January 12, 2012
There are no Bad Pit Bulls, just Bad Owners
Thesis: Because of bad press, myths, and distorted facts, this breed has missed many privileges other breeds enjoy.
“There are no bad dogs, just bad owners.” (unknown) This is a mantra for any rescue society, but it seems to hold true the most for the “vicious” dog breeds. The breed of Pit Bulls appears to receive the lion’s share of bad press, myth and distorted facts. To sort the truth from myths, the information on the breed would be a good place to start. A perspective owner would have to decide if they could properly handle the breed, they decide on.
Information on the Breed
Despite the negativity surrounding this breed of dogs, Pit Bulls are one of the most popular breeds in America. They come in several combinations of coats. The breeds originally bred for blood sports, such as bear baiting and bull baiting. It was not until later in their history dog fighting appeared. In the early days of dogfighting, before it became outlawed, dogfighting was an organized sport. “Handlers had to be able to jump in the ring and separate the fighters, and then treat the wounded dogs after the fights were over. Dogs that showed aggression toward humans, even in the middle of a fight, were usually killed and never bred.” (Pitbulls.org, © 2010).This breed has a high prey drive, perhaps from coming from terrier (example Scotland terriers) lineage. Generally, Pit bulls“were used for herding, hunting or guardian purposes, but most were bred and kept primarily as companions” (Pitbulls.org, © 2010).
Many dogs from this breed are famous. Some examples are Petey from The Little Rascals, Grunt from the movie “Flashdance”, Tige from Buster Brown shoe advertisements...