An expert has warned a fifth dog could soon be added to the UK’s banned breed list. Dog trainer Jacob Morgan has issued a warning over the Belgian Malinois.
He urges people to remember the breed is “not a family pet”. He added: “Just this week I have seen five Belgian Malinois dogs looking to be re-homed via Facebook. This is frightening to see as it shows people are buying this breed of dog and not being able to care for them.”
He added: “My Belgian Malinois puppy, Stark, is 15 weeks old, and I’m with him most of the day while I train our clients’ dogs. But I also have members of staff who can also make sure Stark is getting stimulated by giving him an activity to do every hour. Even as a dog trainer, if it was just me looking after Stark, I’d struggle.”
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The four breeds banned in the UK currently are the Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro and Pit Bull Terrier. Earlier this year, there were calls to clamp down on the breeding of dogs like American bulldogs too.
The Dangerous Dogs Act came into effect in 1991. Under the Act, it’s illegal for a dog to be ‘out of control’ or to bite or attack someone. The legislation also makes it an offence if a person is worried or afraid (the term is ‘reasonable apprehension’) that a dog may bite them.
The RSPCA said: “Ensure your dog responds to basic commands so that you can keep them under reasonable control when in public places and in your home. Take a look at our advice on finding a suitable dog trainer. Taking part in classes will not only help you keep your dog under control but will strengthen your relationship.”