Do you think certain breeds of dogs are just mean?

@carlaabt (3505)
United States
January 26, 2007 12:36am CST
Do you think it is nature or nurture that makes certain breeds of dogs mean? I think it is a litle bit of both. I think there are certain breeds that are more likely to be mean, but I think that with a loving family, they can still be good dogs. My neighbors have a rottweiler and she is one of the sweetest dogs. She would never hurt anyone, unless they tried to hurt "her" little boys.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
I'm the proud owner of a red-nose pit bull. He's a very loving and playful dog. I don't think the breed determines the nature of a dog. It's the owners who make that choice. A dog is not born mean, they are made that way by bad owners!
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I used to have a friend that had a pit bull and a rottweiler. Needless to say, they scared away any potential threats that came their way. But they were both very sweet dogs. She babysat this two year old that would climb all over them. The rottweiler would let him ride him.
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@breepeace (3024)
• Canada
26 Apr 07
No. We hear about pitbulls attacking in the media all the time, but that's because our society has prompted a witchhunt of mass proportions against this breed that should have NO proclivity towards biting humans (it was mentioned above, the breed was bred to fight others dog, thus their renowned dog aggressive tendencies.. they WERE not permitted to bite humans). It's nurture. Unfortunately, pitbulls, rottweilers, dobermans and other large breeds often attract people who want a status symbol and nothing more. They aren't interested in socializing the puppy and having a happy, well adjusted dog. They want a killer. Something to show off just how 'bada$$' they really are. It's sick. The only nature that comes into play here is how eager to please and loyal these breeds are to their masters. Any dog that is this eager to do whatever you say, is completely capable of attacking someone if that's what you want him to do. On a sidenote, I find it interesting that Michael J. Bryant, Ontario's Attorney General, and the very person who introduced and passed the bill to prevent pitbulls from living in Ontario can't even identify one correctly! Neither can most of the animal control workers that the media interviewed around the time the bill was passed! Makes me wonder if American Pitbull Terriers are getting a bad rap because of mistaken identity? I'm certain this is the case. I've seen at least 2 stories in the past 2 years about 'pitbull attacks' describing the dog as a '150 lb. pitbull'. APBT's range between 30-65 lbs at most. Hmmm. I prompt anyone that feels sure they could pick out a pitbull to take this test http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html I have a feeling most people will be surprised. You might also be interested to know that according to dog bite statistics breeds such as the Golden Retriever, beagle, dachshund, pomeranian and Jack Russell terrier have dog bite fatalities attributed to their breed. And that Labrador Retrievers are actually the most common breed involved in dog bite incidences but are rarely reported to animal control or to the media because the attack aren't as severe as other attacks. The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. breed statistics as of December 2005 show an 83.5% passing rate for the APBT as compared to an 81.2% overall pass rate for all the different breeds they test, showing that many of these dogs have stable and dependable temperaments.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I do find it funny that so many people can't pick out a pit bull, but think that any dog that attacks is a pit. My parents have a mix that the vet says might be part pit bull. People always act like he's just going to start attacking for no reason. He's really loving and gentle, though. I had heard before that it was Labs and Dalmations that were most likely to attack, too. I get pretty annoyed when you hear about these HUGE pit bulls attacking. I saw something not long ago about this "pit bull" that attacked this lady. The dog was a mutt, but it looked to me like it was mostly chocolate lab. He weighed an easy 100 lbs, too. There was no way he was a pit bull.
• United States
3 May 07
I agree with you - I think it's a mixture of nature and nurture. I've known some dogs that most people associate as being really mean, aggressive type breeds and yet they were just the sweetest things. I've also encountered dogs that most people think are nice sweet family dogs and they were very mean. So I believe it's a even mixture of both. I admit, I'm still afraid of pit bulls and rottweilers. They scare me.
• Canada
19 Apr 07
I aggree, I think that it if a dog has a good upbringing then it will be a good dog. BUT if it is in an abusive household then I wouldn't be surprised if it bit someone.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
11 Apr 07
I think some dogs can indeed react a lot more aggressive than other breeds, but I firmly believe humans train dogs to be mean, they aren't born that way. Rottweilers can be the most lovable dogs ever (they've got beautiful eyes), but if they're in the wrong hands they can turn really nasty. Such a shame, really, it makes me very sad.
• United States
28 Mar 07
Almost all breeds can be trained to be friendly and loving, although some do seem more trusting and forgiving. Some are faster to turn on an owner who isn't treating them properly. For instance, a Rottweiler that is beaten is more likely to turn mean than a Lab who is as well. Other than that I think the only other think that really plays in is the parents temperment, at least the mothers. Pups learn a lot from her.