It was my understanding that Chows and Poodles were actually more agressive towards humans (especially infants) than pitbulls and rottweilers. Am I
mistaken? I think the numbers are just skewed because rotties and pits are so popular among aggressive people (because of their reputation).
I've seen too many people who buy these dogs precisely to intimidate people, and to assert their dominance. It's not the right way to raise a dog.
Besides being dangerous, it's pathetic. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the dog itself - put the owners down!
Another breed that's getting a really bad rap lately is the Canary Island Mastiff - they're beautiful dogs, very strong and well-built, but if you
have no idea what you're doing with the dog, or you train it to be violent and aggressive, what do you think is going to happen? It's the size of a
chest freezer, our skulls are two-bite morsels to these beasts!
That said, there are certain breeds of dogs that require special handling, and people should be aware of that before they decide to get one of these
dogs. Perfect example is the Akita - wonderful dogs, very smart, very loyal, very beautiful. But they will turn your neighbor's poodle into
confetti in half a heartbeat, given the chance - I've seen it happen, and it aint pretty.
You can't blame them - they're fearless predators. They were bred to hunt bears for cryin' out loud! What do you think is going through their
head when they see an obnoxious little yipping ball of fur issue a challenge? "Easy." That's what I think, anyway.
The Akitas I knew were loyal to the death, they were gentle and calm and playful, but if you let them get too close to another animal, their instincts
kicked in, and it was adios muchacho.
These same dogs who will shred other animals into brightly colored lawn decoration, will lay down their life to protect your child, if that's what
they're trained to do. Sometimes instincts die hard, and no amount of training can prevent a random explosion in some cases, but dogs aren't
microwaves, they are living creatures, there are no guarantees, no warranties.
You're obviously ushering some degree of risk into your life if you shack up with a big toothy carnivore. Still, odds are, if your dog is well
trained and treated well, it will never, ever hurt anyone (that you don't want it to hurt).
It is all about the owner, as others have said. There are all these horror stories circulating about pits and rotties, but if you find one who lives
in a loving home and has been trained properly, they are no better or worse than any other dog.
A special note about Rottweilers - they're awesome. Heads like anvils, and jaws like a vise, but with a brain and a heart that's about three sizes
too big. Good dogs. They're some of the best when it comes to training, right up there with shepherds and terriers if you're looking for a dog
that can make you feel dumb.
Don't ban dogs - ban stupid people. The dogs will thank you, and so will I.