|I remember way back when first German Shepherds, then Dobermans, then Chows were 'known' to be unstable, aggressive, 'mean', and highly likely to turn on their owners. The pit thing has stuck longer than the others. I am scared to see what the next targeted breed will be.|
A few months back a man in my city was bitten by two dogs. "rottweilers" he claimed. One was all black and one was light tan......not like any rottie I have ever seen. Turns out they were labs, but since they were aggressive he just assumed they were rotties. The media happily printed the story with no interest in the facts.
Can you tell we have a Rottweiler? He is so sweet and friendly. He licks people like crazy, tolerates all kind of "love" from my 2 year old, happily plays with the kids in the yard, and is lovingly concerned whenever the 3 month old cries.
He is a shelter dog. I wanted to adopt him from the moment I saw him, but wanted to think about it to be sure that I was making the right decision. A young guy came into the shelter inquiring if they had any "tough breeds" and the animal control officer told him they had a rottie. He thought that would be COOL. I adopted him on the spot because I was concerned about such a sweet dog going into a situation where he would be a status symbol and not a pet. I am glad I did, he is great.
I have always had a slight fear of pits because my uncle had one. He loved her like crazy, but often, because he bounced from one friend/relatives couch to another, he left her tied up outside. She became rather scary and aggressive toward people she didn't know. Since adopting our "scary dog" I now am interested in looking beyond those stereotypes and have learned so much more about dogs and how they think.
I wish more people were interested in being a good dog owner and less interested in having a cool new accessory (big or small) when deciding to add a dog to their family.