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Conversation questions The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
Debates Videos
Facts Vocabulary
Lesson plans Webquests

(Updated on 15/11/2010)


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Animals - Vocabulary and Activities



Vocabulary :


Dogo Argentino


Japanese Tosa

Fila Brasileiro




- synonyms :
bitch, bowwow, cur, doggy, fido, flea bag,
hound, man's best friend, mongrel, mutt,
pooch, pup, puppy, stray, tail-wagger, tyke

Dog Fighting: Glossary :
Definitions - Examples

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Pit Bull Terrier


to bite



the fangs

A muzzle

to bark

to attack



to growl

dog Collars



dog leashes

Dog terms


List of dangerous dogs :

  • List of Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

    According to the Center for Disease Control, the top 10 most dangerous dogs are:

    • 1. Pit Bulls
    • 2. Rottweilers
    • 3. German Shepherds
    • 4. Huskies
    • 5. Alaskan Malamutes
    • 6. Doberman Pinschers
    • 7. Chow Chows
    • 8. Great Danes
    • 9. St. Bernards
    • 10. Akitas

See Videos

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 :

  • The Dangerous Dogs Act prevents people from keeping certain types of dogs. Why is this Act needed?
    - The law
    - Dangers
    - Types of dogs
    - Exemption
    - Who to contact
    - What to do


Facts :


  • Dog that bit police car must attend classes
    "Tenn. pit bull mix must get instruction in obedience, canine good citizenship."

    - with a VIDEO
    "A judge ruled that Winston had been a very bad dog. He was sentenced to obedience and canine good citizen classes, and he'll have to wear a tag that says he is "potentially dangerous."



  • Government rules out all-dog insurance plan
    "The government has ruled out forcing all dog owners to insure against their pets attacking people - a week after suggesting the idea...
    More than 100 people a week are admitted to hospital after dog attacks...
    The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act banned ownership of four types: the pit bull terrier, the Japanese tosa, the dogo Argentino and the fila Brasileiro. (See Vocabulary)
    It also gave police powers to deal with any dogs, of whatever breed, that became out of control in a public place - with destruction of the animal the ultimate sanction.


  • Posties get new weapon in war with dogs
    "Royal Mail delivery staff are being equipped with a device which releases compressed air and makes a hissing sound designed to scare off dogs."



  • Dog attack
    See :
    - Breed-specific attacks

    - Legal issues in the USA

  • Dog bite injuries "are the second most frequent cause of visits to emergency rooms from 9 activities common among children."
    • The odds that a dog bite victim will be a child are 3.2 to 1. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention )
    • Severe injuries from dog bites is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years.
    • Three quarters of dogs involved in bite incidents belong to the victim's family or a friend.
    • The majority of dog attacks (61%) happen at home or in a familiar place. 
  • Dangerous 'status' dogs on the rise
    " There's been a sharp increase in the number of potentially dangerous dogs like Rottweilers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers which have become the new weapon of choice on some of our cities' toughest streets...
    The RSPCA is blaming young men for using aggressive dogs as status symbols in urban areas of England and Wales.
    In some parts of Liverpool groups of young men in hoodies hang around wearing cool designer gear, with customised cars - and a menacing new fashion accessory - a canine one.
    There are four main breeds banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, which came in in 1991:
    the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasileiro."


    The Metropolitan Police have set up a 'status dog unit'

  • Pet or weapon? Council to ban tenants from owning dangerous dogs
    "People seeking council housing are to be checked for “weapon dogs” and will be refused a tenancy if they own the aggressive animals...
    This week the RSPCA told The Times that large and aggressive dogs were regularly being used for intimidation and to carry out crime — particularly on deprived urban estates. They include not only illegal pitbull terriers, but legal breeds such as rottweilers and bull mastiffs. "



  • Dangerous or safe ?


  • Dangerous dogs interactive map
    "Minneapolis and St. Paul distinguish between "dangerous" dogs and those that are "potentially dangerous." About two dozen dogs that have been declared dangerous are currently living in the cities, and nearly 450 (plus one cat) are labeled potentially dangerous."


Comments :

  • Man's best friend?
    The RSPCA "claims that more than 60% of the calls they get were about young people fighting dogs in public places."

    - with a documentary looking at why people choose to own banned dogs.
    - What you're saying
    "Have you been attacked by a dog? 
    Should all potentially 'dangerous' dogs be banned? 
    Are owners responsible for making dogs dangerous or are some dogs just born that way?"
    - with comments



Conversation questions ;

Debates :


Police :


  • Dangerous dogs
    - What action can be taken with regards to a dangerous dog?
    - What should I do if I suspect my neighbour has an illegal type of dog?
    - What type of dogs are illegal to own?
  • On a raid with dangerous dogs unit
    "They're called "weapon dogs" or sometimes "status dogs" - animals like pit bull terriers, kept by gang members to intimidate, to attack, or to fight each other...
    In an attempt to help ease the problem, the Metropolitan Police status dogs unit
    was formed in London earlier this year to seize and identify dangerous dogs. "



Listening :


Lesson plans :

  • Dogs - Listen! - with the transcript and activities


  • Séquence Pédagogique Deadly Dogs
    "Il s’agit d’une séquence pédagogique conçue à partir d’un texte support intitulé "Deadly Dogs", paru dans Speakeasy 1988, Nathan. Contenu : Texte support + photo, Worksheets (compréhension du texte, adverbes de fréquence...), Exos Hot potatoes (adv de fréquence, lexique...), Jeu sur les différentes races de chiens."
    (Ac. Limoges)




Webquests :

  • Dangerous breeds - a webquest
    "A big problem in our country is the fact that every year, only in Santiago, 30000 people are attacked by dogs, and obviously this is something that needs to be solved. Just last year a new law was created about the responsible breeding of potential dangerous dogs and with this there was a debate about which kind of breeds were more dangerous.
    There is a list of 12 breeds that are considered in this law; lots of them have a long history biting and killing people, but there are not included the dogs from the streets, which are the ones that produce more than the half of the cases of bites. Do you think, among your experience, that this new law can be the answer to prevent or decrease the quantity of bites?"



Cartoons :

Beware of chimp


Enter at own risk



He doesn't bite!



I bought you for protection!

Bring me their wallet!



Songs :


Videos :


  • Dangerous dogs debate
    "The issue of dangerous dogs and breed specific legislation debated in the news."



  • MY DOG IS A WEAPON : 6 videos
    "Rickie Haywood-Williams meets the young men who take dangerous dogs onto the streets and asks whether dogs have become the new weapon of choice. He discovers that some owners deliberately train and abuse their animals to make them vicious attack dogs, and learns that the most iconic and feared dog of all, the pit bull, is back on our streets. "

Cinema :

  • White Dog (= Dressé pour tuer") (1982) by Samuel Fuller
    "Up and coming Hollywood starlet Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) takes in a stray German Shepherd after accidentally hitting it with her car. Though the animal seems friendly and protective at first, it soon reveals a startling aspect of its nature: it will brutally kill any dark-skinned person it sees..."