Are Pit Bulls Perfect Pets?

Are Pit Bulls Perfect Pets?

Fighter. Monster. Killer. These are words often unfairly attributed to pit bull-type dogs. But to those who know this historically rich breed well, other titles might include tail-wagger, companion and lover. In fact, despite often wielding a negative perception, the pit bull continues to be the top-scorer (beating out more than 120 other breeds) on the American Temperament Test Society's behavioral test with a whopping 90.6 percent. That's no easy feat, yet pit-looking dogs are still treated like criminals in many circumstances. In fact, pit bulls aren't even a breed unto themselves. Originating in 19th Century Europe, these herding dogs soon took on new roles of nanny, sidekick and even war hero. After decades of cross breeding with terriers, bulldogs and more, the sometimes stocky, block-headed and shiny-coated dogs we see today can all be referred to as pits for their physical similarities.

And the pit bull is hardly the first dog to experience such a negative image. Formerly, the Doberman, Rottweiler and erman shepherd have all felt the brunt of discrimination, yet it appears as if the pit is met with unflattering and inaccurate information with a ferocity unseen in previous trends. So from where are these myths of violence and aggression derived? What underlying factors play into the perpetuation of the concept that pit bulls are inherently dangerous? Uncover the answers with this playlist and start separating fact from fiction.

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from British Pathé

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Research suggests that a dog's breed is only a minor indicator of its aggression level. (0:31)

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    One study found that dogs with owners under 25 were twice as likely to be aggressive than those with owners over 40. (1:33)

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    Non-neutered male dogs aren't necessarily more aggressive than neutered male dogs. (2:08)

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