Originally Posted by strange_wings
I don't think they all are, but they are certainly a dog breed that needs to be controlled, not allowed to run at all. People tend to see them as noble police dogs and such, not realizing the trouble they can cause when loose. Meaning the town police and animal control there didn't care, yet if our dogs were off the leash for a moment we would get in trouble, even for a 3 month old puppy.
Sad thing about it was the cat belonged to my then 10 year old step sister (who saw the dog attack the cat too), the dog was a friend of her's that the parents knew was a cat killer, dog aggressive, and slightly human aggressive, but still allowed it to run.
That said... I'm still convinced that chihuahuas are pure evil (joking).
Does your state or town/city not have any laws reguarding hybrids?
I hope that walmart gets dragged over the coals, hopefully PETA won't be able to get involved.
That is good
And i do agree- they do need proper training, socialization, and they need to know that their owners are the "alphas" at all times and that they are in control. ALL of my dogs are highly trained. I work very very hard with them. That being said- they are also ALL spayed/neutered, all indoors only, and all leashed trained. I absolutely do not let them off a leash when i walk them. They are all properly id'd as well just in case and up to date on shots. / I live in Memphis, TN (as far as hybrids go- i'm not sure what the rules are to an extent.) The shelter was about to euthanize Ginger and her littermates the day we went in and just happened to see them simply because they were 1/2 wolf. We had to show proof after we adopted her that she was indoors only/ vaccinated/ and things like that and we also had to have our vet sign papers (i was 10 at the time i don't remember what they were for.
) She's on the smaller side (her mom was pure wolf and her dad was a germanshepherd /elkhound mix) so she's not massive or anything- but could definitely do damage had she not been raised/trained right. We ALWAYS handle our dogs knowing what they are capable of and work very hard to give them the best possible home. I don't recall much more about the policies towards hybrids as far as memphis goes- nobody has said anything else to us since we adopted her./ She goes to the vet 2-3 times a month now (she's not doing so well health wise
). / And I DEFINITELY think temperment and things of that nature depend on the indivdual animal- you can't just count an entire breed/species as bad just because of a bad experience with one- that being said- for me personally- i had bad experiences in my past with our old chichuah, rascale, who we took in when my sister and her family moved a few years back. We had him for several years and tried everything we could to socialize and train him- he was even seen by vets and other handlers- he was just soooooo mean and aggressive we had no choice but to try and rehome him- he attempted to attack my little niece one day and that was the last straw- he had always tried to bite and snap at us no matter how nice we were to him. We finally were able to rehome him with retired chichuah breeders (all of their dogs were neutered/spayed as was rascle). Before we had him- when we were little, we had a french toy poodle named jacque- he was my sister's dog- we had him for 10 years- he was an absolute deamon- he bit through my finger at one point...and one time bit all the way through my mom's ankle. Yet she refused to do anything about it- that's what makes me mad- she let him for for years biting and snapping around us children. When he hit 10 he finally just got uncontrolable - his kidneys stoped functioning and he just got more and more aggressive- he was to the point that we couldn't rehome him or anything. He bit my mom one last time very very badly and that was it- we decided to have him humanely euthanized. So yes- although i was not fond of those two dogs in particular- we tried all we could for them. Just because i had a bad experince with those two does not make me hate all poodles/ chichuah's or small dogs simply because of them. I understand that each dogs is different and you can't catergorize them all as bad. But i definitely understand where you're comming from and how one or two bad experiences can make you leary. For me- i have had better experiences with large dogs- my wolf mix ginger is much more sweet and kind than our old poodle and chichuah ever were- and she has NEVER snapped or bit us ever. Neithor has Fosters (our aussie/collie mix) or our new dog Digger (name soon to be changed
-he's a carolina dog/ chow chow mix). For me personally, i try to look at the individual dog- there are plenty of sweet ones out there and plenty of aggressive ones- you just have to look at the individual animal
(i just wanted to add also- i do like little dogs too even though i only have big ones. my sister has a chinese crested that is as sweet as can be- so those two bad experiences i had with our old dogs didn't make me turned off to all little ones