STAUNTON Many people have associated certain breeds of dogs with aggression and violent behavior. A new study says that the source of aggression may not be what you expect.
A study was conducted by the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science. The study suggests that breeding, rather than breed, has a much bigger impact on a dog's behavior. The dog's owner's level of aggression, and the way the dog is raised, has much more impact than a dog's breed. It also says that an aggressive animal may not act out in every situation. Pet owners tell us that to raise an animal right, you should keep them in a healthy, calm environment.
"When it comes time to choosing a puppy that is right for you and your family, just keep in mind there are stereotypes for every breed out there but their personality ultimately reflects how you treat them and how they are socialized, so always treat them like family," said Emily McElveen, an employee at Pets N Pals.
The study also suggests keeping an eye out for signs of pre-aggression, like direct stares and bearing teeth.