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7 Dog Breeds that Don't Deserve Their Stereotypes
Yahoo! Shine ^ | 1/10/14 | Carol Bryant

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.

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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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2. Chihuahua

3. Doberman Pinscher

4. Cocker Spaniel

5. Rottweiler

6. Mutts

7. German Shepherd

1 posted on 01/10/2014 12:51:52 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping!


2 posted on 01/10/2014 12:52:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Chet 99

>>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!


3 posted on 01/10/2014 12:54:16 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I had a pit-lab and he was the best.

Poodles are the worst dogs.

4 posted on 01/10/2014 12:55:36 PM PST by DallasBiff (Lautenberg The Forefather of "The Nanny State!")
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s not the training, it’s the indiscriminate breeding.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 12:57:21 PM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: Slings and Arrows

Dogs vs. Lemons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWjdXamP_nY


7 posted on 01/10/2014 12:57:23 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Although fiercely loyal and protective, he is a loving dog who can be playful and loving

I knew a family that had a Rottweiler. Unfortunately, although the family treated her well as a house pet, she was never truly trained.

All I know is that when I visited, and I was alone with the dog, I had to buy passage with luncheon meat. I never observed her playful and loving side, and I know she was treated kindly.
8 posted on 01/10/2014 12:58:51 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: DallasBiff

A friend had a pit-lab-damnedifiknow. Sweetest dog in the world.


9 posted on 01/10/2014 12:59:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
the Pit Bull tops our list as receiving a bad rap.

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.

10 posted on 01/10/2014 12:59:57 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Slings and Arrows
I have twice now adopted what I call “miniature beagles” and one stereotype that is 100% correct, Beagles cannot be trusted off a leash! Well they can, but you better not take your eye off them because the nose knows, and when the nose picks up a scent they are off, and their ears go completely out of service! They make me laugh :)
11 posted on 01/10/2014 1:00:15 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ban lemon-aggressive breeds!


12 posted on 01/10/2014 1:02:06 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.

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Chihuahuas. Nervous, litle bad tempered dogs that shake and yap-yap-yap.

I’ve got no use for these things.


13 posted on 01/10/2014 1:02:22 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Uncle Chip

5 Famous Pit Bulls
by Samantha Drake

http://www.pet360.com/slideshow/dog/breeds/5-famous-pit-bulls/1/ePU8fXtPgUKvZ1YLQCwNjw?extcid=YAHSHN


14 posted on 01/10/2014 1:05:00 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


15 posted on 01/10/2014 1:05:24 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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...


16 posted on 01/10/2014 1:05:32 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The important point is that, the damage when done by a Pitbull, is far and away worse than any other breed.

http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-study-dog-attacks-and-maimings-merritt-clifton.php


18 posted on 01/10/2014 1:06:41 PM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: GizzyGirl

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.


19 posted on 01/10/2014 1:06:58 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Skinny, nervous, ankle-biting b*tches like Andrea Mitchell earn their stereotypes.


21 posted on 01/10/2014 1:12:46 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Slings and Arrows

Watch out for Fenton the deer-chasing Lab!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GRSbr0EYYU


22 posted on 01/10/2014 1:14:12 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

23 posted on 01/10/2014 1:16:55 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DallasBiff

But Poodles are the best humans.


24 posted on 01/10/2014 1:28:52 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: freedumb2003

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


25 posted on 01/10/2014 1:29:49 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Prepare for incoming. *wink*


26 posted on 01/10/2014 1:30:42 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Slings and Arrows

6 infamous pit bulls
by Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_23209368/jogger-mauled-death-by-pit-bulls-near-palmdale


27 posted on 01/10/2014 1:30:53 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: bramps

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.


28 posted on 01/10/2014 1:31:27 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Who ever wrote this crap did not review the factual numbers that document that clearly demonstrate that the majority of dog attack on humans that either cause death or cause great damage are by pit bulls. The center for disease control has these numbers and they are easily found.

Not all pit bulls kill people but the majority of people killed by dogs in this country are killed by pit bulls.

29 posted on 01/10/2014 1:32:33 PM PST by oldenuff2no ( .)
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To: DallasBiff

Poodles and Cocker Spaniel’s were very popular with the puppy mills and breeding practices were deplorable.


30 posted on 01/10/2014 1:33:02 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


31 posted on 01/10/2014 1:33:56 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Flak armor and helmet ready.


32 posted on 01/10/2014 1:35:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

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.


33 posted on 01/10/2014 1:37:57 PM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: oldenuff2no
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34 posted on 01/10/2014 1:41:28 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: GizzyGirl

Daschunds are similar.


35 posted on 01/10/2014 1:42:09 PM PST by Mercat
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
"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.

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.

36 posted on 01/10/2014 1:45:03 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: bramps

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.


37 posted on 01/10/2014 1:46:43 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: freedumb2003

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.


38 posted on 01/10/2014 1:47:16 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: CatherineofAragon

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.


39 posted on 01/10/2014 1:53:58 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: GizzyGirl

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.


40 posted on 01/10/2014 1:55:53 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Darren McCarty

LOL, cute.

They’re trained to do a job, and by heaven, they will do it.


41 posted on 01/10/2014 1:58:27 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Slings and Arrows

The are no bad dogs. It’s people that make bad dogs.


42 posted on 01/10/2014 1:59:41 PM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: Doc91678

Amen.


43 posted on 01/10/2014 2:17:25 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Good point to reporters every gun is an AR-15, every vehicle is an SUV, and every dog is Pit Bull.


44 posted on 01/10/2014 2:21:56 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

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.


45 posted on 01/10/2014 2:24:36 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


46 posted on 01/10/2014 2:24:54 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: CatherineofAragon

Mrs. Liberty tells me of a Dane she once had that was convinced he was everybody’s lapdog. About 150-175 pounds of love.


47 posted on 01/10/2014 2:25:05 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Doc91678

Foolish approach.

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.


48 posted on 01/10/2014 2:25:53 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

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.


49 posted on 01/10/2014 2:29:22 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Slings and Arrows
I've only known one pit bull in my days. That was the most friendly, timid, tail-wagging canine I ever knew...including several barkers in my home.

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.

50 posted on 01/10/2014 2:29:54 PM PST by stevem
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