The assertion that the modern day American PIT BULL
Terrier has been bred to guard flocks and bait bulls is laughable. The remnants
of that part of their ancestry died over a 100 years ago along with what they
then knew as a bull dogs and terriers.
The distinction between bull and
terriers is paramount to understanding how the modern day pit bull terrier
differs from those two distinct breeds. The Bull/mastiff type dogs were bred
for extreme power, biting ability, and extreme courage. These traits are what allowed
them to take on bulls and at one stage bears and at an even later stage each
other. The terrier type dogs, also bred to be fearless, were smaller, faster
and more nimble which made them exceptional candidates to use when hunting
animals that lived in tunnels underground as well as many other types of
vermin. As the popularity of bull baiting etc dwindled men started dog on dog
combat. For many reasons, they required smaller faster dogs but still strong
enough to inflict serious damage. Inevitably, the two best candidates were the
bull and terrier type crosses.
Dog fighting grew in popularity and due to the
fact that gambling was a large contributor to the “sport” many people
dedicated their lives to creating the ultimate fighting dog in the hopes of providing
for themselves. Dog fighting became a serious crime around the 60’s (somewhere
in that region) but this did not discourage its participants until
approximately 10 years ago when a 250,000 dollar fine was implemented for those
found guilty. Just this year that fine has been increased to 500,000 dollars.
This has no doubt put a massive halt on the brutal activity and although this
was much needed and welcomed by true fanciers anyone that understands genetics
will attest to the fact that the genes that made these dogs excellent fighters
will remain prevalent in this animals for at least another century until most
breeders have started to base their criterion for selection on something other
than fighting ability. Ironically, the misinformation you spew is the reason
why there are so many homeless pit bulls in shelters or why so many family pets
get mauled by the family pit bull because precautions were not taken.
fallacy that ALL pit bulls are capable of living with other animals is truly
killing our breed. I applaud your passion but i urge you to rather promote
responsible ownership as opposed to misinformation. Your lack of knowledge can
only be a result of lack of experience. I too, once upon a time, believed my
dog was incapable of harming dogs. Until one day he did and after that I refuse
to ever take that chance again because allowing a pit bull to get hold of
another animal because of ignorance is unforgivable. Neither dog asked to be
placed in that situation and sadly the only ones that suffer as a result of
your self serving beliefs are the dogs.
We as breeders and owners have made
massive head way in terms of moving away from the abhorrent and cruel activity
of dog fighting by promoting various show events that allow our animals to shoe
off their physical prowess.
Hopefully, at some point the pit bull will very
rarely display dog aggression but will instead be an athlete and family member.
At this point however, these dogs should only be allowed to socialize with
other animals under strict supervision.
They are the ultimate family members
and as owners it is our duty to accept them for who they are and cater for
their needs correctly. If someone is not up for the challenge they should not
own these dogs. Remember, it is not the 9 times your dog does not harm another
animal that matters. It is the small minority of incidences that he or she does
that people remember and inevitable affect the breed negatively instilling fear
in them to the extent that breed specific legislation becomes enacted.