Mar 8, 2005, 5:28 AM
Post #23 of 93
Very interesting what you have said.
Re: [groovemaster] American Pit Bull Terrier
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Firstly, Don't forget that a PBT was bred to Fight. It is therefore natural for it to fight ! The history of this breed tells all. Needs no provocation ! If it needed an excuse to fight it is not true to breed!
Similarly, there are many dogs bred specifically for a purpose, hence we have gundogs, retreivers, guard dogs, sheep dogs etc.
Any dog can be trained to do the opposite of it's instincts but remember that it may revert back to it's instincts when it matters most.
Human nature is such that people want to "domesticate " animals and as such try to make them do un-natural things A prime example would be trained Lions and Tigers and other circus animals.
Not all "re trained " animals are suitable as pets, eg. could you trust a circus Tiger under all circumstances ?
We are discussing a PBT as a pet, though it may be trained against it's instincts, it may one day, under suitable conditions, revert back to it's instincts. Therefore my advice is, if you can't handle it then don't do it !
I do not advocate dog fights but for the sake of knowledge, I have been to a few. I tell about it because it is gruesome and hope that others will be suitably informed.
Most PBT owners in Malaysia, keep them for fights. Many pet type PBT owners give up their pets when they become uncontrollable, which is why the variuos SPCAs will usually destroy them instead of offering them for adoption.
There are people who have managed to keep PBT successfully as domestic pets but the numbers are small and the risk is especially high.
The PBT is a famous King of dogs and many people like to keep them, in a way to associate themselves with this breed ! Unfortunately these very people are usually new to dogs and usually clueless about genetics.
Ask any reputable kennel owner, and you'll probably get the same as I have expressed.
A dog owner must understand the breed that he/she is keeping instead of trying to mould the pet pyscologically, to the owners' ideals. If they really want to do the moulding, then try breeding dogs to their ideals.