How do your dog reacts when it met/saw a person of different skin color?

@hcvvmk (175)
Malaysia
April 13, 2010 1:49pm CST
I'm not trying to be racist here..I lived in a multiracial country but my dog will usually bark at darker skin people regardless of race when she met them while I'm driving...I was thinking that my dog is racist..but to teach my dog to stop barking at stranger would be a nono, it's her natural reaction as a dog though What say you?
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@qamarep (4450)
• Pakistan
14 Apr 10
come on are you stupid.. dogs are not racist its only because he is barking to a stranger for him
@hcvvmk (175)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
hello, please read the explanation there..you don't just barge in calling other people stupid..we're here for a discussion..show some ethics..
@hcvvmk (175)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
and i mentioned darker skin regardless of race..
@smacksman (6074)
14 Apr 10
I think it must be something different to colour but my friend's dog certainly reacts differently to different races. They have a public footpath beside their house and a six foot/2m solid fence on their boundary. It is amazing to watch their dog react differently to white, black and mixed race people walking bye. We can see them but the dog certainly can't. There is even a difference in the bark and the speed of the running up and down the garden when the person is Indian/Pakistani or Caribbean or African! We have absolutely no idea what makes the dog do this but it has become a bit of a party trick... 1. Don't look over the fence but watch the dog. 2. Place your bets 3. Look over the fence for the result. haha
• United States
14 Apr 10
wow. that's so nuts!
• United States
13 Apr 10
it's so funny that you bring this up. my dog now just hates all people equally, but I have definitely had racist dogs. haha. they just react to black people the way they react to other things that startle them (like bicycles, cars, cats, etc.) what country do you live in? I always wonder if a dog belonging to a black person ever reacts funny to white people.
@hcvvmk (175)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
hehehe...and i can see that your dog reacts the same way as my dog.. :D..i wonder the same as well..how would a dog belongs to a darker skin person rreacts to fairer skin people..hahaha
@marianne87 (3526)
13 Apr 10
My cousins have a border collie and he does this whenever a dark skinned person passes by! But he may be picking up negative vibes from his owners, as I have on more than one occasion heard them expressing racist views. I don't know if that's possible, but I don't have a better explanation.
@hcvvmk (175)
• Malaysia
14 Apr 10
wow..similar to my case though..well let's try and educate our dog..i believe it could work or try the treat method
@savypat (20247)
• United States
13 Apr 10
I don't think I ever had a dog who reacted to human's color but I sure have had ones that didn't like uniforms, like the Postman or the Policeman, even Service men. Dogs usually react to sight and smell and if they have one bad experience even as a puppy they keep that fear. One thing we started doing when we wanted to break these habits was have treats in our pockets and hand the person being feared a treat to give the dog, this work best with puppies.
@hcvvmk (175)
• Malaysia
13 Apr 10
That's what I thought as well..oh well maybe i should try your method..a treat to give to the dog
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
22 Apr 10
my late dogs treated everyone the same. they enjoyed socializing and meeting people. but if they didnt like them for some reason, it was probably because of that weirdo person, not their skin color. my late dogs were extroverts.
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
14 Apr 10
My dog didn't bark, since he still puppy lol, only if he got caged then sometimes he cry and bark i love my dog it's their natural to bark to strangers i think so it's normal, or maybe she has bad experience with it before??
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
I guess this is a normal reaction for new visitor they see at home. Here in my house still same with new person but regardless of the skin color, seems that it is quiet funny but your dog see that you are white skin that's why it knows that he is different from you then. Dogs are evry bright that they can notice that this person is new from its see. It should bark as a sign that you have new visitor comes and passes by.
• United States
14 Apr 10
Growing up, my family has always had german shepards. they are known for being protective but my dogs have never reacted to skin color. the most my dogs have reacted is when a stranger who is a man, any color, comes close to the woman in my family. its really interesting because they are never protective when kids or woman and the dogs arent as protective towards the males in my family.
• United States
13 Apr 10
I have three dogs (Maggie, Sam, Goldie)...Sam has yet to see a person of a different skin color, he has not been to our regular vet yet. Goldie see's no difference, she loves everyone Now, I don't know if this has something to do with Maggie being abused before we adopted her (she is afraid of all strangers anyways) but I did get the feeling that she noticed and reacted to the skin color difference in my vet. NOW, I don't think her nerves have anything to do with skin color anymore, I don't get that same feeling from her. I just think that it's just her fear of strangers now, and the fact that the vet is scary.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Apr 10
When our dog was alive, she would bark at strangers. Also from what I heard on Dog Whisperer, dogs react to smell . So your dog is reacting to this strange person who smells different. For instance, if the person were an East Indian, the dog would react to the smell of curry, if Chinese, the smell of Chinese food, etc. So it is not that the person is dark-skinned, it is what that person ate. If a white person ate a lot of curry, Chinese, Soul Food, or whatever, your dog would have the same reaction. all the same you have to teach your dog not to bark at everyone unless it is to warn you that someone is about to break into your place or your place is on fire.
@shoeface (53)
13 Apr 10
I've never heard of a racist dog, I think it's very likely that your dog had a bad experience with someone, or numerous people with dark skin as a puppy. This is very unusual behaviour.