Diane Jessup" is the author of "The Working Pit Bull" and "Colby's Book of the American Pit Bull Terrier." She lives in Olympia, Washington with her canine family.
Gameness does not equal aggressiveness. A dog can be game without being aggressive and vice versa. Unstable, highly aggressive dogs are, in fact, not at all likely to be game. As Diane Jessup explains in The Working Pit Bull, “Gameness does not mean a desire to fight — it means a desire to finish or succeed at a task” (156). Not all Pit Bulls are game. Dogfighters assess gameness by testing their dogs in the pit, with the ultimate (and very cruel) goal to produce a dog that would fight other dogs to the death (these rare dogs are referred to as “dead game”). But as Jessup further notes, there are other, far better ways to gauge gameness in Pit Bulls and other breeds: