Pit Bulls Have Better Temperament Than Average Dog

Pit bulls have a better temperament than the average dog, according to a recent study.

This lends credence to what pit bull activists have tried to prove for many years: that the pit bull is a gentle and loyal dog, and that the perception of them as violent or aggressive is the result of poor behavior on the part of humans.

The study was conducted by the American Temperament Test Society and showed that the average score for all dogs was 82% and the American pit bull terrier scored 86%.

In recent years, pit bulls have suffered much at the hands of misguided humans. Because they are strong dogs, they are favored by people who abuse them in dog fighting operations. And as a result of violent and aggressive taste for and abuse of them, they are viewed by many people as a violent and aggressive breed.

But the truth is that pit bulls are smart dogs and behave as they are trained to. Violent and mean humans raise violent and mean dogs.

Because of sensationalized media accounts, many people fear pit bulls and some communities or specific homeowners may discriminate selectively against the breed when it comes to renting or buying houses.

Anti-pit bull legislation is common which deters legitimate animal lovers from adopting pit bulls that desperately need good homes and further relegates the breed to being raised by criminals who have no regard for such laws and restrictions.

Public sentiment against pit bulls is a horrifying example of victim-blaming. These dogs have been the victim of violent behavior by the humans who raise them and if anything we as humans bear the burden of making it up to them.

We bred them to be strong, and then we made them fight, and now we punish them for being the way we raised them to be and doing what we trained them to do.

Speak out against breed-specific legislation in your area and if you are considering adopting a dog, visit a shelter in your area and give a good home to one of the many pit bulls there. In the words of animal rights advocate and author Gary L. Francione: “We got them into this mess; we have an obligation to help them out.”

Defend pit bulls and fight breed-specific legislation.

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249 comments

Richard Hancock
Richard Hancock2 years ago

Thanks! This is obvious really but glad it's finally been proven...

Shannon Moody
Shannon Moody3 years ago

"In recent years, pit bulls have suffered much at the hands of misguided humans. Because they are strong dogs, they are favored by people who abuse them in dog fighting operations. And as a result of violent and aggressive taste for and abuse of them, they are viewed by many people as a violent and aggressive breed."

We had a pitter for 13 years, she was such a sweetheart. I miss her terribly. The amount of people that would avoid us and cross the street when they saw us walking her was really pathetic. Fine with me since I don't like most people anyway.......lol (kidding)

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

"No dogs are born to be bad unless badly trained"...........and Fi, that honestly doesn't even make sense. If poor training made dogs MEAN, then when they reproduced, the offspring wouldn't be BORN the same way. Poor training may CREATE "bad dogs", but their puppies will be born with whatever they were predisposed to be born with as far as genetics and disposition are concerned.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Sorry, Fi, but that is just plain untrue. Many dogs are born with mental "defects" due to inbreeding and no attention paid, whatsoever to temperament with the parents. Pits, in particular are often bred from THE MOST AGGRESSIVE parents available. Few would breed, on purpose, very laid back Pitbulls or very fearful ones (do they even exist?). They may not be born MEAN, but they are born with a preponderance of inclination to become so, and there are just too many documented cases of Pits "snapping" and changing without any provocation to say it's a rarity or only from poor handling/training.

Fi T.
Fi T.3 years ago

No dogs are born to be bad unless badly trained

Cristy Murray
Cristy Murray4 years ago

I have three pit bulls, one of which is the sweetest animal to ever walk this earth. She is my angel and has not one aggressive bone in her body toward anything. They are sweet, silly and lovable. I adopted all of mine as adults and had no idea what their histories were. They make me laugh every day and they fill my life with love.

Ana P Martinez
Ana Martinez4 years ago

I agree, Pitbulls are mean when they are trained to be...I had a Pit I raised from age 5 weeks and he was the gentlest dog I ever had!

Tanya K.
Tanya K.4 years ago

thank you!

New G.
New G.4 years ago

Thank you for the information.

ryan b.
Ryan B.4 years ago

Sure they do. All dogs are good dogs. It's when humans treat them like they do their kids, meaning not paying any attention to what they are doing, allowing them to get into trouble, not holding them accountable for their actions, not disciplining them, etc. that dogs are deemed "dangerous." I would trust any dog more than I would trust just about any teenager in todays world. At least you can train a dog at any age. You need to train a child when they are very young and not let them walk all over you because of what society allows.