|Barked: Fri Dec 8, '06 12:08pm PST |
|I don't think they're hard to train, so much as different. Most of them have never been in a house before, although some rescues do foster programs before adopting out. They are hounds, which are notoriously stubborn. Due to their physical build, it can be difficult to convince them to sit - some never do.
I don't think they cost any more than any other large breed dog. Some I know were retired due to an injury, and they have had big medical costs when they didn't heal properly. That's something you would have to discuss with a vet and the rescue about an individual dog.
Again, I don't think they need any more attention than any other dog. If anything, they seem to be more on the independant side. Your Lab/Pitt probably requires more attention than the average Grey.
I don't have much to do with cats... I think it depends entirely on the dog. The impression I get is that most are ok with cats, as long as the cat is stationary.
I do not believe they will have enough energy for a young Lab/Pit. Most of them prefer to take a lap around the yard and follow it up with a good 6 hour nap on the bed. I also think their playstyles may clash, as Labs and Pits are both mouthy, high contact players with high pain tolerance. Greys tend to be more into agile running and pawing. They also have very thin skin, which can tear easily if things get too rough. Most of the time it's nothing serious, but it's something to consider if you're squeemish or concerned about possible medical bills.
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