Aggressive Breeds or Aggressive Owners?

Aggresive Breed facts: Click Here - Insurance companies, Hone Owners Associations, and even entire cities and townships have jumped on the "Breed Banning Bandwagon". Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Chows...all have a substantial black mark on their reputation these days and its become to a common thing for the owener to watch as people cross the street and shoot dirty looks as she walks her well behaved Rottweiler down the street. People who lived in controlled neighborhoods with a Homeowners Association are not allowed to have any of the potentially "dangerous" breeds as pets. Insurance companies are starting to refuse policies to people who own these dogs confiscated and euthanized due to strict by-laws. Animal shelters are no longer adopting out these breeds, but rather euthanizing them on receipt.
United States
May 7, 2007 4:33pm CST
A lot of apartment complexes in my area will accept any size dog but they won't accept aggressive breeds. No German Shepers, Rottweilers, Akitas, Pit Bulls, etc. I believe that these dogs can be vicious when they are taught to be. This is also the case with any other dog. I can teach a poodle to aggressive. Is it because these dogs are most seen on t.v. as the "bad dogs" What do you thing? Is it aggressive breeds or aggressive owners that label these dogs as vicious?
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• United States
7 May 07
It is always the fault of humans. Breed banning like this comes from ignorance and is shameful. I can't disagree more strongly with PsychoDude! To a professional who's worked extensively with dogs like me these dogs are very predictable! Dogs never just lash out without warning or provocation of some kind but the average person on the street isn't able to recognize what the warning or provocation was so to them it looks like a random, aggressive attack. Do you know that in a temperment test approximately 77% of all dogs pass as being safe, friendly, and well socialized. 95% of pit bulls pass the same temperment test!! There are breeds that are statistically proven to bite more often than pits. The problem is that when a little chihuahua bites it goes unreported because there is not a lot of damage. Because the pit is a very sturdy, strong dog with more powerful jaws than some bites by pits are more often reported. So there is a huge discrepancy between reality and what the general public sees!
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@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
7 May 07
It are aggressive breeds, I have known quite a couple here which have them and which raise them well but they are aggressive dogs. Like German shepherds tend to bite their owner once quite frequently, although not all as hard it for some reason is part of them. Also Rottweilers can be made as sweet as possible, really great with everything, but the downside comes to the moment when you can't predict their actions. In example when a little kid goes standing on their tail they don't warn but bite first. A pit bull is a throat biter, you can also train them good and such, but every dog keeps its nature of self defense in some form. Some tend to make themselves big and defensive whilst others will warn with force, a pit bull tends to go for the throat. When my dog was fooling around when young in example with a pit bull as well just playing a bit he bit the pit bull's ear or something in his play way and the pit bull as nice as he otherwise was went biting his throat. Because the owner was totally not aggressive the only thing she could come up with was go say "let go". Which obviously didn't work, so I grabbed a stick and slammed him and gave him a knock on his back with it as the last thing you should do is get in between fighting dogs and it immediately turned around and snapped at the stick clinging on to that. The friendship between my dog and him ever since has been over as well and now they growl at each other every single time they see each other, but it definitely shows that even if the dog is raised with love and such it still is a pit bull which has been bred to fight, not to be all as sweet as a golden retriever in example.
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@Galena (9124)
8 May 07
German Shepherds don't "tend to bite their owners quite frequently" they're particularly known for their loyalty and obedience. I think just the perfect dog to have around children as they will lay down their life to protect them. terrier types are more likely to nip their owners than shepherds.
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@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
7 May 07
Any dog can be taught to be vicious and attack if that is how they are trained. These dogs have a reputation because they have been used for years as security, attack and fighting. Some say they are inherent qualities, but others who have raised them under normal circumstances say they are just like any other dog. I suppose they have gotten some bad publicity though due to the many attacks that have been reported in the news over the years, and the apartment complex simply wants to avoid any costly lawsuits.
• United States
7 May 07
Thats the problem. That misconception from what we've all seen. It will be a lot better if everyone knew the difference.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
7 May 07
i think it is inadequate owners who should never be allowed aqnywhere near powerful dogs in the first placwe, maybe they should have a personality test before they have one blessed be
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• United States
7 May 07
That sounds good! A personality test might be the solution.
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@eanna13 (133)
• United States
8 May 07
I beleive one of the MOST agressive dog is the chiwawa! Havw you ever seen one of those things go off! now granted their teeth arn't as big as a GSD, so they don't hurt as much. And dogs are raised to be agressive weather it be on purpose, or accidental.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
8 May 07
I am a firm believer in the fact that it is the owners' fault in most of these cases. Of course there are "rogue" animals in the same way that some people are bad, but on the whole, vicious dogs tend to be the property of vicious, stupid and inadequate owners, who care nothing about the animal and the well-being, and just want a "status symbol" or some kind of toy or plaything. Keep any dog cooped up in some high-rise flat somewhere, with no exercise, no love or cuddles, and an owner that shouts or beats it, and it will turn vicious.
@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
8 May 07
This really I think comes down to the environment that the dog grows up in. i used to have a german sheperd, and he was really just like a big puppy his entire life. THe dog was loved, and taken care of, and was excercised every single day. I think that when you have people who live in tiny little places, and are trying to have a dog like that, then it could cause it to be aggressive, basically just because it is boared. I think that if i was stuck in a little room all day I would just at every opportunity to do something phisical as well. But if you have a big yard that they can run and play in, and take the dog for a walk everyday to burn off the leftover steam that they may have from the day, then you should be fine. I have to say I had the german sheperd, and a cocker spaniel, and I think that she may have been more aggressive than he was LOL.
@profclark (512)
• United States
8 May 07
While I think that owners can train their dogs to be gentle or aggressive, the issue is really the greater good, because dogs are animals and many humans are not good trainers. If people's dog of choice is a large dog it should not be in an apartment anyway. I think that is just cruel.
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@mari123 (1862)
• China
8 May 07
dogs are cute,but they are aggressive in nature.dog can be breeding as a human being friend,and many family take the dogs as their pets to bring up.teach a dog to be aggressive is useful to the dog,but don't teach dog to kill other animals.
@Galena (9124)
8 May 07
well, I can't see why German Shepherds are on that list. they're herding dogs, and wonderful natured. the other breeds may be breeds designed for guarding or fighting, and of those I've only met a Rottie, and he's adorable and soppy. I'll always say that certain dogs have a more dominant temperament, but it's only an owner that makes a dog agressive. but German Shepherds aren't a breed pre-disposed to agressiveness, just protectiveness.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
8 May 07
I think the people who label these dogs are people who have had bad experiences with them. They always blame the animal but it is ALWAYS the owners fault for not training it roperly in the first place. Large dogs are more in need of training but i don't believe there are bad or aggressive dogs - just bad owners who teach their dogs the bad habits. Poodles can be very viscious - i have seen them myself, my Aunty used to have a couple & i HATED the nasty little buggers. I LOVE pit bulls & Akitas i would have either breed but i kind of already have 4 small dogs so i don't really think i need any more! However, landlords have rights to allow whatever they like in their buildings so there's not a lot that can be done about it unfortunately. People like that might also have a fear of the larger dogs with those reputations which is sad so that wouldn't help.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
7 May 07
I think it works both ways. Also kids that tease dogs. I mean there are kids that pester animals.
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
7 May 07
I believe most dogs are aggressive because of their owners. I would bet your building won't allow these specific breeds because of insurance reasons. Homeowners and renters policies won't cover you if there is an accident with certain "attack breeds", so they'd rather be safe than sorry.
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