If you could write the temperament breed standard..

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  1. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    for any breed (one you own. one you love etc.. ) or specific dog what would it look like?

    :D You can change the current standard, or just expand on it and explain more for those who find it unclear
    You can write it more specifically to YOUR dog (individually or certain lines/breed type) or just for the breed in general

    I just thought it would be interesting! I was looking through the breed thread and noticed that some temperament descriptions were rather short, some people agreed on, some didn't etc..

    If you can, post the original breed standard from the breed club or registry :)
    if you have a mixed breed.. just make one up! lol :D
     
  2. Kat09Tails

    Kat09Tails *Now with Snark*

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    I actually kind of like the wording for the papillon one. Now if people only bred to the standard above coat length *whistles.* :p

    Happy, alert and friendly. Neither shy nor aggressive.
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    I love this thread. Total dog nerdage right here.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    this probably is hands down the nerdiest dog thread I've ever concocted lol
     
  5. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Oh goodness, the coat length is pretty bad in some lines these days. Rose and Beau are way too hairy of mine (although to be fair they have the awful spay/neuter coats).

    Love Summer's coat length (and she is spayed) I think it's ideal even if it's not showy.

    There was a good description of the papillon temperament in a book.
    This is from a new owner's guide to papillons by Deborah Wood.

    Still my favorite description of the breed temperament overall. Not a breed standard though.
     
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    Maliraptor Bite me.

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    From the AKC Belgian Malinois standard:

    "reserved with strangers"

    There is a fine line between RESERVED and AFRAID. I think a lot of dogs that are labeled "reserved" or "non-social" are in fact, insecure. Reserved is ok. A confident dog, that simply does not want to fawn over strangers. NOT a nervous, scared dog that doesn't want to be touched.

    My pet peeve. A "no-touch" Belgian is ok. If it is no-touch for the right reason.
     
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    No doubt, that applies to all Belgian varieties. And GSDs. And probably any other breed that has reserved, standoffish or aloof in their description. People too often use that as an excuse for their fearful dog who is hiding behind them growling.
     
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    I generally don't tend to like AKC Siberian Huskies. They are either watered down from the intense working dogs they were meant to be, or they just look/act completely different from what *I* prefer the Siberian Husky to look/act like.

    On the AKC website, they describe the Siberian Husky as an "easy keeper". In my opinion, that is DEFINITELY misleading. In no way, shape, or form is the Sibe an "easy keeper". :rofl1:

    If I were to re-write that, it would probably sound more intimidating, and certainly not a "fun" dog to own. They are extremely stubborn, independent thinkers, and while they do not "need" their owners, they do need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy and content. I wouldn't consider most Sibes to be outgoing, but I do consider them reserved, and more apt to look on from a distance before running up and checking it out. Curious. Friendly and gentle do describe trained Sibes, but since they are so independent and strong willed, untrained Sibes are commonly harsh, rough, and quite suspicious. They are easy bullies, they love to tease and torment other dogs and some humans, but can be push overs just as easily. They definitely tend to be a dog that is control or be controlled.


    But, "my" type of Sibe doesn't fit the AKC standard, so, meh.
     
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    Sit Stay Not a Border Collie

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    The English Shepherd temperament standard as per the UKC

    Per the English Shepherd Club (has some working and temperament descriptions)n- I prefer this one and find it quite accurate. I like the maintaining order part LOL, that's Quinn.

    By far the best "ready-made" article I've found that sums up an English Shepherd quite nicely! Reminds me so much of Quinn. This is written by Mary Peaslee.

     
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    My dream dog is.
    Good natured and reserved. Happy with family , loves kids.
    Medium build with short coat. All colors . Prick ears.
    Lazyier the better.


    Any one got a dog that fits this. ?
     
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    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    Oh, my gosh. I think Chloe is an English Shepherd. LOL (I know for a fact she's part Aussie, but her dad was just a generic farm collie type dog, so she may have some English Shepherd in her, too.)
    Intelligent? Check. Devoted? Check. Territorial? Triple check. Enforcer of the Rules? This is the dog that breaks up cat fights and tattles on Rose when she gets into the cat food outside or is upstairs on one of the beds when she shouldn't be. ROFLMAO Now, she's just as bad about breaking rules as enforcing them...but I'll blame that on her Aussie heritage. ;)

    Really makes me want to get an English Shepherd. If only they came in smooth coat...I shave Chloe because I can't bring myself to brush her and she mats due to her undercoat. I think she's adorable short, but I miss the nice, feathery hair she had when she was around a year or two before her undercoat came in force.

    AKC breed standard for the Labrador:
    UKC:
    Sounds good to me. Although if I were telling someone about a Lab, I would stress the fact that as puppies they CHEW, as adolescents they are insane without proper guidance, and as adults they SHED.
     
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    PlottMom The Littlest Hound

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    You had Liz up until you said prick ears. Seriously, she lives for me & the kids I worked with, but won't even get off of her bed to meet guests (last time we had people over she was lying in front of a black curtain & no one knew she was there...) and spends about 20+ hours of the day snoozing.
     
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    *Shows this to Tyr*

    The malinois who thinks he's a corgi...sigh...
    "ZOMG!!!!! Strangers!!!!"

    This dog has a melt down when he's ignored by random passers by. :wall:
     
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    PLOTTS HUH , will defiantly look at them now.! how about bassetts they as lazy as peeps say?
     
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    Well this is what the UKC has to say about 'houlas:

    I think it's mostly accurate, although I might emphasize that shyness should not be at all tolerated with the breed, especially when working. This is an animal that is meant to be gritty under all circumstances! I'd also be tempted to emphasize that Catahoulas--although many have a great off-switch--are for sure not laid-back animals!
     
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    From the Alaskan Klee Kai's UKC standard:

    When "cautious" is in the actual standard, you know it's a problem, heh. Excessive shyness is a big issue in this breed. There are some good breeders working to improve temperament, though!

    I generally send people to Widdershin Estates' breed writeup, which is accurate, and good about emphasizing the positive and negative traits of the breed:

     
  17. Kaydee

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    This just about perfectly describes my beautiful girl except guarding property. If a stranger came in and started carting out the TV and stereo, Sophie would open one eye and perhaps give a brief tail wag and go back to sleep.
     
  18. Kaydee

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    ...however if someone were to try to attack me she would eat them...or possibly hide behind the couch...hard to say
     

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