The next time I'm in a poor region of the world and run across a dog with a odd genetic mutation or birth defect, I am so giving it a ridiculous name and an impossible history and starting my own breed club.
Good to see veterinarians and others speaking out against Dover, Delaware's proposed BSL:
In addition to Akitas and Dobermans, the designated dangerous breeds are the Cane Corsa, the chow-chow, mastiffs, pit bulls, the Presa Canario, the Rottweiler, Staffordshire terriers or a mix of any of those breeds.
Even dogs that resemble those breeds would be deemed dangerous -- and they and their owners would be subject to restrictions.
Those include a prohibition on breeding dangerous dogs and a requirement that they be spayed or neutered. The dogs would have to be contained in a secure enclosure and be muzzled and leashed when in public. Owners would have to be at least 21, and those convicted of a violent or drug-related felony within the past 10 years would be barred from ownership.
Read J.L. Miller's excellent report here.
I'd be inclined to say that anyone convicted of a violent or drug-related felony within the past 10 years should be barred from owning any dog.