Letter: Be aware of ‘vicious traits’ bred into pit bulls

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 Editor, 

In the 3-29-16 edition of the Current, Adam Aasen wrote a small piece about a family that adopted a pit bull rescue dog and the Humane Society’s promotion of March as pit bull education month with their Pit Bull Parade event.

I think it is a wonderful thing that unwanted dogs are recued this way and that this family has found a great pet. But the Humane Society and this article ignore some facts about which people need to be aware.

It is believed that all dogs are descendants of the wolf. The amazing thing is that one dog can be bred to have characteristics as different as night and day from another. The Chihuahua is the same species as the St. Bernard, but they look as different as a rabbit and pony.

Dogs were not just bred for appearance. In fact it is believed that most early breeding of dogs was more for skills and temperament than looks. There are biblical references to dogs being used to herd sheep like the border collie breed of today according to the American Kennel Club. The AKA Dog Book publication will give you a background on the origins of all their recognized breeds and the history of the earlier related breeds when available.

Just as border collies were bred for their herding skills and pointers were bred for hunting, the pit bull was bred for certain reasons. This does not mean that all of the individuals of a specific breed have its targeted characteristics to the exclusion of all other characteristics. All dogs inherited all of their characteristics form the wolf and likely all dogs retain a little bit of all these characteristics. The separation of one breed form another are the specific traits that are targeted in its breeding.

According to the AKA Dog Book, pit bulls evolved in England as a cross between terriers and bulldogs to try to combine the traits of the two breeds. These traits included: “the spirit and agility of the terrier” and “the courage and tenacity of the bulldog”. In the 1870s the dog was highly prized in America for “pit gaming” due to their strength, courage and tenacity. This is the origin of the nickname pit bull for the AKA recognized American Staffordshire Terrier breed.

The Humane Society’s event and Mr. Aasen’s article point out that not all pit bulls are vicious and dangerous. This is certainly a true fact. But it does ignore the fact that in pit bulls the vicious traits are not just “in there,” like in all dogs, but they have been bred specifically to make these traits more dominant. That is why I know of no Insurance company that will knowingly write a homeowners policy for anyone who owns a pit bull breed dog. (Just ask your agent the next time you see him or her.)

I understand why the Humane Society wants to promote adoption of these breeds. They are likely not the first dog chosen by a rescue family, and no one wants to see any innocent animal put down because it was not adopted. However, I would prefer that the Humane Society try to promote the curbing of the source of these unwanted animals than trying to “dispel some misconceptions about ‘bully breeds”” and glossing over their true in-bred traits.

Pat Crimans

Noblesville 

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  1. Shelters are so desperate to get these dogs out the door some don’t even want to label them honestly and call them pit bulls!

    Any dog can bite. But if the phrase “degloved” or “Shaken ER trauma surgeons” comes up, you can bet pit bulls were the type of dog involved.

  2. Pit bulls were bred for centuries for bloodsport. That’s why dog fighters use them and that’s why even well raised, much loved pit bulls suddenly attack and kill. The breeding of pit bulls should have been outlawed when dog fighting was. Innocent victims will continue to be attacked with catastrophic results until the breeding of them ends.

  3. Someone hasn’t done their homework because there are insurance companies that will insure you owning a “Pit Bull”.

  4. PIT BULL FACTS AND FICTION:

    Pit Bulls have locking jaws – FICTION. Pit Bulls can’t lock their jaws. Their jaws are constructed just like any other dog. In fact if you take the x-ray of a Chihuahua and compare it to that of a Pit Bull, you will see that they are both the same except for the size difference.

    Pit Bulls are unpredictable and more likely to bite than other dogs – FICTION. Pit Bulls are no more vicious than Golden Retrievers, Beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That’s as good or better than Beagles … 78.2%, and Golden Retrievers … 83.2%. How did your favorite breed do? See for yourself – go to: http://www.ATTS.org

    Pit Bulls are good with children – FACT. Pit Bulls always test high as one of the most stable breeds of dogs in the country. These statistics can be found with the American Temperament Test Society of the United States, where they always fall as one of the top five most stable dogs. Because of this, they are extremely patient and tolerant of children.

    All Pit Bulls will “snap” and attack a person sooner or later – FICTION. Pit Bulls are a very popular breed and rarely attack. Pit Bulls are very powerful animals, so when something does go wrong, it usually makes the news. Almost all Pit Bull attacks have involved unaltered Pit Bulls, so it is very important to have your Pit Bull spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Additionally, serious Pit Bull attacks rarely involve spayed/neutered Pit Bulls who have received proper training and socialization.

    Pit Bulls are good dogs for apt./condo living – FACT. Though Pit Bulls are athletic and love to get out and play, if they had their druthers, they would be sleeping on the couch, 24/7. They are short coated dogs and do not do well outside in the cold weather or very hot weather. They don’t shed too much and are easily groomed, thus making them the ultimate indoor dog.

    “Red nose” Pit Bulls are more aggressive – FICTION. Are blondes dumb? Do redheads have a quicker temper? Of course not. “Red nose” is simply a color/style. They have a lighter pigment such as a pinkish nose with yellow/green eyes. They act no different than black, brindle, or white Pit Bulls.

    Pit Bulls are easy to train – FACT. Extremely easy to train. All they want to do is please you. As they are so sensitive to your feelings, verbal training comes easily with this breed.
    Pit Bulls cannot be with other dogs and/or cats – FICTION. This is probably the biggest misconception and biggest misunderstanding when it comes to this breed. With proper training and handling, your Pit Bull can learn to live peacefully in the company of other dogs and often cats as well.

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Letter: Be aware of ‘vicious traits’ bred into pit bulls

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 Editor, 

In the 3-29-16 edition of the Current, Adam Aasen wrote a small piece about a family that adopted a pit bull rescue dog and the Humane Society’s promotion of March as pit bull education month with their Pit Bull Parade event.

I think it is a wonderful thing that unwanted dogs are recued this way and that this family has found a great pet. But the Humane Society and this article ignore some facts about which people need to be aware.

It is believed that all dogs are descendants of the wolf. The amazing thing is that one dog can be bred to have characteristics as different as night and day from another. The Chihuahua is the same species as the St. Bernard, but they look as different as a rabbit and pony.

Dogs were not just bred for appearance. In fact it is believed that most early breeding of dogs was more for skills and temperament than looks. There are biblical references to dogs being used to herd sheep like the border collie breed of today according to the American Kennel Club. The AKA Dog Book publication will give you a background on the origins of all their recognized breeds and the history of the earlier related breeds when available.

Just as border collies were bred for their herding skills and pointers were bred for hunting, the pit bull was bred for certain reasons. This does not mean that all of the individuals of a specific breed have its targeted characteristics to the exclusion of all other characteristics. All dogs inherited all of their characteristics form the wolf and likely all dogs retain a little bit of all these characteristics. The separation of one breed form another are the specific traits that are targeted in its breeding.

According to the AKA Dog Book, pit bulls evolved in England as a cross between terriers and bulldogs to try to combine the traits of the two breeds. These traits included: “the spirit and agility of the terrier” and “the courage and tenacity of the bulldog”. In the 1870s the dog was highly prized in America for “pit gaming” due to their strength, courage and tenacity. This is the origin of the nickname pit bull for the AKA recognized American Staffordshire Terrier breed.

The Humane Society’s event and Mr. Aasen’s article point out that not all pit bulls are vicious and dangerous. This is certainly a true fact. But it does ignore the fact that in pit bulls the vicious traits are not just “in there,” like in all dogs, but they have been bred specifically to make these traits more dominant. That is why I know of no Insurance company that will knowingly write a homeowners policy for anyone who owns a pit bull breed dog. (Just ask your agent the next time you see him or her.)

I understand why the Humane Society wants to promote adoption of these breeds. They are likely not the first dog chosen by a rescue family, and no one wants to see any innocent animal put down because it was not adopted. However, I would prefer that the Humane Society try to promote the curbing of the source of these unwanted animals than trying to “dispel some misconceptions about ‘bully breeds”” and glossing over their true in-bred traits.

Pat Crimans

Noblesville 

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  1. The Humane Society is a business, a business with a product that not many want. Thus the promotion. Lies, myths, and propaganda go along with their promotion of pit bulls. Gone are the days when pit attacks came from abused pits, these days beloved pits are killing their families, pits that share the bed with their masters. 55% of the attacks these days come from beloved pits, not abused or stray pits.

  2. A Shetland pony and a Clydesdale are the same species but look at the purpose bred traits. Somehow, pit pushers think they don’t look completely stupid when they deny this.

  3. Dennis Baker on

    2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

    36 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed….
    28 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending

    By Age :
    14 Children
    22 Adult

    By State :

    NM – 1 death
    MD – 1 death
    FL – 3 death
    IA – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    PA – 1 death
    W. VA – 2 death
    TX – 5 death
    SD – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    GA – 1 death
    NV – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    OK – 3 death
    NC – 2 death
    OH – 1 death
    SC – 1 death
    AL – 1 death
    CA – 3 death
    NY – 2 death
    TN – 1 death
    MI – 2 death

    Names and ages of the deceased:

    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM – Pack of Feral Dogs [1.2.15]

    Eugene W. Smith – 87- Frederick, MD – 1 Pit Bull [1.7.15]

    Declin Moss – 18 months – Brooksville, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [1.19.15]

    Malaki Mildward – 7yrs old – College Springs, IA – 2 Pit Bull/Bull Dog Mix [1.22.15]

    Fredrick Crutchfield – 63 yrs old – Johnson county, AR – Pit Bull [ 2.4.15]

    TayLynn DeVaughn – 2 yrs old – Pittsburgh, PA – Pit Bull [2.22.15]

    Roy Higgenbotham – 62 yrs old – WHEELING, W.Va. – Pit Bull [3.8.15]

    Betty Wood – 78 yrs old – SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – Rottweiler [3.12.15]

    Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 yrs old – WHITE RIVER, SD – Pending [3.14.15]

    Detrick Johnson – 36 yrs old – JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – 7 Pit Bulls [3.21.15]

    Neta Lee Adams – 81 yrs old – WASHINGTON, GA – Pending [3.31.15]

    Kenneth Ford – 79 yrs old – NYE COUNTY, NV – Pit Bulls [4.14.15]

    Brayden Wilson – 2 months old – Dallas, TX – Pit Bull [4.19.15]

    Gaege Anthony Ramirez – 7 yrs old – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – Pending [5.2.15]

    James W. Nevils III – 5 yrs old – Chicago, IL – Pit Bull – [5.25.15]

    Jordon Tyson Collins – 3 yrs old – Lawton, OK – Pit Bull – [6.28.15]

    Norberto Legarda – 83 yrs old – Pecos, TX – Pit Bulls – [7.2.15]

    Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 yrs old – Hendersonville, NC – Pit Bull – [7.7.15]

    Annie L. Williams – 71 yrs old – Shaker Heights, OH – Pit Bull – [7.12.15]

    Carolyn Lamp – 67 yrs old – COWETA, Ok – 3 Pit Bull/1 Rottweiler – [7.24.15]

    Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 yrs old – SPARTANBURG, SC – Pit Bull – [8.22.15]

    Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 yrs old – DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pit Bull – [8.24.15]

    Barbara McCormick – 65 yrs old – Autauga County , AL – Golden/Mix – [8.2.15]

    Emilio Rios Sr – 65 yrs old – Riverside County, CA. Pit Bulls – [8.8.15]

    Carmen Reigada – 91 yrs old – Miami, FL. – American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix – [9.22.15]

    Lamarkus Hakeem Hicks – 2 yrs old – Martinsburg, WV – Pit Bull – [9.28.15]

    Edgar Brown – 60 yrs old – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Pit Bulls – [10.16.15]

    Tanner Smith – 5 yrs old – Vidor, TX – Pit Bulls – [10.18.15]

    Amiyah Dunston – 9 yrs old – Elmont, NY – Pit Bull – [11.8.15]

    Anthony Riggs – 57 yrs old – Madison County ,TN – Rottweiler – [11.12.15]

    Carter Hartle – 11 months old – MARSHALL, NY – Pit Bull – [11.15.15]

    Xavier Strickland – 4 yrs old – Detroit, MI – Pit Bulls – [12.2.15]

    Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy – 22 yrs old – Port Huron, MI – Pit Bull, Husky-mix[12.3.15]

    Maria Torres – 57 yrs old – Gridley, CA – Pit Bulls – [12.16.15]

    Joan Ashman – 83 yrs old – CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Pit Bull – [12.18.15]

    Nyjah Espinosa – 2 yrs old – Miami-Dade, Fl – Pit Bull – [12.20.15]

    On average in 2015 someone was killed by a pit bull every 13 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training, it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.

  4. Please anyone reading, never adopt a pit bull. Contact your municipal representatives to enact legislation that will protect people form the maulings and deaths that are now happening on a regular basis, from pit bulls.

  5. Larry Verrill on

    At last some agreement!! I have written 3 or 4 comments in the Current in the past as well as submitted the same to “Let it Out” and letters to the editor with zero comments that agreed with me. I guess one has to be the editor. My comments and those here all advise or speak against Pit Bulls, but those here do not give any solutions to solve the problem. I was more specific about the solving……..I believe that owning and/or breeding Pit Bulls (American Bull Dogs)or any dog that has been bred with Pit Bulls should be against the law and all existing such dogs should be put to sleep or otherwise destroyed. The AKA should take these dogs off there list and not recognize them as a breed.
    Every city, county, and state should have the same law on their books serving the citizenship. Some drastic has to be done to stop these dogs vicious attacks on people; mostly children and older people who are either killed or left with horrible scars for life. I can hear the dog lovers and those who promote dog fighting screaming and yelling now. Well, I am a dog lover and have had many various breeds thru the years and I still think the above is the right way to handle this problem.

  6. Lisa Kafka Willett on

    The kindest thing for this breed is to ban breeding them. Most pit bulls end up being abandoned, neglected,starved, tied outside on a tow truck chain, fought, euthanized, shot. Very luck few make it to old age in a loving, stable home. Why bring more puppies into a life like that?

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