I have been told probably a hundred million times over the course of my career that ‘it is all how you raise them’. Meaning if the dog misbehaves, it isn’t the breeds’ fault, but the owners, and sure, in some ways that is true. Most dogs, raised properly are wonderful. Some, like kids, just aren’t. You can have 6 kids raised the same, and one can go off the rails.
You get a dog breed because you like that dog breed. You don’t get a dachshund and expect it to be a lab. For one thing, most labs you can house break in 48 hours, if you are diligent. Dachshunds are going to poop behind the couch for a year because, ewww, wet! Cold! No interest in going out after that!
You get a beagle and if he takes off running after that squirrel, yeah, he kinda was bred to do that. Your – well, here is a pretty good run down of some of the breeds and ‘their’ though processes:
How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?
Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb?
Border Collie: Just one. And I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.
Dachshund: I can’t reach the stupid lamp!
Toy Poodle: I’ll just blow in the Border collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
Rottweiler: Go Ahead! Make me!
Shi-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling. Let the servants. . .
Lab: Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?
Malamute: Let the Border collie do it. You can feed me while he’s busy.
Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
Doberman Pinscher: While it’s dark, I’m going to sleep on the couch.
Mastiff: Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.
Hound Dog: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.
Pointer: I see it, there it is, right there…
Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who cares?
Australian Shepherd: First, I must put all the light bulbs in a little circle…
Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?
German Shepherd: I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these people from the dark , checked to make sure I haven’t missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.
Bull dog: Just one but it takes them three years.
There is a difference in dog breeds, and how they act. Yes, it is how you raise them, but then we get what I call, The Old Shep Syndrome. “Old Shep would never, Old Shep always.” Their old dog, of the same breed, didn’t act this way!
Dogs are people, too. They have their own personalities and their own ways of doing things. While, yes, breeds have their own special quirks and traits, they will all be different, and that is to be celebrated!
Today, let’s celebrate two little dachshund girls looking for their forever homes. They will want to bed sleep, and snuggle on the couch while you watch tv, follow you to the bathroom, will cry when they are left alone and dig holes in your yard. They will want covered up when it’s cold and if they are like their mom, will not want to go outside in the rain. But – they will give you all their love and what more can you want from a dog? That is their greatest purpose in life.