There are many different dog breeds who have an ill-fame attached to them. For example, the basenji dog is known to be quite mischievous. But there doesn’t seem to be any dog in existence which is termed as violent as the Rottweiler is. Rottweiler attacks have become quite a topic in news channels which has made many Rottweiler owners wary about their own loving dog. They know their Rottie – these cute dogs would not harm a fly. But with the troubling news taking over their mind, Rottweiler owners are slowly giving in to depression and pessimism.
Many Rottweiler owners are trying to eradicate the notion that their dog is one of the most violent breeds out there. But then the news of such Rottweiler attacks come and it makes it difficult for them to prove their point. However, this news begs the question – are the Rottweiler attacks really happening or is it really something that is getting blown out of proportions?
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Let’s put on our investigative gloves and start frisking through the evidence to actually find out how much truth is present to the claims. Is the Rottweiler dog breed really this dangerous and should the Rottweiler attacks be taken seriously?
Firstly, if you just search good dogs which are dangerous or dog bites, you are probably going to get more than a million results. Google, we can agree, is not a good place to start. Plus, the search results would be mostly dated, overhyped or sensational media news. But let’s try looking into some of the behind-the-scenes of the dog bite statistics and other news elements:
The last official dog bite statistics were conducted more than 10 years ago.
Fatal attacks of dogs statistics are more recent than the dog bite statistics.
Dog bite fatalities are very uncommon and in the USA, the ratio is 1: 151,000 victims.
Half of the dog bites occur in the owner’s house or yard.
Non-neutered male dogs tend to bite often.
Fatalities are most among children less than a year old. 2-year-olds form the second casualty group.
30 dog breeds have been involved in dog bites in the past and these include Pomeranians, Labs, Dachshunds, Pit Bulls and Chows.
Pit Bulls have been considered as the dog which has been found as the top biter.
Now, it is clear that we can’t rely on the stats properly if we are trying to solve this major problem with Rottweiler attacks and whether Rottweilers are harmful or not. It is quite obvious that if a Rottweiler bites, the bite can result in fatalities. A Rottweiler is a larger dog and will cause more damage than a Pommy. However, it is also not true that a Rottie will be biting. The discrepancy between the bite statistics and the fatalities statistics is clear in that respect. There is also a large amount of hidden information in the form of unreported dog bite cases.
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So, if we consider all these, we might say that Rottweiler attacks might not be false, but it can be true for any large dog breeds. With the right socializing and training, a Rottie will be as good a dog as any other dog breed.