Discussion in 'The Breeding Ground' started by Michiyo-Fir, Feb 14, 2012.
I agree...Anne is very helpful and she has gorgeous dogs.
My lab and the labs I knew when I was younger...labs of my Dad's friends who he went hunting with ALL had the kind of temperament a Lab should have. I don't know what in the world has become of them...these people breeding for this crazy hyper activity. It's ridiculous. My Lab and the labs I knew were couch potatoes at home, calm, very easy going, laid back when in the house. Outside, they might run and get a stick to be thrown for them, but all in all, just regular dogs. When the men started packing up their guns and gear and it was obvious a hunting trip was eminent, the dogs became exuberant. They hunted exuberantly, but at the same time, in a controlled manner...very well trained and definitely not nutso. They should make, imo, a nice house dog, who lies by the fire place and pads around the house, ready for fun and hunting if the occasion arises, but that have a clear picture...just naturally, that there's a time and place for everything. It's just a shame how today's dogs (all kinds of breeds) are being over done and ruined by these contrived selective breeding practices. You can get an exuberant and talented hunting dog without getting a dog that acts like he's on crack.
Unfortunately, it's the popularity of Labs that caused this. Everybody wants the most popular breed, which then results in "breeders" breeding withouth thought to tempermant, health or stucture. Add to that people who don't want to spend the money on a well bred dog, which results in encouraging more poorly bred dogs. Vicious cycle. The same thing happened to Cocker Spaniels in the 70s and Saint Bernards.
That's exactly how they should be. Caleb is pretty much like that. Oh, sure, he gets a case of the "Zoomies" in the house, and, when we get together wiht my sister, wants to wrestle with her Golden, but he can be easily stopped if we want.