18 ‘Beware of Dog’ Signs That Aren’t Fooling Anyone

These signs all warn of vicious dogs, but the truth is actually much more adorable… [via bp]

18 responses to 18 ‘Beware of Dog’ Signs That Aren’t Fooling Anyone

  1. Dachsunds can be real dicks. So can chihuahuas. Some people actually have a correlation that the smaller the dog, the more yappy and snippy they are. When I was younger we had a poodle named Louis and a beagle/pit bull mix named Boots. Boots was super nice, and my sister and I called Louis Lucifer because he was such a dick. People that would come to the house would always tell their kids to pet the poodle assuming he was nicer than the one that had the pit bull look- that was backwards. Louis ended up going to live with an old lady with no pets after he kept attacking Boots and another dog, and Boots was the sweetest dog ever.

    1. It’s because owners tend to recognize that a badly behaved large dog is dangerous, and therefor train them more diligently. It’s harder to see a little floof ball as a potential threat. Small dog owners often see their bad behavior as funny and harmless and don’t train them to be good doggy citizens. My mom is a vet and the meanest dogs belonged to owners who treated them like they were perfect angels who could never hurt anyone. We raised our Chihuahua the same way we raised our German Shepherds and he’s as gentle and cuddly a dog you could ever meet.

      1. I work at a vet and I tell anyone who asks if they force me to handle *gasp* pit bulls:
        People let a labrador get away with stuff that would get a pit put down, and people let chihuahuas get away with stuff that would get a lab put down.

        1. All of this is very true, but saying breeding doesn’t play a role is just naive wishful thinking.

          There was a very famous experiment in which they breed foxes and took the most aggressive of the litter and put them in one side and the least aggressive on the other, then breed them again and again in this fashion.

          After ten or so generations of this the results were staggering and undeniable.

          The nice foxes developed large, round, eyes and larger craniums with fluffy fur.

          The mean one developed sharp angular features, narrowed eyes, a flatter skull, and course fur.

          Meanwhile, if you walked up the nice ones they would jump at the fence licking it. While the mean ones would viciously snarl and bite at the chain link fence, often breaking their teeth.

          Keep in mind both sets were not pet or played with or trained in anyway by the handlers and they were fed in a fashion that did not interact with people.

          That said, I think pits are way more trust worthy because they were selectively breed to have good temperaments when the breed was developed, where as the tiny ones were just breed for their size and features.

          1. Can you cite this reference? I’d like to check out this study.

            As well, this just adds to the whole nature vs nurture debate. If you lived in a room full of people that just looked like resting b*tch face and a room full of kind & gentle looking people, perhaps the b*tch face group may not want to interact with one another, or interact in a fashion that is mean because of their first impressions of one another while the kinder group may decide to interact with one another and realize who the d*cks are in the group but understand some are just nice people.

          2. I know this is an old post but I’m pretty sure it was called the soviet fur farm experiment. Google that and it should come up 🙂

    2. i always figured it was a Napoleon complex. Big dogs don’t have to warn you, because they can put an end to being messed with easily. Little dogs have to yell about how tough they are because that is as tough as they can get.

    1. I believe it. We have three dogs; two are over forty pounds, but it is our mini dachshund who is the bossy asshole. I’ve since said that I’ll never have one in the family again (he was a rescue).

    2. In the UK labs are responsible for the most hospitalisations. I think its partly because they are food driven and so prone to food aggression, and because people aren’t as careful around them as they would be around other dogs that size

  2. Death from the ankles down sounds pretty accurate, tbh.

    Also, are those even real dogs in the 3rd from the bottom, because they look like stuffed animals.

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