Myth of the Pit Bull

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As of 2015, 1 million pit bulls were euthanized in shelters because the aggressive image that is been perceived by the public.

Realistically pits are not the destructive, aggressive dogs that the world thinks they are.

In the US 75% of animal shelters kill pits immediately upon arrival without a temperament or health evaluation. Pits make up 6.6% of the total dog population and are the most immediately euthanized breed. They make up 33% of total shelter intake.

The reason pits are viewed as aggressive and temperamental is because in the 1800’s the English bred these dogs to fight one another or other animals such as bulls, wild boar, or even horses, while the British Aristocrats watched from the stands.

Luckily, most of these fighting traits have been breed out of the “bully breeds” such as the American Pit Bull Terrier and The American Stafford-shire Terrier.

There are some aggressive lines in these dogs, but they are caused by over-breeding or from dog fights.

Breeders will over breed their dogs for looks and popularity. The “blue” coloring, which is a grayish color, is the most desirable pitbull coat because of the demand for the blue pits breeders are rapidly re-breeding to produce more blue dogs.

Over breeding can cause lots of temperament problems because when the breeders is more concerned about the puppy’s looks instead of the health and social condition of the dogs.

The majority of blue dogs are under-socialized and stressed from being bred immediately.

Despite the public image believed by the world Pit Bulls are not the aggressive, volatile animals perceived by the general public.

Based on recent studies Pit Bulls are being euthanized for no reason other than prejudices against the breed.