Pit bulls are amazing dogs. They’re smart, loyal and friendly family pets. Although they have gotten a bad rep over the years because of a number of attacks on people, but this bad rep is slowly fading and many people are now considering of getting a pit bull as pets.
Below are five things that you might not know about pits.
Aggression is Determined in Three Ways
Keep in mind that aggression is not directly linked to a dog’s breed and that all dogs can be aggressive. Through all kinds of dogs, there are three different factors that can determine aggression. First, the dog’s function. Comparing a guard dog to a family pet, one is definitely going to be more prone to aggression compared to the other. Second is the owner’s responsibility. Did the owner actually take the time to train and educate their dog on how to behave around strangers and other dogs? And lastly, reproductive status. Male and female dogs act differently when they’re around dogs in the same sex and when they’re in heat.
Pit Bull’s Attack through Instinctive
Violence has long been connected to the pit bull’s history. These dogs were bred to become fighters.Bred instincts are common amongst dogs, like how herding dogs instantly know how to round up a heard or how greyhounds tend to run really fast. Although it is natural for them to show these behaviors, they can still be managed through training.
There are Other Ways to Keep your Pit Calm
Besides training them to behave, neutering them is also an effective way to minimize their aggressive tendencies. This helps by eliminating hormonal changes the dog goes thought as they mature and undergo heat. It can also help control pet population.
Statistics has Two Sides
When you look up pit bulls, you’re most likely going to come by statistics on how many people have been attacked or bitten by them. A reputation like this isn’t really that easy to fix, even though newer data actually shows that other dog breeds have bitten more people compared to the total number of cases pits have. Again, the pit bull’s aggressive tendency is sensationalizes, especially by media, so dig a little deeper to really get to know more about them.
Laws will usually Side with the Injured
Different places have different laws on dog aggression cases. Some places even make the dog owners liable for jail time if their dog bit someone. If you keep pit bulls as pets, you need to look up on the specific laws and regulations in your area.