Bella Dea wrote:
I err on the side of caution with ANY dog I don't know.
I didn't say to err on the side of caution with the dog, that's a given.
I said err on the side of the OWNER.
Ok, in my city, there's a strict leash law.
In my neighborhood, there are a huge number of dog owners. When I go for a 2 mile walk around my neighbor, I might pass a couple/few dozen dogs and their owners. The owners, regardsless of the size/breed of the dog, will have them on a lease. Even Mrs. Spooners 17 year old toothless blind pooch who can't go faster than 1/2 mile an hour..........EXCEPT.....
The only, and I mean ONLY people I have ever seen walking with their dogs without a leash (except for the random person who is chasing down his dog that got out of the yard, or accidently dropped the leash.....have been people who were walking Pitts, Chows and Rotties. I'm dead serious, I had to stop and think for a minute to make sure I was right.
I don't know, is it coincidence that the only irresponsible or antagonistic people I've encountered in the immediate vicinity of my home (a safe area where kids can literally play in the street) are people with these known aggresive breeds?
When I say antagonistic, for instance, the Rottie owner was walking 2 of them, and got behind me a few yards. I crossed over to the other side of the street and paused to let them go by. When I started walking again, he pulled up, waited, crossed over behind me and proceeded to follow with these 2 dogs.
I immediately stopped and told him to put his dogs on a leash. He did, but plainly sneered at me. To him it was fun making me nervous. He wasn't a kid either. He was my age.
The chow woman would let her dog out, and she'd stand there in the middle of the yard and let the chow walk off wherever he wanted. As I approached, the chow assumed that stance, staring me down. I stopped and called to her to come over and get her dog. Again, this big sigh and eye rolling before she got him. She got reminded by me of the leash law too.
I don't have a direct pitt story, but I've seen them unleashed too.
So, were the owners assholes? Yes, definately. Do I know it the dogs were? No idea, but when one of them clamps on my arm and starts ripping is not the time to make up my mind.
Do irresponsible owners make irresponsible pets? Yes.
Do I think it's easier to make an irresponsible pet out of some breeds? Yes.