Pit bulls are thought to be aggressive, dangerous, and sometimes even lethal to other animals and people. That is why most individuals think it is sensible to have them banned in certain cities and sometimes even states, but all of these perceptions are incorrect. There are a lot of misconceptions about pit bulls that range from their temperament to their anatomy. All of these mistaken beliefs have lead Miami-Dade County to consider these dogs illegal to be owned within the parameters of the County. Due to the ban, most of the population has negative feelings against these dogs, including pre-conceived notions based on untrue proofs. The pit bull ban should be lifted in Miami-Dade County as well as in any other place they are illegal because it is unfair, discriminatory, and contradicting.
Pit bulls have been described by many to be as loyal, friendly, obedient and sweet dogs. In February 2013, the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS), conducted an annual experiment testing various dog breeds and whether they passed or failed an exam that has been carefully designed to assess different characteristics of temperament (ATTS, 2013). It tests all breeds equally and without discrimination or leniency (ATTS, 2013). The test includes ten subtests, divided into five subcategories in which the canine must successfully pass according to the societies standards in order to pass the whole examination (ATTS, 2013). Dogs are considered to have failed the test if at any time they show unprovoked aggression, panic without recovery, or extreme avoidance (ATTS, 2013). Out of 870 pit bulls that have been tested since 1977, 755 have successfully passed, bringing their passing rate to 86.9%, higher than the Golden Retriever and the Dalmatian at 85.2% and 82.7% respectively (ATTS, 2013). This comes to show that pit bulls are good dogs in nature, and are some of the best tempered and obedient dogs compared to a lot of other well-known breeds.
These statistics aren’t frequently portrayed by the media because it taints the image of trying to depict pit bulls as dangerous and aggressive dogs. The media only focuses on the negative incidents involving pit bulls, such as when they attack. Not all pit bulls attack and the ones that do attack usually do it for a reason. Pit bulls are known to not get along with other dogs, and usually attack them. A common saying is that when pit bulls attack other dogs, humans are their next targets (The Truth About Pit Bulls, 2013). Studies have shown that just because a dog is aggressive towards other dogs, there is no link that makes them anymore likely to be aggressive towards humans. There are other dogs that do not get along with other pets, dogs that don’t get along with small children, or dogs that can be alright in an environment with a combination of all these things. Pit bulls have shown to be great with children but not with other dogs due to their specific breeding to be in fights (The Truth About Pit Bulls, 2013).
One of the main reasons why pit bulls have a really bad reputation is primarily the fault of irresponsible owners. Due to their tough appearance, people who wish to bestow the same appearance themselves seek ownership of these pit bulls. Pit bulls have replaced the ideal “macho” dog of choice, which used to be the intimidating Doberman pinscher or German shepherds (All About Pit Bulls, 2006). People such as gang members, drug dealers, and the like, encourage their pit bulls to be aggressive (The Truth About Pit Bulls, 2013). Street fighters, as they are called, train and breed their pit bulls for the sole purpose of fighting (All About Pit Bulls, 2006). They want them to be the strongest, fastest, and fiercest to emerge winner of any dog fighting ring they are to be put in (All About Pit Bulls, 2006).
Pit bulls that are involved in fights either die during the fight or are sometimes too injured to continue fighting and are left there to die. Their...