Stef (firecat) wrote,

Web site of the day

BADRAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls)

The dog that we now recognize as the APBT was originally bred in the British Isles early 1800's to 'bait' bulls. These matches were held for the entertainment of the struggling classes; a source of relief from the tedius and brutal way of life suffered by many commoners during that time. In 1835 bull baiting was deemed inhumane and became illegal, and dogfighting became a popular replacement. The best fighters were made heroes and the trait for aggression towards other dogs began to be selectively bred into their genetic make up. At the same time, a very strong bite inhibition towards humans was also bred into the APBT lines so handlers could lean over into the fighting pits and pull their battling dogs apart without worrying about receiving a redirected bite. Partially because of this selective breeding which culled out "man biters", this breed became well known for its loving devotion and trustworthy nature with humans.
Today's web site is inspired by a pit bull at the shelter I volunteer at. He was confiscated and is not up for adoption (tho' they have lots of pits that are). He wagged his whole body at me and kept bringing me his tennis ball. But I played with him from outside his kennel because he had a DANGEROUS ANIMAL sign. There were notes in his paperwork mentioning that he'd been fighting with other dogs.
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