Undoubtedly it’s going to be controversial. Without fear of chicken counting, it will receive a lot of traffic. And without any element of doubt, it might cause ripples but it needs to be out there, for the public to know. We’ve decided to publicly name the five MOST dangerous dogs on the planet.

The Most Dangerous Dogs in the World

in reverse order:

5. Badly fed dog.

Badly fed dog is the animal who’s been fuelled up with a diet fit for an Olympic weight lifter, but who only ever gets to expend about 20% of the calories he takes in. He’s got lots of energy and his mismatched diet can manifest in bouts of sudden energetic rampaging. Badly fed dog would ask you to consider; how you would feel spending your day in an office when every inch of your body is throbbing and twitching as you crave the opportunity to actually use up some of those excess calories. Badly fed dog would be happier and safer if his diet reflected his lifestyle.

4. Never had any friends dog.

Otherwise known as ‘totally under socialised dog’.

He was a little naughty when he was a puppy, so his owner decided he’d be better off being kept away from all other forms of animal life. He now spends his days obsessing over what it would be like to chase other dogs around and, by George, one of these days he’s gonna actually do it!

Never had any friends dog is going to present his owner with a lifetime of problems, he has no social skills and has never had a chance to learn natural interaction through the teachings of his own kind. He’ll meet new dogs and will be about as socially adept as a 45-year old virgin at a Playboy mansion party. He’s going to blow it. Big time.

3. Shouty.

Shouty is the dog who has spent most of his life shouting at folks or being shouted at himself. He sees people on his street, he shouts at them. In turn, his owner shouts at him. Shouty presumes being shouted at is a recognition of his excellent work. In fact, hearing his owner shouting in response to his own shouting encourages his assumption that they’re just as upset, anxious, nervous, angry as HE is about the audacity of other people/dogs/pigeons to walk past his window. Shouty is relentlessly encouraged and endorsed in his shouty behaviour and, a bit like no friends dog, shouty spends his days imaging how good it will be when he FINALLY gets his chance to get face to face with the objects of his ire.

2. House proud.

House proud dog is SO touchy about people coming to his digs unannounced, he’ll happily maim you for your insolence in trying to visit his abode without obtaining the correct visitation paperwork.

House proud dog does a line in dishing out injuries to posties, meter readers and delivery people. Fortunately for house proud dog, his owners absolutely REFUSE to believe he is capable of violence, so leave him completely unattended to dish out his own brand of justice to anyone brash enough to consider entering his domain.

1. Spoilt dog.

“That’s mine and these are mine, those are mine, I’m entitled to that, I believe that I saw that first, I lay claim to those, I own all of these, I’m the rightful proprietor of this…”

Welcome to the world of spoilt dog. Quite simply, he believes everything he wants, he can have. Woe betide anyone to tell him differently. His timid owners have never had the heart to let him know that in the human world, simply showing your teeth and growling doesn’t constitute a legal contract on the ownership of goods. They let him off and, worse, they let him keep his spoils, which he’ll gather up and place in his own corner of the world.

Sadly, spoilt dog is, one day, going to meet someone who is unaware that he has previously laid claim to every possession on earth. Unfortunately, unlike spoilt dog’s owners, this person is going to have to find out the hard way just how deep spoilt dog’s sense of entitlement runs. Really hard luck if it happens to be a youngster, blissfully ignorant to the fact that the shiny ball on the floor is spoilt dog’s most prized possession (at that VERY moment). A few stitches and a spell in hospital ought to serve as a permanent reminder though.

I hope you didn’t think this was going to be a list of  ‘dangerous dog breeds’ did you? If you did, sorry to disappoint. There’s dangerous dog owners, not dangerous dog breeds.

End breed specific legislation now.

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  1. excellent …. so very well put , there are so many people out there oblivious about the way the are rearing there dogs and forgetting that a dog is a dog NOT a human and have a completely different view on the world. I am fostering a dog at the moment and he is a Shouter and I’ve been firmly telling him no and giving him treats as soon as he stops shouting or when he does pass a person by without shouting he gets rewarded with a treat and told he’s a good boy. whoever had before were definetly shouting at him all the time because he has a habit off turning on his back and peeing when been told off or doesn’t want to do something. It is very frustrating but he is not to blame was how was reared in his first 6 months of life. I’ve had him 4 weeks and he’s slowly coming around. there are still nervous pees which just get mopped up with no words said and I try my best also to stay as calm as I can. I hope I am not too late to get my free subscription. your magazine looks fantastic.
    thanks a mill.
    co.meath Ireland

    1. My pit mix is chained and she is perfectlyffine. Buttthen again I playwwiwit her a lot and my other dog plays withher…sheiisggreat around kidsjjust a littletoo hyper…so not allcchaineddogsare bad dogs

    1. I totally agree with you on this…People are the ones that give animals bad habits. But most people are consumed with bad habits…I totally think that the s poilt dog is indicitive of most people..They share their junk with everyone in the world and it is only “personal” when you disagree or tell them they are full of crap, then they turn on you like a snake..

  2. “Badly fed dog” should really be called “Underexercised dog.” If he’s being fed an athlete’s diet, he’s really not badly fed. Just inappropriately fed for his lifestyle. It’s the lifestyle that needs adjusting… More exercise required!

  3. Actually, the most ‘dangerous dog’ in the world is the one owned by an idiot that does not train and handle it properly and makes asinine assumptions about both their capabilities as well as the dog’s character.

  4. How would one forward this to Judge Joe Brown, who consistently puts up charts showing the Pit Bull (or any mix thereof [or perhaps even none]) to be the most dangerous dogs in the world. Ditto for Judge Judy – she lacks the charts, but not the very vocal opinion.

  5. I am the proud owner of a beautiful, well behaved German Shepherd, and every time we go to the park she gets mobbed by little fluffy things with ridiculous names like ‘chispoodle’ and ‘cavadoodle’.

    These owners refuse to train (or discipline!) their dogs, because to their mind they are not dogs. They’re babies.

    So of course, I get told off for having the “big scary dog” who is trying to get AWAY from aforementioned little fluffy thing, and finally loses her cool and dares to give them a well deserved growl.

    These bratty little ‘babies’ have little to no respect for:

    Other dogs -hence them mobbing my GSD and chasing her til she gets pissed off. They also love to play ‘big man’ and bark crazily for a distance, then squeal as if they’ve been mauled when the other dog comes over to check out what’s going on.

    People- they constantly jump on people with their sharp little claws, especially at the dinner table, and rather than get told off they get rewarded by being picked up and put on owner’s lap!

    Property- these are the dogs that destroy the house simply because they can. Sure, they’ll pee on your pillow. Why? Cos their owner will never tell them off!

    Of all the dog types, I hate these ‘baby dogs’ the most!

    If they want a baby, they should go procreate, not train dogs to behave in an inappropriate and often dangerous way! These people have no concept of rules, boundaries or discipline… Probably why nobody wants to procreate with them! But I wish they would leave the dogs out of it, and give the rest of us a break from ‘baby dog’.

    1. I hope they don’t have any kids…We are living in a world of kids who were raised with no boundries, rules or discipline and can’t function without constant affirmation that they are the greatest thing that ever walked the earth… Even though they are not and are mostly intolerable by normal people…Whose numbers seem to be dwindling daily.

  6. A dog that defends its resources is not spoilt. Every individual in a wolf pack is entitled to defend his/her bone, sleeping ground, partner etc
    No matter if it’s a leader wolf, or a lower ranked wolf.

    A dog that collects toys/bones and defends them with its life is either understimulated, or does not trust its owners.

  7. This is so true. No matter what breed a dog is, this is exactly what can go wrong.

    I love this article – thank you!

    And yes – END BSL!!! Punish the deed – not the breed!

    1. I agree, we rescued a beuatiful achshund that was agressive EVERYTHING, turned out he had a disc issue that we had to have surgically reapired, now he is a completley different dog.

  8. And here I was all ready to blast you when you listed Pit Bulls as the #1 most dangerous dog! Good one! I think your list is excellent. Any breed can be in these divisions. Thanks for a great list!! ^oo^

  9. What do you have to say?

    How could I get permission to reprint the 5 Most Dangerous Dogs? I do a small breed club newsletter and I love the article and think it would be instructive to the mostly pet owners who read my newsletter.
    Thanks for any help
    Joanne Kinnelly
    Scottish Terrier Club of Chicago

  10. What do you have to say? This is so very true. You did a wonderful job describing behaviors average dog owner should learn to recognize and that they need help in learning how to better socialize and train their pet.

  11. This is an EXCELLENT ARTICLE!

    After a good ten years in the pet industry, grooming, day care, training, rehabilitation and rescue…. and dealing with pets and their people, I have NEVER met a dog with “issues” that didn’t have a human with issues.

    These same humans would on one hand wonder why their dog was so “polite” in my hands, but on the other would instantly put up a wall when I tried (as politely and articulately as possible) to explain that it was their behavior, lack of discipline, and lack of the understanding that dogs are NOT HUMANS, let alone “babies”.

    Oh, and during those ten years, working with upwards of twenty or more pit bulls NONE of those dogs has EVER tried to bite me, and I have never had a social incident where a pit bull has bitten or attacked another dog. EVER.

    Labs on the other hand…….

  12. I love this unique approach to everyday dog problems. I have been training dogs & dog people for over 50yrs. I know how true this is. (I wish I had thought of it)

  13. Very good! It’s about time someone put something like this together. I agree with this more so than blaming a specific breed. Danger lies in how a dog is raised from a pup!

  14. This article is amazing. I love the bluntly true sarcasm :o). Relating dogs to 45 year olds at the playboy mansion is funny as hell. BSL needs to be a thing of the past. I believe that if you can make people laugh as you are getting your point across, you are going to get somewhere. Would you mind if I stole (or i guess the correct term now is “shared”) this for a website? Won’t steal your creds, because this is an awesome article!!!

    1. I disagree chaining up a dog does not make it dangourouse. It goes back to the first five problems listed. Chained dogs can and are well adjusted dogs when it is done right. I have sled dogs that are chained out. They interact with each other, run reguarly and are around people constantly. They are happy and well adjusted dogs and none of them are dangorouse to people or other dogs. The problem is when people chain the dogs up and then dogs are ignored. Like I said …it goes back to the reasons given.

  15. I’d add two more:

    Always-Tied-Up Dog, who is frustrated beyond limit by the experiences just out of his reach, and

    Punished-For-Warning Dog, who has been punished (“corrected”, “dominated”) for indicating that he is uncomfortable with the situation he’s in. He no longer growls or barks, but will land a vicious bite when his limit is reached – which might be even sooner since he’s anticipating more punishment.

  16. I tend to agree with about all, other than there are some dog that bark, just to be barking. I have 2 that bark, but when there is a reason, and one that does not bark at anything, anytime.
    In the K9 SAR world, most encourage the dog to bark, when they make a find, alive or deceased. So preventing some dogs from barking may inhibbit the dog from giving an indication by bark.
    As for feeding, being social, this is what some owners do not understand.
    While I do not pamper my working dogs, they enjoy life better than most humans, but for a reason. They are working dogs and they deservice this, which could be called spolled.
    well over 40 years has given me more than one Top Dog, that varied in size and working discipline. I know many K9 handlers that would consider there dog as Top Dog.

  17. Greatt article. As you pointed out it is the habbits of the owners that make dogs mean. But I must disagree with the remarks that a dog that is chained up is a mean dog. Again it depends on the owners. Sled dogs are many times kept on tethers or chains, but they are with there pack and able to interact with each other, they get exercise reguarly and are socialized with people. These dogs are happy and well adjusted. Tey get along well with people and each other. It is not the chaining up of a dog that makes them mean, it is the interactions, or lack of them. a dog has once they are staked out that mold temperment. (or left in a crate or alone in a house 8-10 hours a day while owners are at work)

    I have a small team of sled dogs that are chained. They are happy and well adjusted. They are able to play with each other, they each have their own space that is not intruded on, they get to go out and run several hours a day, and have a handler thats job is to be out in the dog yard working 2 hours a day. they are happy dogs. They get more time and attention then many house pets do

    I do agree that a dog chained out alone and only given a bowl of food everyday does have the potential to become mean but the reasoning goes back to the five reasons given.

  18. Extremely well presented. There ARE no dangerous breeds, only bad owners that may not understand the core of what the dog was bred to do and how that affects the dog as a pet. Owners must know the type of dog they are aquiring and be responsible to deal with the responsibility of raising the dog properly to be a part of society if it is going to be a part of the general public. It is our responsibility to teach dogs what their role is and how they need to interact with people. They are not a throw away commodity…they are a life that offers unconditional love to their families.

  19. I love this. My fifteen year old American Pit Bull died six years ago and I still miss her. One of my students gave her to me as a two month old puppy after our 9 year old beagle died. I was hesitant, called my vet who said “A dog is a dog. The only thing wrong with pit bulls is they are sometimes owned by some strange people.”

    She was the smartest dog I’ve ever had and the easiest to train. I avoided certain situations, was careful where I let her off the lead, for example. I took her to puppy training classes – then the other owners objected because of her breed. She was the youngest and the smallest in the group.

    I now have a miniature schnauzer and a French Bulldog. Nobody can be afraid of either. It makes life easier…

  20. Love this to the max. Some comments go to show that no matter what you write, no matter how well you write, no matter how correct you are someone, somewhere, sometime will disagree, think you didn’t say enough or define it right.
    I, for one, think you did an excellent job and the world should read and, yeah, right, UNDERSTAND then take action…
    I’m a bit cynical about the clueless, lazy and negligent dog owner.

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  22. Thanks so much for this. I’m a dog groomer AND trainer & I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this same stuff Over and OVer and OVER….til’ I’m blue in the face. I wish people HAD to read this before they were allowed to own any dog!!! Definitely sharing…a LOT!!!

  23. To Musher, it may be true that you have dogs that are chained up most of the time and these dogs cause no harm. I think the point of this article is to enlighten folks as to the types of abuse dogs face. Chaining a dog most of the time is not a great scenerio even if the dog does not act out. No one would want to be chained like that. Not an animal or human. On the whole I would have to say chaining dogs is not the best way to care for a pet. Let them come inside and be a part of your family. I am sure they would prefer that to a life of chains.

  24. First let me say that I do overall agree with the article and I am against BSL. However, a friend of mine just adopted a Staffy and a Pit Bull, they got along great until one came to close to the others food bowl. They’ve had 2 altercations and both required vet visits (stitches) where as my dogs (Rottie and Border mixes) have arguments that are never bloody. My friend has made the adjustments to avoid fights but I have to say, I’m glad my dogs don’t get that physical.

  25. I would change the wrongly fed dog just because I think the lazy, selfish parents should EXERCISE their dogs instead of just changing their diet. I love that the blame is put where it usu. belongs. However, there are exceptions. I have one dog who is a shouty dog. He wasn’t that way, though, before a vet I trusted abused him in the back room, then told me he lightly “corrected” him. Now he sees everyone as a potential abuser until they’re known to him.

  26. To believe that it is 100% the dog owners fault 100% of the time and never the dog ever under any circumstance is absurd! As with humans and other species some will have “bad” genetics and some dog breeds will be more predisposed to these “bad” genetics then others.

    To disagree you have to be a dog lover. 😉

  27. I have to admit when I saw the title of this article I was very apprehensive but after reading it couldn’t be more pleased. Bravo! If more owners took responsibility for their lack of understanding of canine behavior we wouldn’t have so many dogs euthenized every year. Do you know how many times in training I’ll ask a client why they chose their breed? They’re response is almost always ” cutest puppy there”. Really? They have no idea of the breed’s characteristics. Thank you for this article.

  28. Has nothing to do with the breed….The owners make the dog the “dangerous dog”! I have two rescue dogs the one was terribly abused and used as a paintball target 🙁 I have had her since june last year and she still cowers when voices are raised so to ease her fears we just started slowly but play loudly with her, she is coming around.. the other was yelled at alot she is a nervous piddler. but both are unbelieveable blows my mind at how forgiving dogs are..! Adopt a pet, save a life <3

  29. I agree with what has been said and like people dogs must have boundries taught to it so the dog understands what is acceptable behaviour. I also believe that the breed of dog & what they were bred for can be a disposition to temperament and this cannot be ignored. This is especially important to train properly a dog bred for fighting & aggression. Peoples ignorance lead to many unnecessary & horrible problems. My husband was a victim of two pitbull x mastiffs owned by a out of control steroid junkie who trained his dogs to be aggressive like him. My hubby has great chucks missing from his legs & arms & numerous skin grafts & permanent nerve damage. He is only alive because someone came to his aid. So if these breeds are in the hands of irresponsible owners then they are dangerous. I have seen this first hand & I have had many beautiful canine friends over the years so I love dogs.

    1. Debra,
      the point is that *any* dog that is trained to be aggressive or treated aggressively will be aggressive, regardless of breed.
      The nastiest dog I have ever known was a golden lab and I have met many pitbulls that have had the worst life experiences that are quite lovely. Please don’t cave in to the stereotype – there is no mysterious jaw lock mechanism, they really aren’t any different than any other breed when handled correctly (albeit a little bit physically stronger)- ergo it is not the breed it’s the owner.
      There might be a small percentage that have brain chemistry imbalances (much the same as humans), however this is a very small proportion and is likely to show up in any breed – in fact if it is genetic it is more likely show in more in-bred breeds (the old adage about pure colour cocker spaniels springs to mind). The fact of the matter is that the evidence completely refutes any grounds for BSL, bull breeds do not top the attack statistics (- it is typically high energy working breeds that do, although bullies top the media coverage of attack satistics) and BSL has no impact on dog attack stats when one breed is outlawed another takes it’s place as the next to be feared. When animal protection societies – the people who deal with the worst of these issues – tell you BSL doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

      1. I completely agree with your final point Alex. What I would like to add, is if you as a dog owner feel the need to get a highly surrendered breed, (bulls, cattle dogs, shepherds and active terrier breeds) you need to be prepared to work them. That is why they have difficulties- they were all bread to work. I have a JRT cross and a Collie cross. The collie is a rescue and has some issues I am working on, but both are very nice dogs, as long as they get the proper exercise AND mental stimulation. If one or the other is missing they pester me and terrorise each other. (I would like to add it is rare that this happens, but when it is so cold they don`t want to be out as it was this week it does happen sometimes)

  30. The one about dogs with no friends I don’t agree with. My 6 year old min pin couldn’t even get along with his mom and dad when he was a puppy. My friend is a Min pin breeder so we got him from her and used to bring him back to visit at least once a week. He always fought with his mom and had power struggles with his dad. I used to walk him with my friend and her dog and even though it was something we did ALL the time he would still try to bite her dog everytime he saw him. No matter how many times I’ve introduced him to other other dogs (starting when he was a puppy) he behaves badly. Because of that I keep him from other dogs..except for our Jack Russell who after 2 years he still has issues with.

  31. What about Scaredy Dog? This one is really dangerous. He’s learned that humans kick and shout and hit, so he has to protect himself the only way he can. By biting first and asking questions later.

  32. Right on the money, Sam!
    As a pro trainer, the scared dog is a contender for the most dangerous! Worse, the owner that tries to “love” the fear out of them… When they console the fearful dog, they are actually tell the dog it’s okay to be scared!!

  33. I was hesitant about reading this article. I thought it was going to be one of those ‘Most Dangerous Dog Breeds’ articles when any breed can be dangerous. I read a comment on another website that said a Golden Retriever mauled somebody and nobody rallied to ban the breed. I also read an article that said a lady needed face reconstruction due to a Labrador. I read an article that said a pack of Newfoundlands killed a Labrador. (I apologize for not providing links to these articles and comments, but I found them several years ago.) I think you should add ‘Fear-Aggressive Dog’ because, that can look like the dog just being mean due to an uneducated person. I also think you should change the title ‘Badly Fed Dog’ to ‘Underexercised Dog’. I actually got confused when I read the subsection title ,but I did read the whole subsection. Otherwise, you`re absolutely right. BSL does need to be ended.

  34. Yes, the dogs you describe may be inclined to be assholes, to nip and bite. But no, they do not maim and kill. This is simply another “it’s all how you raise them” post, no mention of genetics, “a Chihuahua is as dangerous as a pit bull” post cloaked in some good advice about how not to raise your Chihuahua. But tell this to the hundreds of people who have been killed by dogs, most of which were in fact pit bulls, some their own dogs. So once we can no longer say “well, those dogs were trained by bad people to be aggressive and fight or they chained it up or they were mean to it” now we can say “well she did’t exercise her pit bull enough or she spoiled it too much” and so there is a “it’s all how to raise them to excuse anything!” Again, I agree that the policies you mention can contribute to propensity to bite—-but not to kill. That takes genetics. The only way to save pit bulls is to stop ignoring their genetics and take steps to be responsible and prepared if you own one. Not to pretend they are the products of being spoiled or house proud or badly fed.
    –Caroline Coile, author Pit Bulls for Dummies.

  35. My dog was killed by a ‘very sweet’ Pit bull (after the Pit played well with others, in our park, for 8 years). He ran across the park,grabbed my girl by her throat, ripping the leash from my hands.

  36. I just wish you hadn’t attached the picture you did, or any pictures to the story. A lot of folks won’t read the story, but will see the pic of a Rottweiller and assume from your teaser headline that that is one of the dogs to worry about. Bad form.

  37. All I can say to those who say, that what the dog was bred for determines its disposition .. tell that to the Victory Dog families that adopted the fighting dogs of Michael Vick. Just like anything else, these behaviors can be corrected, the dogs are always willing. It’s the humans who aren’t willing to put in the effort/work it takes to appropriately teach the dog new behavior. No, most humans are all about forcing things to happen, thus setting the dog back even further, and putting it one step closer to surrender/euthanasia! Yes, it is always on the human.

  38. Owners again making a dog what it is. Own a dog you are capable of looking after, do your homework on the breed you like. If you are not Shaw ask.

  39. Although I fully agree that these are all signs of abuse the article says “the most dangerous dogs in the world” yet severe abuse is left out – dogs that have been starved and hit, chained up and neglected, used in dog fights etc. I realize that just because it isn’t obvious, intense physical abuse it shouldn’t be ignored but I’m confused why breeding and fighting were left out all together?

  40. I just wish you hadn’t used a picture of a Rottweiler for this article. Perhaps a cartoon mutt????

  41. Decent enough article, except for the shithead lead in with the pic of the rottie. People need to be informed not scared out of their stupid minds.
    This is not to say that Rot or any other like jawed dog can’t be dangerous but a shepherd will bite as quick as a chihuahua.

  42. then there’s dog whose owner believes that training will “break her spirit”- aka clueless owner dog.

  43. There could also be a category called ‘denial parents’ – and they can’t imagine why anyone would fear their poobearlovemuffin while they are bouncing around aggressively barking at people or other dogs. I have been attacked by a malemute and the owner said exasperated ‘ he’s been doing this a lot lately’ like- WtF? Where is his muzzle? Where is his leash? Or last weekend at a house concert my boyfriend was attacked through their fence and they said ‘she really is a sweetie’… like OMG I don’t care right now- and I’m sure she is- just like everyone else’s dog is- but right now let’s make sure my boyfriend’s knee doesn’t get infected and heals properly.

  44. I very much liked the article. It really had some great points. I believe a lot of problems that these dogs have are from the owners. They don’t get proper training and are neglected. It’s too bad because these poor dogs either get euthanized or put in shelters. I had a westie for 15 years who just passed this past September was from a puppy mill. He was the best dog I ever had. Well trained, socialized with other dogs and enjoyed being with us and any other persons he met. I have another westie who is now 11 years old. Well trained since she was 10 weeks old. However, she is very timid. I’ve tried many times in Puppy class to socialize her while during Puppy play time. It didn’t work. She got kicked out of e play session. Too many of the pups crowded her and she would try to nip them and hide behind me due to fear. My trainer and I still continue to work with my female westie to try to have her over come this fear. She does fine being introduced to dogs one on one but can’t handle more than one. We just don’t know why this is happening. When I bring her to the groomers I make sure that they know she doesn’t get along with other dogs and needs to be put into a crate or wear a muzzle. Finally I have a service dog to help me with my disability. He s 6 years old. He started training at the age of 9 weeks old to 12 months. Then 6 months of formal training before I was matched with him. He is such a devoted hard working loving dog. Now I have a 3 month old westie who is now starting obedience training and is getting socialized not only with her own pack.but with other dogs and people too.

  45. Hi my Japanese akita is fine apart from when food is about and he steals off the kitchen side when he does these things u can’t get it off him as he goes for u what can I do to get him out of it as I haven’t had him long and he used to be stuck in a garage he’s only 12mts he is also fed well…we have another one but she is so different many thanks

  46. I agree with everything in the article but not with so many of the comments of the “no bad dogs” variety. Reality is that dogs are dogs with many behaviors that come naturally. Second, dogs have been purpose bred for a long time. Your rescue is the progeny of purpose bred dogs in all probability. Appropriat temperment for the purpose is part of what they are bred for. One of our dogs was bred a therapy dog. He would have been hard to ruin. We owned a Rottie that was 1st generation from German bloodlines bred for military and police work. He was a tough tough boy and a real challenge to train, altho I did manage in the end. Then there was the Shar Pei, one of the earliest in the country whose immediate ancestors for many generations were bred as fighting dogs with the losers going in the pot. You could argue convincingly that “domesticated” didn’t apply. Our relationship with her was tricky. She was never allowed an opportunity to get in trouble. She adored my husband, but the closest proximity she could handle was to lay on the opposite end of the couch and look at him adoringly.
    It wouldn’t be realistic to expect an inexperienced dog owner to be successful with either of those last 2

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