Someone on this site posted a little test called "find the pit bull" and I failed it completely. The test asked the person to identify a pit bull by looking at a series of photographs which included many "bully" breeds but only one pit bull.
The pit bull turned out to be an American Pit Bull Terrier. It looked so little (about 40 pounds) and cute, not what I see here in St. Louis that look a lot more like Staffies (Staffordshire Terriers) on steroids.
Then I was just about loved to death by one of these pit bull terriers on the way to a party at a friend's house. The dog just about wagged his tail off and got up on his hind legs (very delicately), put his paws in my hands and kissed me until his "mom" became embarrassed. My friend said this dog was a "valued neighbor" and she liked him very much.
Is this breed an attempt to come up with an animal that has the best of the pit bull temperment, but without dog aggression? I am charmed by that idea.
Pit bull is a generic term used for bull and terrier dogs put into pits for blood sports. An American Pit Bull Terrier is the breed you are talking about, and along with the AmStaff, has been around for a very very long time.
Would a pit bull ban include both these breeds? I cannot imagine why, they are both so sweet.
I first encountered an American Staffordshire Terrier at a dog show and its fur (hair) was like velvet (silk velvet, not velveteen). The dog was so dignified, as if he knew he was both beautiful and an ambassador for all pit bulls everywhere.
The owner was amused when I asked if the dog was really a pit bull. It just couldn't be, it was too nice!
BSL..breed bans do include the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and any other "bully type" breed. As has been shown, even though these dogs are all sweet, wonderful dogs, people have no clue about the different breeds and have lumped all of them into one loose term known as "pitbull". It's such a sad state the world is in today.
How do you differentiate between pure-bred dogs that are well-behaved and pit bulls bred for fighting?
I know of some areas (mine included) that have a terrible, terrible time with organized crime that includes dog fighting, drug sales, etc. Some places use breed specific legislation and some don't.
If you don't use breed specific legislation, how do you control dog fighting? How do you give cops and investigators the tools they need to stamp out this horrible "sport"? If you run dog fighters out of your area, are you just exporting your problem or are you really stamping it out.
Banning specific breeds won't work for a number of reasons...just because bullbreeds are banned, won't stop criminals from using other breeds of dogs to fight.....many breeds can be aggressive..not just bullbreeds. People have to be pretty naive not to see that banning breeds will not prevent the crime..dog fighting will still happen with other breeds.
Not to mention..there are hundreds of bull and molosser (mastiff) breeds that are all mistaken for "pitbulls" by many. Even many animal control officers and veterinarians have difficulty knowing and recognizing all the breeds..while they are all similar in ways, they are all distinctly different breeds. I know people who even though thier dogs were registered Cane Corsos (mastiff) animal control confiscated thier dogs and they went through a huge ordeal trying to get thier dogs back. If the officials who are in charge of enforcing breed banning can't even tell which breed they are supposed to be irradicating, that is a scary thing. Many inncocent dogs are being killed in the process.
Besides....BSL isn't really about dog fighting..people are fearful of "pitbulls' for human bites...pitbulls are very low on the scale of bites..human aggression is an unwanted trait in the breed directly due to fighting (handlers had to be in the pit to separate dogs..they couldn't have a dog that bit them as well) I believe Cocker Spaniels hold the #1 spot for human bites...but no one is lobbying to ban them...
It's not about a breed being evil..there is no such thing. Instead of banning breeds, we need to educate people on breeds..the sad thing is education doesn't sell..the media doesn't care if susie's pitbull saved her from being swept down the river..they want to hear about johnny's pitbull attacking betty and her poodle.
Long story short...breeders of pitbull types need to be much more careful who they sell or place dogs with. Owners of these dogs need to be more responsible with the dogs... I think regulating dog breeders of all breeds would be a smarter move than banning breeds. Many European breeders have to have thier breeding stock health tested and titled before they are allowed to breed..... makes for better dogs, and makes dogs a bit harder for just anybody to go out and buy.
BullyMom you took the words right out of my mouth :)
I love all breeds and it is the owners who need to be educated on how to raise a dog right. I was bitten twice…first time was a Beagle and second time was a Golden Retriever. No one ever thinks fluffy dogs or small dogs can bite.
***Edited By: Rottweiler_lovers on 9/5/2006 4:49:13 AM*** Reason: *
I own 2 pitts. One is genuine BYB for fighting that I rescued from abuse and the other is mixed with American bulldog. But both are sweet and lovable considering that they are from "bad" stock. I say ban the deed not the breed.