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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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lynne

My Mallory was the sweetest dog. She liked to sleep with me but she was gassy. Anyone who has dogs knows that dog farts were leathal ! When you laughed she would get embarassed and slink away. she lived 13.5 years and would have lived longer if not for epilepsy.

Digitally Pink

I am the oh so proud pet parent of a 13 yr old pibble whom I have had since I rescued her as a puppy from a pop-up "pet store." She is the most sweetest thing.

Dottie

I have never had a pit bull, but I can tell you I just love them. All of my dogs have been rescues, and I usually end up with someone who a friend has found somewhere, out in the middle of the street, etc., so I haven't had much choice on the breed. But if I ever get that choice (I have three large dogs right now and can't have another one)I will look for a pitt. I have friends who have them and they are ALL BIG BABIES!!! Thanks to all of you who have written good things about them - some of my unaware friends are still afraid of them and since I've never lived with one myself, it's hard to convince them that it depends on the owner as with any dog!! Have a good day.

Kaitlin

This past July, I adopted a 1/2 year old American Staff. Terrier from a nearby SPCA. Now named Ezrah, at that time in the shelter he was considered undesirable, he would nip, jump, and bark at the volunteers, and had little to no manners. I said I want him anyway. Now 4 months later is going through K9 Connection obedience training along with some APS classes to get him socialized properly with other dogs, and he has done an 180 degree turn around from day one. With the right handling, training, and mindset any dog from any circumstance can become a great dog. My adopted dog has become the love of my life, my best friend, and an absolute joy to have in my home.

Frank

We have a pit / bully breed mix. She is the biggest mush who loves to give kisses and get belly rubs. She loves physical and psycologial stimilation. She entertains herself by putting her toys under her blanket and playing hide and seek. She is alert to everything that goes on around her and LOVES other dogs. She responds well within a pack and is NON AGRESSIVE. When she sees another dog she lays down and lets the other dog approach to sence the animals energy. If it is a positive energy, let play time begin. If it is negative energy, she backs away. Niki is the first bully breed we have had and her intelligence is astounding. With any dog, there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. People have to understand that your animal is like one of your children and need consistancy and forever training. You cannot just say yeah I have a dog and not do anything with them. You would not ignore your child, so don't ignore your dog.

Megan

Before you decide to post a negative comment on this thread, you should know that it's hilarious to the point of absurdity, that you think you know more about the nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier than the ASPCA does. "It's better to stay quiet an appear a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." -Mark Twain

erin

I am the proud momma of two amazing pit bulls. They are the sweetest, most loyal and lovable animals I have ever owned. They are amazing with small children.my pits love every other animal they come in contact with. Will never own another breed!!!

Travis & Meliss...

Diesel is our amazing 5 year old pit. He is a wonderful, sweet and gentle angel!!! Right before my sister went into labor, he definitely sensed it and stayed glued to her side and watched over her meticulously. Once our niece arrived he fell in love and protected her, including letting her stuff and remove goldfishes from his mouth or simply walking up to him playing happily with a beloved toy and her taking it right from his teeth. We have countless stories just like this, that are not surprising for our Prince, just more evidence that truly exhibits how remarkable this breed is and how frustrating and hurtful it is getting discriminated against. Lastly, I would like to add, that we adopted him from a shelter and that for 2.5 years now he has been a therapy dog thru TDI and we have been taking him to our local Ronald McDonald House every Friday for over a year!!!!!

deb

I have always been terrified of them although I am sure at least one of my dogs has some pit in her. My son and his girlfriend recently stayed with us with their blue female. What a big baby, probably one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. I think a lot of pittie owners perpetuate the sterotype with the sharply cut ears and nasty looking collars. As a matter of fact I just googled dog collars because I couldn't remember what those monster metal collars are called and couldn't find any. When I googled Pitbull collars I got a million collars that look like they are out of some midieval torture chamber. Dogs are very reactive to what is going on around them, if you set people up to be scared of them the dogs can sense this which puts everyone on edge. Edgy dogs and people don't make for the safest scenario.

Betty Kang

Three years ago, two pitbulls killed my cat in his own garden, and my neighbor's cat and their neighbor's cat. All in their own garden. My heart is simply broken. I didn't know anything about pit bulls until this happened (except Michael Vick)but what I learned about them and all of the grief they have caused human beings (not stats on pets), was horrifying. They need to be neutered out of existence. They were created by humans to be what they are. The pits did not ask to be denatured dogs. They are unpredictable with the potential for extreme violence. A chance meeting with a pit bull can change your life forever, even if you somehow survive. Changing the "public image" just puts more dangerous animals in people's neighborhoods, and no one wants that!

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