I find dogs fascinating. My whole family finds dogs fascinating. As a matter of fact, we find them to be so fascinating that between me, my mom, and my step dad, we currently have, I think, 15 dogs (and some cats and chickens and some horses and soon ((hopefully)) some goats). Needless to say we like animals, they’re a pretty big deal to us. The videos we watched in class the other day opened me up to seeing more of the behavioral differences between all of our dogs.
Our “purebred” dogs have had plenty of health issues as was mentioned in the videos, and we have lost several of our doggy friends over the years to diseases and health problems that probably only happened because of their breeding. On the other hand, all of our rescues have only minor health problems, if any. This ragtag bunch of dogs we’ve gathered over the years have proven to be the healthier of the bunch, only succumbing to issues that happened due to previous owners’ neglect or because of some wear and tear that happened while they were on their own. Of course, none of this changes my “preference”, if you could call it that, for any kind of dog. I love all of our dogs equally, purebred or not, healthy or not, and they love us too.
One more distinct difference I think is interesting is the difference between our hunting dogs and our inside dogs. We keep our hunting dogs in a kennel outside of the house (don’t worry, they have A/C and a yard all to themselves, they live pretty comfortably), and our inside dogs live, well, inside. The inside dogs are small and cuddly, and every single one of them will bug you until they’re in your lap. At one point I’ve had four of them vying for my attention at once, all desperate for some love. The hunting dogs, while still loving and affectionate, are much more contained than their indoor counterparts. They’ve all been trained to perform as best they can for their hunting trips out west, and that has extended to their behavior. While the hunting dogs could run for hours without wearing out, our chubby inside dogs refuse to run anymore than is absolutely necessary (chasing the tennis ball). It’s been amazing seeing the differences between all of our dogs, between their purposes and different breeds, and it was nice being reminded by the videos we watched that they’re all different in their own ways, and even serve different purposes!