Greetings everybody. This is my first post.
I am originally from Romania, and the views on dog ownership are (still - who knows how much longer) VERY different than general American views on ownership.
My family has owned dogs and cats since as long as I can remember -
mostly guard dogs, working dogs and mutts, but I am more than somewhat
familiar with dog behavior and psychology. There is so much
information out there, or more accurately, so much disinformation -
myths, outright lies and inaccuracies, that I am left at wits end and
with no other option than to reach out to you for help.
I have recently acquired a puppy from friends of friends who were no
longer able to care for it. The puppy was going to end up in a shelter
so my girlfriend and I suggested we adopt the puppy as an alternative.
This puppy might be the best dog I've owned or known so far. She is
approximately 5 months old (the previous owners were very ambiguous,
the vet said about 5 months) very smart, low energy, obedient,
beautiful. I have nothing but praise for her. But: I have a few
- she sleeps more than 18 hours a day. We take her to the dog beach
for 1h or 1.5hrs every day (weather permitting) - and she usually goes
on a 30 - 45 min walk in the morning and another at night. Other than
than, she may play with her squeaky toys but not excessively so - she
sleeps a LOT. The vet gave her a clean bill of health so it's probably
not a medical condition. Is this normal?
- she rests with frog legs, that is, her hind legs extend to the side
and back, often all the way back - imagine her hind legs and body
expressing a 180 degree angle - a straight line. Is this normal?
- she doesn't bark. She's very very quiet. Sometimes at the dog beach
when she's trying to coax another dog into play she will bark her
puppy bark but normally she is extremely quiet. Is this normal?
- she doesn't grip. She sometimes plays tug of war with other dogs
but never with me. She will try to nip at me sometimes, but not overly
- she's generally not interested in playing with us. She mostly wants
to sleep on us or just hang out.
- she's a very fussy eater. I put her on a raw diet - protein,
oatmeal, veggies, cottage cheese and oil. I rotate the oils
(sunflower, olive, fish) and protein source (chicken, turkey, ground
beef, tofu) every few days but she's very very picky.
- she's not very muscular.
Finally, you're probably asking yourself why am posting here with these concerns? I am doing so because we (as well as the previous
owners and the vet) believe that she's a pit bull but obviously from
my issues above her persona and behavior are VERY unlike a pit bull.
I am attaching photos of Coco for your consideration.
Please let me know what you think.
Thank you kindly for your help.