Firstly I'm going to repeat an answer I gave before on pit bulls.
I actually wrote an essay on this topic.
The “pit bull” is very wrongly stereotyped.
Sure, you open up your favorite news web page and you never really see a story about a Chihuahua mauling a full-grown man, but that’s because it isn’t as capable as a “pit bull.” The main problem is that the media gets more off an exaggerated story than an accurate and true case.
For example, in this day’s society and media, any bully breed is reported as a “pit bull.” Bully breeds are dogs that have similar traits to “pit bulls”. Just a few examples;
- Alapaha Blue Blood
- American Bulldog
- Banter Bulldog
- Boston Terrier
- Bull Mastiff
- Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso Italiano
- English Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- American Bully Dog
- Old English Bulldog
- Valley Bulldog
(Although similar, these breeds came from common ancestors of the “pit bull” rather than from “pit bulls” themselves.)
And it gets even more ridiculous.
Media gets better ratings when they say the attack/cause of death was a “pit bull.” On average, there are about a million dog attacks a year, but people don’t care about the non-fatal and unreported dog attacks. Non-fatal and unreported attacks take up over 79.52% of total bites and attacks.
“Most dog bites do not come from Pit Bulls, but rather small and medium sized dogs. A large percentage of bites go unreported because the bite did not require medical attention. Pit Bulls are strong and when they bite, like all large-breed dogs, the bite is bigger, causing more damage. If we were to only look at dog attacks coming from non-criminal owners, the percentage of Pit Bull attacks drops dramatically to where it would be less of an issue than Labrador Retriever attacks.”
“Pit bulls” were actually once called nanny dogs. No matter what “pit bull” haters say, they were NOT originally bred for pit fighting. Originally, they were actually bred to herd, retrieve livestock, and guard children. They originated from the UK. Eventually, they were bred off into two genetically different breeds; the Staffordshire Terrier and the Nanny dog. The Staffordshire Terrier was bred to be exclusively a livestock retriever/ranch dog. The Nanny dog was bred to exclusively guard children.
When brought to America, the Staffordshire Terrier became the American Staffordshire Terrier and became more of a family dog rather than a ranch dog. The Nanny dogs’ original job was to be protective and fight off attackers. The more capable the dog was to win the fight, the more they were bred. The weaker Nanny dogs were eventually bred out of the gene pool. The Nanny dogs ended up actually stronger than the Staffordshire Terriers, so they were defiled by the cruel selfishness of humans.
When introduced to America, the Nanny dogs started to be used in pit fight just because their strength and willingness to attack if necessary had potential for pit fighting. Very quickly, people noticed that the Nanny dogs were winning more than any other dog. The prime trait in breeding fight dogs is aggression. As Nanny dogs were more commonly used as fight dogs, they were bred to be dog aggressive. Only DOG aggressive because a pit fighter “handler” was supposed to be able to pull their dog off another one without the dog turning and attacking them.
This is when they officially became the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The misleading concept that they are most likely to attack humans was created when people started breeding them for other illegal purposes, such as guarding an illegal drug production plants.
“Take away the Pit Bull and you will not eliminate the problem. Pit Bulls are victims of criminals who use them as status symbols. They are their current dog of choice.”
The American Pit Bull Terrier’s bad reputation came from being commonly associated with criminals. However, I cannot deny that some were bred into the human aggressive trait. With law enforcement stricter on dog fighting and breeding, very few genetically human aggressive dogs are out there. Once the human and dog aggression is completely bred out, criminals will switch to another breed and demonize them.
The arguments that it’s “the owners fault” and “they are naturally aggressive” are actually both true. However in the long run, it was humans that made them aggressive.
To answer your question, I think he may not be getting enough exercise and is hyper aggressive. I would consult a trainer and/or animal behaviorist about this.