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UnleashedThe phenomena of status dogs and weapon dogs$
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Simon Harding

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300274

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300274.001.0001

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Who let the dogs out? The new phenomenon of status dogs

Who let the dogs out? The new phenomenon of status dogs

(p.22) (p.23) Two Who let the dogs out? The new phenomenon of status dogs

Simon Harding

Policy Press

The traditional role of dogs in the UK is examined and human-animal relationships are considered, notably the role of pets. Breed selection and canine characteristics are reviewed in terms of functionality. The role of bull breeds and pitbulls are reviewed historically regarding rising popularity; their development as a canine ‘outsider’; and their proliferation. The debate of deed or breed is considered regarding the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) with observations regarding the characteristics of certain key breeds. Finally the pitbull is reviewed in more depth regarding levels of aggression, breeding and its potential to generate damage. Key canine experts in bull breeds are referenced. Selective breeding of pitbulls has resulted in increased levels of aggression in some dogs leading to attacks and increased dog fights. Pitbulls are the breed of choice for those seeking status dogs.

Keywords:   Traditional, Animal, Pitbull, Canine, Deed, Breed, Aggression, Fight, Dangerous

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