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The Stigma Associated with the Pitbull dog breed

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History of Pitbulls

Pitbulls were artificially created from Terrier and bulldog breeds.

The Old English bulldog which was similar in appearance to today’s American bulldogs was used in cruel blood sports known as “bull baiting”. Source

Its terrier lineage comes from the Old English Terrier, which is now extinct. The pitbull gets its bulldog genes from the Old English Bulldog, which is also now extinct.

These old English bulldogs which are now extinct were pitted to charge a bull, harassing it for hours until it eventually collapse, from fatigue, exhaustion, and injuries.

These Old English bulldogs in addition to Terrier dogs were then used to breed Pitbulls.

This bull baiting practice was outlawed and termed animal cruelty in the British Parliament in 1835.

 However, humans quickly adopted another entertainment called “Ratting”. 

Ratting is what happens when dogs were pitted against rats to see which dog would kill the most rats in the least amount of time.  Source

Now you know where the term pit comes from. 

The “pit” in Pit Bull comes from ratting because the rats were placed into a pit so that they could not escape.

Dog Fighting is Termed Animal Cruelty

Today, In some parts of the world, dogs are pitted to fight one another and this is termed animal cruelty. 

Dog Fighting should be discouraged and frowned upon. 

Dogs are loving, cute animals who would give their life to save the people they love. Killing and eating dog meats should also be discouraged. 

Dogs are pets, they should be considered a family member not food for your pleasure. There are so many other meats you can eat from. Why eat dog meat? 

According to premium times Nigeria. Do you know that Nigeria is the country with the third-highest dog consumption rate in the world?

Strength of Pitbulls vs Strength of other dogs breeds.

Pitbull has a bite force of 235 PSI and this is significantly smaller than the German Shepherd’s bite force of 238 PSI.

The American Bully is the biggest pitbull. Weighing 65 to 85 pounds

The weight of a fully grown German shepherd is 75 to 95 pounds.

Source

There are 4 Types of Pit Bull Dog Breed

(1) The American Bully

The Stigma Associated with the Pitbull dog breed

(2) The American Pit Bull Terrier

The Stigma Associated with the Pitbull dog breed

(3) American Staffordshire Terrier

The Stigma Associated with the Pitbull dog breed

(4) Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The Stigma Associated with the Pitbull dog breed

So since the German shepherd is bigger in size, weight, and bite force, it is mathematically correct to assume an aggressive German shepherd would defeat an aggressive Pitbull.

Anyways, Pitbull isn’t the most aggressive dogs, they aren’t the strongest dogs either. 

Cane Corso, Boerboel, Kangal, and Rottweiler are significantly stronger and more aggressive than pit bulls. And that is because these dogs are significantly larger in size, bred to fight wild animals, guard dogs, have greater bite force, and have more aggressive temperaments than a Pitbull. 

Kangal bite force – 743 PSI

Cane Corso bite force – 700 PSI

Boerboel bite force – 450 PSI

Rottweiler bite force – 328 psi.

The American Pit Bull Terrier has the strongest bite force among Pitbulls and it has a bite force of 235 PSI.

brown American pit bull terrier

As you can see the bite force of a Pitbull is significantly lower in comparison to the dog breeds stated above.

Pitbull Stigma debunked

The media has greatly exaggerated the strength of a Pitbull in an attempt to garner traffic and create fears and panic. 

Some Pitbulls are sweet, loving, and gentle. 

I have a pitbull called Puma, she’s incapable of harm, she plays with everyone and can never hurt a fly. 

The Stigma Associated with the Pitbull dog breed

Puma makes funny sounds when she’s hungry when she wants to use the bathroom when she wants to play etc.

Pitbull dogs love human companionship, they love to play, they are good with children, and they love to exercise. etc

According to Wikipedia

Pit bulls were originally bred for bull-baiting and dogfighting, and because of this heritage, they often show a tendency to attack other animals with a remarkable ferocity that contributes to the public stigma against the breed.

So, Is the pitbull the strongest dog? 

No

Kangal is the strongest dog, mostly due to its size and bite force of 743psi, a bite force stronger than a lion

Is Pitbull the most aggressive dog?

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No.

There are so many aggressive dogs that attack people and these breeds of dogs have been banned in many countries.

According to the cheatsheet and I quote.

(Some dog breeds get persistently stereotyped as dangerous, aggressive, and threatening. Because of those stereotypes, many cities now ban specific dog breeds across the United States. (That’s despite the fact that scientists say any dog can become aggressive, regardless of breed).

The Most commonly banned dog breeds in the United States

Check out the most commonly banned dog breeds in the United States, according to legislation tracking by Dogsbite.org.

Fila Brasileiro, Akita, Mastiff, Siberian husky, Bull terrier, Alaskan malamute, Rhodesian ridgeback, Shar Pei, Cane Corso, German shepherd, American bulldog, Chow chow, Doberman pinscher, Presa Canario, Wolf dog, Rottweiler, Pitbull.

According to cheatsheet

PetHelpful reports that the pit bull is banned more frequently than any other breed — despite the fact that it’s not actually a singular breed. 

The term “pit bull” actually applies to several breeds and mixes of breeds, but all of them face stigmas as “aggressive” and “dangerous.” PetHelpful notes, “Every time there is a biting incident, especially if it is serious, a pit bull is blamed. It does not matter if the dog is not a pit bull. If no one knows the dog breed involved, if no one identifies the dog, it is assumed to be a pit bull.”

Pit bulls get the blame not just because people have a bias against these dogs, but also because they’re biased against these dogs’ owners.

Anyways, the aggressiveness of dogs is solely due to how it’s trained by its owner. 

Some owners train their dogs to be Wild and aggressive and this could lead to fatalities and casualties.

Are all Pitbulls Wild and aggressive?

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No.

I have a Pitbull that’s loyal, sweet, and playful, and would never hurt a fly.

Why are humans so afraid of Pitbull dogs? 

The media is to be blamed, there’s a lot of exaggeration about the strength and capabilities of a pitbull. 

Every dog breed has the tendency to be aggressive and vicious, there are so many dog breeds that are stronger and more powerful than a pitbull in terms of size, strength, and bite force. 

I have heard a lot of rumors and exaggerations about Pitbulls so I decided to clarify the Stigma and misconceptions. 

Please feel free to make your own findings and comments below.

If you find this article useful and informative, please share and promote it. 

Dogs are pets that should be loved and cared for. They should not be used for fighting or killed for food. 

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