1. PWDs are hypo allergenic.
||False. They are low dander,
and so are more easily tolerated by people who are allergic to
dander. But that is only relative, not absolute. If someone is
allergic to dog saliva, they will be allergic to PWD saliva,
too. What's even worse is that because they are low dander,
sometimes folks think they do not have a reaction after visiting
PWDs, so they get one, take it home, fall in love, and then the
cumulative build up of the dander causes a reaction. It's
heartbreaking all the way around. Proceed with
2. PWDs are naturally good with children.
||False. PWDs who have been
trained to be good with children are good with children who have
been trained to be good with dogs. See
3. PWDs are great family pets.
||Depends on the family.
Depends on how well matched you are with the puppy you get. See
Roadmap to the right
4. PWDs don't shed.
||False. They shed, just not as
much as other dogs. Like the hair of humans, the hair in a PWD
coat is constantly growing and replacing itself. The old, loose
hair must be brushed and combed out frequently. The time spent
grooming and bathing is more than the time you would spend vacuuming
if they shed at the same rate as other breeds. See
puppy preparation letter.
5. PWDs have webbed feet.
||True. So do Newfoundlands and
many of the water retrieving breeds.
6. PWDs are great outdoor dogs.
||True and False. True if you
mean that they love and need exercise appropriate to their age.
See puppy preparation
letter. False if you mean they will be good dogs to live in
a kennel, or be left outside for long periods of time. They want
people, they crave people, they demand people--and are quite
vocal and inventive in letting you know about it!
7. Because PWDs are so rare, all PWDS should be bred and it's a
common contract requirement that a dog be shown and bred and
puppies given back to the breeder.
||False, False, and
dogs of any breed, including PWDs, should not be bred. You do
not have to agree to the expense and inconvenience of showing
your dog or having it shown. You do not have to agree to have
your dog bred. Breeding is different commitment from ownership.
|8. PWDs are easy to train. PWDs are hard to train.
||"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and easy versus hard
depends on you, your style, your pup's temperament, etc. What is
absolutely true is that your PWD needs training--from the day
you bring it home, and every day for the rest of its life. For
information on choosing the right trainer, see the
puppy preparation letter
and roadmap to the right
9.A good breeder will let me select my puppy from the whole
||False. A good breeder will
listen carefully to what you are looking for in a dog and what
you plan to do. S/he will then consider that information along
with her or his knowledge about the breed, temperament and
activity level of sire and dam, temperament evaluations of the
pups, and a host of other factors. S/he is best suited to select
a puppy for you; your job is to communicate what you are looking
for. And s/he will also be honest if they don't have the right
puppy for you.
10. I don't need a contract if I get the AKC registration papers.
||False. AKC papers simply
certify that the dog is purebred. But a dog lives for many
years, and has changing needs throughout its life. A contract is
necessary protection for you, the pup, and the breeder to ensure
those needs are met. The responsibilities of a breeder don't end
when s/he receives a check. For PWDs, reputable breeders also
want to encourage testing and reporting for the breed databases.
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