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Poll Results & Comments: Do you Believe in “Racial Profiling” of Dogs?

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We recently did a poll and wow – what a surprise the results were! Have you taken the poll? If not – go to - Do you believe in "racial profiling" of dogs?

The question came up – should or can you judge a dog breed by his breed. Can you "predict" his behavior or traits based on his breed?

Our poll results were as follows:

  • Yes 42%
  • No 48%
  • I'm not sure 9%

    We got some great comments – here are a few:

    Heck Yes – Pits Should be Profiled

    Heather wrote, I have seen Pit Bulls who never ever showed any sign of aggression suddenly attack their owners for no reason or provocation. One lost her arm, one lost all ability to walk, or feed himself. I will not go near them.

    But lawful muzzling & euthanization seems extreme

    Lisa wrote, Pitbulls and other 'violent' breeds have been legally banned in Ontario Canada. "Grandfathered" pitbulls can only go outside if they are muzzled. I've never been a fan of them and a lot of children have been attacked and mutiliated without provocation, but lawful muzzling & euthanization seems extreme and genocidal. A good friend had her pitbull stolen long before the legislation and she still mourns his loss; all character descriptions of her beloved dog rank up there with my love & appreciation for my cats, so I just can't make an absolute judgement either way.

    How about looking at the other end of the leash before judging an ENTIRE breed?

    Janet wrote, The only aggressive traits that can be attributed to pit bulls are DOG aggression - that's it. And most of them do not exhibit ANY dog aggression. Some also exhibit a high prey drive. However, they were NEVER bred/raised to be aggressive towards humans EVER - read up on the history of the breed.

    I became involved in animal rescue BECAUSE of a story of an abused pit bull in Washington State. And it was because of this story that I chose to help this breed and try to educate folks. I have yet to meet a bad pit bull, but their humans also socialize them, feed them, love them and exercise them. These are all important things that this breed, ANY breed, must have.

    How about looking at the other end of the leash before judging an ENTIRE breed?

    I don't like the use of the term "racial profiling"

    Don wrote, I don't like the use of the term "racial profiling" since it forces a view that I think distorts the real question. Racial profiling is typically based on ignorance or bigotry (and for that reason, I object to the Irreverent Vet's assertion about it, too).

    In dogs, some breeds have been intentionally bred for their aggressiveness, and I think that's true of Pit Bulls. Not only wouldn't I trust one if my pet walked through its yard, but I wouldn't trust one walking past my yard.The analogy to "racial profiling" in people is faulty and fails to acknowledge a serious human relations problem in our society.

    It's people that are mean & cruel

    Betty wrote, I've worked with animal rescue for years, a dog is a dog, no matter what breed. Most pit bulls are very loving & want to please animals. It's people that are mean & cruel, they train these dogs to fight, they are not born that way. In all my years of rescue, I've only been bitten twice, & both where small dogs !

    What would Cesar Millan say?

    Linda wrote, Cesar Millan would not agree with profiling a pit bull!!!

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