by NativeRemedies on January 24th, 2010 at 7:00 am
The Pit Bull is one of the most misunderstood creatures. As time goes by and we hear more and more stories about this bully breed, anxiety runs high when even mentioning the name. However, with the right precautions and the right owner, this breed of dog can be a great pet for singles, couples and even families.
How the reputation began
Sources have shown that bull-baiting, a gruesome pin and attack between animals, became popular in the 1700’s, as farmers would use their dogs to tenderize the meat from a bull. Watching a powerful dog take down a bull became a pastime for the locals and they started to put the dogs and the bulls in a pit and watch them fight- hence the name “Pit Bull”. Dogs were then brought over from England and Ireland, where dog fighting had begun to flourish after bull-baiting became illegal in the 1830’s. Soon dog fighting became the community’s amusement; while they would observe, a dog pitted against another dog.
Why does it continue?
Even though these dogs are powerful, strong, intelligent, loving and loyal, the dog fighting seems to continue. It is unknown how many dogs actually suffer for this cause. While it was once used as a way to help farmers to sustain a living in the 1800’s, now dog fighting can sometimes be due to the owner’s ego and profit-making alone.
Should I own a Pit Bull?
Despite the majority of stories depicting them as “bad” dogs, Pit Bulls have been noted for their devotion to their family. Any dog can become aggressive, depending on its upbringing and environment. Dogs that are loved, well-treated and cared for, no matter its breed, can be a joy to their owners! If you want to know more about the breed and if it is right for you, check out dogster.com.
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Are we really training dogs for what they were initially bred for?
Pit Bulls get a bad rap because they were bred to be fighters, but are all dogs actually being trained to do what they were originally intended to be bred for? German Shepherds, for example, were bred to be herding dogs, but they are now used mostly as police dogs. This just goes to show that dogs are trainable, and it is the owners’ responsibility to do just that- properly and humanely.
Native Remedies does not condone the harm of animals; the views expressed in this article are for educational purposes only.