Definitely. I honestly believe it’s one of the most dangerous things to say, maybe even THE most dangerous.
The purpose of “blame the deed, not the breed” is to encourage people to ignorantly own these dogs because it’s the evil dog-fighters who create dogs who bite or attack, and the dog is an unwilling pawn in it all who is forced to fight.
It encourages people to believe that if you raise your dog up the best you can, he will turn out fine and be perfectly cool and sociable with cats and dogs. After all, we all know it’s the dog-fighters that force these dogs to fight, so if you’re not a dog-fighter you don’t have anything to worry about!
When these dogs act aggressively towards another dog or want to attack a cat walking by, the owner feels that they’ve done something wrong when they didn’t. What the dog did isn’t “bad”, he isn’t a bad dog or “evil”, he was doing something that he believed (instincts) to be a desirable thing to do.
Dogs don’t operate on morals and they don’t think about how another animal or dog would feel about being attacked - it is IMPOSSIBLE for a dog to be “bad” or “evil” for chasing squirrels or getting into squabbles with other dogs. In order to be what we as humans consider “bad” (deliberately mean, malicious, sadistic, etc), the dog would have to understand right from wrong - morals.
When a well-raised pit bull gets into a fight with another dog, the owner feels like shit because they feel like they raised their dog incorrectly. They truly believe that in order for these dogs to fight, they have to be forced or trained to do so, when we know that this is not true. Not even in an actual organized dog-fights are the dogs forced to fight; the dogs can hop over the wall, turn, or yelp, and they’re picked up. In order for two dogs to get into a full blown fight and not just one attacking and the other defending, both of them actively want to fight. Your pit bull fighting a dog at the park is doing something natural and free of force.
Unfortunately the pit bull owner now has someone’s injured pet on their hands, will have to pay the owner’s vet fees, and if they’re lucky their dog will be spared it’s life. Unlucky dogs may be put to sleep for doing something that would have been entirely avoidable if the owner understood that you can’t love the dog-aggression or prey-aggression out of them. What this does is it adds fuel to the BSL fire and creates myths like these dogs “turning” or “snapping”. “He’s never done that before!, He would never hurt a fly!”
Attacks involving APBT or bully breeds are not unpredictable. A responsible owner would get this dog knowing that you should always expect a bulldog to fight, and to not let your guard down around other dogs or pets. A responsible dog owner would not get a dog like this thinking “it’s all how you raise them” or “blame the deed, not the breed”, and they would take precautionary measures to secure their dog in their yard and keep it from causing harm to other dogs or animals.
I think the entire purpose of “blame the deed, not the breed” is definitely used to cover up or erase the hereditary dog-aggression in the bully-breeds. A bully breed that you adopted from the shelter that was labeled a “pit bull” should be raised with the same amount of responsibility as if you were to buy an APBT straight from a breeder. A dog-fighter has very little to do with the training and upbringing of your shelter dog, and you should NEVER assume that your bully breed doesn’t have any latent dog or prey aggression.
We’ve seen what happens when shelter dogs (or just pet dogs in general) are raised with the mindset of “it’s all how you raise them”. It breeds ignorance, fuels hatred against the bully breeds, and throws gas into the fires BSL lawmakers.
This kind of ignorance and irresponsible ownership: [LINK] is just as dangerous as this kind: [LINK]
Deliberately ignoring dog-aggression is actively getting dogs and pets killed. These people get mad about not being able to bring their bully breeds to PetSmart… but can you imagine a dog-fight breaking out there, amongst all of those ignorant, irresponsible dog owners? Do you think any of them would have a breakstick?
Don’t blame the breed, blame the dogmommies.