|Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM|
“Pitbulls jaws lock and they are unable to open it.”
“Pitbulls are always aggressive and will attack people and kids”
“Pitbulls are the most dangerous dogs there are.”
“The list goes on and on…”
These are typical stereotypes that people have about the breed:
Let’s start by debunking the typical stereotypes:
1.The Pitbulls jaw does not lock up to where they cannot even open it. 1.The truth is that they just have strong jaws and can hang on to things better than other breeds. There are studies that show other breeds like the Rottweiler have stronger jaws than Pitbulls.
2.Pitbulls are not always aggressive towards people and children. 1.The truth is the breed originally was breed for quite the opposite. Most people know that Pitbulls were originally bred for fighting other dogs. What they don’t know is that they had to be able to let the other dogs owner (a complete stranger) handle and wash the dog.
2.If they were always aggressive, do you think this would happen? In fact they are very friendly, and are not aggressive towards people.
i. This does not mean however, that every Pitbull is not aggressive. Unfortunately, irresponsible breeders have messed up some of the lines, so there are possibilities that you will get an aggressive Pitbull. But that is the case for any breed, especially if it comes from a puppy mill, pet store, mall, or anywhere else where they are breeding for looks and money and not temperament.
ii. In fact, as a dog trainer, the dogs we see come in with aggressive behavior are most likely not Pitbulls. Believe it or not, we are more likely to see a Lab come in for aggressive behavior then we are a Pitbull.
Over the years, the breed unfortunately has been pegged with stereotypes and a lot of irresponsible dog owners have acquired the breed for the wrong purpose. As a trainer, I have two of my own and both of them love people very much. I would trust them with people more than I would trust my cats with people. J Pitbulls when owned by responsible owners, that give them lots of play and training, are one of the most loving and loyal companions!! Now, just because I am standing behind them and stating they are not aggressive, this doesn’t mean that problems can not arise. Just like with any other dog you get, it is a responsibility to own a Pitbull. If you are looking to get your own, you should do some research. They are a very strong breed and they are a terrier. This means just like all dogs, they will require lots of play. If you do not let them release their restless spirit, they can redirect that energy to something else, like chasing squirrels or other small animals outside. I do not suggest for owners to purchase a Pitbull if they are not fully aware of what they are getting in to and are not ready for the responsibility. The shelter systems already are overwhelmed with Pitbulls and it is not fair to them that their owner wasn’t responsible and let them go up for adoption. Most of those dogs in the shelter system are there probably because the owner saw a cute puppy without doing any research and once the dog got older and stronger, they were not ready for the responsibility. Not knowing what to do, they just give up and bring the dog to the shelter. As an avid animal lover, dog trainer and a volunteer at the humane society, I am willing to help people make decisions on what type of breed will fit for them before they get in over their head.
If you are every thinking about purchasing a Pitbull and would like to know more about the breed or anything else, feel free to contact me.
Help change the Stereotype and save Pitbulls from filling up our shelter systems!!!