Like every dog in the world, pit bulls just want to be loved. The highly misunderstood breed has been suffering from prejudices since they were created. This article is to inform you as to why the assumptions that pit bulls are bad dogs because of their breed, is wrong.
Pit bulls originate from England and the United States where they were bred from bulldogs and terriers. This combination of breeds created a powerful dog that was then exploited for the entertainment of humans. They have been involved in bull and bear baiting where they would be used to provoke the larger animals, resulting in the injury or fatality of the dog. After this was outlawed, the cruel people who enjoyed watching animals fight each other began underground dog fighting. Many breeds are used in this sick game but due to the genetic strength of pit bulls, they are more favorable. Yet, this violent history humans have created for pit bulls should not dictate how we see the pitbull today.
A very large stance against pit bulls as a breed is the myth of them having ‘locking jaws’. This again, is entirely false. The 2006 court case of Toledo v. Tellings further proves this:
“Dr. Brisbin, as well as the other experts, testified that pit bulls do not have locking jaws. Based on actual dog dissections and measurement of their skulls, the evidence demonstrated that pit bull jaw muscles and bone structure are the same as other similarly sized dogs. No evidence was presented to demonstrate that a pit bull’s bite is any stronger than other dogs of its size and build. He stated that, contrary to information relied upon and perpetuated… assertions that a pit bull can bite with a “force of 2,000 pounds per square inch” have absolutely no basis in fact or scientific proof. The testing of dog bite strength has never been done, and would be difficult if not impossible to perform.”
Court cases pertaining pit bulls are common because of the harmful laws against them. Breed Specific Legislation or BSL are laws enacted to specifically ban or control the keeping of specific breeds, specifically targeting pit bulls amongst other breeds. The United States spends over $250,000 a year just on rounding up and destroying these breeds. Yet there is no evidence that BSL is effective in keeping communities safe. The American Veterinary Medical Association stated that breed is a poor sole predictor of dog bites. Controlled studies do not show pit bulls to be disproportionately dangerous. Yes, some pit bulls have been recorded to attack people or other animals, but so have many different breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labradors and many other mixed breed dogs. Any animal has the capability to attack and potentially cause harm, but no breed is more prone to attack solely based on their breed.
The presumption that pitbulls are bad dogs leads to a decline in their adoption, leaving a disproportionate number of pit bulls in shelters. The heart breaking reality of this leads to a very high amount of pit bulls being put down. Each year America kills 800,000 to 1 Million pit bulls from shelters.
That is 2,000 to 3,000 a day.
All because people assume that they are bad dogs.
Any dog can be a bad dog. Just like any human can be a bad human. Pit bulls are stuck in the argument of Nurture vs Nature. If their owner chooses to use their dog as a fighting dog or they mistreat them, then the dog is going to be violent. But if the dog is raised correctly, in a loving home where they are being cared for, the dog will be a good dog. This goes for all breeds and truly, all species. When you meet a pit bull or a pit bull mix that has been treated with love and respect, you too will see how sweet these misunderstood animals are. All dogs need to be given a chance at a good life, they deserve to be loved. Depriving these creatures of the care they should be getting simply because of their genetics is wrong. Get to know a pit bull, you will see that they are not bad dogs, but really just big mushes.