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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Jim Angersola

I beleive if you want a pitbull you should have to take a class and get a license. I have personally witnessed children playing tug-a-war with a pitbull. Unbenounced to these children that act teaches aggression to a dog.Any dog not just pitts. You only get out of a dog what you put in..Its not the dogs that are bad its the people teaching them

Simone Cuarino

I grew up with dogs and have been fortunate to be surrounded by several breeds as well as mixed breeds. I am a dog lover! I would have never adopted or bought a pit bull because of their bad reputation, but one day, there she was my "Lady" standing in our garage door, asking to be a part of our family. I already had 2 dogs (German Shepherd mix and Lab mix)and automatically feared for their safety, but could not send her away because she looked like she had been abandoned. She was maybe 1 year old when she came to us and I must say that she was the sweetest dog I ever owned. All she wanted to do is please us and be loved. She honored my other two dogs and took 3rd place rank, never bothered their food or fought them for any reason, even though they initially growled at her and were not very welcoming. They soon became best buddies. I lost my "Lady" to cancer a couple years ago and tears are rolling down my face now as I am typing this, in memory of my sweet "Lady" who I will never forget. She was my gentle "Pitty Bullie", AKA "Lady Buggie". I am a witness that the pit bull race is not vicious, etc., they are great family dogs.


I have a 3/4 pit 1/4 lab mix & he is my sidekick. I got him when he was a tiny puppy & he is now 9 mos old & pushin 70 lbs. He is by far the best dog i have ever had. He is so smart, yet goofy @ the same time. It is amazing how much he is like me. He lives to swim, run, hunt for critters, & eat whatever will fit in his mouth. He absolutely a lover not a fighter. He plays with my mom's dog, who weighs 15lbs max, without any harm done. He used to get ba separation anxiety, but its seeme to lighten up. He's just up my butt when i get home. He loves to ride in the car. He doesnt have any aggressive tendencies & will even share his food. He's given me a lot of good laughs & comfort. I dont know what id do without the booger. It saddens me that people use pitbulls as a scapegoat. I am always dumbfounded by the amount of people that avoid my dog. I too him to the beach & he loved it! The only ppl who werent terrified (had) owned a pitbull. We need to educate people, show people, & hopefully open peoples eyes that pit bulls are not born monsters. They need love to! & lots of it (:


I had a pitbull named Canela which is spanish for cinnamon. I really loved that dog. She was a sweetheart. Pitbulls arent what poeple think they are. They can be real sweethearts if you treat them well. If you teach them to fight thats when they become aggressive. they r like children they learn from you. You make them to be really sweet or mean by the way you care for them. but in reality they are all sweet...let's keep it that way. My pitbull died but she will always be remembered for her sweet playfulness. I was never afraid that she would hurt ne 1 because she loved attention.


I have the sweetest Lab/Pit mix! He is ~5 years old now and is still a giant goofball. When I get home from work he sprints circles around the house then melts at my feet for a belly rub. He is the biggest lover, more so than my purebred Lab. Snuggling is his favorite activity as well as giving kisses. He also loves to use his small incisor teeth to give little love nibbles. He has brought so much joy to my life! :)


I have two resuce dogs Madison is an Am Staff x and Karmie is an American Bull. They are both the most amazing, loveable, cuddly dogs I have ever had. They are bundles of energy who love to run and play but they are also the best cuddlers! They are so nice to my cats and everytime I look at them they put a huge smile on my face. In my city Edmonton, Canada they just passed legislation to make restricted dogs not by breeds but rather by behavior exhibited!! My pitties finally have freedom. I believe its due to organizations like this one that help make that possible. Happy Pitbull Awareness Day to all!!!

Lori Jackson

My daughter and I have a pit and he is the biggest baby of our family. Even tho he has very small ears for his breed, he is a beautiful black and white pit that reminds you of Petey from the Little Rascals show. But, he gets a little nosey with our very small Boston and she puts him in his corner in a hurry! He can look so heart broken when she does that. Plus he is the best car rider we have! He goes straight for the back seat and hangs his head out the window. Love our pit!


I adopted my American Staffordshire Terrier, Stella, 3 years ago after finding her wandering in the street. After bringing her to a shelter because I figured somebody must of owned her, I felt instantly connected to her and checked in on her multiple times. When no one came to claim her, I convinced my parents (who I was living with at the time) to give her a shot. My mom had a prejudice against Pit Bulls and was very hesitant because we had cats and another older dog. Well, I am happy to say that Stella has become a real member of the family. She is calm, quiet, and so well behaved. She just quietly follows me around all day. I have never met a dog who was so attached to me. She is just the most wonderful canine I have ever had the previledge of knowing - if I could only have one dog for the rest of my life, it would be her.


My daughter has 4 pitties and they are the most lovable and sweet dogs you could ever meet. They are all rescues and have various backgrounds. Being in animal rescue for many years I have never seen dogs that adjusted so well to "home" living. When my granddaughter was born they were so gentle around her and now at 3yrs old they are her best friends. She is able to do just about anything to them. Their only fault is stealing cookies or treats if your not paying attention. If you offer them a treat they take it so gently from you. They are wonderful dogs!!


About 12 1/2 years ago we adopted a pit bull/yellow labrador mix puppy from a non-profit rescue here in Massachusetts. The foster Mom absolutely loved him but she could not keep him due to already having 3 dogs. While my husband and I already had a Black Labrador 1 year old dog at home, we fell in love with this snuggly pit bull mix but they were unfortunately having issues with adopting him out because of him being half pit bull. That made my husband and I fall in love with him more and he became a part of our family....naming him "Chance" which stood for giving him a second chance. Years later, we had two daughters, who are now 9 and 6 years old and Chance has been a wonderfully, goofy, bed hog, blanket hog and couch hog of a dog. He even tolerates the girls dressing him up.....he definitely breaks the stereotype of a mean pitbull because everyone who meets him falls in love with him. He has always been great with babies and kids of all ages......we would adopt a pit bull again in a heart beat.