The Pitbull: Dog-Crimination

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“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
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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 the bulldog, “American Pitbull Terrier”. In the 1930s, the AKC (American Kennel Club) gave them the title Staffordshire Terrier and then updated it to American Staffordshire Terrier. They typically range from 25 to 75 pounds, but can be larger and heavier at times. Despite their size, Pitbulls are friendly and affectionate if socialized properly. Also, they are intelligent and eager to please and tend to remain playful throughout their life. They are good at dog sports, search and rescue, drug and bomb detection, and as therapy dogs. Strength, confidence, and a zest for life are all hallmarks of the Pit Bull …show more content…
They were featured on recruiting posters and embraced as mascots by companies such as Buster Brown and RCA. Petey, the Pit Bull from the “Our Gang” television series, was one of the most famous dogs of this era. Many famous people owned Pit Bulls including Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Humphrey Bogart. With all these positive qualities and personality traits, one would think people would be flocking to the kennels and shelters to adopt them. It is quite the opposite, people and the media have created myths and misconceptions about these dogs and the negative traits they have associated with them. One myth that is always circulating about this breed is that Pit Bulls are very aggressive towards humans when the truth is that they are actually bred to be very people friendly. When involved in dog fighting, a dog that is aggressive towards its handler is a liability. A handler cannot risk injury from a dog bite. Pit Bulls do not have a special locking jaw, this is also a myth. No type of dog has a mechanism that allows them to lock their jaw. All dogs have similar biting mechanics, but multiple studies

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