The term American Pit Bull Terrier was associated with the most beloved dog of America and proud semi-state symbol, but the association with this term has been changed in one that is associated with fear or hate. How is it possible that in time people can have such an abruptly different association with the same breed? This article introduces the foundation of factors that have started this revolution or those that have strengthened the change in association and shows the true nature of those factors and this breed of dog.
Prejudice and hidden agendas versus the true American Pit Bull Terrier
Before we get into the conformation and history of the American Pit Bull Terrier, we would like to take this opportunity to inform and educate the general public. We will start by discussing 'experts'.
Expert - Experts have prolonged or intense experience through practice and education in a particular field.
The term expert is widely used informally, with people being described as 'experts' in order to bolster the relative value of their opinion, when no objective criteria for their expertise are available.
There are only two ways in which someone can form an honest opinion about the American Pit Bull Terrier:
1. Become an expert through prolonged experience, practice and education.
2. Listen and learn from an expert.
What is an American Pit Bull Terrier?
It’s pretty simple actually:
American - A breed of dog that has been developed in America over the last 150 - 175 years.
Pit - An area of combat in this case for professional fighting dogs.
Bull - bulldog ancestry.
Terrier - terrier ancestry.
Have you had prolonged experience, practice and education concerning the American Pit Bull Terrier? Have you learned about the American Pit Bull Terrier from experts?
Does everything you know about the American Pit Bull Terrier come from people being described as 'experts' in order to bolster the relative value of their opinion, when no objective criteria for their expertise are available?
Where do these media 'experts' who have no expertise come from anyways? And who would hire such an 'expert'?
Agenda - a list, plan, outline, or the like, of things to be done, matters to be acted upon.
The experts without expertise are hired by media corporations, donation driven organizations, and registry clubs. Ironically, apart from the facts that these corporations, organizations and clubs are driven by financial gain and they intentionally mislead the general public as to what an American Pit Bull Terrier is in order to achieve that gain, their agendas are completely different.
The agendas of the common media are pretty simple and straight forward:
1. Any short haired dog that attacks someone, call it a 'Pit Bull'. This creates a epidemic (do not care that it's false) and gives the public a name for that epidemic. Great for business!
2. Protect the epidemic - demonize the term 'Pit Bull' or anyone connected to that term. Don't shun from using fake experts, false facts and vicious rumors - publish them as the truth. Manufacturing hatred is an extremely powerful tool used to sway and control both the hearts and minds of the general public. Because hatred: stifles debates, creates closed minds, maintains irrational loyalty to ignorant ideas and false facts, and can easily lead to radical ideas and radical behavior.
For the media it is all about ratings and headlines.
Many years ago Frits Jansen transparently described the media reporter as: "A pitiful little man that derives its existence from the spreading of poisonous lies, fed by a sick fantasy. [...] Ignore him as he, horny of curiosity, reaches his slimy fingers towards you."
The latter is the problem; the lies spread by the media are not ignored but taken for granted by the general public and much worse also by many so-called “fanciers” of these races.
Non-Profit Organizations and Animal Rights Groups thrive on bad news as long as animals are involved.
They thrive solely on donations. People that donate to animal rights groups have a wide range of issues and concerns. However, these organizations and groups are companies, and as such, they have to bring in vast amounts of money. The people in charge of these organizations and groups are very well paid (often even making millions a year), and the more they collect, the more they all personally make.
Non-Profit Organizations are like politicians, they vary in what they will say and do depending solely on who is standing in front of them with their check books open.
However, Animal Rights Groups generally fall into one of two categories concerning the term 'Pit Bull'.
1. Call as many dogs as they can 'Pit Bull' and push to ban them all. Because for the more radicalized organizations, groups and donors who believe animals should not be owned by humans any step towards banning all pet ownership is a big plus.
2. Any short haired dog that attacks someone, call it a 'Pit Bull' and declare that abuse led to the attack in order to collect money. Capitalize on the existing (false) epidemic; give a (false) reason for that epidemic with (false) promises that animal rights groups will help stop the epidemic if people give them money.
Those that fall into category 1 will demonize the term 'Pit Bull' or anyone connected to that term using fake experts, false facts and vicious rumors.
Those that fall in category 2 will demonize the owners of animals using fake experts, false facts and vicious rumors.
Registries will register and have registered just about everything and anything as an American Pit Bull Terrier. The agenda of Registries is very simple, and it is as following:
1. Register any and all short haired dogs alleged to be a Pit Bull by experts with no expertise as the 'Pit Bull'. Take the money ask no questions.
2. Any short haired dog that attacks someone, agree that it’s a 'Pit Bull' in order to maintain a vast amount of registered mongrel mutts = money. Declare that abuse led to the attacks = demonize the owners of animals using fake experts, false facts and vicious rumors.
Registries/Kennel Clubs and Associations simply have a hard time refusing funds for registering dogs.
Just about every registry for the American Pit Bull Terrier will not or can not denounce the non American Pit Bull Terriers they have registered as American Pit Bull Terriers without going out of business.
We agree that above is not taking into account the few who do not comply to this overall pattern. They are the welcome exception that proves the rule.
The truth about the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a Pure Bred dog that can (mostly easily) be distinguished by APBT fanciers from all other breeds, including all other bull and terrier breeds. The vast majority of dog attacks accredited to the American Pit Bull Terrier in America have been committed by Bull Mastiff and Mastiff crosses. A majority of the remaining attacks that have been accredited to the American Pit Bull Terrier have come from short haired mongrel mutts.
OVERALL APPEARANCE (for more information click here)
From the ground to the withers and from the withers to the start of tail they are square in appearance, or slightly longer than they are tall. Chest is oval in shape and deep down to the elbows. A slight muscular frame with an overall impression of speed and agility. Loin has a slight to moderate tuck.
Extremely people friendly and therefore rarely possessive, territorial, or protective towards humans. They are intelligent, trusting, trustworthy and playful. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a sporting terrier, and without question, the predominant and prevailing tendency of their spirit is to fight other dogs that they oppose as a challenger, hunt vermin and especially formidable predatory animals and love to work. As with any working or sporting terrier, denying their very spirit and keeping them from ‘working’ (e.g. sport, exercise, hunting if legally possible or weight pulling if legally possible) is not fair to them.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a small to medium sized terrier, roughly 25 to 45 pounds, with the majority of them weighing between 30 and 39 pounds.
The head is in proportion with the rest of the body. Triangular in shape, jaw muscles slightly protruded. Eyes set moderately apart and set in the skull. Skull is flat. Ears are small to medium in length and never cut or cropped by humans. Nose can be black, red or chocolate (and very, very rarely blue: blue often found in fake APBTs: petbulls/ hippopotamus terrier) in color.
The neck is muscular and moderate in length, widening from the back of the skull and blending into the shoulders.
The shoulder is long, sloping and laid back.
Hindquarters are muscular and strong with flexibility, ranged, and with an over-all impression of speed and agility.
The tail begins at the backline and tapers to a point.
The coat is glossy, smooth, short, and slightly coarse.
The colors are black, red, brindle, chocolate, brown, buckskin, fawn, tan, black and tan, and white. Any color listed can be with white markings, and for any combination of colors listed just list the dominant color first and then the next major color second, etc.
In proportion to weight.
When working, the gait is agile and powerful.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a Bull and Terrier breed that was originally developed in England during the 17th and 18th centuries as a sporting terrier and has since then been thoroughly been shaped in body and soul as the ultimate working breed in America over the last 150 - 175 years.