Boxer Mastiff Mix: Family Companion vs Loyal Watchdog
Bullmastiffs are known as loyal watchdogs. They do not bark at strangers, but they will defend their family members from harm. Bullmastiffs have been bred for centuries to protect their families and loved ones from danger. However, it is also true that these dogs are very capable fighters when necessary. Many times they prove themselves worthy of being called “heroes”.
In the United States, there are many breeders who produce mastiffs for police work. These dogs are used to guard homes against intruders or to hunt down criminals. Some of them even serve as therapy animals for children suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Unfortunately, some of these same dog breeds have been misused by unscrupulous individuals who sell them as fighting dogs.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes three types of fighting dogs: those which fight to win; those which are trained to fight; and those which are bred specifically for combat. All other breeds fall into one of these categories. There is no such thing as a purebred fighting dog. Even the most well-trained working pit bulls are still going to lose fights against each other or humans if given enough time and training.
If you are going to keep a fighting dog, there are several issues you need to consider. The first thing to think about is your own personal safety. You also have to take into consideration the safety of your neighbors and your community. While it’s true that most bulldog breeds do not tend to be excessively aggressive towards humans, this can also be said of adult male lions.
If you want a loyal and friendly guard dog, you’re better off getting a pit bull instead. Even better, get a bulldog, which isn’t even a fighting breed at all. For those of you who are secretly hoping to raise the next “child star” in the world of underground canine gladiator matches, let me give you the bad news right now: when it comes to dog fighting, it’s not the winning that counts; it’s the fight. Enough said.
Fighting dog breeds need plenty of exercise and training. It is very difficult for a person living in an apartment to own one of these dogs. In some places, it’s even illegal to keep a fighting breed. These are not the kind of dogs that you just let run free in your yard until you’re ready to take them somewhere. They need to be walked on leashes and given adequate play time every day.
These dogs are not meant to be left alone in the backyard.
The best dogs for guarding your home are those which are naturally protective, but do not require a lot of exercise or training. These breeds can include the rottweiler and doberman pinscher, both of which are regularly used by police departments as guard dogs.
Even within fighting dog breeds, there are differences between the individual animals. They do not all behave the same way or have the same attitude towards people. If you are considering getting a fighting breed, it’s best to spend some time around different dogs of that breed before deciding which individual animal is right for you. Just because one dog of a particular breed is aggressive does not mean that all dogs of that breed are.
If you are looking to buy a dog online, it is best to stick with well-known breeders and avoid those who are offering fighting dog breeds for sale.
When it comes to owning a fighting dog, it’s best to go into it with your eyes wide open. These dogs have been selectively bred to be aggressive towards other dogs and animals. This does not mean that they are going to turn around and suddenly attack their owners or family members. Dogs are not naturally violent towards humans, but they can be aggressive if trained or bred for such behavior.
The difference can be explained as follows: a hunting dog is bred to retrieve prey. The hunting dog is not innately evil; he’s just doing what comes naturally. A fighting dog has been bred and trained to kill other animals as well as his own kind. If the animal, whether it be another dog or a bear, fights back, so much the better. Humans would be included in that number, except that fighting dogs are illegal and need to be tamed before they learn that people are not their prey.
All dogs deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. No dog deserves to be abused, whether it’s a tiny chiweenie or an enormous great dane. dog fighting is an incredibly violent and abominable “sport” that turns these naturally gentle animals into killing machines.
If you suspect that someone has been engaging in this activity, please report it to your local animal control or humane society. You can also contact the ASPCA Confidential Cruelty Hotline at (877) 426-7576.
Sources & references used in this article:
THE DRAFT DOG, past and present by G De Lavigne – 2014 – books.google.com
A member of the family: Cesar Millan’s guide to a lifetime of fulfillment with your dog by C Millan – 2009 – books.google.com
Complete Puppy & Dog Care: What every dog owner needs to know by C Millan – 2009 – Three Rivers Press
Dog’s Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship by B Fogle – 2014 – books.google.com