Pitbulls: Best Friend Over Breed Ban

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Pit bull”? I guess it depends on who you’re asking right? Everyone has a different opinion on this breed from good to bad. Me personally, I own a pit bull; American Staffordshire Terrier. Yogi, our 1 ½ year old champagne, hazel eyed companion is our family and unlike those opinions that they are bad dogs they really are “man’s best friend”. Is a breed ban really necessary? Are the good ones also to blame for the actions of some of the disturbed incidents that have happened? I don’t think so.

Yogi is far from the certain negative perception that people have about pit bulls. He barely barks, always wants to play, is extremely lovable, friendly and gets along with everyone. When we take Yogi for walks or events that are pet friendly, we get the “aw how cute” comments and smiles, but also along those walks we get the disgusted stares and rudeness. The “keep your dog away from mine” while their dog is ready to attack and ours just wants to play. I realized how misinformed people are about pit bulls one day when we were walking with our dog. Someone decided to make a comment that if their friend ever got a pit bull, they would shoot and kill it. It was an upsetting moment to hear that and being that my husband is very protective of our dog he decided to voice his opinion about this man’s comment. The response was that we shouldn’t have a pit bull around our kids either. I couldn’t fathom how heartless someone could be towards Yogi, whether it’s because the way people judge his appearance or the dog related incidents of injuries and fatalities.

Last month written in the article “Breed Specific Legislation & The Truth About Pit Bulls”, “dogs described as ‘pit bulls’ have been the subjects of much discrimination over the years”. Short haired muscular type dogs have been misidentified as pit bulls and breeds have been labeled as dangerous by others with hardly any experience or knowledge of dogs; from victims and witnesses, to authorities and the media. Dog related attacks have been reported and publicized identifying the animals as pit bulls, to later determining it was a breed that wasn’t a pit bull after all. Misidentification has caused a controversy in the breed bans that are now even being fought in Canada.

We sometimes become afraid and stereotype pit bulls because of their judged fearsome look, but as they say you should never judge a book by its cover. To personally have a pit bull full of love and innocence, and deal with the small percentage of dislike can be frustrating and hurtful. Nevertheless we know our best friend and can only continue to educate the ones who are misinformed of what they are really like. A pit bull as a best friend over a breed ban, get to know one and you will understand why.

Kalena Huapaya -  San Francisco, CA

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