Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR
It depends on the individual dog and their temperment as well as their environment and how they're rasied that determines their aggression issues.
Actually that sort of depends, in some dogs such as pitbulls, dog aggression is normal. It's like herding dogs having the strong urge to chase or 'herd' stuff.
If you get that male, Jimbo, you may want to consider getting a large crate and work on crate training him. He might be a real sweety but it's best to have him crated when you're gone, all it would take is another dog or cat attacking him. Aside from that it can be his safe spot.
I would never have another pit without having it crate trained, or any dog really. Growing up with pits did teach me how fast they can destroy furniture, even as puppies.
I can't remember if I mentioned it in this thread already or in another one, heck maybe even another forum,
but I really believe BYBs should be punished. No matter what the breed, cat or dog. Respectable and responsible breeders already register and properly vet their animals, any regulations requiring that for breeding wouldn't touch them.
Maybe less people would let their cats and dogs pop out litter after litter if they knew they could be turned in for it and fined. Of course there would need to be better animal protection laws in place already for something like that to even work.
A lot of breeds really are being ruined by BYBs, temperament, genetic problems, and poor choice of animals used.
I was horrified last Easter when driving through the town my father lives in. I looked out car window and saw two pits hooked up together near a trailer. Both dogs were pure white, no telling how many genetic problems that's going to cause in the puppies... and the worst part of it, both dogs were extremely thin! You could see their spines. When I see cruelty like that it really makes me want to drag the irresponsible people out and leave them chained up outside with no food or shelter.
Actually, I'm going to add to the breeding bit some...
Another thing that really annoys me is people, sometimes teens (read, no financial support on their own) who want to breed reptiles. They have no concept of what they're going to do with all the eggs or after they hatch. Worse if they're trying to breed under age or females that aren't even up to proper weight. There are enough of these animals (especially leopard geckos) dying in pet stores. The world does not need more irresponsible breeders of any kind.