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Old 11-10-2011, 03:59 PM
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I know. Recently there someone called a friend of mine a racist and the mods deleted her post defending herself and left up the posts calling her a KKK member etc., all because she drew a rebel flag. I'm new to this forum, but thus far I like it much better... a lot friendlier and less judgmental, it seems.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:18 PM
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I was actually suprised how bad it got, but I find that alot of the threads on that forum turn into personal attacks.
They do, unfortunately. Especially against PBC members. Which is why I pretty much stick to the raw feeding & photography section!

cliff is right though, people have been trying to breed DA out of Amstaffs for awhile now, but there are still DA Amstaffs around. Sako's mom can be a little hot with other dogs.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:22 PM
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1. DA is a breed trait. People should stop trying to change/ruin breeds and find a breed that suits them. If you truly love a breed you don't try to change them.
Breeds have changed over time, though. Whether that was for the better or not...meh. In past years, DA used to not be a problem. If your dog fought another dog, it was just being a dog. Nowadays, if your dog attacks another dog it is a big deal. On another forum, Sarah posted an article about a Staffie mix being deemed dangerous and euthanized after it got out of its yard after a guest left a gate opened and attacked a cat.

So is changing a trait of a breed in order to exist in society a bad thing? How many people actually like having dogs that are DA? How many people actually enjoy having to crate and rotate their pets? If it could be gotten rid of as a breed trait without skewing the breed as a whole, would that be a bad thing?

I own two dogs with DA to varying degrees, and Blackie was same sex aggressive, as was Loupie. I'm used to it, I deal with it, and it honestly doesn't bother me that much because they all get along with each other just fine and I don't need my dogs to love every other dog. But I'm not going to lie and say it wouldn't be nice to have them all be dog social.

Also, I don't really have an opinion on the subject one way or another. LOL I just feel like being difficult today, I suppose...
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:30 PM
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Breeds have changed over time, though. Whether that was for the better or not...meh. In past years, DA used to not be a problem. If your dog fought another dog, it was just being a dog. Nowadays, if your dog attacks another dog it is a big deal. On another forum, Sarah posted an article about a Staffie mix being deemed dangerous and euthanized after it got out of its yard after a guest left a gate opened and attacked a cat.

So is changing a trait of a breed in order to exist in society a bad thing? How many people actually like having dogs that are DA? How many people actually enjoy having to crate and rotate their pets? If it could be gotten rid of as a breed trait without skewing the breed as a whole, would that be a bad thing?

I own two dogs with DA to varying degrees, and Blackie was same sex aggressive, as was Loupie. I'm used to it, I deal with it, and it honestly doesn't bother me that much because they all get along with each other just fine and I don't need my dogs to love every other dog. But I'm not going to lie and say it wouldn't be nice to have them all be dog social.

Also, I don't really have an opinion on the subject one way or another. LOL I just feel like being difficult today, I suppose...
It's simple, if you don't like the DA trait, find another breed. Or, adopt an adult from a shelter or rescue that is proven to be cold.

I hate people who want to "dumb down" working breeds like the APBT so that the average owner can handle them. That's not how it should work. You should find a dog that fits your lifestyle, not try to ruin a breed so that it fits your lifestyle.

It's true that breeds have changed over time, many have been destroyed except for a small fringe who work tirelessly to preserve them. I wonder how many Dachshunds can still hunt badgers, how many Bassets can trail hare. How many mastiffs can still do protection work. Compared to the entire population of the breeds, I'm sure the percentage of worthwhile examples within the breeds are low.

If you let your dog escape and attack another animal, you didn't deserve to have it in the first place. Only people who can handle high drive dogs should be allowed to have them, and that goes for all working breeds, not just APBTs. I also hate seeing irresponsible, ignorant owners with high prey-drive dogs because they are just as likely to get out and kill a smaller animal like a cat or small dog.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:06 PM
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But it was about breeding DA out of pits and other potentially DA breeds. I was wondering what your guys thoughts are on the subject. Do you think it would benefit the breeds? Totally change the breed??
I'm not sure how possible it would be to totally breed that trait out of the breed, so that 90% or more had absolutely no tendency to fight in any situation. Because animal aggression was the main basis for what the breed was selectively bred for, it is pretty likely most dogs of the breed carry the potential to produce it to some degree. It is not necessarily an easy trait to test for prior to breeding because it is often situational. When I worked at the daycare, we had a good number of people bring their "dog friendly pit bulls" to daycare or play time who ended up displaying a fair amount of DA after repeated exposure to group play. Those dogs had not shown prior tendencies in every day life towards that and were appropriate with other dogs when first introduced to group play. It appeared to me that repeated exposure to group play triggered DA in some of these dogs. And with some, once it was triggered it became a pretty serious issue.

So within the current population, selectively breeding against it may or may not be possible. If it were, selectively breeding against it would undoubtedly change other things about the breed as well. Everything from how they look to their general nature to their drive may be affected. You never really know what all is tied together genetically.


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It's true that breeds have changed over time, many have been destroyed except for a small fringe who work tirelessly to preserve them. I wonder how many Dachshunds can still hunt badgers, how many Bassets can trail hare. How many mastiffs can still do protection work. Compared to the entire population of the breeds, I'm sure the percentage of worthwhile examples within the breeds are low.
I think all breeds change over time and will continue to change over time. The biggest reason is because times change, needs change and culture changes. How many Dachshunds can still hunt badgers? How many people still need Daschshunds to hunt badgers? Why aren't there any true working PWD left? Because there is no need for them. I do feel that purebred dogs should be preserved. I do look through old books and wonder what those long gone dogs were truly like compared to our modern versions. But I understand why things are the way they are too. I think Retrieverman said it best:

"Dogs also exist within the cultural and economic conditions of their time period, which is why I donít think we can recreate the St. Johnís water dog and the Irish wolfhound probably isnít the animal you want to use when you go to Alaska on a wolf hunt. The selective pressures that produced these animals disappear or are distorted once the exact conditions no longer exist.

I donít think my romance and nostalgia would ever lead me to do what Julius Wipfel and his colleagues did (recreate a breed). After all, that project cost a lot of money and took decades to perfect.

But I canít say Iím not influenced by these same forces.

Dog people wouldnít be much without some romance and nostalgia.

Itís just got to be kept in perspective."

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Old 11-10-2011, 05:20 PM
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I guess I'll make a long story short and say this: I don't understand ruining a breed because you don't like ONE trait. These are not dogs for everybody. I love them how they are. You (generic you, not anyone in particular) have no right to change MY breed to make it fit YOU.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:27 PM
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I still think the best way I saw it described was on Chaz, I think it was CorgiPower that said something like "the same things that make a dog get up and keep working after a bull slams it into a tree is the same thing that can cause DA"

It changed how I think of DA and breeding it out, I think you'd loose a lot that makes the hard breeds what they are if you took out the DA, because the DA is often a side effect of a big part of what makes the breed spectacular.
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I still think the best way I saw it described was on Chaz, I think it was CorgiPower that said something like "the same things that makes a dog get up and keep working after a bull slams it into a tree is the same thing that can cause DA"

It changed how I think of DA and breeding it out, I think you'd loose a lot that makes the hard breeds what they are if you took out the DA, because the DA is often a side effect of a big part of what makes the breed spectacular.
Yah I remember her saying that, I also though it was a good description. And I totally agree with you
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And if people can't handle the DA in a breed then perhaps they should pick another breed. OR adopt an adult of that breed that is known to be non DA.

In JRTs there seems to be a correlation between DR/DA and drive. Most of the super easy going JRTs I have met are very low drive. The higher drive ones tend to be more 'testy' and at least DR. Even out of my dogs its a strong correlation. Dekka is very high drive, she is DR. Kat was crazy high drive and also DR (though less so than other mother) Kaiden is quite good with other dogs and is moderate drive. Solo has only food drive and is vocal but not DR. Seren seems low drive and seems non DR (though give it time as she matures)
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I still think the best way I saw it described was on Chaz, I think it was CorgiPower that said something like "the same things that make a dog get up and keep working after a bull slams it into a tree is the same thing that can cause DA"

It changed how I think of DA and breeding it out, I think you'd loose a lot that makes the hard breeds what they are if you took out the DA, because the DA is often a side effect of a big part of what makes the breed spectacular.
That's an excellent way of putting it.

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And if people can't handle the DA in a breed then perhaps they should pick another breed. OR adopt an adult of that breed that is known to be non DA.

In JRTs there seems to be a correlation between DR/DA and drive. Most of the super easy going JRTs I have met are very low drive. The higher drive ones tend to be more 'testy' and at least DR. Even out of my dogs its a strong correlation. Dekka is very high drive, she is DR. Kat was crazy high drive and also DR (though less so than other mother) Kaiden is quite good with other dogs and is moderate drive. Solo has only food drive and is vocal but not DR. Seren seems low drive and seems non DR (though give it time as she matures)
I've noticed that in the "Pit Bull" breed type as well. A lot of sporting Pit Bulls that I know (dock diving and weight pull, mostly) are DA or DS/DR.
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