As for pit bulls... that is a different game. Chicken people either show/breed or have farm stock/pets. OR fight. People who have dogs have them for many more reasons... like having a dog who has a reputation of being vicious so they can feel "bad" or should I say "tough". Plus your arguement is MUTE because Pits can't be shown... not AKC reconized. And no, I'm not a pit hater... to me, the smaller the dog the more vicious. I'm simply stating the stigma.
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ETA: also I don't know of anyone who would dub a rooster and set them out to be guard roosters.... alot of people crop dogs just to LOOK tough to run people off (like in Pits). Showing or not, that is there motivation. A dubbed rooster doesn't look any meaner than a un-dubbed. Again, your arguement is mute.
It's "moot" not "mute." (moot = being debatable or a point of little value; mute = without speech) Sorry, but I had to get that off my chest--I was an English major and am a writer/editor and that's one common error that drives me nuts--no reflection on you tnchickenut!
Anyway--APBTs most certainly can be shown. The AKC is not the only show in town! I belong to an American Pit Bull Terrier club and we just had our semi-annual multi-breed United Kennel Club show. The UKC is a "real" registry, not a paper-hanging registry like the APRI or the Continental Kennel Club. The UKC was founded in 1898 and the very first dog registered was the registry founder Chauncey Bennett's dog, Bennett's Ring. For the record, I know *many* cropped and uncropped APBTs and none of them have been used for fighting.
I won't deny that some people crop their dogs' ears to make them look mean, but generally those people don't have a lot of patience for dogs' ears healing or posting ears (Dobermans, not APBTs), so most of the time people who want tough looking dogs usually buy them cropped. There are easier ways to make dogs look tough, like spiked collars or whatever. There are plenty of idiots in any breed and they do seem to spread themselves around.