The Misunderstood American Pit Bull Terrier

When describing what kind of dog the Pit Bull is, it is good to understand their ancestry first. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a descendant of the English Bulldog and is a cross between this dog and other Terrier breeds. This selective breeding was done to create a non-aggressive dog with a stable temperament. In the 1800 these dogs came from Ireland and over time they were bred into stockier and larger dogs to the common ones that you see today.pit bull terrier

Though these dogs have a bad reputation it is undeserved. The aggression that is most commonly associated with these dogs comes from improper behavioral training. These cruel and irresponsible owners train these dogs to be aggressive for the purpose of fighting other dogs where bets are placed on the fight for money. Although this is illegal in this country is still happens. Another reason for occasional aggression in these dogs is simply owner ignorance. Any dog that is improperly socialized exhibits negative behavior. The fact is that this dog is known to be especially fond of people and very friendly. The Pit Bull is one of the most popular dog breeds in America and has a pass percent of 84.1% from the American Temperament Testing Society.

Granted, the sheer size of this dog makes them a good deterrent for would be burglars and with the proper training they can make great guard dogs. That does not mean that they can’t be a great family dog at the same time because they can.

To conclude, don’t let the negative reputation that this breed has gotten over the years dissuade you from considering getting one as a family pet. They are a big dog so the cost to feed them is more, but this is a small issue. They are great companions that will give you years of joy and warmth.

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