Numbers Don't Lie

Sunday, December 03, 2006

People bear an uncanny resemblance to their dogs

In one study, researchers studied 355 dog owners in Ohio, about half of whom owned a high-risk breed such as a pit bull, and found that 100% of people who owned a vicious dog had at least 1 run-in with the law (even if it was only a traffic citation). 30% of those who owned a high-risk dog and had failed to register it had felt the wrath of the law at least 5 times, whereas only 1% of owners of gentle, licensed dogs were 5-time convicts. The researchers say their results show that owning a socially deviant dog is itself a marker of social deviance.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous linda said...

as a psych nurse , I found that really interesting , and not surprising.

4:45 PM

 
Blogger apprentice said...

I've also read that people who are violent\cruel to animals are often abusers of people too, especially kids.

Sad world

8:58 AM

 
Blogger Don said...

What shit! Remember the line about lies, damn lies & statistics. Studies like this reflect the origin of the study - that's why we shouldn't pay attention to say statistics about smoking that come from cigarette companies.

9:39 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God I have a lab!

10:36 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as an owner of a rottweiler and a neighbour to a lady with 2 german shepards I call bull shit.

11:42 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as an owner of a rottweiler and a neighbour to a lady with 2 german shepards I call bull shit.

11:42 AM

 
Blogger LBG said...

I owned the most affectionate Staffordshire, and our family is mellow. I think that violent people buy violent dogs, but I don't think one can make the leap to violent dogs being owned by violent people. We have lost track of what constitutes science, logic, and statistics.

2:17 PM

 

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