Local news story: Man was attacked by his own Labrador Retriever during a “family altercation”. The dog was tasered by police because it was “out of control” and they couldn’t otherwise contain him. The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance for serious bite wounds.
(How differently would this story have likely read if it had been a pit bull?)
I usually don’t read the comments on news stories like this because really, what is the point in increasing my blood pressure for nothing? But for some reason, this time I did. And the last one reads, in part, “Anyone else have info on statistics of labs having such a vicious trait? [ hmmmm, it could have been a mix-- maybe with a pit bull?]”
Why? Why are Labradors some kind of superdogs who have left all their dogness behind and never harm anyone no matter what? Has it been through some sort of super-stellar breeding program (possibly on the Amish and Mennonite farms around here who are churning them out a dime a dozen) that they have transcended their animal selves and become somehow “more” or “better” than other dogs?
If it has teeth, it can bite. If it’s put in a bad situation, it may bite. If it has shaky genetics, lousy socializing, or was treated harshly, it may be more likely to bite.
Pit bull people are often big on this- we don’t *know* the dog was really a pit bull. And part of that is because often times the dog in question really isn’t a pit bull. Sometimes there’s a photo that makes that very clear. Sometimes it’s reported that the dog was 100 pounds, which is twice your average pit bull. Once, the pit bull was actually a bull. As in “moo”. (That guy died. Significantly more people are killed by cows every year than by dogs.)
It’s somehow bitterly amusing to see the opposite side of this- how do we *know* it was a Labrador? They are never vicious! Must have been a pit bull!
In another situation, a dog acting like this could well have been called a hero. Just depends on whom the dog is attacking and whom the dog is defending. Violence begets violence. But it’s a lot easier to get away with violence when you’re not a dog. I believe that this dog will be euthanized at the shelter at the request of the owners after the ten day quarantine period.