Further to my previous post about the Dublin City Council’s ban on so-called “Dangerous Breeds of Dogs”, the action was highlighted this morning on the ‘BBC Breakfast Programme’.
According to the Irish Times, the list of banned dogs is as follows:
“English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherd (Alsatian), Doberman, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Japanese Akita, Bull Mastiff, Japanese Tosa and Bandog.
Cross-breeds of these dogs or crosses of these dogs with any other breed are also banned.”
I reiterate that , whilst I have every sympathy with people who have been bitten by dogs, it is not necessarily the dogs themselves, and certainly not specific breeds of dogs, who can be classified as dangerous…….
IT IS THE OWNERS, NOT THE DOGS who are usually to blame for mishaps.
Some of the breeds on the list are sometimes purchased by people wishing to emphasise their strong image, but that is not the fault of the animals, it is rather a failing in education of the people themselves and their subsequent training of their companion animals.
In my view, the Authorities should target this minority of people, and leave alone the vast majority of responsible animal lovers who harm nobody.
Anyone needing help in training a dog can simply just ‘Google’ “Dog training” and take your pick of 92 pages !
Punish the DEED, NOT the BREED.