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Is it time to ban more dangerous breeds?

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 06/10/2014   Category: Blog

In view of the amount of recent dog attacks on both the general public and family members, is it now time to add more breeds to the banned list of dangerous breeds.  In the UK, the four banned dog breeds are Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro. However, is it now time that more dangerous breeds are added to the list?

It’s a very controversial subject and we understand the arguments for both sides but in view of recent events where a 6 month old baby was killed over the weekend we felt compelled to ask the question, ‘Whether more breeds should be banned?’.

So how do dogs become a danger to society, is it something to do with the breed itself, does certain breeds have more dangerous instincts? Is it to do with the dogs training or lack of it? Could it be down to a bad experience as a puppy? All these may have an influence but with so many different factors that can affect the mood of a dog on a particular dog maybe we should start to consider more than the breeds that are already banned.

In truth all dogs can become vicious in certain situations, the public only hear about the stories of badly injured or fatal attacks that come from dogs who have strong, powerful mouths causing such damage. If a Yorkshire terrier or a Chihuahua attacked or bit someone, the damage most probably wouldn’t be severe enough to make headline news so you don’t often hear about it.

There is always a reason that dogs attack, it is never just for the sake of it even though it may be one off. Dogs who are otherwise lovely, soft and playful dogs at home can kill in an instant and unfortunately no amount of training can prevent them. Dogs sadly cannot tell their owner if they have a stomach upset, if they have a disease or that they don’t feel unwell and when pushed to the limit may snap.

Unfortunately, no amount of training, stimulation and walks can prevent such a change in a dog’s personality. Dogs that have such powerful jaws can cause a huge amount of damage with just one bite which makes having children or babies in the same environment as them  a potentially dangerous scenario.

Should groups such as DEFRA start to look at widening the net of banned breeds? Should they be investigating if banning more breeds would decrease the amount of serious and fatal dog attacks across the UK? We would love to hear your opinions and views on this very controversial matter. Please tweet us @easyanimal or post on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/easyanimal2