Cute Or Dangerous: Viral Video Of Toddler Kissing Pit Bull Is Highly Controversial. What Do Experts Have To Say?

July 24, 2018

For many-many years bit bulls, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds and many other breeds have been considered very dangerous and even highly aggressive. However is it really true? One video of a baby boy sharing a cute moment with an American pit bull caused huge debates whether it is safe for children to have such close contact with the dogs.

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Controversial viral video

The popular account mvp_bullies always posts awesome pictures of American pit bulls, but this video became viral, as it divided people into two camps: one half raised concerns over the safety for the child, whereas the other half found it super cute, saying that their sweet interaction was precious.

MVP Bullies is an account for a family owned and operated kennel, where you can buy “extraordinary” American pit bulls. We bet the owners of the kennel don’t believe in the old tales about aggressive and vicious pit bulls. And mostly, experts would agree with them. According to recent studies, you can specially train the dogs to be aggressive. However, in most cases, the dogs just suffer from their irresponsible owners.

Experts about pit bulls

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), pit bulls are one of the most delightful, intelligent, and gentle dogs if trained and socialized well. The description of the breed suits golden retrievers or poodles more, doesn’t it? It is known that pit bulls are basically less tolerant of people rather than highly aggressive.

And indeed, just look at these videos. Can a brutal animal be so sensitive?

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3 myths about pit bulls

Pit bulls indeed have a bad rap. Did you know that Pit Bull Terrier has even been banned in the UK since 1991? According to experts, canines have killed more than 200 Americans from 2005 to 2015.

Pit bulls’ image, though, is based mostly on these three myths:

  1. Locking jaws. Experts say there’s no difference in pit bulls’ jaw. They are just more likely to bite and hold, so any owner just needs to know who the break up a fight.
  2. Pain tolerant. In fact, pit bulls are very whiny and wimpy in many things. They don’t like cold and rain and would often moan about it. As for pain, they seem just to be a bit less responsive to it.
  3. Unpredictable behavior. Experts say that dogs of any breed can sometimes behave unexpectedly, and pit bulls don’t seem to be stand out in this department.

The most important piece of advice

Although the bond between a child and a family pup can be extremely beneficial, you should never leave your baby alone with any dog. The recommendation is simple and may sound obvious, but it can save you from any unexpected incidents.

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What do you think about the breed? Is it safe for children or everything indeed depends on the owner?

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