Why Are Pit Bulls So Vilified?
We all here about them in the news when there is a vicious dog attack. Pit Bulls have been vilified for decades now, longer than I can remember any other dog. Oh yes, there were other dogs that were considered vicious and evil, but they never went as far as people have gone with Pit Bulls and banning them.
When I was a young child, German Shepards were considered vicious dogs, they were used as police dogs and guard dogs for businesses and personal use. There were also some that had them as pets and these people had to deal with the outcry from others about having a vicious dog. Why were all these German Shepards thought to be vicious? Just because they were used as guard dogs and would attack, the whole breed was vilified.
Move on to when I was a teenager and we move in to the era where they started laying off German Shepards and jumped on Dobermans and Rottweilers. Again, these dogs were known for there protective abilities and as with the German Shepard, owners had to deal with people complaining about them having these dogs.
Now we have the Pit Bull that is getting all the negative attention. Used for their strength to bring down large game in hunting for food, yes that what's they were used for way back then. When they weren't needed for hunting, that's when the problems started. Many used these dogs for fighting and many still do today and that is where they get their bad rap. Not all Pit Bulls are trained killers, they aren't born into killers either, they have to be trained to do these things, just like any dog. And yes, any dog can and will kill in the right situation.
So why do we here about so many deaths associated with Pit Bulls? Why is it that the media only covers Pit Bull attacks? What about other dog attacks? You can't tell me that no other dogs attack, they may not do as much damage, but they do attack, even small dogs do. Any dog, if provoked can attack.
But you know what the biggest problem is? It's not the breed, it's the owners. If the owners treated the dogs right and didn't abuse them, there wouldn't be as many problems today. I see so many dogs tied up in backyards in my neighborhood alone, why do these people have dogs if they are only going to put them in the yard and chain them up?
If people were more responsible and actually cared for their pets, this wouldn't be the big issue it is.
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