Pitbulls: Friend or Foe?

Pitbulls: Friend or Foe?

Wilfredo Rodriguez

 Pitbulls are nice housepets, but they can be quite vicious too. One out of the many reasons many laws banned the Pit Bulls is because of their aggressive nature towards kids. According to Dog Bite Law, in 2017 “Pitbulls killed 15 children out of 38 fatalities” and most of them were infants or toddlers. According to foundanimals.org, an organization that analyzes all the dog bite attacks in the country, Pit bulls accounted for 284 deaths. This is a staggering 65% of the overall dog-related deaths, at 433 Americans killed between 2005 and 2017.


These dogs are banned in a total of ten countries. New Zealand, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Norway, the U.S., and The territory of Puerto Rico. Although there are so many places where they ban pit bulls. The reason pit bulls are so aggressive and have killed so many people is that they were bred with other aggressive dogs. When dogs are bred, they have a mixture of their mother’s and father’s DNA. 


Even though these dogs can be dangerous they can also be trained to be very loving and intelligent creatures. Also, a pitbull’s sense of smell is 40 times better than a human’s. According to pdsa.org, they have a super-sensitive hearing as well. With proper training, Pitbulls can be taught to be and kind.


Pitbulls don’t actually have a lock-in jaw, it is a myth. They were originally bred to catch livestock and be the ideal family pet companion. Pitbulls actually don’t have the strongest bite, german shepherds and rottweilers do. Intemperance tests show that Pitbulls are the second most tolerant dogs right behind golden retrievers the least tolerant being a chihuahua.


 It’s the press that makes pit bulls out to be vicious, bad, and unruly dogs. The chances of someone being killed by a dog is 1 in 18 million. The press brings more attention to where Pitbulls is shown to be aggressive but that’s not the case