A battle is brewing in our shelter about Sue Sternberg's temperament testing. I went to her site to learn more, and found this interesting page:
http://www.suesternberg.com/00shelter.html
(Be brave with your guesses. Your score can't possibly be lower than mine.)
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A battle is brewing in our shelter about Sue Sternberg's temperament testing. I went to her site to learn more, and found this interesting page: http://www.suesternberg.com/00shelter.html (Be brave with your guesses. Your score can't possibly be lower than mine.)

Ok, I'll post my guesses on the breeds, none of which were completely correct:
- cattle dog x pit bull
- flat coat retriever (I suspected this wasn't right, but couldn't think of anything else)
- dalmatian x something (I didn't notice either the curly tail or the small ears)
- akita
- border collie x catahoula
- lab x something (I knew this wasn't close)
- no earthly idea, but I love the face
Cate
- cattle dog x pit bull

Me too.
- flat coat retriever (I suspected this wasn't right, but couldn't think of anything else)

Hah! I knew this one. I've seen a Hovawart before.
- dalmatian x something (I didn't notice either the curly tail or the small ears)

Pointer something. The face is hard to tell.
- akita

Akita X something short
- border collie x catahoula

ACD X BC
- lab x something (I knew this wasn't close)

Don't know.
- no earthly idea, but I love the face

Don't know.
Suja
Oh, good. You found it == the link didn't work right for me.
Dogs look really scary when all you see is their teeth.
Oh, good. You found it == the link didn't work right for me.

The site uses frames, so it messes with your ability to directly link to subpages on the site.
The 'Guess the Age' isn't very surprising, is it?

I thought the first two were around the same age: ~ a year old.

They shoulda had
14yo Pip with his gleaming choppers. When a vet said, "He could pass for 3," I thought he was buttering me up. Then, a few days later, I met a Maltese breeder who asked, "How old's yours? About 3?" That felt so-o good.

Wish I could say the same. Carrots and bones have done Orson's front teeth some good, but he gets yucky plaque on his back molars. Last week I gave him his bi-annual (!) toothbrushing. He tolerated it much better than the first time I tried, so with luck it'll become a more frequent task.

Cate
- akita

Akita X something short

I couldn't tell he was short at all; I thought it was the angle of the shot.
- border collie x catahoula

ACD X BC

Well, aren't you miss smarty pants?
- lab x something (I knew this wasn't close)

Don't know.

This I should've at least guessed akita x something, because he's a carbon copy of my friend's dog. (As long as he weighs ~100 lbs, that is.) She's a vet and has finally settled on akita x something else big as his mix. For years we thought he was lab x dane. His name is Grommet and he's adorable. He has super-human freaky eyes, and he does a mean kidney bean. He's the biggest dog I've ever seen fold right in half.
Cate
I couldn't tell he was short at all; I thought it was the angle of the shot.

First thought was Akita X Corgi for some reason. Then I thought that the Corgi part isn't right, except for the height, elongated body.
Well, aren't you miss smarty pants?

That's news to you? Honestly, something about the way the dog was standing reminded me of BC and when I see that sort of coloring on a dog, I normally guess (wrongly) there's ACD in the woodpile somewhere.
This I should've at least guessed akita x something, because he's a carbon copy of my friend's dog. (As long ... freaky eyes, and he does a mean kidney bean. He's the biggest dog I've ever seen fold right in half.

I hope these people are actually telling us something they know for sure, and not just guessing about the parents. I know I've seen plenty of generic looking dogs that look like the last two on that list.

Suja
She's a vet and has finally settled on akita x something else big as his mix.That take's the pressure off, doesn't it? Should be standard practice: "Akita/SB' Or "Akita/SL"

Re: teeth. Vets were polled and asked what routine care they most neglected. 'Dental care' was #1 which is a consolation to us "Whenever I think of it" people.
I think there's a big genetic factor in teeth. I have never, in my life, had a dog that chewed. Anything. Give 'em a meaty bone and they stare at you, "What the hell am I supposed to do with this?" And, because of this, they don't wear down their teeth. Mac gets more tartar; Pip's teeth stay white.
Determined to give them some 'chew time' I've jollyed them into raw necks: turkey for Mac and chicken for Pip.
BTW, Hilde, the GSD, has the most worn teeth I've ever seen. They're nubs! Doesn't seem to bother her she chomps away with a will. You'd think they'd be sensitive. Does the nerve recede as they wear down?
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