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starrlamia wrote:Pit bulls are not a guarding breed, in fact they are the opposite and extremely friendly toward family and strangers alike
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Yes, but they were also historically used as farm guardians. That may be what jethro is talking about.
jethro wrote: I thought pits were the best family protectors in the dog world, are you saying that's not true?
Yep, not true. They were known to be very loyal...but not protectors. If your dog isn't from good lines, who have a history of being true to the breed, then atypical issues may arise-such as fear.
Stick around, get to know us (and your dog), share some pictures (definitely of the mastiffs too, please) and enjoy yourself.
Shearaha1 wrote:Yes, but they were also historically used as farm guardians. That may be what jethro is talking about.
I'm not saying you're wrong, but that is the first time I've ever heard that and I've done quite a bit of reading. Why would a terrier (with high prey drive) be used for guarding a farm...with animals, I'm assuming.
jamielvsaustin wrote:I'm not saying you're wrong, but that is the first time I've ever heard that and I've done quite a bit of reading. Why would a terrier (with high prey drive) be used for guarding a farm...with animals, I'm assuming.
I know that my grandparents used "pitties" and other terriers (welsh, westie and airedale) as their farm dogs. Admittedly they raised poultry and their main concern were rodents. But my Daddy is always telling the story of their one pit bull who stopped a thief from taking some of my grandfathers prized chickens.
I have to also admit that I may be confused and am mixing family anecdotes with true history
jethro wrote:I mainly just want him to look intimidating to strangers entering my property.
I think you'll get what you're looking for. I find more people who are afraid/intimidated of them than those who aren't. It always feels special when I come across someone who isn't afraid of my dog, like they "know".
Shearaha1 wrote:I have to also admit that I may be confused and am mixing family anecdotes with true history
jethro wrote:I want him to be gentle but scary looking, . Do you know what I mean?
I know exactly what you mean. Not always, but sometimes I want the same thing....like when my husband isn't home and I have to answer the door. My dogs bark their heads off...and I let them. And if I really want to be comfortable I'll hold Trooper by his collar (while he barks). Really he just wants to meet whoever is at the door, but the person doesn't always know that. Typically if we're expecting someone-friend, pizza guy, etc-we put the dogs behind baby gates. We're aware enough to know that not everyone loves our dogs as much as we do.
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