While there are many aggressive dogs, pit bull breeds are by far the most controversial and heavily regulated. The way that the breed is viewed is deeply rooted in myths, misinformation and misconceptions. The stigma needs to be tackled by Americans across the nation.
Pit bulls are as deserving of love as any other dog. The taboo and fear of owning one is horribly misplaced.
With Canada recently banning pit bulls due to a fatal attack on a Montreal woman and over 40 countries having already banned the breed, people have been quick to throw man’s loyal companion to the back burner in a serious case of canine discrimination.
The dog that used to be known as the perfect “nanny dog” for children because of their gentle nature as a family companion is now feared and kept from kids. Advocates against the dog breed have noted that pit bull maulings have been first recorded since 1984, saying that they have been a problem for a long time.
What people are quick to forget is that every dog has the instinct to bite. This breed isn’t inherently aggressive.
Although pit bulls and pit bull mixes are not outright banned in the U.S., over 700 cities have breed-specific laws against them.
The American Temperament Test Society tests the temperament of different dog breeds and much to the chagrin of those 700 cities and 41 countries, pit bulls are rated with a positive 87.4 percent.
Although there are many cases of dogs attacking humans, pit bulls were found to be even less prone to attack than fluffy chow chows. Dogs take after their owners, and if an owner can’t train the dog, it should be no surprise that the dog will subsequently run wild.
If an owner doesn’t know how to be an alpha, they probably shouldn’t be attempting to raise a big dog; that should go without saying.
There have been a plethora of reports of brutal attacks involving the breed, and those cases are clearly the catalyst for the fear against this specific animal.
The stigma surrounding pit bulls is sad because when raised properly, they are amazing animals. About 1.2 million dogs a year are euthanized from the shelters, with an astounding 200 pit bulls killed a day in Los Angeles shelters alone.
Pit bulls account for the majority of recorded attacks across the U.S. and Canada from the 1980s to 2014, but Rottweilers, German shepherds, huskies and other popular dog breeds also populate the list, according to a 2014 study by Animals 24-7, an online journalism publication concerning animals.
However, the breed is resilient. They are starting to be used as police dogs straight from the shelter in certain states and are also being used as service dogs.
Across the nation, there are many advocates for the breed that are starting to chip away at the fear behind the breed such. Including, Los Angeles’ Angel City Pit Bulls, Bad Rap etc…
People shouldn’t be afraid of what they don’t understand. Through adopting pits and giving them a home, the animal can finally live a happy life and start to upend the taboo surrounding them.
With time, America is sure to set the rest of the world straight with this lovable animal.