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Old 11-03-2012, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The three questions I get asked most often are:

1) What kind of dog is that?

2) What is he mixed with?

3) Is that a belgian shepherd?

Ugh. OK...so the first question doesn't bother me as much as the others because I understand that some people just aren't familiar with the other "types" of GSDs.

The second question drives me crazy though because it comes from people who only know the Americanized GSD. They always look at me like I'm an idiot and argue that because THEY have never seen a dog like Kaiser that SURELY he is mixed with SOMETHING. Usually they suggest collie (I don't necessarily take offense to the collie thing though, since as some of you know my other dog, Dakota, is GSD/Collie).

The third question really irks me for some reason. I suppose because there really IS no such thing as a belgian shepherd (its a "group" of dogs that includes the malinois and tervuren). I try to explain that Kaiser is from Belgian lines and then use the Czech lines as an example (since many people are familiar with Czech police dogs) and then explain that Kaiser is from Belgian lines and is a GSD but he is not a belgian shepherd. Usually the people stand there with a blank expression on their face and then they usually try to specify that maybe Kaiser is a Malinois. Well, I've never seen a long haired mal, not to say they CAN'T exist...but isn't that theoretically what the tervuren is supposed to be? And on that note, Kaiser (in my opinion) looks nothing like a Tervuren.

Kids usually exclaim that Kaiser looks like a wolf. OK...they are kids...they get a free pass.

I'm not sure if I'm more annoyed now than I was back when Kaiser was a fluff ball and people asked if he was a Keeshond.

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Those sound like the questions I get about Tess, she has one ear tipped over too, that doesn't help. Mixed with collie is the most popular that I hear.
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I tend to ignore all of that. My black female is a lab mix because there are no such things as all black GSD's. I just shake my head and walk away.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I usually try to educate, assuming the people dont turn their noses up at me like I'm an idiot. Which...does...happen...lol...but every so often I get someone who seems genuinely interested in learning
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So, where are the pictures of this Belgium Shepherd look alike?
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stand by I'll upload a few from today (since I was asked these questions like 2 dozen times today)
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Wow your kaiser is beautiful! OMGoodness! I just checked your fliker and that pic with the foot on the frisbee is just amazing... cute cute cute!
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I just saw your other post. Awesome, pup! Red sable long coat w/ear floofies???
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So, where are the pictures of this Belgium Shepherd look alike?
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Wow your kaiser is beautiful! OMGoodness! I just checked your fliker and that pic with the foot on the frisbee is just amazing... cute cute cute!
Haha thank you! He has to know where that frisbee is at ALL times lol
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Okie doke, here is my mystery dog! Yes, he has a narrower muzzle (like his mom), but I still dont see "belgian shepherd).


dog6 by jsnail17, on Flickr


dog5 by jsnail17, on Flickr

Note the frisbee is close at hand...haha

dog4 by jsnail17, on Flickr


dog3 by jsnail17, on Flickr


dog2 by jsnail17, on Flickr


dog1 by jsnail17, on Flickr
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Its the "extra" fur around his face. Dont let the idiots bother you. Hes really handsome no matter what other people say or think.
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