Are Pit Bulls Naturally Mean?
The Misconception of Pit Bull Demeanor
Due to the negative media surrounding pit bull dogs, they are often portrayed as being naturally mean. Unfortunately, this makes many people afraid the breed. In fact, I must confess that I was scared of them until I had Natalya (pictured below) and Pyro (above) came into my life. Like the caption says, Natalya only wants to love you; and Pyro is as soft as the picture, he just likes you to touch him so he can sleep.
Actually years before that, my girlfriend had a pit bull and from what I can remember, he just wanted to be near you in some way. He often just slept with me on the couch. And that seems to be a common theme with this breed, a need to be near humans, always seeking the attention.
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What is a Pit Bull?
Pit bulls are actually a mixed-breed dog. A pit bull dog can be any combination between the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrior, American Staffordshire bull terriror and the American bulldog. Some states also consider other breeds to be part of the pit bull family.
I am unhappy to say that the pit bulls are sometimes bred for dog fighting because of there toughness and ability to finish a fight. But most are just loving family dogs who have never been exposed to dog fighting or aggressiveness.
What do Pit Bulls Look Like?
Bearing in mind that a terrier pit bull mix can be a combination of many different dog types of, they vary in size from 30 to 120 pounds. Therefore, you cannot characterize one certain look for them. They may be black, brown tan or white or anything in between. Most all dogs of the bull terrier pit mix have a strong muscular build. After you get to know the personality of pit bulls, you will think they are just powder puffs with muscles.
Fatal Attacks by Pit Bulls Reported by the Media
No. of Pit Bull Attacks
Are Pit Bulls Dangerous Dogs?
In conducting research for this article, since I am obviously, a pit bull lover, it was my intension to report statistics stating that Pit Bulls did not bite, kill or maim more often than other breeds. Unfortunately, I did not find statistics to support that statement. But I will invite you to read the statistics for yourself on Wikipedia, with my one editorial note, before 2004, there were almost no fatal Pit Bull attacks recorded by news organizations. Now doesn't it seem strange that the negativity surrounding Pit Bulls started rising when the news media begun to sensationalize pit bull attacks.
About Pit Bull Behavior
Is a Pit Bull Naturally Aggressive or Mean?
When the average person thinks of Pit Bulls, they assume the breed is naturally aggressive and mean. If you speak with an owner of a pit bull, they will comment that their dog will only lick you to death. So which is it? Are they naturally mean and aggressive or can they just trained or raised to be that way (for fighting purposes)? The simple answer is to say that Pit Bulls respond only to the way they are treated as with most breeds of dogs. But in my extensive and personal research on this subject, I finally understand it. Let me further explain by the difference between aggression toward humans verses aggression toward other dogs. Then you may reach your own conclusions.
Pit Bull Aggression Toward Humans
Over and over in my research and talking to my fiends who are pit bull owners, two themes kept emerging, "Pit Bulls are wonderful family dogs. They play with and watch over my children." And, "No I cannot trust my pit bull to watch my home, because he only wants to play with and kiss the people who come to my house." And to further prove the point, the United Kennel Club claims pit bulls are “extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed.”
Pit Bull Aggression With Dogs
Pit Bulls are considered to be dog aggressive. They are known to turn on other dogs and animals even ones that they are raised with. Experts attribute this negative trait to years of interbreeding the most aggressive dogs for dog fighting. If you are they owner of a Pit Bull, there are certain steps you can take to prevent this aggressive behavior from happening:
- When walking a Pit, always keep it on a leash. Never let it run free in public parks.
- Never allow the Pit Bulls to be alone with other dogs in the household.
- Supervise all play between dogs and never let it get too rough. Just like children never allow the behavior to get out of control.
- When you do socialize your adult pit bull with other dogs always keep a special watch for aggressive behavior. Stop it before it gets out of hand.
- Do not rough house with pit bulls. This encourages aggressive behaviors.
Conclusion - Why Are Pit Bulls Misunderstood?
Most people who are not dog owners have no idea of what pit bulls are like. There are still some dog owners who are wary of the breed. This conclusion is based upon ignorance since it is based upon a sensationalized media portrayal. In fact these dogs are very affectionate toward humans and often just silly, fun-loving dogs. It is truly sad to judge this entire breed on the negative deeds of some pit bulls. When in reality these pit bulls were raised by humans with negative personalities with bad intensions.
Pit bull demeanor is not always bad. I know that Natalya and Pyro only want to please me. Please get to know the dog before you judge it. And more importantly, understand the breed before you start raising one.