|Barked: Mon Sep 9, '13 4:05pm PST |
|Sky, I think Bully breeds are on the list since they typically lean heavily on the dog intolerant/reactive/aggressive scale. Dog on dog, not HA. Temperament is inpart detremed by genetics and some breeds typically had SSA, high prey drive, or over all dog on dog aggression, bully breeds are some of these. =)
But really, I'm with you that any breed can make a fantastic 'first dog' as long as the owner truly knows what they are getting into and have educated themselves on the breed(s).
My first dog that I was and am solely responsible for is Lucky, a poorly bred Rottie girl. Best dog I've ever had. I accept she'll never be overly friendly with strangers, nor go out of her way to interact with folks she doesn't know. I understand she's very much a 'one person' dog. We're cool with this stuff.
Juniper is my very first puppy and its been a learning curb. She has intense prey drive. Is super intelligent, sometimes overly naughty when her brains get her in trouble. Family orientated, but not overly cuddly and clinging. Doesn't go out of her way to interact with strangers, had super intense fear stages that we're still working through (men in hats are not scary, silly puppy. Shirtless people are not monsters). Extremely high energy and toy drive. Crazy crazy dog. A complete nightmare for the wrong family... but, we wouldn't trade her for the world and she's the absolutely perfect first puppy for our family.
Some dogs are more difficult than others, but in the wrong hands a lab could be as intolerable for a person than, say, a northern spitz type dog. Or a bully breed..Or anything else for that matter. A lab and I would not get along, they have traits I don't find tolerable.
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