Skip to comments.7 Dog Breeds that Don't Deserve Their Stereotypes
Posted on 01/10/2014 12:51:52 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
Have you ever been out in public, minding your own business, simply walking your dog, and people start moving to the other side of the street in fear? There are many dog breeds that don't deserve the bad rap society places upon them. Perhaps your dog is one of the breeds or mixed mutts that get a bad rap.
Dogs of certain breeds are not born dangerous by default. This, coupled with breed legislation, media focus on particular breeds, and the sensationalizing of certain incidents of attack have lead to an overall generalizing that ultimately hurts a dog, and may cost him his life.
1. Pit Bull: Sadly, this breed has taken on more criticism and warnings than most other breeds in recent years. Often labeled as vicious, untrustworthy, and in possession of locking jaws, the Pit Bull tops our list as receiving a bad rap. According to the American Temperament Test Society, Pit Bulls ranked second in reliability overall. In other words: This original "nanny breed" is not the problem, but the way he is trained may be the issue.
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3. Doberman Pinscher
4. Cocker Spaniel
7. German Shepherd
>>1. Pit Bull: Sadly, this breed has taken on more criticism and warnings than most other breeds in recent years. Often labeled as vicious, untrustworthy, and in possession of locking jaws, the Pit Bull tops our list as receiving a bad rap. According to the American Temperament Test Society, Pit Bulls ranked second in reliability overall. In other words: This original “nanny breed” is not the problem, but the way he is trained may be the issue.<<
Chet99, this one’s for you!
Poodles are the worst dogs.
It’s not the training, it’s the indiscriminate breeding.
Dogs vs. Lemons
A friend had a pit-lab-damnedifiknow. Sweetest dog in the world.
Carol needs to go down to her nearest urban dog shelter where half of all dogs turned in are Pit Bulls and adopt one of those bad rappers.
Ban lemon-aggressive breeds!
2. Chihuahua: Any dog can snap or bite, so labeling this pint-sized pooch as an “ankle biter” is unfair and creates an inappropriate stereotype. This small breed is lively, alert, and publicized by Hollywood movies and on mainstream commercials. As a result, improper breeding and owners not familiar with the breed are part of the bad rap reasons unwittingly bestowed on the Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas. Nervous, litle bad tempered dogs that shake and yap-yap-yap.
I’ve got no use for these things.
5 Famous Pit Bulls
by Samantha Drake
I’ll never own anything but a rescue dog. The world is overflowing with unhoused dogs and, as nice as pure breds are, all these lovable mutts need homes.
I was not aware that German Shepherds had any sort of bad rap. My family has had a couple of them, and they were very good dogs.
The main downside I see to GSD’s is that purebred examples don’t live very long.
I do know that pit bulls have a bad reputation, but one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met was a pit bull that belonged to one of our neighbors. Guess they brought him up right...
The important point is that, the damage when done by a Pitbull, is far and away worse than any other breed.
A buddy of mine had a beagle (since departed) who I once saw steal a tri-trip right off the grill. With his owner watching.
Skinny, nervous, ankle-biting b*tches like Andrea Mitchell earn their stereotypes.
Watch out for Fenton the deer-chasing Lab!
But Poodles are the best humans.
The ATT basically tests stability (nerve - or rather, lack of nerve) in a situation, not necessarily whether the dog will go off without warning or continue mauling where most dogs stop when they get their point across. It tends to point out cowards, more than vicious animals. Failures are generally just cowards. http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/search/label/ATTS
The “nanny” thing is apparently nonsense, too. Created as late as the ‘70s and repeated like wildfire to make it seem true. Pictures don’t make it so either. http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2010/08/nanny-dog-myth-revealed.html
Prepare for incoming. *wink*
6 infamous pit bulls
by Contra Costa Times
Because, like true terrier temperament, they won’t let it go. They’re tenacious, holding on and determined not to merely say “get out of here”, but to rip apart.
Not all pit bulls kill people but the majority of people killed by dogs in this country are killed by pit bulls.
Poodles and Cocker Spaniel’s were very popular with the puppy mills and breeding practices were deplorable.
I have 4 dogs. 2 Chihuahua mixes and 2 pure chihuahuas, all shelter rescues. They only yap if someone comes to the door at night. They love kids, and they are total lap dogs, with great temperments.
Flak armor and helmet ready.
There is so much bad information on dog breeds, dog temperament, breeding, and the effect of training to successfully accomplish behavioral modification it’s mind boggling.
We had a male Fila Brailiero (Brazilian Mastiff and hands down the best guard dog in the world), a female Doberman (a fearful girl with a very soft temperament), a female Great Dane (hard as nails and extremely confident) and a male Pitbull (the ultimate lover) all living in happy harmony together, both in their outdoor pen and in the house.
You MUST know what you should expect and how to handle ANY dog before you get it. If your best (and hopefully knowledgeable) attempts to control the dog fail, shoot it, as it has no business being around humans.
Daschunds are similar.
If I'm not mistaken, their bad rap had its origins with WWI and again with WWII; they were thought of as vicious, evil Hun/Nazi dogs.
That reputation still persists, to a degree. My sister-in-law had a GSD who was trained for protection. A lot of people were scared to death of that dog, on sight alone. Of course, if you threatened his people, he WOULD take care of the threat, but otherwise he was a big, sweet old love puppy.
Interesting chart — If I’m reading that right:
While Pit Bulls account for only 4.4% of all dogs, they are responsible for 65% of all dog attack deaths and maimings in US and Canada.
I have a shelter mutt I adopted, and people who know dogs say she’s got a good bit of pit bull in her.
I have never known a gentler, more sweet-natured animal in all my life.
I knew someone who had a guard dog GSD. I made the mistake of sitting down in a recliner. This muscular 80lb dog jumped in my lap and tried to lick me to death.
Friendly dog, as long as you didn’t go near the owner’s car or guns.
Yep! Had one! If the bunny went around the tree 3x, so did the beagle. One March, it finally killed him as he followed a scent across the ice to where it was too thin, fell in and drowned. It was sad, because he was a good dog. But the nose overrules their brain.
They’re trained to do a job, and by heaven, they will do it.
The are no bad dogs. It’s people that make bad dogs.
Good point to reporters every gun is an AR-15, every vehicle is an SUV, and every dog is Pit Bull.
GS had and still have a bad rep. Not old enough to remember the stories using GS as the bad guy? For a reason - many ill-bred dogs, both because of huge popularity AND emphasis on “nerve” and assertiveness in the MIL/police-devoted breeding industry (backed at least by Schutzhund requirements in Europe). Euro-lovers will not acknowledge this, but when you breed for a certain temperament, you are bound to get those that go overboard too far and they still end up in the gene pool.
I love GS and a good 1 is better than any other dog you could ever have.
But denying the truth of what people have thought for at least 50 years does not help solve whatever problem there is. The problem isn’t huge, but there has been a problem.
There is always a smidge of truth to reputation (stereotype). Sometimes, it’s all in the past, but there is some reality to it, historical or otherwise.
This is a timely thread. We live on a corner and get a lot of abandoned dogs. The latest looks to be a Great Danebull. Friendly puppy with huge feet but already the size of our English Shepard. We’re debating keeping to keep her company and to ultimately replace her as she’s 8 or 9. She was a thrown out on the corner dog as well. We’ve had her 6 years or so.
Just wondering what kind of temperament we can expect. So far he’s very friendly and affable.
Mrs. Liberty tells me of a Dane she once had that was convinced he was everybody’s lapdog. About 150-175 pounds of love.
Animals are not mere plants or machines, capable only of what humans do to them.
They have their own built-in minds, as surely as they can move on their own.
My SIL had one of those. She’s 5’9” and when that dog stood up he was head and shoulders taller than she was. When it thundered he’d jump in the bathtub and cower. Funny. Till it thundered once when SIL was IN the bathtub. Not so funny for her anyways that time LOL.
I've known one Rottweiler up-close and personal, and that was a vicious evil creature. However, I'm not yet feeble, and there isn't yet a 60 or 70 or 80 pound canine that can beat me in a fist fight...make that a fist and paw fight. I might get chewed a bit, but the dog will go into the fertilizer business.
That Rottweiler never chewed any part of me, but he did learn humility and big time hurt. After that he was still a vicious, worthless waste of air. When I was in the neighborhood he, shall we say, cowered.
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