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Pit Bull Attack Raises Questions Over Pet Regulations

Forgot to mention one more thing. The organization that studies dog bites and dog fatalities is the National Canine Research Council. The below link talks about attacks reported in California.:

http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil....

ESPECIALLY INTERESTING - the three dogs pictured at this link are pit bulls, and are award winning search and rescue, and therapy dogs. Please learn more about this breed before accepting the stereotypes!!!

December 3, 2011 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pit Bull Attack Raises Questions Over Pet Regulations

I am angered by this whole discussion on pit bulls. I'm a responsible owner of a pit bull and couldn't be happier with her. Pit bulls definitely get a bad rap.

There is a media bias with regard to pit bull attacks. For example, during a four-day period in 2007, four dog attacks were reported, three of them were mixed breeds, one was a pit bull. The three mixed-breed dog attacks were only highlighted in local papers around the nation. The one pit bull attack was broadcast on nationwide networks including CNN, MSNBC and FOX. While this may be a small sample of dog attacks, it is an illustration of how pit bull attacks are hyped up in the media.

The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) is a national not-for-profit organization for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs. 2011 test results are as follows (a high percentage means a high pass rate for an even temperament breed):

Results:
American Pit Bull Terrier: 86.4%; American Staffordshire Terrier: 84.2%; Australian Shepherd, 81.6%; Basset Hound, 85.7%; German Shepherd, 84.4%; Golden Retriever, 84.9%. As you can see, the American Pit Bull Terrier's temperament is only 5 percentage points different from the Golden Retriever. These dogs are truly misunderstood. (Source is at atts.org)

I will say pit bulls are noted to have high impulsivity, but that is simply because some have been bred to fight. The environment a pit bull is brought up in is truly key. I have three children and two cats and my pit bull has never shown aggression to anyone in our household, two-legged or four-legged. Having said that, I don't know that I would personally take my pit bull to an off-leash dog park simply knowing about the pit bulls' tendency toward impulsivity. However, my pit bull is well-trained and controlled via voice commands. But other pit bulls that might be at the dog park may not be so well trained. It really is up to the owner to be responsible in all facets when owning any type of dog, not just a pit bull.

I would suggest if the commenters here have not educated themselves about the truth about pit bulls, take the time to do research and learn the facts before quoting so many myths about the American Pit Bull Terrier breed.

December 3, 2011 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )