Dog Aggression is Because of Owners Not Breed

Dog Aggression is Because of Owners Not Breed

Dangerous dogs are dangerous because of their owners not their breed according to a team of researchers at the University of Lincoln.
The researchers believe dogs which are labelled as “dangerous” are no more dangerous than any other breed they merely attract bad owners.
There are some dogs that are currently illegal to own under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 including Japanese Tosa Pit Bull Terrier Fila Braziliero and Dogo Argentino.
The researchers at the University of Lincoln feel that certain dog breeds have been stigmatised as being innately more aggressive and instead owners trust the breeds that are not banned.
Certain breeds of dog comes with a stigma attached due to their portrayal as ‘weapons of status’ within gangs the researchers suggest that this has ‘created a self-fulfilling prophecy about their behaviour through environmental rather than genetic effects.’
They believe the ‘type of person attracted towards certain breeds and encouraging certain behaviours may be a much better predictor of aggression.
Professor Daniel Mills told the Telegraph: “This work provides good scientific evidence to explain why the pursuit by governments of breed specific legislation to reduce the risk of harm to citizens is not only doomed to failure but also giving people a false sense of security which may actually be making the situation worse.”
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