Confessions From The Breed Obsessed!
It really doesn’t even matter if they are a mixed breed GSD, as was my dog my Meesha. Interestingly, Meesha was also a mix of two other breeds that I adore, the Collie and the Chow Chow. But most people would not necessarily recognize those breeds in Meesha. I did the DNA test. I know, many doubt the accuracy. However, prior to doing the DNA testing I actually could see those breeds in her.
For me, there is something about the “wildness” of a GSD. Those eyes. That wolf-ish look. Their protective and loyal nature. Loyalty and protectiveness are two of my stronger qualities and those which I highly value in my relationships with others. So of course, it’s not a surprise that I would seek those qualities in a canine family member. I feel GSDs require us to step up our game if we going to live with them. As I have mentioned in previous articles, Meesha challenged me and I simply could not be a lazy dog person with her.
Or are we seeking to be challenged in some specific way? Of course, animals also have their own individual characteristics in addition to inherited breed qualities. What I have found consistently through the years is that fate will bring people together with the dog they need in order to grow in certain areas of their lives.
Is the Viszla (a dog breed that needs to be worked out on a regular basis) catching your eye and it seems like you see them everywhere you go? Has your spouse pointed out many times they wish you would be more snuggly and suddenly a Golden Retriever (a dog known for their need to give and receive affection) showed up in your backyard seeking a home?