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post #41 of 84 (permalink) Old 05-16-2014, 09:41 PM
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Wow I have to say I am stunnded!!
I know a male in Virgin City and you play bitey face with his lower jaw all day and he never makes contact with his upper jaw with your hand! That's a Boxer! But it's just like pitts a bad owner and screw up any breed!

My girl had no issues with people whatsoever so maybe the girls are harder to screw up?? Someone on here had said something similar about "bad attitudes" with male English Mastiffs?? Hope it's not a Trend!!???

And the Persa Canario...yeah just gonna say ..not a dog for fools!!!

Lol. I think it was me in regards to the English mastiff. Hmmmm.... Maybe it's me?!?!? It could also be that we have one of the few boarding faculties with indoor/outdoor runs that makes it's easy for very aggressive dogs to board. We never have to handle them. We do most of the LE dogs as well. But I have no problem handling them??? Who knows.


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Bull Mastiff and Perro de Presa Canario are both related as Molossers with common ancestry.

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I actually see a fair amount of German Shepherds around here, and just the other day when I was taking Apollo for a walk, a woman came out of her house, and called out to me, asking if she could see Apollo up close. She was really good and patient while he let out a few loud barks, but then he was fine. Turns out, she has a 10 year old female shepherd of her own!

More on topic, lots of people I encounter on my walks with Apollo are sadly, initially terrified of him. Even if he does not bark. It breaks my heart because my dog is a giant sweetie who would never hurt a fly. He just wants to be everyones friend! But if he wishes to approach anyone (even some of my mom's guests) they recoil from him, which in turn makes him nervous. :c
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People either love GSDs or dislike them very much there doesn't seem to be an in between.


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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People either love GSDs or dislike them very much there doesn't seem to be an in between.


This is so very true. Unfortunately my boys are not very extremely socialized but that's not from lack of effort. People around here ( Parma, Ohio ) tend to keep to themselves a lot and when I take my boys out forget it.. People have such a uneducated ideas and general fear about this breed. We have plenty of parks around here but for the most part No Dogs Allowed. It really bothers me because Where I grew up everyone talked to everyone.. I tried to put together a block party a couple years age and only three neighbors thought it was a good idea. But I don't care. My boys are the most loving, loyal, funny dogs I could ever wish for. If people want to avoid them then its their loss not mine.
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I am looking for help in finding a home for my German Shepherd, Ritty. Ritty turns 5 in June. He is large (115 lb), black & tan with red highlights, breeder is Shewana Shepherds (Harvard, Illinois). For many reasons my wife and I cannot keep Ritty any longer. I've tried to work with GSD rescues but no one will take Ritty because he has fear aggression or anxiety aggression issues. I got Ritty from the breeder at 16 weeks, nearly 17 weeks, of age. I tried to introduce Ritty to other dogs, children and adults early on. I brought him to a respected trainer in our area (Frank Brader). But for some reason(s), Ritty has never allowed people into our home. He has aggressively lunged at children inside our home but never bit any of them. In the park, he is friendly with anyone. In our home he has shown aggression toward adults and did bite both of my daughters' boyfriends (young men in their mid-20s). Neither bite broke skin but he did leave bruises. Because GSDs are considered aggressive, warning bites (or fear/anxiety bites) are considered acts of aggression and I am told my dog is too much of a risk and should be put down. I was wondering, as a last gasp measure to save his life, if perhaps a retired K-9 handler or a strong male alpha type who lives alone and who can handle a highly charged dog might be out there. Ritty is great with other dogs and off the leash at dog parks, and people can pet him and play with him. Inside the house, that is another matter. I'd appreciate any help from folks experienced with GSDs. Thank you.
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I agree. Bullmastiff and Presa are very different.

As for the boxer thing. They are one of the breeds I don't trust as a tech. We have more nasty than nice Boxers that come to my clinic. Serious bite inflicting boxers. Male boxers to be exact. The females are generally lovely. The males, it's a rare thing to have a nice one. At least in my experience.
I'm a tech myself and after 10 years working in this environment, I have never been bitten by a GSD, Pitbull or Rottweiler. The large breeds that have sent our staff to the hospital here are Goldens, Dalmatians and Chows.

It's rare I see a GSD that is happy to be at the vet but they are by no means the most difficult of the "dangerous" breeds to work with in a hospital setting IMHO.

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I don't trust boxers, huskies, Rhodesian ridgebacks are some of the worst IMHO, I don't trust shibas, schnauzers, dachshunds, chihuahuas, American eskimos. Those are the breeds on my list.

Rottweilers as well. They can actually be scary, I've seen more than a few that just snap without given warning

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Bull Mastiff and Perro de Presa Canario are both related as Molossers with common ancestry.

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Well yes, Bullies/Molossers are my first love! Big group, some of them are not dogs for fools! Cane Corso anyone?
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Lol. I think it was me in regards to the English mastiff. Hmmmm.... Maybe it's me?!?!? It could also be that we have one of the few boarding faculties with indoor/outdoor runs that makes it's easy for very aggressive dogs to board. We never have to handle them. We do most of the LE dogs as well. But I have no problem handling them??? Who knows.


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Yep I think so! First English Mastiff I met was at the Cow Palace in San Francisco...Dog Show, there was a long line of people waiting to greet a dog!

I got in line it was an English Mastiff "she" was shaking hands with everyone that came up. I spoke with the owner for a bit and the dog laid in my lap. She was a real sweetheart! But yeah it was a girl!

Labs and Goldens seem to be "changing" these days and not in a good way it seems.

My GSD "accepts" pets from strangers but he could literally careless, my Boxer loved people!

A dog that is "trained" to be petted/safe in public vs a dog that actually "likes" people, is a very different place for it's guardian! My guy is "proven" safe but I still have a "Bubble Dog" mentality!

I have let him meet one or two people on any given day but three or more of either, I'm out! He's fine, I get stressed!

Don't want him to sense that so, we have to move..kinda sucks! It's "me" now not the dog!
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