Durning the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy case study on pit bull owners, published...
in 2000, researchers published findings that owners of "outlaw" breeds, such as pit bulls, have human-dog relationships that are sociologically more complex than previously known. Discovered in the study, owners of pit bulls, directly feel the stigma targeted at their breed and resort to various tactics to mitigate it. Do you agree with the findings?
Agree. Do you blame them? American Pit Bull, Staffordshire Terriers and other breeds that get lumped under the "pit bull" title have been dealt an awful hand. Bad ownership of pits and other so-called dangerous breeds has made people label then as 'bad' dogs. There are bad apples in any breed and much of this has to do with breeding, and their enviroment. If you take two overly aggressive dogs and breed them you will most likely get an overly aggressive offspring. Then compound that with bad owners spells disaster. One trait of a pit that is used against them in the fighting ring is their desire to please their owner. Many will stop fighting if not encouraged to fight. These dogs are loyal and one of the greatest dog heroes was a Pit Bull who served in the military. There are also myths out there that people believe. For instance, their jaws do not lock, but they do have very strong jaws. Michael Vicks dogs were all placed in sanctuaries or in homes. Only two were euthanized, one was too sick and the other was aggressive towards people. So go figure. They get a bad wrap and I do not blame owners in trying to mitigate the stigma attached to these dogs. Labs account for the most bite's in the US but you don't see people out condemning them.
This is a fascinating question! I'd love it if you included a link to the actual study, and published a hub on it!
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