One should know that this is a really incompetent website. The title can be read multiple ways, one of which is self-indicting (and as it happens, accurate). The motto is just stupid: “The Truth As It Was Meant To be Heard.” Funny, I didn’t hear anything. And what I read wasn’t true.
I kept seeing a featured link to the Reality Dive’s slideshow, “The Most Incredibly Dangerous Dogs” on legitimate sites that should know better. Ethics Tip to these “sponsoring” sites: posting links to low-life outposts like Reality Dive undermines trust in your own site. You’re vouching for this crap.
I will remember.
Finally, I had to click. Sure enough, the title advertised was clickbait, aka a lie. The feature wasn’t even titled “The Most Incredibly Dangerous Dogs.” It was titled “Most Dangerous Dog Breeds” ( Most Dangerous Dog Breeds what?) The text of this mess indicated, if one thought about it, that the most dangerous dog breeds aren’t dangerous at all. Even that doesn’t plumb the sheer incompetence and misrepresentation on display in the slide show.
But first, a comment. Many people, an amazing number, are stone ignorant about dogs. Never mind that dogs are all around us, work for us, play with amuse us, love us, help us, make us laugh and protect us, there are millions and millions of people who, out of phobias, traumas, negligent upbringing or just inattention, go through life regarding dogs as mysterious, sinister, untrustworthy, hairy noisy drooling things with sharp teeth to be feared and avoided. I feel sorry for them, but as with all ignorant people, I don’t feel too sorry. This condition is fixable, curable, but most of these dog-dummies choose instead to infect others with their malady, which is communicable. Worst of all are The Smugly Ignorant Who Think They Are Not, who actively work to create more people like them. I flagged one of the vile offspring of such Typhoid Marys of dog-hate in an earlier Unethical Website, Dogsbite.org.
Whether features like “Neat Pictures Of Dogs Pulled From The Internet With Meandering And Mostly False Text That Supposedly Explains Why They Are Dangerous But Doesn’t Because The Slideshow Was Created And Authored By a 16-Year-Old Intern From Madam Louisa’s Home For The Bewildered”—okay, that’s what it should have been called—are more or less ethical than the canine-breedists whose propaganda kills thousands of innocent animals every year is a good question. Reality Dives doesn’t care about dogs, one way or the other, just clicks. It assigned this feature to someone whom I seriously question whether he or she could tell a dog from writing desk. Nevertheless, these posts spread ignorance and fear, and set up people to think like the creators of Dogsbite.org.
Now let’s examine the slideshow a bit.
Numero Uno of the “dangerous breeds” is, you guessed it, the American Pit Bull Terrier. The writer picked the most sinister picture he could find of the breed once called “The Nanny Dog” for its wonderful way with kids (still true, you know):
I found the site he took it from: interestingly, it is a website that celebrates what great dogs these are. This picture on that site also could have been used, but that wouldn’t support the “narrative’:
Actually, neither does the text, which reads,
“The American Pitbull Terrier has a dangerous reputation. They have long been used in the illegal sport of dogfighting, and are desired for their bite strength, and pain tolerance. While these dogs can be very dangerous, a properly raised Pitbull can be a very friendly family pet or farm dog.”
Translation: This dog has a bad reputation, which being on this list will continue. In fact, the breed isn’t dangerous at all, unless it has been abused or trained to be aggressive. But that is true of all dogs. People, too.
Astoundingly, this is one of the best narratives in the slide show. The worst? Tough choice, but I think the description that accompanies this photo wins:
The photo is under the heading “BULL MASTIFF.” That is not a bullmastiff. The photo is of an English Mastiff (I owned one, Patience, for 7 glorious years), a different breed entirely. This is a bullmastiff:
A bullmastiff isn’t a dangerous dog either, but here is the completely confused text allegedly describing the breed, with my corrections in bold:
“The Bull Mastiff is widely considered as the world’s largest dog breed….
[ NO, you idiot, the English Mastiff IS the world’s largest dog breed.]
Slightly resembling a bear,
[ WHAT? The classic comparison is that English Mastiffs evoke lions. Some people think the Newfoundland, a closely related breed, resembles bears—
—but not bullmastiffs or English Mastiffs.]
…this 200 pound monster is capable of tearing down an average wooden fence.
[As am I. All large breeds are capable of lots of things (and pugs are capable of biting your nose off while you sleep) but as both bullmastiffs and English Mastiffs are calm, smart, very trainable dogs, they are unlikely to be destructive in any way.]
If you are caught face to face with this monster, I’d suggest putting some steel between the dog and yourself.
[I’d suggest bending down (slightly) and getting the best face-lick of your life. Anyone with a sliver of experience with English Mastiffs knows that you are in more peril from a Cocker Spaniel. These are renowned as the most gentle, sweet-tempered, loving dogs on the planet—maybe the sweetest of all animals, period. Libeling either an English Mastiff or a bullmastiff a “monster” is outrageous fear-mongering.]
The rest of the descriptions at least describe the dogs they are supposed todescribe, but that “dangerous” theme seems elusive, while The Stupid is strong. For example,
“Great Danes are one of the worlds largest dog breeds, which plays a very large role in how dangerous they are. Because these dogs can grow to weigh over 175 pounds, they are naturally very strong animals. A dog as big as a person can undoubtedly do damage to a human.”
Like by falling on you, I guess. Great Danes are almost as easy going and gentle as Mastiffs. If “big” is being equated to “dangerous,” why is the Great Dane on the list, but the Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Elkhound, Tibetan Mastiff, Great Pyrenese, Burnese Mountain Dog aren’t? Easy: the author doesn’t have a clue what she’s talking about, and doesn’t even know how to use Google.