We always hear that bully type dogs such as the American pitbull, the Amstaff terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier are nothing but killer dogs that are always violent, attacking children, old people and so on.
However why does the media NOT mention some nice stories about these type of dogs?
3 months ago I was reading this book from Cesar Millan and one thing caught my attention.
He was saying the the happiest dogs usually belong to homeless people because this mimics the way dogs act in the wild (travelling from one place to another, discovering new places, and not living inside crammed apartments, small backyards or even worse chained all day long)
Cesar went on to say that these are probably the most balanced dogs because their owners treat them as dogs and do not try to "humanize them".
Homeless dogs rarely show separation anxiety, excessive barking, uncontrolled aggression issues and other behavioral problems.
I really have to agree with that, provided that the street dog that belongs to a homeless is fed properly and given health care it deserves.
To illustrate this point I would like to show you a picture of a street beggar with two dogs, one of which appears to be an Amstaff terrier.
Now does this Amstaff look vicious?
Do you think that he will just bite people like crazy when they give a donation (that would be really bad marketing for the beggar or maybe he is doing a guard job...).
And what about Amstaffs not getting along with other dogs? Hmmm, to me this one looks like he gets along just fine with his buddy.
In closing I would like to remember a quote I read from an old book about dogs, written in 1950. On one of the first pages there was a drawing of a homeless guy with his dog in the street.
The headline of the page was:
DURING RICH TIMES OR POVERTY, ALWAYS YOUR BEST FRIEND!!