Study after study has shown that a dog’s breed is not a major factor that contributes to aggression, and yet breed-specific legislation still targets specific dog breeds all over the world. How a dog is socialized, raised, trained, the mental and physical stimulation he receives, owner responsibility and individual behavioral history are all much more important factors to consider rather than a dog’s breed.
Breed specific legislation (BSL) is ineffective, costly, and damaging to dogs and their families. More important than restricting specific breeds is encouraging responsible ownership, the use of positive, non-confrontational training methods, and the elimination of puppy mills (also known as puppy farming) and backyard breeding.
Pit Bulls get a particularly bad reputation, especially in the media, but it’s important to understand that the average pit bull is highly social and friendly, and is naturally a people lover. Irresponsible or reckless owners either train their pit bulls to be aggressive, or simply neglect and abuse them. Any dog of any breed that is subjected to this kind of treatment is a bite risk.
There are breed-specific issues happening all over the world. If BSL is being proposed or is enacted in your area, contact your local government representative and voice your opinion to prevent this ineffective legislation.