Pit Bulls have better temperament than average dogs

By Mac McDaniel

Pit bulls have a better temperament than the average dog, according to a recent study.

This lends credence to what pit bull activists have tried to prove for many years: that the pit bull is a gentle and loyal dog, and that the perception of them as violent or aggressive is the result of poor behavior on the part of humans.

The study was conducted by the American Temperament Test Society and showed that the average score for all dogs was 82% and the American pit bull terrier scored 86%.

In recent years, pit bulls have suffered much at the hands of misguided humans. Because they are strong dogs, they are favored by people who abuse them in dog fighting operations. And as a result of violent and aggressive taste for and abuse of them, they are viewed by many people as a violent and aggressive breed.

But the truth is that pit bulls are smart dogs and behave as they are trained to. Violent and mean humans raise violent and mean dogs.

Because of sensationalized media accounts, many people fear pit bulls and some communities or specific homeowners may discriminate selectively against the breed when it comes to renting or buying houses.

Anti-pit bull legislation is common which deters legitimate animal lovers from adopting pit bulls that desperately need good homes and further relegates the breed to being raised by criminals who have no regard for such laws and restrictions.

Public sentiment against pit bulls is a horrifying example of victim-blaming. These dogs have been the victim of violent behavior by the humans who raise them and if anything we as humans bear the burden of making it up to them.

We bred them to be strong, and then we made them fight, and now we punish them for being the way we raised them to be and doing what we trained them to do.

Speak out against breed-specific legislation in your area and if you are considering adopting a dog, visit a shelter in your area and give a good home to one of the many pit bulls there. In the words of animal rights advocate and author Gary L. Francione: “We got them into this mess; we have an obligation to help them out.”

Defend pit bulls and fight breed-specific legislation.

This article originally appeared on the Care2 network.

3 Responses to Pit Bulls have better temperament than average dogs

  1. Crystal September 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM #

    The dog in the pic is Lemon. Found in a not so good neighborhood. Skin and bones, abused, missing patches of fur. Instead of being aggressive as some would think, she came to me, a stranger, and gave me the biggest lick and all her trust. She is now a part of our family, she likes cats, her doggy brothers, big and small. And is even left alone with a seven year old boy in her backyard!!! And she is a firm believer in only eating kibble and stolen hot dogs, not babies!!! Proof that pit bulls can be and are perfect family members.

  2. Haley October 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM #

    . but when did it become gultiy before proven innocent? i totally agree, the dogs didn’t mean to do what they did, they did it to get love they thought that if they did this maybe they can get some love (i’m talking about the dog fight dogs.) when did it ever, EVER! become okay to kill a dog because it was a pit bull? you know a long time ago the pit bull was thought of to be the best dog any one could have? but then some day after a person decided that the pit bull wasn’t a good dog that the dog was horrible! and ever since the breed has been put on the death list? if pit bulls never existed, you know we’d all be saying that a dog like the rottwelier was horrible and needed to be put down like some are saying about pit bulls for once people GIVE THE PIT BULLS A CHANCE AT LOVE AND TO PROVE THAT THEY CAN LIVE A LIFE LIKE THE GOLDEN RETIVER OR THE YELLOW LAB HAS!

  3. Gordos October 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM #

    there is no such thing as a bad pit bull, only a bad pit bull owner the dog will only act/react as to what its owner teaches I’ve had two pits since the birth of my dagteuhr (now 14 mo.) my first was unfortunateley hit by car and left me grieving and heart broken that I had to get another one. And both protect that child and play with her as tho she was one of their pups, but you dont hear these good stories about a pit bull they are excellent family pets and where they excell most is with children If an irresponsible pb owner wants to teach and instsill aggression in a beautiful, loving animal then it is the owner who is bad not the innocent dogs fault so take my advice, adopt a bully and enjoy the time God allows you to spend with it, as the experience will be rewarding to you both..

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