I said I wouldn’t talk about my dogs for a while but I really can’t help it. They actually are my best friends. By the way, some people think this is gross but I kiss my dogs all the time. They’re are just such teddy bears! Unless you mess with someone in our family… except for Zeus. He will probably attack an intruder by licking them to death. He is the most gentle rottweiler you will ever meet. Well, he still thinks he’s thirty pounds (he’s actually ninety at the moment and still growing) and will sit on you if he gets the chance.
I guess I was thinking about them when I was reading about all these dogs saving their owners from burglaries and attacks and so on. On a side note, I’ve always wanted to have a ranch so I can have shelter dogs run around. I just have a soft spot for them, okay?! Anyway, this prompted me to search up BSL (breed-specific legislations).
It upsets me a little (a lot) that pit bulls are banned in so many countries. I don’t consider any breed in whole “dangerous” because any dog from any breed can be dangerous. Have you seen Dog Whisperer? Labradors, considered an amazing family dog, can be aggressive. I’ve also encountered quite a few aggressive chihuahuas, which by the way is one of the few breeds of dogs I don’t like. One had taken out a portion of Riley’s ear.
Of course, dangerous is different from aggressive. If a small dog like a chihuahua bites you it doesn’t do as much damage as a more powerful breed such as a rottweiler or a pit bull. So I do understand why the latter is discriminated against so often.
I’ve said this so many times but I’m going to say it again anyway. It’s not the breed’s fault; it’s the owner’s. There needs to be some kind of special license or exam or something like that in order for someone to own a dog, especially the larger, more powerful breeds. But really, have you met a pit bull or rottweiler or German shepherd with a responsible owner? They are the sweetest things. The pit bulls I’ve met are so affectionate.
I’ve volunteered in various animal shelters and rescues and I’ve seen some pretty amazing rehabilitations from dogs who have encountered abuse and neglect. But to be fair I have seen some who were just too scarred from their past. It’s quite upsetting. My dad thinks I shouldn’t volunteer with rescues because I cry too much about the dogs.
That’s really just my opinion on the matter of BSLs.