Thursday, January 31, 2008
This is why Gobin held the first annual “Muscle Up or Go Home” event. Dogs of all ages and breeds gave it their all, whether in the “hang time” rope competition, the tug-of-war, or in the weight pull. Strapped to a harness, a pit bull can pull as much as 8,000 pounds.
"Strength and discipline," Gobin says. "It is these two qualities that make up the soul of a pit bull or American bulldog."DogsBite.org would like to add that for the very reason Mr. Gobin states, American Bulldogs are included in the definition of "pit bull type dog" when pertaining to legislation that seeks to regulate these breeds. The 2007 fatality cases of Cheryl Harper, Edward Gierlach and Tori Whitehurst are just a few examples of their strength and discipline. Combined, pit bulls and American bulls dogs killed 24 Americans in 2007, a whopping 69% of all dog bite fatalities.
21/31/07: Grim 2007 Dog Bite Fatality Statistics
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| 2/01/2008 4:41 AM |
These dogs have had numerous name changes over the years to distance themselves from their british fighting pit heritage. The American Bulldog was officially named the American Pit BullDog up until 1972 or so.
Their advocates now thrive in the confusion... When losing an argument, they will reflexively whip out the "There is no such Breed" card.
| 2/01/2008 4:55 AM |
No doubt, but they will also whip out, "An American Bulldog in NOT a pit bull...!" Or to get around laws, they will say, "This is an American Bulldog, not a pit bull." It's disgusting. Always nice to have pit bull authority figure say that they are one in the same...
| 2/01/2008 9:30 AM |
The breedist in this article deviated from the normal Pit advocate talking points while effevescing about the power of the dogs.
"Natural Aggression" The selection of this breed via the fighting pit is anything but "Natural".
"Tug of War contests" Behaviorists say this is a no-no.
The dogs can pull 8000lbs?!!!! No wonder there are so many fence bustin' and chain breaking incidents! It's just another example to show why a casual owner cannot contain these dogs without a special infrastructure.
Any of the good traits(loyalty) etc, can be found in other, safer breeds.
| 2/05/2008 12:21 AM |
according to this article, sandy reed has spent her life rescuing and raising pitbulls.
"She says Pit Bulls are friendly dogs who are happiest indoors with lots of attention, but they were originally bred to grip cattle for butchers."
"So, if they get out, their natural instincts will take over and they're likely to attack another animal."
pit bulls = bulldogs in her mind as well.