Ok, ,my agrey confidence left me. Sorry if I insutled anyone. I just really, really, really, really hate doxie discrimitaion. Just so you know a little more about Thomas' situation now:
We don't let him around people except for people we KNOW he will behave around. NO KIDS, no exceptions (except for me :) ) When he is around anyone except my mom, dad, or I, someone is always monitering him. Watching his body language. Asking people to back off, or perhaps leave him alone for a while, politely. If I see him getting nervous, he goes outside, or gets his wire muzzle put on. And I found something that helped him nervousness so much it scares me: agility. Agility gave him confidence in himself and has built him up.
Just so you know, he is no longer dangerous. He is my baby boy. I love him. I tell people his is my brother, becuase I feel like we can tellecommunicate. We have been together since I was 2 and we was 8 weeks old.
As a dakkie lover, I must say -- they CAN be aloof and evil tempered, and it IS the breed, lol. They are badger dogs -- badgers are mean, mean animals! It takes an aggressive, fearless dog to hunt them. That said, anyone with a passing awareness of the dog's nature can easily counter those tendencies with good training/socialisation.
None of my grandma's old standards were people-shy or aggressive one bit. All of the minis are, neurotic little things, but they're so inbred... Dakkies also don't 'protect' their backs unless there's some pain there to begin with. The back weakness is so common now, though, comes from breeding for length and fine bone. They used to be much hardier. The old style, hardy standards are hard to get now..
ETA: Thomasdog, we had to be that careful with our last boy, sadly. No strangers, no strange kids. He was the worst one I've ever had. But ofc we loved him and he was like a brother to my daughter, too. Just took hella training to overcome his early abuse.. they need a firm hand from puppyhood, or they just think they can rule the roost. (not in my house! lol)
I belive that Thomas protects his back. His issues with people started about 8 months after his back surgery, probably becuase he felt a pain and knew that people caused that pain (I will fess up to this: I broke his back. :**********************( I got out of bed when it was dark and he blended in with the carpet. I landed on his back and "poof", the deal was sealed. I sealed his fate. This is why I feel so strongly about doxies)
Thomas is a smart dog. I think he understands what happened and why. He forgave me, but he wants everyone to know that his back might still ache and not to touch.
Mister ratdogs issue was not being spoiled. He went mouse hunting in the fields with his original owner and also did a great job of keeping varmint's out of the yard. His issue was he wasn't given the correct discipline. We almost had to put him down after the owner died.
I am aware there is an argument about wether or not a whole breed is responsible for certain behaviors. Here is my opinion. Yes it is about who raises them. My grandmother had a beautiful dachsund that was a lovable sweet heart. But a dog can be raised with all the kindness in the world and can still have agression. Sorry. There is a such thing as genetics that will sometimes prevail in any species on the planet. I believe it is similar to human behaviors. Most of the time in human beings will act like their parents or similar (mannerisms) because we are genetically predisposed to it. Just like a dog. I am kind of on both sides with this argument. Yes it is the breed and yes it is the owner. Even though my grandmothers dachsund was nice she would still take a chunk out of you if you did the wrong thing around her. One thing that makes me insane is the pitbull fear people have. Yes they are hyper and they are strong but they have to be directed correctly or they could become agressive.
I personally like shepards, hounds and terriers but not for any reason other than good memories as a child. Oh and labradors.
Last edited by Shirleythebetta; 06-20-2012 at 08:11 PM.
How many times I trod on/tripped over Bob, I couldn't say, haha. They're always underfoot, or in the most awkward places for that..
Poor Bob hurt his back jumping onto a chair and was paralysed. He lost all bladder control, was in constant pain and no guarantee the surgery would fix anything at his age (he was nearly 8) so we chose to have him pts, rather than be in horrible pain any longer. No more dakkies for me, not for a few more years anyhow.. and if I do, I want a standard pup from a good, caring breeder!