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 hear you, but I am still afraid of them. I know many have been bread generation after generation as fighting dogs and there have been many "incidents" of pit bull attacks. Just a few months ago a neighbor's pit got loose and attacked a man and his German Shephard. The man ended up having to go in the house and get his gun and shoot the pit because it would not stop. When he arrived at his door only then the pit release the shephard and attack the man and the man shot him. That was just a few doors down the street. It is horrible that these poor dogs have been abused as they have, in-breeding them as viscious fighters, because that has tainted people's view of all pits. I am glad there are people like you folks out there to help these animals.

louise despointes

i saved a male pit bull years ago from an owner who put him in fight ring, he was 5 years old, & with a bit of education & lots of love, he raised all my cats, as my vet gives me kitten to raise dropped by people in cardboard box in front of his office, & they need warms &a new mothern PACO does it with such patience that i am
still amazed after all those years, PACO is now 14 years old, & he also played with my grand children with such gentleness that i cannot beleive the bad wrap on them & the horrors they endure because they are pit bulls

carol piernikowski

we have pit bull we call chico but we also call him piggy because his skin is pink in spots and his face hhe even snorts like a pig and he snores he is the most lovable dog we also have a german shepard miley they play together all the time .I have admit i was scared off pits not anymore they are so loveable it is the people that train to me mean they should get them taken away.

Angela Grandstaff

I have been an advocate for sweet pitbulls since i was a teenager. My sweet pitbull, named Cupcake because of the sweetness i have always gotten from pitbulls. She is a little larger than i would have expected @ 85lbs but she totally lives up to her name, with thinking she is a lap dog, constant urge to kiss us all over & now with her gentleness with her sister/ best friend being an 8 pound Chiwinnie. I am so glad there is education & highlights on the true charcter & compaionships that putbulls truly can b.

Pat Irby

My Pit Mix Bridget was found in the dead of winter with a frost bit tail and skinny.She is the best dog and has so much charritor and is so loving now it's been 7yrs and she is now 10 and the happiest girl because she gets to go on the farm and to go see papa.She is part of the family.


I thought that "pit bulls" were a type of dog not a breed. including many breeds such as bulldogs, mastiffs ridgbacks etc. Am I correct or incorrect?????

Shelly Lampley

I adopted a pit bull/American bulldog mix from animal control one and a half years ago. He was almost six months old at the time and I was told he had a rough life prior to being taken. He is one of the best natured dogs I have ever had, gets along just fine with our other two dogs, a male German shepherd and a female Lab mix, our cat, and our chickens. I trust him completely and you would never know he had been mistreated/neglected in the past. He will bark at people when they pull into the drive, then greet them with a wagging tail and a lot of kisses. It is too bad this breed got such a bad rep, I have never met a mean spirited one in my 37 years. They usually are just big clowns in a fur coat.


My Pitbull mix, is smart, obedient, and eager to please, and is one of the most loving dogs I have ever had. I have two other dogs and four cats, and she is gentle with all of them. She is also very gentle with children and elder adults. She is a rescue dog.


I was one of those people who heard the word "pitbull" and I turned away. I had heard about the visciousness of the breed and I wanted nothing to do with it. Well...long story, short...I wound up with a rescue pitbull. His name is Rhett. He is a blue. I cannot even begin to tell you the love I have for this boy. He is the most loving, funny kid. He is a big lap baby. We take our nightly walks together. Children in the neighborhood come running just to pet and talk with him. I will never again judge a dog by listening to what is being said. The negativity this breed has received is totally disheartening. Don't punish the breed, but punish the deed. ... Give a pit a chance and you will never be sorry!!! I'm definitely not!!!


We adopted an 11 week old pit mix a month after we lost our 13 year old Husky to cancer. We we're broken after losing Duke, so when this little girl, Lou, sprang into my arms at the shelter for a cuddle I melted. We started puppy obedience classes as soon as we could. She was the only shelter dog in the group, and she was smaller than all her classmates. Lou picked up all the commands with ease (and lots of treats) and she played with the other dogs like a champ. Now that she's nearly a year old we relish the mornings when she hops into bed for a cuddle. She rolls onto her back (we call this "tortuga" because she often struggles to get out of the position when it's time to get up). She is the best running partner I've ever had. She loves all people and dogs; she showers them all with kisses. I'm so glad we found her and I'm so thankful to the good people at Mendocino County Animal Care Services for being there for so many animals just looking for a home.