Do ALL dogs view each other as the same size?
Topic: Different case sizes
June 25, 2019 / By Stef Question:
I know we hear it referred to all the time. On The Fugitive, Detective Gerhard said "Don't argue w/ the BIG DAWG! the big dog's always right! rooroo!" On Underdog, Riff Riff, the Rottweiler tries to bully Shoeshine the beagle. But truth-as they say-can be stranger than fiction. Domestic dogs don't seem to have a size based casting system. Little dogs chase big dogs off their turf all the time. Whether dogs are descended from wolves or not, they're very likely all different breeds of the same species(or sub thereof) & thus-by default- the same size. If it's universal amongst domestic dogs, it's almost certainly NOT universal amongst Canids of different sizes. Coyotes pick on foxes, wolves pick on coyotes(as well as on foxes, but they benefit from the pressure wolves put on coyotes more than they lose from the pressure the wolves put on them, I understood(the enemy of my enemy....)
So, are dogs just more impervious to size than-say-domestic cats? The latter are just as aggressive & territorial, but I've only been subject to an unprovoked threat twice from a cat, compared to being barked at all the time by dogs just 4 passing their owner's property while in public domain. This even happens from dogs who are smaller than the cat's, who won't threaten or attack unless I corner, restrain, or handle them against their wishes. I think a wolverine would be much safer to handle than a cat thus provoked.
So do big dogs ever "bully" little dogs, like folklore suggests? I've heard they train pot bulls to fight by pitting them against weaker breeds, but that could just be a case of not allowing for the smaller dog's disadvantages-assuming there's a difference.
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Qiana | 10 days ago
My Whippet/AmStaff doesn't like dogs around her size or larger, but gets along fine with smaller dogs like the JRT. Then again, she's been attacked by quite a few Labs and dogs of their size, so it's been a bit of work to get her to stay calm around those dogs and not worry about getting attacked.
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Originally Answered: I'm planning on getting 2-3 Blue Heeler Dogs for my Ranch. What other breed of Dogs get along well with them?
I think you need to do a whole lot more research about ACDs if you have to ask these questions on Y/A.
Heelers are rather hard to control and definitely not a breed I would recommend to anyone who isn't familiar with their traits.
Please do your homework before making a decision about getting heelers. Many people can't even handle one.
There are over 3,000 heelers listed on Petfinder right now. These are the ones who passed the temperament tests and were not euthanized. In many shelters in the country they are on an autmatic euthanize list-they aren't even given a chance because they are so hard to find homes for and take up shelter space.
The rescue groups can hardly save any, as they can't take in the known biters, and if a heeler is not raised right from the beginning, I guarantee you will have a biter. There are so few foster homes in the country even for the good ones, that they are losing their lives as well.
I just yesterday assisted in getting a 3 month old pup out of a shelter and into rescue. If they had not had room, the shelter would have euthanized a 3 month old boy!
Many heelers do not have much use for other dogs, including their own breed. Unless you are really good at maintaining a pack order, you are in for some nasty fights and big vet bills.
If you have a ranch and want good working Cattle Dogs, you should be discussing all of your questions and concerns with a reputable breeder of good working dogs, not asking here.
ETA: I am very glad to hear it. However, there is very little good information about ACDs that you will get off this site, and your specific concerns are still better directed to a breeder of working dogs.
There is a great chat group on Yahoo Groups for ACD owners, breeders, and those who work their dogs. You would have much better luck asking there-it is a wealth of information about all things ACD. Good luck.
ETA: After reviewing your other questions, am I correct in assuming you are opening a "guest" ranch? If that is the case, I would not recommend ACDs at all. They are very territorial, and do not like strangers. They were bred for one thing, to work cattle. You would have quite the liability with the potential of bites to guests, unless you can guarantee the dogs would be given no access to your guests.
Generally size does matter, the pack leader is the stronger and bigger dog. Sometimes though if we treat the small dog very differently and extra special, the small dog can become the pack leader over the bigger dog causing a lot of trouble mainly for the owner.
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my papillon has been attacked by bigger dogs and will hide away from them. while peferctly find with her size or smaller.
have seen great danes and that size back off from seeing my pap
otis a yorkie-poo will play with any size dog he meets, doesn't care if he has to take a running jump to reach them.
think it is just the dog
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k, dogs are way different than cats.
k, idk, but I'm saying this: My dog plays really hard with big dogs, but is careful around small dogs.
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Originally Answered: Im doing coursework on abortion and i would like to get a good view of the publics opinion what is your view?
I can answer this on personal experience. I was 16 when I had an abortion. At the time, I believed that was the only option for myself. Boyfriend at the time had dumped me and didnt want me to have a child, my mother had told me that I had to get married, and I had no means of taking care of a baby. I was 13 weeks pregnant. I went through with the abortion, and I regret it to this day. First of all, let me explain to you the way that it works. Once you are there ( at a clinic) they try basically everything in their power to make sure that you dont change your mind. when I said I didnt think that I wanted to go through with it, they told me how I was going to have nothing, be on welfare, be a single mom, asked me how I was going to finish school, and told me that they didnt think I was ready for mother hood. As a 16 year old, it scared the hell out of me. After the abortion, they brought me a plate of oreo cookies. I still find that a little unnerving. And evertime I eat an oreo thats what I think of.
Now, for myself, I do not believe that I could ever go through that again. Nor would I want to.
If other people want to have abortions, that is their buisness. We all have our reasons for doing things. Just be sure that you can deal with the consequences.
I also believe that if abortion becomes illegal, many people will resort to coat-hanger abortions and the like in order to get the results that they want. There will be an abortion black-market, which is neither safe nor healthy.
I do believe that abortion should be kept legal for those who want it. But listen to others stories, and know what you are getting yourself into before you get in so deep that you cant get out like I did.