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Old 01-03-2013, 02:08 AM   #541
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This dog was a hunter and my best friend. I hunted over him in sub-0 temps and he never got cold, he would take a goose out like he was born to do it. I was leaving for work at 4:30am and he ran into the people robbing the house next to me, he switched to kill mode. I've wanted another dog since he passed, but I miss him too much.

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:12 AM   #542
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My ridgeback Tonks. First picture is this winter, and the second was this last summer in Michigan's upper peninsula.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:37 PM   #543
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Beautiful pup, man. One of my favorite breeds. It is a shame they have such a short life expectancy, that's the only reason I was deterred from getting one.
Thanks. Yes, unfortunately this is true but like my father says at least we know that we've given her the best life she can possibly have because who knows where she could've ended up. I've actually had big dogs all my life and we've averaged anywhere from 10 - 12 years and have heard of some Berners reaching that, so we're hopeful.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:11 AM   #544
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:31 AM   #545
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This is Ruby in her "I'm such a pretty girl" pose...really, she's a PITA...but we lover her.

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:02 AM   #546
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I used to defend pits until I was blue in the face but then a "super sweet natured" one took a disliking to my special ed little brother and tried to rip out his throat. It took 3 grown men to get the dog off of him. Permanent damage. I love all dogs but will never look at a pit the same again and will ALWAYS be cautious around one.
Yeah you can't judge a whole breed by one dog though. I've watched my 1 year old niece pull on their tails, hit and even bite both of my dogs and they only lick her.
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Yeah you can't judge a whole breed by one dog though. I've watched my 1 year old niece pull on their tails, hit and even bite both of my dogs and they only lick her.
There are indeed peaceful ones, and most won't even ever harm anybody. But the statistics make it pretty clear that the breed as a whole is still far more aggressive and more dangerous than the average dog.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #548
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This is Ruby in her "I'm such a pretty girl" pose...really, she's a PITA...but we lover her.
This is my Ruby. She's also a PITA but I love her too
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:34 PM   #549
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There are indeed peaceful ones, and most won't even ever harm anybody. But the statistics make it pretty clear that the breed as a whole is still far more aggressive and more dangerous than the average dog.
Yeah of course they are more dangerous than the average dog, that's just their anatomy. Any vicious or aggressive dog is directly related to their owner. If any dog is not properly trained or is mistreated it can be vicious or aggressive. There's no bad dogs just bad owners. Unfortunately the breeds reputation attracts ignorant owners which leads to aggressive dogs.
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My working dog Spike and I in Northeastern Afghan..
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