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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby 3waycross » Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:31 pm

One of the toughest men I ever knew came back from Loosiana with one about 20 years ago. This guy was a Sate Patrolman and was shot in the line of duty. He took the gun from the guy AFTER he shot him and rammed it thru his front teeth and blew 1/2 of his head off. That was for background. So about 3 years after he and Bo came home from the south I go over there and don't see the dog. I ask him where's your pooch. He says, graveyard dead. Then he tells me he got dammed tired of wondering when his own dog was gonna kill or maim him so he shot the sucker.......cured me of wanting a Catahoula.

Apparently the dog had taken to looking at him like a ham sandwich when he was not looking. Told me he was more scared of that dog than anything ever in his life and believe me that's saying something.
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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby AllForage » Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:11 pm

3waycross wrote:One of the toughest men I ever knew came back from Loosiana with one about 20 years ago. This guy was a Sate Patrolman and was shot in the line of duty. He took the gun from the guy AFTER he shot him and rammed it thru his front teeth and blew 1/2 of his head off. That was for background. So about 3 years after he and Bo came home from the south I go over there and don't see the dog. I ask him where's your pooch. He says, graveyard dead. Then he tells me he got dammed tired of wondering when his own dog was gonna kill or maim him so he shot the sucker.......cured me of wanting a Catahoula.

Apparently the dog had taken to looking at him like a ham sandwich when he was not looking. Told me he was more scared of that dog than anything ever in his life and believe me that's saying something.


Yikes!
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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby AllForage » Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:17 pm

Talking about dog breeds is about as hard as discussing cattle breeds. Certain folks just don't have it for certain breeds. Here in WI labs bite more people than any other breed. I would say that you have to do your homework on the parents and possibly the line if buy papered. I prefer Heelers, but they are not for everybody. They need a strong, firm, and fair hand. They will test their boundaries often as youngsters. I find your normal herding breeds to be the most loyal and trustworthy of all dogs, my opinion. With that said, if they are not raised around kids then they will treat them like an annoying cat. It all has to do with socialization. I have never met a Australian shepherd that I did not like. They seem to be pretty easy going and easily trained. That's my suggestion.
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Postby branguscowgirl » Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:24 am

It is very true that you have to do your research into the genetics of any breed that you choose. The parents dispositions are a big factor. Certain lines of any breed can be good or bad for your intended use.
For what it's worth,( though they are "bird dogs") our labs have been easily trained to except the chickens as part of the family and live perfectly well with them. I have found that they can be very protective and loving to all the farm animals that they know belong there. They may kill those critters that do not. :D
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Postby OwnedByTheCow » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:51 pm

The last dog we had was a lab and I loved him but I've really found with the labs around here is that they have the same personality always. My best friend had two labs as well and both of them act the same as my dog did. Same personality and everything. The only reason I don't want a lab is because of that. I really want a breed that is more active and a little more protective than a lab I really want a pitbull but my mom thinks they are to aggressive.
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Postby Named'em Tamed'em » Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:40 pm

I used to like pit bulls some are obviously tooImageaggressive!
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Postby branguscowgirl » Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:11 am

Not all labs are the same. I have bred labs with entirely different personalities within the same litter. If you get one from a high drive hunting line, you will have a VERY active dog.
Just remember to research genetic defects for any pure bred dog that you choose. Question the breeder about genetic defect testing and clearance on the pups.
OR just go adopt from a shelter. That's even better!
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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby chippie » Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:06 am

If you are looking for a breed for protection, look for a doberman. They are very loyal family dogs.
Yet again, just don't buy from any breeder. Be sure to see the parents and how the breeder treats and handles the dogs.
Many homeowner insurance policies and insurance companies do not like pit bulls and should something happen, you could find yourself in a pickle.
I have a friend who has a pit bull who is a very nice dog, but she has had the devil of a time finding a landlord that will allow a pit.

Or check into your local pound for a puppy. Many mutts make excellent family and watch dogs.

However, I don't know what your budget is. I've noticed that good quality purebred dogs are a bit expensive. Hundreds of dollars and more.
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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby 3waycross » Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:26 am

branguscowgirl wrote:Not all labs are the same. I have bred labs with entirely different personalities within the same litter.
If you get one from a high drive hunting line, you will have a VERY active dog.
Just remember to research genetic defects for any pure bred dog that you choose. Question the breeder about genetic defect testing and clearance on the pups.
OR just go adopt from a shelter. That's even better!



The last folks who bought one of my puppies found this out the hard way. Those poor old hippies never knew what hit them.
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Postby OwnedByTheCow » Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:25 pm

Okay. I have been really looking into shelters. Around here dogs will only spend about 2 days in a shelter before getting a home which makes it quite hard to adopt though I really would prefer adopting over buying.
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OwnedByTheCow wrote:Okay. I have been really looking into shelters. Around here dogs will only spend about 2 days in a shelter before getting a home which makes it quite hard to adopt though I really would prefer adopting over buying.

Wow, that is a very unusual shelter! Here in CA our shelters and rescues are filled beyond their capacity with dogs being destroyed every day!! The rescue organizations will sometimes ship or transport dogs to you. Branch out to neighboring cities. Google rescues organizations for certain breeds. (They take mixed breeds also.) For example by the state that you are in........"German Shepard rescue in CA."
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Postby ky-aggie » Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:07 pm

I've grown up with Aussies and they're great. They will bond with your family and they are protective of them. You just have to put the time in to bond with them and discipline them, and you have to give them something to do. They will naturally work. The one I have now will watch what I'm doing with the cows and start helping without command, and if I tell her "no" she'll stop. They're super intelligent and loving. They also have long lifespans (12/14-18 yrs), so it's not like you get attached and then it dies 5-10 years later. Do your research before you buy one though. There's a lot to know to make sure you don't buy one from a stupid breeder.

We also have a Great Pyrenees (someone mentioned them). As long as you socialize them early on they will be great. Ours spent most of his life alone with sheep before he got to our house (they sold the sheet and he traveled a few miles to our goat). Driven to take care of the goat and coming back, the owners finally told us to keep him. They have a great temperament and great with kids and are protective. Ours patrols about an perimeter around our house throughout the night, sleeping in different places.

And.. not like it needs to be covered, but I've grown up with Labs too, and they're wonderful. The one I have now is so loyal; they all have been. We've got a Golden Retriever too.. he's also great!
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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby OwnedByTheCow » Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:55 pm

branguscowgirl wrote:
OwnedByTheCow wrote:Okay. I have been really looking into shelters. Around here dogs will only spend about 2 days in a shelter before getting a home which makes it quite hard to adopt though I really would prefer adopting over buying.

Wow, that is a very unusual shelter! Here in CA our shelters and rescues are filled beyond their capacity with dogs being destroyed every day!! The rescue organizations will sometimes ship or transport dogs to you. Branch out to neighboring cities. Google rescues organizations for certain breeds. (They take mixed breeds also.) For example by the state that you are in........"German Shepard rescue in CA."


Yes in New England there are almost no dog shelters besides the Humane society i really want to adopt one but my parents want to get one from a breeder because they know where they are coming from and they know the parents personality but my opinion is that a rescue would be better because they would be more likely to know the dogs personality and they would not adopt out a dog that is not suitable for someone.
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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby branguscowgirl » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:19 pm

We have a lot of rescues here, and the dogs usually have evaluations and spend some time in foster care so that their personalities can be observed. Plus, you could maybe save a life. :D
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Re: The Catahoula Leopard dog

Postby OwnedByTheCow » Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:36 pm

I really want to adopt one.
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