The transistion of being a family dog to a vicious killer begin with the outlawing of dog fighting. Please think long and hard before posting a reply. I for one do not condone dog fighting.
i think those who established pre 1976 working dogs were alot more goal orriented and bred for themselves. leaving them all in knowledgable and capable handsI would say from an objective timeline point of view... the evidence speaks for itself. Pitbulls were not persecuted until shortly after dog fighting was made illegal. Atleast that's what my relatively limited research suggests.
Its no joke.. Prior to becoming a national crime these hounds were bred strictly for their function and ability as a pit dog.. We can argue right or wrong in the ethics aspect of this however it is in fact irrelevant.. There were rules followed and anyone in the sport pre 76' did it as humanely and ethically as possible..This has got to be a joke... oke:
I went to rep you for this post and clicked the report post thingy (damn phone :stickHuh? Are you asking of people agree with you and your statement? I think it nhan when sports illustrated ran the cover with the headline vicious killer. Brought it to the forefront for wanna be hoodlums to think its cool.
I agree, thankfully people are realizing its more about the actual things the dogs are put through and look at them as individuals, not a fighting dog. Thank goodness there have been so many willing to undertake that task to prove people wrong and prove that they can be rehabilitated with little scars or damage (except on the outside of course) I will say it is the one good thing to come out of MV case was the saving of the innocent dogs who were a victim of circumstance is now common practice, not automatic death sentence as it was prior to MV case..I went to rep you for this post and clicked the report post thingy (damn phone :stick
The Sports Illustrated cover really brought the breed under harsh public scrutiny, as well as attracting a lot of people to the breed for the wrong reasons (those that wanted 'tough' dogs, 'killer' dogs or your general all purpose penis enlarger 'badass' dog) Soon after that, you began to see the trend toward big, overdone dogs and the media began ferreting out stories involving 'pit bull' maulings. It is unfortunate that the age of instant information (and misinformation) coincided with that story.
IMO, the illegality of dog fighting didn't play a major role. Even when it was legal, most people were pretty polarized on the subject. However, early on and up until quite recently, the DOGS involved in fight busts were seen as 'bad'. I think there has been a very clear public shift started away from that mindset in recent years, though it has been a long road to reach that point, a point where the dogs are viewed as victims of the crime, rather than the perpetrators.