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Reply #30: You really can't compare a dachshund to a lab though. [View All]

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American Tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 04:45 AM
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30. You really can't compare a dachshund to a lab though.
It's not even a matter of breed or disposition, so much as what the animal is capable of doing if they happen to succumb to fear or territorial instinct. In any given situation, a 10 pound dog is overwhelmingly less likely to put someone in the hospital than one that weighs 100 lbs.

My schnauzer, before we taught her to be marginally civil around strangers, would storm up to guests snarling and biting their ankles. She put up a great show of ferocity, but she'd wind up merely stretching or tearing their jeans, and we could pretty much brush her away with one hand.

A labrador, in contrast, could get confused and charge just one time and it could be a major emergency. It's happened before.
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