February 26, 2015
The headlines make us wary of them: Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Dobermans. All of them are to be feared and make people practically break their necks peering over their shoulders at them while walking away, making sure their backs aren’t turned to them until they go around a corner. They are vicious, horrible and possibly even demonic creatures that won’t hesitate to bite and tear until you’re another bloody victim of “the aggressive breed.”
Alright, there was a little exaggeration there, but the fact is that the media and a handful of bad dog owners managed to plaster a false and negative image on many breeds that can be just as loving as your Labrador. Here are some of the most misunderstood breeds in the canine kingdom.
Anybody who’s seen any of the Omen movies knows the Rottweiler is something to be feared as a literal demonic force, with the ability to cause supernatural “accidents” to happen to people who get in the antichrist’s way. It’s also a popular choice for vicious junkyard dogs in many other films, and even in reality in many cases. Fiction and lack of understanding aside, the breed can be completely docile if raised the right way, and can make a great protector with a soft side.
American Pit Bull Terrier
What was once regarded as a “nanny dog” of all things has become a pariah in the dog owning community, now considered by many to be a psychotic fighter that only people like Michael Vick could find appealing. On the contrary, when given a loving home this breed is potentially as sedate as a sloth.
With the same coloration and potential “guard dog” qualities as the Rottweiler, the Doberman Pincher has also gained an unwarranted reputation as a dangerous canine. It was even bred to look more aggressive with cropped ears. Little do many people know what loyal and loving dogs these guys can be when treated right.
While still a popular dog according to the American Kennel Club, the Boxer is poorly understood as well. They’re highly energetic, loud and playful, with a penchant for rough play that can be misunderstood as viciousness. Not the best dog to have around young kids, but a loving companion for dog owners nonetheless.
Remember how Disney’s 101 Dalmatians made you want one, or how a fire truck used to make you envision the cookies-and-cream-colored dog riding it while wearing a fireman helmet? Sadly, it seems those visions are to remain a nostalgic point in history thanks to an increase in bad breeding. Over the years the breed has developed behavioral issues because of neurological problems spurned on by poor breeding.