Pit Bull Problems

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Pit Problems

Among the hundreds of different dog breeds, the American Pit Bull Terrier, in the eyes of many people, seems to stand out in a substantial manner. These dogs don't always stand out in a positive manner though. Many people are speaking out against this astonishing breed due to the problems that have occurred and continue to occur. Along with the negative viewpoint people have, there are many people who have had great experiences with these dogs including myself. As time progresses, the controversy concerning the American Pit Bull Terrier has also been on the rise. Many people are taking sides on whether or not this dog can be a good pet, or if the breed is out of control. There's one problem though; while people are basing their opinions mainly on the breed and the name "Pit Bull", they should look deeper within the problem as to what causes these dogs to behave the way the way they do.

History has it that Pit bulls may have ties in ancestry as far back in history as 50 A.D. The Romans were quite impressed with the fierce fighting dogs they across while in Britain, so they began exporting the dogs back to Rome for use in great arenas. At some point the British dogs were crossed with the Roman dogs and exported to all parts of the continent including France and Spain where they became renowned fighting dogs. A variety of Bull Mastiffs and Bulldogs were scattered about the continent and contributed to the creation of the Bulldog which was soon found to be one of the main ingredients in the development of the Pit bull. (http://www.angelfire.comnj2/training1/history.html)

Around 1835 or so people began to turn to a blood sport called dog fighting. People turned to the Bulldog as...