Myths About Pitbulls

By Chad Bellows (Pack Ethic - Rescue Ink)

Pitbull Myths: Some very common misconceptions about Pitbulls

1) Pitbulls are not Pack Animals. 
Every dog is born an innately social being. All dogs are born into a pack structure – Pitbulls included. Antisocial behavior in all dogs is due to human error.

2) Pitbulls are all born to fight.
Humans raise and train Pitbulls to fight. They usually admit that in an average litter of puppies – there will only be a few that are born with the intensity and drive required to be trained as a fighting dog. Fighting breeders will choose the most easily trained dogs in order to continue a bloodline built for this intensity and drive. Every Pitbull born into balance without being trained to fight has as much potential to be a social and docile animal as any other. Every Pitbull bred to fight will not necessarily fight and if offered rehabilitation, has the ability to be a social animal.

3) It is normal for Pitbulls to be human aggressive.
Pitbulls are known – above other breeds – to be one of the most loyal and affectionate breeds of dog. It is this connection to their humans and their devotion to what their human requires that is perverted in the sport of dog fighting. Pitbulls desire first and foremost to please their people in any way, shape or form that they can. When a human makes them fight – Pitbulls do so because they are told – not because they want to. Even dogs that have been used to fight other dogs will often harbor absolutely no ill will or aggression towards people. Pitbulls that are human aggressive have been the subject of senseless abuse and neglect and ANY breed will lash out under these conditions.

4) Pitbulls are intense.
Intensity in a dog is an undesirable trait unless it is being directed at some adequate and entertaining release or activity. Pitbulls are physically capable sport driven dogs that excel at activities such as swing poles and weight pulling. They can also excel at agility, frisbee, flyball, hunting, retrieving, guarding, protection or any other athletic pursuit that their muscular and resilient build and their active minds can handle. However – Pitbulls in no way have any amount of extra intensity hard wired into their personality due to their breed that maks them more apt to be aggressive. Aggression is learned through abusive handling practices. Every dog’s energy level and drive is unique and Pitbulls are no different.

5) Pitbulls have a higher sensitivity to pain and it makes them become aggressive.
Pitbulls – like many power breeds have a high tolerance for pain. They can overcome great pain and discomfort to accomplish what their human desires. Evidence of this is seen in the fighting rings – where these abused animals undergo extreme injury in a sport that they are motivated to participate in merely because their human encourages them to. The scars covering the bodies of dog fighting victims tell the story of many painful days and nights where they continued to do as their humans taught them – despite the trauma. However, it is not a precursor to aggression. Aggression is taught.