SlimDoggy has had a long standing series on dog myths called Mythbusters. We’ve addressed all sorts of different dog myths from Dogs and cats hating each other to dogs being colorblind.
Today, I wanted to take a mythbusting look at BREED myths. Many different breeds have myths associated with their behavior, appearance or temperament. The most common is probably that Pit Bulls are aggressive. I’m not agreeing with that myth, I’m just saying it’s a commonly held misconception. Pit Bulls are no more aggressive than any other breed of dog and Pit Bull advocates work long and tirelessly to dispel that myth.
How about some other dog myths? Which of these have you heard and believe?
When I was choosing my first dog as an adult, I asked my grandfather for advice. Since he raised collies most of his life, I assumed he would recommend a collie, so he surprised me when he told me to get an Airedale. When questioned about it, he told me that “an Airedale is the only dog that will attack a bear”. While that was an interesting criteria for pet selection, I hardly thought it necessary seeing I lived in a well populated urban area in Syracuse, NY. We ended up getting a Labrador. I never saw or read of any evidence to support his claim, and after viewing this video, I would have to say it was a myth.
Another commonly held belief is that all Labradors love the water and love to swim. Our Jack easily dispels that belief as he is quite adverse to swimming and manages to do it only under duress. He’s much more content to wander the shoreline than to step foot in the water.
How about the idea that all dogs are great at playing fetch…
How about you – what dog breed myths have you heard and do you believe them?