What you are describing is no different than any other confidently aggressive dog of any breed. The idea that a dog is "unemotional" is pure anthropomorphism. I used to handle highly aggressive dogs for a living; the body language and behavior you are describing is in no way breed-specific and is something that I've encountered in a great many dogs, most of whom were of no specific breed at all. I absolutely, 100% appreciate you focusing on the owners' culpability in training any dog of any breed to be nasty, but I will absolutely flat-out tell you you are wrong to believe that this behavior is breed-specific or inherent to their nature.
Originally Posted by RitaRose
Do you take everything as golden that criminals who have a vested interest in keeping you out of their yard tell you?
If someone is spreading rumors, then it's also people that have those particular dogs. They're the ones telling me and my coworkers what happens.
Sure, there are bait dogs--ever since the good folks at HSUS spread that myth and the media helped spread all the rest of the horrific stereotypes about bulldogs. Gunpowder is made of sodium nitrate, charcoal, and sulphur. While it may give a dog a gut impaction, it does not make them aggressive, and anyone who tells you that is both an idiot and a liar. What I am trying to get you to understand is that you helping to spread these myths is half the reason they perpetuate. Just like you telling people on the internet that dogos are silent and homicidal maniacs and that you automatically assume every one you see is waiting to quietly murder you. Some people will see that and believe it. Some of those people will be bad guys wanting an aggressive dog. Some will have personal experience with dogos and know it to be untrue. Most will just forget about it until the first time they meet a dogo on the street, when their panic meter will ping and they won't quite remember why.
bait dogs. I've seen them myself, and it's terrible. I've had people brag about how they feed them gunpowder to make them angry. I don't know if it's true that it works that way, just that people have told me they've done it. I've seen more ways to be cruel to animals than I care to think about. It's one of the worst parts of my job. After all that I've seen over the years, I truly believe PEOPLE can be evil. I have no doubt of that. But dogs are a product of their breeding, training and treatment. And while no breed is better or worse than any other, I have seen certain breeds be the target of a minority of people who use those dogs to create an overly aggressive animal.
Like I said, I greatly and sincerely appreciate your placing the blame squarely on the owners. I'd simply like you to acknowledge that it's untrue that the majority of dogos are kept by bad guys, for one thing (or that "the type of people who tend to want these dogs" are bad people), and that any number of molossoid or guardian breeds are far more likely to be human aggressive by nature than a pack-hunting hog dog. If you are not yet seeing mastinos or cao filas in crackhead back yards, it's not because dogos are the bestest badass dog out there, by far.
I truly do appreciate the way in which you're approaching this; I am simply troubled by the emphasis on my breed as having characteristics that make it more dangerous than any other breed when mishandled. Any breed can be trained to be aggressive. I have a great deal of experience and many, many years in this breed and despite your few encounters with chained and abused dogs, can assure you that their character is, on the whole, exactly as described in the standard: "cheerful, frank, humble, friendly".
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