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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Duke was chained with a tow chain wired together around his neck. He was staked out at a vacant house while his "owner' went to jail for 30 days.
He had no shelter or food that he could eat. Not even the crows wanted it. I had to look at him everyday out my living room window. 5 days passed till I couldn't stand watching him suffer anymore. I went over and brought him home. After a vet visit and dental surgery (removed 12 teeth)and several months of TLC, he is an amazing dog! So loving and obedient. He is such a joy to have. I have always loved the pitbull breed. If you have ever owned one, you know what I mean. It's irresponsible owners that ruin a dog's natural good nature. Thanks to all who support this breed!


I have a female pitbull named Tula. She is 14 years old now. We rescued a couple of kittens whose mom left them. Tula allowed the kittens to nurse on her for comfort and she would clean them and would take such good care of them. She became a good substitute mom. The kittens still follow her everywhere. I was so proud of her and amazed. This breed has had such a bad rap...I love Tula and couldnt imagine being without her. By the way Tula was rescued from a life of fighting...I am so glad I had the opportunity to save her..she is such a GREAT dog.



Lynda Ehrich

I have been privileged to live with three pit bulls; first Hawk and Animal (named for the wrestling team), then Hawk and Terminator (who stood in as Hawk's partner when Animal tragically lost his life). Hawk had been a well cared for stray; that was obvious because he knew all the commands and was a very polite dog (we were never able to find his original owners). Animal and Terminator came from two local shelters. All three came to me at the approximate age of 7 months old. Animal and Terminator were also strays who had been picked up by Animal Control and were scheduled for euthanasia because their time was up. All three were very loving and very loyal family members. I never used my dogs for hunting or fighting; they were just family dogs. Hawk and Terminator eventually passed away, and when my husband and I separated, I took the two remaining family cats with me (the other two also passed away after reaching 15 and 17 years, respectively). I currently have a huge ginger tabby that I took in (he was homeless), and I work all day and don't have enough time to devote to a dog. But if it ever becomes practical for me to adopt another dog, it will be a pittie, and it will be one from death row. A pittie is not for everyone. Unfortunately a lot of weak and weak-minded people adopt them because they figure they can hide behind the dog. Those are the ones who ruin their dogs.

Erin Hall

One of my buddies is an american staffordshire terrier/pit mix who is the sweetest 80lb baby dog. He loves people, he lays on you, sits in your lap (80lbs) corn nibbles your legs, and loves to snuggle. I love him and he is 4/12 years old. His name is Athos


i have 2 pit mixes. they are so sweet, attentive, loving and are total goof balls, beautiful and athletic beasts with a need to please us, their owners. just like any dogs, they have to be raised with love, attention and training. bad owners = unpredictable dogs for any breed.


We are lucky enough to share our home with 3 pocket pitties (English Staffords) and 1 lab/pointer, and are constantly amazed how visitors to our house and folks we meet on our walks are genuinely surprised how sweet, friendly and full of character these wonderful dogs are. People ask us "Are these a type of pitbull? are they always like this?"..quickly adding that they had a completely different view of how a "pitbull would be". All our dogs are rescues and our male staffie was dog aggressive when he arrived; not for long though, he now shares the house happily with his dog companions and cuddles every day with our older stafford girl. In England, where the breed originated, they are known as "Nanny Dogs" as they are so good with children, in fact their breed standard includes the words "completely reliable". I have said for years that you cannot beat this breed, they are the best and definitely the best for a family. Much more needs to be done to change the public perception, especially that of landlords and insurance companies. Oh, by the way, we are also landlords who accept Pits at our rental, it's a beautiful house and we have not had any issue at all with pitties there. Do your part if you are a Landlord and encourage everyone to open their minds and hearts to these amazing dogs, the love & understanding is well worth the investment!


Well I rescued my Pit, Emma, about 5 years ago from the side of the road on a hot, hot summer day in the Houston Texas area. She was so skinny you could have played her ribs like a harp. I only had a granola bar in the car to entice her. I tossed pieces to her and she dove on the pieces and came right up to me. She was so hungry. I put her in the car and took her to the Humane Society and they offered to euthanize her. I told them if she looked this bad and was still alive, I wouldn't let them kill her. She had a mild case of heartworm, but was cleared 3 months later. She's had a little surgery for a luxating patella on one leg and will be going in soon for a possible partial tear of the ACL on her other leg. If she could lick you to death, she would. She sits for her dinner then raises her head and gives me a kiss before she eats. What a great girl. She's such a clown and gets along fine with my other two dogs, Carl & Rose. Carl's a little older now (12) not too interested in play. But Rose, a pit mx, and Emma body slam and chase each other until they drop. The nay sayers are's how they've been raised...and we're raising our girl to keep being the wonderful, greatful little girl (65 lbs) she is and always will be.

carla brown

I live in Ontario, Canada and it is a breed ignorance province. There are stories abound that the law man has the right to enter into one's home to confiscate any animal that 'appears' to be Pitbull - to euthanize them as soon as their vet confirms it is even part bully. Stories can be found on the internet on family dogs being dragged away due to no fault of their own from their hysterical owners and then being put down. I am so PISSED OFF at this law as it prevents us bullie lovers from ever owning a pitbull. The Ontario SPCA is so weak in their ways that they won't help us to change these absurd laws; wishing we had a stronger advocate like the ASPCA to help us. However in saying all of this - if I was able to have a pitbull in my home (a rescued one of course), I would definitely have one as I am well aware of their charms!

Jennifer Dusang

I am the EXTREMELY PROUD OWNER of 3 GORGEOUS PITBULLS. They are as much a part of my family as we are. These BULLYS as they are referred to are the biggest, sweetest, and most loveable animals. Yes this INCREDIBLE BREED of Canine is totally MISUNDERSTOOD and STEREO TYPED for all the wrong reasons. I did get my first pit for security and to have peace of mind while my children were home alone. Simply because people are intimidated just by knowing you have a pitbull. All three of them are inside dogs and very spoiled.ts more like they own us. And we enjoy each and every minute of these AMAZING animals. It is such a sad thing to hear and watch this breed be treated so badly. People who were once afraid of them have met mine and now they have a different opinion now. For those of you who refer to them as killers there is a book called PITBULLS FOR DUMMIES. Pick it up and read it there are some facts in there as well that everyone owners included should know.