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Myths dominate pitbulls in media

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Rather than demonizing a group of dogs, it’s best to identify the true problem — owners allowing dogs to be off leash, not properly contained, nor responsibly managed. The United Kennel Club standard for temperament for the American pitbull terrier states that “APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children ... The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior with humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable.” In a recent study of 122 breeds of dog by the National Temperament Testing Association, APBTs achieved as good and better results than even golden retrievers (APBTs achieved 83.4 percent and golden retrievers achieved 83.6 percent). Despite the myths promoted in the media, there is no scientific evidence that one kind of dog poses more of a danger to people. (Refer to “A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention,” American Veterinary Medical Association.) Like any breed of dog, a pitbull that is well bred and properly raised will remain loving and friendly. All dogs should be evaluated on an individual basis. It’s time to address the real facts. Steve Howe, Loomis