What Does ‘Status Dog’ Mean? 

Status dogs, they have a bad reputation but what breeds come under the tag ‘Status Dog’ here are a few I think fit into the category:



Pit-bull: Although Illegal in the UK they only rank No. 8 in the UK’s most dangerous breeds in the UK at the moment, when brought up in the right  environment by responsible owners they can be loving family dogs who are very loyal and protective, which is what you want from a dog.

English Bull Terrier: This breed is classed as status dog and has a bad reputation but doesn’t even rank in the top 10 and isn’t even in the top 20, they again are a loving loyal family dog when brought into the right home.

Cane Corso: Just like the English bull terrier don’t even rank in the top 20 of the most register dog bites in the UK and are a great dog for the right owner.

Doberman Pinscher: I my self have a Doberman, he is the most loving dog you will ever meet, he’s great with kids and other dogs and I would never imagine him biting anyone, yet there is the stigma of him being a dangerous dog, people even cross the street while I’m walking him. Doberman’s again don’t rank in the top 10 dangerous dogs in the UK.

Rottweiler: Rottweiler’s fall in at No. 15 but given the right treatment and up bringing are great family dogs, like the Doberman I also have a Rottweiler and would not trade her for the world she is the most loving and cuddly dog ever (and a proper mummy’s girl) a complete angel yet she is also clouded by the Status dog tag.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier: These are one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK, and sadly also are one of the most common dogs found in re homing centres and Kennels, they are very loving and again aren’t even ranked in the top 10 dangerous dogs list.

Old English Bull Dog: Although a very rare breed in the UK now are still classed as a status dog and don’t rank anywhere near the top of the list, mainly confused with Pit bulls due to their similarity’s in size (they have a much more wrinkly nose) and people not recognising the breed as much now.

My point is why are all these breeds shadowed by the stigma of being dangerous and a ‘Status dog when none of them (except the pit-bull) are ranked in the top 10 dangerous dogs n the UK right now, the actual top 10 may surprise you:

  1. Dachshunds
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Jack Russell
  4. Australian Cattle Dog
  5. Cocker Spaniel
  6. Beagle
  7. Border Collie
  8. Pit Bull Terrier
  9. Great Dane
  10. English Springer Spaniel

Most of these dogs are small breeds that are very common in UK homes and most of which are not classed as status dogs, confusing right? What can we do to stop this stigma and make people realise these larger status dog breeds are not nearly as dangerous as they look, when will the larger majority of people give them the time of day.

I read a post recently about a sign put up in a park in Wales regards ‘Dangerous’ dogs and it disgusted me, the sign had photos of ‘Status’ dogs and said for owners of these dogs to keep them on a lead and other dog owners should avoid them, how does this help at all other than making it worse for owners of these dogs that know their own dog well enough as to whether they are safe off the lead or not, I am responsible enough to know when I should have my dog on a lead or not, my Doberman is very boisterous when playing with other dogs and can cause other dog owners to be nervous so when in public places with other dogs I keep him on a lead, My rottiweiler on the other hand is very calm and can be walked off the lead all the time and not cause any trouble.

Something needs to be done about the image portrayed over Status dogs, for now all I can do is write about it, but hopefully one day people will be more accepting.



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