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PostSubject: fact or myths 2   fact or myths 2 Icon_minitimeSun 06 Jul 2008, 2:20 pm

MYTH: Pit bulls bite more people than any other breed.

FACT: It is hard to pin down, as accurate records by breed are seldom kept. Those records available show what a myth this is. Farmers Branch, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, has kept accurate records since 1980. During a 7 year period from 1980 through 1987, this is what was recorded. Total bites: 1,593. Pit bulls, 30 bites, or 1.89% of the total. Other studies tend to show the same results and because of so many mongrels that have similar features to the American Pit Bull Terrier, it seems reasonable to assume that the figures are actually much lower.



MYTH: American Pit Bull Terriers are born mean.

FACT: In a letter to James Huffman of Columbus, Ohio, Alfons Estelt of the American Temperament Test Society, Inc., an international dog temperament test organization, wrote the following: "The American Pit Bull Terriers participating in our temperament evaluation have thus far shown a passing rate of 95%. The other 121 breeds of dogs in our tests showed the average passing rate of 77%. While the heredity factor is of measurable importance, these results show that a dog, even if used for dogfighting, is not pre-disposed as such, but is brought by his environment."



MYTH: American Pit Bull Terriers have 1600 P.S.I. in jaw pressure.

FACT: Dr. 1. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia states, "To the best of our knowledge, there are no published scientific studies that would allow any meaningful comparison to be made of the biting power of various breeds of dogs. There are, moreover, compelling technical reasons why such data describing biting power in terms of "pounds per square inch" can never be collected in a meaningful way. All figures describing biting power in such terms can be traced to either unfounded rumor or, in some cases, to newspaper articles with no foundation in factual data." Need more be said?



MYTH: American Pit Bull Terriers lock their jaws to the death.

FACT: Again from Dr. Brisbin: "The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier."



MYTH: All American Pit Bull Terriers are bad and should be banned.

FACT: On July 17,1987 on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, Mr. Marc Paulhaus, S.E. regional director of the Humane Society of the United States stated: "Serious dog problems tend to be cyclical in nature."
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PostSubject: Re: fact or myths 2   fact or myths 2 Icon_minitimeMon 07 Jul 2008, 6:48 pm

biglaugh Locking jaws..lmao

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PostSubject: Re: fact or myths 2   fact or myths 2 Icon_minitimeSun 10 Aug 2008, 5:18 pm

Hard to explain to most people but the pit was bred to not bite people. The dogs purpose was to entertain in a fight pit and the handler had to be sure he could break his dog off without it biting him. Therefore human aggressive dogs were culled and did not send on that gene. If the dog could not perform his job he was not worthy broodstock. Most people do not know that in a pit bull fight ring there are extensive rules and not just two dogs throw in to fight to the death.
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PostSubject: Re: fact or myths 2   fact or myths 2 Icon_minitimeThu 04 Sep 2008, 11:37 am

Aren't Pit Bulls MEAN and VICIOUS?
No more vicious than golden retrievers, beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATT), pit bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That's as good or better than beagles ... 78.2%, and golden retrievers ... 83.2%. How did your favorite breed do? See for yourself: ATTS.org
In the ATT test, a dog is put through a series of confrontational situations. Any sign of panic or aggression leads to failure of the test. The achievement of pit bulls in this study disproves once and for all the old tired belief that pit bulls are inherently aggressive to people.
Like any breed of dog, a healthy pit bull that is properly raised will remain loving and friendly. In the past 20 years, we've seen some sad examples of poorly bred and badly treated dogs that are the byproducts of irresponsible 'backyard breeders' and cruel and abusive homes. These improperly raised, unsocialized creatures can show temperaments far removed from the traditional authentic pit bull. Don't confuse these unfortunate misbreds with the huge majority of well-loved dogs in this country that remain solid in temperament, affectionate, trustworthy and friendly to their dying day.
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PostSubject: Re: fact or myths 2   fact or myths 2 Icon_minitimeSat 06 Sep 2008, 4:41 pm

I was giving Lil Guapo a bath lastnight and I remembered hearing one during childhood.... I was told if you cover a pit bulls eyes, like when you dry them off with a towel, they WILL freak out and snap, tearing into anything flesh over blood thirst. LOL, that's a riot!!!

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PostSubject: Re: fact or myths 2   fact or myths 2 Icon_minitimeSat 06 Sep 2008, 8:49 pm

wow red never heard that one LOL
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