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101 Dog Myths 08: My dog is portraying unwanted behaviors because of it's breed

Dog Myths 08 - My dog is portraying unwanted behaviors because of it's breed

We noticed that a lot of people associate their dog's unwanted behaviors with the breed, be it barking, aggression or even eating habits, the breed of the dog would always be the "number one culprit". This misconception is getting worst as more people start to spread fake information, just like the how Pit Bull rumors came about that caused a lot of dogs to be put down, we will elaborate further below.

When we talk about dog breeds, we are talking about the features, size and characteristics according to what a particular breed is bred for, this although is important for owners to understand before deciding on a dog should not be relied on excessively. For example, poodles in the past are used as a hunting dog, so most of them are energetic, smart and good swimmers, this should tell you that the breed needs to be exercised daily because of the energy level, however most people misunderstand the concept of studying a dog's breed, I've heard people saying that their dog can't stop barking because it is a poodle, now this is an example of a bad excuse.

So if the breed is not the case then how did rumors start to spread? We will tell you honestly that there are more small dogs than large dogs that has behavior issues in Singapore, reason is not because of their breed but because of how owners treat them. A lot of owners treat their small dogs like a human baby, they shower them with loads of affections and unnecessary attention, which causes these poor dogs to be confused and stressed out, these dogs are unknowingly trained to be over dependent on their owners and this is when things starts to go out of hand. Owners then start to notice that a lot of similar breeds has issues, they compare and then they start to spread news that such and such breed are more prone to portraying unwanted behaviors.

Well, we will tell you that no, the dog barks not because it's an xxx breed, the dog is picky not because it's an xxx breed, the dog is aggressive is not because it's an xxx breed, they misbehave because the owners allows them to.


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