Are We Breeding Fear?
People tend to believe that the Pit Bull is bred to be aggressive. In fact, in many parts of the world there are breed-specific legislations (BSL) that ban certain breeds of dogs all together and Pit Bulls are one of the most commonly banned breeds due to perceived aggressiveness. Surprisingly, there is no easy evidence that Pit Bulls are any more naturally aggressive toward humans than any other breed (West).A 20-year study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that there is no way to determine aggressiveness by breed. “In fact, the CDC says its own 20-year study is not an appropriate tool for making breed-specific policies or legislative decisions (The Truth). Many owners speak very highly of not only their Pit Bulls loving disposition, but also their willingness to please and gentle nature towards children.
The Pit Bull breed has a complex and much disputed history, but one thing that most everyone agrees on, is that the Pit Bull is and has been one of the strongest canine breeds. Although they were originally bred for battle with bears, bulls, and other dogs; they have always been known to be affectionate family dogs. “Pit Bulls are beautiful in their variety, but their most appealing features are their inner qualities, strength, confidence, a sense of humor and a zest for life are all hallmarks of the breed”(Reflecting).It is important that you frequently socialize your dog with people and other dogs as well. A properly socialized dog can be very affectionate, even with strangers. This breed is intelligent and eager to please, which is why they are used for many different jobs and tasks, ranging from search and rescue work to bomb and drug detection. This breed has also been known to be used as therapy dogs. In fact, Leo “who is a Pit Bull rescued from the former NFL player Michael Vicks dogfighting ring”, went through many weeks of training and rehabilitation and is now bringing comfort to...
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