Know Your Breeds: The Truth about Pit Bulls

For over a hundred years, Pit Bulls used to be referred to as “the nanny dog” and their main job was as babysitters. If you wanted to keep your children safe, the Pit Bull was the most faithful and loving dog of any dog breed, especially with children.

In temperance tests (the equivalent of how many times your kid can poke your dog in the eye before it bites him) of all breeds the most tolerant was the golden retriever. the second most tolerant was the pit bull.

Temperament evaluations by the american Temperament Test Society give American Pit Bull Terriers a very high passing rate of 82.6%, while the average passing rate for the other 121 dog breeds tested was only 77%.

Pit Bulls are not naturally human aggressive. In fact Pit Bull puppies prefer human company to their mother’s two weeks before all other dogs.

The most common breed referred to as the pit bull dog is the American Pit Bull Terrier. It is actually a cross between terriers and a breed of bulldog. Unfortunately, the wrong kind of people are still finding the first strain ( used as guard dogs and for dog fighting. They were bred for stronger and stockier bodies.) of the pit bull dog attractive as guard dogs for illegal activities.

It is true that  in the late 1800’s, Pit Bulls were bred for baiting and fighting but they shouldn’t be blamed for the actions of humans. They were even used as bear baiting dogs since the 17th century.  Pit Bulls by nature are not mean and vicious-they are very sweet and friendly. They are easily trainable and respond well to commands which can change their happy go lucky personality into something monstrous. Their desire to please, paired with their strength, high prey drive and malleability make them a great candidate for use as guard and attack dogs and in fighting rings.

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‘ The American Pitbull Terrier is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable.’ – United Kennel Club

According to the National Geographic Channel television show Dangerous Encounters, the bite of a German Shepherd Dog has a force of over 238 pounds-force (1,060 N) (compared with that of a Rottweiler, over 265–328 pounds-force (1,180–1,460 N) of force, a Pit bull, 235 pounds-force (1,050 N) of force

Keep in mind that other breeds hurt people and animals too, however they are not publicized as the Pit Bull is. The stereotype of this particular breed feeds the shock and awe sensationalism of the media.

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People who are considering owning a Pit Bull should research the breed in order to ensure an appropriate life for the dog as well as a duty to public safety.

Responsibility and education are key in destroying the undue prejudice and stereotypes associated with this wonderful breed.

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