Pit bulls have been stereotyped since the 1980’s, when the pit bull once recognized for caring for small children in the 30’s and working with the military to save lives during WWII, has been misunderstood during the last 30 years and fallen prey to dog fighting and poor media coverage. They have been associated with crime, poverty and ‘urban thugs.’ Socio-economic hardships and under-resourced owners, has continued to place the pit bull in the spotlight as a modern day tyrant.
Unraveling the myths
Myth: Pit bulls have locking jaws.
Fact: Although the pit-bull type exhibits the “ bite, hold, shake behavior, there isn’t any physiological evidence that they have any type of “ locking mechanism”. True pit bulls have strong jaws, well-developed jaw muscles and wide skulls. Breaking an ammonia ampule and holding under their nose, will enable them to release their jaw should they have a hold on another animal or a human.
Myth: Pit bulls are dangerous to other animals and humans.
Fact: Most pit bulls adore children, people and are extremely sociable. Pit bulls have scored higher than many breeds tested over the years, when a temperament test had been given.
Myth: Being fatality attacked by a Pit Bull is higher than any other breed.
Fact: Being attacked by a pit bull is far less than being attacked by any other breed. Pit Bulls tend to be in the media spotlight more than any other dog, due to the stigmata of the animal.
Regardless, there will always be prejudice and discrimination when it comes to the ownership of a pit bull. As with any breed there are amazing Pit Bulls and Pit Bulls who-due to handling, penurious breeding, or non-socialization are not always suitable as pets, unless they are properly trained.
Being an owner of a pit bull, can be just like being an owner of a Chihuahua, it’s how they are raised that can make an animal aggressive, the dog is not born into the world being hostile.