About Breed Specific Legislation…
It is the responsibility of every dog owner to educate people about their chosen breed. As you will see from the information on this site, my chosen breed is the wonderful misunderstood Pit Bull! In reviewing BSL laws there are many breeds effected and only more to come without proper education. Every 10 years or so there is a new “bad” breed. In the 70′s it was the Doberman, 90′s the Rottiweilers, 00′s it’s the Pit Bull. Who’s next? It could be any powerful breed.
In my opinion, BSL is a quick reaction to an incident without education or knowledge. People often overreact to a dog attacks without knowing all of the details surrounding the incident. There is always a reason for the attack, often it’s a result of a child being left unsupervised with a dog. Children and dogs should always be supervised, no matter what breed of dog! Many attacks are said to be done by pit bulls, I don’t believe there is anyone who can identify a pit bull 100%. To start, “pit bull” isn’t a breed, its a term used to categorize 3 breeds of dogs, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. There are at least 11 breeds that have the looks of a “pit bull” and that’s not including the mixes of these breeds. Follow this link to try and identify the Pit Bull. The Biggest area for education is Canine Aggression, there are many types of canine aggression. The most important fact is that Animal aggression and human aggression are two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT things! Just because an dog is animal aggressive does NOT mean that dog is or will be human aggressive!
Education is critical and before passing local ordinances, state laws our city and state officials have a responsibility to become educated on the subject matter and seek out responsible opinions from experts.