Not a Breed. “Pit bull” dogs are often incredibly difficult to identify. In fact they technically aren’t even a true breed of dog. They are type of dog that is a mix of terrier and bulldogs. According to the AKC, there are at least four different varieties of American Bully dogs.
Mistaken. Many dogs are often labeled as pit bulls and even mistaken for them. Bull terriers, American Bulldogs, Staffordshire terriers, and even Boxers have all been labeled as pit bulls at one time or another.
Labeled. Pit bulls are often labeled in the media as aggressive and many states have attempted to ban the dog entirely. The Canadian province of Quebec has recently suspended their ban, but many are still fighting to pass it.
Gentle. Pit bull breeds are surprisingly gentle and laidback dogs that are incredibly intelligent. Many have been trained and used as police dogs, soldiers, and for search and rescues. They are also oftentimes used as seeing eye dogs.
Difficult. This new policy is going to make life far more difficult for people who have service or support animals that resemble pit bulls. Many people are also speaking out because they feel this policy update unfairly judges the dogs.
Stereotypes. The CEO of the ASPCA, Matt Bershadker, released a statement on Twitter stating the policy update against pit bulls spreads “false and life-threatening stereotypes.” He continued, “Every dog is unique, even dogs within the same breed, and their behavior is influenced by many factors. Delta Airlines should resist unwarranted breed prejudice and rescind its breed ban.”
Trained. Model and mogul Daisy Fuentes Marx tweeted, “@Delta really? Shame! #Pitbull isn’t a breed. The problem isn’t the dogs. It’s people using the term ‘service animal’ for dogs that aren’t. A real service animal, is trained to be exceptionally well behaved & provide an actual valuable service.”