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Your Questions About Maltese And Shih Tzu Mixed

Michael asks…

do maltese mixed with shih tzu grow fast?

okay im getting a puppy today supposingly and i wanted to know how long it takes for a maltese mixed with shih tzu to grow please tell me ASAP

Sarah Jones answers:

It will mature and reach adulthood in about 2 years. Smaller dogs grow just as fast as bigger dogs. But they do not change as much in appearance.

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Your Questions About Weimaraner Temperament

Donna asks…

When I’m older and I get dogs I want a weimaraner, a golden retriever, and a chocolate lab.?

Has anyone had expirience with all of these dogs or some of them, do they have a good temperament, are they playful?, I love playful dogs ones that want to fetch and run around.

Sarah Jones answers:

All of those dogs are very playful. The Weimaraner and Golden Retriever have very pleasant dispositions. The Chocolate Lab, or any Lab, can be overly energetic and difficult to control. They require a lot of training and control. Weimaraners are excellent dogs but may not always be good with kids. My experience with them is that they are somewhat aloof dogs – it seems like they have a shattered thought process. For example, when you throw a ball, they may chase it consistently but suddenly decide to smell a bush before randomly darting back after the ball. They are very funny dogs and are very affectionate. Golden Retrievers tend to be one extreme or the other – some are super-playful and some are super-affectionate. If you want a playful dog, when checking out various puppies, look for one that wants to chase you hand and play. They do shed a lot and need a lot of brushing, so just be aware of that. Chocolate Labs tend to be very high strung and will certainly be playful but I have known some to be so wild that they run through electric fences and even jump over four feet fences! If you decide to get a lab, be sure that you have it adequately trained and let it age a bit (out of the puppy stage) before you introduce a play mate as this will usually make it more difficult to control them.

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Your Questions About Akita Shepherd Mix Size

Steven asks…

Which dog breeds should I look into?

My husband and I are buying a house soon. He is going to be working for weeks on end and I will be alone with our two year old daughter and our current dog. We plan on having livestock at some point–chickens, rabbits, a pig, maybe a couple sheep–but they will be kept completely fenced off and separated from any area the dogs will ever be allowed to enter. We have firearms and will get an alarm system installed when we find the house we want but I’m still looking for a good guard dog that I will buy from a reputable breeder. We’re thinking about getting a German Shepherd, but I thought I’d see if anybody else had any suggestions.

Our yard will be fenced, at least a quarter acre in size. Fence will be 6 feet high. Our pointer/heeler mix gets two 4 mile runs every day so exercise is not an issue.

We have a two year old daughter and will have more children in the future so the breed must be known for getting along with children. We also have frequent visitors to our house, friends and family, some of whom also have children, so the dog shouldn’t require physical restraint every time somebody knocks on the door.

As I said we plan on having livestock. We will be raising our own animals for meat. The dogs will never be allowed access to the other animals, they will be kept in separate fenced areas.

We’re thinking of getting a couple cats, it depends on if our current dog can learn to leave them alone. He doesn’t get much kitty cat interaction, though so far he’s only tried herding them.

I was thinking of a German Shepherd, but have also considered an Akita. The Akita is problematic because I think it’s too high maintenance when there’s company over and we plan on probably getting a third dog at some point in the future. I don’t know much about the breed, though.

I plan on researching breeds of interest very, very thoroughly and likely won’t be getting a dog until sometime next year at the very earliest. I plan on buying from a reputable breeder, perhaps from working lines if applicable. Anybody have some suggestions? 🙂
@Kelly – I didn’t even think of rottweilers, but I do love them. I’ve also considered the doberman but I don’t know how they handle cold weather. I guess since my dogs are indoor dogs and can come in whenever they want it doesn’t really matter lol.

@Kelsey – I love bichons 🙂

@Chris – No pit bulls, husband thinks they’re ugly and that’s that, apparently lol.

Good with livestock would be a plus, but we don’t plan on having flocks or herds of anything more than chickens and rabbits for several years to come.
Sorry I suppose I should add we live in North Idaho. Gets pretty cold in winter and can get pretty warm in summer.
Training and exercise and socialization are not issues for us. I have owned sled dogs in the past, and currently our dog gets two 4 mile runs every single day, one in the morning, one in the evening, when he wants to go further we go further. When I think “guard dog” I don’t think “lunge at the fence and bite faces”, I think “confident dog that will bark when somebody is there, and if necessary display true protective behavior. I don’t consider yapping, biting, and puffing up to be protective. The dog would be trained and socialized very thoroughly.
@Dreamer – It’s pretty obvious you didn’t even read the question.
Also I’m a stay at home mom. I literally have all day to work with the dogs.

Sarah Jones answers:

I do not suggest anybody get a dog based on the though of it being a “guard dog”. If you have a gun and an alarm system, the need for a guard dog is already irrelevant.

German Shepherds, Rotties, Dobes, and other “guard” breeds are high-energy working dogs that require a lot of time, energy, training, and socialization. They have all gotten bad reputations because people buy them as “guard dogs” and inevitably, they end up biting someone they shouldn’t because they haven’t been properly trained and socialized. I own a working line GSD. Since he was 8 weeks old, we have socialized him extensively- he comes to my work with me 3-5 days per week, we’ve taken him to farms, dog parks, shooting ranges, beaches, state parks, everywhere you can imagine. He gets walked daily, in addition to going swimming at least once per week, professional training two days per week (8 hours each), hiking, dog parks, friends houses with other working dogs, and more- every single week. A few short jogs an a quarter acre is not anywhere near sufficient exercise and mental stimulation for these breeds. The fact that you have small children and want more means you are not in a good place in your life to own such a high energy working breed right now. Lack of proper stimulation tends to cause severe behavioral problems in these breeds, including self-destructive behaviors, aggression, and property destruction- digging, chewing, barking, etc.

I do not think a GSD or an Akita is the right breed for you at all. I would look into something more along the lines of a Great Pyrenees. They are farm guardians, they look after the livestock and family, they require far less exercise than GSDs and similar breeds, they are easy going and social with company, and they are large enough to offer visual intimidation without the risk of unnecessary bites.

Edit: I did read the question. You just don’t like my answer. Like so many other questions on here, all you really want is everyone to chime in “Yes, get a GSD since that’s what you want”. You really don’t care what’s best for the dog or your family, all you want is affirmation. Sorry, but I actually spend my life working with dogs, including rescuing the ones that people think they want and then realize they don’t, so I don’t sit here and sugar-coat reality for people like you. I would never put a GSD into a home with the expectations you’ve listed, period. You’ll probably get one anyway, because again, you’re not here for real advice, you’re just here for people to tell you what you want to here.

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Your Questions About Hound Spaniel Mix

Sandy asks…

What is my dog a mix of? (For dog experts)?

We recently adopted a mixed dog, we think he is some sort of hound mixed with a spaniel or a setter? It’s because of his coloring we suspect this. Here is a picture.

Definitely a beagle mix! We can all agree on that!

Sarah Jones answers:

What a cutie! I don’t see any spaniel or setter, he has some beagle-ish features but really looks like a shrunken coonhound, lol
If I had to make a guess I would say beagle/walker coonhound… But that is just a guess

edit– Giagal I was torn between pointer and walker! The colors are more pointer but the face seems too narrrow. Not sure! 🙂

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Your Questions About Poodle Chihuahua Mix Dog

David asks…

My dog is having some strange symptoms…?

my dog (a poodle/chihuahua mix) came back from the groomer’s on saturday and he’s been acting strangely since then. he got a haircut and a nail trim. i noticed two small new black spots on his side (his fur) that i haven’t seen before. (when his hair is long, it’s black. but when we cut it, it’s all light grey. therefore the black spots are very obvious now.) under this spot he has a very strong “tickle spot” (even if i rub my hand over it while petting him, his legs go into spasms. he has another one adjacent on the other side.) he’s also been biting and chewing his paws a lot lately, something he rarely does. lastly, his rear end seems very itchy, as he is constantly stopping, sitting, and trying to scratch it. i don’t know if any or all of these symptoms tie together, but what could be wrong with him?

i know i need to take him to the vet, but if you could please help me until then, i’d appreciate it. thank you!

Sarah Jones answers:

You need to find out from the groomer, what product they used on your dog. It sounds like your dog is having an Allergic Reaction to a product the groomer used. What you can do until you can take him to the vet, is call an Emergency Vet, they are open 24/7 and would be able to tell you what you can give or do for your dog to get him through the night, until you can get him to the vet in the morning.

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