I just watched a documentary about Pitbull dogs. They are banned in the UK due to a number of vicious and high-profile attacks. Breeders have been trying to mask Pitbulls by crossing them with other breeds, which has created a grey area. Recently a lady won a court case that cost the UK taxpayer £20,00 to stop her pitbull cross being destroyed by the police. She enlisted the help of a dog behaviourist to define that the dog’s behaviour and breeding was not a public threat.
As you know my dog was attacked a few weeks ago by a slightly larger Jack Russell. The dog had a vice-like grip on her neck and she would have been killed had we not intervened. To draw an unpleasant comparison, Maggie is about the size of a baby, her neck is probably the same diameter – need I say more.
It takes all shapes and sizes to attack – their character defines them as much as their breed.
I used to work at a stable-yard where there were 2 rottweilers – one of them was affectionately known as Beatrice by the owner (who was also a bit of a Rottweiler herself). She always insisted they were harmless. But one day they saw red in a field full of sheep and ripped the poor animals to shreds – it was awful to see. There was more red grass in that field than green.
A slightly dodgy neighbour had her rottweiler destroyed when it attacked and killed a Jack Russell. The poor JR dog had only just come out of a dogs home for re-homing. One bite to the neck and it was dead. I had mentioned in previous posts about the lovely dog breeding combo we have in our street (Rottweiler cross Staffie), which has already bitten a few dogs in the area in unprovoked attacks.
What do I conclude from all this? First that all animals should be restrained on a leash regardless of breed. Second, there are many, many breeds of dog to choose from – so why choose a dog bred for defence to keep in a domestic environment? I support the destruction of all Pitbull types, including crosses and I would like to add Rottweilers, Dobermans and Staffies to the list too – unless they are used in a controlled defence environment. There are too many cases, particularly involving children, of these breeds attacking and it is just not worth it.
Even though I own Jack Russells, after having experienced an attack from a Jack Russell I would think twice about owning any breed that was bred to kill or attack.
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