The truth about ‘Pit Bulls’

I have been told that Staffies are more dangerous because they attack more frequently, and the attacks are more serious because they ‘lock on’ and have far stronger jaws than any other breed of dog. So I decided to look into this, and here is what I found..

Firstly, the pit bull is not an actual breed, rather a term used to describe 3 breeds:

~ The American Pit Bull Terrier

~ The American Staffordshire Terrier

~ The Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Dr. Howard Evans, Professor Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca New York, has stated:

“I have spoken with [Dr.] Sandy deLahunta (the foremost dog neurologist in the country) and [DR.] Katherine Houpt (a leading dog behaviorist) about a jaw locking mechanism in pit bulls or any other dog and they both say, as do I, that there is NO SUCH THING AS “JAW LOCKING” IN ANY BREED.

We all agree that the power of the bite is proportional to the size of the jaws and the jaw muscles. There is no anatomical structure that could be a locking mechanism in any dog.”

Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic measured bite forces of many different creatures. Domestic dogs were included in the test:

320 LBS of pressure on average.  A German Shepard, American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and Rottweiler were tested using a bite sleeve equipped with a specialized computer instrument.  The APBT had the least amount of pressure of the 3 dogs tested.

 This conversation on a forum is just typical of people spouting unresearched ‘facts’.. this is what gives the Staffie a bad name:

“If I remember correctly, collies are the dogs most likely to attack a human (comparing the number of dogs of the breed that are owned with the number of incidents). But ‘everyone’ knows that collies are cuddly harmless family pets, right? Staffies are actually pretty far down the list (I’ll see if I can find it on t’internet)”

“Perhaps, but I think part of the problem with the bull terrier breeds is that while they may well be less likely to attack, when they do the results can be disastrous. Forget the Pit-Bulls for a moment, even staffies are incredibly powerful dogs for their size especially the jaws. I suspect most adults would be able to fend off a Collie fairly easily, while the same cannot be said for a powerful dog with locking jaws such as a Staffie. I’m not saying that staffies are bad by any means, my dogs best playmate is a staffie.” (Read the forum post here).

Extracts from Pitbull Rescue Central.

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6 Responses to The truth about ‘Pit Bulls’

  1. rumpydog says:

    Humans who get a dog because they think it will make them look cool, refuse to neuter/spay and then leave the poor thing tethered to a chain or in a yard with no socialization create a dog that will cause problems if it gets free. But that’s true of any breed.

    But let’s face it….. there’s alot of pit bulls out there. They’re being bred indiscriminately because they sell. They’re being bought by people who want a hip-hop dog. They’re being rescued and made out to be angels by alot of rescuers.

    But they are dogs. We are ALL dogs. And we deserve to be treated as such. Not demonized or sanctified.

  2. There are a lot of pit bulls out there for exactly the reasons you state.. we agree with everything you’ve said here. We wouldn’t want to sanctify pit bulls over any other breed, but something needs to be done to educate people about ALL dog breeds, and what they are ALL capable of. In the past it’s been the German Shepherds, Dobermanns, Rottweilers, you-name-it breed of dog that have taken their turn to be demonized, and this is wrong. We don’t (or shouldn’t) tar everyone with the same brush as a serial killer, just because we’re all humans, and we shouldn’t do this with breeds of dogs either.
    Thankyou for taking the time to read our post and share your views 🙂

  3. Jamie Dedes says:

    Well done.

    I’d like permission to reblog this at:
    All links and credits to be included as appropriate.

    I’ll check back here for your answer.

    Thank you!

  4. Thankyou so much Jamie, we’d love for you to reblog this post!

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