Pit bulls have the false reputation for attacking humans for no reason. The pit bull was originally bred in England during the 19th century. CrunchBase says the dog is a combination of a bull dog and a terrier. These dogs were bred for cockfighting, bull-baiting, and bear-baiting until the sport was discontinued in 1835 because it was too dangerous. Perhaps the most notorious contribution to the pit bull’s bad rap is from the Michael Vick games.
Michael Vick, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets, was involved in training pit bulls to dog fight from 2002 to 2007. Vick’s pit bulls were starved and abused in order to be angry enough to perform, thus giving the dogs a bad reputation. In addition to the pit bull dog fights, there were some pit bull owners in the news who had abused their dogs, causing them to attack, and cause injury.
The truth is, a pit bull reflects the type of care given by the owner. If a pitbull is abused, the dog becomes aggressive and dangerous. When a pit bull is treated well, the dog can be a sweet addition to any family. The ASPCA recommends pit bull puppies get enrolled into dog training classes so the puppy can become acquainted with other puppies in the class. The dog is an enthusiastic learner whether you adopt a puppy or an adult.