The Misunderstood Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls have been labeled as one of the fiercest, if not the most, and scariest of all the existing dog breeds today. When one encounters a Pit Bull, a person would always sneak away or avoid any contact with this dog since we humans have been pre-empted to get scared as we are told of the powerful bine crushing jaws and all-out aggressiveness pit bulls have.

But what if I tell you that you are wrong – that Pit Bulls are actually one of the sweetest, calmest and friendliest dogs of all time? Is that believable for you? Well, truly, yes. Pit Bulls are a special line of dogs which are totally misunderstood by the human race. To start off, the Pit Bull is not a breed – it is a name of a group of dogs comprised by the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Dogue de Bordeaux and the Bulldog. These dogs are, take note: NOT aggressive to humans. Actually, they are not advised to be used as guard dogs since they barely bark, growl and even see intruders as friends and have a tendency to easily trust a human. They work very well with babies and kids and for such reason; they are also called Nanny Dogs. Little children can be left alone with Pit Bulls and no harm will come their way. Moreover, their temperament profile is as surprising as their good nature. They have beaten Border Collies, Miniature Schnauzers, Beagles and Golden Retrievers in the breed temperament exam by the American Temperament test Society as they averaged 83.4% over the average 79.6% of the other breeds. To further prove that Pit Bulls are not killer machines, the story that their jaws lock whenever they bite and the reason why they can crush bones is just a myth! Actually, they are just runners up to the Rottweiler and German Shepherd in terms of the jaw crushing power seen in a study done by National Geographic. They only have 235 pounds per inch crushing power while Rottweilers have a higher 328 pounds per square inch.

Though initially, Pit Bulls were really bred to fight, they are not bred to kill – especially people. They have a tendency to be violent to other dogs and animals but never to humans; and such tendency can be aggravated by dog fighting training Pit Bull pups are usually exposed to. They have been commonly used in dog fighting as they are very exciting to watch when provoked – which is very sad for these kind dogs which are being used in the exploitive business. Apart from being misunderstood, they are also the most abused dogs as they are usually left chained outside the house for the sole purpose of scaring and intimidating intruders – without the tender love and care they deserve. Trust me, Pit Bulls are the loveliest and they will surprise you. Try to see and interact with one –the experience will surely melt your dog lover’s heart.

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