Drayton Michaels, CTC is the owner of Urban Dawgs Dog Training in Red Banks, NJ. He also holds a Certification in Dog Training and Behavior Counseling from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers (known as “the Harvard for dog trainers”).
Why do breed prejudices exist?
The main reason why prejudice for certain kinds of dogs still exists is basically there is a lot of misinformation. And if you are already afraid of dogs or you have a particular bias then you going to gravitate towards that information. At this point, there is definitely enough legitimate information to combat that bias with Math and Science. You can reduce that prejudice if you can have a sober conversation with someone.
How are breed prejudices formed?
Most of the time, prejudices are born because a dog made headlines after injuring a person. The media does not represent the story in the true light and embellishes the events that happened. It is very unfortunate that the press does not give facts about dogs and what occurred.
The other issue is that the general public latches on to information that is incorrect and is based on opinion rather than facts. Many scientific and government agencies have shown that you cannot show that one breed is more likely to bite than another breed.
It is more important to get better educated to be able to combat the hate and the ignorance that is placed on our beloved pets.