Breeding a dog to be a fighter is different than breeding it for other traits. There’s nothing about herding or retrieving or pulling a sled that goes against a dog’s internal drives. But creating a dog that wants to attack other dogs is at odds with a dog’s entire developmental background in which it has been instilled with the instinct to work together with other dogs in a pack in order to survive.
– From “The Lost Dogs” by Jim Gorant
Did you know:
Between 1966 and 1975 there was ONE newspaper account of a fatality that resulted from a pit bull attack. In 1986, pit bulls appeared in 350 newspaper, magazine and journal articles. Some of those reported legitimate pit bull attacks – the price of so many unsocialized [neglected, ignored, excluded from positive physical interaction and contact], abused [beaten, starved, and worse] and aggressively trained [kill or be killed] dogs popping up around the country – but many were the result of pit bull hysteria, in which almost any incident involving a dog was FALSELY REPORTED AS A PIT BULL ATTACK. The breed, which had existed in some form for hundreds of years, didn’t suddenly lose control. The dogs simply fell into the hands of many people who had no interest in control.
By 2000, pit bull fear and hype had reached such proportions that the breed was banned in more than two hundred cities and counties around the United States. Lost in all the legislation was the fact that for decades THE PIT BULL HAD BEEN CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST LOYAL, LOVING, and PEOPLE-FRIENDLY DOGS ON THE PLANET
From “The Lost Dogs” by Jim Gorant