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The Truth about Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 4:00pm
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“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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Beth

My Mia was born into a litter of puppies that were found in a garbage can in Detroit. 3 years later she came into my life via Craigslist :)She wants to kiss you repeatedly! She is super snuggly, smart, fun and beautiful. She loves EVERYBODY-no matter your size, race, gender, age. She is even friendly to the shady guys at the park that used to ask me if she was going to be having puppies anytime soon (umm..no!). She's not very big but she takes up the whole bed if we let her--stretched out on her back with her leg up in the air, so funny. She has changed my whole family's perception on what a pit bull is like and we love her for that.

Judy

Have had 2 Pitties and known many, many more. Not a single one of them was the least bit dangerous. They are exactly as this article says; loyal and loving goofballs. Makes me sick to hear people talk about how "dangerous" they are. Any dog, no matter what breed, will behave unsociably if not allowed to live with his/her people. Pits are often left all alone in a yard and have never been socialized. That trains bad behavior,and people who won't bring them inside have no business owning a dog.

Ginny Alden

I fostered dogs for a while and came across, Gretel, a Pit Bull/German Shepherd mix. She is the most sweet, intelligent pup, I have come across. I do not understand why these dogs get such a bad rap. The only thing I can figure is that too many of them are adopted by the wrong people, mean people that don't know how to treat a dog and probably human beings either. There are so many pits put down in the shelters and some rescues won't even take them because of their reputation. We must do what we can to try and change this misconception. There are no BAD DOGS...only bad people. I am thankful for Gretel everyday and will adopt another at some point.

Lanita Lee

One early morning, while watching the news before work, they aired a story that had me sobbing. A pittie puppy had been doused with gasoline and set on fire in Memphis, TN (notorious for horrible treatment of animals). She was found wandering around Rhodes College, burned almost to death. He took her to an emergency animal clinic and when she came in,, the staff had zero hope of saving her. But in God's grace, she came in wagging her tail, even though she was in critical condition. They named her Faith and saved her life. The news gave the website to apply for adoption. I was the lucky winner. She is the sweetest, most giving, funny, precious dog, even though one half of her body is burned off. I love her with all my heart and I thank God for her every day. They believe she was being used as a bait dog and not deemed useful, thus burned alive and thrown away like garbage. But God had other plans to bring her into my life and deliver such joy. God Bless Pitt Bulls and all of His creatures.

Dawn

Our baby girl is about 5 months old. She is a blue nose pit and she is absolutely gorgeous. Apart from being beautiful on the outside, she is on the inside also. Her disposition is wonderful and her energy is inspirational to say the least. She is and has been a welcome addition to a childless family. I wish that I could express how it feels when she leans her head sideways and just looks at me when I talk to her.

CassDell

I was very reluctant to adopt any dogs that had "pit" in them. I'm glad I took a chance on the two goofs I ended up with. Both adopted from a shelter. Leo, Goof #1, is an AmStaff mix. He is literally Mr. Silly. Not a mean bone in his body. Lola, Goof #2 is younger, bigger and, I believe, has more "real Pit" in her. As a female, she is a bit more serious, but one of the sweetest dogs I've owned. She LOVES to cuddle. I will NEVER again hesitate to adopt a dog with "Pit" in them. These are, hands down, the best dogs I've ever had. Easy to train, loving and good family dogs.

Maria E. Pierson

I grew up with American Pit Bulls and boy they were 100% Loyal. My best memory was Spot our Pit Bull (OBVIOUSLY) HAD A SPOT OVER HIS EYE. When he passed, it was the saddest day OF MY LIFE. I will never forget him and his unconditional love. Swee, Calm and a great guard dog. I now have an American Bull Dog who is big and reminds me of Spot. So therefore, I also named him Spot. Oh, Let's not forget, on the other side of the coin, you have Low lifes/drug dealers who train them to be a fighting dogs. Therefore, today's society think they are all evil. Not true. I love Pit bulls and those shows that rescue them. (Pitbull and Parolee and Shorty)

wendy

I got my first pitbull in the late 1970's! I've had them ever since and usually in groups of three. Most of my dogs were rescues and some I bought. They are the greatest dogs in the world and I have never had a problem with any of my dogs. I have always tried to be an ambassador of good will for pitbulls and will do so till I die! I have 3 right now and wouldn't trade them for anything.

Betsy

I am the proud grandmom of a rescue pit bull. My son recently enlisted in the Air Force Reserves so who else to ask to take care of the dogs (which also included a shephard hound, Sparky) but grandmom?? I will honestly say I was nervous when my son first brought Bailey home. It took me a while to get comfortable, because unfortunately, I was believing all the negatives. All I can say is, I love Bailey for the sweet, gentle girl she is. She loves affection and is my new best friend (of course, along with her sister, Sparky).She would run happily to the door when I came home from a long day at work and stay by my side, just wanting to cuddle. I allow my dogs in bed with me and even though she snores, she is a great companion.
When my son came home from training after 7 months, I was quite disappointed and sad that I had to return them back to him. When I am ready for my next dog, chances is it will be a pit bull.

Dottie

the only thing wrong with bad Pit Bulls is stupid, bad, idiot OWNERS.....when left to their own devices, they are some of the clumbsiest, sweetest dogs when raised with love and not fear, abuse.

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