Pit Bull Prejudice

I was just having a conversation with someone the other day and they mentioned that there was a man who was attacked by a Pit Bull in their neighborhood.  They said no one should have a Pit Bull because they are just aggressive violent dogs and we should get rid of them.

I couldn’t really believe that someone would say that about a dog and I realize that a lot of people hate Pit Bulls and similar dogs like Rottweilers, laboring under the misconception that they are just naturally mean, aggressive, violent dogs out to kill.  That is so far from the truth.

First of all, I know people see Pit Bulls and dogs like that always getting rescued from dog fighting operations and then they have to put the animal down because they are too mean.  If you are trained to kill, then you will kill, simple as that. The owner has ruined them by training them to be like this and abusing them.  They are beaten and live in horrible conditions.  That’s not the dog’s fault.

Not only that, I believe one of the reasons you see Pit Bulls and Rottweilers and Dobermans in dog fighting operations is because they are a very scary looking dog.   They are stocky and hard muscle and look very intimidating!  The building manager at my office used to have a Rottweiler and I swear, it was the size of a horse and solid muscle.  It was absolutely terrifying to look at.  Can you imagine being afraid of a Collie or Yorkie or a Labrador in a dog fighting ring?  Those dogs don’t look as intimidating.

Pit Bulls might be genetically more likely to be a more aggressive however, you can say the same about people.  It is now believe that you can be genetically predisposed to addictions or violence, so do those people not deserve to be loved because of their genetic predisposition?  Let’s say there is a child whose family has a predisposition to violence, whether that is domestic abuse or a temper.  Theoretically, that child should have same tendency to violent behavior, but if he/she is taken out of that environment and raised in a loving one, they will most likely be loving.  Same with a dog, if the owner raises the dog right, teaches him/her what and what not to do, and love them, then the dog will be loving.  Don’t think that an entire breed of dog is useless and doesn’t deserve any love because people raise them to be violent.

This is also just creating stereotypes.  That’s like saying well all Puerto Ricans carry knives and stab people, so then naturally you should stay away from me and all other Puerto Ricans because we’ll stab you or like saying all Irish people are angry drunks, so once again stay away from me since I’m Irish and Puerto Rican.  Reading these statements, you’re probably thinking, “That is so ridiculous!”  Why is judging a person different from judging an animal?  You can’t just hate an entire group of people OR animals based on stereotypes or no one in this world would like each other.

I have also just learned that some people believe that they have the ability to lock their jaw so you can’t get them off if they bite.  That cannot be farther from the trust.  Why would Pit Bulls be the only dog with this ability?  Not only that, if ANY dog bites you, good luck in prying its jaws open.  If a Labrador or Great Dane or any medium to large dog decides to bite you, the bite force is something your hands can’t compete with.  You might have a chance if it’s a little dog, but no way with a medium/large one.

Click here for a fantastic article on Pit Bulls.  They were actually ranked second on a temperance scale.  They explain more about that in this article.  Just as we teach our children not to judge people by their background or what they look like or stereotypes associated with them, we should listen to what we say and not judge an animal for, in most cases, the faults of their owner.  These misconceptions are one reason that Pit Bulls are less likely to be adopted and more likely to be euthanized.  So don’t judge a book by its cover, there will always be dogs of any breed that are bad dogs just like there are bad people.  I mentioned that Rottweiler that the building manager owes, the one that is terrifying to look at, she was the sweetest dog in the world.  She was never on a leash because she was so well trained she’d sit outside of the office doors until the manager came out and they continued their rounds.  This dog couldn’t even kill a squirrel.

It just breaks my heart to think that so many of these beautiful dogs who are loving never find a home because of these fears that aren’t always true.  If you are looking for a dog to adopt, don’t completely turn away from a Pit Bull.  If you love them, they’ll love you back.

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