Dogs. Often considered to be man's best friend, these muscular, four-legged animals can quickly turn into man's worst nightmare given the right -- or wrong -- circumstances. While a number of breeds are considered more aggressive or dangerous than others -- pit bulls and rottweilers taking the top two slots -- any breed of dog can bite a human. Knowing your risks though may help you avoid a potentially fatal encounter though down the road.
A California city is deciding whether to combat serious and fatal dog bite attacks by implementing an ordinance that would require all dog and cat owners to spay or neuter their animals over the age of six months. The measure is also aimed at reducing overpopulation of unwanted or stray animals.
When traveling down the sidewalk, California residents might regularly encounter dogs out for a walk with their owners. For many people, it might be a natural to size-up the oncoming dog. As a result of this process, certain conclusions about the dog's relative friendliness might be drawn without even meeting the pooch.
For many people, dogs are the epitome of good company. They are faithful companions, loyal to a fault and sensitive to all manner of human needs. Moreover, they are bundles of unbridled love, a quality that in itself goes far toward explaining their depiction as “man’s best friend.”