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And so the breed research begins...

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Pappychi, May 16, 2017.


  1. Pappychi

    Pappychi PetForums VIP

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    The house is too quiet and everyone is coming to terms with losing a dog so young. For the first time in my parents 30 year marriage they are dogless and no one can seem to slot into this new dogless lifestyle.

    So, my parents have begun to research their next breed. Now, they've always had dogs 'fall into their laps' almost from private rehomes (like Bear) to a set of bizarre circumstances which resulted in a Springer Spaniel who apparently had a penchant for chewing the heels off of only the left shoe :Hilarious

    They're experienced dogs owners but have never owned a dog from a responsible and ethical breeder. Obviously, Bear was very intense, essentially he was like a course in micromanagement and whilst he wasn't dog aggressive he was very suspicious of strangers. At home, this suspicious nature intensified to the point he would have to be kennelled in order to prevent him from becoming overly protective.

    Now, the guardian nature they didn't mind but the intensity of it is something they are trying to avoid again. They aren't planning on adding an addition till possibly the end of next year but temperament is so important this time around that they want to find the best breeder for them.

    Breeds they are currently looking are Tibetan Mastiffs (current favourites), Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and Estrela Mountain Dogs.

    So, if anyone has any personal experiences/contacts/advice/recommendations/cake (I'm serious about the cake, I'm on a diet and I'm seriously contemplating chewing the carpets) please throw them at this thread.

    :)
     
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    I'll send you cake...because seriously you don't need the diet!
     
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  3. Pappychi

    Pappychi PetForums VIP

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    Ta very much :p

    Can I interest you in a dry cracker with some low-fat cheese spread and a cucumber? :Hilarious
     
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    Lovely...your doing sensible eating...not just dust and water then.

    Very good!
     
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  5. Pappychi

    Pappychi PetForums VIP

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    I couldn't do dust and water. I'd get hangry and become a danger to society.

    Hell hath no fury like me when I'm slightly inconvenienced and hungry :Hilarious
     
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    Kimmikins PetForums VIP

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    I know nothing about any of those breeds, but I'm pleased to read that your home won't be dogless for too much longer.

    Also, I have a WICKED recipe for a chocolate mug cake if ever you want it. It has a scoop of choccy spread/Nutella in the middle that goes all melty...

    ...I am a useless diet supporter. I'm all about the cake :oops:
     
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  7. Pappychi

    Pappychi PetForums VIP

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    You're a cake enabler! A Cake-abler.

    Me too. I live next door to my parents so whilst I have my own dog on the way it's not their dog.
     
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    I've no knowledge on any of the breeds but I got enticed into the thread by all the talk about cake. Oh please share the recipe @Kimmikins, I need chocolate mug cake in my life :Drool

    @Pappychi, would it be rude of me to ask your parents to get a Maremma so I can watch it grow up? I'm really taken with them but have no desire to own one myself. So since they're already looking at LGD's... :D
     
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    Ooh please also let me in on the cake recipe - @Kimmikins it sounds amazing!

    Afraid I can't offer anything constructive about the breeds, but I have at various times considered Pyrenean and Estrela mountain dogs, though not seriously enough to really find out a great deal about them. Hope someone comes along soon with something useful.
     
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  10. Tyton

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    Love this idea, but I already have plans to farm Samuel out to them for 'research' purposes... for the next 2 years until he grows up and stops being a stroppy teenage 'Kevin'! :)
     
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    You can keep the cake, I'd rather have the Tibetan Mastiff! I know 2, a brother and sister but different owners. Lovely dogs but much too large and strong for me.

    I love guardian breeds but now that I'm older prefer the more moderate, smaller sized ones. My Shar-Pei fits the bill perfectly.
     
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    Why are you punishing her?
     
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    Looked after a pyrenean mountain dog puppy for a day and it was the most fun I've had in a long time. It was about 6 months old, size of a golden and just a ball of energy.

    This family also had two adults that were lovely but one is well known for wandering off and had 0 recall, climbing over things, being general houdini's. One is known in the area as it got a taxi back to the house all by itself about 11 miles from home o_O.

    Apart from being escape artists and intimidating to the postman the 2 adults were really nice, the puppy well.... he was just a giant puppy
     
  14. Nagini

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    a lady i work with has a tibetan, he's a very beautiful dog....but his temperament leaves a lot to be desired with people and other dogs he doesn't know. not sure whether it's just him on his own, or whether all tibetans are like this.
     
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    I know nothing about those breeds but if your parents like big hairy loonies how about a Leonberger great dogs
     
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    Can I interest you in a 3 month old bitey cockapoo with no recall ;). I'm just joking I love her. I'm also on a diet so we can suffer together.
     
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    Here’s the link on Pinterest, I hope it works! http://pin.it/sEmESCu

    Here’s the actual recipe, in case my linking skills suck:

    INGREDIENTS
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (32g in UK money)
    • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar (you can add 1 tbsp. more if you like it a bit sweeter)
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. milk (75ml, or 5 tbsp)
    • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon hazelnut chocolate spread
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
    • Whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until all ingredients are combined and batter has no clumps.
    • Pour batter into a microwave-safe mug. Mine was a 14-ounce mug. You want enough head space for the cake to rise without pouring over.
    • Add 1 tbsp. of hazelnut chocolate spread in the middle of the batter. Just drop it in the middle, no need to push it down and sink it in the batter.
    • Place a paper towel into the microwave and set the mug on top (this is to catch any batter if your mug cake overflows).
    • Microwave mug cake for 70 seconds on high
    • Carefully remove from microwave and enjoy!

      The timing in the microwave might need to be adjusted - I have a 900w microwave and 70 seconds was about right.
    Edited to tag @snickypoo for a cake fix!
     
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  18. snickypoo

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    Gimme gimme! :Hungry Man, I lurrrrrrve da cake! :Hungry:D
     
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    Not quite a giant, but the Briard is a lovely large dog.
     
  20. Dogloverlou

    Dogloverlou PetForums VIP

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    How did you get on with the girl I messaged you details of? :)

    And can we stop talking about diets & cakes please?! I well & truly buggered my diet up yesterday and I'm feeling guilty today :(
     
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