‘Raise dogs the right way’

  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: Man’s best friend always has its own personality, so owners of restricted breeds should pay particular attention to their dog’s temperament, say animal groups.

This advice came about following the Veterinary Services Department’s (DVS) recent Facebook post on restricted dog breeds.

The breeds on the list are the bull mastiff, bull terrier, doberman, german shepherd, perro de presa canario (also known as canary dog) and rottweiler.

Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) chairman Christine Chin explained that the breeds on the restricted list were mainly working dogs that need training and exercise.

“These dogs are mainly bred to do more security work or guard work, and they have strong personalities. It means that they are not a pet that you just cuddle and do not train. Also, not the type, when you are fed up, you put them in the cage.

“You cannot do that to these dogs. They need space, your time and they need you to exercise them rigorously. That’s why they are restricted,” she said when contacted.

PAWS Animal Welfare Society shelter manager Edward Lim pointed out that breeds such as the german shepherd, rottweiler and doberman were bred to be guard dogs.

“They tend to be more alert, more ferocious, more brave, and have more guts compared to normal dogs. They have that advantage because they are bred for that purpose.

“It is the question of how we bring up the dog that is more important than the breed itself. Like all pure bred dogs, they are bred for a reason and purpose,” he said.

Lim said that owners of these dogs should train them, keep them secure in the compound and put them on a leash when they are taken out for a walk.

DVS director-general Datuk Dr Norlizan Mohd Noor said: “The restricted list refers to the breed of dogs that is trained to perform certain duties such as for the military, police, customs or as guard dogs.”

As such, he said these dogs “act on command and are not usually kept as pets or companions”.

Dr Norlizan said those who decide to have dogs as a pet are advised to train their dogs.

“All dogs are to be licensed by the local authorities according to the Local Government Act,” he added.

“The DVS list is also based on benchmarking against global guidelines as well as air travel guidelines for dogs,” said Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation secretary Shrilan Sivagurunathan.

He said restricted dog breeds kept as pets must get higher levels of exercise, mental stimulation through toys and lots of activities for bonding instead of being locked in a cage the whole day.

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