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Old 09-28-04, 10:21 AM   #13 (permalink)
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They are protection dogs to the max. Even the akc describes them as acting instantly on danger, or whatever they perceive to be. Everyone I know that has them, has them as guard dogs for that reason, be it at home or at a shop. The ones in public were well-socialized, and great big sucks - but you couldn't be around after dark or anything like that. Someone I know had to get a pair of theirs put down because it accidentally slipped past his mother-in-law and ran in to the neighbour's yard and killed his dogs, and nobody could go in the house without him there. I think they are a lot like rottweilers - while socialization is extremely important, so is good breeding. If an animal has bad blood, despite how you raise it, there will still be problems. The last thing you want is a large, unpredictable animal.
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