When Catherine decided to adopt a young rescue dog to join the family, it never crossed her mind that he would be dangerous. She was only ever slightly concerned because she didn’t know the dog’s past. Naturally, when a dog comes from a rescue there are always questions.
Sometimes rescue dogs have had a traumatic past, and they can act irrationally or aggressively. Occasionally, they have other negative behaviors that can affect their lives at their new home. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of re-housebreaking a pup, or it’s simply a matter of a teething puppy getting the right toys to chew. Other times things like submissive peeing can be an issue. In any case, usually, good rescues test out the personality and behaviors of a dog in their care and try to match a dog to the right family, and that’s what Catherine was probably counting on.
There are some breeds of dog referred to as “Bully Breeds” which are often unfairly labeled as dangerous or overly aggressive. But these “Bully” dogs, which include Boxers, Boston terriers, American pit bull terrier, as well as Dobermans, can be every bit as loyal and loving as any other breed. These dogs are all descended from the ancient Greek Molosser dog breed. They have been crossbred with mastiff and bulldog breeds to create the dogs we know today. These more modern Molossers were often used for bull baiting in the 19th century England, hence the term “Bully”.
It is true that poor breeding and poor treatment of these dogs can adversely affect their behavior, but that is true of any breed of dog. That is why getting dogs only from reputable breeders who breed for good temperament and health is a critical foundation to help ensure a friendly dog.