This topic is about how widely misunderstood the above listed dog breeds are. Obviously, many people do have reason to act negatively to these dogs, either because of their (the dog's) fierce appearances or the fact that the people knew other people who were involved in forcing these dogs to fight. Everyone knows now (I presume) that these dog fights are wrong, but there is no reason to have an aversion to these breeds in general - their very natures aren't agressive and belligerent. I've heard from a trusted source that Boxers are actually very friendly and trustworthy. Any other opinions?
Jerry, I think that a dog's appearance is totally subjective. People who have an aversion to dogs in general, don't like any of them. People who have had a bad experience with a large dog in the past, justifiably are wary of those dogs. People who were never raised around dogs have the same reaction. Then there are the people who believe everything they hear on the news, not bothering to realize that smaller breeds bite, and don't make such a dramatic story. As far as I'm concerned, the 3 breeds you mentioned are no more or less agressive than any other breed.
Pen, I once again feel the same way as you. Isn't it a real shame when folks blindly believe things just because they saw them on TV? Just curious, sorry it's kind of off the subject, but what dog(s) do you have?
I have actually had all three and I love them all. I currently have 4 apbt's 1 golden reteiver and 1 English setter. I have personally never had a bad experience with any of the 3 breeds you mentioned. The only one thing I did notice but I believe it is with all breeds is that a couple of my apbt's are EXTREMLY protective of my daughter. I wouldnt trade them for anything. I owned 2 Rotts when I was young Bubba and Josie and my boxer was Tyson who got stolen from his tie out about 7 years ago. Bubba and Josie I am assuming died but I was young and my mom told me they ran away to be with doggy friends.
I'm sure I've said before, I have owned Rotties in the past, and most people were terrified of them. I have also had an Irish Wolfhound and the same reaction, and yet you could'nt find a gentler dog, especially with children. I can honestly say that my smallest alpha female Boston is more likely to bite if someone were to stick their hand over my gate, than any of the large dogs I've owned. All of the big dogs were, or could be animal aggressive, especially around little shrill sounding dogs, or cats. My Bostons are quite protective of the house and yard, and generally very good with other animals like cats, because they've been raised with them.
I have a Rottweiler and a Maltese. It's almost amusing how some people are afraid of the Rott and ignore my Maltese who will bite. Bailey, the Maltese actually takes advantage of the fact. While people make sure they don't take their eyes of Harley, Bailey sneaks up behind to bite there ankles. This of course isn't a common occurance and I try to prevent it.
Thought I should add that Bailey is a rescue and has made monumental stides in improving his behavior in the time I've had him.
The only "mean" rottie I've come across was lost in the park where I used to walk my poodles. This dog charged me, growling, so I got on the ground and made the poodles sit beside me. Then I heard a child crying and found out that this little boy had run after his dog (the rottie) and was now lost. The dog was simply trying to protect "his" boy.
I coaxed the child into my lap, got the rottie on one side of me and my dogs on the other side and waited for the child's folks to find us. (this was before cell phones were so common)
Sure enough, a park ranger came by looking for the child. The dog and "his" boy were restored to mama soon after.
It's funny that some posters say that small dogs are more likely to bite. I've been bitten several times and it was always a small dog.
I've never met a mean rottie (in fact, they've all been overly friendly, lol!) and I've never even HEARD of anyone being afraid of a boxer! They are known as playful, good natured dogs, and the breed is very much growing in popularity. Of course, they DO have a lot of health concerns, and that is not helped by poor breeding.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.