*PLEASE READ POST #621 ON PAGE 63. THIS IS AN OLD THREAD AND THESE ARE NOT MY CURRENT VIEWS ON THE MATTER* In this society, I do not believe that we should be breeding dogs that have breed traits which relate to aggression. Staffies for example are renowned for dog aggression. IMO dog aggressive dogs shouldn't be bred, only dogs with good temperaments should be bred. Akitas are renowned for stranger-aggression. IMO stranger-aggressive dogs shouldn't be bred. In this modern society, the vast majority of dogs are kept as pets and as such need to fit into our lifestyle and our way of living. Most owners aren't experienced dog trainers and therefore trying to train a breed of dog which already has an aggressive trait, into a well rounded pet is very difficult and sometimes impossible, which is why many dogs end up in rescue centres. Although breeders will say "its the way the breed is", I don't buy this. We live in a very different society than we did when these breeds were created. Many dogs do not have a job or purpose now, other than being a family pet. IMO there is no room for guard dogs, or dogs with aggressive traits when the vast majority of pups born from these breeds will be pets and need to live in a tight community, with many dogs and people around them. Breeding these traits into dogs is a disaster. I admit that if you train any breed of dog correctly, none will be aggressive, however the vast majority of dog owners can not handle such breeds or traits and therefore there is far more likely chance of the dog attacking and being put to sleep if there is already an aggressive trait bred into it. All breeding dogs MUST have a superb temperament, very friendly to people, strangers, children, other dogs, and other animals. Breeding from dogs with far from perfect temperament is just asking for trouble, whatever the breed standard says.