Because of the negative reputation, those pit bulls have gained because of their common association to dog-related fatalities; a lot of pit bull myths/dangerous pit bull facts also cover this vicious breed of dogs.
Though not all pit bulls are the same, generally, the articles that relate to them would typically note the ferocity and wild nature that they have.
Because of this negative publicity and lack of public awareness, the good that is in them is usually overshadowed and thrown off the sidelines.
So, to help you gain the better understanding of this breed of dogs, here are some pit bull facts that will help you get to know more about this breed.
On the history of pit bulls, these dogs originated from the Bulldogs. Generally, pit bulls are crossbreeds between bulldogs and terriers.
Dog breeders do this to combine the ferocity and strength of a bulldog together with the playfulness of a terrier
The three most common types of pit bulls would include the American Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, and the Staffordshire bull terrier. You can identify pit bulls by their frame, posture, and the unique size of their head and jaw.
In the United States, they are treated as family members, help drive livestock back to their fences, use as hunters/catchers of semi-wild hog and cattle. Some pit bulls were even selected for their fighting competency. Pit bulls are also known for their violent genetic traits.
Pit bull Facts vs. Fiction
These traits would include their unpredictable dog aggression periods, tenacious nature to not give up on a fight, high pain threshold, and their well-known “hold-and-shake” style of biting. Because of all these traits, they are usually the front-liners when it comes to dog fights and police and security duties.
Pit bulls are also experts in concealing any signs of them attacking. They will not growl nor give a direct stare, not even bare their teeth. Usually, they show off a playful front only to attack later on.
Pit bull facts would also say that this breed of dogs does not show any gestures of appeasement nor submission. Because of this, pit bulls are one breed that is really hard to understand, train, and control.
Amidst all this pit bull facts/information, most pit bull owners would tell that it is not impossible to train this breed of dogs. On the other hand, they are one of the smartest dogs there is.
Since it is their nature to be inclined to a pack structure; they must be trained on this in order to control them. A pack structure kind of training also attains their obedience and submission to the pack leader, in this case, the owner.
Several pit bull facts have also shown that pit bulls that have been through adequate training and programs were able to live peacefully with their owners and do not pose a threat to anyone.
This is Proper Pit Bull Temperament
It is very sad to say it, but proper Pit Bull temperament is becoming harder and harder to find. With just a quick web search, you can find literally hundreds of kennels with photos of dogs that are everything a Pit Bull shouldn’t be.
Descriptions such as “chained for life”, “great watchdog” and “man stopper” are all too common for a breed that was once heralded as the ultimate family dog and companion.
Historically, the Pit Bull was bred for dog aggression, NEVER human aggression. Human aggressive dogs were culled (the ‘polite’ term for killing a dog with undesirable traits.)
A Pit Bull with proper temperament should be happy, outgoing ‘wiggle butts‘ who view a stranger as a friend they haven’t met yet. Sure, a Pit Bull may bark when a stranger comes to the door, but when that door is open you are far more likely to get covered with sloppy dog kisses than attacked.
The snapping, snarling dog lunging at the end of a chain in the yard down the road from you is probably not a Pit Bull in the first place, and even if it is, it is certainly not exhibiting the temperament the breed was once famous for.
The media would have you believe that you should cross the street when you see a Pit Bull coming towards you – but thousands of responsible Pit Bull owners know better! There isn’t a smarter, more loving, more devoted breed in the dog world.
What about animal aggression?
Pit Bulls, from the beginning, were bred for dog aggression. This is no different than Labrador Retrievers being bred to retrieve ducks with a soft mouth. Dog aggression is one aspect of the breed and should be expected. Would you ever expect a Lab not to retrieve? Of course not!
It is not uncommon to hear “My dog just attacked another dog/cat/squirrel, are my kids next?” The answer is NO. Dog aggression is a part of owning a Pit Bull, but dogs know the difference between a dog and a human!
Comparing animal aggression with human aggression is like comparing soccer with swimming – both are sports but just because you are good at soccer doesn’t mean you don’t sink like a stone when you swim!
Are all Pit Bulls dog/animal aggressive?
No. Many Pit Bulls are perfectly safe around other dogs and other animals. However, there is a saying amongst Pit Bull owners – “Never trust a Pit Bull not to fight.”
Your dog may be a perfect angel around other dogs for years and then one day decide that it doesn’t like other dogs anymore… you should never ever leave any dogs alone together unsupervised, especially if one of them is a Pit Bull or a Pit Bull mix.
One of the best way to lower your chances of having your dog be animal aggressive is to spay or neuter as early in life as possible.
If you already have a dog and want to add another one to your family, having dogs of the opposite sex is another way to lower your chances of having problems.
Most importantly, your dog should be a member of your family. A dog who lives life on the end of a chain or in a kennel has a MUCH higher risk of becoming-animal aggressive, and possibly human aggressive as well.
A chained dog lives a lonely life and this often leads to serious behavior problems. Dogs are pack animals, as a dog owner, you are the dog’s ‘pack’, no dog enjoys a solitary life.
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