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  • Noelle
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    Due to bad publicity, most of these breeds will never be fully trusted or publicly acceptable. Any dog, no matter the breed, can be a good dog though. Having an outright ban will make pet travel more difficult, but something you might be able to do is ask your veterinarian or major pet stores about a "Good citizen" program. It's a series of tests and training that you and the dog go through, to prove they are safe to be around.

    The good citizen award is not easy to get, but a friend of mine was able to get it for their pitbull/boxer mix, and it made finding a new apartment for them a lot easier. I think it has to be reacquired every year, but it might help in those prejudiced situations against a breed. Any animal you see visiting a hospital, or other care facility, likely has one of these certificates.

    All I did was Google "animal good citizen award" and this was one of the websites I found. [url]http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/program.cfm[/url] Good luck!

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  • Martydia
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    We have friends that have American Staffordshires and also American Bulldogs and it's my belief that the problems with these dogs have more to do with owners than with the animal themselves. These dogs have been around young children all of their lives, are very well socialized and are just lovely, well behaved animals - but I was talking to the owners of my local Doggy Day Care and they said that they have to be extremely careful with some of these breeds - especially if they haven't been very well socialized when they were young - because they're just not used to being around other animals and can react poorly.

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  • Denmark passes new ban on 13 breeds of dangerous dogs. The beginning of a trend?

    Denmark recently passed a ban on 13 breeds of dangerous dogs: Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu, American Staffordshire, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerbel, Kangal, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Caucasian Ovtcharka, Southern Russian Ovtcharka, Tornjak and Sarplaninac.

    Although there are many breeds deemed as dangerous banned in the EU, this is the most comprehensive and specific list to date.

    Does this mark the trend toward more breed specific legislation? Is it responsible to single out breedssuch as pit bulls because they have been represented as being agressive in highly publicized news stories?
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