ADVICE FOR OWNERS OF DOGS BELONGING TO POTENTIALLY AGGRESSIVE BREEDS
The main breeds are:
- Pitt Bull
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff)
- Dogo Argentino
- Mastino Napolitano
- Fila Brasileiro
- Caucasian shepherd
- Cane Corso.
Advice for future or current owners:
– if you don’t have minimal experience in raising a dog, don’t get a dog belonging to a potentially aggressive breed; – the owner must be a balanced and calm person with enough inner strength to assert himself over the dog, that should consider him “the pack leader”; dogs belonging to such breeds are energetic and need a lot of exercise, attention and training. You should reflect whether you are willing to dedicate enough time to them; from an early age, the dog will have to be socialized with people, as well as with animals; – any aggressive manifestations should be firmly corrected (that doesn’t mean one should be aggressive toward the dog in return); – discipline training is mandatory and should start at 3-4 months or 6-7 months at the latest; – training that stimulates aggressiveness, attack training, is strictly forbidden; – the dog will not be left unsupervised, especially if there are other dogs around.