I was reading about the cowbird this morning. Some locals were saying they remove the cowbird eggs from other nests, completely unaware of the harm they do to the other bird’s eggs. Why must we interfere and add our own emotions to the natural world?
At the risk of sounding callous, I do believe that we would have far less animal injuries if we would respect nature, including the domestic dog. I was listening to a show/podcast and the host made mention of banning pit bulls. It was frustrating to hear the Pit Bull be compared to exotic beasts when it is just a dog. I thought we were past these uneducated opinions.
Those who try to defend the pit bull do so in a certain ignorance that is also frustrating to me. They call or write into the show to compare a domestic dog to guns or cops, but it is not so. The American Pit Bull Terrier is simply a domestic dog. Unfortunately, many governing officials and people all around the world have turned on this historical breed. I love the American Pit Bull Terrier’s history and it truly is the American dog. It’s so sad to see so many turn on it without any real knowledge of the facts surrounding dog bite incidents. There simply is no epidemic of fatality by pit bull or even by all dogs(I say this with certainty based on CDC statistics). However, the attacks that do occur are generally within the family and very rarely is it an actual purebred dog.
And here I may sound callous, but apply whatever feeling you might have with the knowledge that my intent is to protect and keep a breed of dog that I am quite passionate about. I blame the general public for shaming families who decide to rehome a dog with behavior issues. I see no place for human aggressive dogs within the family home. There is too much risk to visitors and to the household. They may have a place with a strong, experienced trainer and, if possible, as working dogs. I do think bored members of our society need to stop behaving as experts in matters they know nothing about. Online bullies express that all dogs are good and we should prioritize the dog over the safety of family and that simply cannot be. The dog is still an animal and can still have major issues.
The solution: To focus on breeding stable dogs. But this anti breeder, save-all-dogs mentality is quite harmful, I think. It lacks respect for dogs, it throws out common sense, and it leads to my preferred breed being picked out and banned. The purebred American Pit Bull Terrier is not a vicious death bringer, it is but a dog. As all purebred dogs have, it has certain genetic traits. The terrier in the dog can commonly be exhibited in it’s prey drive. Not all American Pit Bull Terriers exhibit this trait, but many do. Most will also exhibit levels of dog aggression. Dog aggression is not limited to the APBT, but can be found in many breeds or even mixed breeds. Through proper socialization and early training, we can become more experienced in handling and managing the innate dislike of other dogs our breed can exhibit. This makes us better dog owners.
However, human aggression is NOT a breed trait. If you have a pit bull or mix that exhibits aggression or crippling fear toward people, I would suggest the dog be euthanized. Do not wait for an attack to happen, do not ignore the signs or excuse them. Do not endanger your friends and family. Any mixed dog with a single pit bull feature will automatically be labeled incorrectly and it will not be about the owner, or the circumstances surrounding an attack, but the starving media will devour my breed for views, for greed. Breeders and American Pit Bull Terrier ambassadors take this very seriously and so should the person who decides to pick up a pit bull or mix from the shelter or craigslist. You take on a great responsibility and if you do not want it, do not do this breed a disservice by ignoring it’s common breed traits.
I do believe with any breed or mix, you must learn how to read them. How to manage them around strangers. Many breeds and mixes have been culprits of dog attacks, but no one cares about those numbers, they only focus on the APBT, their mouths dripping venom.
Not all dogs are the same. Not everyone should own high energy dogs. The government doesn’t need to be involved in these matters. And I feel betrayed by the podcast host for reiterating a ban on the breed as a solution. What an uneducated and harmful thought.
I type this on a rainy morning with a purebred, senior American Pit Bull Terrier resting among various house cats. I’ve grown up with these dogs. Many of the ones I knew in my youth were street dogs. The American Pit Bull Terrier is confident, joyous, and stoic. It is an entertainer and an athlete. It is a unique and remarkable breed that I will always love and defend. For me, life on this planet would dim if the large smile of our American dog was smothered forever.