|Emi Chanel- Prosser|
West Coast- Canadian Cutie
|Barked: Sat Jul 12, '08 12:57pm PST |
|Wendy there are a few quizzes you can do online to help decide the right breed for you.
One breed that kind of comes to mind, maybe its just because I love this breed...even though I am not a terrier fan normally is a border terrier. I'm a dog walker, and walk one who I just adore he has so much personality, and is very much independant but also loves to be with you, trustworthy offleash, and he just makes me laughs, he is a bit of barker though (as most terriers are I believe)
As mentioned here already by a few us, shibas sort of come in their own unique blend of personality, they are like snowflakes no two shiba's are the same. They have a similar common ground, but no personalties are the same, where most breeds are pretty true to their type.
Emi I do not yet trust to be on her own in the house, she is crated (she is 8 months) she has never been destructive, she does not even chew up her stuffed toys, BUT the one day he crate did not get latched properly at my bosses house, she tore up part of the linoleum flooring. I trust her off leash, at the beach, on trails/in parks, dog parks, but never would I trust her off leash walking around the neighborhood, they are easily distracted....and when we are at the dog park/beach or hiking she is so distracted by the other dogs or hiking with us, that I know she will not just take off. She has pushed her limits and tested us a few times, but for the most part she always in eye sight,and comes running at you when called....but usually does not stop and sit in front of me juts keeps running past hahaha..but hey I will take that recall over most others recall
She is quiet, except if she senses something unfamilar in the yard, or the one time we had people working on the windows (I live ina basement suite, and she was barking at them not a yappy bark, just a low gruffy bark, I took her out to meet them and voila no more barking. But I KNOW she cries in crate occasionally through the day....I think only when her tummy has been upset and she needed out, but I am pretty sure she is quiet...even with my landlord being home now that its summer(he's a teacher) and working on the house she seems to not mind.
I think Tikka had some very good points and a few others about the variety. That is what I need to start doing with Emi, she is starting to be a little more "i'm on shiba time" with her commands.
The only thing that had me hesitant about the breed was being offleash, and now that have her, its really not that big a deal, sure sometimes it would be nice to not have to leash her and stake it in the ground, but then I'm a protective mom and all dogs wonder at some point, so this way I know where she is at all times (camping, baseball games, beach, when we are swimming)
I think if highly trainable is important to you, and you seem to sort of want that "eyes on you, what do you want me to do next" behaviour the shiba is NOT the right breed, that is actually our hardest command, it was one of her first and she did amazing at it at 10 weeks old "focus" eyes on me, but now we need to retrain that in a different way but I would not say to just omit the breed yet, if you still keep coming back to it, try to see about meeting with some breeders and hanging out with them, or seeing if their is a meetup near you, if I lived close I would offer meeting Emi
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