Pit Bulls: Animal Behaviorist Dispels Myths About The Breed

David Joseph

Pit bull is a slang term that encompasses a few different breeds of dogs. Often times, the term "Pit bull" is used for animals that are not even purebred. In fact, in rare cases, what has been reported as a Pit bull was not a Pit bull.

The Inquisitr reported on the bizarre incident that happened in England. The country is known for it's "Dangerous Dog Act," which has been banned Pit bulls in England and Wales.

"The dog, Tyson, was being trained for police work at the Avon and Sommerset Police Department after being rescued from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) when Dog Legislation Officers determined the dog had the characteristics of a pit bull. Tyson was returned to the RSPCA shelter and was put to death."

Unfortunately, that has not distilled the constant mill of "vicious" Pit bull stories that helped continue or create new regulations or bans on the breed.

In Kalispell, Montana, a group called the Flathead Shelter Friends held an event called "Adopt a Bull," aimed at helping Pit bulls get adopted and helping dispel the ever expanding myths about the breed. A local resident that attended that event was herself a Pit bull owner and shared her love of her own dog, as reported by NBC Montana.

"She is the biggest sweetheart you will ever meet. She just wants to be in your lap, 80 pounds of love."
"When people say 'that's a pit bull,' often times they're referring to a dog that fits a look. So, it is a label given to dogs that have short coats, muscle bodies and blocky heads."
"If you look at the American Temperament Test Society, they conduct an assessment on dogs to evaluate their temperament. American pit bull terriers and their mixes scored in the 85 percentile."
"If there's one takeaway I want people to leave with, it's that all dogs are individuals, and we have to judge them as such. We can't just make breed stereotypes and generalizations. We don't like it when people do it to people, and we shouldn't do it to our dogs either."