Responsible Pet Ownership: Owning an Aggressive Breed

Posted by Jeremy Rosenthal | Nov 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Owning a dog can be a very rewarding experience. Studies show that owning a dog can lower your blood pressure, enhance our quality of life, and even extend your life span. If you are an animal lover, getting a dog may be a great decision for you, but don't forget, there is a lot of work involved. Owning a large breed, especially one with aggressive tendencies, adds another layer of responsibility to both your pet, and the people it interacts with. If you've suffered a Colorado dog bite, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.

The reality is, some dog breeds have more aggressive traits and propensities than others. Dogs are one of the most genetically diverse species on the planet, and aggressive traits were purposely bred into certain lines of dogs to serve humans in a variety of ways. For example, more aggressive traits may be necessary to maximize the utility of a guard dog or a hunting dog. Someexamples of more aggressive breeds include Akitas, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, and German shepherds. That doesn't mean they can't be great companion animals with no aggressive outburst in the hands of a capable and responsible pet owner.

If you're considering buying a dog, start by doing research. Pick a breed that fits into your family and lifestyle. If you live in a small apartment, don't choose a breed who needs lots of exercise to be happy and healthy. If you work long hours and spend a lot of time away from home, select a breed that is more independent and doesn't need constant human companionship to be content. If you are considering a potentially aggressive breed, it's important to be even more diligent. First, can you handle the training responsibilities? First time dog owners may not have the skills or experience to properly train a willful large breed dog. An untrained dog with possibly aggressive tendencies can be a recipe for disaster. If you are an experienced owner confident in your ability to accommodate the demands of an aggressive breed, make sure you get your pet from a reputable breeder. Unscrupulous breeders may breed animals with dangerous qualities, or who are close blood relatives, which can lead to a genetic timebomb of aggression in your pet.

If you've sustained serious injury from a dog bite, contact a dog bite lawyer to discuss your case. Jeremy Rosenthal has 12 years of experience handling dog bite litigation, and is ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our offices at 303 825 2223 to schedule your consultation.

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Attorney Jeremy Rosenthal is dedicated to helping his clients seek just compensation for their injuries regardless of the lengths he has to go to or the distances he may have to travel in order to get it.

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