|Barked: Thu Nov 11, '10 1:45pm PST |
|I was about to laugh because yep....Harley is my brother!
Yes, Aussies and Rotties are completely different dogs, and Harley's mixing wasn't intentional. Honestly, we got lucky with Harley. I say all the time he was a God send. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect combination, but I have no idea how the other dogs in the litter turned out. I know our neighbor at the time that they were born (the litter belonged to my father-in-law) adopted one of the puppies but he jumped the fence and ran off when they were about 18 mo old. The puppies in the litter had completely different looks. There were 2 (or 3) that were blue merles at birth (including Harley), a few that looked like Rotts, and a few that looked like black labs. I'm sure their temperaments were just as varied.
Now, I know I will get sandblasted for this, but I am not against cross breeding with similar breeds when done for a legitimate reason after health and temperament testing is done. You have to be very careful with cross breeding because just as wonderful as dogs who get all the right traits from both breeds can be, dogs who get all the wrong traits can be just as scary.
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