|Barked: Sat Apr 14, '12 8:50pm PST |
|I somehow ended up with three Porties at work, lucky me. I can't say this is a breed I like by a long stretch, but their personalities have grown on me over time. All three have pretty much the same personalities, to a "T." They are smart, but are stubborn and don't use those smarts for good. They're very mischievous and will take any opportunity to initiate a game you probably don't want to play. They're not the easiest to train either, expect a challenge in that department, with training never truly ended. They do require a lot of exercise, but it needs to be varied because they bore easily with the same routine. They all are mouthy too...and I'm beginning to think it's a breed thing rather than a how they were raised thing, since they all seem very orally fixated. All three like water, but they're not super motivated to be in it all the time like the retrievers. They're medium sized, so a good manageable size for taking to all kinds of activities. Their coat is also VERY soft, different from the poodle's. Overall they are fun and clownish, but you need to be patient and able to appreciate their humor.
However, the biggest turn off for me has to be the BARKING. They have a penchant to bark an ear grating, high pitched bark whenever they want something, when they don't get their way, when something needs to be happening, when they're bored, when something is going on, when nothing is going on, when they *think* something might be going on without them, when they want attention, when they don't want attention...you get the picture. They bark, A LOT. And it's not a pleasant bark.
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