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Unread 06-24-2008, 02:41 PM   #21
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Oh wow I am really shocked about Great Danes! Just so pleased that all of my daughters have been gentle giants!

Skunky - that's exactly what the media want - a headline grabbing statement - and I fell for it! Thankfully you were aware of the article.

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That's why I mentioned chihuahuas I love my dogs but my oldest chi almost bit my sons hand off yesterday just because he touched the smaller chi. So I never owned a big dog but there's no mention of little dogs and trust me I've seen my 13 pound yorkie fight with my 13 pound chi and it was so vicious blood everywhere so people really need to look at other breeds too my chis can be worse than pit bulls sometimes trust me. Now that they are all fixed everything is a lot better.

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I have to laugh at these stats... ONE 95% of people can NOT actually identify a PIT bull terrier ( some even mistake a Parsons for one)... Husky and GSD are close in mis identifies

The most dangerous animal I have ever owned is my YORKIE .... My GSD/like wolf cross DID NOT bite and gave far warning before getting near to attack mode( hated men)

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I have to laugh at these stats. Izzy, my Bichon, bitten more times in her 6 months of her life than my two lab/mixes in their 4-5 years of life!

I will admit, I fostered a Pit/Rott X I euthanized as he was dangerous, he would have bit someone. But you go around breeding 2 so intensive breeds - what do you expect but the dog to be intense & as a result develop dangerous habits?

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http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/factshee...ws.72252.1.pdf
This is a list of Australian dog attacks.
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Good morning April,

That was an interesting read, thanks for posting it. When I got my two dogs I told my son the do's and don'ts when around them. For two large dogs (especially Tia) they are surprisingly gentle with him, and don't try to jump up at Matthew for a cuddle. If they did that they would send him flying.

I also do obedience training with them. Layla is going for her bronze award, and Tia is going for her first puppy award.

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April that is an interesting article. It makes me wonder why the herding dogs are at the top of the list - or maybe there is no 'good' reason that makes sense.

By the way I don't want anyone to think I am trashing that CDC report. There are some word of wisdom in there and I think it is worth reading in detail. For example, even though it doesn't make sense to draw conclusions about breeds, they do have some hard evidence to back up statements like these:
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Several interacting factors affect a dog’s propensity to bite, including heredity, sex, early experience, socialization and training, health (medical and behavioral), reproductive status, quality of ownership and supervision, and victim behavior. For example, a study in Denver of medically-attended dog bites in 1991 suggested that male dogs are 6.2 times more likely to bite than female dogs, sexually intact dogs are 2.6 times more likely to bite than neutered dogs, and chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs.12 Communities have tried to address the dog bite problem by focusing on different factors related to biting behavior.
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The Centers for Disease Control studies dog bite incidents, including the types of dogs most likely to bite. I don't believe in putting labels on dogs. I think each dog is unique and that the owner can play a big role in making the breed more or less aggressive. However, this is a government study based on actual bite incidents so I feel a responsibility to share it with my readers.

1. Pit Bulls
2. Rottweilers
3. German Shepherds
4. Huskies
5. Alaskan Malamutes
6. Doberman pinschers
7. Chows
8. Great Danes
9. Saint Bernards
10. Akitas


I've never heard of a St Bernard being aggressive or a Great Dane - just goes to show
I can only LOL at this list. I don't see how this is possible. I'm not trying to make light of anyone who might have been attacked by one of these breeds. But I've been around thousands of Pits and have yet to be bitten (unless you could puppy nips which just about any breed does, especially when you get your hands in the way of them playing). Chows are #7 I've only been around I'm sure less then 10 Chows or so and was bitten by one, as well as several of the ones I know (or knew as a couple were PTS) also bit people. So according to my statistics (which still mean squat also not being serious here) Chows are most likely to bite. I've had many a near miss with GSDs. Again I'm not being serious in trying to say which breeds are more likely to bite and mean no offense to any of those breeds. It is just not making sense to me how if Pit Bulls are the #1 most likely breed to bite how I could be around thousands without incident but yet be around say #7 who is lower on the list and be bit. I've been around far less so statistically I should have been attacked by a Pit and yes maybe a Chow could make sense even though I've only been around a few since they are still in the top 10. On the same note though you'd think I'd have been bitten or attacked multiple times by Pit Bulls by now with them being 1 and all.

St Bernard there was a family who had one as a pup when he got to be an older pup (under a 1yr) he out of the blue in their home leaped up at their son and attacked. The boy was 12yr luckily not such a small child but still the dog was dangerous.

Read some things about the dogs in Gentle Giant Rescue, several of their Great Danes adopted out not only attacked other dogs (sometimes minor wounds sometimes very severe) but also attacked or bit people. Great Danes can be bad dogs without training and socialization.
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April that is an interesting article. It makes me wonder why the herding dogs are at the top of the list - or maybe there is no 'good' reason that makes sense.
All I can think of is that the most inappropriate people have the wrong breed of dog & don't know how to train it properly & possibly didn't research it before adopting. I've seen people come & go through my obedience club & wonder why on earth they had the dog they did.
The Border Collie became popular after the movie "Babe", as well as Dalmations when "101 Dalmations" was shown. The list goes on.
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