Breed-specific legislation has been enacted in various regions around the world and it’s only shown that banning a specific breed does not succeed in reducing dog bites.
9. “It doesn’t matter if the owner is good or bad, pit bulls are unpredictable and dangerous.”
The ASPCA released a position statement on pit bulls in which they say, “The reality is that dogs of many breeds can be selectively bred or trained to develop aggressive traits. Therefore the responsible ownership of any dog requires a commitment to proper socialization, humane training and conscientious supervision.”
10. “They are malicious killing machines.”
Pit bulls are so affectionate toward humans, even strangers, that their breed profile specifically states that they don’t make good guard dogs.
11. “Pit bulls are the most aggressive dog breed.”
According to the American Temperament Test Society, the American Pit Bull Terrier scored better in an aggression test than many dog breeds, including golden retrievers and beagles.
12. “You’re an irresponsible dog owner for getting such a vicious, unpredictable breed.”
13. “Pit bulls will attack even if unprovoked.”
There are reasons behind dog bites, regardless of breed, so it’s important to practice dog bite prevention. It’s also necessary to supervise and understand the behavior of each individual dog you interact with.
14. “Every pit bull is a fighting dog.”
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Pit bulls are a descendent of the “original English bull-baiting dog.” Their role changed after bull-baiting was outlawed and they became “popular family pets, noted for their gentleness, affection, and loyalty.”
Genetics contribute to a dog’s behavior in certain ways, but behavior is largely connected to environment and socialization. It can even be linked to things such as “early nutrition, stress levels experienced by the mother during pregnancy, and even temperature in the womb.”