Experts Say Pit Bulls Don't Exist

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There is no such thing as a purebred Pit Bull. According to The Washington Post, experts and advocates say that the breed of dog doesn't actually exist.

Last April, Maryland's high court declared that the breed and mixes of the breed are inherently dangerous, and held all landlords liable for damages should a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix attack, as stated in Tracey v. Solesky. On Aug. 21, the Maryland Court of Appeals decided that all references to mixed and cross-bred Pit Bulls be removed from this.

Pit Bulls are mixes of both mutts and purebred dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, "Pit Bull" is more of a generic term, similar to "hound" and "terrier." That said, the AKC does not recognize the Pit Bull as a breed, but the United Kennel Club does. The term often encompasses American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Dogo Argentinos and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

These findings have made the situation in Maryland even more complicated. "There is not a definition of Pit Bull, you don't know what the dog is because there is no such thing as a Pit Bull. So changing that part by taking out the 'mixes' didn't change the ruling all that much," said Lesa Hoover, attorney and vice president of government affairs for Maryland for the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Lisa Peterson, spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club, says the problem falls to whomever has to determine what is a Pit Bull and how to describe it. Opponents believe the solution is to treat all dangerous dogs alike, whether they are Pit Bulls or not.

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According to the article, these dogs had already attacked other people. Why were they still in the home? Why hadn't the owner already been charged? While it is true that any breed of dog will bite, it is also true that other dogs do not have the strength of the pit bull. These dogs are so strong and determined that, once they decide to attack, they will not give up. The only time they let go is to get another grip. Even being shot with a gun does not deter them until they are dead.

June 01 2013 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Scotty Dawg

You don't know what you're talking about. You're talking like all pit bulls do this. Unfortunately in cases the wrong people get their hands on this breed and it is the people raising them wrong that creates the issue. Get your facts straight before you go steriotyping the breed

June 21 2013 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So will the pit bulls be put to sleep because they were raised by a mean owner? Can the dogs be rehabilitated and treated with compassion instead?

June 01 2013 at 7:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jo mama

Did you know that German Shepards used to be the dangerous ones. The breed is being misused. The only reason why it is so easy for you to say that becuase you have never been bonded with a good pit bull. Mine is a registered therapy dog and my best friend. You can't just wipe out something because of statistics. Thats like looking at race majority in prison and saying fu** all ***** people. God bless you. However something more intelligent could be done.

June 01 2013 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They were his dogs. He is responsible for controlling them. Charge him with murder.

May 31 2013 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why don't we all just own a Dingo, Coyote, or any other animal. It is our government that knew some of these dogs that a raised vicious and treated badly are going to attack. I blame the government and the owners they are all at fault

May 31 2013 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to so21752's comment

what are you say the some dogs can just be mean on their own. no matter how well you train them but most of the some if you train them right they well be nice or train them to be mean they will be mean.

May 31 2013 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

these dogs consistently seem to be nothing but trouble.....very frightening....just like a loaded never know when it will "go off" in the wrong hands...I vote to really discourage this "breed" over time.....not many of us live around bears any would appear their purpose is dwindling....a loud bark alone can scare off a potential intruder...there are already enough ways to be murdered or killed in this country.....

May 31 2013 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Deborah's comment

Key words "Wrong hands". Not many of us live around bears anymore because 'WE' humans have destroyed their habitats. As with the Wolf, and the Cougars, and Gorillas in South Africa being slaughtered for charcoal. It all boils down to the human greed monster. Hmmm, I'll pay $50 fo a Pit, breed it with my brothers and sell the offspring to whomever has the cash or stolen TV regardless of the the peoples ability to care or provide good nuturing homes for them. We'll put a motorcycle chain around their neck so all of the croanies can be impressed even though we'll give it little if any nurturing attention and affection. Good luck with your voting poll.

June 01 2013 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the dog isn't the's the irresponsible and abusive owners that are. it really saddens me to think a dog is put to death because it does what it has learned to do to survive or please its owner. any dog, including a tiny Chihuahua can become a vicious attack animal. many of these dogs are used as security systems for drug dealers. animal abuse, neglect or misuse should have stiffer penalties or nothing will change and the dogs will always be a victim. My heart goes out to the family of the victim killed by the dogs and to the other victims...the dogs.

May 31 2013 at 1:59 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Jackie's comment

No chihuahua has ever killed an adult human. Dogs which are capable of killing adults have to be subject to higher standards than small dogs.
Another factor is that 90% of dog bite injuries are caused by unneutered male dogs. Neutering of male dogs should be mandatory unless the owner can show they are a responsible dog owner.

May 31 2013 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to amgabriel's comment

I didn't see that Jackie stated any statistic or claim that a Chihuahua had killed an 'adult' human. You're obviuosly missing her point. A poodle, Yorkshire terrier, etc., can be a nasty aggressive dog in the wrong hands. They don't have the capabilities due to their size. They could easily kill a human if that human weighed 11 pounds.

June 01 2013 at 8:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Touche' 2 u Jackie. I observed a 'Family' for lack of a better word, at the local feed store that had obviously just acquired a Pitbull and were purchasing a harness for the dog which was in the store with them. I wanted to steal the dog. Total ignorance. I'd bet my left arm they paid more for the harness than they did for the dog. They will not have him neutered, and he will ultimately (encouraged) breed with another, and another, and another. It's shameful that these people (?) are permitted to own these lovely animals. The majority of them shouldn't be permitted to have children, let alone a dog that will be used a 'Status' symbol in an attempt to enhance their short comings and/or insecurities. As a responsible pet owner and love the breed, I can't afford the homeowners insurance to accomodate having one. The 'majority' of people that own these animals are existing compliments of the tax payers. The animal abuse penalties are a joke. I don't know how they can even be catagorized as penalties. It's a horrible shame.

June 01 2013 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have owned American Staffordshires,American Pit Bull Terriers,English Bulldogs,Olde Bulldogges -a hybrid,and American Bulldogs.

If they are loved and given plenty of attention and proper discipline you couldnt ask for a better dog.One saved me from being attacked by a evil criminal!!!
The ASPCA backs them.As does the Humane Society.That speaks volumes.

May 31 2013 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The ignorance and bias exhibited towards "pit bulls" is astounding. People freak out when "pit bull" is even mentioned without knowing the individual dog or even the actual breed. It's outrageously unfair to this intelligent, loyal dog.

November 05 2012 at 9:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The ignorance and bias regarding "pit bulls" is astounding. The instant "pit bulls" are mentioned, people freak out without even knowing the individual dog or even the actual breed. That attitude is so unfair to these intelligent, loyal dogs.

November 05 2012 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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