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Your Questions About Dachshund Yorkie Mix

David asks…

how big will a dachshund/yorkie mix get?

How much will it weigh and about how big will it get to be when its full grown?

Sarah Jones answers:

Mine is adopted, so, I’m not 100% positive of her breed. But, we think she is a Dachshund/Yorkie mix. She is approximately 1 year old and weighs 8 pounds.

Here are some pictures of her:

Yeah, there is a reason I'm wearing panties. What's it to ya?

What's out there?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27420575@N02/2556761164/

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Your Questions About Beagle Mix Dogs

Helen asks…

What are beagle mix dogs like?

I can get one for free, but I have a feeling they are not good family dogs and I don’t want to get one that I’m not going to like
I don’t know what they’re mixed with yet, because I had to leave a message. They were in the paper. It does say the parents are on premises though, so we can go look.

Sarah Jones answers:

The free ones always poop more. Good luck with that.

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Your Questions About Yorkie Shih Tzu Mix Temperaments

Steven asks…

would a rottie/ lab mix be a good family dog?

I am considering getting a puppy. It is a black lab mixed with rottweiler. I was wondering if you knew what its temperament/behavior may be like.

and any tips about how to raise one would help too.

this is what my family is like/ needs
~we need a large dog because my brother is autistic and he needs a dog that if he gets mad at it he cant pick up and possibly throw (he very RARLEY gets violent)
~we need a dog that will not push my brother around (he is just getting over his fear of dogs after he tried to push my grandpas toy poodle mix around and it attacked him)
~a dog that is not too lazy
~our family is- 1 mom (and one dad that often visits), a 14 year old girl, a 12 year old girl and a 10 year old autistic boy
~we have one cat that lives outside
~we might be getting a kitten
~there are LOTS of cats in our naborhood
~we offten visit our relitives who own
- a yorkshire terrier
- a chiuawa
- a shih tzu
- a toy poodle mix
they are all fixed exept for the yorkie and the chiuawa, and the chiuwawa is to old to breed anyways
~ we live in a house with a lare yard (2 lots)
~we live very close to the park and a dog park
~we used to have a golden retriever who was perfect and who we loved so we are not geting any more golden retreivers because its to painful to look at another golden retriever let alone own one
so a lab is the closest thing!

Sarah Jones answers:

Yeah that should be a great dog…sorry about your brother….but yeah mine is a pit/lab as he’s not aggressive but they need alot of exercise….and he might eat alot….he has a lot of space…and dogs dont really chase cats…..they’ll just bark…it was made up like elephants are scared of mice…really a myth.. :)
hope i help i love doggies

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Your Questions About Malteses

Mary asks…

My brother has two female malteses and is considering getting another dog. What breed is best?

People at the pet shop said that a large dog which can be friendly to smaller dogs if raised well is the Rottweiler. I’m not sure if this is the best breed for this situation however. My brother wants the dog to be adept as a guardiant but still be gentle to its family (including the malteses). I have read that the great pyrenees is very gentle to its flock and also makes a decent guardian dog. What breed would you suggest?

Sarah Jones answers:

Well, I have two pyrs and and what you have heard is almost correct. It doesn’t make a “decent” guardian dog. The pyr is an EXCELLENT guardian, whether the flock is sheep, goats, poultry (needs training), your dogs or your dogs and your family.

A pyr is one of the gentle giants. The are excellent guardians. If you are a high energy family, a rottie might be great, but I don’t know it’s guardian capabilities. A pyr can be active or it can be less active. It’s an intelligent, loving guardian, and it alters it’s play fighting methods for smaller dogs to make sure they get their turn to “win”, and so it doesn’t hurt them.

There are other excellent breeds, like the Newfie, who’s a water protector that won’t let you swim in the ocean. But it’s a wonderful dog.

A St. Bernard is a great dog as well.

With these dogs you have to be a good, strong Alpha Pack Leader. You need to be willing to have fur in everything in your life. They shed little dribs and drabs of fur regularly and blow coat twice a year. So you do need to groom them consistently every week, but that’s part of showing them affection and socializing them.

Addendum: Labrador Retrievers were recommended. They are excellent, good temperament dogs, but you need to be a high energy family to have a Lab. They also tend to mature emotionally later than the other dogs I mentioned. A lab is often immature puppy to age 3 or 4.

And, as Lisa recommended, your brother should visit one of the websites that help evaluate what type of dog fits best into your family. Your energy level, types of interests, activity level, etc. Etc. Are ALL important factors in choosing the right dog.

AND… In addition to what Lisa stated, google Great Pyrenees Breed traits, Labrador Retriever Breed traits, and breed traits of any breed he thinks he might like. While the websites Lisa recommended are great, they are only a guideline. You may have a dog breed that would be a perfect fit if you research all the breed traits, but the website didn’t suggest it. They are not perfect, but they are a big help. -!-

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Your Questions About Pitbull Boxer Brindle

Paul asks…

do i have a boxer/pitbull or a pitbull/boxer?

my dog has the face of a pitbull but the body of a brindle boxer

do you think he is going to take the side of the pitbull or boxer please help because he has the head of a pit does that mean he have the brain of a pitbull

i have a few question
1.is he going to be protective like a boxer or pitbull
2.is he going to be smart like a pitbull or boxer
3.is he going to be fast like a pitbull or boxer
4.would you guys rather have the face of a pitbull body boxer or a face boxer body of pitbull

Sarah Jones answers:

He will be protective as both breeds are. Both breeds are very smart. Both are very fast, this dog will need alot of exercise or he will get hyper and unhappy (possibly aggressive). It is not necessarily true that a mixed breed will have the worst qualities of both in fact a mixed breed often is healthier and smarter than many pure breeds. I love both of thses dogs so i would b happy with either combo!

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