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    I'm more scared of smaller breeds - they have this small man syndrome
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    I really don't trust any of the working breeds
    Do you look like a sheep?

    I agree herding breeds have an entirely different way of relating to the world. But you have to not be the sheep.

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    Well, Hyacinth, maybe I do! lol.

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    my cousin definitely does - he has long blond wooly hair like an old metal rock star. No idea why.

    But my dog thinks he's crazy. Actually, my dog is right about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    I'm more scared of smaller breeds - they have this small man syndrome
    Totally agree with the highlighted part !

    I am not scared of them - but SWFs and the like are the bane of my dog walking excursions !

    Found this - Why Do Small Dogs Have So Many Psychological Problems?

    Why Do Small Dogs Have So Many Psychological Problems? | Psychology Today

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    Something else I found:

    What makes an aggressive dog, and how you can spot one:

    http://phys.org/news/2014-02-aggressive-dog.html#jCp

    Backs up what a lot of people have posted in this thread - that the owner of the dog has a lot to do with what happens in a situation.

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    Im with you on small white fluffys.
    though im not sure i include them in the 'dog' title
    they are so mean! so ballsy, totally out of proportion to ability to win any fight too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Something else I found:

    What makes an aggressive dog, and how you can spot one:

    http://phys.org/news/2014-02-aggressive-dog.html#jCp

    Backs up what a lot of people have posted in this thread - that the owner of the dog has a lot to do with what happens in a situation.
    Thanks Riley, that was interesting.

    Particularly in my case the comments - Neutered male dogs were twice as likely to be aggressive as neutered female dogs. However, there was no significant difference in aggression risk between neutered and non-neutered males.

    This has been my experience to date. Male staffy types, regardless of whether they are neutered or not are to be avoided wherever possible.

    Speaking of the swf's, there was one at the park the other day that bit just about every other dog on the mouth area and made them all bleed. We didn't even really notice at the time, saw him charge and all but that's common for swf's and I didn't realise he was actually biting. I know they're often aggressive because of the ridiculous circumstances under which they're purchased and raised by their owners but even when they are, I just can't see them as scary. The only time I was even a little worried was when my dog jumped away from the swf and because it was chasing him he nearly landed on it. Of course once I realised it was biting the other dogs I shooed it away, the owner wasn't even paying any attention. I mean even if it did try and bite my foot or whatever it could reach, I doubt it would do nearly as much damage as Sammy has when he's accidentally scraped my hand with his 4cm canines whilst we've been playing - couldn't move 2 of my fingers for some time afterwards...

    I can definitely understand someone being scared of working breeds - when you said working I thought of GSD's, rotties, mals etc moreso than kelpies and border collies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevbrock View Post
    I really don't trust any of the working breeds. Most of the ones I've met have been well-trained, quiet, obedient and such, but they all seem to have a hinge loose to me. I don't know what it is - it's like they're too quiet. And I don't like how they will circle around the back of you rather than walk up and say "hello".

    Staffies and their relative breeds are great dogs but require a very special owner, and their popularity as a great family dog has ruined their reputation in many cases due to poor owners and BYB.

    You havent met my working dogs LOL, they prefer a direct front on approach with lots of licking. The only thing they circle behind are sheep and I can assure you that they do know the difference between a sheep and a human. Mind you they are working sheepdogs and the working dogs I generally associate with are bona fide working dogs and they definitely do not herd or circle around humans LOL.

    I agree with you about staffies, I have had some very unpleasant experiences with them in the past.

    Backyard breeding and innapropriate ownership of various breeds has a lot to answer for.

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