June 13, 2011
Joshua-Paul Angell -
Chicago Animal Welfare Examiner
Pit Bulls have once again scored BETTER than many dog breeds. Temperament
evaluations by the American Temperament Test Society have given pit bull
terriers a very high passing rate of 90.6 percent. The average passing rate
for the other 121 breeds of dogs in the tests was only a low 77 percent.
These temperament tests consist of putting a dog through a series of
unexpected situations, some involving strangers.
Pit bulls have gotten a
bad rap due to superstitions and organized crime. They are not attackers and
they are not baby killers. In fact, they have been known to make a better
family dog than many breeds, including the Dalmatian.
bulls are family-oriented dogs, loving, gentle and blessed with a tremendous
sense of loyalty.
Pit bulls have been proven to not be naturally
aggressive. Almost any dog can be taught to be aggressive, and, there are
many other breeds that are dangerous and can cause real injuries. However,
the evidence shows clearly that this is not a dog problem, but a people
problem. In the case of Pit bulls, tests show time and time again that this
breed has a very bad rap and that they make one of the best dog breed
options for families.
The needless, senseless, killing of pit bulls
solely based on looks and breed at animal shelters can only be compared to
Hitler-esque Holocaust. This comes at an enormous economic and moral cost.
Public and private agencies spend $2.5 billion each year caring for killing
homeless pit bulls simply based on their breed and the superstitions
surrounding the them.
Pit bulls represent three in four of all animals
taken into shelters. More than 90 percent of pit bulls in kill shelters are
immediately euthanized if they are not adopted within 3 days, and sometimes
they are immediately killed in a breed-specific holocaust without proper
evaluation or even an attempt to adopt them out.
Even Pit Bulls that have
been victims of terrible fighting rings and bred to fight can be
rehabilitated and should not be written off as vicious killers.
former fighting ring dogs are now agility dogs, therapy dogs and spoiled
family pets. Check out this
VIDEO on the 'Vicktory
Dogs' at Best Friends.)
Pit Bulls can live happily with other pets even
if left unattended. In fact, there are many stories available on the
internet of pit bulls playing peacefully with young children and videos on
Youtube of pit bulls lovingly licking the faces of babies, cuddling with
toddlers, and snuggling with the elderly.
The truth is that pit bulls
were once nicknamed 'nanny dogs' because they are so great with children.
In the late 19th and early 20thcenturies pit bulls were popular family dogs.
Helen Keller (who was blind and deaf), Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt
all owned pit bulls, as did many other famous people of that time.
bulls were also featured in popular media of the day. Petey, the dog from
Little Rascals was a pit bull and it is well documented that Petey was a
loving dog and played regularly with the child actors/actresses of the
popular. The famous RCA Victrola ads also featured a pit bull because of
their popularity at that time as loving 'nanny dogs' for small children.
Sadly, they are portrayed in the media as vicious killers that cannot be
trusted. More times than not, the media is basing stories of 'Pit Bull
Attacks' on dogs that aren't even pit bulls in the first place. The media,
as many have realized here in America, loves to report and propagandize the
news in order to get ratings. The news reports that are often featured DO
NOT display pit bulls, they display other breeds looking similar to the
Below are five of the most common pit bull myths.
1. They have locking
This is probably the most common myth. The anatomy of a pit bull is
no different than that of any other dog. They do NOT have locking jaws.
2. They fail temperament testing more than any other dog.
This is not
true. Pit bulls pass temperament testing 81.7% of the time. Beagles only
pass 78.7% of the time, and Golden Retrievers 81.1% of the time. The
American Pit Bull Terrier scored just above the Golden Retriever and just
below the Labrador Retriever.
3. They have been bred to be human
Pit bulls are not aggressive toward people. They can be
taught to be vicious; just as any other dog, but this is not a trait that is
inherent in pit bull dogs.
4. Only drug dealers own pit bulls.
silly myth exists thanks to movies and music videos that feature drug
dealers and other criminals as pit bull owners. In the 1970's Doberman
Pinschers were considered the most vicious dog, and were popular with
criminals. In the 1980's it was the Rottweiler. Today it is the Pit Bull.
This is a sad, self-fulfilling prophecy that can only change if the American
propagandized media accurately portrays pit bulls as the gentle, loyal and
loving breed that they are. Facts and temperament tests have proven that pit
bulls are some of the greatest choices for a family pet.
All of these
myths are pure propaganda. Why? Because ratings create ad revenue for media
outlets. And the popular lies about pit bulls grab the public's attention.
Below are the top five dog breeds that have the most documented cases of
attacks towards humans and other animals.
are known to be very aggressive dogs because of their keen territorial
instincts. That's why they make great guard dogs.
Weight: 100-130 lbs.
2. German Shepherds
These dogs are intelligent and
very alert. They are highly used by local authorities such as the police K-9
unit. German shepherds are known to be fearless and confident dogs.
Weight: 70-100 lbs. Origin: Germany
A 2010 study of dog
bites resulting in human fatalities in the U.S. found 23 such fatalities
(16% of the total) were caused by "husky-type" dogs between 1979 and 2003.
Weight: 44-66 lbs. Origin: Alaska
4. Alaskan Malamutes
These dogs are
very energetic and active. If they are bored, they can become destructive.
That's why this dog needs lots of exercise to be happy.
lbs. Origin: Nordic
5. Doberman Pinschers
Dobermans are great guard
dogs for their alertness, intelligence and loyalty. They can be aggressive
dogs when provoked. The typical pet Doberman attacks only if it believes
that it, its property, or its family is in danger.
Weight: 65-90 lbs.
Consider making a donation. During this focus on pit bulls, you can make a
1$ or more donation using the link below. All donations will be given to a
Chicago suburban-based no-kill all volunteer animal rescue. They have no
building, which means EVERY rescued pit bull goes home with a foster parent
and is highly observed before adoption by volunteers. 100% of your donations
will be used directly for the pit bulls and urgent health care needed for
pit bulls within the non-profit.
Use this link to make your donation
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