|Barked: Thu Aug 2, '12 2:45am PST |
|Dumbest Dogster article I have EVER read. In fact, teasing or serious, it was offensive. I do not consider stubborn breeds to be 'dumb' at all, thank you very much.
Difficulty in Training: The No. 1 guideline people use to determine if a dog is wanting in the brains department. So I'm assuming this includes the vast range of stubborn dogs there are out there. Woops, my Beagle is occasionally stubborn, guess he's an idiot! Totally not the fault of the owner if they can't find what works for their dog.
Inadaptability to New Situations: A dumb dog usually has more trouble adapting to a new environment than one with a modicum of brains. My issue with this part is that there are many dogs that are fearful, and therefore, tend to have trouble adapting to new situations - this DOES NOT make them dumb, it makes them react to situations based on past experiences. Simply put, a little D&CC should help, but us dumbies can't figure that out.
Confusion About Who’s In Charge: If a dog is lacking in intelligence, he’s more likely to assume he is alpha, and it takes much persuasion to change this. Really? Back to the alpha debate again?
Many dumb breeds share similar desired characteristics such as cheeriness, cuddling ability, lap warming, patient temperaments, unquestioned devotion, and a desire to always be by your side. Not that smarter breeds can’t have these traits, but a dumb dog tends to be a happy-go-lucky guy who is attuned to you. While I COMPLETELY disagree with the terms used in this paragraph, I do agree that my dumb Beagle is in fact cheery, cuddly, likes to warm laps, albeit not so patient, doesn't question his devotion, and does have a desire to be by my side, but does that make him dumb or mean they're traits of my dumb dog? No... It means he's happy and enjoys being with me.
Rottweiler: How the Rottie gets on some of the top 10 intelligent breeds lists is a mystery. This breed is known for having trouble concentrating and learning commands. You’re also lucky if your Rottie remembers who you are. But these dogs are also very loyal and affectionate. Rottweilers may be stubborn, a little hard-headed at times, but they can certainly concentrate when you give them the motivation and they have NO issues learning new commands. Forgetting a person isn't a problem and the fact the paragraph contradicts itself is hilarious.
Beagle: This breed has won at Westminster, so it’s clear it can prance around a ring on a lead very well. But the Beagle’s learning capabilities are limited, with the exception of using his sense of smell. This is put to use to find contraband in the Beagle Brigade, the troop of dogs who work airports. This is a very, very sweet breed who is devoted to his family. Very sweet and devoted indeed, but if my Beagle's learning capabilities are limited, why does he know around 40 tricks and commands and reliably complies with all those asked of him to boot?
Mastiff: This antiquated breed is sensitive as well as dumb. Training takes great patience. He does make a wonderful guard dog and family companion. I love that they didn't even make a description of WHY these sweethearts were dumb.
I think the intent of the article was to be witty and humorous, light and teasing. However, it came off as offensive, giving the author a portrayal of lacking much canine knowledge, single-handedly tackling itself with contradictories(which in itself was amusing). Perhaps I took it too seriously, and I realize that, but it wasn't even a well-written article to begin with and was a waste of a read, tbh.
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