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Is there a Difference? Rotts and Pits Versus Poodles

All About California Dog Attacks.
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Dogs are the most faithful of all animals in most cultures around the world. Being man’s best friend, millions of people in the U.S. have dogs as pets. These people treat their dogs as family. And dogs reciprocate the excellent behavior of their owners with their faithfulness.

Different people have dogs in the US for various reasons. Some just want a cute animal like a Poodle in the house. But others pet them for emotional security purposes, or to protect the wife and kids when the husband is away, such as a Rottweiler or a German Shepherd.

In fact, some people have dogs to take care of their children or someone in the family with special medical needs. Still other people, like gang-bangers and thugs, seem to love having pit-bulls in their yards. These shaved headed miscreants love taking them out in public. And they particularly enjoy displaying them in their music videos.

  • Compared with the population as a whole, violent owners are attracted to guard type dogs.

Hollywood has also magnified things like the thug image and fighting dogs. For example, they have shows featuring underground dog fights, in movies and the news. The video game industry has also featured Pits and Rotties as rabid beasts in many of their games. Due to the negative imagery, soccer moms and politicians like to ban things they don’t understand.

  • New York’s Dangerous Dog Ban

New York City even considered making these dogs illegal. But it seems as far as dogs go, after much debate, it went nowhere.

“And if the city bans the pit bull, what’s to stop thugs from shifting to other breeds that can be made into weapons, such as the Canary Dog or the Dogo Argentino? Outlawing them all would be an incredibly divisive policy.” (Source.)

Of course, New York could just as easily apply that logic to gun control. But oh well, another topic for another time. At the other end of the spectrum, we have many famous, peace-loving celebrities who also love pits. For now anyway, the debate over breed and dangerous propensities are as unsettled as “global warming.” There is just no consensus despite state propaganda by lobbyists selling carbon scrubbing technologies.

However, just like humans, who are the most advanced and wise of all creates in the universe, dogs can also exhibit anomalies in their behavior. No matter how much you love them, you must remember that they can be violent. Also, this is the reason there are thousands and millions of dog bites cases every year.

In fact, many minor bites don’t get registered in the books. So they never become part of the statistics.

Dog Bite Cases And Various Dog Breeds.

In fact, most people associate dog bites with the dog’s breed. Some breeds are more violent than others. And some are virtually harmless. Several studies and surveys exist. These reports attempted to find a connection between the violent nature of dogs and their breeds.

Also, the American Veterinary Medical Association has done a survey and complete study on this matter.

Following are the breeds of dogs that AVMA has found out to be more frequent biters (See also.)

  • Rottweiler.
  • Doberman Pinscher.
  • Pit Bull.
  • German Shepherd.
  • Spaniel.
  • Labrador Retriever.
  • Jack Russel Terrier.
  • Chow.
  • Collie.
  • Saint Bernard.

Additionally, studies conducted by AVMA, and Center for Disease Control went on for nearly two decades. According to the results, Rottweilers and pit bulls are the dogs most prone to biting cases.

In fact, more than 50% of dog bites involved similar dog breeds. These results were quite similar to the result of the studies conducted by AVMA.

AVMA, however, did not recommend labeling dogs as biters based on their breeds. Aggression is associated with many factors According to the AVMA. So it’s not necessarily its breed.

The Size Of The Dog Matters?

Dog owner surveys formed the basis of many studies. Also, many behavioral tests connected a dog’s aggression and its size. Results showed that small dogs are more aggressive than bigger ones. For that reason, Collies and Spaniels are considered more dangerous than big dogs.

  • Even poodles nip children in the face.
  • But all in all, the larger, fighting dogs have far more bite power and more menacing strength than a little yelping dog.
  • Little dogs don’t get noticed or mentioned much because they’re so small.

The small size makes owners believe that the dog bite would not harm anyone seriously. However, attention must be paid to small breeds as well. By and by no matter how harmless they look due to their size, they could attack.

On the other hand, large breeds like German Shepherds and pit-bulls are known to be more aggressive. So their bite cases get reported immediately in most cases. When dogs bite, they cause severe harm. In fact, some attacks could result in fatalities.

The Background Of A Dog

Yes, just as humans we have to look at the background of a dog before we label that dog as aggressive or furious. As a matter of fact, fighting dogs like pit-bulls were used for bull-baiting, for example. So this tells us that they are aggressive in nature. But this is not because of their breed. Rather, it is because of the conditions they live.

Intelligence as a Factor?

Of course, these dogs did not choose to live in these conditions themselves. Furthermore, German Shepherds are wise dogs. But if not given proper training on socializing with people, they will remain overprotective of their territory. They might notice someone close to them or their house and attack deeming that the approaching person was an intruder. Same is the case with rottweilers.

Most of all, socialization is key with humans when it comes to dogs. Only then can they be comfortable around human environments. But if not trained properly they can devastate their victim. After all, their size, jaws, and builds could rip a person apart.

Word Of Advice.

Los Angeles is a busy place and quite a populous region in the world. You would find owners taming a huge variety of dogs here. Dog bite incidents are quite common here. When you see a dog of unknown breed nearby, it is best that you stay away. Also, avoid any moves that could infuriate him. If you or another dog owner properly train a dog, injuries are more avoidable.

Handling Dog Bite Cases.

Of course, at the end of the day, it is in the hands of the owner how his dog acts. Also, owners with dogs aggressive dogs should get dog training immediately. If you have fallen victim to a dog attack in Los Angeles, you should contact Ehline Law Firm as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that medical care needed after severe dog bites can be massive. Last, you wouldn’t want the negligent behavior of a dog owner to go unnoticed. After all, you want to keep your surroundings safe.

Lessening the Risk of Your Dog Hurting Someone

Shepherd attacks man
Shepherd attacks man at a dog show

Dog bites are common and unfortunate around the country. Dog owners should be concerned about the possibility of their furry friend biting a person. Owners can face legal consequences in the aftermath. Often poorly socialized or bred dogs can be aggressive.

So they remain prime candidates for unexpected bites. In fact, in the aftermath of a bite, those bitten could sue the owner of the dog.

The state of California does not always press dog owners if it is not known to be aggressive. However, in many cases, the owner can be held liable for the dog’s bites regardless. So this could lead to the owner having to pay for the cost of medical expenses and other damages. Also, this could include lost work or trauma.

Are There Cases When The Dog’s Owner Is Not Legally Liable?

There are cases where the owner is not responsible. These can include if the person bit was sneaking onto your property or provoked the dog. Still, being able to avoid bites altogether is a much better strategy.

Is Dog Obedience Training a Good Idea?

Obedience classes are a great opportunity to make sure that your dog is properly trained and socialized. These types of classes not only can teach the valuable dog lessons but allow them to interact with a broader array of people and pets. So hopefully they can avoid issues in the future.

There are many books out there for owners to read and use to train their canine companion. Also, feed and nourish the dog. A healthy dog is a happy dog. Also, spaying or neutering a dog helps solve many issues at once.

Not only will the dog be unable to bring unwanted puppies into the world, but it also becomes much less aggressive. So it remains less likely to bite someone. Also, the dog will be less liable to leave your house unattended. And this is because it can no longer be in heat.

Dog training comes with other responsibilities. Keep your dog within a fenced area or on a leash. Also, make sure they do not go out in public unattended. The remains an area where it could cause problems. Also, if your dog could be violent, make sure fences have signs posted warning the passersby.

What About the Importance of Dog Vaccinations?

Keep the dogs healthy and vaccinated, especially against rabies. Also, severe adverse legal and health issues can result if their rabies shot no longer remains current. Keeping your dog away from strangers also helps. And this remains truer if your dog is not well socialized.

What Must You Know About Dogs and Children?

The most victims of dog bites are children, who often don’t know any better. When children receive basic lessons about how to deal with dogs, such as allowing the dog to smell them first, is valuable. Kids must also learn not to run from animals, bother them while eating, or making direct eye contact. Children must be careful with dogs. In fact, they remain a danger even in their house.

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