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Dogs, "Bad breed"

Postby Crimson11 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:26 pm

I was wondering if there is any biological fact that breeds like lets say Pit Bull or Rottweiler are prone to violence.

Also.

I was once told that the reason that pit bulls become violent is because there brain gets too large for there skull and as a result of the pressure created they become violent is that true?
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Postby Linn » Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:26 pm

The reason dogs breeds tend toward certain
characteristics is because these traits were specifically
selected and inbred in to them. so they are inherited.
how this happens is that observations were made
that a dog had the trait to be more aggressive and when
bred with an other dog with same trait offspring inherited
this trait.

My dog is a sheepdog,
and has a natural herding instinct,
because shepherds of long ago started to
notice that some dogs wanted to help them
bring the sheep in in addition to protect them.
So they selectavely started to breed for this trait.

Now if a dog has natural aggresive tendancy,
Its up yo the owner to keep that dog highly trained and
obedient, and thus control the dog.
Rottis and pits can be really sweet dogs with good
and responsable owners.

Am I making sense?
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Postby LilKim » Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:11 pm

I have a rottweiler and he is the complete opposite of what is expected of the breed (.. I think if someone broke into my house he'd hide behind me and cower).

The problem is alot of people breed animals for certain traits (appearance, stregnth). While it's cool to breed for appearace the inbreeding results in animals that "look-good" yet are unhealthy(physically, emotionally and temperment).

For example inbred dogs (pure bred) are at elevated risk of developing serious health related problems (rotts.=leukemia/lymphomas, labrador retrievers= fatty tumors and most large animals can have dehabilitating hip dysplasia).

As with many things ... temperment is a multifactorial phenomenon. (Influenced by genetics and environment). So, although genetics ("animal-instinct") can be a strong influence ... Many of these classically "agressive breeds" can be trained and will learn acceptable behavior (interestingly, some of the most aggressive dogs are commonly considered the smartest dogs)

When i adopted my Rotti. 2 years ago (he was 1) he had some dominance issues. I worked with him (using behavior modification techniques that his trainer taught me). And 99.999% of his dominance issues are completely "in-check". He gets along well with all dogs (he does doggy daycare) and he's quite obedient to me (only me... cuz he know's that i'm the "alpha-dog").

all in all.. it's kinda sad that many of these breeds have such of a bad reputation ... especially cuz I know that the owner can play a HUGE role in improving a dogs behavior ... if that's what he wants to do. (it is a TREMENDOUS commitment ... LOL! I love my pup alot ... but i'm not sure i'd work through a similar situation with another "difficult dog")

take care!
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Postby Linn » Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:23 pm

Oooh so sweet!!!
thanx for adding that
I have a girlfriend who just lost her second rotti to cancer.
She was such a gentle dog!

That is why responsable breeders select dogs
from other areas and do not inbreed that way.
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