Saturday, September 13, 2008

Breed Bans

There is a group in the area who is once again trying to ban Pitt Bulls.
I agree that breed's should not be painted with a broad brush but.... most stereotypes have some basis in fact.

These dogs have been adopted by a certain type of people in certain areas of the country. Some cities have to automatically euthanize because the breeding lines have become so contaminated with lines of dogs bred for ill tempers, large heads and musculature rather than healthy good tempered dogs.

They are not a "beginning" dog. They take a experienced owner to handle them. You can probably adopt a Lab do little training and pay little attention to the dog and get away with it. Not true of a Pitt, they require training and attention. Not a good candidate for a dog who spends most of his time outside alone.

They have a high prey drive. Which means little things that move fast and squeak could be in danger. This describes a lot of things that may be in that dogs household...small dogs, cats, rabbits, and yes children. They need supervision and again training.

So while I agree that painting with a broad brush isn't fair to the dog the alarm regarding Pitt Bulls isn't totally unwarranted. However I would say there are several breeds who also require a lot more time attention... Standard Poodles, Cattle Dogs, Chihuahuas, Shiba Inus just to name a few. Read up on a breed before you adopt and be sure what you want is what you should have. Remember any dog can bite given the right circumstances. The picture above was done by a 30 pound deaf dog and trust me it hurt


Travis said...

that's the truth! We cannot blame a dog for doing what its DNA compels it to do.

But if we choose to own one of these breeds we should KNOW what we are in for and be willing to offer the training, guidance, care, and love required.

hopemcp said...

Nicely said, grrrl.

It's so easy for people to choose a dog the way they may choose a new pair of shoes (i.e., what's in fashion for their peer group). Too bad people don't have to pass a dog-ownership test the way we have to pass test to get a driver's license.

I can see it: With a pooch (whatever kind) at our left side, a prospective dog owner parallel parks beside a group of children or makes free rights next to a grandmother. If they can't pass the test, the dog goes to a better owner.