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Q: Nature vs. Nurture

December 28, 2008 | By Lindsay T. | 18 answers | Expired: 2177 days ago

I have my theories on the Pit Bull Terrier Nature versus Nurture issue. I think it is both a little genetic and a little of nurture. What do you think?

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Cindy
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Dec 28, 2008

I agree. The breeding line and individual personality of the dog, plus any health related issues and bad experiences all come to play with early socialization and training to produce the dog's individual personality, reactions to stimuli and level of dog on dog aggression. If we could somehow get rid of irresponsible breeding, we could get back the pit bull that was bred to be a family dog, and I would vote for getting rid of the "pit" in the name and renaming the breed.

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Ethel02
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Dec 28, 2008

I think a little nature & ALLOT nurture.

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Pia S.
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Dec 28, 2008

I knew Cindy L. would come to the rescue on this one! I, too, put a thumbs up on Cindy's post. To take it a step further, the key to remember is that behavior is driven by three things - (1) the genetic make-up of the dog; (2) the environment in which the dog is living; and (3) experience. It is all intertwined. And, if the dog is doing it, we can basically say, it's genetic. Dogs don't fly because it's not genetic.

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