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American Temperament Test Results

American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers (e.g., dogs commonly referred to as “pit bulls”) are often victims of prejudice and discrimination.   Pit bull owners must be responsible to restore the image of the breed.  Click here to see if you're a responsible owner.

Results as of March 31, 2011[1]

American Pit Bull Terrier:  804 tested; 86.4% passed

American Staffordshire Terrier:  627 tested; 84.2% passed

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:  117 tested; 89.7% passed

Total:  1548 tested; 85.8% passed

To put this in perspective, consider:

All Breeds:  30,876 tested; 83% passed

Collie:  856 tested; 79.9% passed

Cocker Spaniel:   227 tested; 81.9% passed

Australian Cattle Dog:  187 tested; 79.1% passed

Beagle:  72 tested; 80.6% passed

Golden Retriever:  764 tested; 84.9% passed

Results for 2009 (through 6.12.2010)

In 2009 (through 6.12.2010), pit bull dogs achieved a combined passing score of 85.7%.

American Pit Bull Terrier:  772 tested; 86% passed

American Staffordshire Terrier:  608 tested; 83.9% passed

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:  115 tested; 89.6% passed

Total:  1,495 tested; 85.4% passed

To put this in perspective, consider:

All Breeds:  30,468 tested; 82.4% passed

Chihuahua:  38 tested; 71.1% passed

Dachshund:  181 tested; 77.8% passed

Collie:  846 tested:  79.7% passed

Golden Retriever:  746 tested; 84.6% passed

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Results for 2008

In 2008, pit bull dogs achieved a combined passing
score of 85.7%.

American Pit Bull Terrier:  665 tested; 85.3% passed

American Staffordshire Terrier:  570 tested; 83.9% passed

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:  92 tested; 88% passed

Total:  1327 tested; 85.7% passed

To put this in perspective, consider:

All Breeds:  28,955 tested; 81.9% passed

Collie:  831 tested:  79.4% passed

Golden Retriever:  720 tested; 84.6% passed

Chihuahua:  38 tested; 71.1% passed

Dachshund:  181 tested; 78.7% passed

 

Results for 2007

In 2007, pit bull dogs achieved a combined passing
score of 85.5%.

American Pit Bull Terrier: 586 tested; 84.3% passed

American Staffordshire Terrier:  548 tested; 83.4% passed

Staffordshire Bull Terrier: 80 tested; 88.8% passed

Total: 1214 tested; 85.5% passed

To put this in perspective, consider:

All Breeds: 28,010 tested; 81.6% passed

Collie: 824 tested; 79.4% passed

Golden Retriever: 703 tested; 84.2% passed 

 

Results for 2006


In 2006, pit bull dogs achieved a combined passing score
of 84.4%.


American Pit Bull Terrier:
542 tested; 84.1% passed

American Staffordshire Terrier:
521 tested; 83.9% passed

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
61 tested 85.2% passed

Total:
1124 tested; 84.4% passed

To put this in perspective, consider:

All Breeds:
27,162 tested; 81.5% passed

Australian Shepherd:
571 tested; 80.7% passed

Golden Retriever:
687 tested; 83.8% passed

Results for 2005

In 2005, pit bull dogs achieved a combined passing score of 83.8%.

American Pit Bull Terrier:
515 tested; 83.5% passed

American Staffordshire Terrier:
503 tested; 83.3% passed

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
59 tested; 84.7% passed

Total:
1077 tested; 83.8% passed

To put this in perspective, consider:

All Breeds:
26,615 tested; 81.2% passed

Collie:
801 tested; 79.0% passed

Golden Retriever:
679 tested 83.7% passed

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 To learn more about the American Temperament Test Society, please visit http://www.atts.org  

About Canine Temperament

Because of breed-specific dog legislation and negative publicity associated with many breeds of dogs, temperament testing has assumed an important role for today's dog fancier. The American Temperament Test provides breeders a means for evaluating temperament and gives pet owners insight into their dog's behavior. It can have an impact on breeding programs and in educating owners about their dog's behavioral strengths and weaknesses as well as providing a positive influence on dog legislation.

What is temperament?

W. Handel, German Police Dog Trainer, in his article, "The Psychological Basis of Temperament Testing," defines temperament as:  "the sum total of all inborn and acquired physical and mental traits and talents which determines, forms and regulates behavior in the environment"

The ATTS test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog's instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. The test is designed for the betterment of all breeds of dogs and takes into consideration each breed's inherent tendencies.

The test simulates a casual walk through the park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog's ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions.

 

[1]  Data in this section is cumulative since the start of ATTS in 1977.