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107. Ummmm....the book merely reports what hundreds of owners have reported about the
about the different breeds.

Your experiences are your experiences, right? So are the experiences of other owners of Greyhounds, and other breeds.

Also, when you research dogs (and I hope you do), you'll see that it doesn't mean much to get all upset about a general description. Full breed dogs have general traits. This is the advantage of getting a full breed dog. But those are GENERAL traits. There are always exceptions to the rule, and many who fall on the cusp of certain ranges of traits.

Then there is also the "well bred" vs. "puppy mill" type of full breed dog.

It doesn't mean any type of dog isn't good. Not at all. But there are definitely behavior and personality traits associated with certain breeds, as definite as their physical traits. If you are looking for a dog for an elderly person who stays at home a lot and watches TV, for instance, you're not gonna want to get that person an inside-hyper dog that needs a lot of exercise and requires a high level of social contact. Not that the person couldn't MAKE the dog work. But it would just be easier to get a dog known for not being hyper indoors, doesn't need a lot of people around, and is content to lie around for hours on end, while being devoted and loving to a human. Like a Basset Hound.

Just easier to start out with one that is known to already have the traits you're looking for.

I love all dogs. No offense was meant to Greyhounds. American Cocker Spaniels, esp. rescue ones like mine, are known for being hard to potty train and being sometimes unpredictable. Mine is not. But I don't take offense when someone says that. It is a generalized fact, is all.
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  -The best dog for the Obama family is a rescued Greyhound! (Photo alert...) zulchzulu  Nov-08-08 08:12 AM   #0 
  - This one looks good me:  Hepburn   Nov-08-08 08:15 AM   #1 
  - I am a psychic.  madaboutharry   Nov-08-08 08:30 AM   #8 
  - What can I say???  Hepburn   Nov-08-08 09:42 AM   #40 
  - I love Scotties!  ellie   Nov-08-08 09:40 AM   #39 
  - He should have known better, IMO.  Hepburn   Nov-08-08 09:44 AM   #42 
     - Barney needs some training.  WindRiverMan   Nov-08-08 11:53 AM   #69 
        - If only the Obamas could adopt Barney  rocknation   Nov-09-08 11:43 AM   #110 
           - That is correct.  WindRiverMan   Nov-09-08 02:22 PM   #113 
  - I like Dalmations  bambino   Nov-08-08 01:24 PM   #80 
  - noway thats bush's dog  democracy1st   Nov-08-08 02:17 PM   #87 
     - Really? Ever hear of Fala?  Hepburn   Nov-09-08 11:16 AM   #109 
  - You might want to put a picture warning in the title of this  frickaline   Nov-08-08 08:17 AM   #2 
  - LOVE the idea of a greyhound in the Whitehouse!  Fran Kubelik   Nov-08-08 08:19 AM   #3 
  - Do you really think an 8 year old girl can control, dominate, and have fun with a Greyhound?  indie_ana_500   Nov-08-08 10:55 AM   #58 
     - Lucky  kskiska   Nov-08-08 11:21 AM   #64 
     - Ha! In my mind, the dog was even larger. I wonder if the problem was that it was a "Bouvier"! Ha!  indie_ana_500   Nov-08-08 11:34 AM   #67 
     - A Bouvier is too big for little girls.  No Elephants   Nov-08-08 12:51 PM   #71 
     - I don't really understand the point of arguing over this.  Fran Kubelik   Nov-08-08 01:21 PM   #78 
  - I 'm partial to a wire fox  Tammie   Nov-08-08 08:22 AM   #4 
  - No... it's not.  Kalyke   Nov-08-08 08:23 AM   #5 
  - firsthand experience this argument doesn't hold water  joop   Nov-08-08 10:01 AM   #49 
  - I don't know where you ever heard they shouldn't be around children.  Doremus   Nov-08-08 10:37 AM   #54 
  - Book, "The Right Dog for You," has a page on the Greyhound.  indie_ana_500   Nov-08-08 11:03 AM   #59 
     - Charts don't mean as much as personal experience...  MN Against Bush   Nov-08-08 01:07 PM   #75 
     - The charts are supposedly "reports" of actual experiences of owners of the breed.  indie_ana_500   Nov-09-08 10:54 AM   #106 
     - Whoever wrote that book doesn't know a thing about greyhounds.  Doremus   Nov-08-08 04:55 PM   #95 
     - Ummmm....the book merely reports what hundreds of owners have reported about the  indie_ana_500   Nov-09-08 11:00 AM   #107 
     - Don't always go by the "Books"  DemoGal1   Nov-08-08 07:46 PM   #100 
  - My sister had two greyhounds, both of which were very good with kids.  MN Against Bush   Nov-08-08 01:02 PM   #73 
  - Greyhounds are SWELL  SpankieJane   Nov-08-08 08:23 AM   #6 
  - I'm certainly no dog person, sorry  KitSileya   Nov-08-08 08:27 AM   # 
  - A poodle does not need the silly haircut.  roody   Nov-08-08 09:56 AM   #47 
     - it is silly, isn't it?  KitSileya   Nov-08-08 10:10 AM   #51 
        - i had heard  swampg8r   Nov-08-08 11:43 AM   #68 
        - IIRC, the reason for the haircut is because poodles are water dogs.  backscatter712   Nov-08-08 01:39 PM   #82 
        - I love dogs. Poodles are very cute with a natural cut.  roody   Nov-08-08 12:07 PM   #70 
  - Greyhounds are awesome, but these girls are going to probably need a compact dog that can  GreenPartyVoter   Nov-08-08 08:27 AM   #7 
  - You wanna dog with some meat on em. Id go with a golden, but for the WH, id say a labradoodle.  hnmnf   Nov-08-08 08:31 AM   #9 
  - I've read that's what the kid wants- a goldendoodle.  lizzy   Nov-08-08 08:41 AM   #17 
  - I'm woefully ignorant to what makes a dog hypoallergenic  Cirque du So-What   Nov-08-08 08:31 AM   #10 
  - Some dogs don't have an undercoat (Yorky is an example). Others DO have...  indie_ana_500   Nov-08-08 11:08 AM   #60 
  - Poodles and yorkies love kids.I have had both.The most  az chela   Nov-08-08 05:07 PM   #98 
     - There are exceptions to every generalization. I had a friendly, lovable Lhasa once. But they are  indie_ana_500   Nov-09-08 10:47 AM   #105 
  - Most dogs have hair. A few breeds have fur, including poodles and Tibetan terriers. Dogs with fur  No Elephants   Nov-08-08 12:55 PM   #72 
     - I have a large Australian Shepherd. HE SHEDS. BUNCHES.  Tansy_Gold   Nov-08-08 05:02 PM   #96 
  - Good idea on a rescued Greyhound. He could also find a poodle mix at a shelter  Wolsh   Nov-08-08 08:32 AM   #11 
  - I never knew greyhounds were hypoallergenic...I think that's a great choice.  always_saturday   Nov-08-08 08:35 AM   #12 
  - Not all greyhounds are safe with cats.  lizzy   Nov-08-08 08:38 AM   #13 
     - Have a friend who has a greyhound living with 8 cats  Dappleganger   Nov-08-08 09:08 AM   #29 
        - Rescue organizations test these dogs on their cat safety.  lizzy   Nov-08-08 01:48 PM   #83 
  - For the symbolism  DutchPirate   Nov-08-08 08:39 AM   #14 
  - Australian Shephards...  orwell   Nov-08-08 08:39 AM   #15 
  - Hmmmmm.  Versailles   Nov-08-08 08:39 AM   #16 
  - Your list does not include the Tibetan Terrier, which I think is a perfect  No Elephants   Nov-08-08 08:46 AM   #18 
  - The Maltese looks like a dog for girls.  shraby   Nov-08-08 09:22 AM   #32 
  - Basenjis--Runners  kingofalldems   Nov-08-08 08:47 AM   #19 
  - Can't be any faster than a racing greyhound! :) (n/t)  Versailles   Nov-08-08 08:51 AM   #21 
  - Didn't mean fast--they don't seem to like  kingofalldems   Nov-08-08 08:59 AM   #25 
     - Point taken! My Aussie cattle dog is like that...can be very annoying.  Versailles   Nov-08-08 09:02 AM   #26 
        - Basenji's can climb trees - fences do not hold them  lukasahero   Nov-08-08 03:00 PM   #89 
           - Whoa!  Versailles   Nov-08-08 03:32 PM   #91 
              - Lovely. :)  lukasahero   Nov-08-08 03:36 PM   #92 
                 -  Versailles   Nov-08-08 03:48 PM   #93 
                    - "figured out how to open the fridge door"  lukasahero   Nov-08-08 07:59 PM   #101 
  - Basenji's in general a lot more than a new dog owner can handle  lukasahero   Nov-08-08 02:59 PM   #88 
  - I like the name Kerry Blue  ayeshahaqqiqa   Nov-08-08 08:49 AM   #20 
  - A lot of those are high drive dogs. Might be hypoallergenic, but not so great  renie408   Nov-08-08 08:53 AM   #22 
  - They are little girls, they may like foofy. I vote a Yorkie!  salbi   Nov-08-08 09:33 AM   #36 
  - Greyhound would be a great choice!  InvisibleTouch   Nov-08-08 08:56 AM   #23 
  - i would go with a Maltese  Magic Rat   Nov-08-08 08:58 AM   #24 
  - We had a Maltese/Poodle mix when I was growing up.  Reader Rabbit   Nov-08-08 09:12 AM   #30 
  - That Greyhound is gorgeous!  bitchkitty   Nov-08-08 09:07 AM   #27 
  - These are young girls and probably want a cuddly, cute puppy.  Inspired   Nov-08-08 09:07 AM   #28 
  - The Maltese, bichon, frise, shih tzu and the Havanese are all adorable, but demanding. I am  No Elephants   Nov-08-08 09:22 AM   #31 
  - I'll take one of 115 lb black lab / rottie mix would love them!!  mscuedawg   Nov-08-08 09:25 AM   #33 
  - I like the Border Terrier the best  Sidney J Mussburger   Nov-08-08 09:32 AM   #34 
  - Goldendoodle!  yasmina27   Nov-08-08 09:33 AM   #35 
  - awww, so cute!!  mollymongold   Nov-08-08 01:51 PM   #84 
  - IGGGY  seemunkee   Nov-08-08 09:38 AM   #37 
  - Start with the fact that I like most dogs better than I like most people...  RichardRay   Nov-08-08 09:40 AM   #38 
  - Somehow, I can't imagine Obama walking a poodle like that one around the White House grounds  Poiuyt   Nov-08-08 09:44 AM   #41 
  - I hate that  FlaGranny   Nov-08-08 09:54 AM   #45 
  - You forgot MY dander-free gorgeous American Eskimo breed  FlaGranny   Nov-08-08 09:46 AM   #43 
  - I have terrible allergies, but I've had a poodle, a shitzu and a yorkie  salbi   Nov-08-08 09:48 AM   #44 
  - My last dog furbaby was Maggie my Irish Terrier who was also hypo-allergenic.  OmmmSweetOmmm   Nov-08-08 09:55 AM   #46 
  - I have been saying this all along  joop   Nov-08-08 09:58 AM   #48 
  - Westies are AWESOME. They should definitely  Erin Elizabeth   Nov-08-08 10:02 AM   #50 
  - Westies are inappropriate for young children. Even many adults should not get Westies.  indie_ana_500   Nov-08-08 10:50 AM   #56 
     - Huh. My brother and I grew up with Westies, two of them  Erin Elizabeth   Nov-09-08 01:25 PM   #112 
  - Greyhounds are superb dogs, but they shed a LOT! Doodles are manipulative  sweetroxie   Nov-08-08 10:33 AM   #52 
  - The girls want a puppy, not a grown dog. nt  Occam Bandage   Nov-08-08 10:34 AM   #53 
  - These are young girls, so they shouldn't get a large or dominant or skittish or tiny dog.  indie_ana_500   Nov-08-08 10:46 AM   #55 
  - Au contraire.  cornermouse   Nov-08-08 08:21 PM   #104 
  - Another: The Hannah  sofa king   Nov-08-08 10:51 AM   #57 
  - What kind of dog is in that first pic in your post?  indie_ana_500   Nov-08-08 11:12 AM   #61 
     - I don't know.  sofa king   Nov-08-08 11:20 AM   #63 
  - The best dog for Sasha and Malia is whatever dog they choose!  Bread and Circus   Nov-08-08 11:17 AM   #62 
  - We have a winner! IT'S SASHA AND MALIA'S CHOICE!  kwenu   Nov-08-08 01:04 PM   #74 
  - Rescued Greyhounds make terrible pets for children  grantcart   Nov-08-08 11:24 AM   #65 
  - I totally disagree  Mojorabbit   Nov-08-08 01:17 PM   #77 
  - Depends on the individual dog.  backscatter712   Nov-08-08 01:22 PM   #79 
  - I've met a few owners that have rescued greyhounds and they are very sweet to kids  zulchzulu   Nov-08-08 03:18 PM   #90 
  - Your facts are off  DemoGal1   Nov-08-08 08:12 PM   #102 
  - My child is allergic and we've had a border terrier for several years, no problems.  DemsUnited   Nov-08-08 11:31 AM   #66 
  - I vote greyhound  Mojorabbit   Nov-08-08 01:13 PM   #76 
  - Greyhound would be an awesome dog to have!  LittleBlue   Nov-08-08 01:33 PM   #81 
  - love them all!!  Wolfies Revenge   Nov-08-08 02:06 PM   #85 
  - Schnauzer!  tammywammy   Nov-08-08 02:15 PM   #86 
  - Too bad border collies aren't hypoallergenic  jmowreader   Nov-08-08 04:51 PM   #94 
  - I have a puppy mutt ( 1/2 Lab 1/2 Border Collie) who loves kids...  zulchzulu   Nov-08-08 05:10 PM   #99 
  - Geez I love them all.I am leaning to a terrier,especially a  az chela   Nov-08-08 05:05 PM   #97 
  - you might want to read the description of the temperaments of  cornermouse   Nov-08-08 08:12 PM   #103 
  - Thanks for posting--I was confused by what Obama said at the press conference  rocknation   Nov-09-08 11:10 AM   #108 
  - I think he needs one for each room of the White House! And a dog keeper to go with it!  lonestarnot   Nov-09-08 11:45 AM   #111 

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