When the general public thinks of pitbulls, the immediate thought is often regarding pitbull aggression. For example, when renting a house there are often certain breeds prohibited by the home owner. Pitbulls, of course, are one of them due to the large number of misconceptions associated with their breed. While some of the misconceptions have some truth behind them; many of them are misconstrued.
Misconception 1: Pitbulls Are Always Aggressive
Pit bull aggression is not as big as an issue as people believe it is. Pitbulls have some characteristics which make them suitable candidates for dog fighting. Pitbulls have gained a bad reputation due to the types of owners they are suited with in many cases. Their reputation has not always been one of an aggressive dog ; only recently has it became that due to their stance in dog fighting.
In the “sport” of dog fighting, dogs are taught to never back down. They must fight until the end. This of course is why dog fighters chose the Pit bull. The Pit is a naturally “strong-willed” dog breed. They are very dedicated to what they are taught. In addition to their strong-willed personality, they are extremely intelligent, learn quickly and have extreme strength. These factors also make them an excellent candidate for dog fighting.
Any dog has the ability to act aggressively, pitbull aggression is not as large of an issue as it is made out to be. With the right owner, an owner who is dedicated to loving and caring for their dog, the Pit bull is an excellent family dog and is extremely devoted to his or her pet parent. They are often regarded (to those who know their true colors) as one of the best, most loving family dog breeds available.
Misconception 2: Once A Fighter, Always a Fighter
A Pitbull who has previously been a “fighter” cannot be rehabilitated and made into a family dog. This is absolutely not true; there are a large number of rescue organizations dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Pit bulls in our society. Although, just like any dog breed, some may not be suitable for family life; many of the Pitbulls rescued by these organizations do not show any signs of “ pitbull aggression ” and go on to live much better lives with loving families.
If you have any questions regarding pitbull aggression, you should contact our dog behaviorist for assistance. She is happy to answer any of your questions or direct you to a rescue organization dedicated to rescuing abused dogs.
Learn more about how to raise a well behaved Pit bull.
Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.