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    For some reason I've been witnessing a bit of division between dog owners lately, staffy, pittbull bully type breeds vs. labradors and golden retrievers...
    Has anyone else encountered this?
    For example my lab got attacked by a great Dane at the dog beach to which I posted a rant on Facebook saying that people that choose to own such large breeds of dogs need to be especially diligent with the socialisation of the dog and behavioral training...to which someone responded that "Labradors are just as, if not more responsible for attacks on humans and other animals than pitbulls" how ridiculous,
    Not that I even brought up pitbulls but anyhow I researched human fatalities from dog attacks and found 1 human fatality from a Labrador was ever reported where as 189 reported fatalities by pitbulls.
    So why do people insist on comparing labs to pittys?. Is it because they're jealous? That labs are renowned for their gentle and loving nature and pitbulls are (sometimes unfairly) seen as the vicious aggressive type?
    It kinda seems like bully breed lovers hate labs coz they are so gentle and not "tough" looking
    Another instance was at work today I overheard a client saying "oh it's nice to finally see a tv show of a family with a staffy as their pet and not a labrador for a change, every family on tv has a Labrador *sigh*"
    I mean maybe they're reasons for that? I dunno I'm just sick of ppl trying to make comparisons saying "labs can attack just as easily as any other dog"... Yes they prob do have the capability but the simple fact is they don't, otherwise they wouldn't be the #1 choice for guide dogs, assistance dogs, family pets, even tv family pets...and the statistics don't lie Labradors 1, pittys 189


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    Some people are just stoopid, ignorant & yes, probably jealous. Don't let them get to you.

    To those people who have had the audacity to tell me my Pugs are ugly over the years, my standard reply is always "if you had half his/her looks, you'd be doing alright for yourself". Such remarks are usually born out of jealousy. Most times the dog is better looking.

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    Haha aww pugs are adorable who would say such a thing about a precious little pug


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    Um, it's true. Because of the sheer number of Labradors, the number of bites and attacks by labs is climbing and in some cases come close in numbers as the "aggressive" breeds out there. Here is a stats report just from San Diego, CA:

    http://www.10news.com/download/2011/0630/28413393.pdf

    Because every idiot out there does have a lab and they think they can make money there are a lot of pet bred dogs that don't have the hallmark lab temperament. Or they are simply too stupid to own a dog and they do nothing to curtail behavior issues and it leads to biting, aggression, etc.

    Labs are a dime a dozen. That is the pain of owning our breed. Are they jealous? No. They just prefer something else. It's all good. No need to get ruffled up. It is what it is.
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    Excellent point, Dani. I can honsetly say that when I worked for my vet, I saw more Labs & Goldens with questionable personalities then Pits, Rotts and Dobermans combined.

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    The only one that seems to be "ruffled up" here is you my friend.
    My statistics clearly state dog bite FATALITIES not bites in general, our breed was bred for retrieving game therefor the mouth of a lab is very gentle as not to damage the delicate flesh of the bird... Non of my labs ever even growled at anyone or any dog no matter what so... Is it what it is


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    I agree with Dani. I have heard those stats too.

    While I have not come across many aggressive labs (just one or two, that board with me), they are by FAR those most obnoxious at the doggie day care and at the kennel that I work at. The reason? People just do not socialize them or feel that they need training to be a polite, well mannered dog when they are anywhere but in their own home (and in many instances even there). These labs (at the two places I work), bark obnoxiously, bolt out of runs, crates and can not seem to walk on a leash without pulling my arm off.

    The only "breed" that is worse? Doodles...have not met one that I like or would consider owning.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dani View Post
    Um, it's true. Because of the sheer number of Labradors, the number of bites and attacks by labs is climbing and in some cases come close in numbers as the "aggressive" breeds out there. Here is a stats report just from San Diego, CA:

    http://www.10news.com/download/2011/0630/28413393.pdf

    Because every idiot out there does have a lab and they think they can make money there are a lot of pet bred dogs that don't have the hallmark lab temperament. Or they are simply too stupid to own a dog and they do nothing to curtail behavior issues and it leads to biting, aggression, etc.

    Labs are a dime a dozen. That is the pain of owning our breed. Are they jealous? No. They just prefer something else. It's all good. No need to get ruffled up. It is what it is.
    Totally agree. Labs are so wildly overbred by anyone and everyone - there is no longer much consistancy in temperment (or health). I have met many nasty labs.

    Not everyone wants a lab. And that's perfectly fine. There are different breeds with different qualities that fit for different people. While I will likely always have a lab, I hope to have a few other breeds (or interesting mixes) over the years. I haev fallen for a few other breeds over the years thru my fostering.


    Also, it isn't as simple as pointing the finger at another breed (bullies). The problem isn't the DOGS but the people who get them and them train them to be mean or don't train them at all. Those dogs are often raised to be mean, not BORN mean. Bullies are sweet as can be and great family pets overall. But idiot owners like to go for this breed and create monsters out of them thus creating a public perception that the BREED is bad, which is completely false.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elle.burns View Post
    The only one that seems to be "ruffled up" here is you my friend.
    My statistics clearly state dog bite FATALITIES not bites in general, our breed was bred for retrieving game therefor the mouth of a lab is very gentle as not to damage the delicate flesh of the bird... Non of my labs ever even growled at anyone or any dog no matter what so... Is it what it is
    Who twisted your panties? I wasn't ruffled up. I was stating proof. You need to relax a little there sister. And lets face it, the fatalities is far less an issue than the growing number of bites by ALL breeds. Fatalities from a dog attack are really small and a lesser issue in general. I would like to highlight that most incidents of dog bites/attacks are done by FAMILY PETS...irregardless of the breed.
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    Just because there are at least 100 Labs per every Pitbull or whatever other breed, statistically it will mean that there will always be more Lab bites than other breed bites. The frequency (which means out of 100 Labs how many bite vs out 100 pitbulls how many bite) is the true important statistic.

    And then you also have to account that every black or yellow mutt is called a Lab when they are not.

    Unfortunately whenever a breed becomes so popular, the BYBs end up spoiling it both in temperament and in health.

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