My family disapproves of my breed choice

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  1. Locke

    Locke Active Member

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    I mentioned to my family tonight that I had started planning for a dog this summer, and when I told them I was looking into Chinese Crested Powderpuff, they didn't believe me! They were shocked I wanted such a "hideous" dog.
    They've always been very supportive of me and my dog passion, I was really surprised when they were so disapproving of my breed choice.

    My sister and her partner want me to foster for the rescue they got their dog from...but...I really want a dog with health testing behind it. I need my next dog to be healthy and long-lived. I cannot go through the heartache of health problems any more.

    I know health testing isn't fail proof, and I know the vast majority of dogs in rescue are healthy and long-lived dogs...I just want the odds on my side.

    Now I feel guilty for choosing a breeder over rescue. It's been my plan to rescue for so long. There are so many dogs that fit me perfectly out there already in need of homes. With rescue, I feel like I take a chance of health problems arising, but with breeding, I feel like I'm taking a chance with personality and temperament. What if the breeder dog/puppy turns out not to be what I want in a dog? I almost feel like that is a bigger risk....
     
  2. sassafras

    sassafras mushinois

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    Well they just need to MYOB, that's all.
     
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    Red.Apricot Active Member

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    They'll probably stop nagging once the puppy gets there.
     
  4. CatStina

    CatStina SBT Lover!!

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    It happens. They'll get over it.
     
  5. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    This.

    You don't want to look back and think "but what if I had gotten the puppy I REALLY wanted.."
    Get the puppy you want of the breed YOU want. It's your dog.

    Families (especially nondogcentric people) have huge sweeping generalizations about certain breeds

    Cresteds all looks like this
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    Border collies are all insane, goldens are all perfect pets, poodles are froofy girly dogs, dalmatians can do amazing tricks and are perfect city pets (101 dalmatians don't know you..)

    Puppy will get here and it will be more about that dogs personality than the breed and trust me..they'll get over it.
     
  6. Dakotah

    Dakotah Kotah BEAR

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    Now I'm gonna have nightmares, thanks :p
    For some reason, this picture has always freaked me out.

    But I agree with CatStina.
     
  7. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    Yup. They'll get over it.

    Mine was horrified that I'd want a big, ugly dog with jowls and droopy eyes.

    Believe me, if mine got over it . . . any one would ;)

    Kinda reminds me of my mom, Fran :rofl1:
     
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    As the others said, they'll get over it. When they're looking for dogs for themselves, they're free to acquire one by whatever means they choose. There's no shame in supporting a responsible breeder.
     
  9. crazedACD

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    I've had people horrified that I like Standard Poodles. And Cresteds. Eh...I have to live with the dog, not them, I'll choose what I like. It's a shame they aren't being supportive..maybe tell your family how you feel? Sometimes people don't realize they are being so insensitive or that it matters that much.

    I think you'll be a great puppy owner and turn out a great dog :D. Remember you have a huge support system here! I think increasing your odds with a breeder that does health testing is great, maybe you can find one that does some CGC, obedience, agility or something with their dogs to alleviate your fears.
     
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    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    I showed pics of well bred cresteds hairy and not to my Momma a year or more ago. She was horrified. UGLY. Horribly ugly. Every picture.

    I didn't tell them Arson was coming. It was planned. Once I had him I was afraid of reaction. I took him home to Kerri's slimmed him down, worked a little on manners.. and when they met him they fell in love with him. He's cute, but not the prettiest crested out there.

    Kerri should chime in here. Sketch breeder had 6 hairless cresties. Kerri was smitten with the ugliest one. 6 pounds or less. Tiny little thing with just a wisp of head hair. Naked tail and all. Kerri would have taken her home. She was bursting with the best personality ever and could have made a wonderful sports dog.. I would have taken her more easily than Arson as all I saw at first was chubby, had a hard time moving and had scruffy hair everywhere.

    Thankfully Kerri told me there was a crested in there. He liked food, wanted to follow me..

    I didn't plan on another rescue mission of sorts. I was planning to go to a breeder. Happy I took him home, but wouldn't have been unhappy to go to a decent breeder too.

    Crestie personalities are unlike any other dog I've met.. You need one. Now ;)
     
  11. skittledoo

    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    It's going to be your dog so definitely get what you want from where you want.

    My family thinks my Ibizan is ugly too. They are more into heavier boned breeds and don't quite understand the whole skinny sighthound thing. But you know what... I really wanted one and Joey fit so perfectly so I kept him because my husband and I decided that he would be a good match for us (well mainly for me).

    I really really want a Xolo one day and I can only imagine the horrified reaction I'll get from my family when that day eventually comes around. I imagine they might think I'm crazy honestly, but I think they are wonderful so who cares what they think.

    I say get what you really want and don't let what anyone else says get to you. You know better than anyone what you feel is a good fit for you and if it's a chinese crested than yayyy!!!! I've actually grown fond of them myself. We have a little powderpuff female named Mia that comes to my work a lot and I just think she has the greatest little personality ever.
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    I think we are due for some more Arson pics. :) unless I missed a recent thread with pics somewhere.
     
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    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    I shared these in the jammies thread..

    Reshare!

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    Please excuse the mess... Firewood pieces and dirt by the wood stove and all..
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    God he is so cute. I love the jammies!
     
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    Awwwww . . . Arson in jammies and a bonus Jacklette! <3
     
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    He is pretty sweet. There is a lot of endearing personality that doesn't translate in pics. My dad is actually kinda smitten. Arson crawls onto him to be pet while I stand around to talk to him. He seems to feel he is a year behind in cuddling and chew toys and needs to make up for it ASAP.

    Would I go hairless again.. I'm thinking I'd rather go puff. But Arson needed a new life so I don't regret him or his skin. I think I may be madly in love for the future with AHTs.. so his skin issues won't drive me off
     
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    Arson! <3 Cresties are definitely one of my fav small breeds.

    Go with the dog you want. Out of random curiosity, do you have a coat type preference?
     
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    He's a doll. I always loved Ruby and River too. <3
     
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    Ok this is not helping my Crestie lust. If I went Crestie instead of Poodle for my next dog, I wouldn't have to deal with the docking issue....

    ETA: My parents were downright horrified when I adopted my first pit bull. Now they loooooove the pit bulls and mom is like this big outspoken pit bull advocate :)

    (She doesn't like the BCs though. They move too much and they're pointy. She doesn't like pointy.)
     

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