|Barked: Sat Jul 14, '12 7:37am PST |
|Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ) has something similar on their website, which I think is awesome as pitties and chihuahuas seem to be all we have in our shelters here. There are *so* many! But I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have a whole section on their site (http://www.maricopa.gov/Pets/pitbulls.aspx) dedicated to "pitbulls," with this info:
WHAT IS A PIT BULL
American Staffordshire Terrier - American Pit Bull Terrier - Staffordshire Bull Terrier
H igh Energy
Pit Bulls jaws do not lock. Their jaw structure is no different than other dogs. They are just powerful, tenacious, and do not give up easily
Pit Bulls are one of the strongest and smartest dogs out there. Because of this, they make wonderful companions for responsible, active, knowledgeable owners. A Pit Bull can be hard to handle for an inexperienced dog owner, or for those unfamiliar with the breed. Pit Bulls are smart and eager to please; because of this, they are very responsive and excel in training. If you are thinking of adding a Pit Bull to your family, here are some things to take into account:
Most Pit Bulls do best as the only dog in the household.
If you do have another dog, get a Pit Bull of the opposite sex.
Introduce new dogs on a leash, preferably away from the home.
Supervise dogs when they are together; don’t leave them alone.
Never leave food, toys, or bones lying around.
Do not take your Pit Bull to an off-leash dog park.
Enroll your Pit Bull in a dog training class.
Pit Bulls in Maricopa County
30% of the dogs that come into MCACC’s Animal Care Centers are Pit Bull breeds. 70% of those are euthanized. That’s 9,000 a year that lose their lives. In order to changes those numbers, everybody needs to take responsibility to be informed so these dogs aren’t overbred, brought into the wrong homes, and turn up at the shelter.
They also have this YouTube video, which I really liked-- http://youtu.be/hw5aThdcxsE
Things to know
Fighting: Pit Bulls were originally bred to fight and every Pit Bull has that trait in them. They may fight over status, or because they get too excited. A responsible owner must remember that their dog can cause serious injury.
Human Aggression: While Pit Bulls were bred to fight, they were not bred for human aggression. If they show aggression towards humans, they have most likely been abused, never socialized, or not treated right. A Pit Bull kept on a tie out in the back yard, for instance, would be a good candidate to attack.
Check out our educational brochure.
Read "Where Do The Pits Go" (http://www.maricopa.gov/Pets/PitsGo.aspx) from Dr. Rodrigo Silva
Check out any of the great web sites, below, to learn more about this misunderstood breed.
Sorry for hijacking the thread, and the gigantic post, but although out local AC&C is incredibly overwhelmed and has a horrendously high euthanasia rate, I was kind of proud to see some of the educational efforts they have made.
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