In some countries, dogs are for eating and beating. But in most cultures, these furry creatures are looked upon as the most faithful of all animals. Being man’s best friend, millions of people in the U.S. have dogs as pets. Most dog owners are people who treat their dogs like family. And their dogs will reciprocate and mirror the excellent behavior of their owners with their faithfulness. Likewise, an angry, ignorant owner will usually have a dog with that chaotic predisposition. Most of all, different people in the U.S. have dogs for varying reasons.
Some old ladies may just want a cute animal like a Poodle in the house. But an Alpha male husband may keep dogs for emotional security purposes, such as to protect the wife and kids when the breadwinner with the Glock-21 is away. So he may house and feed a trained protection dog such as a Rottweiler or a German Shepherd.
Some people have dogs to help 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 their attack dogs out in public to show off how badass they look, etc. And rap videos often display Rotts and Pits as barking, intimidating creatures.
So popular culture is the likely reason why many people believe that larger dogs like Rottweilers are more dangerous and likely to bite than a poodle, for example. But as will be discussed, all dogs can be hazardous and small dogs even more so. And this evidence is based upon a variety of internal and external factors inherent in dogs.
Hollywood has also magnified and glorified certain aspects in these beasts, like the thug image of fighting dogs. For example, there are TV shows, news, and movies featuring underground dog fights. Plus, the video game industry has featured Pits and Rotties as rabid beasts in many interactive games. And as most cooler heads know, soccer moms and politicians have a penchant for banning things they don’t understand.
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 propaganda by lobbyists selling carbon scrubbing technologies and looking for a tax or other break.
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.
Many minor dog attacks never get registered in the books. So they never become part of the official statistics. So never count on studies as a silver bullet in unraveling dog behavior.
Yes. Dog owner surveys formed the basis of many studies regarding a dog’s aggression and its size. Contrary to popular folklore, small dogs are more aggressive than bigger ones. For that reason, Collies and Spaniels are considered more dangerous than big dogs by many experts.
And many of us have noticed this when we are walking around neighborhoods, or knocking on a door. It seems the smaller dogs are always in your face yelping, being territorial, right?
The poodle’s small size makes owners and kids, in particular, 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, powerful breeds like German Shepherds and pit-bulls have the physical jaw strength and power to tear someone’s face off. So bites by large dogs tend to be reported at hospitals or in news stories, immediately in most cases. But, when dogs bite, regardless of size, they cause severe harm. Some attacks could result in fatalities.
Yes, just as humans, we have to look at the background of a dog before we label that dog as aggressive or furious. Fighting dogs like pit-bulls were bred by humans for bull-baiting, for example. So this tells us that their nature is dynamic. But this does not tell us a Pit is inherently more dangerous because of their breed. Dogs are similar to soldiers. A well-trained soldier like a U.S. Navy SEAL is a silent professional.
So generally, it acts upon muscle memory based upon training and following orders. So training, reinforced with discipline and morale-boosting, remains key to a dog’s well-rounded development and domestication. Most of all, a good dog is always an expert at following verbal and non-verbal cues. I believe that some breeds are smarter and, thus, more capable of making moral decisions. These are things I call the intangibles.
A rabid dog is one that has lost its senses, foaming at the mouth, and prowling to attack all comers. So that would be an example of a dog with no sense of right or wrong. A smart dog recognizes, well, morality. On countless occasions, we have heard the fables of dogs leading to the police to rescue their masters, or pulling an infant from a burning home, oblivious to the dangers presented by the flames. More often than not, it is the German Shepherd or similar breed recognized as the hero in these stories.
From my perspective, Rotties have similar intelligence and child/familial protective qualities. The German Shepherd is historically known as a wise dog. But if not given proper training on socializing with people, these two breeds 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. And with the more massive, more intimidating rottweilers, the damage done can easily prove deadly.
But a small poodle will have less confidence than a giant dog. After all, a large dog’s size, jaws, and muscular build could rip a person apart. But almost comedically, a small dog traveling in a dog pack will often be the first to attack from the safety of its numbers upon confronting a perceived human threat.
So what we have learned is that socialization remains key to humans when it comes to dogs of all sizes. Only then can these amazing creatures be comfortable around human environments. But if not appropriately trained, any dog, large or small, can devastate their victim.
Los Angeles is a busy place and quite a populated region in the world. So you will find a wide range of owners with varying personalities taming a massive variety of dogs here. Also, dog bite incidents are quite common here in Los Angeles. Also, we just learned above that when you are out for a stroll or taking your leashed dog for a walk; you should stay away from all loose strays, mutts, and any other dogs you don’t know.
Next, avoid any moves that could infuriate or set off the dog’s genetic defense modes. Most of all, if you or another dog owner correctly trained the dog, injuries are more avoidable. But in the heat of the moment, your staying away, avoiding eye contact, slow breathing, and controlled movements remain key to survival and injury avoidance. (More Dog Attack Survival Tips).
We just discussed small and big dogs – what breeds bite and why. We learned that for the most part, the dog owner’s leadership decides how the poodle or Rottweiler acts around humans. Also, owners of dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior should get dog training immediately. If you have fallen victim to a dog attack in Los Angeles and want to avoid one in the future, it depends on how you proceed today.
Keep in mind that medical costs for needed traumatic care after severe dog bites can be massive challenges when you are broke and in bed. Last, small dogs like poodles may be more of a threat to kids, so don’t trust any dog around your kid.
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