APBT – Breed Information.

I have been imming and arring over doing this for a long time. It’s a topic that is very close to my heart, but that can also make a lot of people angry, aggressive or spiral into a state of denial, now, if you don’t know what I mean by now – I mean the truth about American Pit Bull Terriers.

APBT are one of my favourite breeds of dog. They are banned in my country due to what is known as Misrepresentation. Now, many people will automatically think “OMG. No, it’s because of BSL!” but, if misrepresentation had not have happened, we would not have BSL, or, we would, but it wouldn’t be this bad.

Now, a Basic History of why BSL targets Pit Bulls:

A Pit Bull killed someone -> Media calls it out as a Pit Bull -> A Pit Bull mix hurts someone/kills someone -> Media calls pure Pit Bull -> Bull Breed mix that looks like Pit hurts someone/kills someone -> Media calls Pit Bull -> Every bull breed is now gathered under a type known as “Pit Bull Type.

SOOOO, yes, BSL’s primary fuel is Misrepresentation.

Now, this is what people would deem a Pit Bull:

 

Why would they? Because of misrepresentation. Any bully breed or mix of such dogs are claimed to be “Pit Bulls” because of the media and because bully breed’s look similar to each other. Now, all humans make mistakes, but this mistake has cause this breed, that is now deemed a type to be banned in many countries and to the extent that the government in our country are putting down Staffordshire Bull Terriers while calling them Pit Bulls.

Now, Pit Bull didn’t used to be a type and it still isn’t. That dog you got from the shelter that you call a Pibble on a daily basis? It’s a Bull Breed Mutt (BBM)… by calling it a “pibble” you are fueling BSL. The “End BSL Pit Bull Ambassadors” are making it worse too.

Unless you know the bloodlines your dog came from (Blue Nose is not a Bloodline, nor a type, nor a breed. It is the colour of a dogs nose) you do not have a Pit or a pit mix.

So, you guys want to know what true Pit Bulls look like, right? Here;

http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/modules.php?name=Public&file=printPedigree&dog_id=206097

Lilbit is my favourite APBT.

http://pedigree.gamedogs.cz/details.php?id=110257

SK Mayday is another of my faves.

http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/modules.php?name=Public&file=printPedigree&dog_id=5650

Colby Pincher is another fine example of an APBT.

 

See how they vary in appearance? Just because your dog looks like these dogs does not mean it is that dog, descended from that dog, or that breed. It’s like calling every black dog you see a Labrador, even though it isn’t.

 

Now, I understand this is a lot to take in, but, I am going to be completely honest and not hold back with this:

  1. True APBT are Genetically dog aggressive, it is not “All in how you raise them”, now, there are instances of non-dog aggressive Pedigree APBT, but they are the minority. Even though they are no longer bred to fight other dogs they still retain the gameness from those times.
  2. Pit Fighters did not cull all the human aggressive dogs. Dog fighting was a money maker. One of the greatest fighting dogs in history killed his owners Nephew. [APBT people will know the dog I am on about]. Was he culled? Nope. At least not as far as I can find out.
  3. They are not Nanny Dogs, those were Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

 

Pit bulls are not sunshines and daisy chains. They are working dogs, created for dog fighting. Done, Dusted, and Explained. Now, enjoy pictures of APBT.

 

 

 

 

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Spay and Neuter! Why Vets need to wait.

Inspired by a recent facebook conversation I had earlier today, I noticed many people think early spay and neuter is perfectly acceptable, despite scientific studies proving it isn’t. By early spay and neuter, I mean, some people were telling a girl to spay her dog before the dog’s first heat. Luckily, very-very few vets will do that. A lot of vets wait until they have finished their first heat, which is a lot better than, for example, 10 weeks.

A comment that struck me the most was from a women and it said “I’m not sure where they got their info because it’s wrong. There’s not one vet I know of that would agree with that info.”

Now, you would expect a vet to be up to date on the best methods of Animal Health Care, similar to how you would expect a Human Doctor to know the health risks of, say, an operation on an 80 year old person. Sadly that isn’t the case, many vets push people to spay or/and neuter early and often scaremonger them with stories of Pyometra, Testicular Cancer, Aggression Issues.

 

Of course, if there wasn’t any research done on it I would understand why people wouldn’t think twice, but there is research done on it, there is anecdotal facts that back up said scientific research too, that was produced by vets and scientists.

The Scientific Study:  Veterinary hospital records of 759 Golden Retrievers, both intact and neutered, male and female, 1-8 years old were examined for diagnoses of hip dysplasia (HD), cranial cruciate ligament tear (CCL), lymphosarcoma (LSA), hemangiosarcoma (HSA), and mast cell tumor (MCT).

Of early-neutered males, 10 percent were diagnosed with HD, double the occurrence in intact males. There were no cases of CCL diagnosed in intact males or females, but in early-neutered males and females the occurrences were 5 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Almost 10 percent of early-neutered males were diagnosed with LSA, 3 times more than intact males. The percentage of HSA cases in late-neutered females (about 8 percent) was 4 times more than intact and early-neutered females. There were no cases of MCT in intact females, but the occurrence was nearly 6 percent in late-neutered females. – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055937

So, as you can see, there are issues with Early Spay and Neuter and it is time people realised this. You cannot take a dogs hormones away and expect everything to be hunky dory. If the dog medically needs a Spay or Neuter, then of course, that is acceptable. Taking a dogs hormones away too early just because of Scaremongering, irresponsible ownership, and the owners lack of research? That isn’t right.

Shelter overpopulation is, sort of an issue (i’ll get to that in another post), backyard breeders are 110% a major issue.

Well, please welcome an Alternative to Spay and Neutering that prevents babies but keeps much needed hormones: Ovary Sparing Spay and Vasectomy! 

OSS and Vasectomy is brilliant. It can be done after first heat, dog keeps it’s hormones so will grow properly, etc. Yet will not make Puppies. A Vasectomised dog can mount and tie with a bitch in heat, and no puppies will happen, vice versa too, an intact male can cover an OSS bitch and nothing would happen.

Here is a list of vets around the world that do OSS and Vasectomy:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/457912764294115/Veterinarians%20Who%20Perform%20Alternative%20Altering%20Procedures/479964972088894/

This one is just for America:

https://www.parsemusfoundation.org/projects/veterinarian-list/

If you still want to neuter/spay your dog a good guide to follow is:

Small Breed – 1 year.

Medium Breed – 2 years.

Large breed – 3 years.

Giant breed – 4+ years.