I have to say, this doesn’t come as huge surprise to me:
‘Owners of stereotypically aggressive dog breeds such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers are more likely to be hostile and aggressive themselves compared with owners of typically laid-back pooches such as Labrador retrievers, according to a new study.
In this study, aggressive dog-breed owners scored higher in the personality trait of psychoticism, which is marked by anger, hostility and aggression. (Psychoticism is different than psychopathy, a personality disorder characterized by manipulativeness and lack of empathy.)’
OK that’s great. The real question is, what causes what? I suspect aggressive people want to project the tough, angry image and therefore obtain stereotypically aggressive dog breeds. We don’t know this from the study but I would also imagine that these people would cultivate aggression in their dogs on purpose.
Here come the issue I always had with banning pit bulls: by making a breed artificially seen as aggressive and vicious we are creating the desire to possess such dog among the very people that are a danger to us all: criminals, psychopaths, you name it. All at the expense of the responsible pit bull owners who train and socialise their dogs properly.
The perverse outcome is more dangerous dogs on the streets, not less.
As I keep saying, legislating against breed and not against behaviour is unhelpful and counter-productive.