Is It Safe To Own A Pit Bull?

28 September, 2012 0 Comments

It’s no secret, I love pit bulls. Nothing brings my heart more joy then a pittie smile. In my eyes, pit bulls are the most beautiful creatures on this earth. Their stance, their poise, their demeanor, it signifies everything a dog should be. Strong, sincere, loyal, and most of all, lovable. Unfortunately, I am part of a niche group of people that has utmost respect and compassion for this “bully” breed. The media has transformed this breed into America’s Most Wanted. Curious on the fact vs. fiction, I did a little research on breed temperaments.

TEMPERAMENT can be described as:

1. your usual mood
2. excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)

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The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) is a national not-for-profit organization for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs. According to their website, their temperament test “focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. The test is designed for the betterment of all breeds of dogs and takes into consideration each breed’s inherent tendencies.”


Here’s a snapshot of some of the breeds ranked, starting with the breed representing the lowest score. I selected some of the most recognizable breed names on the list, as some I’ve never heard of:

  • Canaan Dog- 50%
  • Bearded Collie – 54%
  • Scottish Terrier – 63%
  • Basenji – 67%
  • Dachshund – 67%
  • Chihuahua – 68%
  • Standard Schnauzer – 70%
  • Bloodhound – 73%
  • Akita – 76%
  • Bichon Frise- 77%
  • Doberman Pinscher -79%
  • Great Dane – 80%
  • Italian Greyhound – 80%
  • Weimaraner – 80%
  • Collie – 81%
  • American Eskimo – 81%
  • Cocker Spaniel -82%
  • Dalmatian -83%
So, curious where the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier rank? Well, they OUT RANK EVERY DOG ON THE ABOVE LIST. 
  • American Pit Bull Terrier – 87% 
  • American Staffordshire Terrier – 84% 
Personally, I find it hilarious that the Pit Bull out ranked a friggin Dalmatian for pete’s sake. Bully breed my ass. 
To read the entire ATTS dog breed statistic report, visit:
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