Friday, November 28, 2014
There’s no dangerous dogs any more than there’s dangerous guns, it all depends on the human handling either one.
Emilio Muñoz lives in Huiliches, a lightly populated district in the province of Neuquen, Argentina. Because of the crime problem that affects the entire country, Muñoz bought two Rottweilers as a guard dogs. Mister Muñoz suffered seven robbery attempts in four and a half years. His male Rottweiler called Otto did the job it was supposed to, defending the house, even killing two robbers during break in attempts, one in 2011 and another one in 2012.
The dog had never bitten its owner before but two nights ago when Emilio Muñoz parked his car after dinner Otto attacked him and didn’t let go for 12 minutes. The female dog did not attack him but it didn’t defend him either, instead retrieving to its dog house and occasionally coming back to lick him as he was struggling with Otto. A neighbor eventually heard the screams and came to his aid, pulling back the attacking dog and eventually strangling it to death with the choke collar.
Just buying a dog and letting it take charge of your household is a VERY bad idea. Large, powerful breeds require an owner with years of experience handling dogs of all sizes. The Rottweiler is not my favorite dog. It’s not as much the dog’s fault as the people owning them and breeding them, in many cases looking to develop and breed dogs with more violent tendencies rather than focusing more on maturity and obedience. The Dogo Argentino would be such a dog, powerful yet with an extremely cool temper. Dogos will defend the home and owners well from both two and four legged predators. Last year A Dogo killed a puma (cougar) that attacked two little girls in a farm.
Over the years I’ve heard of many incidents where dogs kill family members in Argentina. Without exaggerating at least eight out of ten times it involves a Rottweiler. Again, they are all animals, they all may have instinctive reactions, but either they are focusing on breeding particularly violent, unstable specimens of Rottweilers in the country, or those buying them are particularly ill equipped to handle them.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.