Want to know more? Well, first, it is a bit more difficult to find information about this (for lack of a better term) ‘designer’ breed. As with all breeds, they have to start somewhere, and most of them started out as a mix of two different breeds. Take the Jack Russell, for instance.
When a breed is started, it has a purpose in mind, or what is the point in it? So, to put a couple of links into easy grabbing view;
Now, what I have been told about this breed is what you will or probably have read. As with any dog breed lover, you can say pretty much the same thing about this breed that you will hear about other breeds. I have been told that this breed is very healthy due to the cross breeding. With my puppy just about to turn 12 weeks, I really can’t speak to that yet.
What I can say is that at 11 weeks, our puppy is pretty much house-broken. (We got him on Oct. 12th so you can see how smart they are in this short time.) Of course, I take him out for several walks a day at various times. He also has learned to sit and no longer requires a treat. As a matter of fact, when we go to the door and I get his leash he automatically sits and waits patiently while I put on the leash for us to go out.
Speaking of leash training; I put a collar on him the first day I got him and took him out for a walk. He displayed very little of the normal anti-leash behavior that you see in other dogs. The straining and bucking that a lot of dogs will do when learning to walk on a leash. For the most part, but not 100%, he will walk right next to me. Other times he will put the leash in his mouth and I have the very distinct feeling he thinks he is ‘walking’ me.
I am really over the moon about this little guy. I could give you the positives about him, but in reality any where you read about these guys you will see the positives. So here are a couple of negatives; however, they are things you will experience with pretty much any puppy.
He is a chewer. In particular, our pup likes to chew wires and bed spreads. We are still working on this behavior and on redirecting him to chew on appropriate things. He does try to chew our hands, toes, and socks – with our feet in them. He tends to be very mouthy and the redirection to things that are better for him to chew on is going very slowly. (Hence, I went out and bought him even more acceptable things to chew on today.)
He is stubborn. At least mine, and not sure if this is a representation of the entire breed, although with the genetic background I can’t see how it wouldn’t be, can be very stubborn. Due to his high intelligence, and quick learning ability, he is also exhibiting and working on his own place in our pack – and you can tell he is trying for alpha. He will sit and whine when he doesn’t want to do something. No amount of calling him will make him move, however, the treat trick does.
That brings me to the last little thing. He is a talker. You might take it for whining, but it really isn’t. He has a different ‘sound’ when he is crying. No, he actually is talking to us; and often times complaining (usually about having to do something that he doesn’t want or us not doing something he wants us to do.)
A really interesting positive is; when he is in the house, he is low energy for the most part. When he is outside, you can see that high energy kick in. This has been a really nice surprise for us.
And finally, this isn’t breed specific, he gets car sick. I have been reading various articles about how to help puppies over come this so I am working on it. However, as of this writing he still does. One of the things I read was to take him for short drives, to get him used to the car. I have done that and on my shortest trip he managed to not get sick. However, when I extended it a bit, he did. So we are still working on that. I am hoping that the vet is in the ‘short distance’ no car sickness route, as he has an appointment coming up.