There aren’t many dog breeds out there with worse misconceptions and stereotypes than the Pitbull. These days, it can be hard to find kind words about the breed, unless they are coming from a dog lover or history buff, educated in the breed’s origins.
This negative misconception concerning xxl Pitbull type breeds is indeed one of the biggest ironies in the dog world. Contrary to what some would have you believe, the original Pitbull lineage, as well as those closely following, was/were bred specifically for their bite inhibition and loyalty toward human handlers.
Out of every dog breed in existence, the Pitbull is one of the absolute best ‘family’ breeds; there are few better when it comes to a child’s companion!
1835 was a sad year for English sporting enthusiasts, the violent sport of ‘Bull Baiting’ finally made illegal. Incidentally, the English Bulldog nearly went extinct as a result.
It wasn’t long before a new, equally ferocious sport arose: dog fighting. What better animal to serve as the progenitor of a new breed than the already popular Bulldog? Physical characteristics absolutely ideal for the endeavor, this was the obvious choice. Bulldogs were soon bred with various types of terriers, giving rise to a more agile animal- one adapted to compete with its’ own species, as opposed to the larger bull. Here is where the Pitbull’s story begins.
Due to the necessity to treat injuries, early handlers needed to be able to enter the ‘ring’ without risking their own well-being. Bite inhibition and human loyalty was prized above all else, and heavily promoted. Though these early Pitbulls were conceived to fight with their own species, there wasn’t a more ‘people-friendly’ dog to be found!
Bite Inhibition: A dog’s ability to control the pressure of his mouth when biting
It wasn’t until around 1900 that the immigration came to America, bringing the Pitbull with it. Due to their high pain threshold and affinity for humans, there wasn’t a dog available better suited to put up with the poking and prodding young children offer. Not only were these muscular xxl pitbulls often used as ‘farm hands’, they were prized above any other breed as children’s companions, earning themselves the nickname ‘Nanny Dogs’.
● The American Kennel Club’s version of the Pitbull, (recognized in 1936), is ranked at a whopping 97% with children, at a 96% trainability level!
As many members of the older generation can attest to, Pitbulls were prized above most others during the first half of the 20th century, the dog of choice. Some blame a controversial Sports Illustrated article, (for which they’ve since rescended) demoting the breed, for the loss in popularity. Others blame dog fighting enthusiasts and irreputable breeders for the decline.
● Studies have shown Pitbulls generally have a friendlier disposition than America’s number one most popular dog, the Labrador Retriever!
For true xxl Pitbulls one truth remains; a better family dog and children’s companion is hard to find.