Essay on American Pitt Bull Terrier

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If you were told a story about a woman who was mauled so viciously by a dog that she had to undergo the world’s first face transplant. What breed would initially come to your mind? If you said a Pit Bull, you are among the majority, but you would be wrong. It was a Labrador retriever, which is currently the most popular breed of dog in the United States, and among the top ten in several other countries according to the UKC (Dorsey 4). Why do you think so many people would assume it was a Pit Bull? In the 1900’s the American Pit Bull Terrier was commonly portrayed on American war propaganda posters to represent the country's strength, determination, and dignity. The loyal and loving breed has been a companion to people such as Helen Keller, …show more content…
Over the years, these dogs were continuously fought to the death until only the strongest of the breed remained. As a result, Stahlkuppe states that Pit Bulls “have become the most genetically, instinctively, and physically best fighters in the dog world” (6). American Pit Bull Terriers have never been human aggressive, sense dog fighting began breeders would kill any pit dog that showed signs of aggression towards humans. The dogs had to be good around humans to deal with the large amounts of spectators watching their fights. Furthermore, before prize fights, the owners of each dog would bathe each other’s animals to ensure poison was not placed on the hair around their throats and body, so they had to be comfortable around strangers (Devlin 37). Any human aggressive behavior had been bred out of the Pitt Bull over time as much as breeding them to be superior fighters. The breed evolved into the American Pit Bull Terrier of today, which according to the UKC, “aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable.” Pitt Bulls do however; retain their quarrelsome nature towards other aggressive dogs, in which simple socialization and regular training can be used to mitigate this character trait. Once dog fighting became illegal in the 1860’s the Pit Bull made the transition to a more domesticated

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