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Old 06-07-2011, 18:27   #29
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Could moderators separate this stuff to a topic called "Here we talk about everything" or similar? Thanks...

But wikipedia (very trustworfy source ) says, that the experiment with these shakalaikas (it translates so nice to Lithuanian - word jackal and dry branch of a tree, also used for "very skiny" differs in one letter Šakalas and šakalys) started in 1975
It would be interesting to know how individuals, suitable for work, are picked, also what happends to these "unsuitable". Sold to noew russians, if so expensive?

Originally Posted by GalomyOak View Post
Agreed! It's one of the most difficult things to explain to new people with our breed. Shy is not typical, not desired, not common...but not rare, I guess, either. Much of it (not all) is preventable through early (and continued) socialization, and understanding individual dogs as well as lines. It takes a lot of time and research (or good luck!) to know what you are seeing or getting in a CSV puppy. In observing my own dogs (I have the whole spectrum, from the boldest of the bold - crazy! to a quite shy dog, everyone else is inbetween )- the biggest trait they all share is that they are very intense and complicated in their personality, more so than other breeds, I guess. Each one is a puzzle. It's clearly not something everyone is prepared for that buys one. And this after many decades of very controlled breeding...I love the enigma we have now with the CSV, but recognize it's fragility too if breeders of the future aren't careful.
I am not sure if I told this on this forum, if I am repeating, sorry. I saw a documentary about dogs, where people made an experiment with taming wolfs. They took 5 days old cubs, hand-fed them, each little wolf grew up in families, with other dogs, slept in beds and so on. They were treated as dogs, but never became dogs. They weren't shy - very well socialised. But! I could not stop laughting, seeing how a teenage wolf simply jumps on the table and takes food from owners plate, no matter how many time the owner drops him down, he jumps again (while two dogs are staring with horror). This was so similar to my dog in her early age So when people ask me about the breed and say "yes, I understand, that dogs can be naughty" this is a nice example to show what "naughty" mean in wolfdogs... So in fact socialisation helps from shyness, but still does not make them "normal"
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