Despite its being on the UK’s list of dangerous dogs, some believe the Pitbull has been unfairly tarnished. Take a look at this video and judge for yourself whether the breed is really as mean as we are led to believe.
By, 27 Aug 2019
In the Cambodian city of Nom Pen, a young woman stands in front of a toddler on a toy tricycle. Beside the woman is her Pitbull terrier, Somsong. From the toddler’s tricycle comes the sound of “Twinkle, twinkle little star”, and the dog’s reaction is one of wonderment.
The owner of the two-year-old dog told Viral Press Channel, “He is the kindest and best dog in the world. We adopted him because he was abandoned when he was a puppy.”
The UK Government considers Pitbull terriers to be in a league of dangerous dogs alongside the Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasileiro. These are dogs that by law are not permitted to breed, require a special licence of ownership and must be leashed and muzzled at all times.
The Pitbull may have been bred for centuries for its powerful jaws, agility and ability to chase down game, but arguably it is no more prone to aggression than any other dog. One of the reasons the Pitbull has been placed on the dangerous dogs list is because of its long-standing association with organised crime and irresponsible behaviour.
Pitbulls have for centuries also been the choice of dog of organisers of dog fights (once legal), not just in the UK but all over the world. That has brought about the public impression of the breed as one to be avoided. As a result, shelters across the globe are filled with a large percentage of Pitbulls.
However, as the video from Cambodia shows, a Pitbull does not have to be stereotyped, nor should it be. With careful and responsible ownership, the breed can be loving and adorable.