Letter from an owner of a Ridgeback who lives in Kopenhagen, Denmark.
Again, I advice you as a dogowner and –lover not to travel to Denmark. As a former dog owner I know that almost all dogs have sometimes fights with their mates. It is impossible to control it.
yes, the dog law has an effect on Denmark. A lot of dogs have been put to sleep by the police if they have attacked another dog even though it is sometimes hard to prove which dog started the fight. I listen very often that it is the biggest dog that get blaimed! Luckly I have not any information that the new dog law have affected any Ridgebacks in Denmark.
I think it is really unfair to blaim the biggest dog! I lost my Ridgeback 4 months ago due to sickness but before this I was very carefull with him, e.g. if we attended a dog show with a lot of different breeds. The only time my boy ever was bitten (no serious injuries) was at dog shows twice and he was bitten by small breeds. I was so afraid that he would bite back, but he was so surprised therefore he did not react, looked at his Mum (me!) for help. Lucky me!
I know there is quite a lot of focus from Germany and UK about this Danish law, and people do not want to visit Denmark with their dogs. I do understand! I still have my 2 labradors, we are going now on vacation in Denmark in a beach area and I will for sure watch out where I let them run free. I know they both have an excellent behavior since their focus is 100% of fetching the ball for Mum (me!) instead on focusing on other dogs.“
The writer is a friend of Gaston Vizsla. Therefore I know that this statement is absolutely correct.