The first item that needs to be addressed is the term "pitbull". There is no such breed as a pitbull nor is there just one type. The most selective definition of the term refers to just two breeds: the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire terrier. Both of which can be described as loyal, strong, energetic, and very obedient.
Unfortunatly, these are same traits which give the breed unwanted attention from the wrong type of people. Known in the past as 'nanny' dogs, pitbulls are extremelty loving and loyal. The breed's most admired trait was their lack of human agression, which was the reason many families around the 1900's in Europe left pits to look after young children. Who can forget 'Pete' the original dog from the American classic 'The Little Rascals', who indeed was a pit bull.
Like many modern breeds, it is impossible to be completely sure of the details of the American Pit Bull Terrier's long history. Since being recognized by the United Kennel Club over 100 years ago, the breed has been seen as a 'fighting breed'. However, when the American Temperance Testing Society put The American Pit Bull Terrier up to the test, 755 of the 870 dogs passed; putting the breed at an 87% passing rate. Check out a few familiar breeds who did not preform as well: Maltese (81.3%), Beagle (80%), Chihuahua (69.8) and the Pomeranian (76.5%).The dangerous aspect of pit bulls result entirely from humans.
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