27 Aug '11, 11pm

Big dogs aren't bad, say their owners

Big dogs aren't bad, say their owners

Student Lee Xin Ying walking her trained two-year-old German shepherd, Gus, with her maid and dog trainer Godfrey Alagappan. She has had untrained small-breed dogs previously and sees obvious behavioural differences in Gus. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN By Melissa Pang Some people probably wouldn't call them cute, adorable pooches, but perhaps big, bad hunks. That is the stereotypical image of ferocious-looking breeds such as the rottweiler, German shepherd and doberman. But it is mostly not true, their owners say. Still, why would anyone want to keep big dogs as pets? It is because beneath that scary appearance, such dogs are clever, loyal and protective of family, say owners. Mr Rajvinder Singh, 39, who owns, breeds and trains dobermans, described them as highly intelligent and affectionate. 'They are excellent guardians and do not display aggression unless gravely provoked o...

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