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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We got our pit just months before our first baby was born, so my daughter & my dog practically grew up together. He is 2 years old and is the BEST dog I've ever had! He is so well trained and is such a big gentle baby! He loves to cuddle and sleep with my daughter and be with us where ever we are. He is also a great protector and knows how to guard his family! We take him with us everywhere and he seems to love children and he has a good sense on who he can be sweet with and also who he shouldn't let near us. All our friends and family who met him, love him!


My pit was rescued during a fight bust, then kept in a substandard shelter for months as evidence with 36 other dogs. Most of the other dogs in the shelter died because of the inhumane conditions (no medical care, inadequate water, no A/ Florida!). Rescuers reported dogs were literally dying at their feet. Only three dogs came out of that situation--one was mine. She spent almost two years in foster before she joined our family. Now, at four years or so, she's utterly adorable. She's the sweetest, most loving little thing and a total goofball. She's a teeny pocket pit--only 40 pounds--and solid muscle. Little kids are magnets to her; she adores them. She's smart as a whip (CGC certified) and, true to her bully nature, stubborn until properly motivated by something yummy. Which is just about everything--she ate an entire acorn squash fresh from the garden this fall.

She has lingering issues: she's a resource guarder, and while she loves loves LOVES other dogs, play sessions can sometimes turn into arguments. I won't take her to the dog park because of this and because of the fact that even if another dog started a fight with her, she would be blamed. She'd probably also inflict more damage. She did live peacefully with another dog while in foster, so we may try to find a good match someday. But even if we don't, I have absolutely no regrets adopting her. I love her more every day, am thankful every day that she's here. Thinking about her past makes her all the more precious.


Love my pit. She's actually more gentle with my young children than my lab mix or my cocker spaniel! Loves kids and is so concerned when they cry. Fierce bark but loving heart!

Regina Weiner

Our Georgie is a pit-Lab mix. The pit improved the Lab, which, of course is wonderful. Everyone comments on how "chill" he is...never gets upset, utterly charming. He was a street dog who picked up a job at the bank as guard dog at the ATM machine. He was sick when I took him home with me. He is the best do ever.


i have a sweet male pit.he is love by everone that know him. he is 5years old. his mom was a very sweet pit too but she passed away. we love are pitbull and other pit.we love that breed of dogs


I have a 2 yr old pitt/boxer mix named Tate, Tater, Tater Tot, Tater Bug( we use them all)and a 9 year old english Bulldog named Chumley. Tate is a shelter dog, we have had him since he was 6 months old. He had a limp and kennel cough,my husband worked at the shelter as a dog walker and just couldn't leave him there. He looked so pathetic! We brought him home,only to get him well and find him a home, but with in a month he bacame a permenant resident. He is a great dog, lots of energy and to help with that we had a great trainer come and teach him how to run on the treadmill, he runs 3-4 miles a day and is pure muscle. He loves to "nibble" his mom,dad and Chumley. We have a cat that he learned not to chase, but like other dogs all unkown cats are considered squirels! It has been very strange haveing a pitt - Tate is my first, our other dog was a golden retriver/lab mix and could practically talk she was so smart. Tate is just a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guy, always looking for adventure and a playmate. I think he could run and play forever. It was so odd to have a dog so determined to play - there is nothing else in his life if someone is playing Kong with him it is like he is possessed. But at night after he has finally worn himself out he is very calm and affectionate. He loves to be loved on and sleep on your lap. He is brindle with yellow/brown eyes so he gets lots of looks and stares and I am sure makes people think twice about walking on same side of the street as us, but he is a good boy. He has been through 4 levels of obedience classes and 2 levels of agility training. Would love for him to get certified but it will take more work his energy level is so high he still has days that it takes all he can do to contain it, but we are working on it. He is a joy to have, boundless energy and love for all who meet him and had definetely added a whole other demension to our family. We definetely have both ends of the spectrum a docile lumbering bulldog who is loved by all and our wild child who keeps everything new and exciting! I would not have it any other way.


In Houston, TX an older couple had 3 pit bulls: a mom, a dad and their pup. He came home one afternoon and found that she was dead on the floor with bite marks that had killed her. The guess was that she had tripped over or stepped on the puppy, it had yelped and the parents had attacked her. at least 2 of my daughters have had pit bull mixes -- 3 in all -- who were and are just lovely. Lee Loe, Houston, TX


My granddog is a sweet loving goofy pittie. She loves to go to the pet store an heads straight for the check out cause she knows they have cookies and automaticaly sit's for a treat. Everybody she meets is her friend and like the other's she rolls over for a belly rub. She is wonderful and sooo happy and nobody can tell my any different about pit bulls,

Devin Young

A little background info if you will. I grew up in The Detroit area.I saw Pit Bulls and was taught to avoid them at all costs,sadly I bought into this because I never saw anything to the contrary . Fast Forward years later when I met my now wife's Pit Bull "Taz". I was very apprehensive at first, but it proved to be in vain. He was goofy, loving, intelligent, animated and full of love and personality. May 10th 2008 my wife and I adopted Moose...My boy. My son. No disrespect to anyone else, but he's one of the greatest beings i've ever had the pleasure of knowing. When we first brought him home we didn't know what to expect, and to a certain degree neither did he, but he always knew he was home. The only thing that bothers me about our journey together is that I can probably never love him like he loves me. His soul is so beautiful and pure it is inconcievable how anyone could portray him in any negative light. I never knew how great it feels to walk in the door after a crappy day at work and be greeted by the "Wiggle butt" (The wiggle is very strong with this one.). I never knew how great it feels to leave only for a second and be greeted like you were gone for an eternity. I never knew how great it feels to have him use my legs as his pillow. I do now, and my life is so much better because of it. This vile dangerous creature has influenced me in ways that he'll never be able to comprehend. My wife Jokes that we are lovers because we spoon, and kiss and hug, but I'm Daddy. Sorry for rambling... The mind can't always comprehend what the heart feels.


My baby grrl Paint (RIP) was a pitty husky mix. I told people that she was a terrier husky mix (Quibbling perhaps) so as to give her a chance to show her sweetness without the blinding prejudice. She never failed to be a honey pie. Yes, She was protective of me, But it was watchful waiting that is prized in most dogs. She never offered harm to anyone. The only person she ever bit was me, And that was when she was an eight week old puppy rough housing around. Once I taught her that nipping was unacceptable she never did it again. Pitties love to please and protect their people.
She was the best dog in the world, She was my soul mate. I miss her terribly and I'm crying as I'm typing this.