Information For Those Wishing To Object To Breed Specific
If you wish to write to politicians about breed specific
legislation then these facts may be of use:
Genetics and Behaviour
Genetics (breed) plays only a part in the temperament of an
individual dog andscientific studies from around the world show
that environment probably has a far greater effect. A large
percentage of dog biting incidents are due to the irresponsible
actions of owners, who have either not taken the time and trouble
to train their dog correctly, or have indeed trained them to behave
aggressively. Consequently any legislation based on genetics that
ignores the influence of the dog's keeper on its behaviour is
likely to be ineffective.
Breed specific legislation is unworkable. In England the Dangerous
Dogs Act 1991 has failed to prevent a large number of dog attacks
and has cost the Police millions of pounds in kennelling associated
From a welfare perspective, it is concerning that dogs that have
not shown any signs of aggression could end up being put to sleep
or being remanded in police kennels.
Rumours about 'Lock Jaw' in Pit Bull Terrier Type
Scientific research has proven that the pit bull terrier and
related breeds are physiologically no different from any other
breed of dog. Dr Lehr Brisbin and colleagues at the
University of Georgia have shown that there is nothing in the
skeletal structure of the pit bull terrier jaw that is any
different from that of any other dog in respect to
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