To keep the original post shorter I didn't include the stats that were pointed out as to how many people die from pet dogs vs. pet venomous snakes which for the same time frame was 167 to 16, but if you took pit bull our of the mix it got a lot closer, take out rottwielers and it is almost even. What they didn't consider is how many people keep dogs vs. snakes. I would guess if you considered deaths out of 1000 owned (the same way the CDC count deaths) I would guess snakes would then lose the argument.
But one difference, snakes are wild animals and as far as I know do not show affection to owners while dogs are domesticated and with few exceptions the temperament of dogs can be determined by how the dog is raised and treated. My sister has owned several rottwielers and they have all been big babies, and I rescued a puppy not knowing what she was at the time, I just though she was a pretty dog that someone abandoned, I was told several months later she was a "short haired chow". She is actually a bit of a coward. She may lick you to death or knock you down because she is rather stout but I have had her 1.5 years and have never even heard her growl much less show any aggression.
As to showing your a "badass" what ever happened to owning a Harley Davisson or Corvette?