|04-16-2014 12:04 PM|
Being welcomed to the site by explaining why the breeder they think is awesome is really a scumbag that is doing only the minimal whatever in somethings and not other things is tough to.
A lot of people who think their breeder is reputable, are wrong. Or maybe wrong by the standards set here. But we don't have to throw it all at them the minute they walk through the door.
If someone is growing in shepherd ownership, they will walk around this site, and learn plenty. At some point a lightbulb will go off, and they will realize that the puppy that they got from the guy down the road, probably came from a less than excellent breeder.
If we just slam people as they enter with all the "education" they will get defensive and most likely leave. I think that when we get defensive no learning occurs. And the subject matter becomes negatively charged, and we become entrenched in our belief, however erroneous. And so we hang onto it, almost desperately, way longer than is necessary.
The big problem is that with a bajillion members of all ages, intelligence levels, maturity levels, and wisdom levels, it is impossible to prevent someone's baptism by fire here. Sorry for the rant.
|04-16-2014 09:24 AM|
|Blanketback||The obvious answer is that unless the puppy came from a reputable breeder, then it's anybody's guess who the sire was. You know how it is. Or, how it can get, lol.|
|04-16-2014 08:52 AM|
|Shade||It really is a good point and should be remembered|
|04-16-2014 01:50 AM|
|Midnight12||Yes, whatever our dogs are we love them, and should not matter, if you wish to be a member here. Everyone could learn a lot here.|
|04-16-2014 01:44 AM|
|04-16-2014 12:51 AM|
|04-16-2014 12:39 AM|
How does it sound?
Why is it that people, when they have not been asked for an opinion on whether or not a puppy is mixed, they love to tell other people that their dog looks mixed?
We have read over and again in stories about perfect strangers coming up and asking what their obviously purebred dog is mixed with. And how that makes them feel.
Why do we feel compelled to welcome newcomers to the site by doing this exact thing?
I don't understand it.
GSDs range from 50 to 110 pounds, they have short fat muzzles and others have long skinny muzzles, some are low and heavy and straight across the back, others are slab sided, and angulated, they have long coats, plush coats, short coats, blue coats, bi color coats, sable coats, white coats, black coats, patterned coats, liver coats, and some say panda and brindle and honey almond colored coats.
They have big ears, or short thick ears, most have upright ears, but some ears never stand, tails are held in a saber position low, except when aroused or if they have a happy tail, sometimes they have curl at the end of their tail.
The difference between well-bred shepherds of different lines are very marked, and then there are all those who are breeding dogs of different lines together.
They can have white on their chest, and some have other spots of white like on their toes, and sometimes even on their muzzle. And they change a LOT between 6 weeks and 2 years.
In short, how can we look at a two dimensional picture of a puppy and decide that it does not look like a GSD? If someone asks and the pup screams Rottweiler to you, then I don't think we should just say, "Oh it's a pretty GSD you have there."
But when people don't ask? Why do we choose to welcome them by suggesting that their dog is not the genuine article.
Remember folks, that not everyone knows that many of us do have mixes and love them. When suggesting to someone that their dog looks mixed, people that have no experience here, probably think that we do not want them here with their less than perfect, possibly mixed dog.
None of us like people coming up and asking us what our dogs are mixed with. I wish we wouldn't do that to people who aren't asking.