Dogs are assessed by the Dangerous Dogs Act as it is an offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, as untrained and aggressive canines have been known to cause serious and even fatal injuries to other animals and members of the public. If the owner of a dangerous dog is found to be guilty in court, they can face fines or a prison sentence and be banned from owning a dog again.|
In the USA, human fatalities related to dog bites rose from 22 in 2004 to 33 in 2009, with over 60% of these thought to have been caused by the Pit Bull Terrier. A report in 2000 by the Centres for Disease and Control concluded that 25 different breeds of dog were responsible for nearly 240 fatal bites in just 20 years with the following being considered to be the most dangerous:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- German Shepherd
- Alaskan Malamute
- Doberman Pinscher
- Chow Chow
- Presa Canario
With increasing public awareness of just how deadly some of our nation's canine companions can be, it is important to be aware of the laws and legislation that governs the breeding and keeping of certain types of dog not just in the UK, but overseas as well, as certain dog types are not allowed in the country at all.
Under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, four types of dog are prohibited including the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasilerio. Defra says that it is important to note that dangerous dogs are classified by their type and not by the breed label, meaning that dogs are assessed on whether or not their physical characteristics comply with the prohibited types of dog.
To learn more about the Dangerous Dogs Act, please visit the Defra website at:
Dangerous Dogs Information
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"dogs r not dangerous humans are.Dogs do what they are told by the people that dogs love and want 2 protect people need 2 open there minds 2 something that they dont understand or dnt want 2 understand any dog can b a beautiful animal give this animals time and love n they will love u back"
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