Rottweilers get a bad rap. And the mere mention of a Bull Terrier makes most parents quake in fear, terrified that those brutal beasts might hurt their precious babies.
But despite the horror stories you've heard, don't be scared of the big, bad dogs – we know there've been some terrible incidents with breeds like these, but you can usually chalk that up to the encouragement of their awful owners (see: Michael Vick).
For a touching example of these dogs' true natures, look no further than Queensland, Australia, where a Rottie and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier recently joined forces to save the life of a drowning toddler.
Last week, a two-year-old boy wandered away from his house and into a dam on a nearby property. No one saw the toddler flailing in the water – except, that is, for the two dogs. When the property's owner finally came along, she discovered the little boy lying on the dam's bank, covered in mud. The two dogs lay by his side.
"We are certain the dogs pulled him out of the dam," a police spokesman told The Daily Telegraph. "It is an amazing story."
Thanks to the work of his heroic canine companions, the little boy is doing fine.
So if you happen to be looking for a new dog, you might want to give the prissy Pomeranians a miss. Instead, head over to your local shelter and save the life of a Staffie or a Rottie – he may return the favor one day.