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The Temperament Test

This is the English translation of the temperament test done on an English Mastiff, Donar when he was 17 weeks old. This will give you an example how temperament tests might be handled in the future in other parts of Germany.

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Excerpt of Expert Opinion on qualification and behavior of the dog Donar from the Burning Mountain (English Mastiff Ė 17 weeks old) with regard to aggression and danger towards people and other animals.

Note: This test was done upon request of the competent local authority and in accordance with the Bavarian regulation on dangerous dogs (existing since 1992). Under this law 5 breeds (Bandog, American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bullterrier, Tosa Inu) are always considered to be dangerous fighting dogs and require a permission (which is hardly ever granted), 9 further breeds (Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Mastiff, Mastin Espanol, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Mastino Napoletano, Rhodesian Ridgeback) are considered to be dangerous fighting dogs until, on an individual basis and by means of an expert opinion, the handler provides proof that the dog does not exhibit increased aggressive behavior. Upon passing this test, the dog receives a negative certification from the local authority and is thus no longer considered to have fighting dog characteristics. A permission is no longer required, additional obligations (permanent leash and/or muzzle) may however be imposed. Usually, before a negative certification is issued the local authorities also consult the public veterinary authority, which then sends a public veterinarian, who again examines the dog within his home and his neighborhood. Cost for this expert opinion together with costs for issuance of negative certification and visit of public veterinarian amount to up to DM 700 (~US$ 350).


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4. Behavior of the Animal

5. Opinion

Based on decades of experience with dogs and dog issues the expert draws the following conclusion:

6. Summary and Final Remarks

The tester recommends, after weighing all facts, that the competent authority issues the negative certification for the male Donar without further preventive measures.

The undersigned person points out that, as this is dealing with the test of a living being, there will always remain imponderable events and therefore a residual risk. This will always be dependent on the further keeping, dealing with, new environment and training of the dog.

On a case basis, opinions of other dog experts and trainers were also considered in the decision making. The tester would like to point out that the temperament test of a dog this young may only be cosidered temporarily and that a positive or negative change of character regarding aggression and danger is very likely.

The writer of the test ensures, relating to his oath made as publicly appointed expert, that the test was carried out to the best of his knowledge and under observance of strictest objectivity. There is no relation or dependence to the party ordering this test.

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