Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Mistakably Maligned American PitBull Terriers

By: Ed Gonzalez

Many people have the inclination that The American PitBull Terrier is ferocious, fearsome and dangerous. A lot of bite attacks have happened and instinctively the PitBull Terrier is always blamed for this. Remember, it's quite difficult to determine the dog by the way it looks. There are tremendous inaccuracies if this will be the only basis to determine bite attacks and blame it on these dogs. First of all, DNA tests have to be done to determine what kind of dog bit the victim. This has never been accomplished.

In the September 15, 2000 in the issue of Vet Med Today states that “ Breed Specific legislation does not address the fact that a dog of any breed can become dangerous when bred or trained to be aggressive.  From a scientific point of view, we are unaware of any formal evaluation of the effectiveness of breedspecific legislation in preventing fatal or nonfatal dog bites. An alternative to breed - specific legislation is to regulate individual dogs and owners on the basis of their behavior.

Because of this The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that we should not discriminate dogs based on their breed. There isn't a fragment of proof that the American PitBull Terrier is a diabolical dog,  as others may say. Infact, The American Temperament Society does regular temperament checks on popular breeds. There was an aggregation test done in 2008 and this is how it was described.The test simulates a casual walk through a park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog's ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions.The dog fails the test if it shows :unprovoked aggression, panic without recovery and strong avoidance.

The American PitBull Terrier passed the test with a scoring rate of 85.3%. This is a lot better than the Collies, Golden retrievers who are commonly known as family dogs and ares considered friendly. The average dog population score is 77%. This all boils down on how the owners train their dogs. They can be dog aggressive but other dogs are aggressive also towards other animals.

The true  reality is that the American PitBull Terriers have several good characteristic traits like::

1. They are quite friendly, tender and dearly affectionate dogs.. Dogs of this kind love to kiss you by licking. PitBulls are not haughty dogs. These dogs will tell you how they feel about you by wagging their tails and through their kisses.

2. PitBulls are relatively healthy and aren't difficult to take care of. They require moderate attention. The PitBull's coats are short and they are normal shedders. You need to brush these dogs once in a while. Dogs of this type don't have genetic disorders but they must be checked by your vet when they are puppies because of hip dysplasia. A lot of these dogs do not weigh more than fifty to sixty pounds except for some bigger sub – breeds. Just make sure they exercise constantly..

3. PitBulls like people, as long as their owners train them how to socialize in the right manner. These dogs love being with people. When you meet a PitBull that has been cared for and loved by their owners, you will realize why they like being with people. They can get too excited when meeting new persons but this can be solved through training and using positive reinforcement measures.

4. These dogs are faithful to their owners. They will be your best friend from the time you take them until the day they leave you for dog's heaven. PitBulls are so protective of their owners and property. The only drawback is that they are not guard dogs.

5. They are so anxious to please their owners. These dogs will always give their best efforts to make you happy as long as owners know what they expect from their dog. Some people say that they are stubborn. Once they know you are the boss, they will try hard to make sure that you are satisfied with them. This type of breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. You need to have the confidence to deal with them because they will know that you are unsure of your own self.

6. PitBulls can tolerate pain to a high degree. This is what make them excellent family dogs. No matter how rough your children play with them, they will not react. They will remain happy playing with them and will not exhibit any reaction. You must acquire prong collars because they have sturdy necks and shoulders. The ordinary collars will not soothe them.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I hadn't had much exposure to 'Pibbles' until I encountered them on my transports -

All I can say is I've yet to have a bad experience with these sweethearts -

As 'they' say, no bad dogs - just bad 'humans' -

Khyra's Mom

Tweedles -- that's me said...

What a great post
I agree,, its the humans who become bad

Curmudgeon said...

We've rescued a few dogs, and by far the pit mix we currently have has the sweetest disposition. The vet asked if she could take her to nursing homes. I have a funny entry on my blog called Barking mad you might enjoy.

Remington said...

I don't believe there are any bad dogs! I DO believe that there are BAD (or should I say....uneducated) humans that don't have a clue on how to care for animals!

bbes tribe said...

Thanks for visiting us. We enjoy meeting new furiends. WE Totally Agree with Khyra, Tweedles, Remington, and as with Curmudgeon we have met some nice "pitties"
Thank you for posting this...

Sagira said...

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Bob Bushell said...

They do not deserve it, the ones that are bad humans.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I can't imagine owning a Pitt Bull but not because of his supposed reputation but rather because I just happen to like Jack Russell Terriers best and then Fox Terriers next. They are all dogs and all came around by way of the wolves. And that is good I guess.

Frankie Furter said...

I believe that dawgs are made to be what they are... just as peeps behave as they learned to behave.
Good peeps raise good children and good dawgs.

Belle said...

This was an interesting and informative post. It sounds like there has been misinformation about pit bulls that I have believed in the past. Thanks for the post!

Doxie Rod said...

they are SUCH beautiful and sweet dogs when treated right - and sometimes even when they are abused. so sad, hopefully the stereotype about these dogs continues to fade. my favorite part was the puppy pictures :)

road-dog-tales said...

What a great post! Thanks for spreading the word about wonderful pitties :)

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