Top 5 Most Misunderstood Dog Breeds
Humans are not the only ones who can be misunderstood. Dogs are misunderstood too. Because of past experiences, what we see in movies, and what people say, we might have a preconceived idea of certain dog breeds – ideas that may lead to wrong impressions.
We would like to help in dispelling some biases and prejudice against certain dog breeds. In this post, you'll read about the top 5 most misunderstood types of dogs.
1. Pit Bulls
What're the first words you think about pit bulls? Is it fierce and dangerous or sweet and loving? No doubt, most people would think of pit bulls as some of the most dangerous dog breeds ever. But are they?
First, let us define what pit bulls are. Sadly, a lot of people think that all dogs with a large head and short coat are pit bulls, but that is false. The reality is that pit bulls come in four breeds. They are the American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, and American bully.
Here’s something you might not know. It is only the American pit bull terrier that was bred for fighting in the late 1800s. The other types of pit bulls have always been known for dog shows. Today, pit bulls aren’t bred for fighting anymore. They are as sweet and intelligent as any other dog. So, it would be a good idea if people stop thinking of pit bulls as fighting dogs, because they are not.
In the 90s, Dobermans were commonly seen to be guard dogs and police dogs. With the popular media dictating what they are nowadays, a lot of people think that they are only good for work. To make things even worse for Dobermans, some owners crop their ears to make them look fiercer.
It is true that Dobermans are popularly used to be police dogs are still able to serve on the force. However, they can also serve as great pets and family members. Their loyal, loving, and attentive personalities are enough to add a spark of joy in your home.
Another dog breed that was used in horror or suspense movies is the Rottweiler. At this point, you might now see where you and I get some of the wrong impressions we have of dogs. You probably have seen a movie about a Rottweiler who went into a rampage and kills people. It’s sad that some dog breeds are portrayed this way.
The truth is that Rottweilers are herding and guarding dogs! Because of their natural disposition to protect, it is only natural for them to become aggressive around people they see as a threat. Thankfully, with the right training, they can be become loyal, disciplined, and happy dogs.
The name itself could send the wrong signal to a lot of people. Boxers are not boxing dogs that love to fight. They certainly are not pit bulls as most people assume. Nevertheless, they are actually sweet dogs who love to play with their humans.
Perhaps, what makes it a little tough to have boxers around is their unlimited energy! Because of their natural big built combined with their playfulness and rowdiness, being active is mistaken for aggression. Boxers just want to play!
Boxers are known to be intelligent dogs. So if you want to train them, make sure to avoid punishment that may push them to aggression. Rather, use positive reinforcement and reward to improve your boxer’s behavior. They'll feed off your positivity and quickly become your best friend.
5. Border Collies
Border collies are very cute and cuddly. Therefore, it is not surprising to see a lot of people get a border collie right off the bat just because they are adorable. Nonetheless, a lot of these same people don’t know that border collies need a lot of mental stimulation. It takes a lot of effort to take care of border collies! They are highly intelligent. That’s why, when trained properly, you can see a lot of these dogs in dog shows and competitions.
Border collies are not the type of dogs you can simply leave at home whenever you’re going to work or travel out of town. They need constant physical and mental stimulation. Failure to provide this could lead to aggression and unwanted behavior. The amount of time needed to spend with border collies can easily turn off a lot of owners and their border collies end up in shelters or for adoption.
Seek to Understand
There are no bad dogs, only misinformed owners. Every dog can be trained and disciplined. They're like children that can be mischievous at times, but with the right training, they should be able to become well-adjusted dogs.
Pit bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Boxers, and Border Collies are some of the most misunderstood dog breeds out there. But they are not the only ones. There are other dog breeds that are often misunderstood, sadly labeled, ostracized, and avoided. This list is a good tool to raise awareness among people tend to misunderstand these breeds. It is up to us to do our part in understanding them.
Read more about dog breeds, their personalities, and history. Don’t simply rely on what people say about them. Sometimes, all you need to do is be equipped with the right knowledge and all misunderstandings can eventually phase out. What other breeds do you find to be misunderstood? Comment below!
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