The "mistakes" regarding your dogs breed thread

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  1. Omnomivore

    Omnomivore New Member

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    Samwise got a lot of doodle, particularly goldendoodle, guesses when he was a puppy. More people peg him as a poodle now that we keep his face shaved. It's the color and size that throws people - between him being red and big for a mini, people assume he's a mix.

    I was one of those people, once. I was at a dog show with a lot of rare breeds, and a friend pointed out a 'standard poodle.' I got really excited because I knew it wasn't, and went up to the owner and asked if it was an Italian water spaniel.

    It wasn't. :doh: It was an Irish water spaniel, which I knew, but when I opened my mouth the wrong word came out. Boy did I feel like a dope!
     
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    Going to agree with this. My husband is a super genius when it comes to things like music theory where I don't know my ass from a G cord. Where as with dogs, it's the complete opposite.

    Doesn't make us stupid, just means we're smart at different things.
     
  3. Dogdragoness

    Dogdragoness Happy Spring!!!!

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    No I am not referring to the honest mistakes about breed, but I was referring to those fee who are convinced they know what *my* dog is& won't listen to me ... Their owner as I try to educate them otherwise oftentimes I end up attempting a graceful exit.

    I once saw a bedlington terrier at a park a looong time ago, it was off leash & ran up to me & Izze when we were playing catch (NP the dog was super friendly & Izze & him got on well) his owner came to retrieve him & I mentioned "hey, that's a bedlington terrier, isn't it?" He was pleasantly surprised & said that most ppl ... Even the groomers at petsmart thought he was a poodle/ poodle mix.
     
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    Georgygirl Uffda!

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    I usually get mini boxer or bulldog for my two. I can understand both, but the mini boxer thing is a bit annoying.

    If I'm just talking about my dogs with someone it never fails. When I tell them I have boston terriers they always say, "Oh, you have BWAston Terriers huh?" with a terrible Boston accent. I smile and pretend its the first time I've heard that. :)
     
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    Sit Stay Not a Border Collie

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    With Quinn, the most common breed guesses are Toller, Border Collie, and Aussie. Probably in that order. I've had real, serious Toller people think she's a Toller and BC people think she's a BC. Often people will also ask if she's a mix with any of the above breeds. I suppose they aren't totally out there - she gets Toller because of her colouring and the other two are pretty close. Most of the time people are accepting when I say she's an ES, but I have had people give me weird looks and even argue that she must be mixed. I've also had a couple of people guess her breed correctly which is always very surprising and exciting!

    As a puppy she got a lot of Sheltie and Collie guesses but not so much now.

    She's even had TWO Beagle guesses. Wtf?? I was a little peeved at that.
     
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    With Quinn I usually get "Border Collie and what else?" or "Kelpie and what else?"

    But have also got Sheltie, Koolie, Husky and even Basenji (because of her gay tail)

    A couple of weeks ago I was going through a drive through with Quinn in the back seat. The girl in the window commented on my beautiful Border Collie. I just stared blankly at her for about 3 seconds before saying "Thankyou, your only about the 2nd person ever that has picker her breed correctly"

    She went on to tell me about her own BC at home, except that he is fat and fluffy and looks like a teddy bear. I was actually impressed she picked Quinn as a BC because of this. Most people can't make the connection.
    The other person the picked her correctly was someone that had a smooth BC of their own so they got it.

    I still think when most poeple ask me what she is that they don't believe me when I tell them she's just a funny looking BC.
     
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    SevenSins APBTs & One Crazy Banana

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    Oh the irony... :rolleyes:



    One of the strangest things my dog has been mistaken for was when I was going through a fast food drive-through with one of our pups and my SBT. The guy asked if my dog was a "Doberman Pinscher" and I assumed he was asking about the cropped black APBT puppy. She didn't really "look" like a Dobe puppy, but I suppose I could see where someone would make that mistake if their only idea of what a "Pit Bull" is, is a gigantic blue dog. Turns out, he was actually asking about my small, natural eared, obviously adult, brindle SBT. The guy didn't argue with me about the breed or insist that's what my dog had to be, but it was a weird exchange and I think the most unusual part of it for me was that I would have assumed until that point that anyone who knew to call it a Doberman Pinscher would actually have some idea of what one looked like...
     
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    Yarrow always gets wolf or wolfdog - pretty understandable.

    Jasper is instantly recognizable, so he usually just gets the "LASSIE!!" comments.

    Onyx so far mostly people just ask what she is, or what mix she is. Although just from my fb pictures I had someone ask if she was a Great Dane.....! When I say Malinois, I get some weird looks. Then it takes some explaining. I might need to just start saying Belgian Shepherd.
     
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    I don't think I would guess ES if I met her either! They're just all so different looking and not really generic but have the good old farm dog look to them. When I did run into a ES I thought Aussie/BC mix but when she said English Shepherd I was like "OHHH! That makes sense!"

    But, if I saw a Koolie I probably wouldn't guess Koolie either so I never expect anyone to ever get it!
     
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    Boston terrier. To this day, people still think Juno is a boston. Which, let's be real, aside from color that would just never be my first thought.
    Or "boxer and.....?"
    And then the people who think they know better than me when I say she's a brindle.

    The other 2, don't really get guesses. I think "poodle mix" is kind of a given with Lucy. The only guess I've gotten about Happy is "is that a keeshond/keeshond mix?" and yeah I could totally see that. And truth be told I don't even know what Happy is lol so whatever, guess away!
     
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    Goose gets Chinese Shar pei a lot. It had not happened in quite awhile when a new coworker recently asked, with furrowed brow 'where do you get a shar pei like that?'.

    Nog usually gets Pug/Terrier mix.

    A little boy once called Aesop a lion:p

    And I was asked if Brooks was a Goldendoodle
     
  13. ThoseWordsAtBest

    ThoseWordsAtBest Wu-Tang Steph

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    At nearly 7, Smalls is somehow still a Lab puppy to a lot of folks. Or a "Miniature Lab" because unbeknownst to me, that is a thing? I met one at a nail trim clinic. I cut her nails and remarked she looked similar to Smalls, and the woman said "Oh you have a mini Lab too? We had to pay quite a bit, but she is exactly what we were looking for."

    Jack is thought of as a Husky or once in a while a GSD. I'll usually tell people what he is, but a Husky isn't a far cry so no big deal. I can't recall any one saying any thing about the others in a long time, but Shambles always draws the guessing. Is he a Pit? Is he a Bulldog?
     
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    I don't know, I don't mind confusion over my dogs. They're not appropriate for the average "oh they're pretty, and my how well they behave!" to purchase so its for the best they stay in the dark. If anything I usually say yup, like a GSD only from Belgium or Belgian shepherd. Hopefully then they will at least google before buying one.

    http://thedogsnobs.com/2013/06/15/owner-profile-in-over-their-head-ignoramus/
     
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    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    I dunno, if the people you talk to can even remember the word "Malinois" (let alone spell it) they're head and shoulders above most here. LOL Half the time I just stick with generic "shepherd" unless somebody asks something specific. I almost never bust out the word Malinois, it just leads to headaches.

    Then again, nobody seems to want a Blossom. :lol-sign: I can't imagine why, unless it's the barking, the spinning, the biting.... :confused: LOL
     
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    I often wish we didn't have socially appropriate dogs, I have a habit of deleting videos of training when my dogs are nuts, I feel like its a lie and people don't believe the work we put in to get dogs like this. Denis busts out with Malinois a lot and it leads to more questions, Belgian shepherd, like German shepherd or Australian shepherd, tends to finalize inquiries, ime.

    They're good dogs, I prefer them to stay the way they are and popularity has never helped a breed.
     
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    I had a full out argument with a guy who was convinced that Desoto was an ACD because he has prick ears. Apparently it was easier to accept that he was a huge, extremely fluffy, merle ACD with loads of white trim than just an aussie with uppity ears :rofl1:

    Radar is ALWAYS called a 'scottie dog' or 'maggie' or 'the little Ceasers dog' the only people that ever actually call him a Westie are other Westie owners. People know what he is just not what his breed is actually called, if that makes sense.
     
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    Baxter has been labelled as basically every variety of poodle. I was surprised the other day when we were out for a walk. A lady came flying down her driveway and I'm thinking "Great, she's going to want to pet my poodle", then she blurts out "Oh my gosh! He's an adorable Bichon!". I swear I saw rays of light and heard hallejula!

    Rocky usually gets pegged as a yorkie... That usually gets followed by "I've never seen one so big!".
     
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    LOL no kidding! I say Malinois and they're like "oh a Malamute!". Even Roust's rabies certificate says "Belgian Malamoot". The only people who put it together are the ones who already at least kind of know what a Mal is and they usually ask me "Is that a Malinois (Or Malinoise LOL)? Our police department has one" or some such thing.

    I tend to say Malinois just out of habit, unless I have Roo and a Black Dog out then I say they're Belgian Shepherds because it's easier. Saying Belgian Shepherd is certainly a better idea for simplicity and I try to remember but...it's hard! My dogs with their funny names and weird breeds just get confusing looks all around from the general public LOL

    LOL no one ever has wanted a dog Roo either. Even though he's well behaved and generally acts fine. It could be the fact that my first words are always "do not try to touch him"..."don't touch him"..."my dog is not friendly"..."he doesn't like strangers, don't pet him". No one in agility class ever wanted him because he's the clumsiest dog ever and they probably thought he seemed kinda dumb as he came out of the tunnels on his face repeatedly and flailed around on the puppy dogwalk :rofl1: He's better at flyball...but still no one wants him LOL

    With Savvy I think people ask what he is just so they don't accidentally end up with one LOL


    Popularity isn't as much an issue as breeders willing to sell dogs to anyone with no screening and no strings attached. And that seems to be pretty common with Mals :(

    Hey my question was about brown dogs LOL
     
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    We were definitely a "Type 1" when we took in Sally. It was pretty much went like "Hmm, she looks like a pit bull and hasn't tried to eat us in our sleep yet, let's Google 'pit bull'."

    With Sally I've gotten boxer, "tiger" pit bull, (regular) pit bull, American Staffordshire terrier, and my personal favorite-pit bull/pug mix.

    Lots of people think Jack is a chessie. Everytime we go somewhere crowded someone asks at least once. I've been asked 3 times in one trip to Petsmart and several time at the farmers market if he was a chessie. I did have a guy at the dog park absolutely insist Jack was a lab/rottie mix.
     

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