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Originally posted by valkeryie
I used to breed Rotties. At one time had ove 15 running around the place. We took the dogs to obedience class ,one day, my little daughter 3 years old at the time, was bitten in the face by a poodle. Rotties are not vicious. Proper training of the dog and owner are common sense. My rotties would always step in between the electric fence and my kids. Took the shock for them. Breeders should do a full screening and see the education levels of the potential owners.
Oh my gosh Intrepid we agree again. I've been around critters of all types all my life it is the way they are treated and taught that determines behavior. All dogs should be properly socialized. By the by I have two mutts Apollo who is 15 years old terrier, Brody who is a very large husky mix about 3 years old. Apollo is cute has one ear up one down about 25 pounds Brody is as I said very large with one blue eye and one that is half blue half brown. Guess who people are scared of yep Brody but Apollo is the one we have to watch not because he's crazed or vicious but because he is old he can't see or hear very well therefore he doesn't know for sure if a threat exists so he will attack. I just don't leave him in our fenced yard unless I'm home and usually he stays in the house with me. My long winded point being is age can also be a factor in a dogs behavior and should be taken into account.
Originally posted by intrepid
Dogs of damn near any breed can be lethal. Sometimes it's just something wrong with the animal BUT it's usually how the OWNER trains them. Hold the owner accountable for the actions of the animal.