- Take The Reins
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I watched a really interesting 6 part documentary last night on You Tube about Pit bulls. I own a staffy mix female, and we are looking to get another dog, likely a staffy/pit mix again.
In this documentary, a female trainer who does French Ring sports and Shuitzen (sorry for the spelling) with pit bulls made a statement that kind of chilled me. She has been working with “bully” breeds for 25 years, and teaches bite prevention and bite sports as a profession which leads me to beleive she knows some stuff…
Her statement was basically that these dogs were bred originally to be protectors of their humans. Humans made them into fighters and bred them for their ferocity towards dogs, but maintained their loyalty to people by design so the handlers in the fight rings didn’t have to fear their own safety (sick bastards). She said that she feels they can only be one or the other: either dog aggressive OR people aggressive, but rarely both by natural design (meaning I think that abuse or neglect can override nature). The only bites/attackes she has ever suffered or witnessed was where a pitbull in question was NOT dog aggressive, and was not the only dog present. Being that the biting dog had another dog as a companion (the pack) and that if they didn’t exhibit any aggression towards the other dogs, then they were likely harbouring aggression that would come out at people. She said they will protect people and property, and that was not to be confused with aggression because it came from a different place/motivation. I am not explaining it as well as she did but thats the basic idea of her statement.
Thoughts? I don’t have a ton of experience with them, only my own dog who is a complete softie and based on what I’ve read/heard, is they are wonderful family dogs and can adjust perfectly into a family home with other dogs.