ANSWERS: 33
  • A dog is violet by how it is taught. To ban an entire breed for that is stupid. The dog everyone has a negative image about, is pitbulls. These dogs naturally strive to please, I'd say more so than most others. And for owners to make these dogs fight for their lives to please them is sick. People should take a competency test before fucking up a perfectly loving animal.
  • It's really an unfair load of shi+. At the same time I do understand why they are banned... They are banned because people are irresponsible and neglectful - and allow these dogs to become problems... The bans aren't to protect people from these dogs the bans are to prevent ignorant people from raising a dog who could turn out to be a problem. Look at the Rotweiller, for example. The rotweiller was bred to be a cart pulling dog, but, due to it's aloof nature, started being used for guard duty - which is fine - but this newfound duty called for a little more suspicious aggressiveness to be bred into the dog. This aggressiveness can be groomed by honing it through training, and it can also be groomed by allowing the dog to "rule the roost" and neglecting to discipline it. I have had a few rots, and a very high quality German Shepherd (from Schutzhund III dogs going back 5 generations) - not really bred for companionship. My family raised, socialized, disciplined and loved each of these dogs. The dogs were raised with rules and treated firmly, but lovingly. Not one of these dogs ever even managed to growl at a stranger - It was just never made to be their purpose at my house. They were great with the kids, and had great manners with the neighbors. The Shepherd actually pulled "lassie" crap all of the time. She jerked one of my boys off of a copperhead before he got bit, saved baby rabbits that the doe had tossed out of the pen by putting them in a coffee can and carrying them to the porch.... Vicious bitch.... :) Any dog is capable of being mean - you just have to make sure they have a place in your family, and rules to stand on.
  • if it is the breed itself which is instinctively violent then I can see banning them from parks and other social areas. however the breeds most known for violence (rotties and german sheapards) are not violent breeds, they are versitile with bad owners.
  • If the pet owner is a responsible person who is able to control their dog at all times ... then they should be able to keep them. However, the few who do not take that responsiblity seriously ruins it for the rest of them.
  • I think chihuahuas should be banned forever!!!! Just joking, I love dogs
  • They're called pitbulls for a reason. Centuries of breeding in qualitites for fighting in the ring, and man has once again fucked up a great animal for his own selfish needs. A competency test for would-be owners of dangerous dogs/animals needs to be in place. In the meantime, whatever laws make my children safe, I will support!
  • Only pit bulls. Ban them. A lot of pit bull owners are proud to have mean dogs, yet they don't even have a pot to piss in. At least here in L.A.
  • owners are the ones who are ultimately responsible.we try to blame the breeds instead of the owners.i would suggest a traing or a license of some type show someone is competent to raise and own these dogs.
  • Both are bullshit. The dogs considered violent are the ones that are most loyal. Their violence is often triggered by that instinct and not hampered by their incompetent owner. A responsible loving owner would never have such a problem. As has been mentioned, I would be in favor of a licensing system for the owners. Perhaps any dog breed, or mix of breeds, that normally exceeds 20 pounds (10Kg) would require a training session and a special handler's permit. (by training session I simply mean for the owner, even an online class could put the necessary information into their head and make everyone better owners)
  • I don't believe there are violent breeds. It's the owners that are at fault. Better to ban some people from ownership than breeds that are misused and abused.
  • There are breeds that are more apt to be labeled "violent" or "dangerous," but that is almost exclusively related to the lack of training or bad training instituted by the people who own them. The most vicious dog I have ever met was a nasty little dachshund...and it was his owner's support of "cute" bad habits, disregard for regular training, and deliberate goading that made him such a "bad" dog. The gentlest dog I know is a sweet Rottweiler whose owner insists on regular training and showers the dog with discipline and love.
  • I think this guy takes the cake.
  • i think people make the dogs violent.
  • I think that while the bigger dogs are getting noticed, the little ones are taking control of their owners and no one is going to pick on the little ones (as in any situation, not ALL individuals, but for the most part, I think we all know it's the smaller ones that are more aggressive) All come back to the owners anyways. So not the animal's fault (for the most part) but ours.
  • There are no violent dog breeds, just bad owners & untrained or poorly socialized dogs.
  • I think a dog that is capable of killing with a bite or one that clamps on and you can't get them off is dangerously violent. Law makers should make it a huge pain in the ass for owners to have them. I also think violent people want violent dogs and I agree they make them that way.
  • While a dog is an animal, and some breeds are more prone to be "mean" there is no reason to ban them. If the dog is loved and respected they will never be a problem. The ones you read about are either mistreated or trained to do what they did. Ban the owners and trainers that are responsible. Treat them like pedophiles. Don't allow them within 100yards of an animal or jailtime and fines.
  • Dogs are breed for certain temperaments I understand that... however, it really depends on how they're raised and brought up too. So.... I get kind of annoyed when people say things like "pitbulls are mean dogs" "rottweilers are mean dogs" "doberman pinschers are mean dogs."
  • thats sad, its not the dog's fault if the owner trains it to be bad and attact people. it doesn't know any better.
  • All animal violence stems from human cruelty. Puppies need more hugs.
  • ALL DOGS BITE. It is more a matter of what will or could cause a particular dog TO BITE, than what breed the dog is. How people train and use dogs is what can cause a dog to be more likely to bite. Some dogs are never pushed to the point where they believe they should bite someone. Other dogs have had events in their lives that have taught them to bite first and run later! Both Abuse and Neglect can add to a dog learning to bite. Neglect includes not bothering to teach or train a dog to develop good manners. Puppies start out not realizing much about the pain they can cause when they bite down. Those extra weeks with Mom and the siblings can do a lot to educate the puppy to these important facts as in most cases, if one nips too hard, one either gets nipped right back; or THE GAME ENDS ABRUPTLY! (7 TO 12 Weeks of age) Since a lot of puppies are taken from their Mom and siblings at age 7 to 8 weeks, they miss out on this simple, important lesson and it is then up to the new human family to teach them that biting too hard (or at all) ENDS THE GAME...oops...no more fun for you for a while...about 5 minutes is all the time a puppy can even remember/associate what they did and what happened right afterwards! Smaller or toy breeds suffer the most from a lack of training. People EXPECT to need to teach a big dog to be gentle, but they are woefully lacking in the understanding that their little dog is STILL A DOG and needs to learn good manners as much or more than a large, stoic breed. So Lack of Training and abuse or encouragement of aggression are the problems...and HUMANS are responsible for BOTH.
  • Dogs arent violent, People make them that way. I have always had 3 or more dogs at a time. Every breed imaginable and they all were treated like part of the family. They were nothing but slobbering pussycats and loved anyone who would take two minutes to pet them.
  • dogs are brought up by their owner to be vicious, i know plenty of 'vicious' dog breeds that are brilliant, loving dogs that wouldn't hurt a fly. Yet people breed them to fight and to be aggressive.
  • We have a violent dog near our house. He is vicious but I do not blame him for that. His owner is the bad one!He needs to be thrown out of our neighborhood.
  • the breed isn't violent, its how the dog is trained. Some dogs have good natural fighting abilities and are therefore chosen for their natural tendencies but the fact of the matter is that the dogs behavioral patterns are the sole responsibility of the owner/trainer.
  • There's no such thing as 'violent dogs' - the problem lies with the humans that train them to be violent. So, ban & neuter the humans not the dogs!
  • It is not the dogs fault. But like it or not, certain breeds of dogs were created by purposefully selecting for strength and aggressive behavior. They were intentionally created by humans to be a menace to other dogs. Of course, this makes them a potential menace to other humans as well. I don't understand how people can be so inconsistent in their beliefs. If you believe in evolution and you have a basic understanding of biology, then you should understand that intentionally favoring and selecting for aggressive behavior will necessarily produce offspring with a strong tendency toward aggression. It's not about how cute the puppies are.
  • The vicious pit bull
  • I don't think there's really any violent dogs. The problem does lie in the owner. One must realize though, they are animals, things happen. They can snap at times, but most of them are nice if treated properly. We had a Rottweiler that was the sweetest, but one time my brother got by it's face when she was sleeping and she woke up and bit his lip. Don't invade their space especially if they're sleepin'! He now has a big beautiful black dog that (they think) is part Mastiff, Pit Bull, and Boxer. He's enormous and very scary looking but is the absolute nicest dog I've ever met. It's funny, when you sit on the ground he comes up to you turns around and puts his ass right in your lap and just sits on you. He's hilarious.
  • Since I reside in a county that bans Pitbulls. I believe it has failed to achieve what it set out to do, as it has been skirted often. The dog breed is not the problem, the owner is! My solution is if the dog has to be put down for aggrasive behaviour the owner should serve out the the time that the dog could have expected to live in jail or reporting probation. Then these bredder and dog fighters and promoters would decide it is not worth it! the same goes for cock fighting. Both the gamblers and the promoters should do the time and lose what is deemed as contraband gain.
  • I guess you can figure out how I feel just by looking at my user name. Bans on breeds only affect law abiding citizens whose dogs are not problem dogs to begin with. BTW-the very first pitbull I met, named Nipper, attacked me. I was working at a boarding kennel where this dog was being kept as his owner was homeless at the time. I was letting the dog in for the night. I was in the cage with the dog (the facility used those large chain link kennels with a large chain link door,concrete floors and a concrete wall keeping the dog from going outside. The wall had a small door in it that had to be lifted up for the dog to go in or out). I looked at him, and I noticed that he was crouched down, ready to pounce on me. I was too far from the door to exit the cage, so I braced myself for the attack-I had my back against one of the walls, my feet shoulder width apart, and my left arm in front of my neck. The dog pounced, and his mouth was open to bite me, but he was quite stunned to hit my arm, not my neck. I hit the dog with my right hand as he hit my left arm with his teeth. He fell back to the floor, and I had enough time to exit the cage. About a week or so later, the kennel became the temporary home of another pitbull that the town had seized. We had Pup Pup with us for 8 months until her owner got her back, and she was the best dog I had ever met.
  • 90 percent of the time it is the OWNER of the dog which is dangerous NOT the dog. but anyone who leaves a child alone with ANY breed of dog needs their heads checked. my friend had a 15 year old labrador which never barked its whole life. suddenly one day it bit my friends little cousins baby in the face for no reason. the autopsy on the dog revealed a cyst on its brain. no dog is ever 100% safe. no owner can ever be trusted 100%
  • I'm surprised there aren't more bands on Cocker Spaniels. They are more aggressive than any breed. Most bites are reported each year by Cocker Spaniels than any other breeds. Source: http://www.greatdogsite.com/breeds/details/Cocker_Spaniel/

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