Preconception is the mother of disappointment

“Why won’t he do it? He’s a XXXXXXXXXXXX (insert breed), he SHOULD do it!”

(And I paid a fortune for him…)

Or the opposite: “oh well he’s a XXXXXXXXXXXX”.

(So I can’t train him.)

It is now believed that there are greater individual differences within breeds than between them.

Or in other words, your labrador is likely to be more typical dog than typical labrador in its behaviour.

Of course we can’t write off 100+ years of eugenics: in-breeding and deliberate selection for certain traits have, obviously, produced dogs who have the mindset and physique to be efficacious at certain tasks.

Ultimately, though, he’s still a dog.

He may not be what you thought you signed up for at the rescue centre.

He may not be what you paid a fortune for at the breeders.

But disappointment ruins relationships.

And he is the dog that is in front of you now.

Part this, part that, perhaps.

But always 100% dog.

Your dog.



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