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    Default Everything you want to know about 'Pit Bulls'

    Everything You Want To Know About 'Pit Bulls'
    The Name

    The Difficulty In Accurately Identifying 'Pit Bulls'

    Who Is Qualified To Determine If A Dog Is A 'pit bull'?

    Who Is Not Qualified To Determine If A Dog Is A 'pit bull'?

    Are 'Pit Bulls' Naturally Aggressive Towards Other Dogs?

    Are 'Pit Bulls' Naturally Aggressive Towards People?

    Don't Some Dogs Have Aggressive Temperaments?

    Dogs Are Natural Predators

    Are 'Pit Bulls' More Likely To Bite?

    Some 'pit bull' Breeders Claim That 'Bad Breeding' Causes Aggression

    "It is hard to fight a battle against fear when your only tools are fact and truth" - Dr. Gary Goeree, DVM

    "Prejudice is as blind to common sense as it is deaf to the explanations of science." - from the documentary, "Human Mutants"

    The Name

    The term 'pit bull', in its somewhat broad meaning, generally includes breeds such as: American Pit Bull Terrier (UKC), American Staffordshire Terrier (CKC & AKC), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (CKC & AKC), and sometimes the Bull Terrier.

    These breeds were originally used for "sports" like bull baiting and dog fighting. However, just like the vast majority of dog breeds, they are now bred almost exclusively for companionship. Where "pit bulls" are concerned, their original uses have, thankfully, been recognized as inhumane, with only a few cruel individuals still subjecting innocent dogs to this kind of torture.

    The Difficulty In Accurately Identifying 'Pit Bulls'

    To accurately identify a dog of just about any breed, the viewer must be truly experienced with a wide array of dog breeds. Even some "experts" might have difficulty differentiating between a female AmStaff and a female Cane Corso, for example.

    Unfortunately, many other breeds or crosses are confused with 'pit bulls'. Similar-looking, but much larger breeds such as: Presa Canario, Cane Corso, Dog Argentino, & Tosa Inu are more frequently misidentified as 'pit bulls' than not.

    And even breeds that look nothing like 'pit bulls' have been reported as such. Some of those misidentified as 'pit bulls' are: Jack Russell Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Great Dane, and even an Airedale cross.

    Who Is Qualified To Determine If A Dog Is A 'Pit Bull'?

    What many people don't know is that a dog's breed can never actually be proven, not even through DNA. Genetically speaking, a Chihuahua is a wolf is a Labrador is a 'pit bull'. The determination of breed is somewhat subjective, especially when the dog's parentage is unknown.

    There have been dogs that looked exactly like a typical 'pit bull' who we know have no 'pit bull' in them, whatsoever. Crosses like Lab and Rhodesian Ridgeback or Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Boxer could throw puppies that look like 'pit bulls', for example.

    Only those experienced with a wide range of similar-looking breeds are expert enough to make the subtle distinctions. This may include breeders, dog show judges, or anyone with years of personal experience with multiple, similar-looking breeds. There is no course of instruction for this. It requires years of interaction with the breeds in question, in order to accurately differentiate one from the other.

    Who Is Not Qualified To Determine If A Dog Is A 'Pit Bull'?

    Those who are not qualified to determine if a dog is a 'pit bull' include anyone who hasn't had a great deal of experience differentiating between the breeds that look similar to, but are not, 'pit bulls'. (I.E. even those people who are experienced with 'pit bulls' may not be familiar with subtle differences that set other, less common breeds apart.)

    Without personal knowledge gained outside the regular requirements for licensing or certification, even animal control workers and veterinarians have no greater ability to determine breed more accurately than the general population at large.

    Animal control workers are not required to have any special knowledge of dog breeds in order to fulfill their role.

    Veterinarians receive little, if any, instruction in dog behaviour, training, or breed differentiation. Veterinary students often have no special expertise with dogs before attending veterinary college. Licensed veterinarians are expert at diagnosing illness and performing surgery. Unless they are also active in dog training, studying dog behaviour, breeding, or competing, in addition to their veterinary practice, their license alone does not qualify them as dog breed experts.

    The average dog owner is equally as unlikely to be familiar with the often confusing differences between breeds. The general public is even less likely to accurately determine breed. The owner of one purebred and typical-looking Great Dane has been told her dog looks like:
    • a 'pit bull',
    • a Greyhound,
    • a Mastiff,
    • a Rhodesian Ridgeback,
    • a Catahoula Leopard Dog,
    • an Irish Wolfhound
    • a Boxer,
    • a Doberman Pinscher,
    • and an Afghan Hound.
    Clearly, this example demonstrates that many people are just guessing at a dog's breed. A Great Dane looks nothing like a 'pit bull', a Boxer, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, a Catahoula Leopard Dog, an Irish Wolfhound, a Doberman Pinscher, or an Afghan Hound. At best, the similarity is minor between a Great Dane and either a Mastiff or a Greyhound.

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    Default Re: Everything you want to know about 'Pit Bulls'

    Click on the links at the begining of the articl for more information.


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