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Amanda - 2010-12-11
I love my newfie. They are also very sensitive to people. They want to make you happy. They above all enjoy your company most of all. If you are super busy and don't have time to spend with you Newfie this is not the right breed for you they are very dependent on their human companions.

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Salvador - 2010-05-24
My cocker spaniel tried to bite my mom, even when she was leting him for a walk, we have treated him good. The vet says that he's angry, I don't really know whats up with that dog, can someone tell me how to help my dog?

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  • Kat - 2011-06-11
    If your dog is a male hes trying to show authority. Get him fixed and the problem will get better. You can also put him through obiedence training that will help a lot. Good Luck
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Gagan Maan - 2011-03-21
Sir/madam I want to know that what type of environment does english pointer require to live and what food is suitable of english pointer? Please reply on my email address.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-24
    A good place to start wold be to read the artcle above in Animal World which will give you the basics opn personality, excercise, grooming, etc.  Then whatever specific questions you have - let us know.
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Jennah - 2012-01-09
Suprelby illuminating data here, thanks!

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The Whisperer - 2009-05-19
Socialization is a must, the more positive experiences around different people, different animals, sights, noises, etc that a GSD puppy experiences as he grows up, the more confident and stable in temperament that dog will be.

Obedience training is also a must. A GSD is much like a smart 3-year old child, he will test you to see what he can get away with and push you as far as you let him. Positive consistent obedience training until a dog reliably and quickly obeys you, will help you and your dog form a good master=dog bond, can PREVENT many problems from occurring and in some cases may even save your dog's life. Once you've lived with a well-trained dog, you will never want to live with an untrained dog again!!!
A GSD NEEDS things such as obedience exercises to learn and do, to keep him from getting bored. A bored dog, especially one used to doing as it pleases, is likely to wreak havoc on its environment as it digs, howls, barks, chews things up, and engages in other undesirable behaviors to relieve its boredom.


GSDs come in a variety of colors and patterns. The dominant pattern for distribution of the black markings over the red/tan/cream/silver ground color of the GSD, is the agouti (called sable in the USA and grau or gray in Germany=neither which correctly describes the pattern). Second to agouti is the two-tone pattern with the two colors, the ground color and the black markings being fairly clearly divided (the familiar black and tan dog is of this pattern). Third comes the darker dogs, blankets and bicolors (for which there is no standardized degree of black, thus what different people claim is a blanket or a bi, may differ from others opinions of what constitutes a blanket or bi. Most recessive in this series is the solid black which frequently isn't actually solid black but shows hints of ground color, often called shadings or bleedthrough, in the lower legs, inside of the hindlegs, and around the anus.

The ground colors are red/tan/cream and silver, with variations in intensity and clarity. Puppies ground colors are usually muddied, with grayish tinges, and intensify and get clearer as the puppy grows. The marking color is usually black, although there are two different recessive dilutions, liver and blue. Liver or blue merely changes the black pigment on a GSD to blue or liver.

An agouti/sable puppy is born fairly dark, then the black tipping fades until the puppy at 7 to 8 weeks of age is a dull grayish tan with very little black on it. The black tipping comes back in and the puppy darkens again at around 4 months of age. There is another stage at around 7 months of age where the black tipping in an agouti/sable puppy fades again, but the second fading of the black is much less obvious than the first one. After that the puppy's color will get richer and darker and as an adult the puppy will overall be approximately as dark as he was as a newborn. There is also some minor seasonal variation in the appearance of the black tipping. An agouti/sable may appear lighter in overall color in the winter when he has a lot of undercoat, and darker in the summer when all that light undercoat has shed out!

A two-tone puppy is born much darker than he will be as an adult. As the puppy grows, the ground color (red/tan/cream/silver) steadily spreads upward and outward. Thus, a puppy that is destined to be a saddle black and tan adult, will be quite dark with the black color extending to the elbows and will steadily keep getting lighter in appearance until he reaches his adult saddle pattern.

White is on a totally separate locus. A white GSD is a GSD of any of the possible agouti series colors/pattern combinations from agouti/sable to solid black, that has its pattern and colors masked by the white gene, just as if you would drop a white sheet over the dog. White dogs whose ground colors are genetically reds or rich tans, tend to have reddish, orangish, etc tinges in their coats. Whiter whites are usually genetically creams and silvers (ground colors are what affects the degree of white in a white dog, not the black marking color/pattern)

Mutations in colors/patterns are always possible in the GSD, just as they are in any species. Recent color/pattern mutations include the Panda shepherd, a mutation for large white markings and sometimes change of eye color to blue and also at least two instances, one positively confirmed by DNA, of spontaneous mutation of ground color to brindle.

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Wanda Parsons - 2010-09-23
I have an English Mastiff named Rollo. He is in perfect health and temperament. When I purchased him the owners were to provide me with his family history but failed to do so and is no longer around. What would the steps be to get him to be the first family line. Is there special things to do with the English Mastiff Association? Thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-09
    If registered you may be able to track back with old owners name.
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Christine - 2011-08-29
I had a male beagle from a pet store for 13 years until he died of cancer. I also saved a 5 month old beagle mix from a bad home a year later. She lived for 12 years (even though she had many problems such as hypothyroidism and then later in life she developed diabetes and blindness). They were wonderful dogs and were very close to each other. They were very good with my boys. The problems that I had were the peeing especially when I would go out. I had to crate them everytime I would go out. They also dig up your yard horribly! A fence is a necessity, though you must chip them because they will dig under the fence and get out. Beagles are very cute, affectionate, and funny. They can be mischievous, and they act like they are starving all of the time. They cannot get enough food, and will even dig in garbage to get some! I recently adopted a beagle/shepard mix from the shelter. She is almost a year old and she is incredible with my 15 year old Autistic son and especially with my almost 2 year old Down Syndrome son. At times, he has gone up and smacked her, and she just rolls on her back and lets him, then licks his face to say it's ok and she understands. People considering this breed should be patient people who love animals. Beagles can be trained, but they kindly resist for a while. Beagles want to be a big part of a family, so you should be home a lot and include them in outings. A chest leash is important because a neck leash will choke them as they pull with their nose to the ground. Remember to check and clean their ears often, and when their ears get wet, dry them inside and out thoroughly.
Overall, a beagle is a great choice with the right owner and family.

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  • felipe - 2012-06-20
    They drop a lot of hair ?
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Therese Roche - 2010-04-28
Airedales are like potato chips. You can't have just one!

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Douglas Siebigteroth - 2012-08-31
My 4 year old yellow lab is constantly itching herself is there any thing I can use to help her control or stop this? I don't want her to be scrathching all the time.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-31
    Try the basics first.  Switch foods in case she is allergic.  Think about dog collars (do you have a pest control collar on her) and would she be allergic to that.  Do you spray her with anything - what do you bathe her with.  Think about anything that she can be around that is making her itch and change that.  Did you recently change her shampoo for instanse?  For some relief with itchy skin - for no reason I ever found out, I was told to use AVON Skin So Soft - I would bathe my dog and then use the AVON Skin So Soft and it did stop the itching - or at least she stopped scratching. 
  • unknown - 2012-11-01
    what happened Doug??? jeez
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Danielle H. - 2013-05-14
Adopted a 9 week old female Chion on Saturday.... she has quickly caught on to going to the bathroom outside. She takes a 2 hour nap after she eats and wakes up ready to go potty outside. She refuses to use the potty pads inside the house. I am teaching her to sit. She is doing good with it but she can't follow commands when there are a lot of people around due to her excitement.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    So cool that she's so well potty trained. I've never had a small dog, but from what I understand, some can be rather challenging to train for that. All in all, she sounds like a super pet and a lot of fun.
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