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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