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    06-27-2012, 03:06 AM
  #91
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Originally Posted by Duren    
Anyone care to guess the breed with the most bite reports?

Its certainly not a bully breed...

Dachshund...thats right. Wiener dogs are the most like to bite someone according to a report I read about 3 years ago.

Anyone see any states banning Dachshunds?
That's because very few people with small dogs ACTUALLY train those small dogs... just pick them up when they're being really naughty, or put up with it because they're so small they can't pull you over... yep some people do train small dogs but sadly they are the minority. I have met FAR more dangerous/poorly behaved SMALL dogs than dangerous or poorly behaved pitbulls/ridgebacks/mastiffs/danes/etc
     
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    06-27-2012, 04:17 AM
  #92
Green Broke
There is a dog I know and work with at dog training... He's a purebred staffie called Terror He got into a fight with another dog once, so people now assume he's dangerous and are scared of him. But this dog is actually one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met, and is actually becoming a certified therapy dog.

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    06-27-2012, 04:21 AM
  #93
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I would never trust a staffie with another dog... but with people is a completely different story!! They are THE sweetest people dogs.

Just me of course... I don't trust pitbulls around my girl either, any bully breed tbh. I love them, and I'm not worried by them in the way that "ohh they might attack me omg evil pitbull", but they DO have fight instincts a lot stronger than other breeds... and my dog is a hunter. So I worry that they might lead her astray.
     
    06-27-2012, 10:43 AM
  #94
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I work with just about every kind of dog at work (I'm a kennel attendant). Pit Bulls are one of my least favorites. They're just not for me, and I don't trust them around other animals as far as I can throw them.

They're high-strung and obnoxious. Most of the ones at work are very dog aggressive. Especially when there's more than one - they have a pack mentality and high prey drive. I don't think any particular breed should be outlawed, but they are not for the average dog owner. My biggest pet peeve in the dog world is owners who don't do their homework before getting a certain breed. I can't even count how many times owners have told me, "I had no idea ___'s were like this when I got mine." UGHHH!!! People are just stupid.

I've never had a problem with a Dachshund. Beagles tend to be ornery, though, believe it or not.
     
    06-27-2012, 04:08 PM
  #95
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
That's because very few people with small dogs ACTUALLY train those small dogs... just pick them up when they're being really naughty, or put up with it because they're so small they can't pull you over... yep some people do train small dogs but sadly they are the minority. I have met FAR more dangerous/poorly behaved SMALL dogs than dangerous or poorly behaved pitbulls/ridgebacks/mastiffs/danes/etc

I disagree. I believe its breed personality. I will say that all of my opinions are based off human interactions. As sweet as I think pits are with people, I would not trust one around other animals...not their fault, that's what they were bred for. BUT as far as attacking people, they're low on my list. And as far as I'm aware, they are banned in some places for their danger to people, not other animals.

Take the Cavalier for example. The essential spoiled lap dog. 1 in 100 will ever see a training session. They are the most good natured breed you will ever meet. I've worked in the veterinary field for 9 years. Due to their crazy health issues, we see A LOT of Cavaliers...at least 3 a week. I can honestly say I've never met one that wasnt sweet as pie. Personality, not training.

Top breeds on my **** list as far as personality (with people who are not their family)
Shepherds, Corgis, Huskys, Akitas
     
    06-27-2012, 08:27 PM
  #96
Weanling
My Pit Bull mix girlie. She is 8 months old. Had her since she was 4 weeks old. She is terrified of everything and has horrible anxiety issues but is really cuddly and lovey. She takes a while to warm up to people but is fine once she does warm up. We just love her.




Strangers on the street either think she is adorable and want to pet her or are afraid of her instantly. Not sure what she is mixed with.
     
    06-27-2012, 08:49 PM
  #97
Green Broke
I heard from a friend that the bad rep that these "aggressive" breeds get is from when they were the popular dog breed and people bred them like rabbits, even if it meant breeding to family over and over which resulted in bad genes and aggressiveness. Which ultimately led to the stereotype that they are all aggressive. I also heard this happened with German Shepherds. Is there any truth to that at all? It seems like a plausible reason. Aside from the breeding for dog fighting.

I find pitbulls to sometimes be cute and undoubtably friendly (They just aren't my personal favorite breed) and I haven't seen an aggressive purebred or cross yet. In fact while I was at college the adoption center was showing people some of the dogs they had available and I fell in love with this dogs face.



At first I thought he was a pitbull cross but after I found a loose dog running around outside who looked like a full pitbull but was extremely friendly. I turned him into the shelter because I couldn't take him home. Parental rules...and because of my other dog. The dog warden said that he wasn't a pitbull but actually an American Staffordshire Terrier and was a breed used to help create the pitbull which would explain the resemblence. Now I'm thinking that Ken, the dog pictured above was related to one of those.
     
    06-27-2012, 10:57 PM
  #98
Weanling
My male German Shepherd, he's a real killer, LOL!




Female 1/2 Timber Wolf 1/2 German Shepherd, a real wild thing!




Some of the rest of the crew, Summer the Russian wolfhound is gone now...




Molly



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    06-28-2012, 02:58 PM
  #99
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Originally Posted by tempest    
I heard from a friend that the bad rep that these "aggressive" breeds get is from when they were the popular dog breed and people bred them like rabbits, even if it meant breeding to family over and over which resulted in bad genes and aggressiveness. Which ultimately led to the stereotype that they are all aggressive. I also heard this happened with German Shepherds. Is there any truth to that at all? It seems like a plausible reason. Aside from the breeding for dog fighting.
as for aggressive breeds it changes... over the years rotts, dobermans, german shepherds, pits, akitas, staffies, etc all have had this logo over them. The main issue is these breeds are all over breed. And once one of the breeds gets boosted for aggressiveness then dog fighters over breed them to make a quick buck in the dog fight ring or finding someone on the street to buy the puppies who will eventually put them in the fight ring as well or the slight chance of finding a decent home for them... the aggressiveness can happen from overbreeding within family genes but its more then likely the aggressiveness was trained into them :(
     
    07-20-2012, 11:20 PM
  #100
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Thought I would join this thread. Just got a dog from a friend (the breeder's mum, of a horse im hopefully buying). We are fostering her until she finds a home (i am already attached..). She is Dalmatian x Staffy. She is a beautiful dog... Great around horses (none here, but she was always at the horse stud with her owner when she went)... she's actually so "scary" .... Not... she's SCARED of my CAT... Yes... my CAT.. Anyways here is a picture of her :) she's scared in this picture because she misses her old owner (one owner from a pup) and was unsure about us. She's an amazing dog! She's 5 btw
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