Fighting Dogs vs. Guard Dogs…
Fighting Dogs are a perplexing group of dogs to comment on. Obviously no dog should be raised for fighting, that is a disgrace. But several breeds were specially bred in the past for this reason, and can still be prone to aggressive tendencies with other dogs if not socialized well. The majority of these breeds are also loving pets with adults and children, and with proper breeding and care can get on well with dogs.
The problem is that when they are badly raised by humans, they are exceptionally dangerous because when they bite, they hold on with exceptional determination and won't let go. They also have the inclination to lose their loving nature when they enter a pack of dogs more aggressive than themselves. Exceptions are Boxers, Bulldogs and Bostons who seem to have lost their fighting and negative traits.
If you purchase one of these breeds, accept the fact that it sometimes they never get on well with other dogs and may eat cats, birds, etc. Early socialization is a MUST for these breeds. Some FORMER Fighter Dog breeds include:
-Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
-American Pit Bull Terrier
-American Staffordshire Terrier
-English Bull Mastiff
-Olde English Bulldog
Guard Dogs are just what their name implies. They guard you and your children from perceived threats by barking and/or biting.
A good-tempered dog of this class will differentiate the mailman, garbage-man, your guests, relatives, your children’s wild playmates and the veterinarian from burglars. Unfortunately some make the wrong decision. You need to be strongly assertive and in charge with these breeds so they look to you for decisions regarding strangers.
If your wife or husband is passive or submissive to dogs, do not purchase one of these breeds. Passive or submissive people rarely overcome this problem by attending dog obedience school. Like with fighting dogs, these dogs also need early socialization as puppies.
Chow Chows, Akitas, Great Danes and large Rottweilers are not known for their long life spans. With the exception of Danes and Alsatians, these dogs are also prone to eyelid defects. Be sure to check the parents' eyes for inflammation, squinting and infection and ask if corrective eyelid surgery was performed on either parent. Some Guard Dog breeds include:
-Asian Mastiff (Dosa)
-Shar-Pei (Chinese Shar-Pei)
-Argentinian Dogo (Dogo Argentino, Argentinian Mastiff)
What do these 2 groups have in common? Well, former fighter dogs make good guard dogs as well due to their temperament and territoriality. Both need early socialiation and professional obedience training to become balanced and loving pets.