Racist Dog?

@seabeauty (1480)
United States
September 9, 2008 12:52pm CST
Hi all.. I have a Yorkshire Terrier. Had him for about a month. A friend of mine found him as a stray and she gave him to me to give to my daughter who is 9 and has been wanting a dog. He has a funny habit of chasing after black children or adults when I am waking him on the leash. He doesn't do that to other races just black people. That is a strange behavior to me. Anyone else have this experience? Is it just that he doesn't like the dark color? He doesn't bite them, Well I don't give him a chance to anyway even if he wanted to because I have him leashed. Do you think his former owners were dark skinned? Need some insight...
5 responses
@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Hi Seabeauty, No, his former owners were most likely not African American...I had a doggie (RIP) a Pikenese (spelling :-( he sure was racist and I found out that his former owners were Spanish, Puerto Rican, they raised him to hate blacks purposely and it never went away...most of my daughters friends are AA and we always had to put this tiny doggie in a cage when company arrived...so your pups former owners were either Caucasian or Hispanic or maybe some other race but not black!! Be careful, keep a tight grip on him when outside...he probably will bite given the chance. ~G~
@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I should have told you that we had the doggie for almost 15 years!!
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Ok thanks gwoman. I guess he was trained that way then prior to me getting him. That would be a shame and shame on the former owners if that is true.
@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
9 Sep 08
absolutely Seabeauty, unfortunately "some" people are just hateful and want their pets to be the same! :-( ~G`
@trowbdon (167)
• Canada
9 Sep 08
It's either the former owners where black and treated the dog badly or he belonged to a racist who trained him like that.
@gwoman2 (711)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Hi Trowbdon, you are 110% correct...I don't know why I didn't think of that!! ~G~
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Apr 10
It's possible that his previous owners were black and perhaps they weren't too nice to him. I remember when I was a kid, my Mom had a Dobi and we lived in Detroit. This dog would chase after any black person that would come near our house...no other race, just black ppl. We never knew why but it cut down on some of the problems of living in Detroit...it probably would have been better if she'd went after bad ppl in general, at least then we would have known the difference between the good and the bad. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
• United States
16 Sep 08
I had a male pomeranian who did not like black people because the african-american children who came to the park across the street from our house would tease him through the chain link fence. They poked sticks through the fence and hit him. I don't know everything that they did, but he got that he did not like dark skin. When we listed the house for sale, the salesperson was dark skinned and we told him to never come to the house to show it if we were not home as Enstein would attack him. Eventually he did not believe it as he came and as he walked around the outzide of the house, Enstein went out the doggy door and nipped him in the butt. Your dog could have been abused by a colored person before you got it. I know that colored people smell different than the other races and perhaps it is the smell that your dog reacts to.
@sidyboy (284)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Some dogs are pretty sensitive when it comes to that. Most of the time I feel it's due to a lack of exposure/socialization with other races. I had a Lab many years ago who not only hated African Americans, but also anyone in uniforms- police, meter readers, etc. We had a dog come in for boarding a few weeks ago that was owned by an African American couple- and it was very apparent that the dog had never been exposed to Caucasians- we had a great deal of trouble trying to get that dog to trust us, so we had to bring in an African American friend so that the dog would come to her, and then get to know us better and trust us. Some dogs are very intimidated by simple things too-sunglasses/hats. I had a dog at work whom I've known since she was born (literally) and last winter I had a hooded sweatshirt on with the hood up- I reached for the dog and she tried to rip me apart. I took the hood off, and she jumped right in my arms.