We bet that whenever you read or hear "Dangerous dogs," you automatically think about breeds like Pit Bulls or Dobermanns, right?
Well, after you finish this article, you might think twice about it.
Any dog can be dangerous, even a tiny Chihuahua.
But there is a PDD law, which means “Potentially dangerous dogs” because they’re more prone to harm a person and even cause death due to their size and strength.
However, we shouldn’t ignore that what determines a dangerous dog isn’t the breed but the environment the dog lives in and its education.
Now, a German Shepherd, for example, isn’t part of this PDD law, and it’s one of the dog breeds that has caused more deaths and attacks. Why?
Let’s see first which are the PDD breeds.
According to the law, these are potentially dangerous dogs, and you need a special license to adopt them:
- Pitbull Terrier
- Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Argentine Dogo
- Brazilian Mastiff
- Japanese Mastiff
- Dobermann Pinscher
- Dogue de Bordeaux
The characteristics that put these breeds in this category:
- Strong muscles, robust aspect, athletic body, agility, and resistance
- Powerful presence
- Short hair
- Thoracic circumference between 60 and 80 centimeters, height at the withers between 50 and 70 centimeters, and weight greater than 20 kg.
- Voluminous, robust, and round head, muscular cheeks, strong jaw, and deep mouth
- Wide, strong, and short neck.
- Solid, broad, deep chest, arched ribs, and short, muscular loin.
PDD breeds, unfortunately, don’t have a good reputation.
Statistics don’t lie, but we know that the animal is not at fault.
The interesting fact is these dogs generally attack more kids than adults because kids don’t know how to treat them properly nor understand any danger signs.
So, potentially dangerous dogs have to be adopted by experienced and loving owners that know how to raise them and educate them.
All dogs are potentially dangerous.
Just like humans, all dogs are potentially dangerous. If somebody gets us to our limit, we can also react violently. The difference is we have rational minds, and dogs don’t.
They don’t have the intention to harm anybody. However, if some factors come together, like stress, anxiety, anger, and lack of education, they might drive dogs to attack and defend themselves.
And again, it doesn’t have to do with the breed.
If a dog attacks once, that doesn’t mean he’s going to do it again. A lot of factors are at play.
So, what do you think now about “dangerous” dogs?
Let’s stop hate against certain breeds, and let’s focus more on who the owner is and the dog’s behavior.