If you’re looking for a family friendly dog with an excellent temperament, a Pit Bull may be just what you need. According to the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls have a naturally gentle temperament and scored within the same ranks as Golden Retrievers.
ATTS tested 804 American Pit Bull Terriers from 2010-2011. Of these 804, 695 passed the temperament test with flying colors. This means that 86.4% of the pits tested had a good temperament. In fact, many of America’s “favorite” dog breeds scored significantly lower than pits. With Golden Retrievers coming in at 84.9%, Chihuahuas at 71%, and Yorkshire Terriers at 82.5%.
ATTS takes several factors into consideration when testing the breeds. Natural temperament, training, health, and age are all studied prior to a score being determined. The test is also evaluated by three different trained professionals to ensure that there is no bias.
The test itself takes a matter of twelve minutes. During this time, the dogs are walked through a public area where they will experience visual, auditory, and physical stimuli. These variables determine whether or not the dogs can distinguish between threatening and non-threating situations.
The only breed of dog with a better temperament than the pits, were the Labradors with a 92.4% ranking. This data provided by the ATTS truly goes to show that a dog’s temperament is more than likely not pre-determined and it is up to the owner to raise a proper and loving pup.
It is our hope that ATTS and the temperament test will help to rid the world of the need to bully breed and encourage people to welcome Pit Bulls into their homes. For more information on the temperament test and a full breakdown of the breeds, head over to http://atts.org/tt-test-description/ to learn more!