Many people tremble when they hear the word Pitbull or Boxer, thinking that all dogs of these breeds are aggressive. Others say that Chihuahuas are more aggressive than these, but given their size they are less scary. Does the breed determine the aggression of the dog? We would dare to say no, but let’s see what conclusion to arrive at and why.
Of course, there are always two conflicting opinions. Anyone who has a Pitbull or Boxer will say they are not aggressive at all. The same goes for those who have a Chihuahua. Because? Because for everyone their dog is the best in the world. Furthermore, they believe that it is not the breed, but the personality and education of the animal, to mark its character.
A dog’s aggression does not depend on its genes
We could therefore say that no, the breed does not determine a dog’s aggression. Through a study carried out on 4000 dogs, including some belonging to breeds considered aggressive such as the Pitbull and the Rottweiler, the canine behavior that dogs presented in three different areas was analyzed: in the family, towards strangers and within the boundaries of home.
This study concluded that aggression is not something intrinsic to the animal. Rather, it is a learned behavior. Many owners of these dogs, such as Pitbulls or Rottweilers, purchase them to keep watch. They believe they can teach the dog themselves. Until they realize, when the animal is now an adult, that they have not been able to make him understand the difference between a thief or a family friend.
This generates aggressive behaviors in the animal which are then difficult to correct. Those Rottweilers or Pitbulls that have only been taken as pets without having to guard, have a calm and affectionate character, like any other dog.
It was also sought to understand whether size or strength could influence aggression. There was a possibility that Pitbull and Rottweiler would subconsciously create some kind of ego that would make them believe they were superior and entitled to everything. This idea was completely ruled out, leading to the conclusion that, in most dogs, aggression is generated, voluntarily or not, by the owners.
Abuse causes aggression
Sometimes the owners try to love and take care of their dog, but this does not respond positively. This happens when an already adult dog has been adopted. It may be due to the fact that the animal has been subjected to mistreatment.
It doesn’t matter how pleasant a dog a dog may have: if you mistreat them in any way, it will react aggressively.
If oppressed, even a sage behaves like a madman.
Punishments also involve aggression
Physical and emotional punishment is a major cause of aggression in dogs. When faced with any type of pain that the dog is exposed to, it will react aggressively to defend itself.
Wanting to teach our dog any order, behavior or other, should never be a cause of punishment. It has been confirmed by science and medicine that positive reinforcement is the best way to teach an animal to be happy and so are we.
The positive reinforcement is to focus on the animal and congratulate them for the things it does well, than to control what they do not obey or does not do, reacting angrily so. You must think that a dog is a living being and that, as happens to us too, it loves to be treated well, with love and affection. In this way it will never show signs of rebellion.
What must be clear is that the breed does not determine a dog’s aggression. To determine it are their education, the environment and those around them.