A question about dogs

#1
First of all, I'd better apologise if this is in the wrong forum, I wasn't sure where would be best for this one.

My missus has a daschund, which is a nice little dog, but is a bit yappy, and will go off on one at the drop of a hat. This is mildly annoying sometimes, especially if he goes mental in the middle of the night because of a spider.

I've been offered a dalmation/labrador cross pup (well quite a big pup, as he's eight months old). I wouldn't mind getting it, but I'm a bit woried that he'll pick up the same bizarre behavioural traits as the daschund.

Is this likely? Or am I being over cautious?

Does anyone have experience of this type of cross breed? I know labs are great to train, but I've no idea about dalmations.

Am I likely to have a hard time training an eight month old dog? Or would I be better getting something younger?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Regards
T_T
 
#2
I heard that Dalmations suffered from blindness and deafness, plus need more pizz than the yappy thing.

Go for gold and get a lab;-p
 
#3
Dogs are like humans each ones different I have a similar problem wit my terrier the lurcher just looks and doesn't bother to join in barking if anything having the other dog if it's fairly chilled out should have a calming affect on the other mutt and it's never too late to train a dog as long as there's some tasty treats for doing it they learn very quickly(took my terrier 10 mins to learn to fetch post and another 10 mins to sit,then lie down and roll over)and he was around 6 at the time
 
#4
Tartan_Terrier said:
First of all, I'd better apologise if this is in the wrong forum, I wasn't sure where would be best for this one.

My missus has a daschund, which is a nice little dog, but is a bit yappy, and will go off on one at the drop of a hat. This is mildly annoying sometimes, especially if he goes mental in the middle of the night because of a spider.

I've been offered a dalmation/labrador cross pup (well quite a big pup, as he's eight months old). I wouldn't mind getting it, but I'm a bit woried that he'll pick up the same bizarre behavioural traits as the daschund.

Is this likely? Or am I being over cautious?

Does anyone have experience of this type of cross breed? I know labs are great to train, but I've no idea about dalmations.

Am I likely to have a hard time training an eight month old dog? Or would I be better getting something younger?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Regards
T_T
I hope this isn't a WAH!

I have to agree with you on the Daschund breed in general, My son has one that acts just like the one you describe. Nasty!

My daughter has two Dalmations, that are spoiled rotten. She loves the breed and has had three of them so far. They seem to be nice dogs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalmatian

My favorite breed is the Bull Terrier! I have a 12 year old white female Miniature Bull Terrier. She has been a great dog, very friendly and tolerates a family cat and gets along well with other dogs. I'll stay with the This breed.

http://www.akc.org/breeds/miniature_bull_terrier/

Mixed breeds, have the reputation of being less high strung, with fewer medical problems, etc.

My advice to you if you take the dog, is to sign up for a basic dog obedience training course. Take the time to do this with your dog. It will be good for both of you! It's never to early or late for obedience training!

http://www.caninecrib.com/dog/training/obedience-training.asp

I didn't do this with my Bully; however, I did with the two Rottweilers, that I had for many years. (Both died of old age at 13 & 14 Years old)

I took them through both basic and advanced obedience training and one into tracking and protection training.

I think it's better to attend an obedience class with other dogs and people present during the training, as it better socializes your dog, which IMHO is the most important thing for a dog to learn is how to interact with other dogs and people in public, etc.
 
#5
My dag ( a yappy Sheltie) goes off on any humanbeing that's darker than the original holiday sun tan.
I don't know if it's ingrained in the breed or that it's just down to good training...
 
#6
Cloggie said:
My dag ( a yappy Sheltie) goes off on any humanbeing that's darker than the original holiday sun tan.
I don't know if it's ingrained in the breed or that it's just down to good training...
This isn't an uncommon trait with many dogs!

I have seen dogs get aggressive with blacks, other different races, (Not common to them.) people with Down syndrome, especially children, females having their menstrual cycle and people in uniforms, (Here in the USA, especially Postal delivery persons.)
 
#8
As with most things it tends to be a balance of nature and nurture.

I have 3 dogs 1 flat coat retriever - fantastic breed, but slightly stupid and very licky

amd 2 springer spaniels. 1 is very timid and barks at leaves, the other fetches, sits and is far more trainable despite being a puppy.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#9
If you werent in Denmark my wife would call round and sort out the lwb rat for you, she is a canine psychologist.
 
#12
Cloggie said:
My dag ( a yappy Sheltie) goes off on any humanbeing that's darker than the original holiday sun tan.
I don't know if it's ingrained in the breed or that it's just down to good training...
i have two boxer dogs and i have the same problem.
???
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#13
sanchauk said:
Have you been well trained Ugly? 8O
Allegedly!

I'll get the wife to look at this thread and she may be able to help!
 
#14
Try stamping in the middle of its back and following it up with prising its jaws apart until the bottom one pops right off....

Letting an animal rule your life is akin to presenting your testicles to the womens institute...

just f ucking kill it and buy something useful instead.
 
#15
Can't stand dogs, but do remember a joke with the punchline

"Have you ever watched a Dachshund with a hard-on trying to climb stairs". Made me giggle
 
#16
Tartan_Terrier said:
I've been offered a dalmation/labrador cross pup (well quite a big pup, as he's eight months old). I wouldn't mind getting it, but I'm a bit woried that he'll pick up the same bizarre behavioural traits as the daschund.

Is this likely? Or am I being over cautious?

Does anyone have experience of this type of cross breed? I know labs are great to train, but I've no idea about dalmations.
My instinct tells me that you might get a fantastic dog. You could have a great companion animal that retains both the good traits of the Dalmatian (minus the high-strung territorialism) and the Lab (minus the abysmal thickness). And some cool spots, too, hopefully.

As for behaviour, I'm all for taking a refresher obedience course with any puppy you get. It can be a long time between kids, so to speak, and I know that I have gotten a bit lazy when my dogs get older. A good round of training with the pup you're describing might make him a wonderful buddy.

With any luck, your new DaLab will also eat your wife's weinerdog. Sorted!

Cloggie said:
My dag ( a yappy Sheltie) goes off on any humanbeing that's darker than the original holiday sun tan.
I don't know if it's ingrained in the breed or that it's just down to good training...
It must be instinctive. I myself am a bronze goddess, but my Aussie shep/border collie mix used to go absolutely batsh!t when a black person came near the house. I certainly did not train her to do that, as I couldn't possibly teach her to distinguish between brown and black! But I have a totally unsupported theory that this has to do with how dogs perceive unfamiliar images in their 2D, black-and-white world.
 
#17
TankiesYank said:
But I have a totally unsupported theory that this has to do with how dogs perceive unfamiliar images in their 2D, black-and-white world.
Do dogs really see in 2D and black and white?
 
#18
TheBigUn said:
TankiesYank said:
But I have a totally unsupported theory that this has to do with how dogs perceive unfamiliar images in their 2D, black-and-white world.
Do dogs really see in 2D and black and white?
It's what I'd always heard. But like I said, I've done fcukall research on it. :D
 
#19
Cloggie said:
My dag ( a yappy Sheltie) goes off on any humanbeing that's darker than the original holiday sun tan.
I don't know if it's ingrained in the breed or that it's just down to good training...
Made me laugh! It could be ingrained in the breed due to coming from the Shetlands where everyone is pasty white ... I have a small holiday home there! :D

Regarding the original question; dogs do not always follow the behaviour patterns of another dog in the house. They may have instinctual behaviour associated to a certain breed (such as chasing birds or rabbits, digging holes or 'rescuing' tree trunks from rivers) but this can (mostly) be trained out of them or used constructively in their training.

The age of the dog, in this case 8 months, does not preclude it from further training; it's wrong to say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, you can! We have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was an RSPCA rescue at 11 weeks old and came to us at a year old. Some hard work on our (and her) part and she is well trained and as good as gold.

Incidently, we will be getting the little fellow below within a few days ... another rescue Staffie who is only 4 months old and, we are told, is very much a character ... a rescue worker term for 'little chewy bugger that gets into all sorts of mischief'! So, the two will be very much chalk and cheese ... but with a little (read LOT) of work we will get there!

BTW, IMHO, if you want a dog that loves people, is intelligent and very trainable I would highly recommend a bull terrier breed (or X).
 

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#20
Knew a RSM who had a Rhodesian Ridgeback which went mental when it saw someone black or a "Winnie Mandela" ...

Just remember it's a dog! not a human!
 

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