Pit Bull

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Pit Bull is a term commonly used to describe several breeds of dog in the molosser family. Many breed-specific laws use the term "pit bull" to refer to the modern American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and dogs with significant mixes of these breeds; however, a few jurisdictions also classify the modern American Bulldog and Bull Terrier as a "pit bull-type dog". All three breeds share similar history, with origins rooted from the bulldog and a variety of terriers. The term can also refer to dogs that were known as "bull terriers" prior to the development of the modern Bull Terrier in the early 20th century. Research has been conducted into human fatalities related to Pit bull type dogs due to a number of well publicized incidents. These incidents have resulted in breed-specific legislation being enacted in several jurisdictions. This in turn has led to an increase in rates of liability insurance, and in some cases has led to airlines placing restrictions on air travel for these types of dogs, although in some cases these restrictions are in place for the dogs' own well-being. The number of fatalities attributed to pit bull-type dogs is not affected by a physiological "locking mechanism" since there is no evidence for the existence of such a mechanism in the teeth or jaw structure of normal pit bull-type dogs, although any dog's jaws can be locked in a closed position by surgically-correctable jaw abnormalities. Despite the lack of a physiological "jaw locking" mechanism, pit bull-type dogs often exhibit "bite, hold, and shake" behavior and refuse to release when biting, so some pit bull rescue organizations and advocacy groups recommend owners of pit bull-type dogs carry a "break stick" to lever their dog's jaws open if it bites a person or animal. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]

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