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Many people think that a pitbull is a specific breed of dog, but actually the term pitbull encompasses a variety of different breeds like the American Bulldog, the American PitBull Terrier and the American Staffordshire. Terrier unfortunately pit bull-type dogs seem to fall victim to negative stereotypes, arguably more than any other type of dog out there, but I've had the privilege of working with hundreds of these guys over the years and overall they're wonderful dogs one of the many reasons for the perpetuation of the myth that pit bulls are generally aggressive dogs is that oftentimes when someone does experience a dog bite and they go to the emergency room they either report that a dog bit them or a pitbull bit them and this causes emergency room medical records to be very biased against pit bull-type dogs.
sketchy data like this has led to local even national governments attempting to ban pit bull-type dogs, almost entirely this is what's known as breed specific legislation,
a study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association examined dog bite related fatalities and found that breed was not a factor for such reasons, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the American Veterinary Society of animal behavior and other organizations have publicly opposed breed specific legislation as it doesn't help reduce dog bite incidents, depth in light of these studies, many countries such as Italy and the Netherlands have reversed their breed specific legislation pitbulls were originally created by breeding terrier dogs with Bulldogs in order to combine the agility of the terrier, with the strength of the Bulldog.
these dogs were used for such sports as bull baiting and bear baiting, and then when those sports were outlawed many people turned to underground dogfighting competitions, because they were easier to conceal from law enforcement. while this certainly is a violent history, it's important to remember that just because a dog can be trained to be violent does not mean a dog is inherently violent by Nature, as far as we can tell pitbulls are no more likely to be born with an instinctive desire to fight, then a Maltese or a Labrador is more accurately pitbulls are very often highly trainable athletic dogs making them prime candidates to be exploited for various activities.