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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-19-2014, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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top "rehomed" breeds?

My first thread so I'll introduce myself a bit. Like most people out there I'm just a big creeper that's rarely involved in forums. Or should I say actively. I've been reading and researching here since my first wlgsd about 4.5 years ago which I recently lost and have been devastated. But my new girl is 4 weeks away from joining my family can't wait to see which girl is picked for me. Also working lines. But I digress...

Which breed do you believe is rehomed the most, if it were originally obtained as a puppy, and why? I realize the gsd is one of the top couple akc regersterd dog each year(which gives it more chances to hit higher numbers), but what percentage do you think are rehomed. Apparently in the UK the GSD is one of the most "rehomed" dogs unfortunately. I'm just curious of numbers here in north america where breeding has obviously lacked in tempermate and nerves in most showlines, and probably some claiming to be"working lines". Also, do you think its because people are biting off more than they can chew so to speak. Say a novice, or just any handler with a high drive dog that's taken by complete surprise? Or has the poor breeding of thousands, if not tens of thousands of back yard bred dogs created poor tempermates, conformation, and nerves causing dangerous situations or situations people are just uneqquipped to deal with.... Maybe true working lines are as often rehomed as byb lines due to people not knowing what to expect. I don't know.. either way its just to bad if the gsd truly is rehomed that much

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In my experience, the higher energy breeds are rehomed most often. German Shepherds, Border Collies, Pitbulls, Huskies, some Terriers and Poodles. Often the people that rehome them maybe have just looked at them online and thought they were cool or their family had one when they were kids so they decide to get one, but din't have any idea of what the dog's true requirements are. I mostly see them rehomed due to behavioral issues. Things like problem barking, chewing, hyperactivity, aggression. They're often not well socialized. I think the problem comes about because people often get dogs and only look at the breed through rose-colored lenses. They only want to see the best and want to disregard any common disadvantages or problems that come with the breed. So they never do the work to avoid those problems, don't want to work on them when the problems arise, and often assume they just got a bad dog. It's depressing how little thought some people put into the dogs they pick up on a whim, but I see it happen far too often every single day.
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I know our local shelter....Chihuahua's and pit bulls have the highest rate of intake.

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I see alot of multipoo type littles in shelters, or just mixes.

I would higher energy pups, like border collies..they can be very busy challenges, the most I see pop up tho are just random mixes.

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Pit's or bully breeds in general, GSDs, Huskeys and Terriers actually..


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Siberian Husky, Pitbull and GSD. These are the dogs that I see the most in shelters in my area.

All 3 are powerful breeds, all 3 have a lot of energy and all 3 can become aggressive if not properly raised and trained.


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According to this source: Dog Breeds Commonly Found in Animal Shelters - PawNation the breeds most commonly rehomed in the US are pit bulls, boxers, rotties, dachshunds, border collies, GSDs, Jack Russells, chihuahuas, beagles and labs. At shelters I've volunteered at, there have been a lot of pits, boxers, rotties, bulldogs, dobies, and beagles. Seems like a lot of the smaller dogs get snapped up quickly - and then often returned

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Although statistics can be averaged across the whole country, regional trends will dictate what anyone find in their own local shelters.

Here it is Pit Bulls ("PB" and mixes), Cattle Dog mixes (and some PB), Border Collies (PB and mixes), Labs (PB and mixes) and Chihuahuas (mostly PB, but some mixes). These are the breeds or predominant mixes that you can walk into any area shelter and be guaranteed of finding.
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Chihuahuas don't surprise me at all. Tiny mouths bad attitudes, and no or little training! Face it if your a dog the size of most peoples shoes and you'll still get in the face of a dog 30 times your have to have a "big pair" fixed or not!
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Thanks for all the input. I can see many of those breeds unfortunately winding up in shelters or rehomed. Seems like a lot of pits and gsd mixes in my area.
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