A Twist on the “Top 10 Most Dangerous Breeds”
Last week I did an article on the most aggressive dogs breeds based on a study as the University of PA. It was an interesting study with some surprising conclusion. It found as the top three most aggressive dog breeds; the dachshund, the chihuahua and the Jack Russell terrier, respectively.
Most people do seem to agree with the findings to a degree although, obviously, there is some disagreement from owners of the breeds. I do have to admit though, even in breed and dog forums that I’ve visited, most doxie and chi owners posting seemed not to find the results too surprising.
Now, when to comes to ‘breed profiling’, which I would call this, there are many contributing factors to any dog’s temperament that I do think are over and above just breed traits.
Anyway, someone sent me an interesting twist on the ‘Top 10 Most Dangerous Breeds’ and I thought I would share it with you. Kind of interesting, amusing and again, true to a point, but this is more true than not. What do you think?
Top 10 Most Dangerous Breeds
10. Criminal Dog Owners
They vary in size, shape, color and creed. Whether urban or rural, they thrive in environments where crime does pay.
This breed may deliberately train dogs to be human aggressive. This breed has been known to shoot dogs for fun it. They fight dogs and use sweet tempered dogs as bait. Here in the New York area – they’ve been known to feed dogs ground up glass and gun power to toughen them up – you know-In case the police kick the front door – they’re out the back – and the dogs are in between.
9. Irresponsible and Ignorant Dog Owners
Characterized by a complete lack of common sense and or manners, these dog owners come in three distinct varieties – Dumb, Dumber and Plain Stupid.
However they do share the same breed traits, like complete disregard for local leash or pooper scooper laws
Stubborn, self-centered rudeness, the inability to see the potential consequences for their behavior.
So here are the three varieties:
- Dumb– When Snowball whines to go out, they throw open the front door and let her out to wander the neighborhood. Snowball is free to poop and pee wherever she likes. And if Snowball should wander into my yard and my dog defends its territory, like many dogs …….we’ve got a problem.
- Dumber – Easy to recognize, this genius nonchalantly walks their dog off leash in the neighborhood, like it’s no big deal. Well in my book – it is a big deal. How would you like it if I let my dog run up to your children off leash. Or run up to any person who may be afraid of dogs. (and BTW – I support off leash space – just not on the block). And it’s not OK if your dog takes a dump in my flowerbed, got that?
- Plain Stupid– Way short on common sense – they let their children play unattended with dogs, or let them run up to pet a stranger’s dog or get in a strange dog’s face.
8. Negligent or Abusive Dog Owners
Like sociopaths who lack basic the human trait of compassion – this all-too-common breed is well known for a lack of care or concern. They are, however, gifted and talented in the areas of neglect or cruelty.
These Gifted & Talenteds routinely fail to give their animals even the basics of food, water or shelter or fail to provide vet care. One employee of Child Services in New York has been accused of leaving his dying Akita out in the cold for weeks.
Even beating the dog is OK for these people, “it’s only a dog.” Even if it’s not their dog! Kick it if it gets in your way, wants food or attention. OK – so cruel and unusual punishment is against law, so giving them the same treatment is out. Too bad.
6. Ignorant Shelter Workers & Rescuers
We give shelter and rescue workers big kudos for the great job they do on a daily basis. That said – they are some bad apples in this bunch. Who? These people are marked by their staggering ignorance, leaving the rest of the dog world stammering in surprise.
Statements from these so-called “professionals” include, “We don’t adopt out Pitbulls – they have locking jaws”, and “We don’t adopt out Rotties or Dobermans – they’re aggressive”. Better yet, they hide a dog’s health or behavioral history, thinking that all dogs can be saved, from adopters who may be in for a big surprise. Someone needs to teach this breed a lesson – and quick.
5. Ignorant Dog Fanciers
Nose and tail always in the air with, “Breed restrictions don’t really apply to me – I own a PUREBRED dog”. Oh, really? Maybe you’d like to share you magical powers with the rest of us…
4. Arrogant Dog Fanciers
Not only are nose and tail always in the air, but his type will even dis their fellow dog fanciers with, “it’s not my breed”. Ain’t that special? Now bend over… this won’t hurt a bit…
Numbers 4 and 5 do a diservice to the many hardworking, ethical home breeders who care deeply about their dogs and the welfare of dogs in general.
3. Irresponsible News Media
They attack, unprovoked, when you least expect it. Out of the blue, and really just when those ratings are starting to take a dive. That’s just the perfect time to lead with a dog story. These media outlets target large working breeds, they thrive on fear. And they are yellow to the core.
2. Greedy Insurers
These insurers aren’t dogs – they’re pigs. And who’s to stop them when they can chow down of easy profits on the backs of good dog owners by denying, limiting or eliminating coverage of dog owners in 37 states? They stuff so much of their piggy bank bucks into the pockets of politicians? Then politicians, hoggin’ up all that campaign dough , do the bidding of the insurance sector, blocking bills that would make it illegal for insurers to discriminate against good dogs and good dog owners.
There’s a saying – pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered. I’d like to invite you all to a barbecue 🙂
1. Opportunistic Politicians
These dogs will whine, they’ll beg, they’ll do anything for attention – and money – especially from those fat cats in the insurance lobby who ensure obedience with juicy campaign donations. These politicians breed fear, thrive on ignorance and count on apathy.
So now, what do you think of this ‘Top 10″ list? Pretty much hits the nail doesn’t it, even more so than any dog breed studies I’ve ever seen conducted!
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