Researchers say the results support the idea that dogs are likely to match their owners.’
This proves something that I have argued for years, namely that aggressive dog breeds are largely a product of aggression-filled upbringing by cruel and antisocial people.
Consider the kind of person who would choose to buy, say a Pit Bull based on that breed’s reputation. Will that owner give the dog appropriate socialisation and training or encourage the dog’s aggressive behaviour?
There is another more profound point here – that is the role of media and popular culture in creating the image of an aggressive breed. By popularising a breed as dangerous the media creates a ‘legend’ of an aggressive breed resulting in (certain) owners training more dogs of that breed for aggression.
Tragically, those who promote the imagery of breed aggression are probably contributing to the problem.