So the first thing I usually tell people is that any dog can be mean and vicious and I’ve actually been bitten by more Labradors, Boston Terriers and Chihuahuas than any other breed. And I’m talking mean bites not just overly mouthy or accidental or playful bites.
I started reflecting on how I see people interact with both of my current dogs, Barrett a Rottweiler and Hannah a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Hannah is scared of people and dogs and used to freak out when she would see either. And I mean going crazy, braking frantically, jumping and leaping in the air trying to act as freakish as she could so they wouldn’t come over to her; she was scared that a person or dog would come over and possibly hurt her – an unfortunate reaction to a situation that happened when she was a puppy. People would see this and still walk over asking if they can pet her. Um really?
Then there is Barrett- quiet, calm and confident. Always looks at people with a smile and a wagging stump. Sits patiently at my side. Yet no one will come close to him. Because he is a rottie. It is as simple as that. He isn’t doing anything vicious or mean. He isn’t barking or growling is just sitting quietly.
I’ve often tried to ask people why they would approach a barking, leaping, lunging chessie and not approach a calm, smiling rottie. The answers almost always fall into the category of Hannah looks like a lab and they are always nice and Barrett is a rottie and they are always mean. It’s like the doggie form of racial profiling………