Why does an APBT attempt to take down a bull if that is not what man bred it for? Man bred the APBT for pit fighting, not to bring down large formidable foes, right?. To understand why a dog does what it does we must learn how to break down breed origins. APBT breed origins: The terrier, bred to kill vermins and the bulldog bred to pin down bulls. Man can change its purpose but can not change its genetic instincts.
If a show terrier attacks a child or timmys rabbit we say, "but thats not what he was bred to do".
The german shepherds original purpose was to herd sheep not to attack people yet we changed its purpose.
The bull and mastiff, originaly a bullenbeisser its purpose changed to pin down man. Every time a breed loses its job its purpose changes just like people.
Thing that will differ in an individual dog will be instincts or natural ability. Instinct would be the irrestible urge to do a certain behavior. Natural ability is an extension of an instinct the main contibutor is intelligence. Not all dogs with high instincts will also have the ability to think things through this is when we will hear the term "bull-headed". Form can affect natural ability. This natural ability will begin to disappear when we solely begin to breed for other traits such as beauty.
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