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  •  I can't stand poodles, either (2+ / 0-)
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    Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, mikejay611

    and that includes stabdard poodles, which we've tried owning. For smarts, give me a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. They've got the brains of a border collie or a standard poodle (they are not only scary smart, the damn dogs are tool users!), the drive and persistence of a true field-bred retriever (which they all are), and the attitude of a cat. They are certainly not for everybody, but they are for us, but it can be really difficult sometimes living with a dog wgo may be smarter than we are, and we are far from stupid.

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    by Kitsap River on Wed May 15, 2013 at 09:33:19 AM PDT

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    •  Is there no end (1+ / 0-)
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      to the number of dog breeds out there? It really does seem infinite. I would swear you made that up, but according to Google they exist and look like undersized Goldens.

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      by Alice in Florida on Wed May 15, 2013 at 12:13:12 PM PDT

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      •  We have one. (1+ / 0-)
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        Charles CurtisStanley

        She will be 12 on June 1, and she's been my dog since she was born. Literally - I held her in my hand within 5 minutes of her birth. Tollers pick out their own people (at least, from those available to them) and she picked me and wouldn't settle fir my dear friend, who co-owned her. She is smart as hell and thinks she ought to be able to get away with whatever she wants, despite lifelong training - that's part of what I mean about the attitude of a cat. They sometimes wash themselves like cats, too. They beat the pants off a Golden or the Golden's parent breed, the Flatcoated Retriever, of which I've had three along with Tollers, when it comes to brains, and they tend to be devious.

        You have to work hard to keep up with a Toller.

        They are also a fairly rare breed. I suspect there may be as many as 20,000-25,000 of them in the world at this point, up from 8,000-12,000 about twelve years ago.

        We are looking to adopt a show-quality female puppy but will settle for a male. Bitty, our Toller, is old, deaf, and very greatly loved, and we want to adopt a pup while she is still with us. Young digs learn from old dogs and it will make early and basic training go much mire quickly if the pup can learn from Bitty, especially things like returning the ball when it's thrown. They fetch automatically, but you have to teach them to return the fetchd object to you. Bitty will also help the oup learn to swim.

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        Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

        by Kitsap River on Wed May 15, 2013 at 01:19:56 PM PDT

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