True or False: There is No Such Thing As a “Bad Breed”
What do other countries know that we Americans don’t? Apparently, it’s that indeed, there actually are bad dog breeds. Many commonly known breeds, as well as less common breeds, are banned in other countries. Why ban a breed of dog? What makes a dog become banned in the first place? Because they are considered to be a danger to the general public at large. It is felt that the dog may, at any time, whether provoked or not, attack a human being. Most frequently, the most serious dog attack cases sadly involve small children or babies. Often, they are friends or family members of the dog’s owners.
Most “Bad Breeds” were originally bred to be guard or fighting dogs. A famous diamond mine was guarded by a stain of Bullmastiffs in Africa. Considered by some to be a good family guard dog, who are good with children, and not too aggressive, the entire breed is banned in Denmark. Why don’t the Danes want this breed in their country? You decide. To own a Neo, which is an Italian Mastiff made famous in Harry Potter films, you must be certified as being psychologically fit in Romania. They are flat out illegal in Singapore.
Banned breeds run the gamut, but are found to be potentially dangerous, and therefore are banned. Generally speaking, dogs which are found to be genetically predisposed to attacking were indeed originally bred to have those exact characteristics. Some breeds which are banned throughout the world were intended to hunt and tackle larger game such as the Dogo. This breed is currently banned in over 10 countries,some of which include Australia, New Zealand and Portugal.
Probably the most controversial dog breed is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Fiercely defended by their loving owners who claim the Pit Bull is just misunderstood, there are two definite sides in the argument of banning Pit Bull dogs. It’s not the breed, it’s the owner. While undoubtedly the breed can be a loving family dog, it is also among the breeds more often involved in fatal dog attacks. Some of the reasons for the overly aggressive behavior of the modern Pit include improper breeding standards and owners who intentionally train their dogs to be vicious. They have become status symbols among certain pop cultures, and are perceived to be macho to own. Pit Bulls have been banned in many countries
around the world, as well as many municipalities through the United States. In the US, it is becoming more and more difficult to rent a home or obtain homeowner’s insurance if you own certain breeds of dogs. Insurers don’t want to take the risk, as the odds are high that one of these dogs may be involved in a dog attack where serious injuries have been sustained by the dog attack victim.