reply to post by JeffreyCH
At that size, it is not a "pure" pit. Of course, "pit bull" is used to describe pretty much any muscular and blocky dog. The only breed which
actually even has "pit bull" in the breed name is the APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier), which is not an officially recognized AKC breed.
Ironically, I do believe it is accepted as a standard in the UKC. Unless something has changed within that area, I have personally always been more
interested in genetics than arbitrary breed standards anyway.
Also note, that unless your dog/s is tested in a situation, do not depend on them for protection. Most are surprised to find their dog run away when
faced with an immediate life-threatening situation, since the dog always acted as if it would stand ground. 99% dont, period. It sounds like you
have it handled anyway though
jigger, I wasnt initially going to post, but I do enjoy your posts, you old codger
I have posted about this before, but it is a topic that I
find rather important. I always feel like I need to educate a bit on this topic as well, since I find it really quite interesting.
I have worked extensively with dogs, in many contexts. The "pit bulls" (frequently adhering to the american staffordshire standard) I have dealt
with consistently impressed me. The situations many came out of was atrocious, but it was the only
breed to consistently rebound within a few
days time. I have never put a "pit bull" down for aggression, the same can not be said for almost every other breed out there. The most
consistently aggressive? Lab/heeler mixes.. This is from a sample pool of literally thousands of dogs.
Anyway, the issue with it is threefold, at its most basic. The first is ignorance of proper breeding practices, the second is popularity, and the
third is ignorance of the owners. This set of circumstances has led to many specific breeds being demonized through the years, though the "pit
bull" has been around a while, and is the most popular. Many get the bully breed type ("pit bulls" specifically) to be tough, protection, etc.
However, it is specifically a breed which originated to have zero
human aggression, but be game for dog fights. There is a huge difference
between human aggression (HA) and dog aggression (DA). The handlers would have to be able to take their dog off of the other dog without redirection.
In this time as well (around the time of breed origination), most of these fights were not necessarily to the death. These dogs would then literally
go home to their family, and sleep in beds with the people. Quite a different picture than what we see painted now, eh?
But the issue is that the media-perpetuated bias actually has a ring of truth to it.. What happens when you no longer use standards, and breed for
something which was actually culled earlier on in the standard? And what happens when, on top of that, you want a dog to do something which it was
never "designed" for? Huge imbalances in the resultant offspring.
The perception of any one specific breed being the issue is completely ignorant of the machinations of the overall picture of the "canine." In
fact, in doing so, it will directly attract
the type of human who will abuse the loyalty of a dog. This has happened with several other
breeds, such as the dobermann, rottie, GSD, etc. Its a self-fulfilling prophecy, regardless of breed.
Interestingly, the "pit bull" is completely dominant in terms of performance. Meaning, that out of the current "super dogs" (google it), the
majority are pit bull-type dogs. Maybe they have an advantage since it is a blanket term for at least
three standards, being the
American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier (NOT a Bull Terrier, mind you). They also test higher in
official temperament tests than the vast majority of breeds. The most decorated war canine was also a "pit bull."
Why do I like them? Because I like dogs. But it goes beyond that, its an incredible breed. Their bravery, determination, and loyalty are top tier.
Like many things though, that is a double edged sword. Meaning, if you meet an aggressive "pit bull," take a very close look at the people around
Ok, I know, long post. It shouldnt be a surprise at this point...
And petrus, you must think very lowly of me as one of my dogs is a