Across America and the world, the venerable Pitbull is under Attack in the Press, the courtroom, and by the media. Sensationalized reporting has cast a dark cloud over what had once been a shining star in the dog world. This Pitbull attack is unwarranted! For more than a century PitBulls were among the country's most respected breed. Because of its loving disposition and willingness to please its master, it quickly became known as "America's Breed". Television shows such as "Our Gang" (Little Rascals) embraced the breed, with "Pete the Pup" introduced to homes wherever a TV resided in the Late 1920's. Owning a PitBull like Petey, became a dream of many a small boy. Attesting to the popularity of the breed is the fact that, the Pitbull is the only dog to appear on the front cover of "Life Magazine"... three times! Its accomplishments and meritorious service are well documented in the annals of history and the hearts of men. Therefore, hundreds of thousands of Pitbull lovers take exception to the Pitbull attacks being perpetrated by misinformed media outlets and a deceived public.
Sadly, the tide in recent years has turned against this American Icon. Stories of Pitbulls fighting and even more so, irresponsible ownership, has cast the once revered pitbull breed into the realm of trepidation. Beginning in the late 1970's the pitbull breed began to be noticed by certain elements of the population as a status symbol. Owning a Pitbull was a way of making an immature male feel as if he was now somebody; a force to be reckoned with. The Pitbull was not the first dog to fulfill that need and play the role. Such has been played out for centuries by whatever happened to be the breed of the local or era. Many remember it was the German Shepherd, and then the Doberman, and then the Rottweiler. All of which suffered negativity, in the hands of irresponsibility. But yet, what is noteworthy is the fact that the actions of a few foolish immature owners can tarnish an entire breed, not only the breed, but the sterling reputation, built upon millions of owners and pitbull lovers.
PITBULL FIGHTING - PITBULL ATTACKS
TRAITORS IN OUR MIDST
But what is even sadder to see; is the reputation of this loving breed, being further attacked by the very ones who claim to love the breed, but yet by their own actions; betray it. It is interesting to note that currently "the Pitbull is probably the most popular dog in the history of the United States" according to Adam Goldfarb, issue specialist for the Humane Society of the United States. With so many owning and loving the breed, one would think that they would come together and stand united for the love of the breed. Yet instead, many of those who claim to be gatekeepers of the pitbull, spend much of their energies in bitter infighting, condemning and attacking anyone whose image of the breed happens to be different then their own. This type of Pitbull attack is taking a toll on this loving breed. Take a minute to visit any number of Pitbull Forums on the internet, where Pitbull fanciers gather to talk about their love for the breed, and it doesn't take one long, to see where much of the trouble the breed is experiencing today lies as hypocrites attack any pitbull that doesn't fit their narrowed minded view of what a pitbull should be.
On the next page we examine why some do not believe that American Bullies are Pitbulls.