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Old 12-21-2012, 11:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Dena was very calm, sweet and laid back. Loved people, adored kids, got along well with other dogs on and off leash, not a reactive bone in her body.

Keefer? Sweet, definitely. Extremely affectionate for sure. But laid back? Um, no. More like enthusiastic, excitable, and energetic, even at 7.

Halo is kinda like Mary's pup. She's sweet and affectionate, but she's a naughty girl - still a destructive chewer at 4 years old, still will steal stuff off the kitchen counters if you're not watching, she's bossy and audacious.

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Yeah, that's Halo.

(Funny thing: just now she flung her paws on my chest while I was sitting in my office chair typing this post. My husband said "that dog has no manners." )
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:27 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I think temperament will have more to do with goals of the breeder rather than coat length.
Well, obviously... but what I keep hearing is that, in any given litter, the "sweet" puppies always seem to be coats.

And of the coaties I've met, most have been sweet.

I don't know if there could be any genetic link between temperament and coat type. It seems unlikely, but who knows?
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:37 AM   #13 (permalink)
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My puppy's breeder and I talk often. She kept three of the litter. My coated puppy sounds like the worst out of the bunch (said with love ).
I just do not believe that coat and sweetness/easy temperament go together.

It would be interesting for everyone on this thread to post pedigrees. I would venture to guess the pedigree would be more telling than anything.
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Granted my pup is only 4 months old but so far his temperament has been amazing. He loves people and dogs, he will greet people like my golden does though I expect that could change as he matures. He's especially sweet and gentle with kids which surprises me because we don't have kids but he's met a lot of little kids in the two months we've had him.

He is a bit of a monster when it comes to my cats but that is improving lol. What's weird too is that I was prepared for him to be this horrible mouther but he is not landsharkey AT ALL! He will either just lick my hand or just hold it gently. He is also extremely laid back even for a puppy, he loves being active of course but he'll settle right down in the house.

I had a really rough time dealing with my breeder but I'd recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat! She's been at this for over 3 decades and well, the proof is in the pudding. He is a mix of German showline and working lines.

Also I have a golden poodle and well, I'm not sure anything could be much more of a pain in the arse then one of those as far as grooming goes. :P So I'm not too put off with coat maintenance.
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Several breeders I asked this ,as I had noticed it too over the years.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:06 AM   #16 (permalink)
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It would be interesting for everyone on this thread to post pedigrees. I would venture to guess the pedigree would be more telling than anything.
I can do that!

Dena: Dena V TeMar

Keefer: Lakota V TeMar

Halo: Halo von Rokanhaus
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I don't have my pup in the database yet but here is his sires,

V Ford Helena Golden Haus

This is his dams littermate with the exact same pedigree,

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:51 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Here is Cora: Pecora Vom Enckhausen

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If that is true, then Hans is a short haired long coat
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:43 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Nope, not in my experience anyway. I currently have two coaties and a WL. The WL has by far the more stable tempermanent, strong nerve and sociable temperament. He also had buckets of drive.

My old coatie, who is now 11 years, is a sweetie with the family but with strangers and other dogs is just like gagsd's Cora - a grumpy old witch sums her up perfectly We love her though

My younger coatie, who is a 4 year old WGSL, is a fabulous tracking dog, but is a bully to other dogs and has an overly sensitive nature. He, again, is a sweetie with the family, but isn't what I would call laid back
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