Currently in the United Sates dog breed discrimination is starting to become a big issue. There are laws known as breed-specific legislation or dog breed discrimination. These are laws that target dogs by certain breeds or sometimes even by their appearance. The main breed everyone thinks about when they hear about this law is pit bulls, but there are at least five other dog breeds that are included in this law a few being german shepherds, mastiffs, and even dalmatians.
Pit bulls are commonly known as fighting dogs. They are put on the list of discriminated dogs because of a reported outbreak in attacks in the late 1980’s. German shepherds are listed because sources claim that the dogs are most likely to attack smaller dog breeds and people.…show more content… For example, in my neighborhood, I have seen a small shiatzu attack a black lab for getting too close. I believe it is all about how you raise and train a dog, dogs are just like humans. Not one person is born mean or born to fight people, just like not one specific breed of dog was made to fight, attack, bite, or even be too big. I also believe that instead of enhancing public safety, breed discriminatory laws actually compromise public safety by requiring law enforcement officers to take hold of or restrict friendly pets instead of focusing on dogs whose behavior is truly…show more content… Banning a breed or particular mix of breeds punishes those dogs that are reliable community citizens, therapy dogs, assistance dogs for handicapped owners, search and rescue dogs, police dogs, etc., and drives them out of the communities. Many people claim that dog owners bear the burden for properly training and socializing all dog breeds and properly confining and leashing dogs. They argue that the breed itself is not the problem; but the lack of socialization and training, and owner responsibility, is and I could not agree more.
The laws and regulations impacting "dangerous" breeds seems to always be changing, and those restrictions differ in jurisdictions across the nation. In the state of Florida for instance, "dangerous dogs" are defined as those which have "aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered or has inflicted severe injury on a human being on public or private property," as well as those which have "when unprovoked, chased or approached a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of