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15 Breeds not for Newbie owners

Post by Shisa on Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:08 pm

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Re: 15 Breeds not for Newbie owners

Post by tracyp on Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:30 pm

I absolutely agree Hayley...

I found this quite truthful.

"Quote...Early Pits, Staffords and Bullies were not bred for the dogs we have today, rather, for their gameness. The "pitting" of dogs against a bear or bull to test how their "gameness, strength and skill of the kill" was. These early "bull breds" provided the foundation for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Pit Bull.

These bloody sports were gone when Britain saw better and  introduced animal welfare laws. Dogfights were cheaper & easier to hide from the coppers than bull or bear baits, bloodsport proponents started to pit their dogs against each other instead. Dog fights were used as both a bloodsport & for gambling. They were a way to test the quality of their lines.

Dogs were released into a pit, and the last dog standing/ fighting (or occasionally, the last dog surviving) was recognized as the winner. The quality of "gameness" was highly prized. An important thing to mention or know is, fighting dogs were often handled in the pit during fights, by both their owners and the judge, so were bred to be as trustworthy with humans as they were aggressive towards other dogs.

Thus, why many to this day do not like other dogs but are brilliant with children & humans in general. But this can be aggressive behaviour can be eradicated through training & socialization from early puppy hood experiences. "End quote.
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