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Paige   west lafayette, IN

2/2/2012 6:47:44 AM

I have a wonderful anatolian shephard puppy of six months. Her parents are from turkey themselves and she is only a few inches shy of being 27inches. Her mother was WELL over 27inches so I understand her size and have papers for her ext but I'm curious as to if this site is very reliable. I have seen other anatolian websites before and they've shown pictures that look much more like my puppy and information that seems to fit better as well. Any ideas?

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Beatrice   Holland Patent, NY

12/25/2011 2:50:47 PM

Regarding the Akita "singing". I have a dog who is probably part Akita. She "talks" a LOT. She barks way too much, even as she lies on the floor, head down. Before falling asleep she mumbles, grumbles, woofs under her breath. I certainly would like to curb the barking but electronic devices do not work.

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Ginny   Oklahoma City, OK

12/3/2011 2:11:47 PM

Can anyone tell me if Akita's "sing". My Akita's name, Rayden, sometimes spends most of the day making a sound like maybe humming, mouning and growling. He doesn't want anything (except cookies) nor does he seems to be in pain. I have taken him to the vet, who by the way is beginning to think I am crazy, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong. Rayden weights 135 so he is somewhat stocky .. this is the only thing that should be changed .. he has number. Please help.

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gary   rochester, MN

10/20/2011 5:22:23 PM

good info, luckly i know this for the amstaff is the same way weather

(lol)you rescue one or raise it from a pup. these bigger dogs do need a sort or special way of training from my point of view. the dog channel rocks

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3/4/2011 8:04:12 AM

We have a Leonberger male, with proper socialization and daily "Gentle" training they mature into "fantastic" members of a
They do mature into extremely large dogs. It is not uncommon for some males to weigh over 160+ lbs and 32" at their shoulder in height. So, proper training and socialization is
I strongly suggest obtaining a Very Good health insurance plan. Giant breeds can have GIANT vet bills.


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Nancy   Orland, CA

3/2/2011 8:56:22 AM

Hi all I have a 6 month old Great Pyrenees puppy. His name is Mayo. He is the best puppy I have ever had sweet, loving and smart as ever. At 6 months old he is 89 lbs. I take him to my grandson's kindergarden class about once a month and they just love him. He sits so nice so all the children can pet him. He is in training everyday with us but he is well worth it.

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kaleigh   houston, TX

7/29/2010 10:44:44 AM

i love working dogs, especially the giant breeds. i am waiting (very impatiently) for my great dane puppy to be old enough to bring home...only 2 more weeks.

but as a dog trainer, i also know that with the giant breeds comes giant responsibility, and he will be in training from the moment i get him to the moment he rests his head forever many years down the road.

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carrie   gettysburg, PA

4/25/2010 4:46:37 PM

I have a 9 mo old Great Dane pup - he is a big love bug but he needs constant training. I also have a 7 yr old Rott which is the best dog I have ever owned!It does take a special person to own a working class dog tho, you must be able to understand them.

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David   St Marys, GA

4/19/2010 5:59:51 PM

About a month and a half ago I acquired a bull mastiff puppy. She is finally coming out of her shell however, she is still very skittish and runs from any sudden noise or movement. How can I help her get out of this behavior.


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Missy   Jeffersonville, KY

12/12/2009 5:03:40 AM

I rad the comment about the Akita. It is very unfortunate that you had such a horrible experience with this breed. My father breeds them and they are not all this vicious. The males do tend to be a bit territorial. Keno his male sleeps in the barn with our cat and it is quite a sight.


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Kat   Burmington, VA

10/16/2009 5:35:20 AM

i have a newfoundland puppy, hes so cute and kind! he loves people, is so
ps dogchannel got it wrong these dogs are like couch potatoes they need like 45 min. of exercise theyre not that active.

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Michelle   spokane, WA

8/18/2009 3:42:50 PM

I got my german shepard kuvasz mix 5 years ago, when my daughter was 2. She has been the best dog that I have ever owned. But Buyer beware you will not be able to find insurance if you get one. Bad insurance companies METLIFE!

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sad dog owner   San Francisco, CA

8/3/2009 4:21:41 PM

my neighbor had an akita it was extremely vicious it killed many dogs and severely injured many cats. it once ripped open my new lab puppy, and it ate my little
one day as i was driving at night i hit something and is topped my car. i had run over the akita, and had dragged it as it was caught on my grill for a couple of yards. i didnt mean to and felt bad, so i gave him a proper burial even if he was a mean dog. now no more dogs will be hurt in our neighborhood.

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Lacee   Batavia, NY

3/19/2008 9:47:06 AM

Very good article. It is very true about the tug-o-war game. it may be fun, but it creates bad habits. Thank you for such a good article on such a lovely breed

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Angela   houston, TX

1/31/2007 2:08:34 PM

Do you have other dogs?

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Rob   Elmira, NY

11/14/2006 8:47:45 AM

My wife and I purchased a half mastiff half lab retriever pup. This dog at nine months was over 90 puppy pounds. Named Thorin (from the DWARF king in the Hobbit) silly us. A working dog to the tail Thorin provides constant vigilance over our three girls aged 4, 3, and 1. Loving, friendly, and patient this pup allows our 1 year old free rein over his body from tail to feet to droopy lips. Of course he is supervised by our ever protective collie/aussie shepard mix noel. Needless to say we look forward to many good years with our gentle giant.

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cassandra   hampton, VA

9/28/2006 8:07:39 AM

the article seemed very informative i fear dogs but i love my husband to death and he wants a female akita (also for the protection of me specially towards unknown dogs). what is the best way to adapt to her with out her sensing my fear in a negative way if i get him one?

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sharon   minneapolis, MN

9/21/2006 8:10:45 AM

I got lucky when I found a male Rottie at the humane society. I was looking for any larger breed dog with a great disposition and found it, who is now known as Jack. I have had him going on 5 years. Jack is gentle with all living creatures but, will bark with any type of conflict among anyone, including other animals. He will come to the underdogs defense and ward off the offender, with barking or a body slam or roll. Never has he used he shown his teeth or used a hard bite to deter. He is also a great companion to 5 cats, a 2 year old German Shepherd, and a cocketiel. I couldn't have asked for a better dog or roll model. Jack has gained my full respect and love. Yet, he understands I am his alpha, respecting my position in the pack, and loves me unconditionally. Jack is my mush puppy.

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Jennifer   Louisville, KY

8/22/2006 6:45:49 PM

Loved this profile. We have a 4 year old, female Saint Bernard that weighs in at 160 lbs. She is a wonderful dog, sweet, and well tempered. We searched long and hard for a good breeder and found one at a local AKC Cluster of Breeds dog show in our town. We had to travel a bit to get her but it was well worth it. She loves children, not matter what size and is very gentle with the elderly as well. It's like she senses they are frail.

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