The Pit Bull Dog - Once Known as the Nanny Dog - What Happened?
The Nanny Dog
In the early part of the 1900’s, the Pit Bull Dog was known as the “Nanny Dog”. Why, you ask? If you wanted to keep your children safe, the pit bull was the most faithful and loving dog of any dog breed, especially with children. They were strong and loyal and loved children. If your child had a pit bull dog as a pet, you felt that they were safe. So what happened?
Ironically enough it is the wonderful qualities of the pit bull that have attracted it to the “criminal element”, which have victimized this wonderful breed of dog. The Pit Bull breed is strong, and very intelligent. They are loyal and courageous. Their main goal is to please their owner. Yes, they look tough, but they have not been referred to as the “Nanny Dog” for almost 100 years for nothing! At one time the pit bull dogs were the most beloved dogs in England and the United States.
Boston Terrier and Pit Bull
Our daughter, Jenna and her husband Josh, have a pit bull, her name is Lola. I was afraid of Lola to start with, just because she is a pit bull. I was actually furious with them for getting this dog. However, was I wrong! This is the sweetest dog you could ever want. She loves everyone and her best friend is Audi. Audi is a little boston terrier less than half her size. Jenna and Josh have 2 small children and we never worry about the dog being with the kids. Lola is actually very protective of them. Here is a little information about the American Pit Bull Dog that was once known as the “Nanny Dog”. Hopefully this information will dispel the bad reputation that all pit bulls have acquired.
American Pit Bull Terrier
Pit Bull Breed
The most common breed referred to as the pit bull dog is the American Pit Bull Terrier. It is actually a cross between terriers and a breed of bulldog. These Pit Bull Terriers were first brought to the United States in the late 1800’s from Staffordshire, England, where they were initially bred. There are actually two strains of this breed. The first strain was originaly used as guard dogs and for dog fighting. They were bred for stronger and stockier bodies. When they were brought to the United States and dog fighting became banned, there was another strain of the pit bull dog developed. It is a more mild mannered, smaller framed dog and was used to hunt, drive livestock and as family pets. The pit bull was actually the symbol of American strength and courage during World War I!
Unfortunately the wrong kind of people are still finding the first strain of the pit bull dog attractive as guard dogs for illegal activities. They are stout built dogs with square heads and firms jaw lines and a very ominous appearance. In the wrong hands, the pit bulls are trained to protect their owners during illegal activities such as drug deals. They are trained not to let ANYONE come near their owners or their property. Many of them are not being trained to warn their owner or to keep the stranger at bay, they are being trained to attack and kill whoever or whatever comes near. They are being trained to be aggressive.
Severely Abused Pit Bull Dog
The methods by which some people are training their pit bulls dog are deplorable! They are chained up, taunted, beaten and starved. You can only abuse an animal for so long before you do manage to change their personality. They are being trained by using other people’s pets as bait. Cats, small dogs, rabbits, etc. are being given to them as bait. When you have beaten and starved a dog down and then throw him a rabbit or a cat, what do you think he is going to do! They are being taught to fight other dogs and given smaller dogs as practice. If they don’t kill their opponent, they are beaten severely.
Lola Playing with Garfield the Cat
One of the most tolerant, patient, gentle breed of dogs is now being portrayed as the most dangerous. Because of this bad reputation, at least 6,000 pit bulls are put to death every day, by far the highest number of any other breed. Before the pit bulls were being notarized as the most aggressive dog breed, it was the Rottweiler, before that, it was the Doberman and the German Shepherd. Each time, people wanted to enforce laws to ban these dogs. Each time, this notoriety was proven wrong. It’s the same with the American Pit Bull.
In temperance tests, given by the American Temperance Test Society, the pit bull rated as the second MOST TOLERANT. The most tolerant dog breed was the Golden Retriever. The least tolerant was the Chihuahua. It has been said that the pit bull’s jaws will lock on and won't turn loose. It has also been stated that the have the most powerful bite among dog breeds. Neither one of these statement are true. Pit Bull’s jaws do not lock and the dog with the most powerful bite is actually proven to be the Rottweiler.
I hate to see anyone or anything get a bad rap for no good reason. Pit bulls are terribly misunderstood and I just want to give everyone the real facts about a wonderful dog breed. So before you judge a dog by it’s looks or it’s breed, maybe you should judge the dog by it’s owner!
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