|Barked: Fri May 3, '13 6:23pm PST |
|Yeah, except that breed DOES play a part.
I'll agree that individual temperament always rules out in the end, but breed specific characteristics CERTAINLY play a part in what your dog will become.
If they didn't, then purebred dogs wouldn't even exist.
I know for FACT my GSDs have a capability to guard when necessary... wouldn't matter how I raised them, that innate drive would always be there... but what I CAN change is how they express it. I could have out of control monster dogs who attack on a whim, but I took the time to make them safe, reliable dogs who WILL protect when I need them to. Same drive, same temperament, all things I could have known about these dogs before they were ever even born. The only thing that changes is control, HOW it is expressed, not the temperament itself.
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