Denver Ends Pit Bull Ban

After 30 years, Denver, Colorado, is overturning its ban on pit bull terrier dogs.

As a personist, I am much more concerned about stereotypes against people than against dogs. But as an animal caregiver, I care about four-legged critters as well.

Pit bulls have gotten a reputation as a vicious breed. While race in human beings is not biological but socially defined, in dog breeds, “race” is biological. For example, as far as I know the largest healthy adult chihuahua is smaller than the smallest healthy adult rottweiler.

So does the pit bull breed have a definite tendency to attack people? No. According to the online Encyclopædia Britannica:

“Although these dogs were originally bred and trained to display aggression against other dogs, aggression against human was not encouraged because, even while fighting, the dogs had to be handled by their trainers.”

The dogs had to be responsive enough that, even when engaged in a deadly battle with another dog, they would not attack any of the intervening humans. But viciousness was looked for, so problems were caused by “irresponsible breeders encouraging such traits in their animals and mistreating them in order to induce a vicious temperament.”

In my personal experience, I not only took care of hundreds of dogs, including pit bulls, as a journalist I covered dog bites.  The local police station’s log either listed “dog bite” or “pit bull bite.” Pit bull terriers were the only breed they pointed out in the headings of their police log in a type of “dog racial profiling.”

A dog of any breed that’s irresponsibly handled can be a problem. If well handled, they can be like the original Pete the Pup, the friendly pit bull dog loved by the kids on Our Gang comedies, aka The Little Rascals.

Image from Our Gang is in the public domain.

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About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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11 Responses to Denver Ends Pit Bull Ban

  1. Dharma says:

    Pit bulls can be really sweet dogs. A ban is just silly.

  2. CharlesFloyd says:

    It’s all in how you raise them. Like German shephards. Can be great family dogs, seeing eye dogs, police dogs, or guard dogs.

  3. Tom T. Trucker says:

    Blaming a pit bull for being abused is like blaming a gun for shooting somebody. It’s not the dogs or the guns, it’s the people. People need to be trained to be responsible with dogs, guns, and children.

  4. Miley Spears says:

    It’s not the dog’s fault people abuse them! Pit bulls are the most abused and neglected breed because people want to make them vicious. But they can be totally sweet!

    People should stop buying dogs from breeders and pet stores because millions of dogs are euthanized every year! Spay and neuter your pets and adopt your animal companion from a shelter.

  5. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    Dogs are like children. If they’re raised sweetly and lovingly, they grow up to be sweet and loving.

  6. Dr. Sinister Craven says:

    It’s about time. Dogs’ brains adapt to their humans. Not the dogs fault.

  7. Stehano X says:

    You and your kind are spreading lies! Pit Bulls kill more people than ALL OTHER DOG BREEDS COMBINED!! They trained to be VICIOUS ATTACK DOGS!1 They should be euthanised and destroyed all ACROSS AMERICA!! STOP SPREADING YOUR BLATANT LIES!!

  8. AubreyCox says:

    Petey isn’t a pit bull. He’s an American staffordshire terrier.

  9. Dolphin Blue says:

    It’s just doggie racism!

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