|Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 1:23am PST |
|I get really tired hearing people say that dogs are descended from wolves.
You realize that was over 20,000 years ago, right? There are even dog remains that suggest FAR longer than even that. That's MORE than enough time for the dog to become different from the wolf. A dog is a dog. A wolf is a wolf. They may be distant relatives, but they are no longer one in the same. Their social structure is different, their signals are different, the way they interact with humans, other dogs, even other ANIMALS is different. The only thing that has managed to stay the same, is their anatomy.
With that aside, I've been lucky. Lobo looks more like a Husky than an Akita, so most people don't bug me about it. In fact, the only time anyone had any clue what an Akita was, was a little girl who said, "Oh, yeah, Akitas are hard, huh?" and I said, "Yes, but we're working through everything with positive reinforcement and Lobo's doing great." She loved Lobo. And this little girl was no older than eight. I was happy.
Other than that, all other owners I've spoken to have nothing but kind words for the breed. Perhaps some are biased, but if you live and breathe a breed, you're going to know virtually everything about it. And these people have all completely disagreed with the saying, "Akitas are genetically aggressive." And I must say, I do, as well. Lobo may have issues with other dogs, but from my gathering, it's because he's insecure and unsure and quite, well, dumb when it comes to dog language. He gets along better with dogs who ignore him at first than he does with dogs who immediately try to meet up with him. He's better if he gets to walk around with the dog first, and then he's perfectly fine.
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