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I have trained dogs many years. I have seen alpha dogs that are aggressive in all breeds that will protect and dominate. I have seen poorly trained and socialized dogs in all breeds. I have worked with mixed breeds and the story was the same. I was raised with and trained German Shepherds and can say the same thing for them. I know train and show other herding breeds and can say the same for them.
Most owners do not train their dogs with a professional trainer which is a mistake. I still train with a professional trainer even though I have trained and showed my own dogs for over thirty years.
Dogs should not be licensed, people should be.
Too bad Rotties are on the list, I've had two and there wasn't a "mean bone" in there bodies! But they are big, and they like to use their size to intimidate, but if you take the time to socialize them you have the "town clown" that everybody loves! ...And you won't have to worry about forgetting to taking them for a walk, they'll remind you on the minute it's normally due!!!
You know, using this logic, you could categorize humans how over time have been more vicious than a dog. Yes, you can give an example of a dogs bad behavior but humans you can give statistics showing how many per 1000 humans will commit a murder, rape another, beat a spouse, burn a child, shoot a teacher, beat a co-worker, etc... We are happy to label a dog but don't do that to a humans. Age, Gender, Ethnicity, race, immigrants, Maternal smoking, Bed wetters, alcoholism, drug use, IQ, etc.. All factors in determining criminal activity but we ignore these because it is not politically correct. Better article would be to show humans that are dangerous. Chances of being bite by a dog are minimal as compared to being a victim of a violent crime. (See correlate to criminality Wikipedia)
Having owned 3 Rotties, including a top tier Rott, it's sad they make this list. Problem is...When they do go "bad" from a idiot owner, it's going to cause massive damage and that's gained the attention of media libs that make the animal the issue, not the owner.
FACT is, Cocker Spaniels are more often involved in bites, as are Chihuahua and poodles, but those don't reported due to the impact of bite...
Rotties of ALL listed are not deserving of this horrible status and it's unfortunate I can no longer afford one due insurance agencies, due to a few idiots..
I have owned 2 Rotts, a Chihuahua, 2 mutts, and a pomeranian. There are no bad dogs, just bad owners. If the dog is treated with love, patience, and trained properly they are not bad. Many dogs attack if they are threatened, scared, or hurt. It is the responsibility of humans to remember they are animals and for parents to teach children not to pet a strange dog. Dogs give unconditional love. My Rott let my 1 yr old grandson pull her mouth and roll on her and never growled. My daughter's pit lets him ride on her back and pull her ears without growling, so you cannot say they are bad dogs.
Lumping these breeds into dangerous category is like saying all people with brown eyes are dangerous. My advice to people who think these breeds are bad is to stay away from them and you have nothing to worry about. Insurance companies have no business telling me what I can own. If my dog bites, I am financially responsible. What is next insurance companies refusing to insure us because we own a gun or have too many children?
Not sure if I agree with the German shephards. I had a female german shephard when I was about 5 or 6 and we kept her for a very long time, up to may teenage years; a good and sweet dog, very protective of her family, she stay in the house and outside as well, she was a well trained dog, when she got aggressive, it was only because she needed to. I was kind of surprised when german shephards made the list, maybe the male dogs are a little bit more aggressive, but overall german shephards are one of the best dogs for a family you could ever have.
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