Do you dream of a pitbul or a Caucasian Shepherd? In that case, remember to allow a dog of aggressive breed. Where should you go? What other breeds require a permit to own or breed in Poland? Here is a short guide.
What is this buzz about?
A list of aggressive dog breeds was created in 2003. For what? It was a response to the numerous incidents publicized about subsequent bites. And it was the pitbul who bit the child, and the rottweiler lunged at the owner, and the Caucasus escaped from the property and attacked a passerby …
Officials decided that dogs that are specific breeds commonly considered aggressive or resemble those should not fall into the wrong hands. Forcing people to apply for permission to have such a dog was supposed to increase security. Because you will know who wants to buy such a dog.
For example, rottweilers were bought to organize illegal dog fights. Aggression was aroused in dogs of this breed so that animals fiercely fight in the ring. They paid for it with health, and often with life. The owners made a profit from this deal, not caring about the dogs at all.
However, does everything really depend on the breed? Or maybe the influence on the dog’s aggressive behavior, upbringing and early experience of a given dog? Because even the smallest can bite and attack.
Smaller breeds may have a greater genetic predisposition to aggressive behavior than large-sized dogs, ” says Dr. Serpell, a doctor and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.
Why does the dog behave aggressively?
Also, research from Applied Animal Behavior Science shows that not only breed is a determinant of dog aggression. The behavior of pets that deviate from the norm is influenced by factors such as:
- Dog guardian age – animals owned by persons under 25 years of age were almost twice as aggressive than dogs belonging to persons over 40 years of age.
- Castration and sex of the dog – male subjects that have been castrated were almost twice as aggressive than castrated female individuals. However, no significant difference was seen between castrated and non-castrated males.
- Incorrect training methods – aversive training and punishment and reward training caused aggression against strangers twice as often; for family members – three times more often.
- Puppy training – starting the training at an early age of the dog by 1.5 times reduced the risk of aggressive behavior as opposed to animals that did not undergo such training.
- Bad experiences – aggression in dogs that were saved (probably from poor conditions or their past was unknown), was more common than in animals bought from a breeder.
The breed does not always mean a dangerous dog called aggressive. Unfortunately, most cases in which a dog attacked a human or other animal are the result of poor training, improper treatment, and above all upbringing (or lack thereof).