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The Truth about Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 4:00pm
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“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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Mary Ellen

We rescued my female pit who we all love and joke about our "big scary pitbull" as she is lying upside down, head hanging upside off the chair (yes, she has her own, grinning at us (or sound asleep). An excellent guard dog, she absolutely barks at everyone who comes in, but as soon as she recognizes you, or I let her know everything is OK, she stops. She wants to sniff anyone who she doesn't know, and then turns her back to them so they can pet her. Then, you've passed her test! Having said that, I have no doubt she would do everything in her power to protect me should the need arise. She loves to play tug (with an old cut off jeans leg tied in knots) and if her teeth accidently touch my skin she just stops. I never taught her that... She thinks she's a lap dog and prefers to sit right next to you, no matter where you are! And, yes, she sleeps with me.

Amanda

We adopted Zeus frm a shelter over the summer. He had sat there for over five months. When they found him he was thin, cut up badly and had one ear hanging off. They stitched it back on but that ear alays seems to lay ontop of his head now. I'm not sure what happened to him, but you would never know he had a bad life by looking at him. He loves to cuddle with us as well as our minature pinscer and puggle. People see him and think he is scary looking but he is just a big teddy bear :)

guillermo

i swear one day i swear to god im going to save all dogs in the world i cant stand animal abuse to a poor dog they have no way to fight back i promise dogs i will save every single dog till im dead or old i will GOD WILL HELP ME FIGHT ANIMAL CRUELTY

Myya

My husband and i have 3 pitbulls. Me the mama that spoiles them and the typical father figure from my husband. Diamond who's white mark on her head gives her name is a typical old grumpy lady at the ripe age of 9yrs. Goldie for her caramel coat and golden eyes looks mean but has the biggest smile full of wrinkle at at 7yrs. She even does a dance at mealtime. And finally Bluetoo with his unbelievable gray and white coat is a 70 pound jock. Everytime i call him he has to pick up anyone of his balls or anything in the yard to bring to me. He will offer anything to all the ladies. These are definitely are kids since we had them since weeks old. It amazes us how much character is in their personalities. We love them all.

Heather Brooks

I have a fawn 7 year old boxer/pit mix and this is the most sweetest, loyalist dog I have ever owned. She is a little lover who likes to snuggle and cuddle in our bed, she takes over our king size bed - you would think she was a grown man! She also likes to be picked up rolled onto her back and held like a little baby - then you need to rub her belly. This is the sweetest dog that ever lived and I would highly recommend a pit bull as long as your a good owner. Because it's your job to ensure they turn out to be a sweet dog.

Ashley

All Pit Bulls should be banned and killed in all 50 States! They are the most ugly, pieces of crap dogs in this world, and dont deserve to live..

Ana

I have had my red nose American Pit Bull/American Staffordshire Terrier for ten years. I got him as a gift when he was one month 1/2. He weighs 105 pound and is very very intimidating. Like others I was skeptical about this breed. But after raising Psych I have come to find out that the dogs are not bad. Its the owners that are bad. My Psych actually thinks he is one of my kids. He thinks I gave birth to him and that my kids are part of his pack. He loves to sleep, eat and play. He refuses to sleep on the floor, will always find a way to make his way eihter on one of the beds or gathers book bags, purses on any thing he can find to make a pillow when on the floor. When guest come to the house he is a bit intimidating but once they interact with him they just can't believe how calm, playful and friendly he is. Please don't let the negative reports do away with this breed. Lets do away with bad owners.

Eleasnore

Eleanor was a stray on the streets of Chicago several years ago. Now she is affectionately known as Elea-snore, steals pillows and was the best friend of a 4lb blind, disabled and helpless cat. She currently gets bossed around by a 12 lb griffon and a 17 lb poodle and is the one dog in my house that I trust entirely with my face and have tested this by kissing her teeth!

Raquel Griffin

I met my first pitbull in 2006. I was petrified since I had heard nothing but negative things about them and I had a lab shephard mix who I was sure was going to be this pitbulls dinner. My (now husband, then boyfriend) was bringing her to my house because he had rescued her.

Well, long story short, I fell in love. She's the most gentle, well behaved, loving goofball I have ever had the privelege to love. From our first meeting, she has followed me no matter where I go. The kids love her and she adores the kids. She watches the babies and mother's every pup we've taken in, from a Great Pyrenees to a Rat Terrier. She's amazing and we have adopted 2 more pitbulls since her. She's getting old now (11), as she was already 5 when she joined our family - I can't imagine life without my Boodah. It will be the hardest pet loss I'll ever face when it's her turn.

Give this breed a chance and you will pleasantly surprised! They're simply amazing - and the best breed of dog I've ever known.

Demi

I rescued an APBT from a local shelter about 2 years ago. She was one of 6 puppies that had been brought in with there mother after being found in a basement. The owner's had moved and left the mother with her pups alone to fend for themselves. The mother had become so hungry she started to eat her pups. Murphy (my girl) has a scar on the top of her head from this. I took her home where we raised her on a ranch. She is good with chickens, cows, and even mini horses. She was raised with three cats and a pack of Basset Hounds. I graduated college and moved to the city when I got a job at an engineering firm. I had to LIE to an apartment complex to be able to bring her with me, because of the breed restrictions. It's really funny because she is the best behaved out of the 10 other dogs in my complex. I brought her up and realized how undersocialized she was from growing up on the ranch away from city life. It's completely different. I've had her up here for about 6 months now and she has done a complete 180. She went from being scared at every siren to prancing towards the garbage truck rattling down the road. She could care less about other dogs even when they are pulling their owners down the road barking at her. She is still a little apprehensive when other dogs are very dominant when first meeting her. If she sits down as a sign of avoidance that's my cue to give her some space. She has NEVER ONCE acted aggressive towards any other new dog or human she has met. She simply avoids the situation when she feels uncomfortable. Having been undersocialized which I fully recognize as my fault she is happily making new dog friends AND people friends the more I take her out. Her best friend is a Corgi named Riley that she met and they have frequent play dates together. I take her to the dog park every so often and while she gets along with a couple dogs she avoids some as well. She has never "NOT" gotten along with a dog she has met. If she doesn't like them she walks away. It's my job to respect that and keep the other dogs from pestering her if she does not want to play with them. I also have two cats. She does extremely well and when I take her home to visit the Bassets and my parents (I leave the cats behind) over the weekend she and the cats have a good 20 minute love fest when we get home. They will cuddle up together on the couch and clean each others faces. She will also "nibble" itch behind my oldest cats ear which he LOVES. So my point is. Even if the dog (no matter what breed) has been undersocialized or whatever other excuse people come up with, there is NO reason they cannot be trained and with patience, love and guidence to accept and even embrace new situations with enthusiasm.

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