XDogs wrote:Same with anybody else.. if you have one dog of a particular breed and then pick something different next time.. I wouldn't call it "getting out of the breed" for a variety of reasons.. not the least of them being, that it doesn't exactly give you a good representation to judge the whole breed with your experience of that one (or even two or three) dog(s)... be it health problems, lack of ability or drive. If a breed speaks to you, it speaks to you.. and you make that the most important factor in how you train, live and manage the ownership.
But then, what does one have to do to qualify to be "in" a breed to you? I got my APBT in '96, then an AmStaf in '01. I spent time at shows and was good friends with people with the breed from other lines. I saw tons of examples of the breed due to my occupation. I trained with people with the breed, etc. Since I only had two dogs, or one of two different breeds if you are a total separatist, was I ever in the breed at all since I don't keep a ton of dogs at once?
When I got Harry, I was branded a "traitor." Oh well. I was already interested in getting my foot into a breed not so threatened by BSL, and one that was a more effective guardian due to where I was living. I'd started training in FR with the AmStaf, and his shortcomings were due to working with a club that was unfamiliar with Pit Bull mentality, and Grant's slipping hocks. I joined a Schutzhund club as well to see how that worked, but Schutzhund also has too much jumping for a dog with Grant's hocks.
So, enter the Malinois. And while I got an antisocial maniac without an off switch, I also found unparalleled devotion and frightening intelligence. And talk about a jack-of-all-trades! Is there anything that a Malinois can't do??? This dog LIVES to serve me. And after having this level of devotion, it would be hard to go back. I trained in FR with him until life got in the way before I had a chance to compete. Now I live in the middle of nowhere, no club to train with, and a toddler to keep me busy. As a result, I have an unemployed maniac of a dog that is now "just" a family pet. I wouldn't change anything for the world.
Iowa is scary as far as BSL goes. I got my Pit Bulls when I lived in another part of the country where it wasn't so prevalent. Until things change, I'm doubtful of adding another bull breed to the family. My husband (acquired AFTER the dogs) is not a huge fan of the Hairball due to all of his lovely traits that make him a kickass working dog. I'm trying to talk him into a rescue Malinois (usually working duds), or even a show bred pup for the next dog. I need to find one that has an off switch
I used to think that I was exclusively a Pit Bull person, but then the Hairball came along. If I could get Harry with an off switch and a more social demeanor towards strangers, I'll think I have the perfect dog. And since both exist within the breed, it can be had.