A whole pack of 25 watch dog puppies are being resourced by our Minister for Aid, Trade and Investment. The purpose is getting to a cross-breed that is best able to watch over peoples interests (including Dutch business interests).
Puppies always are very attractive. However, how they will mature determines to a large extend whether you are still going to like them. Visiting the website of Dog Breeds List you realise that there is a large variety of watch dogs.
Over the past couple of years Dutch NGOs have behaved like Australian Cattle Dogs. A medium-sized dog, alert, witty, brave, honest, absolutely loyal to duty, characteristic that make it an ideal working dog. Will they qualify for adoption by the minister to protect the Dutch business interests?
Another fine description may get close to what the Minister is looking for. It is the Manchester Terrier, a small terrier dog breed. Her temperament? Gay, Devoted, Active, Alert, Keen, Discerning. Neither aggressive nor shy. Not being a sparring breed, the Manchester is generally friendly with other dogs. Excessive shyness or aggressiveness should be considered a serious fault.
What kind of puppies Ploumen wants will be the question. Is it one nest of puppies of the same breed? Or is it a carefully selected combination of breeds that will help to not only protect the cattle but also the people?
For Ploumens policy paper (in Dutch) on civil society engagement click here.
Find here my comments underneath an article at the Dutch website ViceVersa covering this subject.
Source of Pictures: Dog Breeds List (http://www.dogbreedslist.info)
My name is Reinier van Hoffen.
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Also find the text of a lecture Dr. Achterhuis held at the 2012 Bilderberg conference.