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Old December 7th, 2012, 03:12 AM   #71

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When I was a kid, we owned a St.Bernard. The problem is, he just kept on growing, becoming the largest dog I've ever seen. By the time he was 3 years old, (by which time he had just stopped growing) he weighed 18 stone (252 British lbs). He was so heavy that we had to take him to the local coal mine and get him weighed on the weighbridge, which was very accurate. He stood placidly on the weighbridge, panting away like all Saints do.

He was a fantastic guard dog. Very protective of his family, but absolutely the most sweet tempered dog ever. The problem is, you couldn't want down the street with him, because of the attention he generated. Even in the country, cows would follow him, thinking that he was a calf.

Unfortunately, such huge dogs aren't really healthy and he died age 10 of a heart attack. Dogs just aren't supposed to be that big.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 03:32 AM   #72

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The biggest of dogs have the biggest of hearts.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 08:40 AM   #73

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my daughter got a new pup and he's the funniest looking dog. he's a "dorky" which is half yorkie, half dachshund. he has a sweet little yorkie face, a long body and 4 inch legs. he looks like a hairy hotdog. he is really friendly and isn't yippy like most little dogs.
my cats are gonna be pissssed!
one thing interesting about newfoundlands is that they are the only dog with webbed paws which makes them swim better. but how did that get bred in?? did they throw a duck in the mix??
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Old December 7th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #74

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Most big dogs have webbed paws. All my Labradors certainly had. And my previous dog, a Collie- Labrador cross, had, too. She spent half her life wet The best dog I have ever known, and that's saying something.

I think most large dogs were descended from one of the oldest groups, the mastiffs. St.Bernards, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers etc are all from the Mastiff group, and probably Labradors are just smaller cousins.

How they got webbed paws, I don't know. Most likely it's a mutation?
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this video is too cute:
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Old December 7th, 2012, 03:45 PM   #76

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A lot of modern British kids have no dogs in their lives. Selfish parents who had selfish parents actually bring them up to be scared of dogs. That's barbaric.

They move to the countryside and are then terrified of dogs, cattle, probably even sheep and chickens. Pathetic. My childhood would have been much less fun if I hadn't had dogs and grew up with them.
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A lot of modern British kids have no dogs in their lives. Selfish parents who had selfish parents actually bring them up to be scared of dogs. That's barbaric.

They move to the countryside and are then terrified of dogs, cattle, probably even sheep and chickens. Pathetic. My childhood would have been much less fun if I hadn't had dogs and grew up with them.
I can't understand why people do not like dogs, I love dogs. My parents had bred Airedales which are the tallest terriers. They did bark a lot and looked threatening, but when you got to know then they were funny characters. I can remember telling a friend that was going to visit my family house in the country that my parents keep terriers and will she be alright.
She was amazed when she had seen those tallest terriers as one of them stood on his hind legs and his head towered over hers and hugged her and lick her to near death. I think she was expecting ankle biters
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When I was a teenager I had a Sheltie named Brandy. This is not her picture but it looks exactly like her.

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That was not only the sweetest dog ever, she was very smart as well. She was great at playing frisbee.
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I had recently had to put my dog down earlier this year and she was crossed with rough Collie and Springer Spaniel. She was the best doggie that ever lived
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When I was a teenager I had a Sheltie named Brandy. This is not her picture but it looks exactly like her.

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That was not only the sweetest dog ever, she was very smart as well. She was great at playing frisbee.
shelties are beautiful and highly intelligent dogs. border collies are now considered by some to be the smartest breed today. they really excel in those agility contests.
all of the collie family are amazing dogs
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