Pictured is a Pit Bull skull. As you can see by the picture, no fancy locking device in the jaw hinge, no unusual design from any other dog's skull. The truth, American Pit Bull Terriers and other Pit Bull type dogs have a strong muscle mass at the jaw such as the German Shepherds, which is why they are used as police dogs. Pit Bulls are only 3rd in the strongest jaw pressure measurements. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, then Pit Bull type Dogs.
"We found that the American Pit Bull Terrier did not have any unique mechanism that would allow these dogs to lock their jaws. There were no mechanical or morphological differences."
Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin
University of Georgia
"On average, dogs bite with 320 pounds of pressure per square inch. The bite pressure of a German Shepherd, an American Pit Bull Terrier, and a Rottweiler were tested. The American Pit Bull Terrier had the least amount of bite pressure of the three dogs tested."
Dr. Brady Barr, National Geographic
In all actuality, the American Pit Bull Terrier and may of it's cousins or Pit Bull Type started long before the defined breed ever came around. Most of the terrier and pit bull type dogs all started from the straight hunting lines of Terriers in England.
More specifically most of your Pit Bull Type dogs originated from the Staffordshire Terrier. This base extends through a lot of the American Bull Dogs, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, etc.
These working dogs have been photographed pulling freight up and down the docks, in the late 1800's, and have even been used for large game hunting. The "Terrier" lines have been used for a lot of tasks before the taunting lines for dog fighting that everyone seems to have stuck in their head that this was the only use for these dogs.
Yes they were re-defined and bred to improve their fighting abilities in the early 1900's, but still was not nor ever will be their only use.
"There is no documented case of a single spayed or neutered Pit Bull
maintained as a companion animal being involved in a fatal attack on a person."
Karen Delise, founder of the National Canine Research Council.
This statement derives from many situations and really should fall out of conversation.
No dog of any breed should be left unattended with any young children for any extended amount of time. This is not a Pit Bull Statement, a Rottweiler Statement or any specific statement and in all fairness should never be used in the conversation of Canine Etiquette.
These comments come from attacks that have happened from a child being left with a power breed without supervision. This does not make the breed of dog bad, it makes an unsupervised issue where it could have been stopped before it became serious.
"The American Temperament Test shows that Pit Bulls consistently score above average for all breeds tested year in and year out."
American Temperament Test Society
" A dog is only as dangerous as his/her owner allows his/her dog to be."
Founder of LawDogsUSA
"I'm telling you, you can't have more then one Pit Bull in a house together, Ours get in fights and we have to just let them fight it out"
This is a product of not taking the alpha role. With such a power breed, you have to be in control, even over your matriarch dog. Fights are going to happen from time to time in any multi dog household. How you control it and how much control you have over it determines the outcome.
One of my favorite sayings out there is.....
"Every Pit Bull needs a home, but not every home needs a Pit Bull"
These dogs do require their owner to carry a certain demeanor about them. You don't have to be forceful, but your voice has to carry authority. You have to be firm but loving so the dog does respect you.
American Pit Bull Terriers, and other Pit Bull Types are slowly on the rise as a number one choice for Service Dogs, ESA's (Emotional Support Animals), and Therapy Dogs. Their Loyalty to their owners/handlers, and their general love for people make them a great choice!
Against the protest of Service Dog Trainers and Certify Programs, these dogs are on the rise in service. I've been told from training facilities that they wouldn't train Pit Bulls as Service Dogs, why do all you Pit Bull nuts want to claim your dogs as service dogs, I won't certify a Pit Bull because they have a switch that just flicks in their heads, and when it flicks, that's it.
It's actually quite the opposite. Multiple Service and Community Pit Bull Type Dogs are even passed in high regards through the "Canine Good Citizens" program.
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