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Re: Re: dangerous dogs/over breeding and an ode to bulldogs

I uderstand people liking particular breeds.  My first husband always wanted
German Shepherds.  We tried a Malamute once, with mixed results.
But more and more pets are prestige animals and too many mutts with
wonderful health and disposition are being left without homes.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 7:26 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: dangerous dogs/over breeding and an ode to bulldogs

> Yup.  Same thing with Toy Fox Terriers.  The one I just got mother is
> displaying "bi-polar" behavior.  I was laughing when I told the vet I
> knew whether she wanted to snuggle or snarl and bite me from moment to
> moment.  He says that that is an increasing problem with Toy Foxes because
> of over breeding.  Sassy, Mom's Toy Fox Terrier, sees the vet this
> I'm banking he'll have to muzzle that 5 lbs of confused animal.  (Those
> teeth are like staples and will go right through a finger.  I have the
> evidence on my right hand.)
> The one thing I like about bulldogs is that it's really difficult to
> "over-breed" them, and expensive, too. (O.K., and many folks think they
> ugly or scary, so maybe they aren't quite as popular as some.  It's really
> hard to make a profit when breeding bulldogs because of the expenses of
> insemination or the breeder has to use a specialized stool to strap the
> female to so the male won't hurt her and it takes patience to get the
> comfortable with that!  The average lifespan of a bulldog is only about 10
> years.  They will teeth on bricks and boulders, if available, but you're
> your furniture, walls, etc. are at risk, too. It is best to teeth them in
> cinderblock room.  Oh, yeah, and they are gaseous critters who love to
> their loved ones right after they come away from a water dish with jowls
> dripping and are easily nauseated.) I don't think most females can throw
> more than 4-5 litters and most only have 2-3 pups all by cesarean section.
> (Of course, Izzie's mom had 8 little pups, but I'm not counting on Izzie
> have that many.  I also don't plan to breed her more than once, and only
> because we promised the lady who bred her we'd give her the choice of any
> puppies.  (Izzie's mom died shortly after we got her.  They think it was
> heat stroke as she got out the doggie door on a very hot day.  Most
> can't take extreme temps.)
> It takes a unique individual to love a bulldog. :>) They are the best dogs
> know with children as they hardly feel any pain.  They are loyal to a
> and literally will pine to death if they lose their family.  Many are
> layback by age 3-4 and most are eager to please though stubborn as all get
> out.  It's easier to injure a bulldog with sharp words than a swat on the
> backside.  And, usually, once someone has the love of a bulldog, they will
> always seek out bulldogs as pets.
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of cathy carpenter
> Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 7:44 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: What are you reading/cats NOW deer
> And the reason that Cocker Spaniels are biters? They were victims of
> the "popularity" syndrome. A breed gets popular, and the "puppy mills"
> go into high gear. The indiscriminate breeding essentially promotes
> tendencies that should be discouraged - and it isn't just limited to
> tendencies like biting. There are breeds that may be susceptible to hip
> dysplasias or other health related problems - these could be bred out,
> but the greed of owners precludes it.
> Cathy
> On Thursday, December 4, 2003, at 08:43 AM, Jesse Bell wrote:
> > That's crazy.  Then they need to outlaw about half the dog breeds out
> > there.  Cocker Spaniels are on the number one worst list for biting.
> > What about pit bulls (my stepson has two that are gentle giants).
> > I've said it before...and I'll say it again.....PEOPLE ARE STUPID.
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