It is a common trait for all Pit Bulls to demonstrate some level of aggressive behavior toward a strange dog. It is in their inherent nature to do so. It is a trait that was emphasized to them during their early breeding as fighting Pit Bulls and one that is difficult to possess in today’s society. Pit Bulls were bred for many generations to be fighting dogs. But just because they were originally bred to fight does not mean that they are vicious dogs. That is not the case at all. However, it is accurate to say that many Pit Bulls are naturally inclined to behave confidently and sometimes aggressively toward other dogs. It is also accurate to say that most of them are naturally inclined to win a fight should another dog start it.
Pit Bulls that stem from genetic lines that were producing fighting dogs are more inclined to have this tendency than Pit Bulls from lines that were not selected for fighting in recent a generation. In any case, regardless of how long it has been since your dog’s ancestors were used for fighting, his instinct and ability to fight another dog remains with him. It is in his blood and one of his original reasons for existence. So keep in mind that the gentlest and calmest of Pit Bulls who will never dare start a fight will also never dare back down from one that another dog has started.
Each breed of dog has a tendency to do what its genes tell it to do. Refusing to accept that fact is not only unfair but irresponsible. Denying that your Pit Bull’s heritage is one of gameness and toughness is like denying that a Golden Retriever has a tendency to retrieve. On the other hand, retrievers are not the only breed that is inclined to retrieve, just as the Pit Bulls are not the only breed that is inclined to fight. If you are adamant about not getting a dog that carries the possibility of being aggressive or fighting with another dog, then it is wise to not get more than one Pit Bull.
With all types of dog breeds out there, there is always a great deal of variation. Many Pit Bulls get along wonderfully with other dogs while some may not get along with them at all. There are also many breeds out there that are far less tolerant of living with other dogs than Pit Bulls are. Although Pit Bulls that were brought up in a fighting environment and came from fighting lines are most likely inclined to be aggressive toward other dogs, other breeds that were raised in the most friendliest of homes and came from the gentlest of lines may not get along with other dogs.
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