posted on Aug, 31 2004 @ 11:26 PM
For most of my childhood my family had Alsatians, beautiful dogs, kind, loving and extremely protective...to their masters only. I recall one day
playing with one who was especially fond of me, and a friend of the family approached me, thank God he was chained or that man would have been mauled.
Only I was able to calm and control the dog.
Perhaps it was the way we reared them, I don't know, I was too young to recall, all I know is that I had no fear of them and they never hurt me.
At the same token, I had an aunt and uncle who had a doberman, for some reason that breed scared the bejeesus out of me. One day while visiting, she,
the dog, jumped onto the couch and onto my lap, rolled over, splayed her legs in the air and wanted her stomach rubbed. I was smitten, but only that
one time. To this day I will cross the street if one is approaching me.
Two years ago at a pool party a co-worker reached over to pet the host's rottweiler, he was quite enjoying the ear scartching until her boyfriend
walked over and placed his hand on his girlfriend's shoulder. He lost an ear, almost an eye and ended up with a couple dozen stitches. The animal had
never attacked anyone before.
My point is that certain dogs have certain reputations, and they have them for a reason. No one fears Poodles, or Lhassa Apsos, or St. Bernards, or
Newfoundlands, or Aghans because their nature is one of timidity. Pit bulls, Alsatians, Dobermans and such are not by nature timid dogs, so I do not
agree that it has to do with training. Training may contribute to docility but will not curtail the inherited aggressive trait.
Owners need to understand that certain breeds need to be specially handled in public, and if that means muzzles then so be it, anything less is