I posted this on a parenting forum I am on in the debates section. I wanted to see how these ladies felt about the breed. I am expecting comments that will be supportive and non supportive as well as neutral. Anything else I should add?
Breed Specific Legislation is a collection of laws that prohibit owning certain breeds of dogs. The breeds mostly effected by these laws are pit bull breeds (American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier.) Some laws such as in Denver CO and Miami FL the dogs are outright banned. If you are caught owning one, your dog will be removed and euthanized. Even if the dog has caused harm to no one and is a loving family pet. Other places, just place legislation such as muzzle laws, confinement rules such as a pen with concrete bottom and a roof, and the requirement to cover 100,000 in liability insurance.
Although it has been proven that the laws are eneffective, and cost the cities a lot of unneccessary money, and do not reduce dog attacks, they are continued to be passed. And innocent dogs and their owners are targeted by these laws.
These laws are passed in complete ignorance of the breeds. People tend to fear these dogs form the myths about them. Such as locking jaws. This is a complete and very ignorant myth. The "pit bulls" jaws do not have any special locking mechinism, nor any enzyme that is released to cause them to lock. Another one I have heard that their brains swell and cause them to go "crazy" This is also complete myth. The only reason for brain swelling would be ofcourse head trauma. Also a lot of people think that "pit bulls" are mutts and will label any dog who attacks or bites a pit bull. "pit bull" is a generic term for the three breed names I listed above. The American Pit Bull Terrier itself as 2 major dog registries the ADBA and UKC who have been around for over 100 years registering the breed as full blood dogs. The Amstaff and Staffordshire Bull Terrier are both AKC breeds. The media will often label any breed a pit bull to gain sensation of their news story. Often the dog is not pictured or is obviously not a pit bull. If you are up for the challenge, see if you can identify the real American Pit Bull Terrier
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Also, the idea that they are not family friendly dogs. These breeds were once very popular in America, and known for their affection and love towards children. Petey of the Little Rascals was an American Pit Bull Terrier.
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I am the proud owner of an APBT myself. A 4 year old, spayed female. She is a great dog. Has been through obedience training, smart, sweet and trustworthy.
How do you feel about these laws?