The research illustrates that the phenomenon of status dogs is recent and highly complex. Different social groups and cultural factors are involved; the issue can be subjective. There is a lack of quality data and research on this issue. Evidence does suggest that some dogs do present a credible threat as they have been bred irresponsibly for aggression. The media image of the pitbull has undergone a transformation in the public mind. This has led to increased concerns for public safety and public space. This is now clearly an issue for social policy. Finally an alternative perspective on owning a status dog is provided.
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