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Old 07-03-2016, 04:41 PM   #1
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Excellent article looking at breed bias and the truths behind the dogs themselves:

The Most Feared Dogs May Also Be the Most Misunderstood
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:04 AM   #2
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Great Article! And yes they are misunderstood. Take the Staffy Bull Terrier for eg: (and I own one!) you still get some people who don't like them and are afraid or angry but on the whole most people do actually like them
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A friend sent me the link to this article this morning, and I enjoyed it. In general most people feel very comfortable around Naomi and and drawn to her. I'm constantly being asked by people if they can pet her, and get many comments about how beautiful and sweet she is...she's a real sweetheart. Here and there, though, I do encounter some people who have assumptions and fear, and even distain, but then they don't know my Naomi, and perhaps some have had bad experiences with other individuals.

In the few months I've had her, however, several people have told me that she shifted their view of Pit mixes, and said that they did not realize how stable, affectionate and gentle they could be.

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I too get a lot of nice comments on my dog! And any dog can be aggressive!
and many will ask can they stroke her!! I feel a sense of pride knowing I have done a good job raising her What i don't like is when children run and stroke her with out asking me first! Not because she is aggressive but out of courtesy
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I love those sweet pitties. Yesterday though , we were riding bikes on rural dirt roads. Two large bully type dogs with emormous chains fastened to doghouses were barking and lunging like they would kill us if they broke loose. Then we rode farther to where a rottweiler was standing on his porch watching us and he didn't seem concerned at all. The difference is that one is a trained family pet and the others are neglected and probably don't have any human interaction. Makes me wonder what those owners are trying to protect. And it makes me mad that they are giving that breed a bad name. I have read the pit bull book by Bronwen Dickey. I highly recommend it.
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It's all in how the owners' treat and train them!
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I believe there is some truth to that, but as Bronwen Dickey states in her Pit Bull book, some of the rescued dogs from dogfighting are very sweet and might have to be rehabilitated only for health reasons . Some dog professionals warn against the "its all how they're raised" argument because that might make it harder to place rescued dogs from fighting rings.
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Good article. As with any breed, it's a dog by dog issue. For whatever reason, you can find an aggressive, mean dog in almost any breed.
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Good article. As with any breed, it's a dog by dog issue. For whatever reason, you can find an aggressive, mean dog in almost any breed.
That's very true, and while treatment and training are a large influence, some individuals in virtually any breed can be unstable and aggressive, and regardless of training may remain impaired. There are some dogs, like some people, that are not right in their heads and are prone to be violent.

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