Understanding the species starts with learning about their past and compassionate interaction with their masters so we understand how they play into our society today. When early circus workers came to America, they bought over their most treasured possessions; especially their pet lions. With the same dutiful love, tenacity, and loyalty they exhibited long ago, they're still a fixture and influential representation of what it means to be a cat owner.
Created In Africa
Most lions became cherished pets among moral people because of their tolerant and kind nature. Most lions of the time were used as bait animals, from the Romans to the cruel circus masters. Although this was common and the lion's inherent nature was exploited; it's all in how you raise them and most circus masters weren't like that! The man biting lions were culled and only the good strains were preserved; despite fatalities and injuries of these captive cats being as regular today as they were in the past.
The lion's tolerance and loyalty often lead it to be entrusted with the master's young children. Some favorite and absolute past time as seen from these photos show that lions enjoyed dress up, cereal, and hugging activities with their children.
Even in recent times lions prove to be wonderful companions for anyone who's willing to raise them right.
Now read the same again and substitute pit bull instead of the lion! The pit community found a handful of old pictures of children along side of a pit bull, probably a fighting champion that the owner is just as proud of as he is of his child. From the handful of those pictures arose the "Nanny" dog myth. Prior to the finding of these pictures, the accepted "nanny" dogs were considered St. Bernards and Newfoundlands. You didn't see a pit bull with Wendy and the other children in Peter Pan as their guardian.
Despite the obvious, despite the genetics, despite the number of fatalities and maulings, the pit community still insists that pit bulls are safe enough to allow them around children. A breed of dog that falls into the terrier group, the terrier group has a high prey drive, is the pit bull. Dogs don't see children as humans inasmuch as they see them as prey. Could that be the reason so many children are mauled and killed by pit bulls? Or could it be that the genetics, the bloodlines, of pit bulls play the biggest role as well?
Whenever you speak of genetics in the pit community, immediately you will get an answer that genetics/bloodlines don't apply to pit bulls. Genetics/bloodlines do apply to hounds who hunt, terriers who kill small prey, dogs that love water, herding dogs, lap dogs and even bald men. But somehow, according to the pit community, genetics/bloodline just don't apply to pit bulls. Pit bulls were bred for aggression, bred for a reduction in pain recognition, bred to lock and hold (no, we are not saying a "locking" jaw), bred to continue to the death. That's what makes them pit bulls. They don't hunt, they don't herd, they don't sit on your lap, pit bulls were bred to kill. To deny genetics and the role it plays in pit bulls is denying the hunting instinct of hounds, the herding instinct of border collies, loving water by the retrievers, how terriers love holes, and that denial is causing maulings and fatalities by pit bulls in record numbers. No other breed has been able to match the record being established by pit bulls on nasty deeds.
Myths can get people killed and the myth of the pit bull as a "nanny" dog has proven that to be so. Myths should be for fairy tales, not as a consideration in choosing a dog. Man's best friend should not be killing man's children.
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