|Barked: Sat Oct 9, '10 6:09pm PST |
|I think Dogos are awesome dogs. Their hook for me is that "take on the world" spirit.
Though I doubt I would ever own one. While I admire their tenacity, there does come a point where it is simply too much for the casual owner. These are dogs who are still used in hog hunting today, and who have been filmed fighting live Cougars. TOUGH animals, the kind you'd certainly want batting for your team in a pinch, but also the kind that are probably not suited for the average Joe dog owner.
Now, having an Akita, I assume you are more than familiar with the ins and outs of this type of dog. Namely that it takes ten steps above what the typical dog takes in terms of maintenance, socialization, etc. That's good! But even the most well-reared Dogo isn't for the inexperienced handler. While they are pack hunters, SSA/DA is still a big issue, especially with dogs who AREN'T hunted. Dogs operating in a pack during a hunt typically have better things to concern themselves with than fighting with other dogs. The same cannot always be said for the more stagnant house dog!
Having two such "dominant" breeds at once seems like a gamble to me, but others have certainly pulled it off in the past, so I don't believe it to be impossible. As long as you got a dog with a complimentary gender to Tyson (a female), are extremely vigilant with the socialization, and of course pick a dog from a reputable breeder/rescue, you could possibly make it work.
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