Dog breed: American pitbull terrier – Part 1

Owner education of pit bull type dogs demands the knowledge of their history and the execution of responsible ownership. A look into the pit bull past reveals the original, experimental goals of breed crossing between Bulldogs and Terriers. It is important for any potential dog owner to research breed information in order to get a full understanding of what they may be getting into. Effective and successful dog owners dedicate themselves to their pet and spend countless hours working with them to create a well-adjusted and pleasant to be around canine friend. People who take the necessary steps to learn about any breed of dog, especially a pit bull type, will have a more meaningful and productive relationship with their pet.

Throughout history pit bulls have been adored and respected. The pit bull originated in England, but many immigrated to the U.S. alongside their owners. They were hard workers with strength and determination that earned many of them “member of the family” status. Pit bull type dogs were beloved companions of many famous and prominent people, for instance, Helen Keller. One icon that everyone knows is “Petey the Pup” from The Little Rascal’s show and who also appeared in Buster Brown ads. Probably the most recent and familiar example of a pit bull type dog is the Target dog, a Bull Terrier, and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s 2006 “Best in Show” winner Rufus, a colored Bull Terrier.

In recent years, pit bull type dogs have received an enormous amount of negative publicity. With this added hype comes an increased interest and fascination by the wrong kind of people with the wrong kind of motives. When powerful dogs are put into the wrong hands they become isolated from normal interaction and, if at the same time, the dogs’ abilities are being pushed past a reasonable limit, a common result is a highly agitated ‘super’ canine beast. These few extreme examples attract publicity and are responsible for giving the whole breed a bad name.

Breed-Specific Legislation unfairly allows any dog with certain characteristics to be labeled as dangerous regardless of their actions. As a result, good-natured and well-behaved dogs who look dangerous’ may be incorrectly labeled and are then wrongly punished. In the worst-case scenario, family pets are confiscated and euthanized based on the actions of a completely unrelated, inadequately trained dog. Ron Menaker, Chairman of the American Kennel Club, had this to say:

“Lawmakers must

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