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Old 08-28-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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Some dogs are good with kids, some aren't. This is true of all breeds.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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These are not dogs that are 'human aggressive'. These are dogs that have a natural protective instinct to their pack. Human aggression would be a dog that will attack any human for no reason, as dog aggressive would mean the dog would attack any dog unprovoked. There is a big difference. These breeds were bred to do a job and that is to protect their human pack. I just had a Fila in my shelter. One of the sweetest dogs we've had in a while and he loved everyone - human and dog alike.

I'm friends with, and work closely with, the guy that runs the kennel locally that breeds and trains the K9s for most of middle and east TN. Watching his dogs work is amazing. They excel at what they do. I've seen them take down a 6'6" guy that's built like a granite mountain like it's nothing. But when they're not 'working' they go right back to being the family pet. Many of them sleep with the family's children. Tell me those kids aren't the safest in the country! There's no reason a 'working breed' that's bred to be a protective breed can't be a family pet or be human friendly. They will certainly be more prone to chewing up anyone that's dumb enough to threaten their pack, but that doesn't make them human aggressive.

As for the article, which I'll note I did not read, it does make sense to me. I choose the 'aggressive' breeds, or the breeds that people generally think of as aggressive and I guess I would never be called a fragile porcelain doll by anyone that knows me. I like the strong, no non-sense types of dogs. Just the ones I guess I identify with. JMO

"Man stopping breeds" better? The "fila" you had in the shelter was IMO was probably not a "true fila" These dogs like many other "rare" breeds are being breed with total disregard for health/temperament.

Those that involved in the breed will tell you they are very hard to "adopt out." However there have been some rescue cases of the older dog "choosing" a person, all others in the vehicle don't make any sudden movements, LOL. Often described as a dr jekyll/hyde persona, mush with their families, a b#### with strangers.

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Old 08-28-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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It says that you are intellegent, very organized, and active, assuming of course that you have similar personality traits as the dog you prefer.
Thanks, I thought I was talking to a smart kid sometimes. My Australian Shepherd brought 12 years of happiness to the household.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Rust Belt, OH
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I prefer the medium-sized herding dogs, such as Australian Shepherds and Border Collies. What does that choice say about me as a dog owner?
That you like to vacuum? :-)
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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Same with the Ovcharkas, people tell me they found out about the breed when they watched a special on National Geographic about the Russian Prison.

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I first saw one when ABC Sports did a fluff piece years ago on Russian figure skater Irina Slutskaya (she skated on the World/Olympic level 1995-2006) and there was a shot with her and her Ovcharka dog. My first reaction was WOW, that dog is huge!!!
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:48 PM
 
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I agree that aggressive people like aggressive dogs. I also know that so called aggressive breeds make awesome pets for those of us that are not aggressive. We had a Rottweiler for 13 years before we lost him to bone cancer. We now have a 90+ pound Pit Bull we have had for 6 years. He is a big baby who loves everyone.
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:28 PM
 
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I go out walking early in the a.m., and this certainly is what I encounter. The macho-crotcho guys have big nasty dogs that lunge and snarl at everyone who passes.
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Old 08-09-2019, 04:39 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I disagree. I think any dog can be born naturally agressive, regardless of breed. It is part of the dog's personality. One of the tests I employ is to flip an eight-week old puppy on their back and gently scratch their stomach. If they lay there and enjoy the scratching, they have a personality that is suited for families with children. If they struggle to right themselves and do not like being held, then they are not the kind of dog you want around children.
I feel like this isnt true. some dogs, even as pups dont like having their stomach rubbed. some love it. My female fox red lab is the sweetest most loving giant lap dog. She tolerates my 5 year old incredibly well and just sits and waits if i push her out the way and take food away from her (she got a piece of chicken from the garbage yesterday!). But even as a little puppy she would panic if i tried to put her on her back and touch her abdomen. She hates it.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:18 AM
 
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Most people are very biased because they only count dogs that can do severe damage as aggressive. Small breed dogs are by far the most aggressive they just can't/don't do much harm when they attack.

I do a lot of walking in the mornings. I walk by a place that has a little football sized dog and a Boxer. The little dog is up biting the fence, growling, and barking as I walk by. The Boxer stays about 15 foot back and stares at the little dog. It is funny because the Boxer has that what are you doing look as it stares at the little dog going crazy. The Boxer pays no attention to me at all.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Given that almost any detailed breed description includes how "friendly" the dog is towards non-family members, I'd say there is a variety of aggression towards strange humans in various breeds.
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