Comment to 'Breed or Train for a job'
  • If I am an avid duck hunter I am not going to get an English Bulldog or an English Mastiff and teach it to retrieve the ducks I shoot with my shotgun. Sure I can teach a dog to retrieve at my demand. But I'd be better off in my opinion getting a gun dog. A bird dog or even a Golden Retriever might be better suited for the task. If I need a great dog for family and home protection I'm not going to employ Yorkie or Dachshund . I would expect a better breed to choose would be a Presa or Caucasian Ovcharka. I'm only naming a couple of breeds. Of course more breed will suitable as well. After selecting a more suitable breed then train the dogs to do what they were bred to do and respond to my cues to do it or stop doing it. 

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    • If I am an avid duck hunter I am not going to get an English Bulldog or an English Mastiff and teach it to retrieve the ducks I shoot with my shotgun. 

      Quite right EGP. We must select the breed based on the function they are to perform. Your example above is a good way to put things into perspective.  Much the same as you would not want that English Mastiff if all you want is a lapdog.

       
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