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Old 07-13-2008, 08:16 AM   #1
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Here we go again. I am seriously considering subscribing to Applied Animal Behaviour Science just so I can read this article, "Breed differences in canine aggression ".

The abstract is online and here is a partial quote from it.

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Breeds with the greatest percentage of dogs exhibiting serious aggression (bites or bite attempts) toward humans included Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers (toward strangers and owners); Australian Cattle Dogs (toward strangers); and American Cocker Spaniels and Beagles (toward owners).
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...30a4e15a0a3d1c

Related news articles here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...sive-dogs.html
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:42 PM   #2
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Interesting article ...I wonder why the Aussie wasnt listed they are very reserved with strangers much like the Australian Cattle Dog is and I would think they would also bite
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Any dog will bite if you get in it's face and threaten it.
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a so called leading UK behaviourist has defend the daxiein a newspaper and says the cocker would come top in his list
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I think at the end of the day, it all boils down to the owner. A well behaved dog has been raised correctly and not been allowed to get away with everything and been spoilt and under socialised. I am no expert (Lyra is my very first puppy) but I have learnt this from reading books and from listending to you guys in here who are experts! Although Lyra gets lots of love, cuddles and affection, I am also strict with her as far as disipline goes and she knows her place.....

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Blah blah is all that I hear with most these things. It is about how they use the data for their statistics. I at least do understand this one better, at least that quote.
Somethings are just common sense to be cautious, like ACDs they were bred as ranch dogs which also required of some to be on alert and guard against strangers to keep the cattle safe from thieves. It comes down to what YOU chose to do that can get yourself bit and how the owner choses to socialize, train and contain their dog. Many of the problems we have around here with ACDs is because they run at large, they are allowed to roam their property but don't always stay there. Others who are in town are worse because they are meant to work and run but then they just end up running around neighborhoods. I'm not going to see a loose ACD on its property and think I should go play with that dog.

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Any dog will bite if you get in it's face and threaten it.
What do you mean by threaten it? You can get up in my dogs face anytime, not sure about threaten would be though. Like yell at them or something?

Dogs bite for different reasons or have different aggression problems.
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It does all come down the the owner and the way the dog is bred, then raised.

We've had both dachshunds and cocker spaniels, I have a cocker now and my gran has 2 dachies. Neither one has ever shown the slightest bit of aggression to people and are all soppy idiots, they've been raised that way. I trust my cocker implicitly, as I do the dachies.

Any dog not properly disciplined and socialised can become aggressive, little dogs often bear the brunt of poor socialisation on discipline as their clueless owners don't think little dogs need training. I take these with a pinch of salt most of the time!
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Any dog will bite if you get in it's face and threaten it.
Not necessarily. My springer would just cower.
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Sophia would try to run away but no way would she bite. They even said as much when they were doing the Therapy Dog evaluation.
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My old springer was the same, not a chance on earth he would bite, no matter what. He was so unbelievably submissive. I'd give Molly a pretty good rating too, she's got a wonderfully robust temperament.

Simba, now she'd bite you for sure!
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