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    Hey guys,

    I have recently rescued an American bulldog, she has been used as a pigging dog since she was a pup and she is now 5 years old.
    She is apparently not fast enough to use anymore because of the arthritis in her back legs, not to mention she is skin and bones! They were planning to shoot her so i grabbed her!
    I have had her for a week now she seems to be an extremely placid dog, fine to do anything with.
    Just wondering if anyone might know anything about the temperament of a pigging dog? i have her in with my housemates boxer pup and a jack russell atm, She is a beautiful dog but im just not sure how much i should actually be trusting her and how unpredictable and aggressive these pigging dogs can be and can they be re trained?
    I really know nothing about pigging dogs so any information or advice would be appreciated.

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    I've got no idea.

    She might be placid now because she's starving and not got the energy to be nasty.

    Then again she could be like most hunting dogs and fine with the human bosses and only fire up when there is a pig to be hunted.

    I wouldn't leave her alone with small children or other dogs or cats until you were more certain of her temperment or inclination to chase and eat/kill things.

    I have a hard time relating to the idea of taking dogs pig hunting but then I think I've probably spent too much time in the city.

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    If they are anything like the Great Dane which was originally bred to hunt Wild Boar then the placid nature is normal. They spring into action when given certain commands.
    Danes were bred to hunt and hold down, not to kill, so their 'danger level' is rather low.

    I can't tell you much about the AB, just Danes lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I've got no idea.

    She might be placid now because she's starving and not got the energy to be nasty.

    Then again she could be like most hunting dogs and fine with the human bosses and only fire up when there is a pig to be hunted.

    I wouldn't leave her alone with small children or other dogs or cats until you were more certain of her temperment or inclination to chase and eat/kill things.

    I have a hard time relating to the idea of taking dogs pig hunting but then I think I've probably spent too much time in the city.


    Me personally would never leave any "pigging dog" alone with any child or any type of animal.. i don't trust them at all, never know when they will strike.

    Same here HY.. but for different reasons.. i don't believe any breed of dog should be used for any type of animal slaughter, just so freaken barbaric & all for mans sick entertainment....ffs just use a gun & humanely shoot the pigs.

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    I'm guessing 'pigging' is a lot different to your usual hunting then?

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    Most pig dogs have pretty good temperaments, and get along well with other dogs. But it depends largely on how they've been rasied and treated - yours not to well by the sound of it! Poor girl.

    I would agree with Hy that her behaviour cuold change as she regains strength. I have known people with working pigdogs and kids and no issues with them being together, but they are good to their dogs and know them extremely well.

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    Hi there. I also can not answer your question but my instincts too are with the others, be super vigilant with the other dogs around, be prepared to separate and have an area to do so should the need arise and never leave her (or any dog) alone with children.

    It is so great that you took her on and are prepared to give her a loving caring home.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    It depends on how the dog was brought up, just like any other dog all will be different.

    look at APDHA site for pics of worked piging dogs in family situations and social bbq days if you like.
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    I used to date a bloke who had 2 "piggers" (his term). Both were fabulous pets for him, BUT, he was their master in the yard and in the bush, so not quite the same.

    Very sure of themselves physically, but also incredibly friendly, and as others have said, only called on their instincts when commanded.

    So there's one that's a tick for "will be OK with work"

    On the other hand, when I used to leave in the yarra valley, an acquantainces father used to run deer dogs - had a run of about 20. Were caged 24/7 when not hunting, and were the most aggresive dogs I have ever encountered. I am not normally afraid of any dog, but I would not go near these pens due to their agression (which was unfortunately encouraged) - charging at the cages and literally launching at you, snarling and barking. The most surpirsing of all is that they were all pedigree'd fox hounds. Onviously their genetics is hunting quarry, but all the other FH's I have ever met have been perfect gentle dogs, not these Hounds of the Baskerville-types.

    So, that is a check in the "can't have a positive outcome" box.

    Persoanlly, I would give this dog a 6 month run with hepas of exercise and training... one thing I would do is find out his hunting commands from the old owner and work with a professional to retrain him on them.

    What worries me though is that these dogs have been blooded... I have always been told that a blooded dog is one not to be 100% trusted ever again. Whether this is true or not I do not know - I hope for you and your new doglet that it is not.

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    My dog has bull arab somewhere in his mix and has an excellent temp and wonderful with my children.

    I will echo others comments though, supervision and be mindful. Just like with any dog you bring into your home.

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