A Response To “Pitbulls Get A Bad Rep Because They’re Bad Dogs”

A Response To “Pitbulls Get A Bad Rep Because They’re Bad Dogs”

The actions of one dog does not dictate the behavior of an entire breed.
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To the author of “Pit Bulls Get A Bad Rep Because They’re Bad Dogs,” I’m sorry but you’re just plain wrong. Your article is based on pure opinion and ONE personal experience with absolutely no facts to back you up.

I’m sorry you had a very bad experience in which you were severely injured, but just because you were attacked by one pit bull doesn’t mean the entire breed is aggressive and bad. Actually, they’re more tolerant than other breeds such as Chihuahuas, beagles, bulldogs, sheep dogs, Siberian Huskies, even golden retrievers, but you get the point. That’s not a matter of opinion, that’s a fact.

Don’t believe me? An entire study was done testing the temperament of different breeds of dogs. Another study also showed that the aggression Pit bulls typically exhibited was toward unfamiliar dogs, not humans. Dogs such as chihuahuas and dachshunds were more likely to exhibit aggression towards strangers and their owners, Australian Cattle Dogs towards strangers, and American cocker spaniels and beagles toward their owners. I

'm not trying to sit here and say all these other breeds of dogs are aggressive because that's just not accurate. I'm just showing that according to actual facts, pit bulls are not abnormally aggressive dogs like everyone makes them out to be.

Even though this is the truth of the matter, I know there are always anomalies. Not all pit bulls are like the dog that attacked you; I couldn’t tell you why that dog attacked you but I can tell you that isn’t the norm for pit bulls or dogs in general. Not every person you meet is a serial killer, the vast majority aren’t -- and not every pit bull you meet is going to attack you, the vast majority won’t.

You also say pit bulls were bred specifically for dog fights, and that is just plain wrong. Originally pit bulls were known as the English bull-baiting dog, dogs who were bred to be able to bite and hold large animals such as bulls and bears. This became illegal in the 1800s and that’s when some of these bull-baiting dogs were bred with smaller dogs like terriers (which created the pit bull breed) to begin dogfighting, the key word there being some. Yes, some pit bulls were bred to dogfight, but others were also bred to perform various work tasks and to be family dogs. Not every single pit bull was bred for dog fighting.

You know why I think pit bulls get such a bad rep? Because they have the ability to do so much damage. Pit bull attacks get the most attention because they’re big, powerful dogs and if they do attack you they can seriously injure or kill someone. Even though Chihuahuas are more likely to be aggressive toward humans they more than likely aren’t going to cause any serious, or lethal, damage. It’s the sad truth, and I think that’s the reason people believe pit bulls are such bad dogs. We barely ever hear about any other dog attacks in the news, we only hear about pit bulls and this causes people to think all pit bulls are aggressive and dangerous and this just isn’t the case.

Pit bulls are not a bad breed of dogs and I’m sick of people labeling them as such. The actions of one dog does not dictate the behavior of an entire breed. All dogs deserve a chance.


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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Home Invader Suspected of Cleaning Up

In May 2019, a Massachusetts man is shocked to discover someone had broken into his house. But instead of stealing anything, they tidied up for him.

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Imagine coming home after a longs days work to discover your door unlocked. This alone doesn't cause for immediate panic because often it's hard to remember if you even locked it that morning. As you warily enter the house, you are relieved to see your TV is still on the wall, and the computer is still sitting on your desk. When you take another step in, however, you start to feel this uneasy feeling, like someone had been in your house while you were gone.

You notice a smell of cleaning products in the air that you don't remember being there that morning, and to your shock, you see the bedroom door you always leave open, closed. Now is the time to panic. You search the house, calling out for the perpetrator to show themselves. Your children's rooms are immaculate: vacuumed, with clothes folded and beds made, and toilets scrubbed.

Someone has definitely been in your home for hours, pillaging through your intimate belongings, only they hadn't taken anything. The only thing they leave behind is eerie toilet paper origami roses, a staple of the US prison system.

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Although this sounds like a funny sketch from a comedy show, this actually happened to Massachusetts man Nate Roman this May. Roman says in an interview with New York Post: "Growing up in the age we do, my first thought was a serial killer. My next thought was wondering if my son was safe, worrying if someone was still in the house."

Despite the ridiculousness of the crime, it is still a crime. The act of intruding upon someones home not to steal, but to acquaint oneself with the environment is almost creepier than a robbery. Just the thought of someone possibly getting off by touching your objects and lounging in your furniture is extremely off-putting.

The motive of this cleaning criminal is still unknown and he or she is at large. It's speculated it may have been a mistaken house tidied by a cleaning crew--but that seems less likely than a creep having a go in a home with an unlocked door.

Don't forget to lock your doors at night and when you leave in the morning and watch out for toilet paper roses.

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