Monday, October 6, 2014

Park Patrol

The man and woman with the blue folders are members of Belgrade's street/park patrol, and cite persons for various infractions.  This man didn't have an issue, since his 'dangerous breed' dog is muzzled. He was asking exactly which breeds were considered dangerous.  He received, from what I was able to hear as I putzed around taking this photo, a very unclear answer.

Which breeds, in your option, could possibly be dangerous and should  be muzzled?

8 comments:

William Kendall said...

In my experience, if the dog's a dangerous one, it's not because of the dog, but the owner.

Bob Crowe said...

I know next to nothing about dogs but I think pit bulls qualify. We never had any pets bigger than tropical fish in my family's tight Queens apartment so I have no attraction to them as an adult.

Gaelyn said...

Except for the rare rouge, all dogs could be mean if trained that way. It's ridiculous to think a specific breed is always dangerous.

Indrani said...

No clue of the dangerous breeds., but a very interesting picture.

Thérèse said...

Quand je vois un chien, je regarde immediatement la tete du proprietaire et avise en consequence :-)

Mr T said...

It really is about the owner, the way it's trained or NOT trained the dog or about the way it's been mistreated. Obviously though, some breeds have a greater capacity to cause injury due to their size and strength. The dog trainer I use says that the breeds most LIKELY to bite are Chihuahua, Jack Russell, Daschund and Labrador. The main reason for this is about them being spoiled rather than being trained to be aggressive. The pitbull type breeds are clearly favoured by people who think having a dog is a way to project a macho personality. The pitbull is banned here in the UK, but its similar appearance to the Staffordshire Bull terrier has brought that breed into disrepute. Many people who would have had a pitbull because of their muscly physique have turned to Staffies as the next best thing. You can usually spot them as they're being dragged along by their dog, apparently thinking that somehow people will be impressed by their control of a strong dog. If only they knew that all it illustrates is that their dog is disrespecting them and true control would be if the dog was walking alongside them on a loose lead. Another common mistake is to think that these terrier breeds are good guard dogs. They're actually one of the worst breeds you could choose for the job as they are particularly people friendly and are much more likely to lcik a burglar to death than bite them. Staffies used to be known as the "nanny dog" because they were so good with children. This breed group was certainly developed with bull baiting in mind, but enthusiasts point out that pictures of the sport from the C19th show their owners with their sleeves rolled up indicating that they had no fear of being bitten. I don't know whether that's anything more than wishful thinking, but I do know that my Staffy, which I believe is banned in many European countries, is the most gentle, good-natured, people loving creature you could come across. I also know that I wouldn't have a dog without trying to find out as much about the breed and their traits as I possibly could. I'd support the introduction of a strict licensing scheme that demanded owners undertook training with their dogs. Most of the worst biting incidents occur within the home...often when the dog has been taunted or neglected and involving food...and could be avoided if people knew the risks they were running. If certain dogs make you nervous....and a decent dog owner should always be aware of the fact that there are a lot of people who won't think your animal is the loveliest thing in the world...it's worth loooking on the internet to check out the warning signs that a dog that might be about to attack will show.

Luis Gomez said...

It is all about the owner.

Alexa said...

Though I have known some very sweet ones, pit bulls are the only dogs that truly scare me. And speaking of owners, almost all of the pit bulls in my Brooklyn neighborhood are owned by macho types who would probably carry a gun, too, if they could.