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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Im the owner of a 3 year old pit bull named Viper. He has had a hard little past starting from birth. He was bred as a fighting dog but given away to a man I know. First of all, he was too.young to eat soft food, was malnourished, and severely septic due to sleeping in hay infested with fleas and ants. I was able to save Viper's life because my sister had a pit that had puppies a week before but all but one died. She accepted him as her pup at first sniff. She was a wonderful mama. Viper got older and went back to the man he was given to, but at about 2 or 3 months old, he developed mange. He lost all of his hair and developed many secondary infections. On top of that, he was extremely shy and would cur any time you lifted your hand or simply began to walk. I strongly suspected abuse so over the next few days I tried to convince the old man to give me the dog due to the fact that he was sick. I didn't mention the abuse. He refused. A few weeks later the man told me to take the dog or he was going to dump him off somewhere because he didnt want a sick dog. This infuriated me. Just a few weeks before he wouldn't hear of giving away the dog. He then told me he quit feeding the dog because he wasn't going to waste dog food on a dog he didnt want. Viper hadn't eaten in a week!! I wasted no time taking my dog and got him immediate medical attention. He was on weekly shots and daily medication for months to subdue the mange. I gave him as much attention as i possibly could and worked with him to make him trust people again. Through all the abuse, he never growled or snapped at anyone. I knew there was a chance that I was taking in a scarred dog but i was willing to take the risk anyway. Now Viper doesn't let anything get him down and he loves anything that will play with him. Although he still has a few trust issues with new people, he can easily be won over with a bacon treat (his favorite). I love my little man. He has over come so much in such a short amount of time and although I know he hasn't forgotten, he has forgiven. He's a great dog and an amazing example of what a pit bull truly is--loyal, forgiving, and most definitely a survivor.


I have owned a few pitt's and they were sooo sweet,not a mean bone in their body.I now have Chloe and she is just the best.My grandchildren have been raised with her since birth never had a problem what so ever .She is the most loving girl we have .Love's to play with her toy's and the kids.protective of us all.We love our Chloe Flower.She owns us all.


i have a pit mix who acts as if his world is going to end if he can't be near us or in our laps. He is just a big blockhead of love and licks. We don't have children but many of our friends do and when they come to visit he is so gentle with them. If they get hurt it is from him maybe knocking them over from excitement or being whipped by his wagging tail. we do have a west highland terrier too and the two get along great. I have actually seen the pit mix protect my westie from other dogs. I love pits and will probably have another one after Caesar passes. They are just full of so much love and loyal to the family.

Lisa Hall

My Dad suffered a brain injury 15 years ago; since then he has divorced his second wife and "married" his third-a sweet little lady named Lucky. My Dad adopted her when she was 2 years old from a shelter and she was the best thing he's done in a long time. He used to tell people that when it comes to marriage, "third times the charm"!! Lucky is a pit bull-Borzoi mix and just as sweet as can be. She has outlived my Dad who passed away due to alzheimer's/dementia/cancer/pneumonia but brought him so much joy and love and yes-assistance while he was alive that I truly believe she helped him to live several years of good living longer than he would have without her! Best of friends to the end!!

Tracy McGovern

We rescued Finn when he was 10 weeks old from Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown. That was the day I found my heart! He is now 10 months & he is the absolute sweetest, goofiest, smartest little cuddlebug-guy EVER! I have no idea how anyone can live without one of these guys in their lives.

He adores children, loves people and is in a state of pure joy when he gets to run & play with other dogs. I call him my angel-puppy because he just spreads joy everywhere he goes.

Everywhere we go we meet, well EVERYONE, because no one can walk by without telling us about the Pits they've rescued or even to ask "what kind of dog is that?" (His ears are no clipped & are HUGE so not everyone realizes) this leads to big discussions about his breed and it also lead to me creating a facebook page to share his story and anyone elses who cares to post. (

I LOVE MY PIT! I recommend going to your local shelter right now and geting a big pit cuddle and then you can love your pit too!

Sandy Bigger

I have a pitbull I adopted three weeks ago. She is 1 yr old. She has been through alot. Tried being adopted several times and didn't work out at her previous places. I ended up with her and she is my sweety! She loves to lick, shake hands and play!!! She has some fear aggression but she is doing better with that. It's too bad people abuse these dogs. They are cuddly (she sleeps with me in bed) and very nice to train. I hope someday they will overcome the public bad rap they get. Got to love them!!! SANDY!


i have a pitbull, her name is issa-bell, and she is a BIG sweetie, she likes dogs and wants to get close to cats. i wouldnt trade her for a million dollars.

Robin C. Moody

I've never owned a pit bull, but friends of mine have, and they were sweet, friendly dogs.

Rina Ralls

Pitties are the most lovable and affectionate dogs ever. I can't imagine life without a pit bull. Love the breed!!

Ami Hayes

My sweet pit bull, Sophie, is the most gentle soul I have ever known. She is a beauty, tall and blue with lovely, almond eyes. She is 5 yrs old and we adopted her from a friend in NC who rescued her from a shelter as a new puppy. My husband nicknamed her "our pitiful bull" b/c of her mild and sometimes timid nature. Despite her timidness, she earned her CGC and played a part in preventing our local community from passing breed specific legislation. After my husband contacted the local news, they did a story featuring Sophie and I at the park doing what she does best...just being a regular dog (albeit extremely obedient and sweet natured to other dogs, people, and children). That was the best feeling to be able to show that pit bulls are just great dogs who want and need what every dog!