`The American Staffordshire Terrier
|The following was taken from
The Pit Bull Placebo.
First it was the
sensationalized in the
dramatizations of Uncle
Tom’s Cabin. Then it was
the Doberman Pinscher,
symbol of the Nazi
menace for a nation at
war. Today, it is the Pit bull
that is vilified for the
depravity of his master.
We have come to be in the
midst of a social hysteria
about Pit bulls because
we have abandoned
sense and reasoning and
have been duped by
inaccurate reporting from
a media that thrives on
sensationalism and by
politicians who traffic in
rumors, myths and
pseudoscience in their
efforts to pass legislation
that demonizes dogs
while exonerating criminal
and abusive owners.
At perhaps no time in history has
mankind been as ignorant of natural
canine behavior as we find ourselves at
the beginning of the 21st century. The
human/dog bond—the most complex
and profound inter-species relationship
in the history of mankind—has now
been reduced to a simple axiom: Breed
of dog = degree of dangerousness.
The Pit Bull Placebo
A recent incident occurred where a dog was returned for the
most absurd reason we had heard of in 18 years. The relatives
of the dogs owner claimed the dog to be a pit bull. They would
not visit the home where he lived and so the owners returned
him. This pup was loving, caring and is now in a loving home
where he is now appreciated for the dog he is and can be.
We were so overwhelmed by this level of prejudice and
ignorance that we felt it necessary to create this page in order to
educate the public as to what a wonderful breed of dog the
Staffordshire Terrier is and how they can be a wonderful addition
to any family.
At this time the 3 greatest dogs we have in our kennel are
Staffordshire Terriers or mixes.
Tanner first came to us as a stray eating
bread from an old man in Centreville.
For him to survive in that environment is
Tanner is now in a home where he plays
with his 2 other dogs, lays in the owners
lap and is as sweet as any dog can be.
|Myth: Pit Bulls bite more than any other breed.
Fact: There is no system in place to track statistics on dog bites
and attacks accurately in the U.S. and many incidents are never
Myth: Pit Bulls have locking jaws.
Fact: There is no factual research to support this claim. Pit
Bulls' jaws are the same as any of breed of dog.
Myth: Pit Bulls have worse temperaments than other dogs.
Fact: In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American
Temperament Testing Society, pit bulls had a passing rate of
83.9%. That was better than miniature poodles (76.6%),
beagles (80.3%) and collies (79.4%).
Myth: Pit Bulls have more bite force in pounds per square inch
than any other animal.
Fact: Again, there is no factual research to support this claim.
Fact: Early in the 20th century, pit bulls were actually the No. 1
Fact: Most pit bulls are not trained for fighting, they have suffered
from irresponsible owners that do not spay or neuter their pets
and find themselves in shelters and animal control facilities.
Only a small percentage have been trained for fighting.
|"Pit Bull" is NOT a breed
|Take a minute and learn a lot
"My kids are around pit
bulls every day. In the
'70s they blamed
Dobermans, in the '80s
they blamed German
shepherds, in the '90s
they blamed the
Rottweiler. Now they
blame the pit bull."
- Cesar Millan