Sunday, 22 February 2015

Two-Thirds of Fatalities: A Pit Bull Apologist Confesses!

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Two-Thirds of Fatalities: A Pit Bull Apologist Confesses!
By All American, Mon, May 23, 2011

Ah yes, pit bulls, don't you just love them? I love them to the point that it doesn't matter the amount of damage they are doing, people need to change their ways to avoid the attack of a pit. I say that you need to lock yourselves in your homes, don't take out your trash, don't let the kids play in the backyard, don't walk down the street, especially with another dog.

And don't forget to block your windows and doors because pits will come through if you are provoking them by just being there. I just know that the grandmother who was sitting beside her grandchild and the pit came through the screen door and killed the child, had to provoked that pit bull, it was the grandmother's fault.

After all pits are called the "nanny dog" and although that description has no basis for truth, you can repeat it anyway, no one will know the difference. http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2010/08/nanny-dog-myth-revealed.html

Pits are never at fault, the victims always are. The world needs to learn how to accommodate pit bulls instead of wanting to put restrictions on pit bulls. They are great, loyal pets. Forget about how many attack their owners, after all anytime there is an attack, it is the irresponsible owner to blame, not the pits. Pits can do no wrong.

So what that it is said that pits are committing two-thirds of the fatalities. We, as pit owners and apologists, know that we can always say there is no such thing as a pit so those figures are not credible. Another thing is that pits are misidentified and the media has a conspiracy to "get the pits". It makes for good headlines to blame a pit bull.

Yes, I know that it is not the reporter that identifies the attacking pit but we can always say that it is an ignorant reporter who doesn't know a chihuahua from a pit.

http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2011/04/find-pit-bull.html

Besides chihuahuas bite more than pits, use that the next time. Doesn't matter that a bite from a chihuahua probably won't land you in the hospital or a casket, compare those apples to oranges, the public doesn't know the difference. Always talk bites, compare bite records to fatality records, it is confusing to the general public.

Also refer to "dogs will be dogs" just like when a guy rapes a girl, they always say "boys will be boys". The public understands this. Just because pits were bred specifically to fight and kill, unlike other dogs that were bred to be of service to mankind, doesn't mean they are different. Just because a pit doesn't have the same body language of other breeds doesn't mean it is different. Watch pits in a fight, they are wagging their tails because they are doing what they were bred to do and they like it.

Most dogs, granted, will bite and run away but not our game pits, they don't stop even if it means their death.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=477_1296278090 

This is typical behavior of a pit and I am proud of it. I don't want them to change, I like their gameness. I laugh each time my pits rip into another dog, some useless wildlife, and especially when they "play" with livestock.

Another excuse you can make is that pits are always misidentified. We pit apologists invented a wonderful way to prove that they are misidentified. Who cares when the police, the vets, and animal control identify a pit, what do they know?

http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2011/04/find-pit-bull.html

And always refer to the media conspiracy to "get the pits".

Tell people that the media only reports if a pit bull is involved and the reporter will deliberately misidentify to make a more sensational headline. I often imagine all the journalists in the world getting together to form this conspiracy.

Remember to always bring up the National Canine Research Council. The public falls for those big names, deceptive or not. Yeah, I know this is not a national type of thing, yeah, I know that the main person is a self published author who basically has failed to get her books picked up by a reputable publishing house.

The point is the public doesn't know that. There are more sources you can quote such as the AKC. Sure the AKC allows puppy mill cruelty but they don't want any cruelty on their big litter producing money maker, pit bulls and Staffies. By the way, pits have several names and staffie is just one of them. The ignorant public may not want a pit as a pet but they might take a Staffordshire Terrier, sounds better.

Even HSUS and the ASPCA stand behind the pits. Yes, they are donor driven and would lose donations if they came out against pits but does the public know that? It's easy to see how they have been bought with the dogmen's money because of the change over the years.

Sure they bust dogmen, but it is the little ones, not the big guys. The big guys use their donations to support this because it is the easiest way to "get rid of their competition", just turn them in to HSUS. Keeps them all in business. Dr Michael Fox, Director of the Institute for the study of Animal Problems, Scientific Branch, Humane Society of the United States:

"I spent 20 years studying  the behavior of dogs and it's not in their nature. Man, has created a monster, If you wish...These dogs were selectively bred to fight, they have greater propensity to fight than other animals."


"They can attack people, and because the attitudes of Pit Bulls it is more likely they will attack people.  The worry is the power of the dogs jaw...to bite and not let go. It's quite sufficient to crush right through a child's arm or leg."

Randall Lockwood is often used as a source but he has changed his stance because of the pressure that us pit apologists have placed upon him. How dare he call our dogs canine pschopaths.

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/660427671.html?dids=660427671:660427671&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jul+19%2C+1986&author=Dianne+Dumanoski%2C+Globe+Staff&pub=Boston+Globe+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=A+HOT+DOG+GETS+THE+COLD+SHOULDER%3B+PIT+BULL+BREED+BANISHED+IN+LYNN%3B+LOYALISTS+ATTACK+%22CANINE+RACISM%22&pqatl=google

Let's hope no one delves into the background of the AVMA. People think of vets in the same vein as doctors and don't question their motivations. The AVMA stands on the side of breeders because they are agribusiness friendly.

Plus their vets make a lot of money taking care of the victims of pits so their stance insures their members of continuing to make money and send the AVMA dues. Who cares that they issued to their vets a brochure about pits being dangerous in their waiting rooms and how to handle them. It's an old report.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13616704/Dos-and-Donts-Concerning-Vicious-Dogs-by-Donald-H-Clifford 

Board members change and so do positions. We don't have to worry about them.

And the ASPCA, well they have put out literature on handling pits in shelters. Pits are the only breed that they dedicate literature to on their handling in the shelters.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14396422/ASPCA-Guide-to-Handling-Pit-Bulls-in-Shelter-Environments 

Pits are soooo special!

We just can't seem to overcome the insurance industry's positions on pits. We have tried to force all insurance companies to insure pits, some do to an extent. So we just tell people to lie about the breed of dog they have.

Too bad when there is an attack and the victim has no recourse to collect the hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical and the homeowner's insurance company says the homeowner misrepresented the dog so they won't pay. We don't care about the victims anyway, our pits are always innocent.

Let the government take care of their injuries, let them sell their homes to give their kid a new face, it ain't our responsibility to support them.
And never mind the statistics that show regulation is reducing the euthanization of pits in shelters like Denver. Denver now has the lowest euthanization rate of pits in the entire country but don't tell anyone.

http://www.dogsbite.org/pop-pit-bull-death-chart.htm

Quote instead the stats from the hospital on bites. It works because the hospital serves outlying areas without regulation and all those bite cases are added in.
Makes it look like Denver has more bites since installing regulations.

Aren't stats wonderful, you can always make them show what you want them to show. And if someone says anything about the Lancaster, California mayor who proclaims a 45% reduction in their crime rate since regulation and credits pit bull regulation for that reduction, just say that the mayor doesn't know what he's talking about.

Just remember defend pits no matter what against those Nazi, racist pit haters. Blame the victim, blame the "irresponsible" owner, blame cabin fever, whatever, just never blame the pit, they are always innocent. All they want to do is please us, they would die for us. Never mind what Randall Lockwood has to say that pits are six times more likely to attack/kill their owners.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/16267151/Are-Pit-Bulls-Different-An-Analysis-of-the-Pit-Bull-Terrier-Controversy-by-Randall-Lockwood-and-Kate-Rindy 

Lockwood is now on our side and we use him as a reference. Strange, isn't it, how loyalties change. Pits are loyal and they deserve everything. Defend the Breed Because They Love Doing the Deed and that is why we love pits.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/two-thirds-of-fatalities-a-pit-bull-apologist-confesses

Monday, 16 February 2015

A pit bull BSL works EVERYWHERE it is useful in almost eliminating all serious dog attacks

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A pit bull BSL works EVERYWHERE it is useful in almost eliminating all serious dog attacks that maim, disfigure, dismember, maul, cripple or kill, this is a simply proven fact in all cases.
The number of pit bulls is dramatically reduced as are the numbers of them put to death.

In ALL BSL's all existing pit bull type dogs are grandfathered in until they die off naturally, only NEW pit bull type dogs are not allowed in.

In NO case are they put down or even forced to leave the community if they are a grandfathered in pit bull type dog if they are registered.!

When a BSL is brought in you usually have 30 days to register your pit bull type dog covered by the Ban and it is grandfathered in and you are allowed to keep it with restrictions like short leash by an adult, muzzled, kenneled, 6 figure liability insurance, fixed, chipped, signage etc.

If you don't register it in 30 days or you bring one in after the Ban is in effect it is confiscated and put down, as it would be perverted & sick to ship a dangerous threat to public safety off to another community and be fine with that as long as your community was safe from them, that would simply be wrong.

The need to have BSL is to have a preemptive capability to avoid a pit bull attack from happening due to it's extremely savage consequences.

It is enacted against all pit bulls as they all have the genetic DNA propensity to carry out these horrific attacks that are non existent in 99% of all other breeds, ban the breed and you ban the deed, simple as that.

Dealing with an attack after the fact is simply not acceptable due to the horrific nature of said attacks.!

With any other breed other then Rottweiler's, wolf hybrids and Akita's and a few others in very small numbers it is not a naturally genetic reality for them to carry out such horrifying attacks.

Hence they need to be dealt with in an aggressive reactive modality where all of the breed are not looked on as one but rather based on the actions of the individual misbehaving dog.

This can be done in a very aggressive proactive manner so that as soon as a dog like a lab lets say starts behaving inappropriately severe consequences can be brought to bare on the owner and their dog in an escalating manner as needed to deal with a situation that has developed.

This duel track approach can deal with the pits issue as other normal dog breeds can be dealt with as well so vicious dogs of other mainstream breeds are also held accountable for their actions.

There should be mandatory Spay/Neuter programs for all breeds but clearly the one that needs it the most and where the most change would be effected would be with the Pit Bull type dog.


There is very little cost difference no matter if you have a pit bull type dog BSL Ban or not.
There is a very impactful cost free indirect outcome as invariably the pit bull type dog owner will be far more careful and in fact go underground to avoid the consequences of not adhering to a BSL Ban such as fines & or losing their dog or even having it put down, this tends to focus their minds and motivates them to be in compliance.

In effect out of sight reduces interaction with any pit bull type dogs in general for both the 2 & 4 legged legitimate members of the community which greatly increases their daily safety and dramatically reduces the possibility of pit bull attacks.
All this at not one cent of extra cost.

AC officers will be more available to carry out routine street and park patrols not having to deal with constant pit bull type dog mauling's.
This is their normal activity and will allow them to as they enforce the normal leash and dog at large laws to enforce the BSL Ban at the same time at no extra cost.

Simple they see a pit bull type dog they pick it up, a minor cost to bring about increased public safety, & as they go more and more underground this cost will drop sharply to the level of being moot from a budget perspective.

As well neighbors on the street will know if a pit bull type dog is illegally present and can call the city AC to report this allowing the animal to be removed, a simple, clean and efficient modality to find, fix and remove any pit bull type dog illegally in the community.

If the owners keep their pit bull type dogs in the basement or take them out only very early in the morning or very late at night this will dramatically enhance the community's safety cost free as the possibility of the public interacting with a pit bull type dog is reduced to fractionally what it normally would be the case in normal daytime hours.

There would be no extras kenneling cost after you pick up a pit bull type dog, you put down a stray right away, if there is ownership proof an immediate choice is given to the owner, give it up to be put down right away or if they appeal it in the courts they pay the kenneling cost.

If done this way the expense of kenneling is also moot.
Done this way any Pit Bull type dog BSL Ban is easily enforceable by any community, the only requirement to make this a reality is to have the courage to simply carry out said enforcement in the face of screams, rants and raves by the pit
bull advocates. 

My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states, cities and counties in the US & Canada and the World.

For additional accurate information on the public safety Danger of Pit Bull Type Dogs visit:

http://www.dogsbite.org/

http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/

http://www.animals24-7.org/category/dogs-cats/dogs/
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My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,
cities and counties in the US & Canada.

All Pit Bull Type Dogs must be Banned:

Including pit bulls (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos and their mixes and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics)

As well the following should be labeled as Dangerous dogs after single bite incident: rottweilers, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, they as well as all Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be:

* Licensed
* Micro-chipped with any bite history in database for reference.
* Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic's determining said rate.
* All Dogs Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)

* All breeds involved in any bite incident and Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.
For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.
* All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure
* All Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

* No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)

* All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

$1,000 fine for noncompliance

Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states
Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human
Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal.

The Problem with Pit Bull Service Dogs

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
The Problem with Pit Bull Service Dogs

Sue Manning, long-time pit bull promotor and journalist for AP, has written an article about rescue pit bulls being trained as service dogs. (YIKES) She mentions two organizations doing this - Animal Farm Foundation, the best funded pit bull ownership advocacy organization in the world, and Pits for Patriots in Chicago.

When we first blogged about Pits for Patriots in 2012, this outfit was less than a year old, and they had not yet placed any pit bulls as service dogs for veterans with PTSD. They noted that they started with four candidates, but that two had washed out.

There's a photo below of the two successful training candidates fitted with prong collars. Today, three years later, they still haven't placed any service dogs with a veteran and the two candidates below both developed a case of the dog aggression for which there is no cure.

They are up for adoption. The white one, Odie, had to have his CGC and Therapy Dog certificates revoked. He must go to an experienced pit bull owner who will not "set him up to fail." FYI: That means potential owners must set up strict containment and movement protocols with zero margin of error allowable or there will be a bloodbath. And to think he was once a therapy dog.

Sheena and Odie have since washed out of the pit bull service
dog program

Pits for Patriots cites as their inspiration two "successful" pit bull service dog organizations, one in New York, and one in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The Tampa Bay organization, called Pit Bulls 4 Patriots, was founded with the intention of training rescued pit bulls as service dogs for veterans with PTSD. Unfortunately, by the time the Chicago Pits for Patriots had cited them as their inspiration, Pit Bulls 4 Patriots had already been forced to abandon their original concept.

They retooled and renamed themselves Hounds 4 Heros, a program that uses rescued greyhounds instead. Why? The pit bulls were not working out as service dogs. They took too long to train, and they found that pit bulls were too "sensitive" to work with handlers with PTSD because they "reflected" the symptoms of their handler's PTSD.

Evidently, the pit bulls were exhibiting common symptoms of PTSD: anger, irritability, hyper-vigilance, and anxiety whenever their owners did. Irritable pit bull service dogs. N o T h a n k Y o u.

"We became clear that we need dogs who are able to provide calm in any situation rather than matching the handler's feelings. Also, it is critical that PTSD service dogs can adapt and recover quickly from stress, and to be resiliant enough to do that again and again"

In addition, the wonderful pit bull "washouts" could not be easily adopted so the founders of the organization are now the proud owners of a boatload of pits. Rescue pit bulls, it seems, are not inherently (genetically), suited to service dog work. Unfortunately Hounds 4 Heros not only took down the page the above quote comes from, there is no archive of it either.

However, Hounds 4 Heros has written in depth about just what makes rescued greyhounds such great candidates as service dogs for veterans. Knowing that they were forced to scrap their original concept, it is not hard to read between the lines. It seems that greyhounds possess inherent (genetic) characteristics that that make them good PTSD service dogs and pit bulls do not:

"In our search for the "perfect" PTSD service dog, we are very excited to have Murray join us. Greyhounds tend to be calm, loving but not pushy, caring but not overly sensitive, and are happy to relax and go wherever their person needs them to be."

This second quote speaks directly to their experience with pit bulls and they speak to both genetic and a reasonably knowable and appropriate early experience for the greyhounds:

Our dogs are carefully selected for having exceptionally calm and stable temperaments. We like working with greyhounds because we do not have to train over any strong genetically bred instincts and drives (such as protection/guarding, being territorial, herding, dog aggression, or hunting).

It was surprising for us to learn that although some greyhounds have a strong prey drive, most do not. While growing to adulthood in preparation for racing, greyhounds remain in daily contact with their litter mates and other hounds.

They are spared from the jarring loss of their pack at an exceedingly young age, unlike most other dogs, who are bred and quickly sold as pets.

This continued companionship with their own kind is extremely healthy for balanced brain development and canine social skills. Since they are being groomed to become racing dogs, their lives are disciplined, with plenty of exercise, routines, and very clear guidance from all the humans they come in contact with.

As a result, they tend to be peacefully submissive to people, and easily accept direction. This is very helpful in their new roles as service dogs for our PTSD veterans.

This next quote perfectly explains the very real dangers of trying to shape dogs bred for fighting into service dogs:
We can't overstate the importance of the balanced minds and good nature of these dogs for their job as psychiatric service dogs.

It is critical that our dogs are going to be calm and stable "on their own" without the necessity of great guidance and leadership from their handler.

When living with someone who has fluctuating weak energy and leadership skills, such as anyone with a psychiatric disorder, a dog will revert to its genetically bred instincts and/or to default behaviors learned in puppyhood.

Skilled training can override weaknesses in temperament and high-drive instinctual behaviors, but our PTSD handlers will not be able to maintain training over the top of these things. The longer the team spends together, the more the dog's training would "unravel" and revert to the genetic predisposition of the dog.

Examples of this would be an unbalanced German Shepherd who falls back inappropriately to his instinct to guard and bite when threatened, or a herding dog who neurotically begins nipping at the feet and heels of anything that moves around his person.

With the greyhounds their default is to either relax, or quietly withdraw into themselves. As a result, they don't act out, become dangerously unbalanced, or create problems for their handlers or the public. They are able to maintain and return to their trained behaviors with relative ease.

These gentle, intelligent, and malleable dogs respond very well to our positive training methods. They are able to perform the many kinds of tasks and work that most benefit people who face the daunting challenge of living with PTSD.

And that is the crucial issue for safety - what instincts (genetically controlled behavior) does the dog default to when not under guidance or under the guidance of someone who is not an expert dog handler.

Animal Farm Foundation is the other pit bull service training dog organization mentioned in Manning's article. They are going at it the right way. They have put out a nationwide call for pit bull service dog candidates that they will evidently transport to the Farm at their own expense.

They must figure that by casting an enormous net, they will be able to find one or two pit bull outliers with the temperament of a lab.

But the best news is Animal Farm Foundation now admits that anyone can identify a pit bull, because they will accept any dog that was identified by anyone at a shelter as a pit bull for the program.

They have evidently already placed five pit bull service dogs with handlers, but stopped promoting their feat after blogging about the first three. The serviceman with PTSD and his dog are not listed as being one of the pit bull service dogs placed by AFF.

Stunt pit bull service dogs are dangerous for the reasons Hounds 4 Heros outlined above. And Animal Farm Foundation's efforts to promote pit bulls as service dogs and to emphasize that you can train your service dog yourself makes them even more dangerous.

In many respects, pit bull service dogs are silly stunts. If it takes 4 years to train a dog to be a service animal, one can conclude that dog is not really suited to the job.

This is just like BFAS crowing about a fight bust dog getting a CGC certificate after 6 years of training when normal dogs need only 8 to 10 weeks of basic obedience classes to become a good citizen.

But, even if all of Animal Farm Foundation's pit bulls are truly cream puff pit bull outliers, they are encouraging everyone to pick up a rescue pit bull, train it up themselves, and seat it under the restaurant table next to yours. Bon Appetit!

http://cravendesires.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-problem-with-pit-bull-service-dogs.html

Friday, 13 February 2015

A Cane Corso is a Pit Bull Ttpe Dog.

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In regards to Cane Corso dogs:

The old English Bulldog from whence the pit bull terrier was created from has been around for about 800 years.

It came about from the canis pugnax, Historians are fairly confident that the Old English Bulldog is derived from ancient war dogs, such as the old Mastiff or Alaunt which have lineage to canis pugnax from whence cane corso's were derived from.

All of the above are molosser breeds & the Cane Corso and pit bull terrier are directly genetically intertwined
with both being pit bull type dog with the same genetic truth, reality and outcome.!!!

The Bullmastiff is a Pit Bull Mix or pit bull type dog.

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The Bullmastiff is a large breed of domestic dog , with a solid build and a short muzzle and is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull, in effect a pit bull mix..

The Bullmastiff shares the characteristics of Molosser dogs, and was originally developed by 19th-century gamekeepers to guard estates.
The breed's bloodlines are drawn from the English Mastiff and Old English Bulldoggie the precursor to the modern pit bull terrier.
It was recognized as a purebred dog by the English Kennel Club in 1924.

The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog (not the short, chubby English Bulldog of today) and 60% English Mastiff known for its size and strength.
In more recent times the Bullmastiff lineage has been continued by mixing the English Mastiff with the Pit Bull terrier to create the current modern Bullmastiff.

The American Bulldog is a Pit Bull Type dog and a Pit Mix.

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What is a pit bull?

All these pit bull type dogs have the same pit bull bred genetic truth and reality and outcome and danger and all should be considered with the same danger that they all represent.

The legal definition of a pit bull is a class of dogs that includes the following breeds: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs.
Weight and shape can vary significantly amongst pit bulls, from 35 to 100 plus pounds.

Unlike the English and the French Bulldogs, the Olde English Bulldogge and the American Bulldog were not mixed with Pug or other purely companion breeds. The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the original bear-baiting, horse-baiting, pit-fighting bulldog of Elizabethan England.

The American Bulldog is a mix of these original bulldogs with a mastiff type.

Breed-specific laws were invented to regulate pit bulls. This class of dogs is comprised of several breeds, including: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier.

The American bulldog can also be classified within this group; the two breeds share a common gene pool and are close cousins. The breed standard for the American bulldog, Scott-type, was developed by crossing early Johnson lines with the American pit bull terrier.

Though pit bulls are by far the most popular "fighting breed," several U.S. cities have expanded breed-specific laws to incorporate additional fighting breeds, including: dogo argentino, tosa (tosa inu), fila brasileiro (Brazilian mastiff), cane corso, presa canario and presa mallorquin. Yet, these instances are rare.

The focal point of breed-specific laws revolves around pit bulls. This is because this class of dogs is the most common and negatively impacts communities the most.

This is what an American Bull dog is, in effect a pit bull type dog, 6 of one half a dozen of another, same difference same outcome:

Progressive pit bull legislation includes the American bulldog in its definition of a pit bull.

The term Pit bull type dog refers to many variants with the same mutated genetic truth and reality and outcome.

The American bulldog is one of them.!!!!!!!!!!!!

History

Both the American bulldog and pit bull terrier are of the Mastiff family and can be traced back to the “bulldog.”

Bulldogs were so named because they were used in the English sport of bull-baiting (where dogs attacked bulls that were coming into market).

After bull-baiting was outlawed, the bulldog was bred by different lovers of the breed, resulting in different breeds of bulldog.

Resident dog, family dog Pit Bull advocate talking point Disproven

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A New Pit nutter talking point i have notice is the whole resident vs family dog red herring.

They are using is to try to explain away the growing number of family mutants attacking and killing it's so called family members.

They had no answer when this happened so frequently in recent years and could not claim the old it is how you raise them as they would be essentially saying they the average pit bull owner were dog abusers etc.

So now they have come up with this smoke and mirror gambit to hide this truth behind, somewhat like the Oh you can't identify it was a pit bull modality, unless it was a hero dog. Now they will say it was a resident dog therefore it doesn't count and does not dispute the nanny dog great family dog propaganda that they are always spewing out there.

Obfuscate much, oh yes they do, this new pit nutter talking point you all have dreamed up is all red herring and a mile long, resident/family dog one in the same, in the house in the yard no difference as they are almost always intertwined as they are coming and going.

Resident dog, family dog, there is NO difference and is just another attempt by pit bull advocates to hide the fact that even when owned as a loved family pet a pit bull type dog is still as likely to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit for it's human owners family as some stranger in the street.

So much for it's the owner and not the breed Ha.!!!!

It is genetics that trumps all and this is simple more proof of it.
The pit bull type dog is what it does.................Kill.!!

ASPCA Warns employees of the Danger of the Pit Bull type dog

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The ASPCA says:
Can All Dogs Be Trained to Fight?
No. Much like herding dogs, trailing dogs and other breeds selected for particular roles, fighting dogs are born ready for the training that will prepare them to succeed in the pit, and are bred to have a high degree of dog aggression.

The ASPCA has no obligation to share safety issues about pit bulls with the public. On their "Pit Bull Information" web page, they write: "Sadly, pit bulls have acquired a reputation as unpredictable, dangerous, and vicious." Yet, spelled out in the ASPCA Shelter Guidelines -- designed to protect shelter workers -- are the unique risks attributed to pit bulls. One of them is that they "attack without warning," which is equivalent to unpredictable behavior.
From the ASPCA's The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment:

There are "cases of experienced handlers who had developed good relationships with the dogs over a period of months still being attacked without warning or obvious provocation."
Pit bulls "ignore signs of submission from other dogs" and "give no warning prior to attack." They add that this is "different than normal dog behavior."

"Today’s pit bulls" have multiple names including: "Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1936), American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1972, Am Staff), American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier."
"These dogs can be aggressive towards humans and more likely to cause fatal attacks to people than other fighting type dogs."

"Pit bulls will climb fences, chew up stainless steel food and water bowls, destroy copper tubing of automatic water systems and conventional cages, and attack other animals through chain link fences."
"Pit bulls can break through conventional cage doors and destroy typical epoxy paint on the floors and walls."
"Pit bulls require special housing considerations" and "isolation from other animals if dog aggressive or have a high prey drive."

"Install a panic button in rooms housing pit bulls along with other restraint equipment in any room housing pit bulls."
It seems unlikely that the ASPCA or shelters participating in the "Adopt-A-Bull Contest" will tell potential adopters to install a panic button in their home or that pit bulls attack without warning.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is in fact the same dog as an American Pit Bull Terrier, but registered by a different kennel club.

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The American Staffordshire Terrier is in fact the same dog as an American Pit Bull Terrier, but registered by a different kennel club.

At the turn of the 20th century, the pit bull breeders wanted the respectability of AKC recognition, but the AKC was reluctant to register fighting dogs. The AKC finally recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier in 1936 after decades of lobbying by pit bull breeders.

John P. Colby’s champion fighter, American Pit Bull Terrier ‘Primo’, formed the basis for the breed standard of the ‘new‘ AKC breed – but the AKC wasn’t willing to have the word ‘pit bull’ in the ‘ new’ breed’s name.
The ‘new’ pit bull breed was dubbed ‘the Staffordshire Terrier’ in order to hide its relation to the pit bull and its origins and history in the fighting pit. The breed’s name was changed again to American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972, to distinguish the larger American version from the smaller English version (which kept the name ‘Staffordshire Bull Terrier’)1,2.

In 1972, the breed register was also re-opened for a time to allow people to register their UKC registered pit bull as an American Staffordshire Terrier if they regretted not having done so earlier.

Because of their shared ancestry, history, function and genetics, we refer you further to our page about the American Pit Bull Terrier, since the information you need to have is identical.
In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.

CDC Statement that Pit Bull Type Dogs are a Breed Specific Problem with a Breed Specific Solution.

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From the CDC (1998 report, page 4):

"Despite these limitations and concerns
(about identifying the exact ‘breed’ of pit bull type dog responsible for a
killing), the data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted
for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998.

It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the
United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a
breed-specific problem with fatalities."

CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer describes the unique Danger of the Pit Bull Type Dog.

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CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

"Yeah, but this is a different breed...the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed - They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don't feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to 'make him dog' (I guess as in a "regular" dog) so we can actually create the limits.

So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it's not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.". If you add pain, it only infuriates them..to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it...

That's why they are such great fighters." Cesar goes on to say..."Especially with fighting breeds, you're going to have these explosions over and over because there's no limits in their brain."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzZgqCcy7b4&app=desktop

BSL is designed to Stop horrific maulings & Death not reduce over all minor bites.

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The point is, other dogs bite and release causing a band aid or a stitch or two, it is only Pit bulls and Pit bull crosses and others like Bullmastiffs, Rotts etc. that attack and can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

These are the kind of attacks that BSL is designed to stop and they do so very successfully, they are not meant to stop everyday minor fear bites from normal dogs as those are not the attacks that pit bull type dogs carry out.

That is the big difference in the outcome and should result in a completely different attitude towards these dogs and why they should be banned outright.
The stats are very clear and accurate and show this reality even if you want to put your head in the sand, it still is what it is.

About one pit bull in 107,000 will kill someone this year, compared to
about one other dog in 1.4 million.

About one pit bull in 5,800 will disfigure
someone, compared to about one other dog in 130,000.

About one pit bull in 107 will kill another animal,
compared to about one other dog in about 50,000.

Don’t take needless chances with dog-baby photos with Pit Bull Type Dogs.

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Don’t take needless chances with dog-baby photos

By Dr. DARA JOHNS / Daily News columnist
Published: Monday, September 1, 2014

In September 2000, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published an article detailing a study of the breeds of dogs involved in human fatal attacks.

The authors obtained their data by contacting the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS maintains a data base of dog bite-related fatalities. The study accumulated data from 1979 to 1996.

Results showed that certain breeds were more likely to cause dog bite related fatalities.

Highest on the list were pit bulls with 66 fatal incidents recorded. Second highest were Rottweilers with 39 incidents.

German Shepherds came in at 17 and Husky-type dogs were 15. Doberman Pinchers had nine recorded dog bite fatalities and Chow Chows had eight. Great Danes and Saint Bernards each had seven to their name over the 17-year period.

The Center for Disease Control says that roughly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of those bitten, about 885,000 require medical attention, and half of those requiring medical attention are children.

I bring this up because I have been seeing way too many “cute” pictures on the Internet of little babies lying around with really big dogs.

Even medium-size dogs can do a lot of damage, but when you put a little defenseless child up next to an animal with incredibly strong jaws and sharp teeth, you are taking needless chances.

Dogs are not human and are not bound by the same code of ethics that humans are. One may never know what might trigger a dog to snap. Even if a dog is not intentionally trying to injure a child, rough play can cause a lot of damage.

In my profession, we see a lot of dogs that we are cautious around. Many dogs that may snap if provoked get a muzzle so that we do not have to worry about being bitten while we are performing our exam.

Probably half or more of the dogs we muzzle are less than 20 pounds. They can do a lot of damage with their teeth even if they can’t cause bite-related fatalities.

Little dogs can severe nerves and tear muscle. Bite wounds are dirty and easily get infected and cause secondary scarring and long term pain.

Little children playing games might chase a dog, big or little, into a corner. The dog, feeling threatened, could lash out and do permanent damage to the child.

That is bad enough, but when you lay a baby down with a huge dog, you are putting that baby’s life in the hands of an animal. There is absolutely nothing reasonable about that.

Canine Behaviorist state Genetics does cause Pit Bull Type Attacks

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Here's what dog behaviorist Dr. Radcliffe Robins has to say:

"Temperament is 100% genetic; it is inherited, and fixed at the moment of the dog’s fertilization/conception/birth.

Temperament in the dog cannot be eliminated nor transformed from one type to another.

It cannot change during the dog’s lifetime. It is the permanent mental/neurological characteristic of the individual dog.

Environment, socialization or training can MODIFY the expression of an individual dog’s temperament, but they cannot transform it nor eliminate it.

The dog will die with the temperament with which it was born."

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The pit bull's unusual breeding history has produced some bizarre behavioral traits, de- scribed by The Economist's science editor in an article published a few years ago, at the peak of a heated British controversy over dangerous dogs that saw the pit bull banned in England.

First, the pit bull is quicker to anger than most dogs, probably due to the breed's unusually high level of the neurotransmitter L-tyrosine. Second, pit bulls are frighteningly tenacious; their attacks frequently last for 15 minutes or longer, and nothing—hoses, violent blows or kicks—can easily stop them.

That's because of the third behavioral anomaly: the breed's remarkable insensitivity to pain. Most dogs beaten in a fight will submit the next time they see the victor. Not a defeated pit bull, who will tear into his onetime vanquisher. This, too, has to do with brain chemistry.

The body releases endorphins as a natural painkiller. Pit bulls seem extra-sensitive to endorphins and may generate higher levels of the chemical than other dogs. Endorphins are also addictive: "The dogs may be junkies, seeking pain so they can get the endorphin buzz they crave," The Economist suggests.

Finally, most dogs warn you before they attack, growling or barking to tell you how angry they are—"so they don't have to fight," ASPCA advisor and animal geneticist Stephen Zawistowski stresses.

Not the pit bull, which attacks without warning. Most dogs, too, will bow to signal that they want to frolic. Again, not the pit bull, which may follow an apparently playful bow with a lethal assault.

In short, contrary to the writings of Vicki Hearne, a well-known essayist on animals who—in a bizarre but emotionally charged confusion—equates breed-specific laws against pit bulls as a kind of "racist propaganda," the pit bull is a breed apart.

Is There a Media Conspiracy against Pit Bull Type Dogs?

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“THERE IS A MEDIA CONSPIRACY AGAINST PIT BULLS”?

The Myth:
There is an assumption that the media only reports pit bull incidents and fatalities.

The Reality:
The media reports incidents with all breeds. As recently as December 2013, the media reported the death of an infant cause by injuries sustained from an attack by two Shiba Inus.

Pit bulls are in the media more because they are the most common offenders for severe attacks on animals and humans. Since 1982, pit bulls have accounted for 67% of dog attacks resulting in bodily harm. As pit bulls have become more popular as pets, this number has begun to rise.

The media merely reports news of an occurrence based on facts or observations given to them by witnesses and investigators. If anything, the media has a tendency to under-report the breed associated with the incident or attack due to lack of detail regarding the incident.

Pit bull attacks have become so frequent in the U.S. today (one lost body part every 5.4 days and one fatality every 2 weeks) that many attacks never make it to the media. The occurrences that are reported in the news often get minimal coverage. “Man bites dog is news, dog bites man is not.”

The Facts of American Temperament Test re Pit bull type dogs

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American Temperament Test:
The ATTS test, was NOT created to evaluate dogs for “pet” suitability.

In 1977, Alfons Ertel designed the American Temperament Test in hopes of creating a uniform temperament test for dogs. Of the 75 million dogs that populate the U.S. today,20 about 933 are tested per year (0.001% of all dogs).

And he was a printer, NOT an animal behaviorist. He owned German shepherds and was involved in the sport called shutzhund, which involves training dogs in the same manner in which police dogs are trained.

The ATTS was intended to test working dogs for jobs such as police work and it favors bold animals, i.e., dogs that face danger head-on without hesitation or fear.

Courage was a desirable trait, timidity an undesirable trait. Thus, German shepherds did much better on the ATTS than did collies and other timid breeds.

In fact, 95% of the dogs that fail the ATTS do so because they “lack confidence,” e.g., when approaching a weirdly-dressed stranger.

Of course, pit bulls are going to score well on a test geared toward aggressive behavior because these monsters were bred for the purpose of fighting and killing other pit bulls and nothing deters them, certainly not weirdly-dressed strangers!

The temperament data published by the group is not based upon scientific random sampling of any dog breed. It seems it would be virtually impossible to develop such a reliable study, as the base population source group is unidentifiable.

Due to the temperament data being objectively statistically unreliable, it is also highly misleading. Pit bull advocates frequently use this misleading data to point to the breed's good temperament and to advocate against breed-specific laws ("Pit bulls pass the ATTS test more often than beagles!").

Yet anyone one who has a minimal understanding of critical statistical analysis should be able to see that the ATTS "breed statistics" temperament data21 is essentially valueless.

The 12-minute test stimulates a casual walk through a park with a range of encounters. The test focuses on stability, shyness, aggressiveness and a few other factors. According to the group, the overall pass rate (the combination of all breeds) is 81.6%.22

Unlike the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test, no part of the ATTS test is performed without the dog owner present. It also fails to evaluate the most basic scenario that leads to aggression: How a dog reacts when it sees another dog.

The truth about The American Veterinary Medical Association's position on pit bull type dogs.

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The truth about The American Veterinary Medical Association's position on pit bull sterilization and animal welfare issues.
The AVMA position against legislation to mandate sterilization of pit bulls is subsumed within the assertion that, “Banning specific breeds to control dog bite injuries ignores the scope and nature of the problem and is unlikely to protect a community’s citizens.” This claim is, first of all, blatantly false.

AVMA is a TRADE ORGANIZATION whose interest is to protect the PROFESSIONALS that work in the industry. We wouldn't expect the surgeon general to ask the tobacco companies for research or opinion regarding their public policy about the dangers of smoking?

In truth, the few large U.S. cities which prohibit or restrict possession of pit bulls have had markedly fewer dog attack fatalities and disfigurements over the past 30 years than any others of comparable size. Also of note is that these cities––San Francisco, Denver, Miami, and New York City––impound and kill just a fraction as many pit bulls as those without breed-specific laws.

Bluntly put, the AVMA appears to oppose breed-specific legislation by way of pandering to the same “fanciers” who popularized “cosmetic” surgeries and were long a big part of many veterinarians’ clientele, even if they didn’t have many dogs neutered.

Though dogs have bred prolifically without human help since long before the rise of human civilization, canine obstetrics has become a lucrative branch of the veterinary industry, for example because dogs often need help to birth breeds with disproportionately large heads.

Biblical references to the Danger of Pit bull type dogs

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Revelation 9:1 “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key to the Pits.“

Revelation 9:2 “And he let loose the Pits; and there arose a smoke from the mouths of the Pits, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke from the Pits.“

Revelation 9:4 “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only eat the loins of the wicked and slay their children with claw and gnashing teeth.”
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Ezekiel 33:1
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. ...

Ezekiel 33:6
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.
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An Ox be a Mutant Undog pit bull type dog by another name.................works for me, this should be the outcome for all pit bull type dogs and pit nutter owners, we should include this in the next proposed BSL here, there and everywhere.

28 If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

Failure of Pit bulls as Police dogs

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

LawDogsUSA, Pit Bull Detection Dog Program, Shuts Down
October 2008 Closure Notice

Olympia, WA - Back in April, we reported that a handful of pit bulls seized from the Pima County dogfighting raid were chosen to be "rehabilitated" as detection dogs. Diane Jessup, the owner of LawDogsUSA, was the recipient of these dogs. In October, Jessup shut down LawDogsUSA due to lack of interest from the "pit bull community" and lack of adequate funding.

"I had dreamed that LawDogsUSA would attract the best and brightest in the pit bull community and be able to grow larger than just me.

While I received fantastic support from a few, unfortunately the support and funding necessary to continue the program in a meaningful way was not forthcoming."
Fate of the Pima Dogs

The Pima County dogs did not work out either. She had selected three dogs for the detection program: Pima, Tucson and Arizona. Jessup writes on her website (please scroll to the bottom of the page titled: Update August 2008):

"It is with deep regret that I report that "Tucson" (the male) was found to have developed uncontrollable dog aggression. With no socialization or training to channel his drive during his critical period (21 days to 16 weeks) this pup would never...."

"Both dogs developed a very aggressive form of demodex mange - common in inbred dogs with compromised immune systems - and were being treated for that when I evaluated them for structural soundness. Both girls were suffering from severe..."

It appears she euthanized all three dogs. Interestingly, Jessup does not support "no-kill" or dumping pit bulls into "sanctuaries," which she compares to "above ground pet cemeteries."

She writes that the practice "amounts to a boarding kennel" and is the "height of disrespect for our noble companions." She feels that euthanasia in her own arms is the most humane option.

http://blog.dogsbite.org/2008/11/lawdogs.html

Stanley Coren, Ph.D. expert on Dog behavior's views on pit bull type dogs

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Canine Corner
The human-animal bond
by Stanley Coren, Ph.D.

Dogs That Bite and People That Don't Listen
People often try to explain away misbehavior in children, dogs, and dog breeds.
Published on April 3, 2013 by Stanley Coren, Ph.D., F.R.S.C. in Canine Corner

I recently gave a series of talks at the All about Pets Show in Toronto. As often happens at such events, people stop me as I am walking around the hall to ask me questions, solicit advice, or to offer their opinions about various aspects of dog behavior or events occurring in the news that may have an impact on dogs and dog owners.

I usually enjoy these interactions, and try to be as helpful and open-minded as I can. However, sometimes (fortunately rarely) these encounters can be quite unpleasant.

dog bite aggression pitbull denial research science canine puppy human-dog bondOn the second day of the event, a woman accosted me and began to harangue me about statements that I had published about pitbull terriers. The statements which so offended her were reports of research published in respected scientific journals that found that pitbulls, and pitbull crosses accounted for a disproportionate number of dog bite related injuries and deaths.

I tried to tell her that I was reporting credible research findings, and tried to summarize some of the newer data that had recently appeared in behavioral and medical journals about the dog breeds that bite.

In most instances she did not even let me complete my description of the research before she rejected the findings claiming that the breeds were being misidentified, that data surveys based upon press reports were inaccurate or biased, that statistics underestimated the real number of pitbulls in the population, that other breeds like Labrador retrievers and Golden retrievers had a higher bite incident rates but these simply weren't being reported because of bias.

She also said that researchers ignore the fact that pitbulls are the dogs that are most likely to be abused and provoked by people, and she implied that that meant that many of their bites are justified.

I tried to give her some specific research findings to ask her if she could explain them using her own rationale, however she ignored my requests and eventually resorted to the ad hominem argument that I simply didn't know what I was talking about and I must have an irrational dislike of the breeds involved.

I must admit that I got frustrated by this, and rather than losing my temper I simply walked away to end the encounter.

As a psychologist I suspect that I know what is going on in her mind. For many people dogs fit into their family structure in the same way that children do.

There is a real bond here, and lots of love and affection for dogs in general and of course especially for the family's favorite breed of dogs. If a human child does something wrong it is natural for a parent spring to his or her defense.

I once watched the interview of a mother whose son had been arrested for shooting a shopkeeper during a holdup. Unfortunately for the shooter, there were security cameras in the store and near the entrance.

When shown the video of the boy and his companion entering the store, the mother claimed that her boy was being misidentified, despite the fact that he was wearing his high school jacket with both his name and team number on it.

When asked about that she claimed that the jacket must've been stolen. When another camera clearly showed the boy's face, she still claimed that it was not him, and the police had singled her son out for arrest based on racial profiling.

When the boys companion actually spoke his name during the robbery she was ultimately forced to admit to his identity, however she then went on to claim that her son was provoked into shooting the clerk because the clerk was threatening him.

However the video clearly showed that the clerk had his hands out to the sides and had stepped back from the counter defensively. This mother was clearly offering the human equivalent of the defenses that the woman in Toronto was giving as explanations and denials of reports of aggressive misbehavior by pit bulls.

People who know my work also know that I am not a fan of breed specific legislation, however, as a psychologist who has studied the genetic basis of dog behavior I also know that there are real differences in temperament across breeds.

Aggressive tendencies are part of those breed-specific differences in a dog breed's personality. When I encounter credible data pointing out differences in the temperament of various breeds I often report them.

I think they are interesting and important, and can help us to intelligently select the dog breeds which can fit into a family's living situation or particular service dog positions. Take for example the following bit of data.

Doctors Alison Kaye, Jessica Belz and Richard Kirschner studied 551 dog bite injury cases that were brought to the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia over a five-year period.

The victims ranged in age from newborn to 18 years. As is the usual procedure in trauma cases, as much data as possible was gathered about the event that caused the injury at the time that the patient was admitted.

One important bit of data that was collected in these cases was the breed of the dog that bit the child. What is striking in this report is the fact that of all of those injuries where the dog's breed was identifiable, 50.9% were due to pitbulls (55.7% if we include crosses).

The next closest breeds were Rottweilers accounting for 8.9% of the bites (10.3% with crosses), German Shepherds with 3.7% (7.0% with crosses), and Akitas and Cocker Spaniels each account for 3% of traumatic dog bites.

According to the available statistics the most popular breeds of dogs in the city of Philadelphia are, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs and Rottweilers. As in most large cities in America, pitbulls (defined as American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers) account for less than 1% of the canine population.

On the basis of these statistics alone one would expect that Labrador Retrievers would have the highest bite rate yet they are virtually invisible in this data set. Instead we find that pitbulls are responsible for more than 50 times the rate of bite injuries than what we would expect given their population numbers.

This is from information taken as part of medical intake of dog bite victims who are being treated for trauma. It is not based on press reports, nor does it represent some kind of inherent bias against square-headed dogs.

No matter how much one may love the bully breeds, these are facts that, like a surveillance video of a robbery which identifies a perpetrator, cannot simply be explained away under the cloak of bias or misrepresentation.

Stanley Coren is the author of many books including: Born to Bark; Do Dogs Dream? The Modern Dog; Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? The Pawprints of History; How Dogs Think; How To Speak Dog; Why We Love the Dogs We Do; What Do Dogs Know? The Intelligence of Dogs; Why Does My Dog Act That Way? Understanding Dogs for Dummies; Sleep Thieves; The Left-hander Syndrome

Taryn Blyth Animal behaviorist, dog trainer statement on danger of Pit bulls

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Taryn Blyth
Animal behaviorist, dog trainer

Pit Bulls - just like any other dog?

While the pro-Pit Bull lobby has done much to very successfully persuade the public that Pit Bulls are like any other dogs and that their temperament is simply determined by how you raise them, many experienced dog behaviourists and trainers do not agree.

Certainly my understanding of dog behaviour (through many years of study) and my experience dealing with the breed in training classes, consultations and work at a local shelter has convinced me that Pit Bulls are at far higher risk for abnormally aggressive behaviour towards other dogs.

As important as environment may be, genetics do have an influence on behaviour. Most dog breeds we have today were originally selected not for their looks, but for a particular type of “work”.

Humans selected (through preferential treatment, selective breeding and culling) behaviour patterns which were useful for a particular function e.g. herding or retrieving.

The main behaviour pattern which has been altered through selective breeding is the “predatory motor pattern” - the behaviour pattern that enables a predator to hunt and kill prey:

ORIENT → EYE →STALK→CHASE→GRAB BITE→SHAKE BITE/KILL BITE→DISECT→EAT

Through the process of domestication (essentially selection for genetic tameness), dogs have become primarily scavengers and not predators, but some remnants of this predatory sequence have been retained or even exaggerated where they can be useful for a particular task.

The Border Collie is probably one of the best examples of this: In order to be good herders Border Collies have been selected to have exaggerated EYE→STALK→CHASE behaviours, but the rest of the predatory sequence has been selected out of the breed (obviously a herding dog that mauled sheep would be a problem!).

Pointers have exaggerated EYE behaviours and Flock guarding dogs that live amongst livestock have virtually no predatory behaviours (which is why the sheep don’t run from them).

Pit Bulls, Staffies and other “Bull-baiting” breeds were selected to kill other animals and each other. The parts of the predatory sequence that have been retained in these types of dogs is the SHAKE BITE/KILL BITE and sometimes DISECT.

In fact these types of dogs usually go straight from EYE → SHAKE BITE/KILL BITE with none of the other steps in between. This is why they are often said to be unpredictable.

The plain fact of the matter is that all fighting breeds were genetically selected for their propensity to grab, shake and kill other animals, including their own kind. While Staffies and Bull Terriers have subsequently had the benefit of 100 years of selective breeding as pets and not as fighters (which has changed their genetics for the better), Pit Bulls have virtually no history of being bred as pets and so do not have this advantage.

To say that Pit Bulls won’t be inclined to fight and do damage when they are triggered is like saying that Border Collies raised right won’t be inclined to herd!

As well-known clicker trainer Gary Wilkes says: “To assert that Pit Bulls are only aggressive if you train them to attack is to deny the existence of every other behaviour-specific breed on the planet… try telling a hunter that he paid $10 000 for a finished field pointer that had to be taught to point. He’ll laugh at you!”

The following has to be kept in mind:

No one is saying that a lot of Pit Bulls can’t be “successfully” socialised with other dogs. Many socialised from puppyhood are very friendly and outgoing with other dogs.

The problem arises if and when fighting behaviour is triggered. Even if the Pit Bull does not start the fight, getting into conflict with another animal will often trigger their “grab, shake and kill” response.

“Normal” dogs engage in “ritualised” forms of aggression when they come into conflict. This involves lots of noise, but no real damage. However, when Pit Bulls fight they engage the shake-bite/kill-bite part of the predatory sequence with often fatal or near fatal results.
There is seldom time to intervene to rescue the other dog before serious damage is done.

When Pit Bulls engage in a fight, far from this inducing an aversive state of mind (most dogs are in a defensive, survival mode during fights), opioids and dopamine are released in their brains making them feel really good - this feeling is so pleasurable that they will often seek out this behaviour again. In the same way that a border collie is built to feel really good when herding sheep, Pit Bulls are built to feel really good when fighting.

Due to the opioid release during fights, Pit Bulls do not feel pain and so fight on regardless of injury - trying to stop a fight is incredibly difficult.

When “normal” dogs fight, they usually respond to appeasement behaviour from their “opponent” i.e. as fighting is not designed to kill, but to resolve conflict without serious harm, one dog may “give in” and display behaviour which will cause the other dog to back off. Pit Bulls do not respond to appeasement behaviour during fights as this would have been counterproductive in the fighting pits and has been bred out of them.

In my experience Pit Bulls have a very low reactivity threshold - this means that stimuli at low intensities which would be ignored by other dogs are often triggers for aggressive behaviour in the breed. They also have very high arousal levels - they become physiologically aroused very quickly and to extreme levels.

The above pertains to the breed’s interactions with other dogs. With regards to humans, many Pit Bulls are sweet and devoted pets. However, I know of a significant number owners who have ended up with extreme injuries (hospitalisation) due to being caught in the middle of fights. I also have very serious reservations about the breed with small children:

Dogs with a very low reactivity threshold and high arousal levels may be triggered into a predatory reaction by the sounds of children screaming and the sight of them running during normal child play, resulting in grabbing, biting and shaking.

A few months ago I had a call from a distraught owner with regards to an incident of this nature involving an 8 month-old Pit Bull, despite the fact that the dog had been loved and raised in a good family (with kids) since a pup. The fact is that majority (59%)of fatalities due to dogs in the US are due to Pit Bull attacks, despite the fact that the breed comprises only 5% of the dog population.

One of the huge problems is actually the fact that the breed is extremely friendly and when well-socialised they are usually quite tolerant and very sweet.

What people don’t realise is that the danger does not lie in the fearful, defensive under-socialised Pit Bull (as is so often the case with other breeds), it lies in the dog who will be triggered not into defensive behaviour, but into a predatory/fighting behaviour which is enjoyable and carried out in a happy state of mind - therefore a happy,

outgoing dog is in this case no guarantee that one will not have a problem. In fact, due to the sociable nature of the dogs and apparent easy-going temperament, Pit Bulls are often put into situations which they are not equipped to handle - this is how so many tragedies occur.

Because of my stance on the breed, I have often been accused of prejudice and of having a personal dislike for the breed. However, it must be noted that the very people who are devoted to the breed and have the most experience with them (Pit Bull Federation of SA and Underdogs SA - involved in showing, breeding and rescuing Pit Bulls) have much the same thing to say.

In a recent joint article published in the Journal for the South African Board of Companion Animal Professionals, PBFSA and Underdogs SA had the following to say about their own beloved breed:

“.. The breed’s genetics cannot be denied or disregarded and this can go wrong at any time. Owners, trainers and other professionals working with these dogs always need to keep the breed’s propensity for animal aggression in mind… Disregarding the breed’s genetics and history has in many cases lead to attacks on other animals….

In the rescue and shelter situation…. it is safer to assume that the dog could be animal aggressive and shelters should take caution not to rehome the dog with any other animals… owners (should be) aware that they cannot leave their new dog unsupervised with other animals and that at any given time their new dog may not be able to live with their existing pets…..

With the increase in popularity has come a new unrealistic view of the breed and with it came the term “Petbulls”.

According to those who hold this view the APBT is a loveable couch potato, but it disregards the breed’s genetics…. Proponents of the “Pet Bull Myth” believe that through training, socialisation and environment, the breed’s high prey drive and animal aggression can be eliminated and these dogs can live in harmony with all other animals without any caution being taken.

WE ARE OF THE BELIEF THAT THIS IS A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY. GENETICS CANNOT BE UNTAUGHT AND WHEN THINGS GO WRONG THERE IS CARNAGE AND OFTEN THE OTHER ANIMALS ARE KILLED… We are of the opinion that the Pet Bull Myth sets these dogs up for failure.”

In the last week alone I have heard of 3 confirmed attacks by Pit Bulls in the Cape. Two resulting in fatalities to other dogs and one a serious injury to a person.

I cannot count the number of phone calls that I have received from distraught people whose Pit Bulls were “absolutely fine with other dogs” until they killed the neighbour’s dog or mauled another dog in the family, often after many years of being apparently well-socialised.

It is time that dog lovers took off their blinkers, put aside political correctness (it is almost as though the breed has become a symbol of the oppressed, misunderstood underdog and the fight against prejudice)and faced up to reality.

Pit Bulls are not “bad” dogs, but they are what WE have designed them to be and so have certain limitations. To deny this or pretend otherwise is foolish and only leads to tragedy.

Here are some studies and data pertaining to the Dangers of the Pit Bull Type dog.

For additional accurate information on the public safety Danger of Pit Bull Type Dogs visit:

http://www.dogsbite.org/

http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/

http://www.animals24-7.org/category/dogs-cats/dogs/
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Here are some studies and data pertaining to pit bulls:

“Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.
http://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/2011/04000/Mortality,_Mauling,_and_Maiming_by_Vicious_Dogs.23.aspx

“When bite rates were determined by breed, Pit Bulls were 5 times more likely to bite than all other breeds combined.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22235708

“More severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds.
http://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Abstract/2009/08000/Pediatric_Dog_Bite_Injuries__A_5_Year_Review_of.28.aspx

“More than 30 different offending breeds were documented in the medical records. The most common breeds included pit bull terriers (50.9 percent), Rottweilers (8.9 percent), and mixed breeds of the two aforementioned breeds (6 percent).
http://aaps1921.org/abstracts/2008/P13.cgi

“A retrospective review was performed at two urban Children’s hospitals from 1996-2005 of all dog attacks presenting to the plastic surgery service. Charts were reviewed with analysis of patient demographics, injury site, operative intervention, and dog-specific data...57% of dogs were deemed to be of a dangerous breed (Pit Bull or Rottweiler).
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/88/1/55.short

“Significantly more pit bull injuries (94% vs 43%) were the consequence of unprovoked attacks.”

“Of the 199 US dog bite fatalities for which breed is known, pure breed pit bull and pit bull cross breeds were most frequently involved.”
http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/7/4/321.short

“It is remarkable that five out of eight fights which led to the death of the victim involved the clearly over-represented group of fighting dogs. Three lethal injuries were caused by American Staffordshire Terriers, one death was caused by a Bull Terrier, and another dog died after a fight with a Pit Bull Terrier.”
http://www.azs.no/artikler/art_agressive.pdf

“When compared with the proportion of these breeds in the estimated national dog population, bull breeds and guarding breeds were over-represented in the population of aggressors, whereas gundog and terrier breeds were under-represented. In attacks where guide dogs were injured, dogs belonging to bull breeds were the most common aggressors (41.5 per cent)...Most injuries to people occurred in attacks involving an aggressor belonging to a bull breed (52.6 per cent).
http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/166/25/778.abstract

“During the one-year period between June 1986 and June 1987, 14 people were killed by dogs in the United States. Ten of those 14 deaths are attributed to pit bulls. Thus, 71% of the deaths during that period were attributed to a type of dog that accounts for 1% of the US dog population...Most breeds do not repeatedly bite their victims; however, a pit bull attack has been compared to a shark attack and often results in multiple bites and extensive soft tissue loss (3,10). Although the teeth of dogs are not very sharp, they can exert a force of 200 to 450 psi. Pit bulls inflict more serious bite wounds than do other breeds because they tend to attack the deep muscles, hold on, and shake.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3238616

“This breed has an intensity and duration of attack not seen in other dogs. This leads to severe injuries and, in some cases, death of the victim (human or animal). This trait has been created by cruel individuals who want animals that are ‘game’ for dog fighting.”
http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/168/5/133.abstract

“Dog bite injury hospitalization (DBIH) rate in Winnipeg relative to Brandon (a city without BSL) was significantly lower after BSL in people of all ages...Conclusions: BSL may have resulted in a reduction of DBIH in Winnipeg, and appeared more effective in protecting those aged

“OBJECTIVE: To analyse population-based data on hospitalisation caused by dog bite injuries after changes in legal regulations on dog ownership, including breed-specific regulations...RESULTS: There has been a significant decline in hospitalisation caused by injuries from dog bites.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20805621/?i=3

“Since the ban has been in place, bites are down 73 percent from pit bulls,” said Cheryl Conway, a spokeswoman for the city’s animal care division. She added that the dogs placed a tremendous burden on city staff. According to city documents, before the ordinance was enacted in 2005, up to 70 percent of kennels in the Aurora Animal Shelter were occupied by pit bulls with pending court disposition dates or with no known owner. That number is now only 10 to 20 percent of kennels.

“There hasn’t been a human mauling in many years. Complaints and requests related to pit bulls are down 50 percent. Euthanasia of pit bull dogs is down 93 percent.
http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/city-lawmakers-uphold-auroras-ban-pit-bulls/

“According to statistics taken from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department...for the three-year period beginning in 2004, there were 42 "vicious" animal attacks recorded in the jurisdiction covered. After passing the local ordinance banning or strictly controlling the ownership of pit bull or pit bull types, the number of attacks has dropped dramatically. For the five-year period from 2007-2011, there was a total of 14.
http://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/03/25/sb-pull-pit-bull-protection-bill/6887605/

“Between 2009 and 2010, there were 233 reported incidents involving pit bull attacks against people and other dogs in Anne Arundel County. In that same time frame, the next closest breeds, German shepherds and Labrador retrievers, caused just 93 incidents combined.

According to Lt. Glenn Shanahan of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, pit bull terriers lead all other breeds in the county by at least two to one when it comes to attacks over the last five years.

“The numbers say what they say. We’re not making it up,” Shanahan said. “It’s demonstrably overwhelming.
http://severnapark.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/pit-bull-incidents-outnumber-other-dog-attacks-2-to-1-2

In regards to the oft-repeated idea that it is not possible to visually identify a pit bull, a DNA test study funded by the ASPCA showed that 96% of 91 dogs visually classified as pit bulls or pit bull mixes contained at least 25% pit bull-type breed, and 57% contained a pit bull-type as their primary breed:
http://aspcapro.org/blog/2013/09/25/bully-this%E2%80%94-results-are-in%E2%80%A6