A 2006 study by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence concluded that owners of dangerous dogs were more likely to be criminals. “Findings suggest that the ownership of a high-risk (“vicious”) dog can be a significant marker for general deviance and should be an element considered when assessing risk for child endangerment.”
Ukiah Daily Journal –
A man was hospitalized Thursday after being attacked by two people and a pit bull near Walmart, the Ukiah Police Department reported.
According to the UPD, officers responded to the intersection of Talmage Road and Highway 101 around 7:40 p.m. Thursday after it was reported that a woman was walking on the overpass and yelling for help, stating that her boyfriend was being assaulted
When officers arrived, they reportedly found a Colorado Springs woman in a field just south of the Talmage Road and Hwy 101 intersection who was kneeling over a man.
The man, whose city of residence in unknown, was unconscious and appeared to have been violently assaulted. His head and hair were completely covered in blood, he had large wounds to his face and deep dog bites and cuts on his arm.
Officers determined the man had been repeatedly hit and kicked in the face and attacked on the arm by a pit bull.
He was transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center and was expected to undergo surgery to “repair significant damage to his face and arm.”
Officers located two suspects near the scene identified as William Leonard, 38, of New Orleans and Cynthia Rattey, 30, of Montana. Based on evidence located at the scene and witness statements, the officers arrested both suspects on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and criminal conspiracy. Both were booked them into Mendocino County Jail.
The pit bull suspected
in the attack was also located and transported to the Animal Shelter on Plant Road.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the UPD at 463-6262.
ScienceDaily (May 22, 2012) — Aggressive dog ownership is not always a sign of attempted dominance or actual delinquency. A study carried out at the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology has found that younger people who are disagreeable are more likely to prefer aggressive dogs, confirming the conventional wisdom that dogs match the personality of their owners.
Researchers found that low Agreeableness was the best predictor of a preference for those dogs seen as more aggressive, such as bull terriers or boxers. Individuals low in Agreeableness are typically less concerned with others’ well-being and may be suspicious, unfriendly and competitive.
However, the study found no link between liking an aggressive dog and delinquent behaviour, or the possibility that liking an aggressive dog is an act of ‘status display’ to show off or attract romantic partners.
Dr Vincent Egan, lead researcher on the study, said: “This type of study is important, as it shows assumptions are not the whole picture. It is assumed owners of aggressive dogs (or dogs perceived as aggressive) are antisocial show-offs. But we did not find persons who expressed a preference for aggressive dogs had committed more delinquent acts, or reported showing off more.
“However, we did find a preference for a dog with an aggressive reputation was related to being younger and being lower in Agreeableness (i.e., being less concerned with the needs of others, and being quicker to become hostile).”
The study looked at the reasons why some people prefer aggressive dog breeds. Professor Egan explained:
“A lot of human behaviour involves status display and dominance, and evolutionarily this helps with finding mates. Basic personality also influences a lot of our behaviour. By measuring both at the same time, we could see whether they each had an influence on liking aggressive dogs, or whether one was due to another.
“We were surprised mating effort did not have an influence here, but think it might be because we looked at a wider age range. A preference for a non-aggressive dog may also make a statement about a person; liking a pedigree Labrador or a clipped Poodle may be as much a statement as having a pit-bull with a studded collar.”
In the study, participants indicated their preference for different types of dogs, and filled in personality tests. The dogs were independently rated according to how aggressive people perceived them to be. Bull terriers were rated as most aggressive, followed by boxers; retrievers and cocker spaniels were seen as least aggressive.
Analysing the findings, the research team found that certain personality factors indicated a preference for dogs perceived to be more aggressive. Low agreeableness and higher conscientiousness were related to a preference for aggressive dog breeds. Younger people were also more likely to prefer the aggressive breeds.
Surprisingly, the results indicated a small effect suggesting that those who liked aggressive dogs showed signs of conscientiousness – being careful, reliable and thoughtful about their actions. This contradicts the perception that owners of aggressive dogs are always irresponsible.
Dr Egan said: “These results with conscientiousness were unexpected, but the effect is a small one, and needs to be repeated in a different group of people. Studies of this kind tend to only look at a restricted age ranges, which may exaggerate findings which do not occur across the entire lifespan, so we believe a stereotype is always true, whereas it may only be true under certain conditions. Our study employed a broader age range.
“We were surprised to find a small association between a preference for aggressive dogs and greater Conscientiousness (i.e., valuing and following rules). However, dogs also prefer rules and firm boundaries themselves. We speculate that cheap dog-training classes would be enjoyable and beneficial for both dog and owner.”
The findings were published last week in the journal Anthrozoos.
Your pit bull might be saying more about you than you realize, new research finds.
Owners of stereotypically aggressive dog breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers are more likely to be hostile and aggressive themselves compared with owners of typically laid-back pooches such as Labrador retrievers, according to a new study.
In this study, aggressive dog-breed owners scored higher in the personality trait of psychoticism, which is marked by anger, hostility and aggression. (Psychoticism is different than psychopathy, a personality disorder characterized by manipulativeness and lack of empathy.)
“This might imply (although has yet to be proven) that people choose pets that are an extension of themselves,” study researcher Deborah Wells, a psychologist at Queen’s University Belfast, told LiveScience in an email.
Dogs and personality
The research, published in the October 2012 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences, is not the first to find personality differences in dog owners based on breed. Toy-dog owners, for example, score high on the personality trait of openness, characterized by appreciation of new experiences, according to a study presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference in London in April. The same study found that owners of pastoral and utility breeds such as collies and corgis were the most extroverted. [See What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You]
Likewise, a study published in May in the journal Anthrozoos found that people with more argumentative personalities are more likely to choose bull terriers or other breeds with a reputation for aggression than more agreeable types.
Aggressive owners, aggressive breeds
Wells and her colleague Peter Hepper, also of Queen’s University Belfast, recruited 147 dog owners from obedience classes in Northern Ireland and asked them to fill out a personality questionnaire. Only owners of German shepherds, Rottweilers, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers were included in the questionnaire.
“We deliberately wanted to focus on breeds that are commonly owned, but at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of public perception of temperament — both Germans shepherds and Rottweilers are commonly perceived to be aggressive, while labs and retrievers (breeds frequently used to advertise organizations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind) are more likely to regarded in a nonaggressive light,” Wells said.
Of the personality traits studied, the only difference between breed types that emerged was in psychoticism, such that owners of stereotypically aggressive breeds were more aggressive themselves than owners of more relaxed dogs.
The study still leaves open the question of whether aggressive people choose aggressive dog breeds and then intentionally train them to be vicious, Wells said. Other factors beyond personality, such as allergies and size, can also influence dog-breed choice, she added.
there are two typical owners: low class, minimal education, no money, power or career and they buy these kinds of dogs to be “tough’ … i have nicknamed tough guys/girls … the owner of the pit in the posted question is a low class tough girl … the other group is bleeding hearts, they feel “oh, the poor misunderstood breed” (when then don’t understand the breed at all) buy a pit and are not in any way suitable to handle a ‘weapon’ like this …
0.0005% may be humans who POSSIBLY could control these dogs …
and 0.0005% is not enough to keep these weapons around, eradicate now please …
Are pit bull owners crazy – studies suggest they have some clear issues that many will not address
Studies show that pit bull owners employ strategies to disguise the true nature of the breed by engaging in distortions, denial, overcompensation and projecting blame after biting incidents.
Not normal dog owners
To understand the experience of owning a negatively perceived dog, Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy did a case study on pit bull owners that was published in 2000. Researchers found that with “outlaw” breeds, such as pit bulls, the human-dog relationship is sociologically more complex than previously known. Owners of pit bulls, they discovered, directly feel the stigma targeted at their breed and resort to various tactics to mitigate it. These strategies included:
“passing their dogs as breeds other than pit bulls, denying that their behavior is biologically determined, debunking adverse media coverage, using humor, emphasizing counter-stereotypical behavior, avoiding stereotypical equipment or accessories, taking preventive measures, or becoming breed ambassadors.”1
The study is sympathetic to pit bull owners and makes unsourced claims, but does show the basis of pro-pit bull propaganda. Strategies identified by the researchers are the same strategies employed by pro-pit bull groups to stop a municipality from enacting a pit bull law. For instance, pit bull advocates will claim that a pit bull cannot be identified, that there is a “media conspiracy” against pit bulls and that pit bulls are in fact “wiggle butts” who only want to “lick you to death.”