I have been attacked by exactly three dogs: a Cocker Spaniel, a Cairn Terrier, and a Dachsund.
All attacks were very different and each dog had a unique background that led to this. The Cocker Spaniel was just a result of terrible owners, the Cairn Terrier had medical issues, and the Dachsund was just a jerk. Okay, so the Dachsund didn’t really attack me so much as he jumped up, grabbed a hold of my waistband and yanked my pants down in the middle of a Summer BBQ Party. I honestly would have rather been bitten.
What I’m driving at is that my bad history is with small dogs and historic data agrees with me. The Dog Bite Claims UK website lists the top 10 most aggressive breeds as:
- Jack Russell
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Cocker Spaniel
- Border Collie
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Great Dane
- English Springer Spaniel
But let’s not get caught up in facts and figures. There are no bad dogs — there are bad owners.
Rottweilers are among the most common breeds to get stuck in misconceptions. It’s unfair to these gentle giants who’d rather sit on the couch all day than chase down kids and gobble them up (as seems to be perceived by the uninformed public).
Rosie, a lovely dog patiently waiting at the Niagara Falls Humane Society, is suffering from this cruel perception.
One of the NFHS volunteers says, “Rosie is absolutely everything anyone could want in a dog.” We have spent several hours with her and have to agree. She’s very sweet, gentle, and calm — a perfect companion for someone looking for a dog that has a little play but won’t run them ragged.
Not naturally aggressive, Rottweilers gained their infamous rep due to poor owners. These horrible people regularly choose large breeds, like Rottweilers, for guard and intimidation duty. Taken in at a young age, these pups only know a life of turmoil and abuse which causes them to develop aggressive tendencies. You could do the same thing with a Chihuahua and the outcome would be identical.
Of course, it is important to stress that not all guard dogs are aggressive or dangerous — some are exceptionally friendly. There are people who purchase or adopt large dogs to bring to their workplace for companionship or to perform certain tasks. Believe it or not, dogs like to have a job. Think of farm dogs; these are some of the happiest pups I’ve ever met.
One of the biggest advantages of adopting through NFHS is their pre-qualifying process. Sparking up a conversation, you’ll find that Rosie is adored by every single person there. They have taken the time to get to know her and are really eager to find her forever home.
Please contact NFHS today to learn more about sweet Rosie and stop by to visit her. If you are holding onto any false ideas about Rottweilers, Rosie is the perfect dog to change your mind.
Niagara Falls Humane Society
The Niagara Falls Humane Society helps find loving homes for unwanted and mistreated animals, as well as trying its best to reunite lost pets with their rightful owners.
The NFHS provides a safe haven for pets in limbo, before they are placed in a new home. The Society tries to alleviate the suffering of all animals and to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for pets. At the NFHS, no healthy adoptable animal will ever be euthanised.