Myths And Facts About Pit Bulls And Hounds

On today’s Lost & Pound segments you will meet two dogs – a  Pit Bull and a Treeing Walker Coonhound.  Now, immediately folks will be wary of the Pit Bull and have pre-conceived notions about this breed.  Here are some excerpts from a web site I found – Bad Rap : Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls   Feel free to click on the site to learn more about this breed.  Here are a few myths I found to be the most common about these dogs.

Aren’t Pit Bulls MEAN and VICIOUS?

No more vicious than golden retrievers, beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), pit bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That’s as good or better than beagles … 78.2%, and golden retrievers … 83.2%. How did your favorite breed do? See for yourself: ATTS.org

Don’t Pit Bulls have LOCKING JAWS?


No. A pit bull’s ability to “lock on” with it’s jaws is one WHOPPER of a myth that refuses to let go! The jaws of a pit bull are built just as any other dog’s jaw. There’s no ‘enzyme’, no special mechanism that would make a pitbull’s jaws ‘lock’. They’re DOGS, not alligators! What a pit bull does have is strength, tenacity, and determination. When he grasps something he wants to hang onto, his willpower is the glue.

Don’t pit bulls have to be TRAINED TO FIGHT?


NO! Pit bulls are terriers, and terriers tend to be scrappy with other animals if unsocialized, poorly managed or otherwise left to their own devices. Just as farmers have used Jack Russell Terriers to do battle with badgers, foxes and other animals, unscrupulous people have exploited the terrier drive in pit bulls against other dogs for ‘entertainment’ purposes. Like many breeds, pit bulls can run the gamut from very dog aggressive to exceptionally dog friendly, but each dog shares some potential to fight other dogs if mismanaged. Avoiding dog fights involves understanding terrier traits and basic canine behavior in general.

Will a pit bull that shows aggression towards other animals go after PEOPLE NEXT?


No. Aggression towards other animals and human aggression are two totally different things. We’ve heard this frightened quote, “He went after a dog (or cat) and our kids might be next!”. This is one big MONSTER of a myth that has generated a host of damaging anti-pit bull hysteria. It is perfectly ‘normal’ for a pit bull to be wonderfully affectionate and friendly with people, while at the same time not 100% trustworthy around other dogs. Like any breed of dog that we see in family homes today, a properly raised, well socialized, responsibly owned pit bull should never be human aggressive. Pit bulls that do show truly aggressive behavior towards humans are not typical of the breed and in some cases, should be humanely euthanized.

 

Now one of the other dogs you’ll meet is George, a Treeing Walker Coonhound.  Much to my surprise, most people I have met think hounds are the dogs that either lie on the porch and do nothing or constantly bay at nothing (or the moon)….   I found a web site with six myths about Basset Hounds but the same can be said for ANY hound.  The six myths came from  Top Six Myths about Basset Hounds 

 

I’ve taken out the word “Basset” and just left “hound”

 

1. Hounds are less intelligent than other dogs.

Hounds are very intelligent, but they also possess an independent nature and low desire to please their people. This blend of characteristics can make them frustrating to live with, but it also means that they’re a fascinating challenge to a dog trainer. Train your hound with lots of positive motivation—they respond especially well to food rewards—and you’ll see how smart they really are!

 

2 Hounds are medium-sized dogs.

Technically, but a sturdy male hound weighing upwards of seventy pounds might make you doubt that technicality. Hounds are strong, solid dogs who can really pull on their leashes; don’t underestimate them!

 

3. Hounds are short-haired dogs that don’t shed.              

Hounds shed a LOT despite their short coats. Regular brushings (especially with a currycomb or hound’s glove) help quite a bit, but be prepared to get to know your vacuum cleaner if you add a hound to your family. Luckily, hounds seem much less terrified of vacuum cleaners than do most other breeds!

 

4. Hounds are good companions to take on off-lead romps through the woods.

Hounds love to be taken on walks, but they always should be kept on a lead (a Flexi-Lead works well, since it gives your hound freedom but will still keep him under your control). When not leashed, a hound might decide to follow his nose and leave you without a thought, only realizing what he’s done when he’s miles away and unable to return home. Don’t take chances with the safety of your hound; either keep him on a leash or let him play within the confines of a fenced-in yard.

 

5. Hounds bond better with other dogs than they do with human beings.

Hounds were bred to exist companionably with other dogs in packs, and they DO tend to get along well with each other. But they also love people; very few breeds are as affectionate toward human beings as the hound. Most hounds bond very strongly with their people.

 

6. Hounds are couch potatoes who laze around all day barely breathing.

Perhaps some hounds are loafers, but I’ve never met them. Nearly all hounds are active, busy dogs who get into trouble regularly. Many chew and are destructive. Others regularly overturn garbage pails and shred paper. And, of course, any food within hound reach is fair game. Be prepared for anything with a hound!

So before you decide that you either like or dislike a dog based on its breed, why not read up on them?  Dispel some myths and you just might find yourself falling in love!

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2 Responses

  1. “Aren’t Pit Bulls MEAN and VICIOUS?” No they CAN be lovable loyal and quite playful. Then one day they bite you about the face until you bleed to death! That is the truth! They are completely unpredictable and are probably the worst breed to have around children or loved ones. Stating anything but the truth here is a bald face lie. This breed is well known to “act” fine for years; like any other loving dog, and then without warning they will bite the hand that feeds. I am shocked that you would even attempt to defend this breed and not represent them as they truly are: ticking time bombs that can kill children, their owners or complete strangers. SHAME ON YOU.

  2. ME AND MY BOYFRIEND HAVE AND OWN A BEAUTIFUL FEMALE BLUE NOSE PIT BULL, UKC REGISTERED AND ALL. SHE IS THE MOST LOYAL, INTELLIGENT, WELL MANNERED AND RESPECTED ANIMAL WE HAVE EVER OWN. SHE IS CONSTANTLY AROUND KIDS, ADULTS, AND OTHER SMALLER DOGS. WE HAVE NEVER HAD AN AGGRESSION ISSUE WITH OUR DOG, SHE’S PART OF OUR FAMILY. I BELIEVE WHEN PEOPLE SAY “WELL WAIT A COUPLE OF YEARS AND THEN YOUR ANIMAL WILL TURN AGAINST YOU AND BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS,” I ARGUE AGAINST THAT ISSUE. ITS THE WAY YOU TRAIN AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR ANIMAL. YOU NEGLECT YOUR ANIMAL, YOUR ANIMAL WILL NEGLECT YOU. YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR ANIMAL, YOUR ANIMAL WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU. I BELIEVE ALL THE FACTS STATED UPON ME ARE VERY TRUE, AND HAVE NOTHING BAD TO COMMENT ABOUT THEM. BUT THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE PIT BULLS ARE JUST TERRORIZING DOGS, IS WHAT I BELIEVE IS VERY WRONG AND I WILL NEVER GO FORTH ON AGREEING. I LOVE HAVING A PIT BULL IN MY FAMILY AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MANY MORE.

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