Jun 29, 2004, 10:39 PM
Post #89 of 136
It depends really on what you mean by "class"..
Re: [Kevin Chuan] bull terrier anyone?
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Coz u see,most dogs that we see on the streets are frm show lines. The dogs which look good.
In the modern day where there is very little use for dogs as we hv machines,not all terriers can hunt,not all shepherds can herd,not all rotts can guard,not all bird dogs can point/flush birds.
Over the yrs ppl(since many ppl don't use dogs which were originally bred for) bred dogs to "improve" their looks. Long time ago,boxers looked like a skinnier version of an amstaff. APBT's looked like mongrels with a wider jaw.
Majority of ppl breed these kind of dogs.the ones which look good. They emphasized on their looks so much that they sacrificed alot of their natural drive n instincts.
That aside,there are ppl who want to preserve the originality of the breed. Some ppl want/breed working line dogs for their dogs. These dogs were bred with the genetic makeup consisting of temperament,drives and nerves. Dogs that can be trained for utility purposes such as protection,tracking,Police Service Dogs(PSD) and so on.
They can be of any breed,just a different lineage. For example APBT's/Bulldogs, some breeders might use them for protection. So they might try to lessen the dog aggression in their own breedings.
Chances are (depending what the amstaff u saw do) that the amstaff is frm a different lineage. That being said,sometimes dogs frm show lines can be used for work. Though most do not hv the nerves to do protection. They still can be used for tracking n as therapy dogs.
So in retrospect,it's not so much a breed which can be considered a working dog,it's the "lineage" of the breed.
P.S. For APBT's,just as other working dogs,they can be used for different type of work. An APBT bred for protection will look quite different frm the show line APBT"s which you see on websites. A fighting line APBT would also look different from a APBT bred for protection though they are the same breed.