'Deal with the deed, not the breed'
The Kennel Club's position continues to be one of 'deal with the
deed, not the breed', based on the circumstances of individual
occurrences and it believes that it is unacceptable to ban all dogs
of a specific breed based on the actions of a single animal. The KC
believes every dog should be considered on its individual character
as to whether it represents a danger to people.
Furthermore, there are various factors that breed specific
legislation ignores that contribute to biting incidents and the
Kennel Club maintains that irresponsible ownership is the most
common. Instead of a law concerning the criminal and/or anti-social
behaviour of some owners and the ignorance and misinformation of
others, what currently exists is legislation that punishes a dog
simply for the way it looks.
The government recently announced a package of measures to
promote responsible dog ownership which includes the introduction
of compulsory microchipping for all dogs, the extension of section
3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to all places including private
property, and the removal of the requirement to seize prohibited
dogs which the police do not consider to be of risk to the
The Kennel Club supports, in principle, making dog bites on
private property an offence, as this would encourage greater
responsibility amongst owners and help ensure that their dogs are
not out of control or behaving aggressively in public or
The Kennel Club also supports the government's plans to remove
the mandatory requirement to seize and kennel all dogs believed to
be 'of type' whilst maintaining that breed specific legislation is
fatally flawed. A large proportion of dog bites are due to the
irresponsible actions of owners who have either not trained their
dogs appropriately or have purposely trained them to be aggressive.
Whilst this measure will help alleviate serious welfare
implications for dogs being seized unnecessarily and aid in
reducing the financial strains on the police, the legislation is
still based on genetics and ignores the influence of the dog's
keeper on its behaviour and as such will remain ineffective.
The Kennel Club continues to play an active role in lobbying
against the injustices of the Dangerous Dogs Act and works
alongside other animal welfare organisations which include the Dogs
Trust, Blue Cross, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Wood Green
Last updated - November 2013