Re: Potentially dangerous dogs in cohousing
From: Virgil Huston (
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2021 20:47:48 -0700 (PDT)
All dogs can be dangerous and the pit bull isn't even the breed that
has the worst potential. All dogs can also be wonderful. That is just
the breed that gets all the bad press. Banning pit bulls will not make
your community safer from potential dog problems and banning them
specifically would make people falsely feel safer perhaps. What about
chihuahuas? I love them (I love all dogs), but they are the most
vicious dogs I have ever seen. A study by the University of Helsinki
listed the 23 most aggressive dog breeds. Pit bulls are number 19.
Here are the top five: Rough Collie, Miniature Poodle, Miniature
Schnauzer, German Shepherd, and Spanish Water Dog. Welsh Corgis are
number 12. And chihuahuas come in at 16. It is all about how they are
raised and trained with any dog, not their breed. And, if you believe
size is the only factor, a small dog can hurt people, especially
children and other pets. The most horrible dog I personally have ever
seen was my parent's Shih Tzu that routinely bit my kids while my dad
blamed the kids for "provoking the dog." Only dog I have ever actually
hated. LOL.

A quote: ""In our dataset, the Long-Haired Collie, Poodle (Toy,
Miniature and Medium) and Miniature Schnauzer were the most aggressive
breeds," Professor Hannes Lohi said."


On Sun, Oct 10, 2021 at 11:00 PM Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
>  Here are our policies regarding dogs. The leash rule was very difficult to
> get agreement on (the libertarians vs the dog-phobic) and we considered it
> an interim policy that we would update after having some experience with
> it, but it was never brought up again; the Pet Covenant Task Force was
> exhausted and quit meeting. We're now at nearly 20 years in residence, with
> this same leash policy for 13 years.
> We never tried to regulate by type of dog. In the last 20 years we've had
> two dangerous dogs and neither was a pitbull.
> Muriel @ Shadowlake Village (SLV), Blacksburg VA
> Leash rule for dogs (consensed on August 14, 2008):
> All dogs, both residing at SLV and visiting SLV, will be on a leash and
> under the immediate control of its owner or a capable custodian while off
> the property of its owner or custodian and on SLV common property, with the
> exception of the ball field and the woods. Dogs who are accompanied by
> their owners or a capable custodian may be off a leash only in these two
> areas and the owner or custodian must carry a leash and put the dog on a
> leash if they encounter other dogs in the area. Dogs residing at SLV may be
> off a leash when accompanied by owner or a capable custodian on SLV common
> property if they have passed the requirements for and have attained a
> Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate from the AKC. This shall be in effect
> until the community consenses on a proposal brought forth by the Pet
> Covenant Task Force.
> Vaccinations for dogs (consensed on October 9, 2008)
> All dog owners will maintain certificates of their dogs’ up-to-date rabies
> vaccinations.
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