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    Smile The sporting breeds

    While I donít do much hunting or fishing, I like having a dog with me when Iím in The Great Outdoors
    Iíve had a preference for Black (mostly) Labrador Retrievers.
    My current dog is a big Ďole mostly lab that has just had her 12th birthday. A regiment of pills is keeping her happy and reasonably mobile.
    Which of the sporting breeds are you running? What are the pros and cons of the breed? Anyone tried pet insurance- and are you happy with this new form of pet service?
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    Nice looking pup.
    Weíve had mostly smallish dogs the last several years, although the Cockapoo sure shows plenty of gamer in him. Iíve never had a trained working dog, but love hunting with them and watching them work. Iíll get so caught up watching good bird dogs do their thing that Iíll forget I have a job to do also.

    I havenít seen enough of the breeds to comment much, but after seeing Chesapeake Bay Retreivers owned by two different people, they seem to be...letís say, strong willed.

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    I support Ducks Unlimited mainly for the wonderful dog stories. The latest issue of the magazine (September/October) has a great display of ďWater Dogs At WorkĒ. Watching dogs in action is great- even if itís just a tennis ball. They see it and home in on it and that is it.
    When they are done itís a bowl of water and a nap- perfect!
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    OM - One of a neighbor's dogs has cancer, and his insurance is paying 85% of the bills (dunno about the deductible). They're happy about that part and are glad they bought it.

    Several other neighbors have fairly large protectors too -
    There's a Bull Mastiff owned by the very epitome of the expression "little old lady", and he's a lover (and a drooler) once he knows you.
    Several neighbors have Huskys, Pit mixes, Golden labs, Dobies, Bullogs, Boxers, and a Rottie/Shepherd. They all know that if they walk by my garage when I'm out there, they're gonna get some lovin'!
    Used to have neighbors who were in their mid-twenties and already had 3 little kids - any of them could ride on either of their two Pits! The dogs knew who belonged there and who didn't, and were wonderful animals.
    I miss my last one - daddy was a Dobie who hopped the fence, and mom (who belonged to a house mate) was half Shepherd and half Huskie. He was actually the runt of the litter - but when I picked him, it was because he was "awake" and the most observant of the bunch, he perceived everything around him. Great choice, never regretted it.
    Last weekend, I was almost home from a ride, and just a few blocks from home I spotted a young Pit all alone and just looking so lost... If I wasn't on the bike with traffic around me, I would have grabbed him.

    And now that the local Sam Ash music store has moved into the same little strip mall as the South Bay Dog Rehab Center, it may take me a little more time to get out of there...
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    Paul, Iíve had most of those dogs and all good pets. The dog in the picture was the runt of the litter

    The cancer in dogs seems to be a growing problem. My dogs sister, from a previous litter, came down with bone cancer in a front leg. After a lot of treatment, time and money, they thought they had it beat......they did for a while. Once the cancer returned, it required a full leg amputation......tough on a 100lb dog.
    There is a 25 million dollar study going on in Colorado to try to find out why Golden Retrievers lifespan has been in steep decline.
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    I looked around a little and found a website with some information about the lifespans of dogs. As usual, there are advertisements for products, but it's possible to cut through the dross to see some real numbers.

    See it here: https://www.petcarerx.com/article/li...-by-breed/1223
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Paul, Iíve had most of those dogs and all good pets. The dog in the picture was the runt of the litter

    The cancer in dogs seems to be a growing problem. My dogs sister, from a previous litter, came down with bone cancer in a front leg. After a lot of treatment, time and money, they thought they had it beat......they did for a while. Once the cancer returned, it required a full leg amputation......tough on a 100lb dog.
    There is a 25 million dollar study going on in Colorado to try to find out why Golden Retrievers lifespan has been in steep decline.
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    Reputable breeders will say the incredible overbreeding by backyard breeders has had a pretty dramatic effect on the health of Golden Retrievers. We love the breed and just picked up our newest puppy, Fynlee. We decided this time to go with the English Creme Golden Retriever, which, we're told, have a better history of health. Remains to be seen, but we're sure in love!Fynlee.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    There is a 25 million dollar study going on in Colorado to try to find out why Golden Retrievers lifespan has been in steep decline.
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    That would be the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation. As a retired epidemiologist I know a robust study when I see one, so I'm an active supporter of that program. There's some excellent work coming out of it, and curiously, some of it is helping with our understanding of human cancers. Tulliver and I visited their facility in Denver a couple years ago on our way to the SLC rally and found ourselves surrounded by extremely passionate scientists asking the right sort of questions. I left feeling very good about that team. Tulliver liked them as well.

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    BTW, Goldens were chosen because it's a popular breed with dedicated breeders who keep track of their lineage, important when examining hereditary factors, but the results will help all breeds.

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