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Why Pit Bull Terrier Dog Is Banned In Some Countries

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American Pit Bull Terrier

Pitbull Terrier is a dog of American origin, which is very popular all over the world. They are medium sized, muscular, sturdy and fearless dogs, which share the same lineage of American Stafford shire terrier. The Pit Bull terriers were bred by mixing between old English Terriers and bulldogs, to participate in big games like hunting, dog fighting and to contribute in blood sports, like bull and bear baiting.


Characteristics and Temperament

Pit Bull Terriers are very active dogs, which are highly protective of their owner and eager to please. A well-bred and properly trained Pit Bull Terrier make a reliable and loyal companion. They also excel in weight pulling, dog agility, Flyball, lure coursing, and advanced obedience competition. Though commonly they have been reported for high aggression toward other animals and dogs of the same sex and they can be destructive when bored. They can be willful and dominant if not properly trained.

Physical Traits of American Pit Bull Terrier

  • Height : Male: 18 to 21 inches, Female: 17 to 20 inches
  • Weight : Male: 35 - 65 lbs (Adult), Female: 30 - 60 lbs (Adult)
  • Life Span : 10 to 15 years

Why do some countries ban or restrict certain breeds of dogs?

Dogs are devoted companions, with full of unconditional love and loyalty, and they do what they are thought to do. But some dog breeds are aloof and aggressive, because they were trained like that. And when such are brought up by a less experienced or weak owner, or they do not get good training or socialization, then they can became aggressive, willful and dominant and a threat to public.

The dog breeds that are more likely to develop such a temperament, are classified as "dangerous dogs" by many countries and insurance companies. And they are either banned or restricted in public. In many countries where they are restricted, a license has to be obtained from the government to pet them.

5 Common Reasons for Breed-Specific Legislations (BSL)

There are a number of reasons why some countries feel they must ban a specific dog breed.

  1. Dog Bite Statistics Report: Breeds that have a history of aggressively biting and/or breeds with the most damaging bites.
  2. Tendency Toward Aggression: Breeds that have a tendency to attack people or those that can be a risk to public safety.
  3. Used for Illegal Activities: Some excellent breeds are unfortunately used for illegal activities like dogfighting and are, therefore, banned.
  4. Rare or Unrecognized Breeds or Wolf Hybrid Dogs: In many countries, cross breeds or mutts are banned because people believe they have unpredictable behavior. If a certain breed is banned, mixing it with a legal breed will also make the mixed dog illegal.
  5. Poor History: Dogs that have poor health or behavior records are banned. In specific countries with extreme weather, specific dogs that will not do well in the climate will not be allowed to live there.
Pitbull Terrier

Pitbull Terrier

Why are Pit Bull breed dogs banned in some other countries?

If you look at the dog bite statistic in USA and other countries, it shows that pit bull dogs are the responsible for higher fatalities than dogs of other breeds. According to the dog bite statistics in the USA, the ration of dog bite bites is 1 out of every 73 people and approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care.

Means 19% of dog bites cause severe injury and require medial attention. And Pit Bull Terriers are responsible for about 70% of cases that require medical attention. These figures are alarming, and they create a negative image of the Pit Bulls.

But that's just one aspect of judging the characteristics of Pit Bull dogs, according to another survey over 4,000 dog owners, the American Pit Bull Terrier consistently ranked as one of the least aggressive dogs out of the 35 most common breeds. (The Chihuahua was ranked as one of the most aggressive). Basically Pit Bull is a good guard dog that can be extremely loyal and protective of its owners and if properly trained and socialized, make a good Family pet. But But if it is not for inexperienced owner, if not trained and groomed well, then it can be dangerous too.

Pit Bull Dog Bite Statistics

Pit Bull Dog Bite Statistics

The Statistics of Dog bite fatalities

According to which, Pit Bull Terrier dogs are classified as "Dangerous Dogs" and banned or restricted in public in many countries

Though we can't consider the statistics for dog bite fatalities as a standard to judge the breed, but it's one of the most important factor and many of countries rely on that.

The Dog bite fatalities in USA, by Pit Bull Terrier breed dogs

According to the dog bite fatality records of the last five years (2016 to 2020) of America, Pit Bull Terriers account for 6 to 6.5% of the total dog population and they are responsible for approx. 72% of dog bite fatalities.

Means a pit bull terrier alone has as much risk of dog bite fatality as 40 dogs of other breeds.


The Dog bite fatality by Pit Bull Terrier dogs, to its owner or family member

According to the total Pit Bull dog bite fatality records of the last five years (2016 to 2020) of America, If we look at the statistics, in approx. 60% of the cases, pet Pit bull terrier dogs have killed their owner or family member.

Meaning 64% of total fatality by Pit Bull Terrier dog breed, of their family member or owner.

Pit Bull Get Well Along with Baby

Pit Bull Get Well Along with Baby

The Children dog bite fatality, caused by Pit Bull Terrier Breed dogs

According to the dog bite fatality records of the last five years (2016 to 2020) of America, approx. 40% dog bite fatalities for children are alone by Pit Bull Terrier breed dogs and Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull mixes together are responsible for approx. 63% of total of children dog bite fatalities. The 6.5 % dogs (Pit Bull Terriers) from a total population of dogs in the USA, are responsible for 40%, kids fatality by dog bite.

This means that a pit bull terrier is at equal risk to children as to 27 other breeds of dogs.


The Pit Bull Terrier with other dogs and pets

The Pit Bull Terrier dogs were bred to participate in big games like hunting, dog fighting and to contribute in blood sports, like bull and bear baiting and they have an excellent muscle and jaw power, stamina and attacking talent. Due to their these excellent capabilities, they became one of the top demanded breed of dogs to participate in dog fight and blood sport games. And many back door breeder grooms them to participate in dog fights, that developed a bad characteristic for this breed. Now Dog fight sport is banned in most of the countries, but some dogs of this breed still poses a fighting extinct and aggressive towards other dogs and pets.

The Pit Bull Terrier are aggressive to other dogs or pets, and less reliable with strangers and kids.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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