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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Elizabeth Cerro

Our Nala is the sweetest & most loving dog. She is the biggest mush just looking for love & affection. We recently lost our 2 year old cat, Molly & Nala is so depressed. They were buddies. Nala just loves on anyone or anything she can. I cant imagine a life without her. THE BEST DOG EVER !


I was a very happy Pug owner when my daughter's friend needed to find a home for her almost 2 year old Pit Bull. Though I've always been leery about having them around (especially with my grandchildren around so much). my husband volunteered to take this dog. I have always considered myself to be more of a "Pug person", but Dakota, our Pit Bull has been with us for over a year now, and I wouldn't give her up for ANYTHING! She's affectionate, and VERY perceptive and responsive, and overall, very well behaved. She's great with the kids, and though she annoys the heck out of my 11 year old Pug, with her playfulness, HE is far more aggressive than she is!! (for a while, she was afraid of him!) All my fears have been dispelled as this dog showed herself to be quite capable of getting along with kids and other dogs as well!


I am the proud owner of 8 (yes, you read it right) pitbulls. I have 4 boys and 4 girls. They are all rescues and vary in age from 8 months to 12 1/2 years old. I will put my pitbull's temperament against any other breed and guarantee my pitbulls will come out on top. They are the most loyal, loving dogs I have ever owned and my life would be totally lost without them. Please, please spread the word about this breed. Be proud to say that you own a pitbull. The more we get the word out about this wonderful breed, the better the chances are that those dogs in shelters will have a second chance at getting adopted.


I read this outloud "National Pitbul day" and my co-worker says "I dont like pitbulls" i said "watch it buddy, do you even know any pitbulls", he said yea his friend has one and he's a loser, my reply "well, i'm not a loser and neither is my dog, he's trained and well loved and it shows"... i told him my 4yr old Pittie is 80lbs and thinks he's a lap dog and LOVES kids! he said "REALLY?!" so i showed him pictures... end of convo went like this "oh, well he looks nice, good dog!" HA! ;)

Linda Swanson

I am the very proud roomate of my 3 year old pit bull terrier.I wouldn't be able to make it through the day without her companionship. She brings so much joy into my life and I thank the lord for her. She is the sweetest dog I have ever had and she absolutely loves children.I have had experiences with people who hate pits just because of what bad owners have taught them to do. good owners have good dogs, no matter what the breed.

barbara diaz

i was a proud owner of gordy, my male pit bull/chow chow mix. he was true to me and his female pack. i am an auntie to pit bull 12 year male "Puppy" and 12 year female pit bull Lulu (who used to rescue stray kittens and care for them as her own) she has passed on. Puppy still sleeps at my side and has a new little sister "Tolula" a little terrier mix. I have walked numerous pit bulls and pit mixes at the animal shelter where i have volunteered in los angeles, california. like with any dog, they need discipline, kindness, training, love, good food and play and supervision with children and teens. we need dogs more than they need us. human society would not exist had it not been for wonderful dogs (and horses) protecting, guiding, and carrying us through the centuries.

Judy De Loach

Back in 2007, a black and white Pitbull followed me home in my neighborhood. My husband and son gave it food and water, and the dog moved from the driveway, to the garage, and finally, inside the house. Now, five years later, he is a loving pet in our family. We all were actually a little frightened of him at first, believing all the horrible things that are printed about pitbulls and attacks by them. He is the most loving and loyal dog you could find. We have another dog, which is a little Pekingnese. She came in after Buddy, the Pitbull, but she rules the roost. It's quite amusing to see this little dog boss him around, especially when it comes to getting on the bed, but all in all, they are good buddies. I would highly recommend this breed of dog.

jenny r

I have 2 pitbulls who are loving wonderful dogs. They watch over my grandson and he better not cry because they will come running from where ever they are to see why he's crying. Anydog could bite or attack but pitbulls were the ones picked to use as fighting dogs. Blame the people that do this not the dogs. PITBULLS FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!!!!


We have a pitbull, he is about 5 years old, we rescued him from a shelter and we have had him for almost 2 years now. He is the most loving, sweet dog I have ever owned. He watches over our little Pomchi and even killed a gopher that was trying to attack our little dog. He saved her life and they are inseparable! He is great with kids and just loves everyone!


My pitty x was a pound rescue.. she was in appauling condition at 3mths of age - 8 weeks of nursing her back to health - where her only animal friends where my old cats and foster cats - she is who I use as a test dog now everytime I get a new foster cat...she is so gentle and loving (even with my chooks!!) - I've had Hazel over 3 yrs now and love her soo much. she is a sharpei x pitbull.. so a wrinkley pitty... she is 42kg's and is the best watch dog... her best friends are a staffy and two little whippets!! I wouldn't swap her for anything... it really is how they are treated and raised.. we need to educate human beings - ALL BREEDS OF DOG AND CAT - CAN BITE...