The Truth about Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 4:00pm

“Pit Bull.” There is no other breed of dog—or arguably, any other animal at all—whose mere mention can elicit such strong opinions. Try a word-associate game with your friends: Ask them what they think of when you say “Pit Bull.” Chances are that by the numbers, their responses will be more negative than positive. And it’s no wonder: No other type of dog is as widely banned from housing, legislated against, or incorrectly vilified by the media.

How did we get here?
Pit Bulls were once widely considered ideal family pets—affectionate, loyal and gentle with children. But in recent years, these dogs have suffered tremendously from a combination of overbreeding, bad publicity and irresponsible owners. In reality, the overwhelming majority of Pits and Pit mixes are sweet goofballs who have gotten a very bad rap.

Learn the truth.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day, on October 27, is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about Pit Bulls and their responsible owners. Please take a moment to learn the truth about these wonderful dogs and consider rescuing one of them from a shelter.

Are you a proud Pit Bull parent? Please participate in National Pit Bull Awareness Day, and help us dispel the myths about these dogs by leaving a comment below about your wonderful pooch.

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I am the Proud Gramma of a pit bull mix- he is a very sweet goofball of a dog who is just the happiest, most loving dog I have ever known! and like most people, I hesitated when my daughter wanted to rescue him from a shelter, but have quickly become very attached to him and love soending time with him.
He is verty good with the kids and loves cats too! every day spent around him makes me smile and always a good laugh or too! and he is smart!!! she has taught him several tricks and he loves to play endlessly! wish I had some of his energy!


incidents and accidents will happen with any dog any animal for that matter. they are animals. pitts have a terrible reputation. there are no bad dogs...just bad owners

Maribeth Kalbach

I just recently adopted a pittie mix from a local dog pound. I had been wanting to rescue one, but my husband was a little hesitant. I saw Gretel's picture on Facebook, and ironically, she didn't look pittie at all in the photo - she reminded me of another dog that I unsuccessfully tried to save. So I went and got her. I took one look at her and knew she was part pittie, even though the staff said no. Gretel was so underweight in the picture that I saw, and she had already started to fill out and look like her true self. Nevertheless, I fell in love with her in an instant. Not only is October Pit Bull Awareness Month, it's also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month - and I've honored both! And needless to say, my husband is totally converted. :)


Pit Bulls are more dangerous than other breeds. They are more powerful and naturally dog aggressive than most other breeds.
My dog and I have been charged by loose Pit Bulls many times. Luckily my dog is 150 pounds and they are more cautious about attacking him.
When I worked at Animal Control , one of our officers was severely mauled by a Pit bull. He nearly died. An office girl visiting the kennels walked up on the scene and I had stayed late so I heard her screams. I distracted the dog while she pulled him out of the kennel. Very scary. Just last week , here in NC a woman was killed by her own rescued Pit Bulls. With great power also comes great responsibility which unfortunately a lot of owners have no responsibility at all.
That said ,I believe they are only dangerous because stupid humans make them dangerous.

I groomed for 25 years and was never bitten by a Pit Bull. We called them "easy money dogs" because they were just so easy to groom. I have no desire to own one myself but I am very sad that such a noble breed had to be ruined by the thug generation.


I have a staffordshire/lab mix breed. Her name is Jenna and she is the sweetest dog. When me and my husband went to adopt a dog at a shelter, we weren't sure what we would pick out or anything of the sort, we were prepared for a dog and we were going to go with our gut feelings on which one felt right for us. We looked all around and a lot of them were cute but we had a connection with Jenna and we took her home that very night. I have had many different breeds of dogs throughout by life, but none have made such an impression like her. She is a loyal, gentle, silly and Hyper dog. We love her so much and she shows us love each and every day. I would recommend to anyone who is a responsible dog owner to get one as long as there is training and positive reinforcement. These are great dogs with big hearts and gentle souls.

Patricia Rodriguez

I owned other big dogs during my childhood and Violet is our first American pit bull terrier Blue nose. She just turned 6 months is about 45 lbs. We feed her Acana dog food and i occasionally cook for her. She's a big clumsy mess and loves to lick and play with all three of my children ages 16,2 and 8 months. (She's licking the babys face and feet s I type this). She never barks unless in her sleep and loves other ppl and all dogs. We brought her from my husband's cousin who even though her vet gave Violet good health credit, failed to realize she suffer from a bad skin rash. We treat her like our 4th baby. Extreme vet care and anything to make her better. She's a big lug of a girl and loves to cuddle and be rubbed. People get scared of her in the street and it pisses me off for their first ignorant reaction is to squeal and claim " omg shes gonna bite me" trust me theres been a few times I told ppl off. Especially when all her baby teeth were falling out and she was nearly all gums. I wouldnt trade her in for the world. And we already want to move to a bigger place so we can get her a playmate. We live in a two family duplex house and our landlord loves her. I dont understand how ppl can mistreat such loving animals. We be lost without her.


I'm the proud mom of a pit mix, Mazie Olive. I adopted her after she and many other pups were rescued off of a hoarder's ranch where she was malnourished, neglected/abused and had a bad case of coronavirus. She was put into a incubator while she recovered. By the time I found out about her she was already 7 months old and extremely shy. I drove 9 hours to meet her and with the intention I would be her forever home. It has been 7 years and she is the sweetest girl. I adopted another pup 5 years ago so she could have a sibling and they play and snuggle all the time. Our home is safe and full of love! It's not the dog that we should be concerned with; it's making sure they make it to loving homes. There are some people that should never have pets and those are the ones with ill intent and evil in their hearts. Please don't blame one breed for a multitude of humans who can't get their shit together.

Brenda Hills

I have a 6-yr. old PitBull named China, pronounced "Cheena", that is the most gentle, loving, protective dog I've ever owned. She is mixed with Lab and has the most beautiful reddish-brown color(like a penny). Whenever I bring her to the vet, I get loads of compliments on her color & how beautiful she is! China loves to play tug-of-war with her ropes & plays "keep-away" with her tennis balls. My last dog was a Lab/Huskie mix, which we had for 12 wonderful years, but she was a "digger" all over the yard & was always running off; my PitBull is very disciplined & stays in the yard always & doesn't pull her leash when we take walks. I would recommend a PitBull to anyone who is a serious dog lover or pet lover....:)


My American Pit Bull Terrier (Titan) is now 2yrs old and is my best friend, comical, very smart and spoiled (Yes I've spoiled him)...he is a great companion, and my mom calls him her "Grandpuppy" like part of the family. A dog is no better than it's "OWNER" that's any dog...I love my dog and he has been a better more loyal friend than some people I Titan is family and we should treat them all as such...but....the most important thing to remember is that they are "ANIMALS" and should be handled responsibly and not abused!!!!

Elizabeth Rivera

I have a pitbull named Pandora, and I love her as much or more than if she were a part of my family. She is the sweetest thing ever. My husband was one of those non believer's who thought pitbulls were bad dogs, and I kind of forced him to accept Pandora and now he loves her, and realizes he was wrong for singling pitbulls out like they are bad dogs. I always say, just like with a kid, if you raise them to be bad, they will be bad. You run more of a risk of your kids turning on you then your pit, they are loyal and loving if you treat them with respect and love. I wish I could put a pic. of her so you could see her beautiful cinnamon face and pink nose. When I got her the guy who sold her to me said she was the one no one wanted because she was that color, and that's when I made up my mind she was the one I wanted.


Elizabeth Rivera