Are you considering getting a Pitbull or perhaps a Pitbull mix with another breed but worried about their bad reputation. In this article, I’ll answer the questions such as;
- why do Pitbulls have a bad reputation?
- Are Pitbulls genetically aggressive?
- The truths and myths people have about Pitbulls
- Pitbull behavior problems
- Why Pitbulls have been banned in some cities
Why do pit bulls have a bad reputation?
In the 1980s, dog fights in arenas became very popular and Pitbulls became the signature breed associated with aggressive fights. The media mis-reported their aggression as inate (rather than trained) and there were many horror stories that were published to highlight their aggression and were even labeled dangerous breed.
That’s where the bad reputation of Pitbulls came from.
The truth, however, is different. Pit bulls can be gentle and loving dogs. They are loyal and make great family pets.
Other dogs that have been characterized as dangerous in the past include German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and Doberman Pinscher.
Are Pitbulls genetically aggressive?
No, they are not. Studies have shown that there is no difference in aggression levels between Pitbulls and other breeds of dogs. The myth that they are more aggressive is simply due to their reputation.
Pitbulls are not genetically aggressive, but they may exhibit behavioral problems as a result of poor breeding practices and mistreatment.
Myths and misinformation
- Pitbulls fight a lot: Fights among large dogs such as the Pitbull are over-reported compared to fights between small dogs. Although, Pitbulls are also more likely to get into fights with unfamiliar dogs.
- Pitbulls kill a lot of people: The media often sensationalizes stories of “aggressive” Pitbulls killing people, but in reality, the number of deaths caused by Pit bulls is relatively low compared to other dog breeds.
- Pitbulls bite a lot: Pitbulls are no more likely than other dog breeds to bite people. However, they do tend to bite harder and cause more damage when they do.
- Pitbulls are banned in some cities: Some cities have chosen to ban Pit bulls as a way of reducing aggressive behavior towards people or other dogs. But these laws often result in more dogs being euthanized, which does nothing to improve the safety of the public.
Pitbull behavior problems
Pitbulls can have behavioral problems just like any other dog, but the most common ones are aggression and biting.
Pitbulls that are bred for fighting or that are poorly socialized are more likely to be aggressive.
Biting is often a result of fear or mistrust, and Pitbulls that have been mistreated or abused are more likely to bite out of fear.
Pitbulls that are well-socialized and properly trained are no more likely to be aggressive or bite than any other dog breed.
Why Pitbulls have been banned in some cities
Some cities have chosen to ban Pit bulls as a way of reducing aggressive behavior towards people or other dogs. However, these laws often result in more dogs being euthanized, which does nothing to improve the safety of the public.
Q: Should Pit bulls be banned?
A: There is no evidence that Pit bulls are inherently aggressive or more dangerous than other dog breeds. While they may have behavioral problems due to mistreatment or poor breeding practices, banning them does nothing to improve public safety and can result in the unnecessary euthanization of many dogs. For this reason, it is generally recommended that Pitbulls be treated like any other dog breed.
Q: How can I prevent my Pitbull from being aggressive or biting?
A: The best way to prevent your Pitbull from being aggressive or biting is to socialize and train them properly from a young age. This will help them to understand how to interact with people and other animals in a safe and non-threatening way. You should also be aware of any potential triggers for aggression or biting, such as fear or mistreatment, and take steps to manage these situations appropriately. Finally, it is important to consult with a professional trainer if you are concerned about your Pitbull’s behavior.
Q: Why do people like Pitbulls?
A: Despite their bad reputation, Pitbulls can make loyal and loving pets. They are often very friendly and affectionate towards their family and friends, and they can be great companions. Pitbulls also have a lot of energy and enthusiasm, which can be fun and contagious. If you are considering getting a Pitbull, it is important to do your research and be prepared to commit to training and socializing them properly. However, with the right care and attention, Pitbulls can make wonderful companions for people of all ages.
Overall, Pitbulls have a bad reputation due to myths and misinformation that have spread in the media and through word-of-mouth over time. Despite this reputation, Pitbulls can make loyal and loving pets. However, it is important to be aware of their potential behavioral problems and to socialize and train them properly to prevent any aggression or biting.
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Hi there! My name is Ben Domb, an owner of two pets and I am one of the co-founders of OurPets HQ. I have several years of experience as a pet care professional in the New England region having spent time in various roles including a stint at a veterinary hospital in Upstate New York, Syracuse area. I am a certified pet care professional and mostly spend my time researching pet nutrition and sharing my thoughts in various blogs and columns. With quarantine and COVID restrictions, I have been spending a lot of time a lot with my dogs and cat and loving it! I also run a small consulting business providing advice to parents on pet nutrition, and especially safe homemade options to try. You can reach me at email@example.com