Another example of dogs being judged by their perceived reputation, rather than by their own personal behaviour was brought to my attention today, by a member of The Dogs Trust. ………
Our own gentle Staffie X was banned from France earlier this year, simply because we could not produce evidence of pedigree (impossible for a rescued mongrel!)
Now, Information from The Dogs Trust indicates that Dublin City Council is banning all its tenants from owning dogs of up to eleven different breeds, including Bull Terriers, Rotweilers and German Shepherds. There are also fears that these breeds will soon also be barred from exercising in public areas…….very much the thin end of the wedge ?
They are “generously” allowing a little time for owners to re-home their companion animals, but if this proves impossible, the animals will be destroyed.
A petition has been started to try to change the plans of the Dublin City Council which can be found here.
Dog ownership has been shown to bring health benefits, quite apart from the fact that most dog owners get taken out for regular exercise!
Surely it is time to accept that dogs should be judged by their own individual behaviour (and therefore also by inference, that of by their owners who have the responsibility for training the animals to behave in a socially acceptable manner).
Let’s start to judge the deeds not the breeds!