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The Fila Brasileiro has an instinctive aggressiveness towards strangers, and it doesn't mind showing it. For this reason, it is not judged on signs of aggressiveness in a dog show, even though some Filas are disqualified for being overly aggressive. It is not friendly with other animals and distinctly dislikes other Fila Brasileiros of the same sex. It is tremendously aggressive towards other small animals, like cats. It will not hesitate to injure or kill another animal. [...]
The Fila Brasileiro is one of four dogs banned in the United Kingdom.
The four breeds covered under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 are pit bull terriers, Dogo Argentinos, Fila Brasileiro, and Japanese Tosas. Why has the Fila Brasileiro been included in this list? It is a dog that has been bred to guard and herd livestock, so wouldn't it be a protective guard dog? Yes and no. The Fila Brasileiro is the most aggressive of the guard dogs, being completely open with its aggressiveness towards strangers. [...]
The Fila Brasileiro makes a fine bodyguard. It is completely loyal to its owner and has a naturally suspicious nature towards strangers. If you want a dog that will put your security needs first, this dog will be more than happy to comply. It was originally bred as a guard dog for livestock, but this devotion carries through to the owner and the owner's household. The breed's characteristics give it a good sense of smell and a powerful and intimidating appearance. [...]
The Fila Brasileiro is a Brazilian guard dog that was bred to hunt jaguar and guard livestock. The dog is very large, standing about three feet tall in some cases and weighing up to 200 pounds. Their handlers know them for their extreme faithfulness, with a natural suspiciousness towards strangers. This suspiciousness expresses itself in aggressiveness that the dog doesn't bother to hide when faced with a stranger. This is called "ojeriza" which is Portuguese and means a loathing or sharp aversion of strangers. They can be very fast and, despite their massive frames, can jump very well. [...]
The American Pit Bull Terrier has received a lot of negative publicity in recent years, which has given it a fearsome reputation. This reputation has led to a general dislike of the breed among the overall public, and has even led to increases in insurance premiums for owners and local bans on the dogs.
The fearsome reputation of the American Pit Bull Terrier stems from a series of well-publicized attacks by dogs of the breed, a number of which resulted in human fatalities. [...]
American Pit Bull Terriers are subject to breed-specific legislation, ownership restrictions, insurance restrictions and outright bans in at least 7 countries of the world. These bans have stemmed from a number of attacks by pit bull-type dogs, many of which have resulted in fatalities. But many owners and lovers of the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) argue that bans on APBT's are unfair and that the breed makes an excellent companion animal and family pet. The controversy surrounding American Pit Bull Terriers has created two drastically divided camps. [...]
Controversy aside, many American Pit Bull Terriers have proven to be very good family pets. With the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), owners are always cautioned to know the breed's temperament and know it well. It is recommended that only people who can commit to the proper training and upkeep of the APBT attempt to own one. In large part, this entails knowing what to expect from the dogs regarding safety around other dogs, animals, and children. [...]
Perhaps more than most breeds, an improperly socialized dachshund is more likely than not to develop a habit of fear biting that can make interacting with new people or dogs something to fear rather than look forward to. Often, owners don't even realize why their dog is so seemingly aggressive just before running away or rolling over in submission. It may very well be that your dog is in a constant state of high anxiety. [...]
If you are looking for a dog that loves every stranger it meets, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is not the breed for you. Catahoula Leopard Dogs can get extremely aggressive with strangers. If not, they will definitely shy away from unfamiliar faces. They may act afraid, shake or back away. They may perceive strangers as a threat and act accordingly. They may scratch and bite. [...]
The Central Asian Shepherd, sometimes called the Central Asian Ovtcharka, has been used to guard humans, their camps and flocks for centuries; they considered themselves a part of the livestock, ready to spring into action if any threat should arise. The same held true for the personal property and land of its humans. In the harsh Central Asian countries that it called home, the Ovtcharka often found itself battling large, fierce predators, such as bears, wolves, leopards and even tigers. Only the strongest, most courageous and most intelligent dogs would be able to survive the life that these dogs led. [...]
The Central Asian Ovtcharka, or CAO, is not a breed for the faint of heart. If you've never owned a dog before, or if you've owned something like a Yorkshire Terrier, you should probably not attempt to own one of these Mastiff-type dogs. They can be quite a handful, not in terms of energy, but in terms of sheer size and power. If not properly trained and handled, they could develop very aggressive and violent tendencies, putting others at risk. [...]
Chinese Foo dogs are unique in that they come in three distinct sizes: Toy, which is under ten inches, Miniature, which is between ten and fifteen inches, and Standard, which is above fifteen inches. Choosing which sized Chinese Foo to buy will depend on the family situation, size of the home and availability of space to exercise and play. In this article, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of each of the three sizes of Chinese Foos. [...]
The smooth fox terrier is a dog that makes a great family pet, especially for families with older children, as they will both have the energy to entertain and play with each other. The smooth fox terrier is a very energetic and active dog that seeks a lot of attention from its human companions, so before you decide to add a smooth fox terrier to your family you will want to make sure that it is the right type of pet for you and your children.
Smooth fox terriers are generally gentle, playful dogs, however if the dog has had prior experience with children that have not been good to it then you may want to reconsider, especially if it is an older dog as it will be harder to train the dog to be tolerant of children. If, however your smooth fox terrier has not had a bad experience with kids then they would make the perfect companion for your children as your children will be able to give them the attention that they require by playing and talking with them for hours. [...]
By nature, the smooth fox terrier is a dog that requires a lot of attention, but in return for the attention that is seeks the smooth fox terrier will be an affectionate loyal companion to you and your family. However, if the smooth fox terrier is not give the attention that it requires it can become an aggressive dog that may be hard to control or deal with. Because aggressive behavior can be scary and overwhelming for most owners it is important that the owner seeks professional help if the behavior of the smooth fox terrier does not change after repeated training.
If you find that your smooth fox terrier is an aggressive dog, you will want to deal with the problem right away and turn your dog into a more loving, calm dog. If you allow the dogs aggressive behavior to escalate you may find that your dog may harm other animals and possibly harm humans as well. So before you allow it to come to that there are some ways in which you can deal with the aggressive behavior of your smooth fox terrier. [...]
A Kuvasz is a large dog that excels at being a guard dog. It has a naturally aggressive nature towards strangers, but can be devotedly loyal to its handler. The aggression can come out as an overall suspiciousness or it can provoke barking and biting behavior. In order to handle the dog's natural aggressiveness, you have to understand the mind of a dog that was bred to guard nobility and then later to herd sheep. [...]