I just wanted to clear up some confusion....in my post about our Catahoulas and other same breed dogs, I never stated that our dog's behavior was "breed specific", lol. I just related information about the Catahoula, a dog I am very familiar with. I tend not to post information about other breeds as I know other DF breed owners have more expertise about their "own" breed. The expertise and knowledge base on DF is outstanding, which is why I am on DF!
Chloe exhibits typical protective houla behaviors, Addy, well....Addy is just our "special clueless try so hard to please but doesn't understand" dearheart.
I do have one more question that you may be able to help with. Another thing is that he is very, VERY loud when he plays. He has been this way since he was a tiny puppy. I do realize that is probably common with the breed, but it does worry some people, and I have to explain to them that he's just really loud and obnoxious. Most of the people who come to the park are "regulars" who love Jasper, so they don't worry about it, but new people do get worried sometimes.
Is this something I should discourage? It has only really gotten him in trouble once, with a big lab that had a ball in his mouth. Jasper didn't realize he had a ball, until the lab jumped on him and bit a hole through his ear. That didn't deter him much, though. He just runs alongside dogs, making this noise that I can only really describe as "Arrwaarwaaahhh", haha. If a dog doesn't like it, and puts him in his place, he will stop immediately.
It does make other dogs get too excited at times, though. He has unintentionally caused problems between other dogs, because he is very loud and gets them too riled up. For example, if a dog is being bullied by a few other dogs, which happens often with a particular group, Jasper usually won't join in with the bullying. (He has, on occasion, but I immediately put him on time-out, because I don't think its okay) but he will stand about 5-6 feet away from them, and just "owwwooowwoowww" at them, and bark super loud, and it usually makes the other dogs way too excited, and then more dogs gang up on the poor dog who is usually hiding under the chairs. The owner of the bullying dogs says the just need to "work it out", and lets them do it, so even when I do separate Jasper or leash him, he just goes straight over there as soon as I let him go. I think one of the biggest problems is that my two dogs at home never get mad at him for being obnoxious, and my male pittie plays very loud as well.
Sorry for the novel, haha. I'm just not sure how to stop, or at least diminish this behavior.