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What is a Dangerous Dog?

jackrussellsnarlAlthough there are certainly many varying ideas amongst the human population about what constitutes a “dangerous dog”, for those living within the Capital Regional District, there is a very specific Bylaw (No. 1465) that might surprise you.

The CRD Bylaw quite clearly defines a dangerous dog as being any animal that has attacked or bitten, attempted to attack or bite or chased any person, or animal or wildlife; but excludes any attack by a dog on other animals or wildlife engaged in molesting livestock.”

If you think that your dog falls under this definition or you’re not sure, it’s long past the time that you became proactive about it and hired a professional to help you before the unthinkable happens and your dog is ordered destroyed by the Provincial Court or before you find yourself fined up to $2,000. and/or imprisoned for five years. You can also be charged with criminal negligence if you fail to control your dog that has any sort of “vicious propensity”.

You might also be surprised to learn which canine breeds are deemed to be amongst the top 15 most dangerous.

Although any breed of canine has the propensity to become dangerous if not properly trained, and/or under the control of the wrong human, and any breed also has the ability to be the most loving companion when it’s particular needs are fulfilled, there are breeds that rank higher on the scale when it comes down to them possessing a more natural propensity to fall into the “danger” category.  Owners should always do their research and be aware of the natural tendencies of a particular breed when choosing a family pet, and even more so if you may be a first time dog owner because “cute” is not always the best choice.

According to a recent study carried out by the University of Pennsylvania who surveyed 6,000 dog owners, researchers determined that the breed who was the “most dangerous”, ranking #1 out of 15, is the Dachshund. This German breed was originally “designed” by humans to hunt badgers (Dachs meaning badger) and badgers can be very viscious creatures. Researchers discovered that “one out of every five Dachshunds have bitten or tried to bite strangers and a similar number have attacked other dogs…”, while one in 12 have even display aggressive tendencies toward their owners.

If you’re thinking that the #2 dog on the list is probably a Pit Bull or Doberman, according to this study, you’d be wrong, because Chihuahuas have “similar statistics to Dachshunds when it comes to biting strangers, their owners or other dogs.”

And another dog which you might not guess, that ranks in the #3 position, is the Jack Russell Terrier.

Most people assume that the dangerous dogs are the big ones, such as the Dobermans, Rottweilers or Pit Bull types, when in fact the smaller dogs can certainly inflict a great deal of damage simply because they are small, tenacious and fast.

As well, it’s usually the larger breeds that are at the top of the doggy hit list because when a large breed attacks, simply because their mouth and teeth are larger, the wounds they create are larger and the attack itself usually much more traumatic for dog and human concerned that it’s generally the larger dog attacks that get reported. Because medical data is used as a basis for much dog attack research it then inaccurately appears that most attacks are from larger dogs.

We humans tends to give way too much leeway to a smaller, cuter-looking dog and will generally allow these cuties to get away with bad behavior that there would be no question of tolerating if they were a larger breed. In fact many of us humans laugh and think it’s “funny” to see a very small dog displaying signs of aggression because they just don’t see this pint sized pup as any sort of real threat.

If you are curious about which breeds are genetically more likely to become dangerous dogs if they are not properly trained, here is the list of the top 15, deemed by this study to be the most dangerous dogs, in alphabetical order, after the top 3.

Dachshund, Chihuahua, Jack Russell Terrier, (4) Akita Inu; (5) Bull Mastiff; (6) Chow Chow; (7) Dalmatian; (8) German Shepherd; (9) Giant Schnauzer; (10) Llahsa Apso; (11) Miniature Pinscher; (12) Old English Sheepdog; (13) Papillion; (14) Pit Bull; (15) Rottweiler.

Remember, just as all dogs can be great dogs when you humans give them what they need to be happy and fulfilled, all dogs, no matter what the size, also can become very dangerous dogs and it’s the responsibility of the human who adopts the dog to make certain they take whatever steps may be necessary to keep everyone safe.

Written by Dog Whispering

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