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Kianna A Gonzalez
December 3, 2015
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The Misunderstanding of Pit Bulls
In 1935 the British first imported some of their original pit fighting dogs to the United States. The British pit fighting dogs had only weighed 35 pounds. Meanwhile, the United States pit fighting dogs weighed from 35-75 plus pounds. “It is not the size of the dog in the fight; It is the size of the fight in the dog,” said by Mark Twain, became a rising expression due to that fact.
Pit bulls have lived a life full of myths. Historically pit fighting dogs were bred to never attack humans. If the dogs did not obey their owners, they would be eliminated. Arguments over the banning of pits arose, which eventually had started the Jim Crow Laws to be brought back up. Elected officials put a stop to it because they did not want history to repeat itself. These dogs are just often misunderstood and rumored by bad press. Pits seem to be impossible to understand more than any other dog in history.
These clownish pit bulls are known as nanny dogs because of their loyalty and gentleness. Pits were not born to fight. They were raised for profit, and born to fight for entertainment. They tend to be more of family dogs and require well spent time with family. They love attention and require plenty of it as they like to show off. Being that they are loyal and devoted to their owner and family makes them great protective home guardians. The love and determination they have, makes them great hero's.
Pitbulls are often misunderstood by the history of dog fights and violence. They are not meant to be violent or dangerous. They become violent due to lack of health and training, abuse, neglect, irresponsible ownership, and lack of attention. When lacking in these things, it results in dog attacks. It is not true that pit bulls turn on their owners and are not good with kids either. Depending on the attention given too them, respect, and how they are supervised and taught, reflects onto their actions. These dogs are well known to be evoked by positive and negative reactions. All dogs bite, especially when being provoked. There is no evidence that all pit bulls are to blame.
Since pits are said to be the strongest dogs in the world, they have excelled in tasks such as weight pulling contests, hunting, and therapy work. Weight pulling requires a lot of sufficient training and conditioning. When weight pulling, hunting, or even defending the owner, it is all about the gameness in the dog. Gameness is the dog’s willingness to continue to strive to be its best without giving up. Since these pits seem to have more energy than other breeds, they do need daily exercise. With them having so much energy, they seem to express it by chewing things up and getting into things. It is just their way of letting some energy go. It is important for them to express their energy daily, which is why they need daily exercise.
When dogs show aggression toward other dogs, it can be that the other dog is aggressive too. The myth about pit bulls having lock jaws, is not true. There is no lock jaws in any kind of breed. They do have strong jaw muscles though and tend to grab and shake as tugging, playing, and defending. It is also a myth that there is no high bite rate.
The breed of pit bulls are misunderstood. Pit Bulls and pit bull terriers are different. The term pit refers to any dog with pit bull traits such as short haired, poorly bred, and pit fighting. Pit Bull terriers are staffordshire terriers, bull terriers, and anything with mixed bull breed heritages. With more than 700 breeds of dogs worldwide, it is harder to specifically pick them out. Anymore, it’s not unusual for newspaper reporters and even animal control to not be able to label them right. Often getting them mixed with boxers, dalmatians, shar-peis, etc.
With a life-span of ten to twelve years, pit bulls require low maintenance. All they really need is a regular nail trimming, ear cleaning, and an everyday brushing. Pit bulls with solid colors tend to show off their rippling muscles. Meanwhile, spotted or bi colored dogs are more attractive. White markings have a bright, smooth, nice contrasts. If the ears are cropped on a pit bull it is either for show dogs or for protection. For protection, the cropped ear helps avoid gripping or tugging on the ear.
Pit bulls that were once trained to fight can be turned into a loving non-fighting dog. Twenty two of the most severely abused dogs were rehabilitated. They all seemed to do well and thrived. Now pit bulls are commonly found in shelters in the United States. 93% of the dogs in shelters, are pit bulls. These strong, smart, loyal dogs just want nothing more than love, attention, and care just like all the other breeds.
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