Sunday, June 13, 2004

About the last post about getting a dog and choosing which breed I'm supposed to get, well I finlly did it and chose one of them. It was a very close race between the two breeds and I do appreciate all the feedbacks I got from that, but in the end I only had room for one and that's the German Shepherd. I've looked through every website and read all the books I could get my hands on related to the breeds and, personality wise, nothing beats the GSD. It's very personable, eager to please, easy to train, has a very balanced temperament, very loyal and protective of its owner (that's why they're called "Canis familiaris"). On the other hand, Basset Hounds, I found out, have a world all their own just like a cat. They always eat, sleep, they interact with people on their own terms, they're harder to train, always following its nose and thus having a great chance of getting lost, trusts strangers easily as long as they get food and lodging, can't be a good guard dog, and they can't be picked up very easily. And if there's any thing I learned from all this is that looks can be deceiving. I might get the hound sometime in the future when the lifestyle warrants it but at this time I'm going for the big dog.

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