History itself teaches us that throughout, dogs were bred and used as war dogs, to kill vermin, or as property guardians, and companion animals, the breakdown of dogs used in a protection, waring, entertainment and pest control capacity are;
Mastiffs, Rottweiler’s, Bull terrier,
Tosa Inu, Shar Pei, Akita Inu, Ca De Bou,
American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bull Terrier,
Jack Russell’s, Rat Terrier, Presa Canario, Dojo Argentino,
Fila Brasileiro, Bull dog, Irish Staffordshire Terrier,
Kerry Blue Terrier, Alano Espanol, Staffordshire Bull Terrier,
Boer Boel and Dogue de Bordeaux, and probably more that are not listed here.
Now I can’t go into the history of all of these dogs, for obvious reasons. However, since we all know that this is a dog blog, more specifically a Pit Bull Advocacy blog, I will stick to the brief basics of The Pit Bull origins.
The britons used mastiffs as “pugnaces” or fighting dogs that were used in either a guardianship or fighting role. The romans quickly saw that these dogs could be used in their arenas because as we all know the coliseum were the place to go for bloodshed. The words disgusting and yuck come to mind but I digress, after that the dogs were mixed or cross-bred with bull dogs throughout Europe, which gave way to what we now know as the The Pit Bull Terrier, Colby brought them from Europe to America where they became the American Pit Bull Terrier.
I can tell you that just because these dogs were originally bred for these purposes does not mean that they are inherently aggressive or mean, We have domesticated them and with that made all of these dogs human complacent and easily handled. Thus giving way to the show category.
The evil nature of man, as I have said before, the blood lust that some of us carry inside still lurks in the recesses and underbelly of society to this day. Bringing the return of the fighting dog to the street,s homes and alleys of America, Canada, and Europe, just to name a few. Along with that foolish sect , there is the part of society that has come to understand that people need animals, we need their warmth, protection and their love, I can say a Jack Russel is an aggressive dog, is it true? Probably not as a whole and maybe there are some out there that are, but that doesn’t mean every single or even most of them are. So how can we in all fairness label Pit Bulls under the same idiotic umbrella.
What I am truly saying is if you look for the negative you can find it. I have personally watched people tease and torment their dogs for enjoyment! Does that make them mean? Yes it can. but, I have also seen people give their dogs tenderness, proper guidance and love, does that make them even tempered and docile? Yes it can.
When these dogs are raised in a loving environment, with consistant and firm training, and when I say firm I DO NOT mean with a strong hand, or ANY aggression. I mean with a solid tone to your voice and no negotiations, you lead the way and they follow. These dogs make ideal companions for any family or pet parent with those guidelines and efforts.
Dog aggression has always been, and will always be a Human problem rather than a canine problem, end of story. All the nay sayers can argue that all they want the facts speak for themselves. It cannot be predicted based by breed rather than by environment, training and how they are reared.
Dog aggression comes from the ignorance of the owner and breeder. Unscrupulous breeders can create dogs with unstable and uncontrolled temperaments, bad body structure and poor health whether unknowingly or deliberate. If they do not have the knowledge and desire behind them for success. This only serves to taint the gene poll with undesirable characteristics. Back yard breeders and puppy mills are the worst, they may very well have the documents to prove genetic heritage, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to having the knowledge or “horse sense” to create a success story and a healthy dog.
irresponsible owners that lack the knowledge and training, can have similar results, undesirable behaviours, those that don’t have the skills should seek out a professional that can lend advice on how to raise a problem free pet. Owners and potential owners need to know their roles and responsibilities prior to getting a dog, any dog, and they need to be prepared to accommodate them for the next 13-15 years. Surrendering a pet to a shelter is not an option for the responsible pet owner, not ever! Pets are not disposable. They are not like jewellery that you can change or discard on a whim.
You can trace many breeds back far enough and you could find details about the breed that you maybe wish you hadn’t, but that does not mean that your dog of choice will be “hard wired for aggression”, those are buzz words from an uneducated and irresponsible media.
I don’t see to many Pit Bulls attacking each other or their handlers at dog shows and working dog events. And why is that? It’s a little word called responsibility. So no, it does not make these breeds bad dogs or a “loaded gun waiting to go off” again, more media buzz words meant to create fear, because as we al now know fear sells!
If Pit Bull, Mastiff or Rat Terrier, etc., is the dog you choose remember you create the social skills and character of your dog, not the media, not the anti breed groups and certainly not legislations and ridiculous politicians.