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Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherd dogs mark 100 years with the AKC. Both German Shepherds and Dobermans were the Devil Dogs in WWII (Mahood). Both dog breeds have given years of service to the military. Both dogs have been faithful loyal companions and incredibly intelligent. Both dogs are ranked in the top five for obedience and working intelligence (“Dog intelligence rankings”). Yet, the German Shepherd is currently the military police’s working dog and its veteran companion, the Doberman Pinscher, is currently banned from living in military bases. How is breed banning fair or even effective?
In January 5th 2009, the Department of the Army released a memorandum announcing a new pet policy for families living on military base housing. The policy bans Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows and wolf hybrids. This was decided by the Residential Communities Initiative (RCI), which is made up of six private companies that manage on-base housing (Bollinger).
How did the RCI come to decide which dog breeds were considered “dangerous” and therefore banned? Accordi…