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Jan 03, 2012
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I agree with Adam G. Katz
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The breeds came to by encouraging various traits. All dogs are not equal. I also agree that bad owners generally make a bad dog.

Apr 09, 2010
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It's a little of both
by: Adam G. Katz

You're right: Not all pit bulls are bad dogs. It's hard to even talk about "pit bulls" as it's such a general term. Are we referring to:

- An American Staffordshire terrier?
- An American Pit Bull Terrier?
- A Staffordshire Bull Terrier?
- An American Bulldog?
- A Bandog?

I've even seen some Boxers who were loosely categorized as a "pit bull".

However, it is important to recognize that within the American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffy bloodlines, there are specific bloodlines that do have a higher tendency toward dog aggression. (Which is distinct and separate from 'handler aggression' -- which is what most of the dogs in the media receive such a bad reputation for).

It is also important to recognize that these are extreme dogs/extreme breeds. They are not for everyone. They are not the same as poodles, regardless of how you raise them. They have a tendency toward extreme prey drive and can be very "game".

Does this mean that you cannot find one with a temperament like a pit bull? Of course you can. But to suggest that pit bulls are the same as Poodles, and that it's "all in how you train them" is not specifically accurate, either. Like anything else, there are shades of gray.




Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at DogProblems.com.

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