For 2010/2011 the American Temperament Testing Society rated Pit Bulls above 121 other breeds of dogs. Above German Shepherds. Above Poodles. Above Golden Retrievers. Probably above your dog. Yet because of an epidemic of ownership by people who shouldn’t be trusted with a hamster (let alone a 60 lb. dog bred for tenacity) they have been vilified by the media and legislated against in many states and in our own military, of which through much of our history they were the symbol!
Pit Bulls served this country’s children and it’s military with trustworthiness and bravery for 150 years, eventually earning the nickname “America’s Nanny Dog”. They have been repaid with a media smear campaign and the highest rate of euthanization of any other breed alive (an estimated 6,000 per day in the U.S. alone).
It’s time we take back this breed; from the uninformed, from the sensationalist media, from the abusers, and put them back where they belong- with kids.
PIT BULLS WERE AMERICA’S NANNY DOGS FOR SO MUCH OF OUR HISTORY FOR A REASON…
TO SOME OF US THAT REASON IS STILL COMPLETELY OBVIOUS!
This last one is my nephew Josh going native after a swim with the ever energetic Dr. Fuzz.
*(Dogs and children are an inherently dangerous mix. Know your dog. Know your child. Be smart. Everybody wins.)
*Are all these dogs pit bulls? There is surprisingly no agreed upon definition of the term pit bull. Go to 30 different pit bull sites and you’ll get 30 different definitions ranging from “no such dog” to “virtually any large or formerly bull-fighting breed and a few cats to boot”. After much research the definition that seems most sensible to me is “any dog originally bred for bull-fighting characteristics but subsequently bred for pit-fighting characteristics”, hence, “any bull-dog type primarily bred with the intention of fighting other dogs.” That includes four breeds, all pictured here: the American bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier, and the English bull terrier. The more important definition however, is “ANY DOG THAT CAN BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU UNDER CURRENT OR PENDING ANTI-PIT BULL LEGISLATION”. By that definition, all four breeds are pit bulls, like it or not.
**The ‘pit’ in pit bull actually refers to the livestock pits the dogs once worked, not a fighting pit, and pit bulls were NEVER bred for fighting or aggressiveness themselves. Pit bulls were bred for ‘gameness’, a quality akin to bravery and tenacity which unfortunately for them makes them superior at fighting when trained to do so.