Bad owners, not bad dogs.
Just a century ago these were known as ‘Nanny Dogs’ People would leave their children with them without a second thought. Here is an article about it:
I will forever reblog this.
IT’S THE OWNERS, NOT THE DOGS.
Not that I’m big on cesar milan (like at all) but the statement is true
Erm … I dunno how people in the US read these kinds of dogs … but here in England it’s only poor people who have these dogs. Seriously, if a rough bloke is walking around with a dog, it will be one of those 4 breeds. The argument that it’s the owners who are bad not the dogs has really, really awkward connotations when we talk about who owns those kinds of dogs.
Nobody goes after chihuahas, because chichuhas are cute and cuddly and Paris Hilton has one. But I have been attacked by chichuhas far more often than I have by ay of those dogs. True, whenever I’ve been attacked they’ve done little ore than nip my ankles, but they went for me, and I’ve never met a “cute” dog that wasn’t an evil little shit.
I’ve only ever been bitten by 1 “big” dog, and whilst it was bad enough that I needed a shot, it didn’t attack me, just - in it’s own special way - told me to fuck off after I’d been bugging it. I grew up in a slightly rough neighbourhood and everyone had dogs, almost always big, evil looking fuckers. I spent my childhood surrounded by Dobermen and Rottweilers, Alsatians and Labradors*, even an Irish Wolfhound. Have you ever seen an Irish Wolfhound? We used to literally ride it around like a horse, they’re fucking beasts.
Yet, after all that time, I was only ever bitten once, in 10 years. On the other hand, every time I visited my Gran, who had a pleasantly Middle Class Jack Russell, I’d leave with scratches and scrapes and the odd nip. Sire, it never managed to eat my face, but it tried to.
These dogs aren’t dangerous. The only reason people go after them is because they’re largely seen as “Working Class” dogs, and everybody knows that anything Working Class is bad, right?
* Admittedly, the Labradors were ours, we were always kind of pretentious.
@name-redacted: Here, all manners of people of varying classes own these dogs, not just poor or working class people. Cities are trying to ban ALL Pit Bulls from places like dog parks, or mandate they should always be on a leash. People will call the police if you are walking your pit on a leash, claiming the dog is “threatening”. These dogs are assumed to be inherently vicious and dangerous, regardless of the class of the owner. And that is wrong. Bad owners most likely raise bad dogs. If the bad owners also happen to be lower class, well that’s often coincidental.