Chow chows are inherently aggressive
Have you ever been out for a walk with your dog, minding your own business, and noticing people moving to opposite sidewalks or bringing their children closer to them? Some dogs get a bad rap for people who just don't know any better. Perhaps your pup is one of those breeds that mingle in the bad rep madness.
Most breeds are not born dangerous or aggressive. But generalizations people make about breeds, or the media's decision to focus on attacks by these breeds, unfortunately hurt dogs and could cost them their lives. We're here to calm the rumors.
1. The pit bull
The stereotype: Aggressive, dog fighter, uncontrollable
The truth: The American Temperament Test Society (ATTS) is a non-profit organization that measures the stability, shyness, aggression, friendliness, and most importantly, protection of dogs. They tested 870 American Pit Bull Terriers and passed 86.6%. Pit Bulls are loving and loyal to their owners, not the monsters some would lead them to believe.
2. The German Shepherd Dog
The stereotype:Creepy, mean, overly protective
The truth:German Shepherds have been used as guard, military and police dogs for almost a hundred years. According to the American Kennel Society (AKC), German Shepherds are loyal, smart, and a true dog lover's dog. According to the ATTS breeding statistics, they also earned bravura, 84.4% passed the temperament test.
3. The Rottweiler
The stereotype: Aggressive, too strong, intimidating
The truth: Rottweilers are known to be a descendant of Roman cattle dogs who helped herd cattle when the Romans invaded Europe. While they tend to be used as military, police, or just upright watchdogs, they just want a good abdominal massage. They also got a solid 84.1% on their temperament test from ATTS. Did we mention they think they are lap dogs?
4. The Doberman Pinscher
The stereotype: Looks aggressive and scary, aggressive towards strangers
The truth: Yes, Dobermans are mostly used as watch dogs and no, they are not only loyal to their owners and aggressive towards strangers. Vetstreet ranks these guys a 5 out of 5 for their affection and 3 out of 5 for their playfulness.
The stereotype:Ankle bitters, biting or prone to biting
The truth:Chihuahuas are known to be charming, graceful, and sassy according to the American Kennel Society. But when Chihuahua's lack of training with other dogs or socialization with people sometimes results in a not-so-friendly temperament. Fortunately, good training and good owner overcome these obstacles.
6. The Neapolitan mastiff
The stereotype:Persistent, fight starters, slobberers
The truth: While his looks are unnerving, don't judge his book. Neapolitan mastiffs are known to be 200 pound lap dogs! With proper training and early socialization, Neapolitan mastiffs can be trained to be a little less stubborn and calm down those stereotypes. If you want a dog to guard you and your house, this is your type!
7. The Chow Chow
The stereotype:Aggressive, bad attitude, proud
The truth: Most Chow Chows suffer from a lack of training or from dissatisfied owners. Originally used as guard dogs in China, they tend to be less than willing with strangers, but are very loyal to the right person.
These lion-like dogs tend to have cat postures and need someone to get them into place without violence. Show them that you are the leader and they will follow you and protect you everywhere and give you kisses with that blue / black tongue.
8. The poodle
The stereotype:"Sissy" dogs, mean, shy
The truth:Poodles are sensitive dogs who prefer peaceful surroundings. They are often surprised when unexpectedly touched or surrounded by chaotic situations, like children or overcrowded dog runs. If you want a dog who will protect you and take you for long walks and kill him in advanced obedience lessons, a poodle is the dog for you.
9. The Siberian Husky
The stereotype:Persistent, escape artist, destructive
The truth:Siberian huskies are a popular, beautiful breed. Unfortunately, they are so popular that puppy breeders often breed huskies in a poor environment that leads to temperament issues and aggression. If a husky is raised well, they will be affectionate, intelligent, and love games and puzzles.
10. The Alaskan Malamute
The stereotype:Possessive, lazy, aggressive
The truth:These guys may look like guard dogs, but they're more there to help an intruder than to scare you away. When bored, the malamutes have been known to chew through drywall, dig holes in your yard, and rip open toys and pillows. But they are not inherently destructive; You're just bored. Invest in a kong full of peanut butter and make sure they get plenty of outdoor exercise to avoid boredom.
11. The Akita
The stereotype:Mouthy, stubborn, a family dog
The truth:Akitas are good in the mouth. This is how they tell their owners when they're ready for a walk or want you to see something. Akitas are inherently stubborn and need someone to exercise them confidently.
Although this breed does not do well with other dogs because they are possessive with food and do not take a staring fight lightly, they passed the ATTS temperament test with 76.5%. Fun fact: Helen Keller brought the first Akita from Japan in 1937.
12. The Perro De Presa Canario aka the Canarian Mastiff
The stereotype:Headstrong, extremely aggressive, territorial
The truth:According to Vetsreet, Perro De Presas were used as guard dogs in the 15th and 16th centuries and have a tendency to hunt smaller prey and dogs. But despite the rumors, they earned a spot in the American Kennel Club in 2003 as strong, confident, and brave. Ranked third out of 5 in affection and playfulness, Presas are great family dogs when properly trained.
Selected image via Hotash / Flickr
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