While Pit Bulls may be some of the most loving and gentle dogs, years of breed-specific regulations and media frenzy have given them a poor reputation. While not all Pitbulls display this behavior, the breed is widely recognized for being wary of other dogs, whether at home or out in public. However, if you train your Pit Bull properly, he or she will learn to accept other dogs as friends.
Pit Bulls are one of the only breeds that remain popular despite having been banned from certain activities such as dog fighting and bear baiting. Because of this, many people believe the breed to be aggressive - when in fact, it's just the opposite. Pit Bulls are very loyal to their family members and will protect them without hesitation.
However, because of this protective nature, it's important to ensure that children can't get into harm's way while your Pit Bull is guarding them. Therefore, it's best to keep young children away from Pit Bulls until they're old enough to understand what kind of animal they are and why they need to be left alone.
Pit Bulls make excellent companions for adults of almost any age as long as you give them time and attention. They are known for being highly intelligent and capable of learning a variety of skills. For example, many Pit Bulls are trained to help people who have disabilities by serving as guide dogs, search and rescue animals, and therapy pets.
According to Pamela Reid, PhD, vice president of the ASPCA's Animal Behavior Center in New York, pit bulls are not hostile toward people but are "less tolerant" of other dogs than many other breeds. They are also "tenacious." They set their minds to something and complete it.
Pit bulls are descended from fighting dogs used for protection and entertainment. It is this trait that has made them so popular over the years; however, this same trait makes them unpredictable and likely to attack unless they know you aren't a threat.
There are several factors that can lead to a pit bull attacking someone. A dog will usually only bite if it feels threatened. If a dog sees that it cannot beat its opponent through strength alone, it will try to do so with stealth. This is why a single pit bull attack can be so devastating- the victim doesn't have any idea what kind of fight he or she is up against.
Some people think that because a pit bull "doesn't bark" at strangers, they won't notice an attack taking place. But this isn't true - both men and women have been killed by pit bulls who didn't even realize they were being attacked until it was too late.
If you live in an area where there are a lot of children around, you should probably get the pit bull sterilized.
"Every dog is an individual," Gorant says. Pit bulls are just dogs, and if they are not raised properly, socialized, and treated correctly, they can have behavior problems. But they aren't any more problematic than any other breed by nature. "They are very loyal and loving to one person," she says.
Pit bulls are often used in fighting events because of their strength and aggression toward other dogs and people. However, this trait makes them excellent family pets, too. They are very devoted to their owners and will do anything for love. This strong bond between owner and pet makes it easy for someone to break into houses with these dogs inside because they think it is okay to take out their frustration on the animal instead of people or property.
If you are thinking about getting a pit bull, it's important to understand that they are still animals and can suffer from many of the same health issues as other breeds. Please visit your veterinarian at least once a year for examinations, blood tests, and vaccinations (if applicable).
Also, know your dog! Invest in a quality training program for him so he can be an asset to you instead of a liability. Finally, keep his needs first—food, water, shelter, and exercise. He will let you know when he is tired of being cuddled and wants some space.
They are a deadly breed, and blaming owners alone for severe pit bull attacks is harmful to public safety. Meanwhile, many pit bull owners say their dogs make excellent companions. They minimize pit bulls' physiological characteristics, which allow them to rip flesh. However, this does not make the dogs acceptable or safe.
Pit bulls are bred for fighting in the ring or on the street. This means they have been selected over many generations for aggression. The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that "pit bulls are an aggressive breed of dog who will fight to defend themselves and their owners." Although this description may apply to some pit bulls who come from abusive homes, it does not justify killing all pit bulls when they harm people.
Statistics show that other breeds are just as likely as pit bulls to bite people. Yet few other breeds suffer from a bad reputation like that of the pit bull. This shows that its bad reputation is not based on sound science or statistical evidence; instead, it is due to cultural biases against the breed.
People often cite the history of the pit bull as a reason why they should not be bred today, but this ignores the fact that most modern-day pits are not descended from fighting dogs.