>> This/your case is a perfect example of NOT trying to get another dog
>> just like old ----.
>> To even begin to compare him is so unfair to the new pup I cannot tell
>> Every dog is different. Every line is different. You must not expect
>> your new puppy to do anything your old dog did. He's a new little
>> being. Don't judge him by your old dog. Encourage him in what he is
>> good at. Feel him out gradually. Actually he sounds like the kind of
>> dog most of the world would like these days according to some of the
>> posts we see here. Certainly sounds like my type of a dog these
>> Love him and be happy he isn't tearing your house apart and barking
>> and peeing 24/7. And if you really don't like his type temperament,
>> then next time make sure you go for a wild puppy in a litter from wild
>> and energectic parents.
>Hang on a minute: it's perfectly "fair" to expect and anticipate that a
>given breed of dog will act in a manner consistent with the known traits
>of that breed!
>In other words, if one is to "compare" one dog to another, it's done
>largely within the scope of the traits for which that breed is known. In
>this case, it's a Labrador Retriever, which is a breed famous for, well,
>retrieving. . .
>So, to compare two dogs on that basis is doing no harm. It doesn't mean
>that the new puppy will be any less loved.
I'm sure you "will" love him Rick - or at least I hope so, but I
wanted to point out - since this "is" a discussion group, that it's
never fair to a new pup to compare it to an older recently deceased
dog. And many, many do - according to letters we have had here over
the years. We have actually had people ask for mix breeds with spots
on their bodies in certain places "just like old Suzie"
Now, expecting Labs to be as their heritage might imply, is something
else again. The majority bred these days have not come from stock who
have a heavy retrieving background. They have been bred for pets for
generations, and while they might "look" like a Lab, again the
majority will not know what to do when presented with a object to
retrieve or put in a field situation. When one wishes for this kind of
a dog, then it's better to seek out breeders who have a very strong
field background with their dogs - as well as a show background if you
like a certain look to your dog also. It's the same in many breeds and
much to the lament of some who feel the show people should also stay
with that which the particular breed was meant to do. I can't say I'd
go along with that since the average very alert, on the go, highly
birdy dog, might not be the perfect companion dog for most. However I
sincerely do admire those who have wonderful show dogs and who also
put titles on them according to that for which they were originally
bred - and that has increased enormously in the last few years.
If you feel that this puppy isn't really going to work for you, I
suggest finding him a home - maybe with an older couple who appreciate
so much this kind of a dog. A wild home with children doesn't sound
like his type of a home by what you tell me. Quiet laid back puppies
stress enormously when faced with large loud and wild families.
Then I'd start looking for someone who is breeding dogs who are pretty
birdy. You might find an older pup who didn't quite have what it took
to be a good field dog, but might suit you perfectly.
I have no doubt that your hear is in the right place since dogs are
obviously a large and involved part of your life, but if this little
guy doesn't look like the type of boy you will have lots of fun with,
then I'd place him and start again. I know people always say that a
dog is a forever commitment, but I'd rather think that mistakes can be
rectified and would be happier for all concerned. It's not your fault
- or his, but see to it now before he's too much older and you are he
are too bonded.