Our expert says:
Yes, you are quite correct about how a dog is brought up. I know of many "bullies" that are gentle with kids and even sociable with dogs, due to the patient and consistent time put in by their owners. The problem is that all these breeds were originally bred for aggression (mostly fighting other dogs), which means that they more easily turn to aggression if they are stressed, afraid or frustrated. More easily than gundogs, for instance. The other problem is that often owners of these dogs want them to be aggressive, or think it's funny when they are, thus reinforcing the behaviour. Continue to show them respect and they will continue to reward you with the trusting, sensitive natures that they no doubt have.
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