The Day We Almost Lost our Gentle Giant.


 By: Christine Taute

This article will attempt to explain what BSL is, how it affects all of us and what we can do to stop its progress. Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) is, in simple terms, a statute or regulation that is directed toward one or more specific breeds of dogs.  The majority of BSL is focused on breeds traditionally known as “dangerous,” or those that have demonstrated particular propensities for aggression and violent behavior.

 
Our Gentle Giant

Our Gentle Giant

On Thursday March 13, BSL almost destroyed a Dogpawfile family members life.  Because of BSL (Breed-Specific Legislation) laws in Spain, Mr. Khan was about to be taken away because he is considered a “dangerous breed.”  To the shock of Paul and Jo, Mr. Khan must take a temperament test. Paul also must see a  psychologist and do a  test as well to see if he is fit to be an owner of a “Dangerous Dog. ” Paul and Mr. Khan must also see a government appointed vet if they want to walk  Mr. Khan without a muzzle. This must be repeated every year, and is not cheap. So lets see to own a so called dangerous dog breed in Spain, you must take a psychological test, the dog must also take a temperament test, you must get special insurance, have two photos of your dog when you go to city hall, have the dog chipped, then after all of this you then have to go down fill out two forms.  The first one is an application form confirming that you want to have a permit for your potentially dangerous dog; the second one is a form confirming that you want to register your dog in the municipal register.  These forms are only good for 3 years.  Paul and Jo have to go through all of this, why? Because of a few ignorant, irresponsible dog owners, that’s why. The press all over the world demonizes Pit bulls, German Sheppard, Rottweilers, Dobermans and any dog that looks like a mix.

Our little online family has lots of breeds that could be seen as “dangourus dogs,” Star in Hawaii, Chopper, Panzer and Colby in WI, even Busta and Lily. Yes Pugs are on the list of Dangerous Dogs.  There are 75 dogs and counting  effected by BSL;
 
1. AIREDALE TERRIER
2. AKBASH
3. AKITA
4. ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG
5. ALASKAN MALAMUTE
6. ALSATIAN SHEPHERD
7. AMERICAN BULLDOG
8. AMERICAN HUSKY
9. AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER
10. AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
11. AMERICAN WOLFDOG
12. ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD
13. ARIKARA DOG
14. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG
15. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
16. BELGIAN MALINOIS
17. BELGIAN SHEEPDOG
18. BELGIAN TURVUREN
19. BLUE HEELER
20. BOERBOL
21. BORZOI
22. BOSTON TERRIER
23. BOUVIER DES FLANDRES
24. BOXER
25. BULLDOG
26. BULL TERRIER
27. BULL MASTIFF
28. CANE CORSO
29. CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG
30. CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD
31. CHINESE SHAR PEI
32. CHOW-CHOW
33. COLORADO DOG
34. DOBERMAN PINSCHER
35. DOGO DE ARGENTINO
36. DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
37. ENGLISH MASTIFFS
38. ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
39. ESKIMO DOG
40. ESTRELA MOUNTAIN DOG
41. FILA BRASILIERO
42. FOX TERRIER
43. FRENCH BULLDOG
44. GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
45. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
46. GREENLAND HUSKY
47. GREAT DANE
48. GREAT PYRANEES
49. ITALIAN MASTIFF
50. KANGAL DOG
51. KEESHOND
52. KOMONDOR
53. KOTEZEBUE HUSKY
54. KUVAZ
55. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
56. LEONBERGER
57. MASTIFF
58. NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF
59. NEWFOUNDLAND
60. OTTERHOUND
61. PRESA DE CANARIO
62. PRESA DE MALLORQUIN
63. PUG
64. ROTTWEILER
65. SAARLOOS WOLFHOND
66. SAINT BERNARD
67. SAMOYED
68. SCOTTISH DEERHOUND
69. SIBERIAN HUSKY
70. SPANISH MASTIFF
71. STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
72. TIMBER SHEPHERD
73. TOSA INU
74. TUNDRA SHEPHERD
75. WOLF SPITZ

These laws do not protect animals or people. All they do is create problems for responsible dog owners. Laws like this will not deter criminals from obtaining or even breeding so called dangerous dogs for dogfighting or criminal activities.

Some of our cherished organizations support BSL laws. HSUS, PETA and even The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Members of the National Animal Control Association, the ASPCA, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and many other canine welfare groups deal with aggressive dogs on a regular basis. So do these major animal organizations support breed-specific legislation? No. In fact, none of these professional groups do. You can read their position statements and find out why not here http://stopbsl.com/bsloverview/the-lack-of-professional-support/ 

For more information about BSL please visit http://stopbsl.com/, http://www.lovedoesnotdiscriminate.com/, http://www.animallaw.info/articles/aruslweiss2001.htm and other organizations that have helpful links to write your government representatives and getting involved with charities that support the fight against BSL here and around the world.

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8 responses to “The Day We Almost Lost our Gentle Giant.

  1. Mr Khan & Brad

    Great article!! I can’t believe some of those dogs are considered dangerous! The incident with us shows that to own a dog on that list and do the paperwork properly it’s probably worse than going through the process of owning a gun!

  2. Twinkle & Skye

    The discrimination & bias against these breeds has got to be trumped up! Our Sophie was a Springer Spaniel, she was and is an Angel…Mr. Khan is a beautiful noble canine, he does not deserve this ~nor does his man. ~~great article, informative & pertinent.

  3. This is outrageous. There’s nothing else I can say…

  4. BARBARA AND SUSIE LOBO

    THIS IS TOTALLY OUT OF HAND. I HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH ALOT OF THESE BREED AND KNOW THIS IS LOAD OF BULL.AND THEY LEAVE CHILD MOLESTERS OUT ON THE STREETS AND DONT TELL PEOPLE THEY ARE THERE SOMETIMES. I WOULD HAVE THESE SO CALLED DANGEROUS DOGS IN MY NEIGBORHOOD ANY DAY. SOO SOO WRONG. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS .

  5. Bubbles, Tusche, Che and Jodene

    This is ludicris! We are appalled at the discrimination against certain breeds and the hoops that our dear friends will have to jump through in order to keep their beloved Mr. Khan. Paul is correct…it is easier to carry a gun than to own a dog…what is wrong with this picture?

  6. This is nonsense. A pug is on the dangerous list? A pug couldn’t run fast enough to catch anybody!!! They are cute, gentle dogs. It looks like every dog is on the dangerous list. I’m going to check and see what is on New Jersey’s dangerous dog list besides pit bulls. A dog-hater wrote this legislation.

  7. I just checked, and in the state of New Jersey, any dog can be put on the dangerous list if it has inflicted bodily harm, or participated in dog fighting. We have no specific list.

  8. There is a wonderful Pit Bull named Empress in this world. She has captured my sister’s heart. Yet, when she went to adopt her from the rescue people made horrid comments about how the dog was going to “eat her” and “kill someone” from passerby’s . She is the sweetest girl, my sister plans on getting her anyways…. But what if one day she has to fight to keep her dog? It is so unfair!

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