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    Posted: 02 May 2013 at 14:30
Brad,
 
Here in Spain, they prefer the Labrador 100% black or yellow.
 
They have a sponsering programme too.
 
Prior to my providing Military Officers at 7.30am to 9.30am with English courses, via NATO and The UN, I provided Tefl English courses for ONCE ( denotes 11 - pronounced on say ), I had worked with the Director of Seeing Eye Dogs; and she had a black labrador ... He was such a wonderful dog.
 
This was back in 1997, when we first arrived in Spain, after having lived in Italy for several years.
 
Dolores had explained basically what I stated above; their character, their patience, and the fact that they are NOT nervous dogs, in public places; subways, buses, markets, rush hours, etc.
 
They have very calm temperments and are also Rescue Work Breed
 
Interesting work.
 
The UME, the Emergency Military; ( AVALANCHES, FIRES, HURRICANES, FLOODS, EARTHQUAKES AND ALL NATURAL DISASTERS ) are Spanish based however, they are called upon to assist in UN international assistance team work. Thus, they must have a C1 Level or Level 4 Advanced level; and I prepare them for this level ... 4 mornings a week.
 
Then, there are the BRIC PAC MILITARY ( NATO ) Para-troopers; who go on missions for example to Afghanistan ...  I provide same requirements, and they are all tested for this LEVEL 4 OR ADVANCED LEVEL.
 
I have been doing this for years, every morning ... though I am a publishing columnist and restaurant reporter for the English language Press in Italy and Spain ...
 
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Margi.......
I'm a member of the Lions Club. We sponsor a guide dog each year through the club. Although they train many different dog breeds, their preferred breed is a Golden Retriever and Gold Lab mix. Not sure why......

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Brad,
 
Labradors are fabulous dogs ... Great loyalty.
 
In Spain, they are used for the Blind ( Once Association which is affiliated with Helen Keller ).
 
They are truly are remarkable ...
 
They had changed from German Shepherds years ago here. German Shepherds are highly intelligent in Narcotics Traffiking and Police Investigations.
 
Have lovely evening and looking to forward to hear about your Portuguese Hunter´s Broth !
 
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Sorry.......black lab....

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Brad,
 
Which breed are Bonnie & Clyde ?
 
Cool names ...
 
However, we have an on-going joke, about an ex friend; she is a real Bonnie and her husband is a real Clyde ... 
 
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My two dogs are brother and sister........Bonnie and Clyde. She is fixed......he still has his shiny things. Both hunt pheasant and shots don't bother them.....thunder does.

My oddball pets are Emu's..........mainly for the eggs. Once in a while I will let one grow up to about 8 months old. At about 80lb's they meet their maker........and a smoker.

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Max hears thunder and thinks we're going out in the field, get's all worked up. Sheila ignores thunder but fire a cap gun and she gets real small, in the furthest corner, and shakes like crazy. GO figure, she has the best nose I've been around, beagles, short hairs etc...as long as she doesn't see a gun. She will run a a deer "trail" two hours after....until she see's a gun, then she Goooooone! I'll fund her hiding under my truck, a little Toyota Tacoma. She's a rescue dog so something must have happened?
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I had a GSP female that was the same way, Mark.

My last gun dog was really strange. I could fire a ten gauge over her, with nary a tremble. But thunder drove her bonkers.

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Originally posted by HistoricFoodie HistoricFoodie wrote:

I honestly cannot find anything bad to say about the breed
 
I can think of one thing, Darko.

Weimaraners are part of the group classed as "versatile gun dogs," in that they are used to hunt all sorts of game---from upland birds to wild boar. The German Shorthaired Pointer is, perhaps, the best known of this group.
Unfortunately, as with other breeds before them, weimaraners are being bred, nowadays, more for the show ring than to do their real jobs. So my fear (this is the bad part) is that a lot of what makes them what they are is being bred out.
Among other dogs this was done to: Irish setters, cocker spaniels, and daschounds (sp?).

My male Max is a hunter, like a machine with dove, duck and quail. The female......runs at the sight of a gun and hides, max gets all fired up!
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Tas,
 
Yes, British Shorthair are quite muscular and husky ... weighing in at 8 - 10 pounds per kit kat. They are not climbers --- quite low keyed and great apartment cats, and not destructive ... Very affectionate with children too ---
 
These guys were walkable on leashes too !  They loved to go for their walks ... We used to take them to the Park or on the beach very early in the mornings --- non peak hours of course.
 
 
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those are some big cats ~
 
 
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Though I do not consider BRITISH SHORTHAIR CATS exotic, nor rare ... they are not the most common cat outside of the U.K.
 
These were my two 22 year old pedigree British Short hair Silver Tabbies; Emilio on the left, and on the right, León, which means Lion in English ...
 
Holding the two, is my dear Cuban friend Maria back in 1992.
 
 
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Originally posted by HistoricFoodie HistoricFoodie wrote:

I honestly cannot find anything bad to say about the breed
 
I can think of one thing, Darko.
 
Weimaraners are part of the group classed as "versatile gun dogs," in that they are used to hunt all sorts of game---from upland birds to wild boar. The German Shorthaired Pointer is, perhaps, the best known of this group.
 
Unfortunately, as with other breeds before them, weimaraners are being bred, nowadays, more for the show ring than to do their real jobs. So my fear (this is the bad part) is that a lot of what makes them what they are is being bred out.
 
Among other dogs this was done to: Irish setters, cocker spaniels, and daschounds (sp?).
You are right Brook. But that aspect I don't blame on the breed, but the breeders. 
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Brook. It is manipulation & unfortunate. Irish Setters wih their stunner copper Auburn coats; beautiful canine. The Vet has an array of animals at the Farm. Two adopted donkeys and a horse & two herding canine which are purebred ... Border Collies. They are taken very well care of by the resident Vets. They love Papa Fill. Kate & George. Very Brit. When expats relocate ... They are given away. Sad. Theyherd the cattle and are great loving dogs.
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Breed standards often differ even within the same country, Margi, depending on which authority is being used.
 
Here in the U.S., for instance, the standards used by the AKC and the FDSB are often different.
 
Sadly, once certain characteristics are bred out they are difficult to breed back in. A good example is the Irish Setter. In the U.S. all its hunting instincts were bred out, and it was turned into a show dog. In the 1980s, or there abouts, they tried breeding them back in by crossing the Irish and English Setters. This produced a breed called Red Setter. Not nearly as pretty or graceful as the Irish, and a fair to midling hunter.
 
I've had the pleasure of gunning over hunting Irish Setters, in Canada, and there is no comparison between them and the Red Setter.
 
If I was still in a position to own dogs, I'd probably import a pair of them.
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I have found from my extensive travelling that breed standards differ in UK And Usa guidelines & standards. Especially in canine & feline breeds. Snouts; colors; ear formation etcetra. A good example is the Usa round face of a Siamese cat in Usa to the Pointy snout of UK which I think is horrendous.
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I honestly cannot find anything bad to say about the breed
 
I can think of one thing, Darko.
 
Weimaraners are part of the group classed as "versatile gun dogs," in that they are used to hunt all sorts of game---from upland birds to wild boar. The German Shorthaired Pointer is, perhaps, the best known of this group.
 
Unfortunately, as with other breeds before them, weimaraners are being bred, nowadays, more for the show ring than to do their real jobs. So my fear (this is the bad part) is that a lot of what makes them what they are is being bred out.
 
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Nice dogs Mark. I had a Weimaraner many years ago. I honestly cannot find anything bad to say about the breed. When my wife & I decide to get another dog I couldn't see getting anything but another Weimaraner.
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Mark. Beautiful breed. Are they male & female ? Names ?
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Originally posted by Margi Cintrano Margi Cintrano wrote:

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Great canine breed ... Lovely coats ... Why don´t they get on ? Are they both males or both females ?

 

What a shame.

 

Margaux.

Ummm, I was being a bit sarcastic! They get on just fine as you should see in the pic. My buddies!!!!
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