The American Pit Bull Breed Essay

762 Words Jul 27th, 2016 4 Pages
The American pit bull terrier is a well-known breed of dog for polarizing reasons. Some know them as affectionate, loyal companions; trusted around children, the elderly, and other smaller breeds of dogs. Some may even recognize the breed from recruitment flyers for WWI, as at that time the American pit bull terrier embodied American masculinity and toughness.
Delise, (2007) notes the following:
However, for over half a century in between, 1920–1970, millions of Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and all their mixed breed cousins served Americans well in every possible capacity and circumstance. From high-profile Bulldogs such as Stubby, one of America’s foremost canine military heroes, and Petey, the famed Little Rascals Pit bull pal, to the millions of anonymous dogs whose owners either cherished, neglected, fought or horrifically abused them, Bulldogs served Americans consistently, courageously, faithfully, and peaceably. (p. 71)
Then there is a different group of people who view the pit bull breed as a vicious attack-dog; bred for one purpose only, to fight and to kill. Is this perception based in reality? How can a breed of dog that was once celebrated as the all-American pet have fallen so far out of favor with much of the American public? In this essay, I will touch on how the media’s reckless reporting style, owner psychology and the misunderstanding of dog body language have changed the public’s opinion of the…

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