Most big misconception is people think of pitbull as a breed. Simply no its not a breed. Also the term meaning is different for different people. For some its the synonym of american pitbull terrier. for others it might be group of breeds that includes the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and possibly other similar-looking dogs.
Note every “Pitbull” recognized as Pitbull is Pitbull – With a lot mix breeding at backyard, their is no fix standard to determine it as pitbull. As shelter homes are full of dogs labeled as pitbulls. Looking somewhat like pitbull doesn’t make sure it is a pitbull. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is the only recognized breed and term pitbull is used to catch wide array of dogs.
Here are some Facts Myths And Misconceptions About Pitbull –
Pitbull History – As Pitbull came from England descended from “Bull dogs” which were used for sports at that time i.e bull baiting. After the ban of these sports they were crossed with american terriers to create smaller dogs. And when the they came to america they become true icons dog which take its responsibilites very well.
Pitbulls are sporty – When they put mind on something they achieve it. It means they are very intelligent and can do anyhting if trained properly. Proper care and training at an young age of pitbulls is very necessary to make them obedient and social dog.
Locking Jaws – There is perception that pitbulls have locking jaws. Thats not true. They have a very bad press. Pitbulls like other dogs can hold from front teeth and chew from back. there is not any type of physical mechanism of jaws getting lock of pitbull. Difference is just in their psychology. As they hold same as other dogs but they never let go and leave the target easily.
Pitbull loves people– Their is misconception that pitulls are very aggressive towards people. But Apart from that they are very loving and affectionate dogs. According to one survey conducted by ATTS they ranked higher among all the other breeds.
Pitbulls dont Love Other dogs – Its also the misconception that they dont love other dogs in the family. Every dog has its own tolrenace level. Some like to play with other dogs and some like to stay at home with you. Some need good socialiazation and some not. So it all depends on the dog training and care that is taken at its young age.
Pitbulls are Positive force – They are dogs with full of energy, loveliness, care, affectionate, joy and full day entertaining dogs. They have high temeperament and need a lot exercise too and roam to stay fit and happy. Extra energy need to be burned else can be aggressive at home and play time with kids or to other people.
Pitbull bites harder than other dogs – Its the misconception that pitbull bites alot harder than other dogs. Pitbulls are thought to exerr 1600 Pounds per square inch of force with their bite. however just like other dogs pitbull exerr a force of 235 pounds per square inch of force only. Highest os for the dog rottweiler i.e 328 pounds per square inch.
Pitbulls are aggressive – Pitbulls are treated as aggressive dogs as comparison to other dogs but that is not true. Aggression is not a breed characteristic or personality trait. Temperament test by American Temperament Test Society cleared pitbull breed with higher percentage of marks that other dog breeds making it an misconception.
Identifying Pitbulls with Just looks – Most percentage of the dog breeds are identified just by looking at them. And when it comes to this scenario even the dog experts fail and are wrong at this judgement. Study reveals 905 of the dogs at shelter homes and mislabeled. This rises to problem for bias treatment of municipal laws which are different for different dog breeds.
Pitbull has been through number of name changes – As in 90’s San francisco tried to name them as “St. Francis terriers”. similar attempt was made in 2004 by new york to name them as “New Yorkies”. Sadly both of them failed to do so.
Pitbulls also considered as therapy Dogs – Pitbulls are not dangerous, they are funny and loving and affectionate dogs. These qualities make them perfect to support people in retirement homes, schools and hospitals emotionally and notfeel them alone.
Some Other Facts and Statistics You will love to know –
- Its belived that their are 2 million pitbull breeds in US.
- Pitbull puppies have wrinkled head. With the growing age the skin stretch and it become smooth.
- Pitbulls are one of the best fence jumpers in the all dog breeds in US.
- When pitbulls are focused intently on something they can avoid all pains from inside they suffering.
- Pitbulls dont bite very hard. They are even behind German Shepherds and Rottweilers in terms of bite force.
- Pitbulls were banned in wales and england in 1991.
- 5% of complete dogs in United states are labeled as pitbull.
- 20% of dogs in shelters are classified as Pitbull.
- The largest pitbull in the world is hulk at 180 lbs and still growing.
- US Army used Pitbull as mascot at the time World war 1 & 2.
- Pitbulls have widest range of emotions as humans have as compared to any dog in the world.
- Pitbulls are very quick to forget and forgive.
- Pitbulls are serving to Narcotic and bomb squad departments from decade.
- Pitbulls are great dogs for kids to play with.
- One famous rapper loved pitbulls so much, So he had a kennel of 20 pit bulls while living in Claremont, California.
At last we will like to end it with an lovely thought
They are Everywhere
As because if you live in United States you will see them everywhere as they constitute to 5-10% of total dog population in the country. Even shelter homes claim to have 30-50% of their dog breed as pitbulls.