Pit Bulls And The Pit Bull Essay

983 Words Oct 12th, 2014 4 Pages
For many years, when people talk about aggressive dogs, one type of dog comes to mind, the pit bull. Pit bull is the term that I will use throughout this paper but the term can refer to any of three dog breeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier. The term pit bull could also refer to any mixes of any of these three breeds of dogs. Throughout their history Pit Bulls have been valued for their companionship and beloved members of the family. Their negative media image only recently has come into play, even though pit bulls have been around for over a century. Pit bulls are descended from the original English bull baiting dog which was a dog that was used to bite and hold large animals. In the 1800s baiting was banned so people began to use their dogs for fighting. To create a dog that was better suited for fighting, people crossed baiting dogs with terriers (“Breed History”). According to the United Kennel Club (UKC) the breed essential characteristics for pit bulls are “strength, confidence, and zest for life”. The pit bull is a determined breed that seeks to please and accomplish whatever mission it sets out to do. Even though pit bulls have all these great qualities they still could be aggressive towards other dogs, which is a result of the breed being used and originally bred for fighting (Breed History). Pit bulls were sought after dogs that were owned by the likes of President Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller and…

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