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Unleashed: The phenomena of status dogs and weapon dogs

Simon Harding


This is the first book in the UK or US to set on record the recent cultural phenomenon of the use of certain dog breeds - both legal and illegal - to ‘convey status’ upon their owners. Such dogs are easily visible on social housing estates throughout the UK and in projects in the USA and provide acquired authority, respect, power and control. However they are increasingly linked to urban street gangs as ‘Weapon Dogs’ and present a danger to the ordinary public especially those using parks and open spaces with increased injuries being presented at UK hospitals. Though initially slow to react, l ... More

Keywords: Status, Dogs, Weapon, Gangs, Deprivation, Social housing, Dangerous, Public space, Animal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781447300274
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Harding, author