It is ridiculous to judge a dog by its breed
Kathy wrote, It is ridiculous to judge a dog by its breed---without knowing anything about the individual dog. My brother had a pit bull that was as sweet as any dog you'll ever meet. Lambert was adopted as a puppy
. He played with many children without ever harming one. A cat got in his pen, and he didn't hurt her either.
We've had two Rottweilers. Both were great dogs. Of course, we didn't allow our dogs to run free, but they never harmed anyone. I believe owners should be judged rather than their dogs. Dogs should not be trained nor bred to be vicious. Guard dog training is another matter entirely---and a great idea if the owner has sufficient training as well.
Instead of worrying about dog breeds
, do something about dog--and other animal--abusers. And teach people to spay and/or neuter their pets and how to properly care for them. (Dr. Jon, I know you're doing your best to do just that. Your efforts are appreciated.)
One of my "pet peeves" (pun acknowledged): a dog on a chain. There are no bad breeds, only bad owners
Susan wrote, There are no bad breeds, only bad owners. I have 4 MinPins, my son has two PitBulls and a Chihuhua (his are all rescues). His male PB, Cain, could be a poster dog for well behaved, well trained, socialized PB's. He is great with my MinPins and his brother, Roscoe, the Chi. He is a true gentleman when walking and we encounter someone with their dog. I've also had Dobermans and had people think they are dangerous. So untrue.
Yes, there are breeds that are more aggressive than others, but if the owner is responsible and socializes, trains, etc. their dog, there won't be problems. Unfortunately, this is not what happens in too many cases. You can just as easily be bitten by a small dog as a large dog. The onous is on the owner, not the dog. Who has ever seen a vicious, dangerous puppy, regardless of the breed? Owners must be held accountable, not the breed. I would tend to cross to the other side of the street if I saw a pit or other aggressive breed
Carole wrote, I am sorry to say that yes, I would tend to cross to the other side of the street if I saw a pit or other aggressive breed coming my way. I don't care how sweet the owner thinks the dog is, they have been known to turn nasty in a heartbeat and I definitely want to keep my little mini poodle
away from them. I do volunteer work in dog rescue and have seen animal shelters overflowing with pits and pit mixes because owners who thought they were sweet dogs ended up with them getting very aggressive and hurting people, including themselves. I know one shouldn't characterize an entire breed but it is hard not to considering the high percentage of them who do turn unexpectedly and seeing how many of them are given up because of it. Chows usually get a bad rap, but this was the sweetest dog in the world
Lou parries wrote, I used to have a Chow.I swore I would never have a chow, but I fell in love with this one. Chows usually get a bad rap, but this was the sweetest dog in the world. He was a rescue dog. He used to let kids hug him, though you could tell he didn't like it. The only person he didn't like was by BIL. My BIL loves dogs, but he is a tease, and chows hate to be teased. Our dog made himself scarce when my BIL was around. Go to www.huskyhaven.doc and click on memorials to read his story. Pit Bulls were bred as a fighting dog. Period
Mark wrote, Pit Bulls were bred as a fighting dog. Period. Because of their original purpose, that tendency will always be there. I have a friend who has a Pit Bull which is the sweetest dog I have ever known...a true snuggle bunny. Even though I love to visit with my friend's Pit Bull there is absolutely no way my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will ever be exposed to him.
If his inbred purpose ever surfaces my dogs will not be his target. I have suggested to my friend that he love his dog but keep his liability insurance at a minimum of $2,000,000 and that he always be sure it is current. Yes, I guess I have profiled his breed. My profiling is based on the information I have gathered over the years, combined with common sense You can make any breed of dog mean if you want to
OmniDIYer wrote, You can make any breed of dog mean if you want to.
Similarly, you can make any breed of dog a pussycat if you want to.
The problem is that there are many owners--of all breeds--who don't educate themselves enough to train their dogs. Take an uneducated owner, add a breed of dog with powerful jaws (Pits, Dobermans, German Shepherds
), and you have a recipe for disaster.
A woman at a local dog park was attacked by a pit bull. The owner grabbed the dog and left the park without so much as a word to the woman. Another dog owner drove her to the ER.
I live in a county where Pit Bulls are banned. Every county Animal Control Officer will tell you it's not because the breed is bad. What they won't say out loud is that the county passed the ban because Pits were the drug dealers' dog of choice. The net result is that more and more dogs aren't properly registered