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Are Pit Bulls Bred To Fight

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Drayton Michaels, CTC is the owner of Urban Dawgs Dog Training in Red Banks, NJ. He also holds a Certification in Dog Training and Behavior Counseling from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers (known as “the Harvard for dog trainers”). 

Are pit bulls bred to fight?

That’s one of the big myths that needs to be obliterated is that this dog is bred to fight that can’t happen. It’s a crap shoot, you know. You hope it happens and same goes for dogs that are bred to sniff out bombs at the airport. You hope the dog can do it when you test them to do this.o again I always

So again I always go back to the environment and human and the dog’s history. That’s what you really want to know about. So people have to stop thinking that all pit bulls are going to be aggressive to dogs, that’s a total lie. Nobody can tell you that well, we bred this dog based on genetic it’s going to fight. That’s a lie! That’s why Michael Vick was killing a lot of dogs. When you take two dogs and you put them in 16 by 16 box and you set them on each other they are going to fight or they are not. The dogs that don’t fight, don’t get used

When you take two dogs and you put them in 16 by 16 box and you set them on each other they are going to fight or they are not. The dogs that don’t fight, don’t get used for it. The dogs that do, do. Okay? When dogs are free to move and they have space they typically don’t fight. They have what is known as ritualized aggression and they might fight. I am not saying that dogs don’t fight each other, but when dogs have space to move they do a lot of protracted warning sign before that happens. Dogs don’t want to fight, it makes them vulnerable okay? So, they will do lots of protractive warnings, growling and do all that stuff. So, there is nothing as okay these dogs are breed to fight, no you breeding them because you are going to fight them and you are the fighter, the dog is not.

You cannot breed a dog to be a fighter!!

From How Stuff Works and the ASPCA, fighting dogs are not bred, they are made. None of the things below are genetic, they are all human involvement! This is how a fighting dog is made:

  • They are not allowed to live normal everyday lives
  • They spend their time either chained up, training or fighting.
  • They live in small cages in their own filth.
  • They wear heavy chains to help them bulk up
  • Dogs are kept close but just out of reach of each other to increase their antagonism
  • They are given steroids and supplements to bulk up
  • They are forced to run on treadmills or swim for hours to build endurance
  • They are frequently beaten and antagonized to increase aggression
  • They are sometimes starved
  • They are teased with smaller animals
  • Their teeth are filed down to be sharp
  • Narcotic drugs may also be used to increase the dogs’ aggression, increase reactivity and mask pain or fear during a fight

Myths about aggression in pit bulls:

Are pit bulls more dominant? No! Read our statement by a Ph.D. in applied animal behavior.

Pit bulls bite without warning. No! All dogs, including dogs commonly labeled “pit bull”, signal their intent. “Pit bulls signal like other dogs.” The Institute of Animal Welfare and Behavior of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany temperament tested over 1,000 dogs.

Pit bulls have a locking jaw. NO! All dogs have the same bone structure in their mouths.

Pit bulls have aggressive temperaments. No! Several surveys have been done, thousands of dogs have been evaluated, and pit bull type dogs are some of the best-tempered dogs. Some pit bulls are more reactive to new dogs, but they are less reactive than miniature schnauzers according to Brian Hare an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

Pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. NO! There is no scientific evidence that one kind of dog is more likely than another to injure a human being than any other kind of dog. “…Controlled studies have not identified this breed group [pit bull-type dogs] as disproportionately dangerous.” American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)