|Barked: Sat Aug 1, '09 1:31pm PST |
|I have been around so called"bully breeds all my life,German sheppards,dobermans,rottweilers,boxers,pitbulls,and Akitas.Each of these breeds was originally bred for a specific purpose or purposes. Although you cannot breed out instincts of a particular breed,you can ,in fact breed for a less agressive temperment.Most reputable and responsible breeders do try to accomplish this.Puppymills and people who are just out to make a buck don't care about temperment which is very different from temper.There are also multiple websites that can give you a basic breed profile and help you find a breed that fits your likes ,limitations,and needs to match you with a dog that fits your criteria. If an Akita fits those criteria it is then up to You,to know and understand the dogs needs for dicipline,affection,exercise ,etc.. If you are not willing to fulfill those needs you are going to have problems.As I mentioned in my last post , The death of my cat at the jaws of my dog were my fault.
They played together very well for 3 yrs. ,the cat had been in the house for 7yrs. before the dog arrived at the age of 9wks. and was originally smaller than the cat. The dog did Grow-up with the cat and it can work,but you must supervise them together,make sure the akita has a good temper to begin with and there are sites that will explain temperment testing techniques.Had I made sure to supervise them properly to make sure that little spats were kept at an appropriate level I may have been able to prevent a tragedy.
That was simply a more agressive nip that usual ,to a very sensitive area.and when the cat took off to hide she made the initial injury much more severe.After 3yrs. together I simply let my guard down
I'm not saying that all akitas will kill cats or smaller animals,I'm saying that the potential is there even if things seem okay at first.As for leaving an akita unsupervised with small children ,NO ONE SHOULD EVER LEAVE SMALL CHILDREN ALONE WITH ANY DOG!!
Just because they may not be able to inflict as much damage doesn't guarantee they won't or are less likely to bite.And I have a nephew who is terrified of any dog because he was bitten repeatedly in the face by a cockerspaniel that wanted his pacifier.Ialso have a grandson who waqs bitten by a cockerspaniel who wanted to lay where the baby was sleeping .Our lesson here should be DO NOT EVER LEAVE SMALL CHILDREN IN ANY ROOM
WITH ANY BREED OF DOG BECAUSE ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN WHEN CHILDREN AND ANIMALS ARE LEFT UNSUPERVISED!
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