THIS is a Pit Bull
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Did you know that the trusted family pet “Jack the Brindle dog” on “Little House on the Prairie” was a pitbull? Jack was not the only pitbull famous for being a faithful family dog, as Helen Keller's beloved companion was also a pitbull. Then there was Petey, the dog from “The Little Rascals” who was indeed an American pitbull terrier.
It seems that many people have forgotten how America has loved this breed over time, and have forgotten that many choose this breed of dog today for a reliable and loving family dog. This was the breed that was affectionately known as “America's Nanny Dog.”
Many celebrities have chosen this wonderful breed over time, including Fred Astaire, President Roosevelt, Mary Tyler Moore, Thomas Edison, Brad Pitt, Ann Bancroft, President Woodrow Wilson, Humphrey Bogart, John Stewart and Bernadette Peters, just to name a few.
Pitbulls are loyal, stable and intelligent dogs that are eager to please, and strive to take on the behaviors that their guardians instill in them. Their behavior is a reflection of the care, training, and socialization (or lack thereof) given by their owners.
The stigma associated with the breed has been caused by careless dog owners who do not socialize or properly train their dogs. Any breed of dog that is left tied in a backyard without experiencing the outside world is bound to have issues. It also seems that careless dog owners tend to choose the pit bull in particular, possibly due to it's “tough” reputation.
Therefore the majority of neglected, untrained dogs appear to be pitbulls. But even with all these neglected dogs, there are even more sweet, trained and well socialized pit bulls that belong to loving families. According to rigorous testing by The National Canine Temperament Testing Association, the golden retriever, poodle, border collie, English setter, German pointer and numerous other breeds are considered more likely to become aggressive than pit bulls.
The average score of the 122 breeds tested was a mere 77 percent. Pitbulls scored a 95.2 percent on these testings. (The higher the better.)
To learn more: http://www.pbrc.net/breedinfo.html
Also by Kristina Gale
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