Maltese Dog labelled a “Terriorist”

Maltese Dog labelled a “Terriorist”

October 2009 - Sydney NSW Australia

Sad news stuck the airlines today when it was announced that the Maltese ‘Terrier’ has been put on the dangerous dogs list in NSW with newspapers and Twitter buzzing on the topic. 

Maltese ‘Terrier’

The  Maltese was the culprit in 12 attacks on people between July and September recorded on the NSW government’s “top 20 dog attack list” of the Dog Attack Register which reports on dog attacks across NSW councils who are “required to report dog attacks to the Department of Local Government within 72 hours of receiving the information.  Under the regulations, a dog attack can include any incident where a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused to the person or animal.”

The tiny white breed was surpassed in attack numbers by the Labrador Retriever famous for its use as a guide dog and popular family pet.  The Lab was recorded with 20 attacks during the same period. 

Dog trainers say ‘blame the deed not the breed’ calling for owners to learn about dog behaviour and train their dogs to follow rather than lead their owners who should be ‘top dog’.   The misconception is that only big dogs need training however dog trainers strongly suggest that the little breeds like Maltese can also benefit from learning that they are not the ‘pack leader’.

Maltese are known to be ‘owner oriented’ and will defend their family and territory bravely to the end.

Maltese are known to be ‘owner oriented’ and will defend their family and territory bravely to the end.  The Pet Directory ran a news article some time back on two little Maltese dogs that fought off an attacker in their home saving their masters by diverting the crooks but losing their lives in the battle. 

Here are the actual statistics from the NSW Government Dog Attack Data Report:

Number of Attacking Dogs by Breed (Top 20)
Breed

Unknown Breed 165
Border Collie 21
Bull Terrier (Staffordshire) 116
Boxer 20
Australian Cattle Dog 56
Labrador Retriever 20
German Shepherd Dog 55
Bull Terrier 17
American Staffordshire Terrier 45
Australian Cattle Dog 16
Rottweiler 43
Alaskan Malamute 14
Bull Terrier (Staffordshire) 35 Bullmastiff 13
Siberian Husky 24 Bullmastiff 12
Australian Kelpie 22 Maltese 12
Jack Russell Terrier 21 Mastiff 12

Statistics from: New South Wales Government, Department of Local Government website, ‘Dog Attack Data Report Schedule July to September 2009 NSW report’, Companion Animals page 27/10/09

 

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