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Norma - 2013-10-17
I first got to know about the Doberman in the mid sixties in Scotland. A boyfriend and his dad used to breed the Doberman & the German Shepherd. They would train them for Security and Police work. They would take them to factories as guard dogs for nights. After coming to South Africa in 1972 my husband and I decided to get a Doberman, a bitch called Susie, we eventually after searching high and low decided to breed her. She was a gentle dog when needed but a great guard dog and would never leave my side. Since Susie I have had 8 Dobermans, the latest 2 being Duke & Apollo, Duke is now 15 years old, he is the longest living Doberman that I have ever had. He is going deaf and is short sighted and suffers a little from arthritis, but before this, he has never been ill. He has been a loyal companion and friend that I will miss dearly when he goes over the rainbow bridge. Apollo is 4 years, and Duke has trained him well, they are both my constant companions, even sleeping in my bedroom on their own beds. I have had numerous breeds of dogs, but although all were loved, the Doberman has stolen my heart and I would pick one over any other breed. Oh by the way they are great with children, I have had 6 children and now have 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

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Diane Martinez - 2013-06-12
About 5 months ago we bought a beautiful little American Pit bull terrier puppy, and since then, she has been a pure terror. We say she is the Velasoraptor we never had. She bites, doesn't know her name, not potty trained, destructive, ETC. Now, we realize, she is deaf. We are so sad for her. But, I had decided, I do know some sign language, and I will adapt it for her, I will train her to walk by tying her to my waist, and basically, we shall figure this one out. Of course, she will have to be spade. And we will not be able to register her. I tried to call the breeder, but his voice mailbox was full. He may have some male 'blues' left, but if deafness is inherited, male blues inherit agressiveness I've heard when they get older. Not to mention the fact, we love this dog, and will keep her. (Tia Maria)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-12
    What a surprise that must have been to realise your little pup was deaf! But it is so great that you are going to work with her and help her make her way in a world that for her is silent. You guys rock! and I am so very impressed with your commitment:)
  • Aloysius. A - 2013-10-17
    Hi Diane Martinez, You are great. GOD bless your family and your little American Pit bull terrier puppy. Actually the little one is soooo lucky to be born in this world that to have a guardian like you. I am soo happy when reading (we love this dog, and will keep her.) All the best.
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Cindy Nuno - 2013-10-14
Need an Apple head long hair Chihawhawa female for breeding. I have a male. He is two years old and is more than ready to breed. Call me if you're interested and have a female. Call 623-336-1299. Must be in the Glendale, Arizona Phoenix area.

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Anonymous - 2013-09-05
Hi my name is Judy. I adopted a long hair chi in 2010, december from the humane society in jasper texas. In the past 2 years I say she's having seizures. I've had people tell me they have heard of them having them. She is a unique color and look. She has a brother and sister who look like her. The vet says he hasn't seen a long hair chi that looks like her before. Tiki is her name and she is the love of my life. She loves playing with the kitten, they get real roudy sometimes. I got her because the dog that helped me through my husbands death got killed and I saw her picture 2 weeks later and said that's going to be my dog and I got her. Please help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-05
    Do the seizures seem to be causing a lot of problems? I would say the first thing you should do is consult your vet. They may be able to prescribe some medication to help with the seizures and figure out why she is having them.
  • Debbie - 2013-09-18
    Hi, I'm so sorry to hear that your pup is having seizures. Our last dog ( not a chi ) started having siezures about 6 months after we rescued her. She would just drop over like she was dead and either lay there or start making this awful high pitched sound, then lose bladder control. Once she was over it she seemed to be fine. It became more frequent and the vet surmised she had a brain tumor and eventually we had to put her down. She lost pretty much her eye sight and started walking into walls. Sometimes she fell down the stairs. It was absolutely heartbreaking and that's when we knew it was time to let her go. We now have rescued a male chi and he has become the love of our life. All I can say to you is talk to your vet and love your little girl for as long as you are blessed to have her.
  • Suzanne - 2013-10-09
    I had a German Shepherd that Started having Seizures, Called the Vet and took her in. The Vet gave me a Medication and she did well for a while then she started to have more seizures so we upped her medication. We did this several times till she was taking the Maximum dose. Then she started where she was having 5 seizures a day and there was nothing we could do. We had to put her down and the Vet believed she had a brain Tumor. As she had so many Seizures. It was the hardest thing I've had to do. But it would have been selfish to let her continue to suffer. I had a long Haired Chi we rescued and Shortly after We put Dutchess down Skeeter Died. He had Congestive Heart Failure and his little Heart just gave out. We Just got a new Puppy. Another long haired Chi and He is Registered with the AKC and has Champions in his family. We already have him Spoiled. But he deserves it.
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ashley - 2013-09-26
i have a mini her name is juju and recently she lost her love companion and now she doesnt play, just lays around. my husband and i r thinking of getting another mate but i wonder if it's too soon? Its only been a week and it will be another 3 wks before we can get a pup... Please help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-26
    I would wait at least the three weeks if she were mine, maybe even longer just so she has enough some space to adjust to her loss.
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amber - 2011-11-02
I have a 10 month old bull terrier who eats everything and never stops. He jumps on everyone and just won't ever calm down. He also eats everything he can put in his mouth. I am thinking of obediance classes and neutering him. Which should I do first?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Neuter or obediance - I would neuter the pup first and they are good to go in a couple of days. So I would make an appointment for neuter and sign up for obedience classes right away. 10 months old is a pup and they are high activity dogs and will calm down but will probably be more like 18 months to 2 years before CALM. Obediance classes are great for this pup both training and socialization. The bull terrier is not any easy pup to crate train either so constant supervision is pretty much required. A trainer taught me to throw keys and yell 'NO' when my dog was doing something wrong. You don't throw the keys at the dog just at a chair or ground or anywhere close to the pup so there is a large noise and the yell 'NO'. It startles them and reinforces the 'NO'. By the time you get to the dog and the shoe the dog is eating - it is too late. So if you are sitting there and see poor behavior a big 'NO' and throw the keys. It worked great for me.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-26
    It's just what bull terriers do I've found out lately with my new one. Walk them regularly, treat them like children (if they jump on you completely ignore them and turn away till they stop, if they chew, buy a crate, not a fancy one.. It too will be eaten, expect it.. Bones, lots of bones, not raw hides.. And what I have found to be cheap and affective.. Get a large gallon jug and stuff treats in it, leave the lid off, and wa la!! The noise is quite annoying but it's better than chewed up stuff. Also, get your dog on a routine, lots of walks and lots of playtime!! This is what made be be able to manage my first bull terrier and keep her out,of trouble.
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Morgan - 2013-09-12
I have recently been given a one year old bull terrier. Her previous owner left her outside and hardly spent any time with her. I have always been a big fan of the breed and I have been doing an insane amount of research. Where I live I have no yard so she stays inside 100% of the time. I walk her every day and let her run around in our community dog run. She is been great inside.. Besides the fact she eats everything in sight. No matter what it is, she eats it. We have lost keyboards, headphones, tv remotes, playstation controllers, hair brushes, movies, you name it. We try to keep as much as we can out of reach but something's are impossible. I keep her on a leash almost the entire day just so I can watch her. I've bought bones and chews but she eats them in a day. I'm on a very tight budget so buying a big bulk of chews is out of the question. What can I do to reduce her chewing on our things? I'm not giving up on her but my boyfriend is on his last leg with her and I want to show him she can be a good dog and she can be trusted. I just have no idea were to start. I'm willing to put all the time I can, I just can't afford a lot of extra things.. Please, please help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-12
    She sounds like a great dog! but is still in that energetic part of life where chewing is essential. You can consider crate training. It is a great way to keep from giving the dog the run of the house, and dogs trained properly will get to where they really appreciate their own space. It does require that you spend dedicated time with you pup, playing activities then followed with 'time out'. It also gives you more control over what she can have to chew on, until she gets past this energetic time of  uncontrollable chew urges.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-24
    I have her a crate now and it has made a world of difference! Also, another thing I have discovered on my own that works miracles... Home made dog treats stuffed in a large ozarka plastic bottle.. The sound is annoying but it keeps her attention for hours.. Yes, hours. And it's free! We have not had anymore chewed up items since!
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Niomi Somerville - 2013-09-19

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    Oh my gosh! what a little cutie:) Thanks for sharing.
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Jim - 2012-09-24
I know feeding dogs table food is a no-no BUT what about fruits & vegies? We have given our dog carrots, lettuce, pieces of cucomber and fruit.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    I bet that's fine. We feed our Golden veggies all the time.
  • Jim - 2013-09-04
    BUT he does not like strawberries and will just lick cantaloupe.
  • Cathy - 2013-09-17
    Fruits and veggies are good for dogs, generally. However, there are some that are poisonous or otherwise not good for them. Grapes/raisins, avocado, chocolate, walnuts, brazil nuts, apple seeds (don't let them chew the core), peach pits, garlic, onions.... just to name some. Look for a complete list online just to be sure.
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Anonymous - 2013-09-17
I have a beautiful, friendly and so loving long haired Chihuahua named Jack. Who says you shouldn't get a Chihuahua if you have small children? I challenge that. I have young children. As an adult and mother, you should carefully supervise their play as with anything children do. I don't see why you can't have a chi around children. Jack adores my 6, 5, and 2 yr old. He lays with them until they are all sleeping. Jack loves to be rubbed and petted by all of them. He also loves to snuggle and be hugged. It is the cutest thing to look at. Of course he is later moved to his bed as well as the children. Jack loves to be around the kids. I haven't seen him being aggressive towards one child over another. I feel as long as you supervise and teach the children how to be gentle, it can work out. It really depends on their personality too. Jack gets a lot of attention from all of us. He's the sweetest puppy ever!

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