The dog that doesn’t acts its type

I often talk about Gizmo, my cat

gizmo home

He acts more like a dog than a cat, he comes out for walks, he fetched the ball, he protects the dog.

But this is about Max

giz and max

Max is a Springer Lab mix.

As this sort of a mix they have traits such as

  1. friendly towards strangers and other dogs
  2. Massive Prey Drive
  3. They bark at anything
  4. They love water.
  5. High Intelligence

Lets take my Dog

  1. He doesn’t like other dogs, he was attacked alot in a a short period of time and this has made him fearful of other dogs
  2. Max, is too lazy for a prey drive, unless it is his ball or an animal one of the cats has bought in
  3. I will agree Max does tend to bark at anything
  4. Max, bless his heart does not like the water in any shape or form, even rain
  5. For this I shall leave this photo

max blanket

He stayed like that for a while.

The point of this post is never assume a dog will by typical of their breed. Things such as how well socialised they are when they are a pup, how they are treated, that sort of thing are very important, but he has not had a scary moment with water, we have never tried to train him out of his prey drive, he just can’t be arsed. He is not the most intelligent dog out there, but he is mine and I love him a lot.

If you are thinking of getting a dog, do a lot of research but don’t make the mistake we made which was take all the worse traits of each breed and be prepared for them, because he is nothing like he is meant to be

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14 Responses to The dog that doesn’t acts its type

  1. Darlene says:

    Max is adorable! I can see why you love him to bits.

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  2. shiarrael says:

    he just can’t be arsed. 🤣💖
    Well, he’s adorable either way!

    But you’re right, one never knows. Our dog is a typical Bernese in some ways, not so much in others. I was lucky that I knew her dam, so I had an idea what to expect.

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    • I think if we were to going to do this again, we would go for a rescue, we got Max from when he was a pup and have learnt alot from him, but what he has taught me is it doesn’t really matter as long as you put in the hours. The only thing I would do again is get another short haired dog. He sheds enough, but I can imagine a long haired dog is much much worse

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      • shiarrael says:

        Rescues are awesome! 💗 Our Berner was my first non-rescue dog, and while I love her to pieces, I wouldn’t have gotten her if not for her previous job (SAR dogs need somewhat experienced owners when they retire).

        The shedding is a good news/bad news situation. Other than, say, our neighbor’s Golden Retriever who sheds year-round, our dog barely leaves a hair around in summer and winter. Those few weeks in spring and fall though … UGH! You could vacuum every hour and still have fluffy Berner puppies everywhere!

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      • We were unable to get a rescue as my son at the time was 2 and none of the rescues want to house a dog they are unsure of, which such a young child. which I understand

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  3. pramegha says:

    Max is wonderful. Different is good many times.
    🌸🌸

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  4. manyofus1980 says:

    awwwww. what a sweetheart! of course he’s half a lab so he would be…xo

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