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Dad Defends Letting His 1-Year-Old Son Nap and Cuddle With Huge Pit Bull

Jarad Derochey is a local pit bull breeder for MVP Kennels in Los Angeles, California. He’s a regular poster on the MVP Bullies Instagram account. Much of the content shows Jarad’s kids interacting with pit bulls, including playing, cuddling, and petting.

The video that sparked equal parts outrage and likes was featured on Inside Edition. It showed Jarad’s one-year-old son cuddled with their pet pit bull.

According to the American Kennel Club, the pit bull actually includes several breeds, including American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bullies, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. The breed is labeled as good-natured, courageous, confident, and intelligent. When bred and raised responsibly, they’re trustworthy and social dogs.

Bronwen Dickey is a Columbia University-educated author and lecturer on the subject. She authored Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, and she spent over seven years conducting research on pit bulls. She says that pit bull is a word that separates opinion, but that they’re “just dogs” and often serve as a “proxy for our own prejudices,” as reported by The Cut.

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