Of all the dog breeds and mixes, which do you think has the most get-in-trouble personality and traits?
We know terriers can be diggers and barkers, for example. But I think the prize goes to the good ol' Labrador retriever.
Pictures above are of my coworker Jake's two dogs, Maggie and Katie, both with lab in their blood. I love the way Katie is looking at Maggie's bone, AS IF she had the better one, even though they are the same. (That's Scooter, always wanting what the other one has instead of his own, the exact same thing). Maggie and Katie are are good dogs, but they DO get in trouble, like the time Jake came home to find the two had played with the couch and pulled out all the stuffing. Many a shoe has been eaten as well. Or they'll escape from the fenced-in yard and go out on adventures. The latest escape resulted in Jake getting bit by some unknown insect in the woods, causing a huge red itchy bump on his thigh and various other bites upon his body. Poor Jake.
My vet told me labs are bad about "eating stuff." He told me of having to operate on a lab who swallowed a walnut still in the shell fresh from the tree--not once, but twice! Also, a lab that wolfed down--somehow--an entire tube sock! Beagles and other hounds can be big pigs as well.
My aunt and uncle have a lab mix, Sheba, who had to go to obedience training because she was quite the handful. Sheba loves to steal anything and everything she can get her paws on.
Now labs are great dogs that are used for therapy and leading the blind or disabled, but they are very active dogs when young and need basic training. Maybe that's why so many end up in shelters--they can be a handful and if not trained at all, cause lots of trouble. That, and there are a lot of labs and mixes in the pet population. Spay and neuter people!
Now, Scooter is my bad boy and has no lab in him, but he does have shepherd/collie and has that herding instinct. He has to lord over the world and boss everyone around, but hey, that's what herders are bred for. Border collies are tough too, as they need, need, need to stay active and busy. Any bored dog can become a handful, because if you don't give them something to do to expend energy, they will find something on their own, and usually an owner won't like what they choose for entertainment.
So, what are your opinions on breeds that can be a handful? The key to finding the right dog for a family is to KNOW the breed traits and pick according to your lifestyle and time and energy you have to give to the pet. And what is the WORST thing your dog (or cat) ever did to make you want to SCREAM? I'll get back on that as soon as I make my Scooter list. Though, Zoe and Peanut and Tramp and Penny have had their misadventures as well!
posted by Sandy at 7/25/2007 02:28:00 PM