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 have a 3 yr old Pit Bull and she is a wonderful family dog. She is gentle with our kids and loves attention. She loves to give kisses.


I have two rescue pits and three rescue cats and they are best friends :) we also have a one year old who our dogs are very gentle with and protective of :) pits are my favorite! They are easily one if the sweeter breeds.


Red was the most gentle dog I have ever had or known. She loved everyone and everything. My niece was two years old and petting Red and for no reason hit the dog. Red jumped up on the bed and got as far away from Lauren as she could and looked like her feelings were really hurt. It broke my heart to lose her to cancer at 14; all the doctors and vet tech loved her too. I would get another pit mix in a heartbeat. "bad" dogs are usually the result of bad pet parents.

We rescued her from a Missouri shelter six years ago. She was a pit bull mix, 3.5 years old, emaciated, snappy, nervous, and extremely agressive. She was the product of someone's abusive attempt to turn her into an attack dog, and they were fairly successful. She was a terror, and more than once we seriously considered returning her. Six years later, she has restless tail syndrome. She is a dear, sweet lover of all living things. She is loved, and just like any of us, responds in kind.


I had a beautiful, sweet pit bull that we just loved. She was the best dog ever! We now have another pit bull and he is quite the character. Loves his belly rubbed, too! My son had 2 pit bulls and they were great! If my husband and I were retired we would adopt another pit bull. They are wonderful!!!

Margaret Secrest

We had a male Pit named Homer, he was given to us at almost a year old by the mother of the jerk that owned him. Homer was locked in a bathroom for a week at a time & if he ate all his food he went hungry, if he drank his water he had the toliet water. Luckily for both Homer & my family this jerk's mother found him and brought him to us since she knew we are animal lovers. We had him 14 years until he passed away from congestive heart failure. He was a wonderful & handsome boy. He loved all people & he was a playful, happy, easy going dog. We have gotten more dogs since he left us. A german shepard mix (Danielle), & a English shepard mix (Kodi) - both from the shelter. Also a boxer (Droopy) that was abondoned in the country & found by a farmer that already had all the animals he could take care of. Then our Pit boy (Hammer)that was an orphan before he was weaned. We got him from the vet tech that took care of him until he was 7 weeks old - he is almost 2 and the most loving boy. He has no grace & he doesn't realize how stong he is but he doesn't try to hurt anything. All of my dogs (Homer included) get along with our cats. And if the truth be told our female german shepard mix is the Alpha & all the others follow her lead.


She is the most amazing companion I could ever hope for. I for years was unsure of the breed but after adopting her as a puppy and now 3 yrs. later I am totally in love with the breed. She is so sweet and in tune with me it is amazing... She is totally on my schedule and by my side. She is very lovable but protective, does not conflict with other dogs at the dog park, an all around great dog. I cannot say enough to promote this breed, they are extremely smart,strong and loyal companions....and so much fun to own.... for me my Molly is an angel sent down from above!!!


I have a 3 year old pit, Roxy. I love being greeted by her butt wiggle and happy growl. She loves to snuggle under the covers and plays keep away with my mom's dog. Roxy is shy of strangers (not for lack of socialization but inherited through her mom who is also shy). We took her to training to help Roxy with her shyness and have learned to read her body signals.


I am the very proud owner of two awesome pitbulls. They make me laugh everyday!!

R. Hodgman

I have owned several pits and so has my son. We have never had an issue with any of the animals and the children. I would trust Sammy with my grandchild every moment without hesitation. My beautiful girl, Mescal, passed away in 12/2011 of cancer and I still grieve. She has sent me a little boy in need to love and care for and his name is Magnum. Pits are not to blame for their behaviors, it is the owner who shapes and molds them. They are misunderstood often crucified and if loved, excercised and disciplined correctly you will have a pet that wants to give nothing but love and loyalty. Yes, pits can be very intimidating to any stranger possibly approaching you or your home but do you get that same safe fuzzy feeling of protection with a small breed dog, I bet not? Always and forever a pit owner.