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Re: RC: Re: Re: ride dogs (Ridgebacks)
Be very careful with dalmations. Even before they were extremely overbred as
a result of the 101 Dalmations movies they had some serious genetic defects.
One is the inability to produce certain digestive enzymes they need. They
also can be EXTREMELY hyper and hard to train. Best thing to do, as someone
suggested, is get lots of info on breeds your interested in. Look at what
type of genetic diseases or faults they have, look at what the owners and
breeders who wrote the books say about temperament and trainability, Then
take that all with a grain of salt, because they wouldn't be writing about
the breed if they didn't like it. If it's an AKC breed, check with them for
genetic problems, also. You can just about bet that any breed that has been
popular as a pet has been overbred by backyard breeders who don't know the
first thing about dog breeding. Then once you have picked a breed, talk to
as many breeders as you can, all over the country. A good breeder will tell
you what types of situations they don't think their dogs are suited for.
Good breeders are selective about who they place a puppy with, and will often
offer to take it back if it doesn't work and will also give a health
guarantee. I worked with a breeder of St. Bernards for seven years, and
learned a lot about reputable breeders from her.
But I have two dogs, and they were both rescues, both mutts. jeri
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