By Jeffrey Strausser

Bread originally in England, Scotland and Ireland, the American Pit Bull Terrier has received a lot of unwarranted negative attention in recent years. Originally bread to fight wild animals and bulls, giving them the name the Bull Terrier, it is simply put, a monster of a dog. Being used in the majority of illegal dog fighting, however many have gone on to become companion dogs, police dogs and therapy dogs.

The starting point I want to address is the perceived aggression that is associated with Pit Bull Terriers. Running around 70 pounds, 1.5ft tall at the shoulder this dog is essentially a big ball of determination and muscle (Dog Time). Myths about Pit Bull Terriers like how they have locking jaws and that they are inherently dangerous give them a bad name. Also events that happened involving Michael Vick and his dog fighting have put Pit Bulls right in the spotlight when it comes to news coverage and now everyone massive negative ideas about the dogs. Some of the reasons Pit Bulls can be trained to fight are because they are highly energetic and dedicated, the have a huge drive to make their masters happy, and they are incredibly strong. Until you have lived with a Pit Bull Terrier you cannot truly understand the strength and drive that these dogs have, I personally have seen what a Pit Bull Terrier can do to a raccoon, long story that I’m not going to into, however this animal is incredible. Now there is a huge distinction in the difference between animal-to-animal and animal-to-human relations, “Unless a Pit Bull has been poorly bred or purposefully trained to attack humans, they generally love people. They are, in fact, one of the most loving, loyal, friendly and dedicated companions you can have” (Pet Finder).

Next I want to address how many Pit Bull Terriers make excellent guard dogs. Being so loyal to their master makes Pit Bull Terriers excellent at protection because of how much they care. There are videos all over the internet that show how dogs have fought off people and other animals in order to protect their masters. Yes, there are reports of Pit Bull Terriers being aggressive towards humans, but the reports show that the dog was either poorly trained or was instigated by the human. I am a firm believer that a dog is a strong reflection of its owner, those that show aggression towards humans are often from bad families that use the dog more for aggression than for love.

Pit Bull Terriers are an extremely misunderstood bread that are often the target of criticism because of their aggressive appearance. However if you get to know the bread they are often great pets that are good with families and can be companions for life


1 Comment so far

  1. Kimberly Jones on July 31, 2015 11:42 PM

    Being an animal lover myself, I can agree with you. I believe that no breed in evil at birth. Some of these biggest babies I have ever met were breeds that have a negative view, such as rottweilers and pit bulls. I work at a boarding kennel and see proof of this everyday. Violent habits are individual each dog, not their breed. This is like saying that all women are evil and aggressive, or all White are evil and aggressive. That obviously is not true. We judge people individually, why do we treat dogs differently?

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