(Closed) Are there any dogs out there that scare you? Dobermans scare me…

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Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m not scared of any particular breed.  It all depends on the individual dog.  I work in a vet’s office, and there are a few dogs of various breeds who have made me nervous.  But I’ve seen all kinds of sweet ones too.  One of the most gentle dogs I’ve ever met is a pit bull who was adopted by the office manager.

My husband has a fear of all large dogs except golden retrievers.  He was attacked by a catahoula as a child.  

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Chihuahuas. My ex had one and it tried to kill me every time I was at his house. I know they exist but I personally have never met a Chihuahua tha wasn’t yappy, snapish and aggressive. People laugh and think its funny when the rat with big ears bites people because it is unlikely that those demon little needle teeth will actually kill someone bit if a dog with twenty more pounds on it acted like they do, it would be deemed a dangerous dog. Just because a dog is small doesn’t make it less aggressive, actually many large to giant breed dogs are much more chill in that manner, they don’t have to make up for anything!! I would take a rottie or pit over a Chihuahua or yorkie any day.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This thread makes me sad because I feel like there are so many dogs out there that are not properly trained or are trained to be aggressive, and as a result they end up acting in an aggressive manner. In this case, it’s really the owner’s negligance or abuse that causes it, and the dog is punished or put down as a result.

Yes, I know that there are some freak occurrences where a normally sweet dog flips out. But there are also so many dogs trained to be aggressive that are put down when they act exactly as they were taught to act. Not that I’m judging anyone who has defended themself or their animal during an attack, because that is certainly the correct action, but many owners of aggressive dogs should be held accountable!

Post # 36
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@chasesgirl:  YES! 

Little dogs make me really nervous. For some reason, it seems like they aren’t trained as often as big dogs. Some owners seem to think it’s cute when their little dogs are aggressive. Growling, snarling and biting are unacceptable no matter what size your dog is. 

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@anemonie:  I agree! Like I said above, it’s all about the owner.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@anemonie:  +1

 

I don’t have any breed fear.  That being said, I was a dog trainer before I became a teacher and met a certain dog I was terrified of right off the bat.  It was a neapolitan mastiff, and its owner fed it raw meat and wanted me to train it as an attack dog.  Hell to the no.  That dog even as a puppy was already vicious.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not afraid of any particular breeds. I’m used to big dogs so I tend to feel fairly comfortable as long as they areain trained properly. Even tiny dogs that are improperly trained can do a lot of damage. It may not be as bad as a large dog, but still….

My FI’s parents have a large lab mix that I know I will never let near our future children. The dog freaks out if nobody gives it attention. It has tried to attack his siter’s German Shephard puppy and acts really strange around his brother’s son. They put the dog on a leash and try to control him… try being the operative word. The dog will pull on the end of the leash and get on his hind legs to get at the baby/puppy. FI’s step-dad brushes it off and says that the dog is just trying to get to know them. He lets the dog get close enough to snap at them and denies when the snapping happens. I’m hoping we live out of state by the time we have kids so that we don’t have to deal with the dog.   

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@DeadUtopia:  I’m sorry you had to witness that. : ( I have a pit/boxer mix and I would totally understand that you wouldn’t want to be near my dog after that. I’m happy that you see it as a matter of the upbringing rather than the breading though. Pitbulls do tend to have a higher level agressiveness towards other dogs and without proper training that can get worse. They are very protective of the people in their home though and see them as a pack unit. 

 

 

Post # 39
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Sugar Beekeeper

I am incredibly terrified of pit bulls, not necessarily for myself but for my dogs. There are a few really aggressive ones that live in the area and the owners don’t obey the leash laws…much to my dismay. My Brother-In-Law and SIL have a pit bull and despite treating her like a member of the family, investing in training etc she is very aggressive and has a record of attacking my Brother-In-Law along with other dogs in our county.

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@imalittlebirdie:  My Poms only want to give you kisses, seriously.

 

Post # 40
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Sugar Beekeeper

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@AlwaysSunny:  Some owners seem to think it’s cute when their little dogs are aggressive. Growling, snarling and biting are unacceptable no matter what size your dog is.

Ugh tell me about it, I see it all the time. But not us, no way! Our dogs are held to the same standards. Yes our male can be territorial and we instantly correct the behavior. I agree some smaller dogs tend to get away with naughty behaviors and that is a pity. We don’t put up with that, I have no patience for naughy behavior with my babies (or any dogs for that matter).

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Storm0075

I’m not scared of any breed as a whole. But there are some individual dogs I’m wary of.

I show one of my dogs, so I’m exposed to about every breed at the shows, those dogs are well trained & socialized nearly 100% of the time.

But if I see some gang-banger walking down the street with an unruly dog I would cross the street to avoid them. Or it doesn’t even have to be a gang-banger, if someone is in the petstore with an untrained dog, or the dog is giving body signals it’s uncomfortable/scared/annoyed, I avoid that aisle. Not so much that I’m scared for my safety at that point, but my dogs are all 6-11 pounds, if a 50+ pound dog decides to seriously bite them, it could easily kill them with a single bite.

We had a German Shepherd when I was a kid. We had trained her for a year for a service dog organization, but when she went back to them for her advanced training, she failed her medical screening due to hip displaysia, so we got first-dibs to keep her as a pet, which we did. People were terrified of her just because she was a German Shepherd! Even during her training, when she had a cape on that clearly identified her as “Service Dog in Training”, parents would grab their kids away. In crowded areas, it was like the parting of the Red Sea, people were scared of her.

 

@PilotsGirl56  In reply to your comment about: “its owner fed it raw meat and wanted me to train it as an attack dog”

Raw meat doesn’t make a dog vicious. I understand there were other reasons involved with the dog in question, but raw meat is a non-issue.

I feed my dogs raw meat (prey-model raw diet). They are 2 papillons and a pomeranian-mix. None of them even understand that animals are made from meat (I’ve tried feeding “whole prey” before, such a an unskinned rabbit or a feathered chicken, they didn’t understand it).

Look how vicious they are! Ready to tear out someone’s jugular vein at a moment’s notice!

I’m a member of a local AKC affiliated toy breed dog club, I’d say about half the members feed their dogs (all toy breeds: yorkies, toy poodles, papillons, etc.) raw meat. I know of sheep ranchers and competitive herders that raw-feed their herding dogs, they don’t have a problem with the herding dogs attacking the sheep.

Before 100 years ago, all dogs were fed a combination of raw meat and kitchen scraps, there was no “dog food”. 

Post # 42
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Bumble bee

I’m not scared of breeds of dogs, I’m scared of irresponsible owners. I’ve seen unfriendly dogs of every kind of breed (and frankly small dogs are often more misbehaved than big dogs but people think nothing of it since it’s small and “cute”).

Alot of people are scared of my dog (American Bulldog) because they think she is a pit bull and I think it’s a shame to be so judgemental. My dog is the biggest pussycat in the world and doesnt have an aggressive bone in her body, yet people cross the street to avoid her when I take her on walks. I go to the dog park every other day and let me tell you, there are about a dozen pit bulls that go there regularly and they are rarely the dogs acting aggresively. 

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@Petite_Fraise:  LOVE American Bull Dogs! She’s beautiful! 

 

Anyways, I used to be afraid of pits and big dogs. But I started volunteering for an all-volunteer run dog rescue, and now I do not have those fears. I understand why dogs bite or become aggressive. I’ve been bit. I’ve been chased. I’ve been barked and growled at. It’s all about knowing the breed, the dog, and the owner. I’ve gotten past my fears so much that I would actually consider getting a pit if we had the space. We also almost adopted a pit/corgi mix we fostered since she was the sweetest thing in the world! 

Also, out of our 6 foster dogs, the most aggressive one we had was our terrier mix who got territorial over me and his “under the bed” hiding spaces. Eventually, with training, he was a perfect gentleman. 

 

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@Petite_Fraise:  Aww, your dog looks so sweet – I just want to hug her! 

Some people used to be afraid of my lab as well – which was kind of upsetting, since was the single friendliest dog probably in the entire world. I’d always tell people that ‘out of our two dogs, it’s the smaller one that you’ve got to watch out for more.’ Not that my Irish Terrier is vicious or anything … but he’d be way more likely to bite than the lab ever would. 

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee

The ones that are snarling at me.

Seriously, I’m not scared of any particular breed, since I’ve seen sweet, and nasty-tempered, dogs of all breeds.

Post # 46
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I looooove big dogs. Love. My FI’s stepgrandma has a HUGE mutt (I think it’s a Chow/Rottie) that I absolutely adore. All she wants to do is sit on you and lick you and let you pet her. She’s a leaner–she’ll sit next to you and immediately lean all 200lbs of her on you lol. She’s the least aggressive dog I’ve ever seen–she doesn’t even bark.

I don’t have any particular breeds that I’m scared of, but I do NOT like little dogs. Like a PP said, they’re usually not trained and their owners think it’s cute. No, it’s really not cute that your dog is growling/barking/snarling/jumping all over me. FI’s dad and stepmom have a “hybrid” (mutt) who is, I admit, super cute, but she FREAKS OUT every time we come over–barking, jumping, etc.–no matter how often we come over. 

That said, I adore bully breeds. FI’s best friend has a pit who thinks she’s a lap dog (at 75lbs) and is REALLY REALLY happy when people come over because OMG SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH ME AND PET ME AND OMG OMG OMG HI HI HIHIHIHIHIHI LET ME LICK YOUR FAAAAAAAAAAAAACE HERE’S MY TOY THROW IT THROW IT THROW IT. She’s ridiculous. 

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