Are all pit bulldogs naturally aggressive? Is it just a myth, or are there real scientific facts to back this up? There’s no shortage of speculation on these topics. And while there are those who will say that anything and everything you read should be taken with a pinch of salt, others will agree with you that it’s high time something was done to dispel these myths once and for all. This article is a small step in that direction.
Are Pit Bulls Naturally Aggressive?
No, pit bulls are not naturally aggressive. However, they can be made aggressive through bad breeding and mistreatment. Pit bulls were originally bred as working dogs to help farmers with tasks such as catching livestock or protecting their property. They were bred for strength, intelligence, and courage, not for aggression.
Why Do People Think Pit Bulls Are Aggressive?
Not enough Pit Bulls live with people
Some breeds are just more popular than others. The Pit Bull is the most common breed of dog in America, but it’s not popular everywhere. Most places where dogs are likely to be attacked, like India and parts of Africa, have no experience with the breed. If there are not enough people who have Pit Bulls in their homes, then not enough Pit Bulls are living with people. This can be addressed by finding a local Pit Bull rescue or by adopting a rescued Pit Bull.
Some dogs are born aggressive
One of the most common reasons people think a Pit Bull is aggressive is because of their breed’s history of being used as a “bully breed”. Since the early 1900s, people have bred Pit Bulls specifically to fight other dogs. They were bred to be stronger than their competitors, which led to aggressive behavior. This can be particularly true of Pit Bulls in certain situations, like at the dog park. If you live in an urban setting, heavily populated area, your dog is at higher risk of being involved in an aggressive situation at the dog park. These situations need to be addressed with the owners and other dogs involved. If the park is too dangerous, don’t let your Pit Bull be there. If the other dogs are aggressive, it’s best to keep your Pit Bull out of the situation entirely.
Dogs who aren’t raised to be friendly can develop aggression
Just like humans, dogs that aren’t socialized as puppies can develop issues as adults. This can happen if the Pit Bull is never introduced to other friendly dogs, or it can happen if the Pit Bull is socialized but raised in a household where aggressive behavior is rewarded. When a Pit Bull isn’t socialized to other dogs, they can develop a fear of them. This can cause them to be aggressive around other dogs when they are introduced later. Or, it can cause them to be aggressive toward people when they are around people because they associate other dogs with the fear they’ve been taught. You can avoid this by raising your puppy socialized to other dogs. You can also socialize your Pit Bull as an adult by taking them to dog parks or letting them meet other friendly dogs and people in your neighborhood.
There is another reason. It could be situational, and it needs to be addressed.
Sometimes aggression, fear, and other behavioral issues are a result of a past incident. If there was an incident where a stranger or a family member hurt your dog, you may be responding with aggression toward others. It’s important to note that this might not be the case. It’s possible that there is something in your life that is making you lash out aggressively at others. It’s important that you figure out what that is and address it.
Teach your dog at an early age. Teach good manners.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent behavioral issues with your Pit Bull is to teach them good manners from an early age. This can include teaching them to walk on a leash, not to dig in your yard, not to chew items that aren’t edible, and how to respond to other dogs in your household. It might seem like a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in your dog’s life.
Lack of exercise causes behavior problems.
Many dogs are happiest when they are regularly getting the exercise they need. If they’re in a house most of the time, they aren’t getting the physical activity they need. A lack of exercise can cause aggression in dogs. It can also cause a lack of energy and interest in life. If your Pit Bull is not getting the exercise they need, they might not have the interest they once did.
Confinement breeds aggressive behaviors. Don’t confine your dog in a crate or kennel. Let him have access to the whole house at all times.
When a dog has been bred to be aggressive, one of the best things you can do for them is to let them have more space in the house. This allows them to feel safe and not be trapped in a room by themselves. Crates and kennels can be a great tool for training a dog. But, for your dog’s emotional health, it’s better to let them have more space.
Feed your dog the right diet that promotes healthy behavior and doesn’t contribute to aggression.
This one is a bit more of a science than the others. But, it is key. There are several diets that are advertised as being good for dogs who are aggressive. However, the science shows that these diets do not actually cause less aggression. What they do is make your dog gain weight quickly, which is unhealthy for them regardless of their overall diet. There is no single diet that will work for every dog. You need to work with your veterinarian to create a diet that is right for your dog based on their age, health, and activity level.
The Role Of Breed In Aggression
- The breed is not the only factor that affects aggression. It’s important to remember that genetics only play a small role in aggression, and that environment plays a much bigger role. In other words, a dog’s environment – including his upbringing, training, and socialization – can have a big impact on his behavior.
- Some people believe that certain breeds are more aggressive than others because of their genetic makeup. For example, pit bulls are often thought to be more aggressive than other breeds of dogs because they were originally bred to fight. However, this isn’t always the case. Some pit bulls may be more aggressive because they’ve been mistreated or abused.
- Another reason why people think certain breeds are more aggressive is because they see them in movies or TV shows and they assume that all pit bulls are like that. However, this isn’t always the case. There are pit bulls who are gentle and loving animals, and there are also pit bulls who are highly aggressive.
- It’s also important to remember that not all pit bulls act the same way when they’re provoked. Some may be more aggressive than others, but that doesn’t mean all pit bulls are bad dogs. In fact, many pit bulls make great pets if they’re properly trained and treated.
Above all, we hope that we have debunked the myths about the Pit Bull breed and shown you that these dogs, while bred for specific reasons, are not aggressive by nature. This being said, it’s important to remember that the only way to ever know for sure is to research the breed and, if possible, meet a dog of this breed to see if they’re a good match for your lifestyle.