done for breeds of cats, horses, small furries, from anyone who is very par fait with that type of animal.
Anyway,I'm certainly not going to argue with you or anyone else about it on the forum, I shall just leave it there.
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Post by twigletsmum on Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:21 am

By the way, if you want me to name dog breeds that do not generally fit the above criteria, I will be only to happy to continue this discussion by PM Wink
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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:39 am

So new fosterers may see perhaps Borzoi needing a foster home, can look at the description and see if the dog would fit in with their home and lifestyle, before offering.

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