Is the Pit Bull the Most Dangerous Dog Breed? The Surprising Truth!

 

It is widely believed that the Pit Bull is the most dangerous dog breed due to its strength and its reputation for aggressive and vicious behavior.



However, a breed is not born vicious, and studies have shown that the environment a dog is raised in plays a significant part in the development of their personality. It has also been proven that the owners of Pit Bulls are considered ‘high risk’ people.

Therefore, an owner that is hot tempered and aggressive themselves will most likely raise a Pit Bull with a similar temperament than an owner who has raised their Pit Bull in a loving and gentle manner.

However, though Pit Bulls now have a reputation for being the most dangerous breed, this was not always the case.

In the 1900’s and particularly throughout World War I Pit Bulls were used on army recruitment posters as mascots for the American military. They were chosen to represent America because of their strength, bravery and loyalty.

The Pit Bull breed was so respected and loved by the soldiers in the American army that they promoted a Pit Bull to the position of Sergeant due to its participation in the war.

This war dog was named Sergeant Stubby, and he was the most decorated war dog to have served in the U.S military. Sergent Stubby was used to warn soldiers of incoming attacks from the enemy and to warn of gas attacks. Most importantly he was used for keeping morale up in camp.

Therefore, in the 1900’s Pit Bulls were loved for their strength and bravery, so why did their reputation change in later years? did this breed become dangerous?

 

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Gaining a bad reputation:

Pit Bulls continued to be loved throughout the twentieth century and did not garner a bad reputation until around the 1980’s, and this is due in large part to the fault of humans.

Dog fighting became legal again in the 1980’s, and the dog of choice was the Pit Bull due to its size and strength. Pit bulls usually weigh between 16kg to 30kg so they are very strong dogs.

The Pit Bulls temperament also makes them good fighting dogs as they are very determined and tenacious, and some will fight to the death in these matches. It is also well known that Pit Bulls do not like other dogs, and it is usually recommended that they are the only dog in a household.

Therefore, once people began to realize that Pit Bulls were being used for illegal blood sport, many began to see them in a negative light as the Pit Bull would sometimes kill its opponent in these fights, leading people to believe they were a dangerous breed.

However, in these cases, it is important to take into account the fact that the Pit Bull has been put in a ring with another aggressive animal and has reacted the only way it knows how.

Pit Bulls are also incredibly loyal toward their owners and have a need to please them, and this trait is used against them in the ring.

Furthermore, there is also the misconception that all Pit Bulls are aggressive towards humans. However, if this were the case, many Pit Bull owners who participate in these matches would also be attacked.

The owners have to break up the fights eventually so for their own safety they have to ensure that the riled and aggressive Pit Bull does not turn their aggression on them when they intervene.

Are Owners to Blame?

Pit Bulls also developed a bad reputation throughout the 1980’s when they became the go-to dog for many criminals and gangs.

As the Pit Bull had slowly begun to gain the reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed due to dog fighting many criminals and gangs chose this dog solely for this reason which only sullied the Pit Bull name even more.

It is also believed that the owners of Pit Bulls are higher risk owners and this belief was proved in 2006 by a study from the Journal of Interpersonal Violence which stated that vicious dogs were more likely to have owners that had been convicted of a crime from aggressive crimes to minor convictions involving drugs and alcohol.

Again in 2012, a study was carried out in regards to vicious dogs and their owners.

This time, the study was undertaken by the Journal of Forensic Sciences and this study stated that “vicious dog owners reported significantly higher criminal thinking, entitlement, sentimentality and super-optimism tendencies.

Vicious dog owners were arrested, engaged in physical fights, and used marijuana”. (M. Schenk, Allison. L. Ragatz, Laurie. William J. Fremouw.)

Another contributor to the Pit Bull’s bad reputation is the misidentification of the breed.

Pit Bull is a broad term given to three different types of dogs the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bulldog and the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Many dogs are misidentified as Pit Bulls as people label any dogs with blocky heads, muscular bodies and pointed triangular ears as Pit Bulls.

Therefore when any of these dogs bite or attack, the media will immediately point the finger at Pit Bulls when in fact it was a different breed that caused the damage.

This is also a prominent reason as to why the breed have gained such a bad reputation.

There is also the myth that the Pit Bull breed has jaws that lock once they bite and also that they have the most powerful jaws of all dog breeds.

These statements are untrue. The jaws of a Pit Bull have no distinct difference than any other breed. Nor are their jaws stronger than any other large dog breed.

This myth most likely stemmed from the fact that Pit Bulls were bred to catch and hold down wild animals such as boar and wild cattle until their owners arrived.

However, when this was put to the test against other large breeds including the Rottweiler, the German Shepherd and the American Pit Bull Terrier the Pit Bulls bite had the least amount of pressure.

Finally, Pit Bulls are loving and friendly dogs when they are treated right.

If they are raised and trained by an inexperienced owner that has purchased a Pit Bull because they have bought into the myth that this breed is aggressive and vicious than they will, unfortunately, raise the dog to fit this description.

It is important to remember that this breed did not always have the reputation of being the most dangerous breed they were once trusted and loyal army dogs for a reason.

Many statements made about Pit Bulls are myths stemming from their participation in dog fights and the growing demand for them by criminals and gangs.

Work Cited

  1. Schenk, Allison. L. Ragatz, Laurie. William J. Fremouw. “Vicious Dogs Part 2: Criminal Thinking, Callousness, and Personality Styles of Their Owners”. Journal of Forensic Sciences 57.1 (2012) Wiley online Library. Web. 29 September 2016.

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Life Of A Dog

Life Of A Dog As Man’s Best Friend.

The life of dog has always been close to humans like our children. It has provided people with companionship since it was first attracted to human habitation at least 12,000 years ago. Before the 20th century, this was a minor role for the dog – it was used primarily for work.

However, today the dog is most valued for the companionship it offers. Although mass urbanization in Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, and the great cities of Asia and South America has cut many people off from the natural world, the dog has accompanied them to the cities. Its future is secure as an important member of both urban and rural households.

MUTUAL BENEFITS

life-of-dogIt is only by happy accident that after the last Ice Age, the Northern Hemisphere’s two most successful predators learned that they could not only survive better, but also actually thrive in each other’s presence. Dogs are content to be our companions because they need to be guided by a pack leader, appreciate the simple availability of food, warmth, and comfort, and thrive on the knowledge that they have a defined territory to defend.

We also offer them simple play (which provides them with a lifelong pleasure) and physical contact. We ourselves gain a great deal of companionship. Dogs make us feel loved, secure, and important, and they make us laugh. We enjoy stroking them because touch is pleasurable. We like talking to them, although most of us realize that their ability to understand what we are saying is very limited, but the more it makes the life of dogs more comfortable.

We also like talking about them – describing something we love is probably good for our health. We feel content when we watch our dogs play, and we certainly feel loved when a dog comes over and and gives an affectionate greeting. We feel immensely satisfied when we feed, groom, exercise, and care for our dogs in a variety of other ways.

AN EMOTIONAL BOND

Recently, science has investigated the role of dogs as companions. The companionship of dogs is not just a manifestation of a middle-class affluence. Dogs are the world’s favorite companions, regardless of the culture or economic wealth of the region. In Zimbabwe and South Africa, over 40 per cent of all households keep dogs as companions. Anthropologists’ reports from all the world’s continents show that pet keeping is an international human phenomenon.

Scientists state, for example, that the Athabaskan Hare Native people in the Canadian Northwest Territories are “repressed, contained, and restrained”, except in their relationships with children and puppies. Their puppies are spoiled, sheltered, given choice food, played with, and very rarely punished or scolded until they reach adulthood, when affection virtually ceases. Observers say that being in contact with a constant flow of puppies creates an outlet for natural, dormant feelings that are culturally repressed.

The great emotional satisfaction that dogs provide may well be mirrored in a number of more affluent societies. In Europe, the northern cultures of Scandinavia, Great Britain, northern France, and Germany are less comfortable with visible shows of human emotion than the southern cultures of Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, and the Middle East.

Yet dog ownership is taken more seriously in northern Europe than in southern Europe. Dr. Aaron Katcher, an American psychiatrist, has written that touching and stroking dogs, and speaking to them affectionately, are acceptable ways by which people – men in particular – can give and receive affection in public when it is culturally unacceptable to show emotion or affection to other people.

Every dog owner should understand the obligation, that with the companionship of a dog come responsibilities for its health and welfare to make life of dogs more enjoyable and long lasting.

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Teddy Bear Dog: Features and Temperaments

What is a Teddy bear dog?



If you’re looking for an affectionate, sweet-tempered and intelligent dog breed than a teddy bear will be perfect for you. This breed is a hybrid of the Shi Tzu and the Bichon Frise. However, new hybrids are continually being bred to determine which mix make the perfect combination. Toy Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Schnauzers and Yorkshire Terrier hybrids now also fall under this ‘teddy bear’ term.

Their name is attributed to their small size as they will remain the size of a teddy bear toy even as an adult. They also physically resemble teddy bears with their fluffy coats and big button eyes and noses. As adults, they weigh between eight and sixteen pounds so they are very small. Their size makes them perfect for apartment living, and they are also quiet dogs, unlike other small breeds they do not bark much, but they will alert you to any visitors at your door.

History

The teddy bear breed has not been around for long. The breed became popular in the late nineties and early two thousands. They also live up to their teddy bear name as they were bred to be exactly that, fluffy, cuddly and lovable. They were originally bred to be therapy dogs for children and the elderly as their small size ensured that they would not accidentally hurt anyone, and their loving and affectionate nature meant that they would be happy to be held and cuddled by people.

Temperaments Of Teddy Bear Dog Breeds.

a cute teddy bear dogUnlike other small dogs who are known to be quite vocal and energetic, and in worst case scenarios can be very anxious and aggressive. Teddy bear dogs are the opposite of this. Instead, they are bred to be calm and mellow and will be affectionate with their owners. However, because of this need for affection they can be very needy and will require a lot of love and attention. They also will not be happy if they are left alone for extended periods of time. These traits are something you need to be aware of if you have a busy schedule and cannot accommodate their needs.

Though small and gentle, they can sometimes be stubborn, and training is advised early on to eradicate this. Teddy bear breeds are also good with other dogs so they will fit right in with your family even if you are already the owner of a dog. They also make good pets for children. However, because of their small size, it is important to supervise any activity between younger children and a teddy bear as it is important that they learn not play rough with them as they could easily get hurt because of their small size.

Coat and Grooming

Though teddy bear dogs are known for their fluffy and soft fur, they do not shed much, and some variations of the breed do not shed at all. They usually have a long fluffy coat which will require maintenance if left long. Regular grooming is a must to avoid any mats. Teddy bear dogs were also bred to be low in dander. Dander is the tiny flakes of skin and fur that dogs shed, and this is what makes humans allergic them. However, the teddy bear breed is low in dander making them hypoallergenic and the perfect pets for someone what allergies.

Health Factor: 

Health is a crucial factor when you are thinking of getting a dog. The teddy bear breeds are typically very healthy as they were bred without the health issues of the individual breeds. Though they are “designer dogs” they lack the birth defects that come with purebred dogs. They typically have a life expectancy of around twelve to fifteen years. However, they can develop certain health issues especially if their parents were purebred dogs.

They may develop breathing problems similar to the pug breed due to their short muzzles, and they can also suffer from collapsed trachea. This condition is commonly found in toy breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian and Poodles. It is incredibly important that you are aware of this if you are thinking of getting a teddy bear dog that is a mix of these breeds. To avoid this, you should use a harness rather than a lead and collar when you are walking your dog to prevent any pulling on the neck.

Exercise

The teddy bear breed does not need much exercise, because of their small size they will tire quickly from a game of chase or tug of war. However, they should still be walked daily for a change of scenery, and daily walks will allow them to become accustomed to walking with a harness or lead.

Training

Because teddy bear breeds are typically hybrids of the Shi Tzu and Bichon Frise, which are very intelligent. The teddy bear also inherits this intelligence, making training relatively easy. They are also keen to please their owners, and this trait will also help when it comes to training.

Like all breeds, you should begin training early as this job will be much harder when they are older. However, it is widely believed that smaller dog breeds are harder to house train and as the teddy bear breed is usually a hybrid of different toy breeds you may, unfortunately, encounter this. Use dog treats and praise as a reward for any progress and be consistent in your training.

A Cute Teddy Bear Dog: Watch Video.

If you think that a teddy bear breed would be the perfect addition to your family, then you need to do some research before adopting or buying one. You need to ensure that you are buying from a reputable breeder who has all of the dogs documents available for you. Buying from an irresponsible dog breeder may result in your puppy having health issues and temperament problems so it is crucial that you do your research before you jump in and buy from the first breeder you find.

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What You Need To Know When Buying or Adopting A Teckel Dog

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My Teckel Dog At Window Sill – Looking Outside

A Teckel is more commonly known as a dachshund. It is usually referred to as a Teckel by hunters as this dog was initially bred in 17th-century Germany to hunt small animals such as badgers, rabbits and foxes.

Its name in German even translates to badger dog. Because the Teckel only weighs about sixteen to thirty-two pounds, it was perfect for fitting down the holes and dens of these animals to chase them out.

Teckels are an intelligent breed and are very playful and lively little dogs. However before you adopt or buy one of these breeds, there are certain aspects that you should take into account.


Though they are now more common as house pets, you may still find that because they were bred to hunt they have retained certain hunting tendencies. These may include destroying your garden by digging numerous holes. You also need to be careful that they do not escape your garden. As they were bred to be tenacious in a hunt, this still applies to the house pet variety. If they are chasing something, they become completely focused on catching their prey and may even burrow their way out of your garden to achieve this. Also because they were bred to kill smaller animals they have also maintained this killing instinct and you may find they will destroy their toys.

There are three types of Teckel;  there is the long haired variety, the wire-haired and the smooth-haired. The long-haired Teckel needs weekly brushing to avoid mats and to keep their coat in good condition. However, the smooth-haired variety requires little grooming as does the wire-haired breed.

teckel dogTeckels have a long body which is why they are affectionately nicknamed the sausage or wiener dog. There is also the miniature breed and the toy breed which are less common.

They are muscular dogs with short stumpy legs. They have an elongated face and a broad barrel chest. It is important to note that because of their long bodies they have an extremely long spinal column which can be easily damaged by rough handling or overzealous activities. You need to ensure that your Teckel does not jump off couches, and you should try and prevent them from walking up and down stairs as these activities may cause herniated discs. You should also remember to support their backs when you pick them up or hold them to avoid any injury. Another aspect you need to be aware of when owning a Teckel is that they can become overweight easily due to their small size if they are not walked regularly. It is important that you are aware of this as any extra weight will also put too much strain on their back resulting in injury to the spine.

Teckel’s are very popular now as family pets rather than hunting dogs; this is mostly due to their small size and temperament. Their size means that they are perfect for apartment living, however just because they are suited for smaller living spaces this is not to say that they do not need exercise. Though they do not need vigorous exercise, they still require a daily walk to keep their weight down as obesity in this breed in addition to spinal problems can also cause heart disease. Though they are small dogs, they are lively and will enjoy walking and running in wide open spaces.

If you do have a Teckel in an apartment, you also need to be aware of the fact that they have a surprisingly powerful bark. Though they are small in stature, the Teckel was bred with a barrel chest to facilitate its hunting abilities. Therefore, their lungs are notably large for so small a breed which attributes to their deep bark which may cause problems when living in an apartment.

Though Teckels are great family dogs, they may not be ideal for a family with small children as they can be very possessive of their toys, their territory and their owners. This possessiveness may lead to nips and bites if younger children are unaware of how to treat them.

Due to their hunting history, they can be very stubborn dogs. Though this is appreciated in a hunting Teckel, it, unfortunately, means that training the house pet variety is a challenging and lengthy process. It is important that you begin their training when they are a puppy as they are easier to train when they are young. Patience is needed when teaching a Teckel Dog, and you should avoid shouting at them as they will not respond well due to their stubborn nature. You should reward their good behavior and any training progress with treats as this will entice them to obey commands. It is also crucial that you socialize your Teckel with other dogs and people to ensure that that they are not wary of strangers, and are comfortable around other dogs.

As an owner, you need to be firm with them and ensure that you do not abandon their training when they are obstinate otherwise they will take over and run your home. Without proper training and a strong leader, they may develop traits associated with small dog syndrome such as biting, growling and snapping at people.
Though Teckels are very loyal dogs they can also become possessive and bond with a particular owner. This trait is more commonly associated with the smooth-haired breed. This possessiveness is something you need to control with training and early socialization otherwise they may become aggressive when their owner’s attention is elsewhere. They may also become destructive if their owner leaves them alone.

The Teckel’s life expectancy is around 12-15 years of age and besides back and weight issues which can be avoided, they are a very healthy breed making them an excellent choice for a pet. With any breed do not buy from an irresponsible breeder or a puppy farm as this may lead to behavioral and temperament issues.