The above video shows several kids with their favorite pit bulls. In the video, the children describe pit bulls as they see them. Velvet hippos, always smiling, and sweet were among the descriptions used. The kids go on to talk about their views on dog fighting and then declare their love for “Pibbles”, an endearing nickname for pit bulls.
Before they were demonized, pit bulls were known as loyal and friendly dogs. Their loyalty and train-ability makes them incredibly good service dogs. In fact, Stubby, a pit bull, was a service dog in World War I that was so honored that he was promoted to Sergeant.
History loves the pit bull breeds. They were not only known as “nanny dogs” because of how good they were with children, but also as “America’s dog”. Yes, the pit bull breeds were, once upon a time, a favorite within the US.
In present day, pit bulls are regarded as some of the most dangerous and uncontrollable dogs. Misconceptions, sensationalized stories and urban legends have loaned to the erroneous opinion of the bully breeds. Breed Specific Laws (BSL) are based on the fear created by bad information.
In reality, the pit bulls that act out have usually been abused or mishandled. A study from Bristol University in 2013 proved that a dog’s owner is to blame for aggression.
Pit bulls are strong, large dogs and they do require attention and training, but they are not innately aggressive. There are statistics that prove it.
The American Temperament Test Society provides information on the natural temperament of pure-breed and mixed-breed dogs. Breeds are giving passing or failing grades and the totals are matched against each other and transferred into percentages that pass. The American Pit Bull Terriers, those most commonly used in dog fighting, actually have an 86.8% score. Many of the other bully breeds scored even higher.
A common myth about pit bulls is that their jaws lock. If that was true, that would certainly make them a great deal more dangerous than they are. According to the ASPCA, that is just another bad fact. There’s nothing “unique about the anatomy of a pit bull jaw.”
When it comes down to pure facts, pit bulls have never been inherently dangerous. Fear and misinformation, however, have led to BSL that actually causes more aggression in the affected breeds. After a BSL comes into effect, people aren’t willing to give up their loved family pets. So they try to hide them away. With lack of exercise, little-to-no veterinary care and less socialization than they should be getting, the affected dogs can actually become more aggressive.