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Understanding Misunderstood Dog Breeds

Updated on October 2, 2014

So you are thinking about getting a new dog to join your pack at home?

One thing that you will need to consider is what breed will fit with your family. Now a lot of people tend to ask a family member or they look around online. This can be a great way to find a new dog, but you can be misled very easily. You read or are told that a breed will bit anything that it sees or if you come across a story that shows only the negative side of a breed. I feel that there is no such thing as a bad breed and I hope to be able to help you understand some of the most misunderstood dog breeds that I know are out there.

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Pit Bulls

The first breed I feel would be on the top of the list for misunderstood breeds would be the pit bulls. A lot of towns tend to ban this breed. This is due to the bad reputation that they have. This breed is one of the most loving breeds that you can find. They are great family pets. If you raise it right, they will be one of the most caring and loving dog you will have the joy of owning. One thing that you need to do is keep an eye on them when having a play date with another dog. Like any dog, they can get startled and a fight can break out especially if it feels the need to protect you. They are very loyal and will do what they can to keep you safe. One big issue is that pit bulls jaws tend to lock up after they bite something. This can be dangerous for what they may be biting. To be honest, they really don’t want to bite at all unless provoked. Now I know that every dog is different, but most of the time that the dog bites it is due to human error. Pit bulls are also very intelligent so they can be trained pretty easily. They are a very strong breed and can have a good pull to them when you walk them so it is a good idea to get the proper collar and leash. Now due to the strength and the fact that they have extra skin around the neck, you will want to have a strong, snug collar, and a strong leash. Again this shouldn’t be a problem if you train your dog properly and this goes with any dog breed.

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The next breed would probably be the boxer family. They tend to have the same reputation as the pit bull. Now I know that they can tend to be on the larger side and they can have a deep bark. However, this is another gentle breed. They are one big cuddle bug. They will love you through thick and thin. They do get a bad rap for being skittish. A lot of people tend to take them barking and backing away as a sign of an aggressive dog. The thing is most of the time the dog just needs to get to know the person and they are fine most of them are not even scared to begin with. Due to their strength, you might want to walk them with a harness just so that you have more control. This is another easily trained and very intelligent breed.

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The next one that is on that list is the Rottweiler. This breed is another one that tends to be misunderstood. Now I know a lot of people tend to use them for a guard dog due to the strength and size. Like the other breed I’ve mentioned, they can be the gentlest dogs. They do have a lot of energy so make sure that you play and walk them and you should be all set.

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Bullmastiffs & Great Danes

Last but not least would have to be the Bullmastiff and Great Dane. These two are misunderstood in the same way. They both are said to be too big and strong to be a great family dog, but the Great Dane tends to be really laidback. Bullmastiffs are full of energy, but as long as you help them get that energy out with walks and play time you should be good to go. They are another two loyal breeds and will love you until you die.

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Misunderstood & Not Monsters

I am a dog sitter so I come in contact with different dog breeds all the time. Dogs aren't innately aggressive or violent. Dogs are only like that when their owners train them to be so or lack of training. They really are not the monsters that some people make them out to be. Remember with the proper training, any breed can be a great addition to your family. Just keep in mind that every dog has a different and unique personality so it is a good idea to get to know your furry loved one. The more you know them, the better chance they have of not ending up on the so-called ‘bad breed’ list.


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