Should American Pit Bull Terriers be Banned?
Friendliness, intelligence, obedience and loyalty are some of the characteristics people consider when choosing the right dog breed for them. The American Pit Bull Terrier was once America’s ideal family dog. However, over time, their reputations have changed for the worse. Pit Bulls are strong and fast, which made them ideal candidates for dog fighting. Once they were tied to the word “fight,” movies started to use Pit Bulls in scenes with violence and crime. Unnatural behaviors taught to these dogs caused them to be feared and hated by many, so many that they are now banned in nearly 700 US cities, including Miami-Dade County (ASPCA). Pit Bulls have been banned from flying with certain airlines …show more content…
Many people have been led to believe Pit Bulls are more likely to show aggressive behavior towards other dogs and humans, than any other dog breed. Behavioral consultants and obedience instructors have claimed to see multiple Pit Bulls with beyond dangerous temperaments. Pit Bulls have been described as obstinate and dominant meaning they do not want to follow your commands (yourpurebredpuppy.com). However, this website did not include the possible poor behaviors of other breeds these specialist work with. When a dog owner is looking for additional help training their pet, it is most likely because they cannot handle the training process themselves. Giving reason that most of the dogs that obedience instructors and behavioral consultants deal with are the ones who are case-by-case, stubborn and non-obedient. The Pit Bulls these trainers claim to see, must be the ones making small 14% that did not pass the American Temperament Test. According to the American Temperament Test Society, in 2012, 755 out of 870 Pit Bulls passed the test that measures a dog’s temper based on a series of confrontational situations. That is a higher success rate than the Golden Retriever whose pass rate was only …show more content…
In order to release the Pit Bull’s jaw grip, one must use excessive force with tools like: baseball bats, hammers, crowbars or even a shotgun. Another anti Pit Bull group adds, “These dogs do not let go of their victim until it has expired. This website demonstrates how to use a “Break Stick” or, another release tool. Followed by the quote, “If anyone still believes Pit Bulls do not have locking jaws, they are lying to themselves.” (thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com) One must first consider the source, when determining reliability. The first website used the word Holocaust. Holocaust, which is usually in reference to a large-scale slaughter of nuclear war, is a bit extreme when talking about an animal’s mouth. Sets a biased and inhumane tone. In regards to the Pit Bulls “Lock Jaw,” no study has been able to prove any dog breed’s ability to lock their jaws. One study conducted by a senior research scientist at the University of Georgia an expert in the anatomy of Bull Dog breeds, Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, Ph.D. proved “There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of ‘locking mechanism’ unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull
In the media and the pit bull, James Cross said “News outlets consistently tell animal control officers that they will not cover a dog attack unless the situation involves a pit bull”. If the media is only shown how bad Pit bulls are then they think they are aggressive dogs and other dogs are great. Pit bulls are not aggressive, the media makes it look that way so don't believe
I wouldn't just go and pet one of these dogs. According to, Marc Lallanilla, "two pit bulls that had attacked a teenage boy and three women during a 30-minute period on Feb. 13 of that year. "They can be a very dangerous dog breed and on that note you should be aware that they can be harmful. Just watch out for your
All dogs can be mean and vicious, not just pit bulls. Most people think that as soon as they see a pit bull it 's going to attack you for no reason. But really pit bulls are born very nice and efficient to people. Other people train dogs to fight not just pit bulls. In fact, the top ten dog breeds have dogs, you wouldn 't think would be on it, Pitbull, Rottweiler, Husky, German Shepherd, Alaskan malamute, Doberman, chow chow, great dane many more.
In the 1980’s, the targeted breed was the Rottweiler, and from the 1990’s to now, the Pitbull has been the targeted breed. A major factor that has influenced BSL, is the popularity of dog fighting. The history of the Pitbull explains why they are such a wanted breed for dog fighting. At their origin they were bred to participate in bull fighting or bear baiting.
Pit bulls, should we ban them? You may know the American Pit Bull Terrier’s have been to bred to fight but this is not true. Pit bulls were not bred for fighting they were bred to work and herd cattle. They only got their bad reputation as fighting dog because of the owners who trained them to be mean and aggressive.
Intro Hook: Pit bulls are not vicious dogs, and make great pets for many families all over the world. Background information: Pit bulls are one of the most talked about breeds. Pit bulls are known for their “aggressive behavior” and being involved with dog fights. Though, many people have found pit bulls to be a great addition to their family. Pit bulls love attention and have a lot of energy.
Should people be allowed to keep pit-bull dogs as pets? Yes, People should be able to keep pit-bull dogs as pets. Pit bulls are just like other breeds of dogs. All breeds can attack when they feel like they or someone that they love is in danger.
From a movie it was stated “Good dragons under control of bad people do bad things” (Time). That is the same thing for pit bulls they just need to be trained the right way. Being trained properly is what causes them to be so great with children (Melanie). People say that “pain and fear” are the two main causes of pit bulls attacking and biting (Time). Some have heard of pit bulls that are “as gentle as lambs” and that just shows how easy they would be to work with.
Some pit bulls are penurious. There have been many pit bull attacks in the past and the present. One such attack happened to Justin Clinton. He was a ten year old boy who was mauled to death by two pit bulls. The mother of the child wants there to be a law called Justin 's law.
The news gives a lot of false information about pit bulls such as: pit bulls are unpredictable and are more likely to bite, they will attack sooner or later, and pit bulls have locking jaws. These statements are all fiction. When the American Temperament Testing Society took a study of 122 breeds,
Many cities have banned pit bull breeds believing them to be vicious/ dangerous breeds one city that city that has done so is Miami, according to Warnes “pit bulls have a reputation for aggression and many municipalities have ordinances either forbidding pit bull ownership outright or imposing restriction on ownership” (Salem Press Encyclopedia). Many pit bulls have ended up in shelters facing the possibility of euthanasia. Dogs identified as Pit bulls are amongst the highest breeds to get euthanized across the United States.
“Pit Bulls are beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of a man without the vices”. (“A quote by George Gordon Byron.” ) People mistreat Pit Bulls and use them in illegal dog fights causing them to be aggressive. Most people think that since Pit Bulls have a strong, fierce appearance they are aggressive. One reason Pit Bulls are put out on the street is because some places have banned ownership of them.
There is a myth about pit bulls that says they have locking jaws, but their jaws actually exert less force than that of the rottweiler and the german shepherd. In terms of the potential of the dog to cause bodily harm, the caucasian ovcharka ranks number one at the top of the list. The list ranks pit bulls as number two stating that the majority of the pit bull breeds were used for dog fighting and are CONSIDERED the most dangerous dog in America, which does not prove they are. Statistics aren’t always accurate when it comes to the actions of the dog. The nature of pit bulls is not to be aggressive to a point where they cause major bodily harm; their experiences, their owners, and their upbringing determine their actions.