Hey Dog Lovers,
Today we talk about Aggression & Fear and how it can be reduced in Specific Breeds.
So we know that a dogs personality including his likelihood to show aggression, is strongly influenced by his genetics. The goal is to control the breeding and don’t allow the aggressive animals to parent any litters so that over time you take the aggressive strain out of any breed that you target.
All this hype stems from the media hyping up “Bully Breeds” when a dog bites a child or attacks a person they immediately jump to the conclusion it was the dogs fault when 90% of the time its the child/person taunting or baiting the dog to react the way they did. We are only told one side of the story.
Since 2001 the Dutch Kennel Club began to require a behavior test (The socially acceptable behavior test for SAB) be administered to certain breeds: the Neapolitan Mastiff, Fila Brasileiro, Cane Corso, American Stafford shire Terrier and Rottweiler. The test aims to assess aggressive tendencies and extreme fearfulness (which can be a trigger for fear-based aggression)
The problem with such a program is that if it requires time, as we work out way through generations of dogs, but if it mimics the situation that my colleague noted for Doberman pinschers and as follows the trend shown in this present study involving Rottweilers, then significant effects might be noticed in a period of 5-10 years. It is important to note that there is a long term, sensible alternative, which deals with the root problem of canine aggression-genetics-that is available and could be used.
Check back next week when we Look into the Most Popular Breeds.
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