Poor training, dogs specifically bred for fighting and other attributes have lead to a bad name for some really great dogs. Even though terriers may not be the best choice for a family, don’t discount these breeds altogether purely by their reputation. The same is true for other canines that have higher statistics for biting and attacking people.
We won’t get into the Pit Bull debate here, but it’s interesting that the number two spot belongs to a Bulldog and the French Bulldog also makes the cut in the AKC top ten.
When the Pit Bull splashed across headlines for a seemingly bad disposition, other canines were also improperly labeled as “bad dogs,” also partially due to media exposure. Take these three noble breeds who make great family pets:
- Doberman Pinschers
- German Shepherds
You may have seen or read that these dogs are vicious, snarling, animals meant to intimate intruders and sometimes attack without provocation. What some potential pet owners may not realize is these dogs are mostly strong-willed, but they’re also very intelligent, extremely loyal and make excellent pets when trained properly.
Proper training is absolutely essential regardless of what breed you choose to be your family pet. Be sure to do your research and understand what you’re getting yourself into before adopting an animal.
Just like your kids, they need discipline, continuous care and attention to grow into the best animal they can be for you and your family.