Originally Posted by mistify
The point of the matter is the dog went after a child, that is aggression that should not be condoned.
You did leave out that dogs as in with any other pet should be socialized with more than just its pack or family and animals that have aggressive tendencies, should be trained to handle those behaviors in a constructive manor. These animals have not been trained or socialized well.
If you read above, I don't at all condone this behavior. What I objected to was your equating an attack on a child with dogs who bite other dogs. Those are (or can be) completely normal, beautifully socialized, wonderfully trained. Ask Shahbazin, SevenVeils, or APBTLuv if they expect their dogs to always be friendly greeters of every other dog on earth. Or ask me; I had Danes for a long time and they were lovely, fantastic dogs. I had puppies go on to be therapy dogs, agility dogs, obedience dogs, show dogs, they were the model dogs at meet-and-greets, they were in families and with retired people and with couples and so on. Flawless temperaments for the breed, in most cases. And you know what? They would kill a cat if it ran across their field of vision and it wasn't "their" cat. Two of them DID kill a deer once (one was a certified therapy dog). They absolutely would bite a dog if it came into their yard and they were protecting puppies or one of my kids.
My vet has bred and shown bull terriers for years--she rigidly separates her dogs from others and her house is full of baby gates. When I am there without dogs she'll let her office dog out of the crate and he'll come roll around with me and my kids. Wonderful dog. When I bring one of my corgis and walk her past the crate, he throws himself against the door and roars at them. Does he have a bad temperament, is he poorly bred, poorly socialized? No, of course not. He's being a bull terrier.
I just spent a 5-day weekend in the company of 500-750 other dogs; at any one time there are perhaps a hundred or two hundred in a single large room. Because they were well managed, well trained, and well socialized, I didn't see a single genuine fight. But would I ever let a shih tzu loose in a pen full of Malamutes and a full food dish? Show-bred, therapy-dog, gently trained Malamutes? Of course not--the toy dog would be killed and I'd be an idiot for basically encouraging them to do it.
Unless you want an entire segment of dog breeds (all the livestock guard dogs, all the bull breeds, most of the terriers, most of the working dogs, many of the hounds) to disappear--and there are many "trainers" who do, including the famous Sue Sternberg--innate dog aggression or prey drive that results in cats or rabbits or other small furries being killed should never be defined as the result of abuse, poor breeding, poor training. It is a facet of particular dogs and particular breeds that requires meticulous MANAGEMENT so you do not let fights start or let them escalate, but surely doesn't indicate an unsound or abnormal temperament.