Be Careful When Choosing A Dog Breed, Experts Warn


This comes after a woman was mauled to death in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal last week.

Animal experts have again urged potential dog owners to exercise caution when choosing large aggressive breeds.

This comes after a woman was mauled to death in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal last week,Maritzburg Sun reported.

“Bigger breeds of dogs are difficult dogs to maintain and training is necessary. People need to do their homework when they are looking at getting a dog for their family and the crucial points to take into consideration are the dog’s temperament, the temperament of the dog’s parents as well as understanding the responsibility of being able to handle such a breed,” said Stafford.

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Regarding this week’s fatal attack, Stafford said she was still shaken by the horrific incident.

“It is unfathomable how dogs can turn on their owners. I have never seen a case like this before and it is extremely shocking to me. I do not know much about the dogs and their owners therefore I cannot speculate on what triggered the dogs to attack their owner in this manner,” she added.

“The SPCA in Pietermaritzburg offers their deepest condolences to the Mokoena family, and we encourage pet owners who want advice on how to handle aggressive pets to please contact us” Stafford said.

Adrienne Olivier, a dog trainer in Pietermaritzburg, reiterated the importance of education in choosing a dog breed.

“It is essential that all dogs’ owners take the time to educate themselves on the breed of the dogs that they wish to acquire. Dogs that are temperamental show clear signs of being under-socialised which make dogs extremely frustrated and aggressive.  These animals need to be properly trained and socialised both with other dogs and with people,” said Olivier.

Source: The Citizen

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