|Barked: Sun Feb 24, '13 7:20am PST |
|IMO the breed doesn't matter. Many of the breeds listed are at the top of vicious dog lists. Not because the breed is a bad actor, but because of the training (or lack of) , environment, owner attention (or inattention), SHEER NUMBERS, the larger the breed, the more likely bad things or bad owners get involved.
When selecting a breed, and I say any breed... Select the breeder and temperament of the puppies parents. How much socialization have they had. How stable are these puppies? Are they fearful? Did the breeder warn you about fear periods?
Take your dog to training. make that commitment. If there are children in your household, get some books on puppy proofing your house and protecting your dog.
BREED is not a part of the equation. The breeding, socialization, owner, environment and training is. The owner has a huge influence on the shaping of that dog. If it ends up a great dog.. pat yourself on the back. You did a great job.
If the dog ends up a bad experience, this was a part of the genetics, breeder, socialization choices you made early.
Please change something next time .. but don't blame the dog.
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