Friendly or Ferocious?

An article on a misunderstood breed.

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Friendly or Ferocious?

Michael Zambito, Staff Writer

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Pit Bulls are rising to the spotlight, especially after New York has decided to hire their first Pit bull K9, Kiah. She is not just fighting crime. She is fighting stereotypes, too. As of now Kiah can track objects and young children and adults for quite a distance, but soon she’ll be able to track narcotics as well.  

Although headlines about pit bull attacks seek to villainize the entire breed, time and time again pit bulls have been fighting to prove their worth. ”

This type of work is generally reserved for purebred dogs bred specifically for this purpose. However, an evaluation of Kiah determined her to have exactly what it takes to become a working police dog. With the recent media attention pit bulls have received it digs up the age old argument, are they dangerous? While many would argue yes, there is an equal amount who would argue no, and while Kiah makes a good basis for the argument, she’s not the only one.

More and more police are deciding that not only is making pit bulls k9s more cost effective, but they are also very proficient. Pit bulls, like the atypical Belgian Malinois, German, or Dutch shepherds, are working dogs. These dogs often make good choices for any police force, but especially pit bulls since they are usually full of energy and have a desire to please their master. While many pit bulls are associated with dog fights and gangs, it is important to remember this has nothing to do with the breed or the DNA, it’s how they are raised. The first pit bull k9 was used in 2012, and since then there are now currently nine pit bulls in the field. They have been gaining popularity with police and many others.

Although headlines about pit bull attacks seek to villainize the entire breed, time and time again pit bulls have been fighting to prove their worth. Many owners are also fighting to rid pit bulls of their bad reputation, and pit bull advocates have done extensive research, such as proving to areas that decided to ban the breed because of their “vicious nature” that banning the breed does not have a significant impact on the amount of dog attacks within the area. As a pit bull owner myself, I know that my dog Tank is very loving and wouldn’t hurt a fly unless it was in defense of me or himself.