Problem Statement and Topic
Do you think big dogs are scary? Do you think big dogs are scarier than smaller dogs? A lot of people automatically assume that bigger dogs are scary/scarier than smaller dogs. That is not one hundred percent true. Why do people jump to these conclusions? A source that on the web, ("Managing the Stigma of Outlaw Breeds: A Case Study of Pit Bull Owners." » Brill Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.), surveyed twenty eight pit bull owners. The surveys results came back saying that the dog owners friends, family, respondents, and etc. were very hesitant when it came to these dogs because of their size. Every year, over 4.7 million people get bitten by a dog. Now, people assume that most of the "attacks" by these dogs are all from big dogs. That is not true. This article did no specify the size of these dogs who "attacked" people, ("Breed-Specific Legislation. Barking up the wrong tree." N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.) Yes, some of these actions may have been done by bigger sized dogs, but little dogs are not so innocent themselves. People jump to conclusions that all dog attacks are caused by big dogs. When people think these things, they begin to think that big dogs are scarier than littler dogs. For example, the pit bull terrier is a specific dog breed that more people than not seem to be extremely afraid of. This article ("Breed-Specific Legislation and the pit bull terrier: Are the laws justified?" N.p., n.d. Web. Nov 20. 2015.), states that in Australia, over 19 human fatalities have considered pit bulls to be very dangerous and scary. Another source says why people think that these big dogs are scarier than smaller dogs is that bigger dogs, such as the pit bull, seem to be taken as vicious because they were not brought up the correct way. This source, ("Unfair Prejudice and Ineffective Policy." N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.) claims that this does not completely make sense because smaller dogs could easily be brought up incorrectly too. In the article, Breed- Specific Legislation, ("Unfair Prejudice and Ineffective Policy." N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.), the author illustrates that human beings may automatically assume that bigger sized dogs are more intimidating because they have been hurt by a dog/seen and or heard someone else get hurt by a dog. Still, the real question is, do most people favor smaller sized dogs?
For my data table and results, please click here! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UdtBHXEf7HH9TUXDsTk1H9aXi2-ROIJ4kevAO1GeVTw/edit
As the survey results came in, I found that the majority of the responders enjoy bigger dogs. I also noticed that 40% of the responders do not have a dog. Not having a dog may influence them to, possibly, like dogs more because they do not have one. Since they do not have a dog, they may not necessarily have to clean up after one or have bad experiences with dogs, so that may enable people to like dogs more. That 40% was a big part of this survey, so maybe not owning a dog makes people like dogs more. However, yes, when someone gets/has a dog, they most likely already like dogs, but it is possible that people who do not own their own dog like dogs just a little more.
When I checked my survey for the last time for the final numbers, I honestly thought that the majority of people may prefer smaller dogs than bigger dogs. From all of the research in the beginning of this project, many journalistic pieces state that people prefer smaller dogs rather than bigger dogs. However, the results turned out to be the complete opposite of my hypothesis. The majority of the responses showed that people actually like bigger dogs rather than small dogs. One of the survey questions that was asked was "What is your first thought/emotion when you see a big dog, such as a pit bull?" Almost every answer was the same: "I want to pet it." One responder said "AW cute." The answers came back almost one hundred percent positive toward big dogs.
These responses came back positive, but I realized that maybe that happened for a reason. Although 60% of the responders said they have a dog, 40% said no. Now, that 40% is a pretty big percent of my results. Maybe that 40% love dogs so much because they do not have a dog. Dogs require a lot of work, and by them not having a dog(s) of their own, it is a possibility that they like dogs a little bit more. If they had a dog(s) they would have to clean up after the dog, feed the dog, bathe the dog, walk the dog, and so much more that if they had a dog of their own, maybe the numbers of this survey would be different.
The 60% of the people who said yes do like dogs. These people have dogs and still love them. That means that by them taking care of their dogs, they still love them either way. So, maybe if the people who do not have a dog(s) get a dog in the future, will still have the same feelings towards dogs. Some people's thoughts would change, but who knows, maybe their thoughts would stay consistent because despite all the work dogs require, at the end of the day, we all love them no matter their size.
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