Don’t Bully my Breed

Dishing on pit bull stereotypes

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Don’t Bully my Breed

The reporter's dog, Matthias, at the park on July 8, 2019. Matthias is purebred pit bull.

The reporter's dog, Matthias, at the park on July 8, 2019. Matthias is purebred pit bull.

Regan Grant

The reporter's dog, Matthias, at the park on July 8, 2019. Matthias is purebred pit bull.

Regan Grant

Regan Grant

The reporter's dog, Matthias, at the park on July 8, 2019. Matthias is purebred pit bull.

I’m tired of people blaming and discriminating against “dangerous” dog breeds. In reality, it’s the breeder who should be blamed for dogs’ vicious or dangerous behavior. 

As an owner of three pit bulls, I can tell you they are anything but vicious. It is hard to think that any one of my babies would be a threat to anyone. Pit bulls have a bad reputation because of a few people who took advantage of them. The truth is there are no bad dogs, just bad people. Because of pit bulls’ strong, energetic and agile traits, people take advantage of them and train them to be aggressive and dangerous. 

Another trait pit bulls have is their amazing love for humans. I can vouch for this. Any pit bull I have ever met has been nothing but gentle and loving. In fact, most pit bulls think they are lap dogs which can be quite a funny picture. Imagine a 90 pound dog trying to sit on a person’s lap. The only reasons why a pit bull might act aggressive or vicious is because it is protecting someone, or it was trained to fight and and show aggression. 

According to saveabullmn.org, seventy-five percent of shelters kill pit bulls upon intake, leaving many pit bulls no chance at a better life. Research from a study done by Animal People estimates that about one in six hundred pit bulls born will find a loving home. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw this statistic. This means that pit bulls have a .17 percent of getting adopted into a loving home. The fact is: there are too many pit bulls and not enough people to adopt them. So please, adopt. Don’t shop.

Dogs who carry the name “pit bull” are considered scary and dangerous. However, I think this stereotype should be abolished. Pit bulls are just as kind and sweet as any other dog, so we should stop treating them like they are a threat to us.

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