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Best buddies: The Waspes say the two dogs have got on fine since they came together, with Opal taking Edward to all his old haunts

 











Is it more than just body language, that gives one the feeling of approachability towards specific breed types, or individuals within those breeds?

Is it a no nonsense seriousness, or a lack of good nature, which affects our views on a much deeper primitive level, when it come to such encounters?

Not all breeds that go on alert will strike the fear of God in you, but some breeds, or individuals within those breeds, can certainly evoke such feelings.

Do some breeds have hair trigger reactions, or were bred for hyper-vigilance?

Does good nature diminish guarding abilities?

If so, is there a correlation between heightened, reactive-aggressive, guarding responses, when compared to what we could term as...bad natured dogs?

Stereotyping, certainly plays into our projected, reactive attitudes towards some breeds. But beyond the imprinting, is there a genuine innate disposition that we all instinctively recognize as foreboding?

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Body Language does give a clue even if you do not know the breed

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Yes, but that is very overt!

I'm speaking of the more subtle clues.

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Many things play a role in what one fears or is reluctant to be around.  How big something is reminds us of our lack of control in situations, without anyone telling us over and over like the media's reports of death and dog bites.

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Color.............we all know and see how people react to a Brindle over a Fawn Mastiff.

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Yes, subjective projections do enter into the equation.

I'm addressing the objective observers, who might shed some light on the subject of innate disposition, regardless of breed, or color!

Is there a quality of attitude, that is independent of breed, or bias!

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"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
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Yesterday my husband was out shoveling snow and our neighbor who is a fairly small lady was walking along the dirt road after snow shoeing through a sugarbush.  Thor approached her to "visit" and she instinctively put the snow shoes between her and Thor; apparently the abrupt motion scared Thor and he came running back to my husband. 

This woman never met Thor and was simply reacting to his huge size which she found out in a hurry was for nothing.

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The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
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Steve are you suggesting that a dog's expression might be indicitive of behavior/selected traits and might therefore for be a key and critical aspect of breed type ? My my my !  You're coming along Oifer, might even someday get a "nom"
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Not discussing the innate factor as much as the degree!

All dogs have canine teeth!

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Yes, subjective projections do enter into the equation.

I'm addressing the objective observers, who might shed some light on the subject of innate disposition, regardless of breed, or color!

Is there a quality of attitude, that is independent of breed, or bias!

Not discussing the innate factor as much as the degree!

All dogs have canine teeth!


Well apparently there is no need for you to tell me read the Title of the thread or read my words.

so the answer to your words--Yes

However, as in many post that went up today, we have seen especially in Catie's conversation with the AM..........it is the Breed's Characteristics that will dominate the actions of an animal if it is brain normal........even if there are many Breeds mixed into one animal............or can you just ask the question like a normal human would.

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or can you just ask the question like a normal human would



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"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
" A reinforced consolidation of the American and British standards could be the basis for restoring our breed to the gladiatorial glory of its ancient past, in capability if not in usage".....Norman Howard Carp-Gordon
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"Above all, a uniform type should be aimed at by breeders and uniformity of type can only exist in a proportionate ratio in the purity and distinctiveness in any breed"!.........M. Moore
"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
" A reinforced consolidation of the American and British standards could be the basis for restoring our breed to the gladiatorial glory of its ancient past, in capability if not in usage".....Norman Howard Carp-Gordon
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I am not giving you 500


A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a 
long 
flight.

The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get 
one over
  on them easy.

So the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.

The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely 
declines and tries to catch a few winks..

The lawyer persists saying that the game is a lot of fun.  'I ask 
you a
 question, and if you don't know the answer,





you pay me only $5. 
Then you ask
 me one, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500,' he says.

This catches the senior's attention and to keep the lawyer quiet, 
he agrees to play the game.

The lawyer asks the first question.  'What's the distance from the 
Earth to
 the Moon?'
 





The senior doesn't say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls 
out a
 five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.
 





Now it's the senior's turn.  He asks the lawyer, 'What goes up a 
hill with
 three legs, and comes down with four?'

The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he could 
find on the
 Net.

He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no 
avail. After
 an hour of searching, he finally gives up

He wakes the senior and  Then hands him $500. senior pockets the 
$500 and
 goes right back to sleep. 

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the 
senior up and
 asks, 'Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down 
with
 four?'

The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5 and goes
back to
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The plane was filled with lawyers when a terrorist hijacked the plane,  he threatened to release one every hour if his demands weren't met.  Ultimately, the lawyer split the profits with the terrorist and made his $500 back!



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"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
" A reinforced consolidation of the American and British standards could be the basis for restoring our breed to the gladiatorial glory of its ancient past, in capability if not in usage".....Norman Howard Carp-Gordon
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Steve, the chain that's on the second dog in your OP would make me wary - nevermind the dog!


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It's on a Presa. That expression doesn't telegraph what is going to happen next!

Trust me on that!

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"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
" A reinforced consolidation of the American and British standards could be the basis for restoring our breed to the gladiatorial glory of its ancient past, in capability if not in usage".....Norman Howard Carp-Gordon
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You should never wear perfume around that type of dog.....even I can remember that.

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The expression on the Labs, The Golden and The Mastiff say, "c'mon over".  The expression on the Presa, The Bully Type and The Rottie say otherwise.

The "no nonsense seriousness" and "lack of good nature" go hand in hand with the later.

There is nothing wrong with either as these dogs are bred to serve different purposes and different masters.

I alway wonder the difference in personality between the owners of the former dogs and that of the later.

What is it that makes one person desire a Presa over a Golden or even a Mastiff?

I like Presas, but my brain has been rewired since the Diane Whipple killing.  I can never look at that breed in a neutral way.  The story was almost as big here as it was in SF as she was from Long Island.  We were bombarded with it every day for many months.  I used to get ill reading about it, but could not stop. 

I like tough, powerful dogs as do all of us.  The Mastiff's expression makes a tough powerful dog more accessible to a social person, like myself.

Are Mastiff/Golden/Lab enthusiasts generally more social people than those who own Rotties, Presas, Corsos, etc.?  I have to think so. 

The Mastiff is a bit like Herman Munster where the Presa is more like a real monster.

When you look into a Mastiff's eyes, you really get a glimpse of their soul.  When you look into a Presa's eyes you get a sense of menace.  I've only seen one Presa in person, but all of the photos of them seem to back this up.

Like the eyes, the body language of the dogs in the photos speak volumes.

The Rottie, Pit Type and Presa look uneasy and a bit tormented.  They don't seem the type to sleep for hours by the fire.  They look tightly wound and a bit unsure of themselves.  They don't look as confident as the Lab/Golden/Mastiff.



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Baltimore City: Pit Bull Attacks Police Officer and Citizen

A pit bull attacked and bit a man, and then the wild and loose dog attacked and bit a responding police officer.

The officer fired at the beast, which was eventually captured by Animal Control.

The two victims are okay, but it shows that there is still a real threat from these wild dogs.

This is just one more hazard which Real Estate Agents face during their house showing activities.

Pit bulls are not necessarily dangerous as any responsible owner can tell you, however, when working in inner city neighborhoods, one should assume that they are trained to kill.

It is even important to take care when showing a vacant house, because pit bulls and other dangerous dogs are used to protect drug operations of the local miscreants.

One expert has theorized that any pit bull in these crime ridden neighborhoods could be dangerous, even if it is not intentionally bred that way, as it will instinctively take its lead from the animal like behavior of its owner.

 


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I just don't see them that way. 

They seem to talk a big game.  Teddy has been lunged at by several pits who were quickly humbled by his response; we have all seen that bristling Mastiff posture followed by a gutteral mighty roar.  We've had two big male pits pee all over after witnessing Teddy's response to their agression.



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Steve, I'll take your word for it!  Something else I've noted over the years doing rescue and owning dogs is that color can give a different impression as well.  In many shelters large black dogs are the last ones to be considered for adoption by many people. 


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Demeanor is everything.  My vet's receptionists's 4-year-old daughter met Finny for the first time a few days ago.  She has a fear of dogs and usually screams for her mother to pick her up when a large dog approaches.  Here she is giving Finny his "shots".  (Guess she doesn't believe in titers.)  When they first met, she took a couple minutes to size him up and, apparently, decided on her own that he was just fine.  Well... except for the slobber than she thought was gross.  


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When you look into a Mastiff's eyes, you really get a glimpse of their soul.  When you look into a Presa's eyes you get a sense of menace.  I've only seen one Presa in person, but all of the photos of them seem to back this up.



Having been recently seized by the business end of a Presa, I can assure you that they are very capable at performing their original job.

Pound for pound, in my view, one of the most powerful breeds on the planet. All bone & muscle, nothing superfluous, coupled to an attitude that would make a Rottweiler addict sit up and take notice!



Once they visually lock onto you, there is a determinism that keeps you mentally at bay.

The question can be asked, whether this sort of disposition is actually a form of canine anti-social behavior!

If this attitude were seen in humans, they would not get along well with others, couldn't hold down a job, would punch out their boss and enter a witness protection program.

We admire powerful canines, yet we rarely delve into the layers of the disposition onion, when it comes to certain fixed temperaments in some breeds.

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I want a "Guard" Dog, but I never wanted an "Attack" dog that would do damage to a child.  There are Breeds that are too dangerous because of the characteristic of the breed that have been breed into them, or the people's purpose for having them.  It takes soooo little for this type of damage.

And Steve I know you were in trouble on that dog........and that dog will not forget you........ever.........so believe me you are still always trouble in that dog's eyes.

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Steve -
I'm asking because I honestly don't know a thing about the Presa.  To me, it's striking to look at but yeah, I would be leery.  Do they all have this kind of disposition or was it something that has been bred into them by poor breeders?

When I look at the rottweiler picture I see another approachable, if you will, dog.  That is probably because all of the rottie's I've known have been wonderful family pets.  I've never had a bad experience with one even though I know they get a bad rap.  I think that falls back on the owner personally.  I believe in the there are no bad dogs just bad owners philosophy.

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POLICE SHOOTING MORE DOGS USED BY DRUG DEALERS.

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While there were 17 shootings of dogs in 1995, that number rose to 43 by 1998. So far this year, officers have shot 25 dogs - a rate slightly higher than that in the same period of 1998, LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
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 Detective Steve Lindner said.

Police said many of the shootings occur in the course of narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required.  investigations.

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``Some people have dogs there because they're dealing dope,'' said LAPD Cmdr. Dan Koenig, ``and they raise them to be very aggressive.''

Breeds known for ferocity and favored by gangs are most likely to get shot by officers, he said - with pit bulls in first place and Rottweilers next.

``A lot of these dogs are status symbols with gang members,'' Lindner said.

The third largest category is mixed breeds, and other dogs shot include Dobermans, shar-peis, bull mastiffs bull mastiff (măst`ĭf), breed of powerful working dog developed in England in the second half of the 19th cent. It stands from 24 to 27 in. (61–68.6 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 100 to 130 lb (45.4–59 kg). , German shepherds German shepherd, breed of large, muscular working dog perfected in Germany at the turn of the 20th cent. It stands about 25 in. (64 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 60 to 85 lb (27.2–38.5 kg).  and pointers.

The findings were reported Monday to the City Council's Public Safety Committee, whose members had wondered whether the shootings might be linked to roving packs of stray dogs, including pit bulls, that have mauled residents in recent months, Koenig said.

But a review of LAPD records showed that most of the shootings occurred on private property where the dog belonged. Often the animal attacked while police pursued a suspect.

``A lot of our (dog) shootings occur on property where officers have to conclude or follow up an investigation, and they're doing what they have to do,'' Lindner said.

Ironically, police said, they once had to rescue a gang suspect from Rottweilers that attacked him as he sprinted through a back yard trying to escape them. A dog was shot in the March incident in the Northeast San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

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Police said they try to minimize injury to dogs by using alternatives to gunfire, including fire extinguishers, spray repellent re·pel·lent
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Dan Knapp, general manager of the Department of Animal Services, said the department would work with police officers on dealing with animals and averting dog attacks.

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Here is the list in the USA of the top 10 most dangerous dogs..........it is from 2007 and the same dogs are on it in 2011...........so say what you might--it is what it is

                               

Top Ten (10) Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                               
All dogs can be potentially dangerous, however some dogs are more dangerous than others. Various types of breeds can be considerably stronger and larger than a person of average size. Training, socialization and proper care can make a significant impact, however some dogs are by years of breeding more aggressive. After in depth research and analyzing the studies performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, we have compiled the top ten most dangerous dog breeds.

10. Dalmatian

Dalmatians are very protective dogs and can be aggressive towards humans. They are very active and need lots of exercise. They have very sensitive natures and an excellent memory. This bred is famed for their intelligence, indepedence, and survival instincts.

Weight: 40-70 lbs.
Origin: Yugoslavia

9. Boxer

Unlike their name suggest, these dogs are not typically aggressive by nature. They are bright, energetic and playful breed. Boxers have been known to be "headstrong", which makes it a bit difficult to train them but with positive reinforcement techniques, Boxers often respond much better.

Weight: 50-70 lbs.
Origin: Germany

8. Presa Canario

Originally bred to guard and fight with cattle, an attack by this dog has been described as hopeless for the victim. They are a guardian breed with man-stopping ability, incredible power and a complete lack of fear.

Weight: 80-115 lbs.
Origin: Canary Islands

7. Chow Chow

These dogs can be aggressive if poorly bred. The Chow Chow may appear to be independent and aloof for much of the day but needs constant reinforcement.

Weight: 50-70 lbs.
Origin: China

6. Doberman Pinschers

Dobermans are great guard dogs for their alertness, intelligence and loyalty. They can be agressive dogs when provoked. The typical pet Doberman attacks only if it believes that it, its property, or its family are in danger.

Weight: 65-90 lbs.
Origin: Germany

5. Alaskan Malamutes

These dogs are very energetic and active. If they are bored, they can become destructive. That's why this dog needs lots of exercise to be happy.

Weight: 75-100 lbs.
Origin: Nordic

4. Huskies

Very energetic and intelligent dogs. Not considered a good guard dog because of its personality characteristics and gentle temperament. A 2000 study of dog bites resulting in human fatalities in the U.S. found fifteen such fatalities (6% of the total) were caused by "husky-type" dogs between 1979 and 1997.

Weight: 44-66 lbs.
Origin: Alaska

3. German Shepherds

These dogs are intelligent and very alert. They are highly used by local authorities such as the police K-9 unit. German shepherds are known to be fearless and confident dogs.

Weight: 70-100 lbs.
Origin: Germany

2. Rottweilers

Rottweilers are known to be very aggressive dogs because of their keen territorial instincts. That's why they make great guard dogs.

Weight: 100-130 lbs.
Origin: Germany

1. Pit Bulls

A pit bull is a fearless dog that will take on any opponent. They will lock their jaws onto the prey until it's dead. Pit bulls have a reputation of mauling people to death and they are highly sought for dog fighting.

Weight: 55-65 lbs.
Origin: United States

Dogs most often make wonderful pets, however in certain circumstances, any type of dog can be dangerous. Even friendly dogs, can inflict great harm in the wrong circumstance.




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Most Dangerous Dogs in the World

                                                                                                       

Every person that I know deeply cares about his or her pets. They are their best friends. They tenderly love each other. Sometimes they eat together, sleep together, and go for walks together. I’m more of a cat person, but I can’t sit still when I see little puppies or big dogs with big soft fur. I want to hug them, play with them, and give them some of my love and tenderness too. I’ve also seen many adult dogs of different breeds worth praise and true admiration. They are clever, sociable, and funny when you want to play; calm and patient with kids. And they’re something I can’t credit to cats: they are faithful.

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Personally, I don’t know any dog that would bite without warning or just snap. It’s my firm belief that behavior of the dog doesn’t depend on its breed so much as it being the right training and the “master” that matter. In my opinion, humans are most often responsible for dangerous dogs. That said, there might be some truth in the idea that some breeds have more unstable temperaments than others, but knowing this we should never provoke them.

Think for a minute and analyze your own life. Are we always polite? I can think of several situations when I would have gladly slapped a man in the face, but thank God I’m weak enough and I can control myself (at least I think that I can). Now think about animals. They have instincts too, and they may forget about good manners. It’s not as if they understand them in the same ways we do.

It’s also important for dog owners to protect both other people and their dogs from unexpected circumstances and thus the unpleasant situations. For example, when going outside, they could always use a dog-lead and a muzzle. They could be careful and not let the dog play on its own without a leash, especially when there are other people around. When you have a dog, you become forever responsible for the animal you’ve trained and tamed.

In any case, it’s good to know what breeds of dogs might be most dangerous, just to keep yourself safe. Sometimes the danger in a dog isn’t even a nasty personality, but a matter of them not knowing their own strength. Even though I personally still find it hard to believe that breed alone deems a dog “dangerous,” you never know what a dog’s owner has taught it. The research into the most dangerous dogs included below was performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States. We’ll start with least dangerous of the bunch. Sorry, but there won’t be any terrifying photos today.

Dalmatian

Origin: Balkans, India, Middle Ages
Weight: 40-70 lbs
Height: 20-24 inches

Dalmatians are active and energetic dogs, loving to be outdoors. They are very playful and love running.

There’s still no definite info about what this breed was originally bred for. This is the first dotted breed in Europe, Asia and Africa. They were serving as warriors, hunters, and shepherds before finally becoming the symbol of the English fireman.

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Boxer

Origin: Germany, 1850-ies
Weight: 50-64 lbs
Height: 20-25 inches

The boxer is a very strong “square” dog. Boxers love to walk, but the owner should never forget the leash. It’s also better to refrain from aggressive games. Still, boxers recognize all members of the family and can play well with the children.

The boxer breed was bred in feudal Germany and dates back to the line of bulldogs that existed in Europe in the XVI century. Its ancestors were used in hunting wild boars and other big wild animals. The first puppy in a new breed was given a name “Box.” Boxers qualities, such as their strength, were highly valued by farmers and shopkeepers.

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Presa Canario

Origin:Canary Islands, Africa
Weight: 100-125 lbs
Height: 25-26 inches

The Presa Canario hails from the Canary Islands, where the dogs were trained for hunting and for war. During the 18th century, English traders and merchants came to the Canary Islands, bringing with them their working and gladiator dogs, notably the Mastiff of England and the Bulldog. Englishmen also brought with them their traditions of pit fighting for which their breeds and the island dogs were inevitably mixed and eventually bred to produce the ultimate fighter. Nowadays the breed is used for guarding and the handling and driving of cattle.

The dogs of this breed can be gentle and noble with their families, showing great affection to their owners, and being suspicious of strangers.

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Saint Bernard

Origin: Switzerland, Middle Ages
Weight: 110-180 lbs
Height: 24-29 inches

Saint bernards are amazingly big and easygoing dogs, but due to their impressive size they can look a bit awkward. They are quiet and peaceful, love children and are not built for active and rapid games. Saint bernards will need all of your attention, so if you spend days in the office, this dog is not for you. They are tremendously strong and, of course, they require a good bit of space.

Most likely, the ancestor of the Saint Bernard was the Alpine Mastiff, which was a pretty aggressive breed. They were used as working dogs and scouts. Nowadays they are considered excellent home companions.

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Great Dane

Origin: Germany, Middle Ages – XIX century
Weight: 90-120 lbs
Height: 27-32 inches

Great danes are beautiful and majestic animals, with a gentle and loving nature. They love to play with children and participate in all family events and activities, especially in the outdoors. They are happy to go for a walk and don’t mind the company of other dogs, and despite their gigantic size Great Danes can even feel quite at home in a city.

In the middle ages, these dogs were used for dog fighting and for hunting big mammals.

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Chow Chow

Origin: China, antiquity
Weight: 40-65 lbs
Height: 18-22 inches

The chow chow is an independent dog often focused only on its own needs. Chow chows need constant physical activity and communication, even if they don’t seem to like being disturbed much.

Chow chows were bred for hunting and helping shepherds.

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Doberman Pinscher

Origin: Germany, XIX century
Weight: 65-90 lbs
Height: 26-28 inches

Doberman pinschers (often just called dobermans) are dogs that were originally bred to protect and defend. It is important to avoid any type of aggressive play and struggle with these dogs, instead letting the games be guided to develop the doberman’s intelligence. Even though they aren’t small dogs, dobermans can adapt to life in a city and become a perfect companion for the experienced, physically active owner.

This breed was bred in Germany by Louis Doberman who decided to combine the qualities of guard dogs and and the terrier. Luis was a policeman and needed a dog that would devotedly defend its owner.

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Alaskan Malamute

Origin: North America, ancient times
Weight: 80-110 lbs
Height: 23-28 inches

The malamute is a friendly dog, but it has rather an independent temper. It’s better to keep this dog in a village, far from the city. Sometimes violent and energetic, they constantly need to move or play. It’s a working breed where the dogs are used to a cold climate, so if you don’t live in the deep north, make your malamute a nice playground as they are always in need of physical activity.

The name was given to the breed by a local tribe which used the malamute to transport goods on a sleigh.

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Husky

Origin: Siberia, ancient times
Weight: 35-55 lbs
Height: 20-24 inches

The training of a husky is a complicated thing, and this dog is not recommended for beginning dog owners. Initially these dogs were used to transport goods on a sleigh. Not afraid of cold weather, they’re very active and loving dogs. The love to get together with other members of their breed and howl at the moon.

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German Shepherd

Origin: Germany, XIX century
Weight: 70-85 lbs
Height: 22-26 inches

German shepherds are very beautiful dogs, distinguished from other breeds by their reliable and obedient temper. They are in need of constant and serious physical activity though, and they seem to give preference to long walks and active games.

Originally (as obvious from the name), the dogs were used for grazing sheep. They are great home guards and often participate in programs for the disabled.

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Rottweiler

Origin: Germany, 1820-ies
Weight: 85-110 lbs
Height: 23-27 inches

Rottweilers are powerful dogs with strong jaws, primarily meant to protect. The breed was bred especially for that purpose. They often don’t like strangers and other dogs — they are guards at heart, and the dog owner should always remember that.

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Pit bull

Origin: US, XIX century
Weight: 30-55 lbs
Height: 18-22 inches

The pit bull was bred especially for dog fighting and, sad as it is, they’re still used for this purpose today.

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                                        75 Dog breeds Ban in U.S.                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        listed below are not NOT UNIFORMLY banned/restricted across the entire U.S. This means that the breeds listed below are banned or restricted in different places around the U.S. , and that individual states, cities, counties or towns all make their own LOCAL LAWS - and those laws differ according to individual communities.

Also - it's important to note that the list includes even MIXES of these breeds.

Questions?

If you have any questions about why these breeds are on the list, please contact Responsible Dog Owners Of The Western States (RDOWS) . So - without further ado, courtesy of the RDOWS, here is the list of 75 - count 'em - SEVENTY FIVE - banned or restricted breeds .....................

1. AIREDALE TERRIER
2. AKBASH
3. AKITA
4. ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG
5. ALASKAN MALAMUTE
6. ALSATIAN SHEPHERD
7. AMERICAN BULLDOG
8. AMERICAN HUSKY
9. AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER
10. AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
11. AMERICAN WOLFDOG
12. ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD
13. ARIKARA DOG
14. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG
15. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
16. BELGIAN MALINOIS
17. BELGIAN SHEEPDOG
18. BELGIAN TURVUREN
19. BLUE HEELER
20. BOERBUL
21. BORZOI
22. BOSTON TERRIER
23. BOUVIER DES FLANDRES
24. BOXER
25. BULLDOG
26. BULL TERRIER
27. BULL MASTIFF
28. CANE CORSO
29. CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG
30. CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD
31. CHINESE SHAR PEI
32. CHOW-CHOW
33. COLORADO DOG
34. DOBERMAN PINSCHER
35. DOGO DE ARGENTINO
36. DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
37. ENGLISH MASTIFFS
38. ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
39. ESKIMO DOG
40. ESTRELA MOUNTAIN DOG
41. FILA BRASILIERO
42. FOX TERRIER
43. FRENCH BULLDOG
44. GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
45. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
46. GREENLAND HUSKY
47. GREAT DANE
48. GREAT PYRANEES
49. ITALIAN MASTIFF
50. KANGAL DOG
51. KEESHOND
52. KOMONDOR
53. KOTEZEBUE HUSKY
54. KUVAZ
55. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
56. LEONBERGER
57. MASTIFF
58. NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF
59. NEWFOUNDLAND
60. OTTERHOUND
61. PRESA DE CANARIO
62. PRESA DE MALLORQUIN
63. PUG
64. ROTTWEILER
65. SAARLOOS WOLFHOND
66. SAINT BERNARD
67. SAMOYED
68. SCOTTISH DEERHOUND
69. SIBERIAN HUSKY
70. SPANISH MASTIFF
71. STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
72. TIMBER SHEPHERD
73. TOSA INU
74. TUNDRA SHEPHERD
75. WOLF SPITZ

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 I believe in the there are no bad dogs just bad owners philosophy.


If you were a beekeeper, would you feel the same towards all bees?

Africanized bees aren't bad, or good. Those are terms we humans use when making a value judgement.


I believe in the ...there are no bad dogs, or good dogs, just behaviors & dispositions that don't always work best with humans, under certain conditions philosophy!

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"Above all, a uniform type should be aimed at by breeders and uniformity of type can only exist in a proportionate ratio in the purity and distinctiveness in any breed"!.........M. Moore
"If breeds did not adhere to a specific shape, form, and colour range, or if breeders disregarded this blueprint, the breed would degenerate to the point that it would hardly resemble the breed at all. Selective breeding does not just create breeds- it preserves them as well. Breeding purebred dogs inherently means accepting limitations on your freedom to just breed anything"...Catherine McMillan
" A reinforced consolidation of the American and British standards could be the basis for restoring our breed to the gladiatorial glory of its ancient past, in capability if not in usage".....Norman Howard Carp-Gordon
"I can live with doubt, or not knowing, rather than to have answers that might be wrong"...Richard Feynman
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