In fact as far as I'm aware the UK is the only european nation that outright bans guns for civilians.This is why people ban guns. Gun supporters don't know what guns are.Shotguns I'll give you (provided you're allowed 12 and larger gauges... because I mean... come on...) but not .22s.
Rottweilers were also originally used for herding they are not aggressive but protective.
Hunting dogs were bred with usually more smell receptors and then retrieving abilities not aggressiveness they were bred to be able to find prey and then get it after it was fell none of these breeds were bred for aggressiveness.
Few dogs were "created" for only expressing aggression. Most of the breeds you and other consider "aggressive" are in fact WORKING dogs. Bred for helping the owner around the house and farm.
Blame the numerous irresponsible/ignorant owners of "certain" breeds.
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I am a dog owner myself, had a Labrador as a kid, had two Malamutes as rescues, and now got two Finnish Laphunds. I've also owned a bunch of chinchillas and worked in a zoo for a while. The reason I mention this is one thing I have noted from working with so many animals is they all have their own personalities. Even chinchillas (similarish to a small rabbit for those that don't know) each had very distinct and separate character traits, even parent to offspring could easily be differed from behaviour. Everyone saying my dog was the softest dog ever, well I'm sure they were, but your dog being soft and friendly doesn't make all dogs of the same breed the same. One of my malamutes was (seemingly) very aggressive towards other dogs, she could never be let off her lead, very rarely could we pass another dog without her going into a very scary looking barking fit and a lot of pulling towards the other dog. She 'bit' me once trying to pull across me while barking and caught my leg just above in the side of her mouth. The other Mal is a lump. You almost have to kick her to get up, she is overweight even after being on diet food for an extended period of time and when she sees another dog all she wants to do is play, though she usually can't keep up with them. (Remember these are both rescues). My longwinded point is that saying that a breed doesn't have a higher potential for aggressiveness because your dog is a softie is not so far off from saying all cars are red because my car is red. Yeah bad example but you get the point.
It's all in how you raise them. You can have a sweet as candy pit, rott, GSD or a menacingly evil poodle or corgi.
Rudimentary creatures of blood and flesh. You touch my mind, fumbling in ignorance, incapable of understanding.
You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.
I happen to own a Doberman Pinscher. She's 9 months old, and an incredibly affectionate dog. I wouldn't trade her for the world.
However, I know that I would find it very hard to find a new place to live if I had to. I'm lucky because I happen to own my own home - but I know I'd have to rehome her if I ever lost it.
Breed specific legislation is terrible - they target breeds that just have a certain stigma. You'd be surprised at some of the breeds that appear on there. Any dog can be vicious, and any dog can be amazing - it's in how they are trained from the time they are pups.
Also, one of the most dangerous breeds is the Chihuahua. Why? Because people underestimate it. Just last year, a Chihuahua killed a pit bull at a dog training school that I take my girl to. Everyone thought it was "cute" that the Chi "thought it was bigger than the other dog"... until it went for the throat.
My mother-in-law has two chihuahuas, and they are nasty little things. They get away with everything. They will try and nip my kids if they sit down next to their grandmother, and also will nip my other larger breed dogs. Thankfully, my dogs don't take them seriously (although, I can't say I'd be upset if one of my dogs gave them whats coming to 'em). They also shit and piss anywhere they please. When I get upset about it, all I get from my mother-in-law is, "oh, it's so small it doesn't matter"...gross. I tell her all the time, that if they bite my kids I'm going to throw their asses outside to the hawks.
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Really the only dog that i consider dangerous is a chow chow. Why ? Well they tend to bind themselves to one person and one person alone even if you're in a family of two or more. They're extremely protective, but even with that breed it's all about how firm you are and how you raise them. I own a German Shepherd and Malinois myself, both have the Dutch KNPV 1 & 2 license making them police dogs. They look dangerous, they can act dangerous, but they're delightful dogs that are great with children.... they're just clumsy.
I've always preferred large dogs for some reason. My current pair are both German Shepherds, and I love them to pieces.
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