Are Pit-Bulls an overly vicious breed or are they just misunderstood by today's American society? Jessica Williams
June 04, 2011
When you see a Pit bull, what is the first thing that goes through your mind? For some, it is a sense of fear and for others it is the thought that this breed is misunderstood. Have you ever stopped and thought about if the Pit bull breed is really a vicious breed, or are they just misinterpreted due to the reputation that others have given them along with the many myths that are attached to them? What about the owners of these precious animals? Do you ever think that they are the reason that their Pit bull may be a vicious dog? Many times people speculate too much when it comes to the Pit bull breed. Instead of taking the time to learn about them, they would much rather allow the myths and things they hear through the media to set their mind that the Pit bull breed is a vicious breed. Many people do not know the history behind the Pit bull or where their reputation comes from. Too often this particular breed becomes a victim for something that they have no control over. It's time to find the facts and finally make a decision based off of the facts that we find. Pit Bulls can be as gentle as any other breed of dog, but due to myths and lack of knowledge from people the Pit Bull breed has been ruined and stereotyped.
American Pit Bull Terriers were first introduced during World War I and World War II. The job of the Pit Bull was to deliver messages back and forth across the battlefield. Pit Bulls were first bred to bait bulls and bears as a sport back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but soon became more commonly used as house pets due to their friendliness towards people. This indeed should open up your eyes to them not really being an aggressive breed simply because they became more commonly used as pets. Another fact about the history of the Pit Bull is the Pit Bull breed is skillful at a number of other non-fighting activities as well as having a soft, gentle, and amiable temperament with humans. In America, farmers were known to use Pit Bulls as protectors as well as to drive livestock just like shepherds and collies do today. So as you see, the Pit Bull was basically a “working dog” who was used for their strengths as well as loyalty.
According to the American Temperament Testing Association, Pit Bulls have an 85.3% passing rate compared to a rate of 81.9% for all other breeds of dogs on average for temperament testing. Human aggressive Pit Bulls are very rare. Pit Bulls have high energy levels and are eager to please their owners, and are not protective by nature as some believe. While conducting research on the American Pit Bull Terriers, I discovered an interesting article that really explains and shows just how heroic and loyal the Pit Bull breed actually is (Spies, S. (2011, April2). Pit Bull's Courage Saves City Couple. Times-Dispatch. Retrieved from http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/HeroicPitties/RockMarch2005.pdf). On March 27, 2011 in South Richmond, a seventy-five pound American Pit Bull Terrier saves a couple and their friends. The American Pit Bull Terrier came to his owners rescue as three men in ski masks broke into the home and had everyone get on the floor at gunpoint. The Pit Bull did not attack or bite any of the intruders, but he did manage to scare them away. The saddest part to this heroic story is that “Rock” (the Pit Bull) was shot before the men exited the back door and later died in his owners arms. There is also an American Pit Bull Terrier by the name of Stubby who has earned multiple medals including a purple heart for his heroics and loyalty during the Great War in Europe in the years of 1914 through 1917. “Stubby did his part by providing morale-lifting visits up and down the line and occasional early warning gas attacks or by waking a sleeping sentry to alert him to a German...
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Spies, S. (2011, April2). Pit Bull 's Courage Saves City Couple. Times-Dispatch. Retrieved from http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/HeroicPitties/RockMarch2005.pdf
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