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May 8, 1998

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Zeke, the Pet of the Day
Name: Zeke
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Breed: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Home: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
 
   He still thinks he is a puppy! He is a good dog, for 104 pounds..lol. He is very much like a Bernese Mountain Dog but with a shorter coat. The breed was originally breed in Switzerland as guard dogs. Since the popularity has picked up in the US, that guard instinct is not as prevalent, however he does lay between the wall and the bed on my side. He really does not do any tricks yet, I have had him for about one year, still working on getting used to each other. He does like to play with a regulation size basketball.

    His personality is not characteristic of the breed. He is fearful of anything new. I let him figure it out on his own, makes him better equipped to handle other new experiences. When he takes a notion to jump up he can touch my cheek and I'm 5'6".

    He is registered with the AKC. He is a fun dog to have, so full of energy, and for this reason he would not be a good apartment dog. And of course he eats like a horse... lol. The breed is very good with children, and is very easy to maintain, other than a lot of hair that sheds. Zeke has done some agility work, but has a hard time with the tunnels due to his size, but loves all the other obstacles.

    He is not a drooler; however he is a very sloppy eater and drinker... so wear galoshes after Zeke gets done eating and drinking...
 

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