Because of a recent attack on a 71-year-old woman in SeaTac, there has been much talk about banning the Pit Bull breed from the Seattle area. Denver has already done so and several other cities have neutering laws.
Article about the attack
Many editorials and comments have appeared pro and con. Some say the breed is to blame, some counter that it's not the dog, but the owner.
Push to ban breed
Popularity of breed
In defense of the breed
But certainly there are sweet pit bulls, just as there are "bad" dogs in other breeds, right?
What do you think? Should certain breeds be banned? Are Pit Bulls unfairly stereotyped?
Speaking of poodles, we all seem to fall victim to stereotyping. I know I do. I do have a certain fear of pit bulls. I have even attributed some pit bull-like tendencies to my new toy poodle, Tarquin, who likes to gnaw on me.
But poodles also fall prey to stereotyping, though in an almost polar opposite way to that of pit bulls. I am a poodle lover and over the years have owned and loved four miniature poodles and two toys, and yet whenever I talk about my love and admiration for this breed, I see people sticking up their noses and commenting, "They are yappy little dogs that piddle all over." This couldn't be further from the truth. Poodles are one of the smartest breeds and make wonderful companions. I have never had a yapping, piddling poodle. In fact, my Frederick is "all man."
Er, OK, they are fun to dress up.
To make an informed decision about both pit bulls and poodles, read more about them. Here are some library resources you might be interested in.
Read about Pit Bulls
Read about Poodles