Labradors are on the list of the Gold Coast’s most dangerous dogs


Labradors are now listed among the most dangerous dogs on the Gold Coast, joining breeds like the Staffordshire bull terrier, Rottweiler and German Shepherd.

Labradors have moved up to fifth place on the list of breeds with the most dangerous dog registrations, according to Gold Coast City Council.

The council has 277 dogs registered as ‘dangerous’ pets, an increase of 77 since 2020, following attacks and serious incidents with dogs.

They include 49 Staffordshire bull terriers, 47 American Staffordshire bull terriers, 30 Rottweilers, 24 German Shepherds and 15 Labradors.

Gold Coast dog trainer and behaviorist Eric Mazzei said he’s seen an increase in dogs needing training for aggression and responsiveness, which he says is linked to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

Are Labradors dangerous?

Mr Mazzei said dogs deemed “dangerous” were usually pets that had been poorly socialized as puppies, had not received enough training or had been exposed incorrectly.

He said he was not surprised to see larger dog breeds top the list of dangerous dogs declared by the council, as they were often more confident and vocal.

He said Labradors probably made the list because, like other breeds, they were a bigger, more confident and stronger dog.

“I’ve also worked with many cases of dogs born during COVID over the past two years, they couldn’t go out much, that certainly had a consequence.”

He said lack of socialization could increase the number of attacks.

“It’s important because we’re coming out of COVID now, so people will go back to their normal lives and have to make it work with their new pets,” he said.

American Staffordshire terriers have the second highest number of dangerous dog registrations.(Provided: Flickr)

He said any kind of aggression usually comes from a place of fear or anxiety.

“A dog that begins to develop fear-based behavior often becomes reactive, so it’s important to socialize dogs often and young,” he said.

He said dog training was essential for dogs to have happy social lives.

“You also have to be careful how you exhibit the dogs,” he said.

Hundreds of attacks

Last year, 711 dog attacks on humans and animals were reported in the Gold Coast City Council area, with 40 dogs euthanized as a result.

Ten of these dogs had to be seized by the council, while 30 were released by their owners after the incident.

Most of the 711 reported attacks involved other animals, not humans.

The council categorized the attacks as “biting, lunging or scratching”.

Last month, a six-year-old child was mauled by a British bulldog outside a popular Gold Coast restaurant, leaving the boy with serious injuries to his arm.

Heidi Ho
Heidi-Ho was killed in a dog attack in Labrador in February.(Supplied, Cynthia Farr)

In February, three dogs were seized and one of them shot after a small dog was mauled to death while being walked in a pram by its owner.

Nine-year-old Heidi-Ho died instantly after being attacked by a bulldog and two greyhounds.

The bulldog was euthanized after being thought to be the main attacker.

Heidi-Ho’s owner was also injured in the incident.

Requirements for dangerous dogs

The spokesman said dogs declared dangerous could be identified by a specific collar they were required to wear.

“The state government has introduced new requirements for regulated dogs, specifically yellow and red striped collars with a yellow ID tag,” the spokesperson said.

“Safety is our number one priority…these collars make it easier for people to identify a regulated dog so they can avoid it or report it if it wanders off.

“Owners, where the dog has been declared, will be required to adhere to strict conditions which include the type of fencing around the property, muzzling a dog in public and wearing a distinctive collar.

“City officers deliver the collars to regulated canine facilities and provide training on the requirements. Owners of these dogs are also subject to regular inspections by city officers to ensure these conditions are being met.”


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