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Anonymous:Is it true that some dog breeds are way more aggressive than others and should not be generally kept as pets?
Waiting for your opinions, thanks.
http://dogs.about.com/cs/breedprofiles/a/mean_dogs.htm ... you'll see that a dog's personality and aggressiveness is a direct result of how it's raised.
As an example: When my daughter was a baby, I had a 50 pound pitbull (notoriously aggressive) named Petey. Petey would lie on the floor and allow Sherry to crawl all over him. She would even pull herself up and bite his ears. Petey simply lay there and did nothing but look at me.
On the other hand, when I was growing up, we had a chihuahua (notoriously timid) named Chico. He weighed about 2 pounds and was the meanest, nastiest dog that ever entered my life!
So, you see, each dog is a product of its upbringing.
Now, given that, here is a page that lists the breeds that are typically more aggressive than others.
Every owner should make sure his dog is well-balanced, otherwise even a small Chi can be a problem like JustaBrat wrote. It's not the breed to blame, it's the owner.
Every dog breed has its own instincts that will easily take over if you do not raise it up properly (which includes obedience training and socialization, as well as being a good pack leader).
I think you'll find this article interesting:
Common misconceptions about dog behaviour and needs
That is an entirely false statement. With proper training and socialization, any breed of dog can be a well-behaved and balanced family member. On the other hand, a dog of any breed can be aggressive and unstable due to no socialization, neglect, owner ignorance, chaining/penning, ect.
I only say this because I have a lab/spaniel/rottweiler mix who is somewhat aggressive at times.. he will occasionally go into a "trance" like state when he is focused on something (stalking a squirrel/barking at the neighbors) however, it is obvious that he is not being intentionally aggressive...some parts of his breed are natural guard dogs and he is being protective... That being said, hes been trained and raised to be a good spirited dog and always listens when hes told...and we've never had a problem! (and we love him to death!!!!!!)
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