Essay A Dog 's Best Friend

2245 Words Mar 21st, 2016 9 Pages
“Man’s best friend” is a common phrase people use to describe their dogs. However, does anyone stop to think about the dogs who aren’t loved by a family? What about the dogs that are hated and demonized by society? Pit Bulls are among those dogs; the dog that gets left on the street when their family’s don’t want them, and the dogs that don’t get adopted from the shelters because they are seen as mean-spirited and aggressive. This may venture one to ask how did it come to this? How did the Pit Bull go from being one of America’s favorite breeds, nicknamed the “nanny dog”, to one of the most wrongly outlawed dogs as a result of poor judgment and misconceptions?
The first fact one should know about the Pit Bull breed is that it is not a breed at all. The “Pitbull” term is used to describe a variety of different dogs with similar characteristics and is often associated with the cross-breeding of bulldogs and terriers. The breeds most commonly described as Pit Bulls are American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and English Bull Terriers. People make mistakes about the breed because we have come to refer to any short haired dog with a broad chest and a square head and jaw as a Pit Bull. They were believed to be brought to America from England and Ireland before the Civil War. Before the 1880s, the dogs we think of as “Pit Bulls” were usually called bulldogs. In 1898, the UKC (United Kennel Club) renamed…

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