Not so long ago, I wrote a post about my dream of owning a pit bull. Without rehashing the article too much, the reason I have an infatuation with pit bulls is that they are the antonym of what people consider a friendly, lovable, cuddly sidekick. I hope one day to be able to adopt a pit bull type of dog and to prove that these breeds are friendly, lovable, cuddly sidekicks.
This got me thinking. What exactly is a pit bull? Is this goal even possible? Are these dogs really predisposed to some form of violence? Is it realistic to think that these dogs are friendly, lovable and cuddly given the stereotype?
So I am kicking off what I call “Project Pit Bull.” Sadly, this does not involve my spending time with any dogs. Instead, I plan on researching everything pit bull: from the purpose for which they were originally created to hereditary health issues, known behaviours of the breed, and even legal issues.
I admit that I have some preconceived notions about why pit bulls have a bad rap. It all revolves around my belief that people in our society exploit pit bulls because of their appearance and other characteristics. I will try to keep these prejudices aside and focus on research. I plan on interviewing knowledgeable people in the dog world as well as reading articles about the breed written by knowledgeable sources.
So if you have any questions about the breed, anything at all, feel free to sound off in the comments, and I will try to answer them in the project.