ATTS testing is absolutely what it says it is, a "temperment" test. Temperment is a gauging factor in determining whether a dog is fit for family companionship, not working drive. As defined: temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog's instinct for protectivenes. Dogs are allowed to lunge at strangers if they are shutzhund-trained, because they've been trained to do so. Dog-dog aggression is a trait that most responsible pitbull owners are well aware of and do not put their dogs in a position to fail, or others' dogs in a position to be victimized. Temperment testings is an evaluation of human-dog companionship, it seeks to determine a well-balanced dog and is the most standardized testing of SPAYED and NEUTERED dogs and the data is meaningful.
Agree 100% that irresponsible breeding is the primary contributor to these incidents. No one is forced to turn to BSL, it's an easy, public-soothing reaction. The real issue should be Behavior-specific legislation.
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