Okay, Here are my thoughts and experiences....
Two major rolls play in when it comes to dog breed aggressiveness...
#1. breeding. Pitbulls were bred for fighting other pitbulls and for protecting cowboys from Bulls while dealing with their cattle. They were bred to be strong, tough, and stubborn so they would continue fighting a bull and keep it busy while ranchers tended to the cows. If the dogs got speared and gave up, the rancher's life would be at stake. These dogs were also used for sport. Originally put up against other ranchers dogs to see who was tougher. When Pitfighting was legal and the fights were allowed, a owner would have to be able to get into the ring and pick their dog up without fear of being bit. Any dog that bit a human was shot. There was a zero-tolorance when it came to human aggression. Now, when they bred these dogs, they bred for strength, durability and aggression towards other dogs. Many times these dogs were only handled by their owners and not by other humans...so human aggression wasn't seen. This caused the pitbull aggression to be bred in and sometimes that aggression gets misdirected and they do attack people...if an outside force isn't the cause of attack such as teasing and tormenting, it is often because of bred in mental instability that these animals used to keep themselves alive in the ring. As with mentally unstable people such as serial killers, something snaps in the brain causing the attack. Serial killers rarely kill because their victim did them wrong...they more often than not have never seen their victims until they kill them.
#2 Mistreatment of the animal. When an owner or other continually mistreats an animal, it's going to snap. Not unlike the child that sticks his finger in his brothers face chanting "I'm not touching you" Eventually that kid is going to snap and knock his brother out!
I have 2 pitbulls that are permenant to my family. Kali was from a breeder who originally sold her to another couple who neglected her and would beat her for finding her own amusement in chewing up their furniture and walls. The breeder did not have the money on hand to buy the 4 month old pup back and the owners were going to put her down. We stepped in and bought her from them after her breeder (a friend) told us about it. We know both her parents and they are very well behaved and completely sweet dogs. Her father has some aggression toward male dogs bigger than he is, but LOVES people. Her mother loves anyone who looks in her general direction. We kept Kali and to this day, she has only growled at strange men when her "Daddy" isn't home and they come to the door. I only ever have to tell her once that "It's okay" and then she is fine.
Orion is the result of breeding Kali to my friend Brandon's dog Mercery. Merc was bred for show and is broken coated Blue and White. Blue's have notoriously thin skin and have not generally been bred to fight because of that. Merc's personality is completely dopey. If someone broke into their house, Merc would show them around after rolling out the red carpet! Kali's personality is much the same in the friendly sense, but she's a lot more intelligent than Merc. The puppies as a result of this pairing are beautiful, sweet, adoring dogs who bond closely with their families. Orion is one of them. He, like his father and grandfather is not fond of male dogs larger than he is, but accept smaller males with a whole lot of patience...We stayed with some friends a while back who had 2 male Min Pins and almost the whole time those Min Pins were attached to Orion's cheeks...hanging on, trying to beat him up. I'm not so sure he even knew they were biting on to his cheeks because he didn't care!
I also have never had a problem with these dogs bothering my chins before the chin room was set up or when we quarentined them in the dining room or living room, they don't have a problem with the rabbit at all and don't try to "get" him. I have 3 kids running around jumping, growling, yelling, laying on the dogs almost all day everyday and both dogs just try to not get stepped on!
I honestly feel that responsible breeding for good tempered, patient, and loving pitbulls along with loving and caring owners are what's needed to break this Bad Rep and blow it out of the water. Unfortunetly, Drug Dealers. Backyard breeders, and unsupervised children think of these animals as weapons and use them as such...it's sad really. What could have been a WONDERFUL companion animal, turns up living the worst kind of life a dog could have.
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