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    Quote Originally Posted by Haze
    I think this guy knew my girl just passed away. That's why allow me to choose from the 4 puppies. initially i can choose from 7 puppies.. but i drag too long.. he have 2 confirm buyer liao so no choice i can choose from 4 puppies only lor ..
    Choosing a good dog at a puppy stage is actually not easy. Unless you are looking for simple parameters like price, lineage, colour, basic health and adorableness as your primary qualities (most newbie do that). From my observations, many newbies choose or are influenced to choose the the worse few from the litter. Choosing a dog before 10 weeks can defy a real expert. The degree of difficulty is like deciding whether a one year old child will grow up to be a scholar (or athlete). So there are no loss actually .

  2. #102

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    Quote Originally Posted by tOGGY
    Choosing a good dog at a puppy stage is actually not easy. Unless you are looking for simple parameters like price, lineage, colour, basic health and adorableness as your primary qualities (most newbie do that). From my observations, many newbies choose or are influenced to choose the the worse few from the litter. Choosing a dog before 10 weeks can defy a real expert. The degree of difficulty is like deciding whether a one year old child will grow up to be a scholar (or athlete). So there are no loss actually .
    My conditions very simple, Healthy and handsome will do :P..
    no need to be a show dog with good genes.
    actually what u said very chim.. i dun quite get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tOGGY
    Choosing a good dog at a puppy stage is actually not easy. Unless you are looking for simple parameters like price, lineage, colour, basic health and adorableness as your primary qualities (most newbie do that). From my observations, many newbies choose or are influenced to choose the the worse few from the litter. Choosing a dog before 10 weeks can defy a real expert. The degree of difficulty is like deciding whether a one year old child will grow up to be a scholar (or athlete). So there are no loss actually .
    yes..u are correct. Not an easy task for puppy selection. But at least better than no idea and simply pick one from the many.

    if u are more typical, especailly for working group breed, ie..Rottweiler, Doberman, GSP, french mastiff, then u must carefully choose your puppy.

    because of the size they will grow into, u would have difficulty to handle them no matter how strong u are. Having a good temperament puppy, it is more easier to be trained in puppy stage..and higher successful rate when the dog mature into a well behaved companion.

    of course one should bear in mind, 30% of the temperament is born in nature, and 70% from the environment it is being brought up.

    FYI....according to stats...75% of those dogs who had biten human, are usually being locked up/chained up most of the time.
    Last edited by MichaelLee; 6th February 2006 at 06:14 PM.

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    Sheltie
    the thread go real fast ya.

  5. #105

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarinet
    Sheltie
    the thread go real fast ya.
    ya..i am very happy to see so many dog lovers here ;D.

  6. #106

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    Quote Originally Posted by dEthANGeL
    My rascals ... from the original owners' premises ...

    wow ur westie very unique.. i think this is the first time i saw a black westie...

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    This pic was taken when this westie is half mth old


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haze
    This pic was taken when this westie is half mth old

    cute

  9. #109

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarinet
    cute
    but have to wait until 18 march .. sian..

  10. #110

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haze
    but have to wait until 18 march .. sian..
    The first eight weeks of the puppy life is crucial. It is commonly called the 'imprinting' stage. No human can duplicate this process for the pup. It must be with its mum. It is when a dog learns to be a dog - to keep the explanation simple.

    So do not be too sian but be very thankful that this is done for your pup. Otherwise, you can land up with a seriously 'misfit' or bewildered dog So not underestimate its importance. All the best to your acquisition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tOGGY
    The first eight weeks of the puppy life is crucial. It is commonly called the 'imprinting' stage. No human can duplicate this process for the pup. It must be with its mum. It is when a dog learns to be a dog - to keep the explanation simple.

    So do not be too sian but be very thankful that this is done for your pup. Otherwise, you can land up with a seriously 'misfit' or bewildered dog So not underestimate its importance. All the best to your acquisition.
    yea.. I heard this from my friend who is a dog trainer too. That lead me to wonder if pet shop's dog have such "training"

  12. #112

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarinet
    yea.. I heard this from my friend who is a dog trainer too. That lead me to wonder if pet shop's dog have such "training"
    Many reputable dog breeders knows and practice this. Anyway, the pup is also too young to fly (freighted by plane) and has weak immunity without the bitch milk. So selling it off too early will result in a weaker/sick pup - which is a bad long run business plan.

    For weaker pup, it is also good practice to wean off later, say at the 12th week. By then, it is quite steady. But beware of pup that are stuck on the shelf for weeks and are without much human contact from the 8th week to say 4 months old. The contact with human beings during this window period is also crucial if you want it as a pet. Early socialising with human beings is another important key to having a well adjusted dog.

    But if you want it as a serious guard dog, then the opposite is practised. Well it is another thing altogether and not relevant here.

    I hope I am as clear as mud.

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    I am a dog lover but got no dogs of my own. If you visit the WON forums enough you'll know i take lots of dog pics for the SPCA ..

    And choosing for good genes mans that the parents slhoud be free from any major genetic defects like liver/skin problems or hip dysplasia which could present many problems/vet bills later in the dog's life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tOGGY
    The first eight weeks of the puppy life is crucial. It is commonly called the 'imprinting' stage. No human can duplicate this process for the pup. It must be with its mum. It is when a dog learns to be a dog - to keep the explanation simple.

    So do not be too sian but be very thankful that this is done for your pup. Otherwise, you can land up with a seriously 'misfit' or bewildered dog So not underestimate its importance. All the best to your acquisition.
    Yes i understand this.. that's why i willing to wait 8 weeks. might request owner to let me take only at 12 weeks if i think it's too attach with his mum

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    Quote Originally Posted by tOGGY
    Many reputable dog breeders knows and practice this. Anyway, the pup is also too young to fly (freighted by plane) and has weak immunity without the bitch milk. So selling it off too early will result in a weaker/sick pup - which is a bad long run business plan.

    For weaker pup, it is also good practice to wean off later, say at the 12th week. By then, it is quite steady. But beware of pup that are stuck on the shelf for weeks and are without much human contact from the 8th week to say 4 months old. The contact with human beings during this window period is also crucial if you want it as a pet. Early socialising with human beings is another important key to having a well adjusted dog.

    But if you want it as a serious guard dog, then the opposite is practised. Well it is another thing altogether and not relevant here.

    I hope I am as clear as mud.
    Wow i learn something new... that mean is best to take at 12 weeks..

  16. #116

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84
    I am a dog lover but got no dogs of my own. If you visit the WON forums enough you'll know i take lots of dog pics for the SPCA ..

    And choosing for good genes mans that the parents slhoud be free from any major genetic defects like liver/skin problems or hip dysplasia which could present many problems/vet bills later in the dog's life.
    oic.. i dare not go to spca.. i scare i will be sad....
    This sunday are u going to the dog show?

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    hi dEthANGeL,

    I would like to ask u.. is westie difficult to raise?
    As you know i getting a westie. friends ask me to check carefully see if i can handle it.
    So i think better ask around. Please share your experience about Westie.

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haze
    hi dEthANGeL,

    I would like to ask u.. is westie difficult to raise?
    As you know i getting a westie. friends ask me to check carefully see if i can handle it.
    So i think better ask around. Please share your experience about Westie.

    Many thanks
    my dog is cross between a cairn and a west highland terrier .. i adopted her as their owners were shifting to an apartment. I got her for only around 6-8 months...The ash colour of her fur came from her cairn terrier side i guess... ... she's not young though .. around 6 years old.

    Westies are kind of stubborn... as far as i know. Their hereditary traits are from the cairn and vice versa... so are their problems (ear problems especially).

    As usual, a little bit of googling gives you:

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/westhighland.htm
    http://www.akc.org/breeds/west_highl...rier/index.cfm
    http://www.puppydogweb.com/caninebreeds/westie.htm
    http://www.pgaa.com/canine/general/westhighland.html

    I just got home from my shoot and well .. she welcomes me by walking on 2 feet

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    No sheltie owner ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarinet
    No sheltie owner ?
    Shetland sheepdog?

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