a reply to: schuyler
I suspect you are capable of a reasonable conversation, given your post history..
There are some good points in your post, however, when it comes to determining cause,
it can only be done through extensive study. Nit of
statistics or news reports, but the actual dogs themselves.
Now, to be clear, I am an unabashed apologist, but that only became true after working with thousands upon thousands (literally) of canines of all
breeds. Interestingly, the most hostile tended to be some type of lab x heeler mix, though that's only tangential.
Anyway, many of the breeds that fall under the "pit bull" blanket term were indeed bred for fighting other dogs. In the infancy of this "sport" it
wasn't to the death as most know it to be now, though it was still certainly brutal.
In order to cater the genes to this purpose, they were bred for dog aggression without
human aggression or redirection of any kind. The handler
needed to be able to go in and grab their dog without any chance of redirection. This is very specific, specialized behavior that had many intended
and unintended consequences.
Fast forward to today, where a large segment of prospective owners want them for human aggression.
A properly bred "pit bull" is completely
ill-suited for this, and there are only two ways to change that: behavior modification (i.e abuse) and breeding, both of which will need to go against
many, many generations of well-established genetic profiles. These competing, highly conflicted behavioral, genetic profiles lead to.. well.. what we
have today. AFAIK, its the only example of selective breeding that is not only against well established genes, but in direct conflict
In my opinion, the domesticated canine is our most long term and deliberate glimpse into eugenics. There is a responsibility there, with severe
consequences for getting it wrong. This is also one of those topics where many think they are an expert. Its fascinating how some topics precipitate
that behavior and others don't, but obviously that's a completely separate discussion.
TL;DR: The situation we see today is the direct result of breeding for deeply conflicting genetic and behavioral profiles. With blatantly predictable
result in absolutely any breed. The solution isnt to make the end result more taboo through banning and making them pariahs, since that directly
contributes to the intent of the improper breeding.
The ideal goal would be to educate about proper breeding, and instill the proper outlook on the responsibility that bestows.. but we probably all know
how unlikely that
Honestly, I'm not sure what the best approach might be, but I do think there are things that should be avoided. Essentially, we are dealing with two
divergent profiles of the "same" breeds. One of which has behavioral profiles that are in massive, direct conflict which leads to unstable
personalities at the very least.