Pit-bulls can be traced back to the 1800’s when bulldogs and terriers were cross bred for the agility of terriers with the strength of the bulldog they were used for bull-baiting but as times changed these powerful dogs were then used for dog fighting which then became illegal and when it did they were branded as vicious.
These dogs were continually vilified through the media, puppy pits were being bred for illegal fighting these puppies were being brought up with no socialisation, no love or nurture they were being stripped of all the good qualities they had being left with only basic hunting instinct.
In present day 700 US cities have banned Pit-Bulls , many countries including Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, New Zealand and the UK. The breed was banned to stop illegal dog fighting, that and to lower dog attacks despite dog behaviourists stating “If trained correctly a pit-bull is only as likely to bite you as a Jack Russell.”
UK law also states that if your dog displays any qualities of the banned breed they can be ceased, even if you believe they are not a banned breed or if your dog has no history of violence and there has been no complaints made. You are not allowed to see your dog once it has been ceased and you will not get it back unless you can provide evidence that will stand up in court proving that your dog is not a banned breed.
In America dogs are taken away from owners everyday despite being loving and friendly companions, shelters are struggling to cope with the number of pit-bulls being handed in due to the terrible reputation the media has given them by demonising the breed many of these dogs then have to be euthanized after 30 days to reduce over crowding.
In recent news were the owners of HULK the 12 stone pit-bull as they let their dog lick and play with their toddler, the internet was horrified branding them bad parents with a killer dog, many saying it would only be a matter of time until he attacked their children. The family run a training company for pit-bulls, they utilise the protective instinct that they have and train them as guard dogs and then supply celebrities and high profile billionaires with the highly train dogs, but they insist that they trust HULK 100% with their children as they know that he is a well trained loving dog. HULK’s owners want to show that pit-bulls make great family dogs and the law should be reconsidered on the blanket bans over pit-bulls.
Pit-bulls have proven to be useful as not only guard dogs but therapy dogs for both children and adults, they are often used for people suffering with PTSD as they are so calming. They can also be used as water safety dogs as they are able to rescue people and they can be used for finding missing people and rescuing them and drug or explosive detection.
A whole breed has been banned due to the actions of humans who bred them to be brutal, many breeds are capable of serious damage if they attack yet they are not banned. Why should Pit-Bulls who are well behaved, well socialised loving family pets be penalised and taken away because of their breed. It is time that the law changed on banned breeds.