(Closed) Friend’s Dog had puppies… Help me decide!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Whats the reason for tail docking?

Puppies are a lot of work, but since you have a big dog I’m sure you already know lol

Sounds like your partner is not ready for the responsibility so I say avoid the new dog! It will be a constant reminder of how frustrating he is

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@sleepingbeauty88: I love Min Pins and would probably end up getting one even if Fiance wasn’t gonna help with the puppy. Just cause they are SO CUTE!!! But I agree the puppies can be alot of work. I don’t envy you the decision and the fights that are coming from this. Puppies chould be happy things. (((((HUGS)))))

@Eva Peron: Tails are docked for several reasons. I have a Dobie, and had a Rottie in the past. Both of those breeds have docked tails because they are “guard dogs” and there is less chance for the tails to be grabed by an intruder and the dog get hurt. It also helps with their balance. That is also why the ears are docked on Dobies. My Dobie had really big floppy ears as a baby, and the vet agreed that cutting the ears would also help prevent ear infections due to fluid build-up.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Thrakena: Yes there are def breeds that serve a purpose. Just wondering why such a little mix dog like that would benefit, other than aesthetically?

I have a German Shepherd, i hear you on the guard dog /protection stuff logic.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you can’t get a dog from a Code of Ethics breeder, then I would suggest a dog from a shelter or a rescue group.

Getting one of your friend’s puppies would just be condoning BYB practices.

Sorry, I’m in the dog business. I’ll get off my soapbox now, since ultimately the decison is up to you and I can’t convince people (your friend) to be responsible with pets. 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@sleepingbeauty88: I don’t have anything useful to add, but your big cat reminds me of Bustopher Jones from the musical Cats. 🙂

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