Monday, November 24, 2014

Pitbulls: Hasty Generalization

When famileies are searching to find the perfect puppy for their young children, a pitbull would probably not come to mind. Most people automatically assume that all pitbulls are vicous dogs that are easily set off. Every type of dog has issues. No dog comes out of the box perfectly ready to live side by side with people. They all need some training to live with human beings. Some owners have been selectively bred so they have certain genes that would give them an advantage to fighting. 

One hundred years ago, when dog fighting was common, pure breed dogs like the Bull Terrier, and American Staffordsshire Terrier, and the American Pit Bull Terrier were bred to be extremly friendly and gentle with people. Handlers wanted the dogs to be friendly because they wanted to be able to control the dogs without being bitten. Not all pitbulls are naturally dangerous, it just depends on how they are trained and raised. 

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your post entirely. Pit bulls are only dangerous if their owner trains them to attack others. It is these types of people who should be punished - the dogs don't know any better.