What is the first thing most people think when they see a Pit Bull terrier? More often than not, people associate this breed of dog with terror, violence, and other common misconceptions. Instead of taking the time to learn about them, people simply believe the myths and negative news stories about them. Pit Bulls are as gentle as any other breed of dog, but thanks to myth and lack of knowledge about them the Pit Bull breed has been stereotyped, demonized, and misunderstood.
There is no record of exactly when the Pit Bull breed came into existence but many believe that it was at least 150 years ago in England. The sport of Bull Baiting was very much alive and the breed is thought to have been created around then by breeding bulldogs and terriers(Wiki). In the late 18th and early 19th century in America, Pit Bulls were used for many things including hunting, cattle driving, protection, and to carry messages in battle during WWI and II.
Over time, Pit Bulls became more and more domesticated with their loyalty, caring, and gentle nature with their owners, making them outstanding house pets.(Wiki). Pit Bulls are great family pets; they only react negatively towards aggression and small children do not give off any signs of aggression. In fact, they have a very high pain tolerance and happily put up with rough child play(dogbreedinfo) Recent studies have shown that Pit Bulls are very smart dogs and perform very high on intelligence tests. This is one reason why many are used for services including search and rescue, police dogs, border patrol dogs, and drug sniffing. Furthermore, they are the most obedient, loving, protective, loyal, and playful dogs anyone can own. My friend own a Pit named Remi and she is the most obedient dog I have ever met. Pit Bulls only get a bad rap from all the news stories about them; any time another type of dog bites someone it doesn’t show up in the news, but if a Pit Bull bites...
Cited: “American Pit Bull Terrier.” Dogbreedinfo.com. 18 Feb. 2013
“American Pit Bull Terrier.” Wikipedia. 16 Feb. 2013
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