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Pit Bull’s Temperament

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Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.

What is Pit Bull dog’s temperament?

What most people love about the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and mixed breed pit bull type dog is that they are characteristically loyal, they are characteristically loving and they are extremely tender dogs. What most people don’t know is that the American Pit Bull Terrier scored higher than the Collie and America’s favorite Golden Retriever in the temperament testing system.

The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) is a national not-for-profit organization (registered in the state of Missouri) for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs. Failure on any part of the test is recognized when a dog shows panic, strong avoidance without recovery or unprovoked aggression.

Here are some pass rates:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier: 87.4%
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier: 91.2%
  • American Staffordshire Bull Terrier: 85.2%
  • Golden Retriever: 85.4%
  • Collie: 80.6%
  • Lhasa Apso (King and Pumpkin!!): 70.4%

Another survey done by 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. showed that “the American Pit Bull Terrier consistently ranked as one of the least aggressive dogs, with the exception being toward new dogs, where it was still below Miniature Schnauzers.”

PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.