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This breed of dog was formed on the basis of the Bulldog and Terrier. From the first, nature borrowed strength and thirst for victory, and from the second - speed and reaction. Believe it or not, at the beginning of the 20th century, Pit Bull Terriers were considered the most suitable dog for the family. This was due to the loyalty of this breed and gentle behavior towards children.
Recently, however, the press has inflated some stories about the bloodthirstiness of dogs, which was the reason for their new image. Pit bulls are one of the most mysterious breeds today. Nevertheless, experts believe that the breed is not so scary - a series of myths about it are to blame.
Aggressive to animals, a pit bull can be similarly aggressive to humans. In fact, many working breeds have a dislike for certain animals. So, hounds just start to go crazy, just seeing a raccoon, fox terriers rush into a fox hole without hesitation, and greyhounds love the chase. Even good-natured-looking beagles turn into dangerous predators at the sight of rabbits. But no one would suspect these working breeds of being unfriendly to humans. The same situation is with the pit bull. For many years, the dog was raised to attack other animals, but not humans. A properly trained dog of this breed is usually loyal to people, especially to children. If you see a pit bull that grins and growls, threatens to attack people who are neutral to its owner, you should know that this behavior in general is not typical for the breed.
If a pit bull has never been specially prepared for fighting, then it will be quite safe for other dogs. Pit bull can easily get along with other animals, and even more so with dogs. But do not forget that pit bulls have historically been raised to fight with other dogs. Early and constant socialization can help the species become quite controllable in relation to other animals. But genetics plays an important role in making the dog react to other creatures. After all, initially the main thing for a pit bull is struggle. Even if the pit bull is not the first to rush into a fight, in the course of it he can seriously injure or even kill his opponent. After all, this species was bred just in order to win victories, despite the pain. Even if this quality is not inherent in all pit bulls at all, we can say with confidence that potentially everyone has it. This is worth remembering to avoid unnecessary problems. Do not succumb to the illusion of a pet's good disposition if for the time being it was friendly to other dogs. Signs of intolerance to other people's dogs may appear unexpectedly, it is impossible to predict exactly at what age.
Pit bull fights with new acquaintances cannot be prevented. New dogs of your pet should be introduced with extreme caution. You can't let them dominate the pit bull even in the game. In such fun, you should remove those items that can provoke a quarrel - treats, toys. As a result, a pit bull can quite easily live side by side with other animals, you just need to follow some rules and not leave dogs unattended. It is worth remembering that even those who recently seemed best friends can fight, and the outcome can be tragic. Reception this rule also applies to dogs that have lived side by side for several years. Often, after the first serious battle, the relationship between the dogs changes. So, in order to maintain good relations between the dogs in the long term, you just need to prevent the first serious fight. If several dogs live together, then in the absence of a home for people, it is important to separate the dogs from each other. If it is not possible to use cages or aviaries, then you need to breed pets at least in different rooms. Such methods are as simple as they are reliable and safe. Pit bulls are known to get along well with cats, ferrets and rabbits. However, for safety reasons, you should not leave them alone unattended.
The American pit bull has a death grip. It is believed that it is almost impossible to unclench the jaws of a pit bull when bitten. This makes it difficult to separate the dog from the attacked object. In America, veterinarians at the University of Georgia conducted a series of studies in which the structure of the skull, jaws and teeth of a pit bull terrier was studied. The results demonstrated that all proportions are in good agreement with the functional morphology that is present in other dog breeds. There is no scientific evidence that there are any mechanisms of blocking or stranglehold in pit bulls, simply does not exist.
The Pit Bull is a specific breed. It is usually customary to call a specific group of dogs a pit bull. In fact, pit bull terriers are a whole group of several different breeds. These include the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. They all have similarities in structure, color and character. In some electoral areas, even breeds such as the Cane Corso (Italian watchdog) or the Spanish Bulldog are classified as pit bulls.
Pit Bull Terriers are aggressive towards humans. Many people believe that pit bulls can suddenly show aggression towards a person, and then also suddenly stop it. In fact, pit bulls were originally bred without instilling any aggression towards a person, especially towards the owner. With proper training, these dogs will not be more aggressive towards humans than any other breed.
The brain of a pit bull grows throughout life. This misconception is associated with the large head size of many American Staffordshire Terriers. Therefore, it is generally accepted that the brain in such a breed begins to grow from birth and does not stop stopping. As a result, the dog simply goes crazy or takes on such an unusual head shape. In fact, most pit bulls have a brick head shape, and their brains stop growing when the dog reaches maturity.
Pit bulls are bred specifically for fighting. Numerous stories about the victories of pit bulls in the fighting rings gave rise to rumors that this breed was bred specifically for dog fighting. However, initially pit bulls were bred for hunting and only then for military operations. Most modern breeders choose pit bulls not as fighters, but as loyal household companions. Pit bulls are more dog fighters than fighter dogs. Previously, they helped hunt game, slaughter livestock.
Pit bulls are not as smart as other breeds. To be honest, pit bulls are considered stupid dogs. It seems that they are not as smart as, say, Labradors. In fact, pit bulls are perfectly trainable. The ability and desire of these dogs for training is known. This pleases the owners, making parenting a fairly easy task, because the basic techniques are mastered by the dogs pretty quickly. Pit bulls are known to be climbers - they can climb trees. These dogs love puzzle toys, hide and find things.
Pit bulls have much more bite force than other breeds or animal species. Pounds per inch, PSI, is used to measure bite force. It is believed that pit bulls especially stand out with him among other dogs, their PSI reaches 10,000. National Geographic magazine conducted a study of the bite force of various breeds of dogs and other animals. At the top of the list are crocodiles with a PSI of 2500. Dogs are in the middle of the list, with an average PSI of 320. In studies involving large dog breeds, it turned out that the mastiff had the strongest bite. Behind him are a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd. In pit bulls, the bite force is only 71% of the bite of a Rottweiler, so the fear of strong jaws is largely irrational.
Pit bulls attack without warning. Pit bulls, like other dog breeds, rarely attack themselves. This always corresponds to some kind of provocation. At the same time, all dogs give some warning signs, such as muscle tension in the body before attacking any other creature. And with good training and proper socialization, coupled with the responsibility of the owner himself, a pit bull attack on another dog or person is as unlikely as on another breed of dog.
Pit bulls are an insidious breed. This myth continues the previous one. It is said that pit bulls love to sneak up after spreading out before throwing. However, experienced fighters generally prefer not to adhere to a certain ritual in fights, because this can play into the hands of the enemy. The newbie has a warning growl before the attack.
Pit bulls don't feel pain. Breeders often report that pit bulls are highly sensitive to pain, or none at all. In fact, all dog breeds have a similar nervous system. It allows them to feel the same painful sensations as a person. So don't assume that the pit bull doesn't feel pain. This opinion came from the ability of this breed to act even in conditions of extreme physical stress. The fact is that initially, pit bulls were bred to a high level of courage, which means they are focused on completing their task, even despite the physical discomfort. Although many believe that nothing can stop the pit bull and will not complain of pain, in fact, this behavior is a direct sign of the breed's desire to complete the task and please its owners.
The number of people bitten by bull terriers is much greater than from other breeds. It is this myth that is guilty of the fear of most people of this wonderful breed of dogs. Responsible for this are media sources of information that love to fan scary stories. The news about people who have been terribly bitten by bull terriers is most often inflated by the press. In fact, in that America today there is simply no system that would allow all cases of dog bites or attacks to be separated by breed. According to the American Humanist Organization, the Center for Disease Control studied canine attacks from 1979 to 1998. Studies have confirmed that it is difficult to determine the specific breed of dog for each of the attacks, in addition, the owners preferred to remain silent about many cases of attacks in the house. Thus, it is not clear what actually served as the basis for such a statement.