Marine Corps Bans Pit Bulls, Rottweilers

Dogs of servicemen and women must pass a temperament test in order to remain.

Posted: September 22, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Months after the U.S. Army banned residents of privatized housing from owning “dangerous or potentially dangerous” dog breeds, the Marine Corps followed suit.

On Aug. 11, 2009, a rule that disallowed purebred and mixed-breed pit bullsRottweilers and canid-wolf hybrids aboard Marine Corps installations was signed. However, residents who already own one of these breeds have 60 days to apply for and meet the guidelines of a “grandfather” clause waiver, approved by the local installation commander.

Available until Sept. 30, 2012, the waiver requires dogs to pass a “nationally recognized temperament test, administered and interpreted by individual(s) who have been certified in technique and evaluation of the test results, at the service member resident’s expense. Such tests include the Canine Good Citizen (American Kennel Club) and the Delta Test (Delta Society).

In response to the newly passed rule, local trainers are offering owners additional classes and discounted classes to help dogs pass the 10-part Canine Good Citizen test. The test includes such exercises as accepting a friendly stranger, walking on a loose lead, walking through a crowd and so on.


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Luci   Greenville, TX

6/11/2010 9:53:14 PM

I am a 10yr veteran of the Air Force. I have owned dogs all my life, in no particular order of breed. I have owned small, medium, and large dogs. I owe my life to the Rottweiler breed from infancy as I was born premature at 20 weeks/13oz. I agree whole heartedly that the dog's behavior and temperment is the product and effect of it's owner and those around it. If one breed is under orders to take and pass a 10-part Canine Good Citizen test, ALL dog breeds should be subject to this order. After all if their owners are military and under military law then so must the canine obey.

I currently own a rescued German Shepard, he is not a young dog and suprisingly he is tollerent of most everything. His only flaw is only myself, my 54yr old mother and my 2yr old son can approach/take/interfear with food/treats/bones. Not that this is done regularly, my mother and I do so for training and access incase he gains anything harmful to him and for his certification of therapy in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospices. My 2yr old intercedes under ignorance and misunderstanding, he's 2 and I sometimes get sidetracked with his brother and sister.

I dont understand the prejudice of breeds. I dont understand why the military cant see that the fault of "a vicious breed/dog" lies with the human. Many of the military working dogs have been of the "vicious breed" lists. We of all "communities" should be understanding of prejudies - we even now are subject to segregation and prejudice, why we place this on an entire breed/breeds I dont believe anyone will ever be able to explain.

Humanity, our race is doomed to be our own down-fall. Our prejudice(s) and fear(s) will be our distruction, the innocent lives of the loyal animals that we (humans) destroy and mistreat will succeed us on this Earth. I dont envy them to succeed our greed and selfishness. We dont even follow our own rules and regulatons.

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John   Oak Brook, IL

12/6/2009 9:53:35 PM

I was at a gas station once with my Rottweiler in my car. She had her head out the window and the woman who worked their came out to have a cigarette. My dog was just looking around and the woman walks over and says "That thing should have a muzzle on it."

Talk about stupidity.

I have had a lot of different breeds growing up in my family and since owning a Rottweiler I will never get another breed other than a Rottweiler. They are the best. Beautiful dogs, very calm, great with all people especially

One more problem I have is banning Rottweiler's from towns, villages and communities. A child molester can live in a town as long as people know about them but a Rottweiler can't because a good number of idiots have trained them to be violent.

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Sharon   Columbus, OH

12/2/2009 12:02:06 PM

Do these idiots realize that "Stubby" was one of the most medals military dogs ever? He served during WWI and guess what? He was a Pit Bull!! When is this obvious breedism going to end? Do we have to start making pit bulls drink from their own drinking fountains, and sit in the back of the bus before people realize how wrong this is? ALL DOGS BITE! If they have teeth, then they can be dangerous. It takes responsible owners to raise dogs right.

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Courtney   Stafford, VA

10/20/2009 6:09:50 PM

Well if they are going to ban pitbulls and rottweilers than they should also ban german shepards, bulldogs, bull mastiffs, boxers, chows, akitas, retrievers, etc. DONT ban the breed, ban the people who give these dogs a bad name! Oh and if your going to do a temperament test on pitbulls to grandfather them in... why don't you do it on ALL the dogs. If the dogs don't pass and they are a golden retriever do they get a pass cuz they arent a bully breed? NOT fair I think we HUMANS call that DISCRIMINATION

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