MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree that certain bull breed type dogs, such as the bulldog and English Bull Terrier have a special place in British culture and that your deputy Kit Malthouse's suggestion of wiping these breeds out entirely (in a Times newspaper column on November 2nd) undermines this?


Answer for Dogs

Answer for Dogs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Weapon dogs are a growing problem in London. It is important to tackle both the owners and breeds.

Any breed has the potential to become a weapon dog if owners train them in an aggressive manner. However, given that the Metropolitan Police estimates that 90 percent of the dogs they deal with are Pit Bull Terriers, it cannot be ignored that certain breeds are inherently more aggressive than others.

There is a need to focus on some breeds more than others and controlling ownership of the types of dogs which are more likely to be used as weapons.