The pit bull was once the ‘all-American dog.’ Thomas Jefferson had two while he was in the White House. One accompanied Helen Keller. Even the Little Rascals had a pit bull. What happened to turn this lovable and faithful companion into what’s now viewed as a cold-blooded killer?
The film overviews the evolution of the dog from upper-class working dog and companion to violent fighter and security guard for inner-city families. It includes the testimony of several experts, one of whom explains a crucial aspect of the film: that pit bulls were not bred to be a pack animal like other dog breeds, which is why they are animal-aggressive instead of human-aggressive dogs. That’s a key factor when trying to understand the animal’s behavior.
The film tackles everything from the population explosion caused by indiscriminate breeders, to efforts to have the animals spayed or neutered; from footage of dog fighting in the US to attempts to redeem the breed. It’s not all rosy, as trainer Leri Hansen points out: ‘I have a problem with people who try to sugar coat the breed.’ Pit bulls can be dangerous dogs.
With owners, dog rescue workers, professionals and celebrities alike, this documentary covers all the bases and provides an insightful look at the world of the pit bull, both good and bad.
Partners: Braverman Productions distributed through Solid Entertainment
Wrapping: May 2007
Length: 50 or 63 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide