There was a time when the pit bull was one of the most popular family pets in the country. President Theodore Roosevelt, Gen. George Patton and Helen Keller all owned pits. But today, the breeds are more closely associated with gangs and violent dogfighting, making them among the most vilified — and unwanted — dogs in America. But are they really more dangerous or naturally aggressive than other breeds? Or should humans and bad training share more of the blame?
For Cesar Millan, pit bulls and other dogs classified among the so-called “bully breeds” aren’t bullies at all. “Cesar Millan: Love My Pit Bull” is a compelling one-hour special showing Cesar and his current pit bull companion, Junior, make the case that it’s not just pit bulls — but also humans — who need to be trained.
In the revealing special, you can learn about the history of pit bulls, dating back to the 1800s, when they were commonly used on farms and cattle ranches to herd animals. They were even trusted to watch the children while the adults worked the field. In England, for example, the Staffordshire bull terrier was so good with kids that it became known as “The Nanny Dog.” It’s a quality Cesar often saw in his own pit bull, Daddy.
Often abused or abandoned, today pit bulls are destroyed at a far higher rate than any other dog. Overbreeding, improper training and neglect force about one million pit bulls to be put down each year — more than 2,000 dogs a day. For Cesar, rescuing the pit bull from near extermination is a cause worthy of his time and attention.
If anything, Cesar’s years with his former co-star and best pit bull pal Daddy taught the internationally acclaimed dog expert that pit bulls are not the aggressive monsters that their detractors claim they are. In fact, they are highly intelligent and, with proper training, can be loyal and loving companions. Inspired by his personal experiences with Daddy, the special showcases Cesar meeting with pit bull trainers, advocates, and dog owners to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of these unique and misunderstood breeds, and to share that message with the world.
“It’s not the breed that makes a good companion,” Cesar says. “All dogs are great companions. Communication creates a partnership and dogs have the simplest communication on the planet. For them, everything is about trust, respect and love.”
Watch the trailer below, then tune in to see “Cesar Millan: Love My Pit Bull” only on Nat Geo WILD.