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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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Ashley

All people like you, and everyone else on here that owns a horrible Pit Bull should be banned. The world would be a much better place without you, and them :)

Cindy

I have a pit bull Great Dane mix he is the most love able goofball you ever want to meet he loves everyone he meets and everyone lives him we are in the process of trying to train him to be a therapy dog

Murmur's Mommy

My husband and I adopted a pitbull a little over a year ago. We had just had our boxer that we had for over 10 years put to sleep because she had a brain tumor. I knew that life would not be the same without a dog. At first, I really struggled because Murphy is the same coloring and similar build as my boxer, but Murhphy quickly stole my heart.

I've always been a firm believer in keeping control of your animal, and I rarely had a problem with my boxer. She was a loyal friend. However, I quickly came to realize that I had a lot to learn about pitbulls.

It's always angered me that people automatically assume that a dog is bad because of it's breed, so I was more than happy to adopt Murphy. However, adopting a pitbull should be carefully considered. They require a strong hand that is both willing and able to dispense with discipline and guidance as needed. If you are a light weight who can't handle discipline, you shouldn't adopt a pitbull because they are strong dogs with a desire to love and protect you. They need to adopted by people who know how to be the pack leader. A pitbull is more than happy to let you take that role - if you just will. Once you learn the language of a pitbull, you'll never have a more loving and faithful dog.

Recently, we took Murhphy to have a bath and her nails trimmed. When we went to pick her up, they'd painted all of her nails red, and put a red bandana on her. At first, I couldn't believe what I was seeing... A pitbull with painted nails?? haha Well, I'll tell you, she strutted around like she knew how pretty she was. Afterall, mom has spa days, why not a pitbull named Murphy Brown? I just can't figure out how in the world they got her to sit still long enough to paint all of her nails, when she HATES having anyone mess with her paws!

We very much love Murhpy, and would adopt another pitbull anytime. She is the sweetest, most loving dog. We also love how quiet she is. She rarely barks, and we love that. I hate a "yipping" dog. Murphy barks only when it truely is necessary. She'll let you know when someone comes around, but that's about it.

Loooove, loooove, loooove our Pitbull!

Debbie

I am the VERY proud owner of a pit bull (who is almost 15 years old!) whose name is Brownie. He had a brother until 5 years. We lost him to cancer (one of the worst days of my life!). His name...Blackie....Yes, one is brown and one is black. That's as far as my originalty goes with naming these two adorable, lovable, loyal members of our family. We have no children (well, yes we do..Blackie & Brownie)our in our early 60s and are thankful we have had them as part of our family. I hate when people judge the animal and not the owner for their behavior. My advice..get a pitty..you won't regret it.

Kristy Barnes

My brother's dog, Trigger, is a pit bull and a part of the family. My brother recently passed on and Trigger now is taken care of by my mother. He was so close with my brother that it is like having a little piece of him around the house. Trigger is so incredibly smart and extremely passive. He has never shown any signs of aggression and plays great with small dogs. He is one of the best things to ever happen to my brother. Trigger has definitly opened my eyes to the great aspects of this breed. He loves to cuddle, sleeps with his head on a pillow, and is always ready for a handshake!

Dawn Malvasio

I have 2 pits, a blue/blue nose male 1 yr old and a fawn/red nose female 20 weeks old...since the day we brought home the girl, Scrappy has took to her like she was his daughter/puppy, teaching her, playing with her, cleaning her and cuddling with her. my boy Scrappy is awesome with other dogs, cats and kids...he's gentle and cuddle and goofy, he don't have a mean bone in his body...and he is NOT fixed yet (next month) he's been provoked at attacked by a chiwawah, cockerspaniel, lhasa/poo and a puggle (all males) he did not attempt to bite back, their owners pulled their dogs off Scrappy and Scrappy made some baby talk sounds at them...like to say - "what's your problem dude, why would you do that"...then he assumes the play position and rolls on his back to show "peace". He trys to play with my cats (even though they hiss at him). he lets me dress him and photograph him...he is kind to all he greets and loves the ladies (2 legs and 4 legs) he's smart...so smart that when he hears a car accident, he barks to let me know he wants to go out...i leash him and he drags me to accident sight... then relaxes when he sees no one is injured...he greets the NYPD and FDNY with his floppy ears and wagging tail. When my arm was broken, he'd bite the other side of the laundry basket and drag it for me into the laundry room. if he gets a stomach ache...he will do poopies/diahrea in the bathtub, not on the floor...(we have no idea how he figured out how to do that). he goes running with me, he knows left from right, he knows the difference between, ball, bone, rope, toy. (he's had NO professional training) he loves to swim (pools, oceans and lakes) he can swim for hours, he can catch fly balls, when i give him treats, and I say "lie down", he does, but the Baby don't understand, he takes his paw and shoves her down like a parent teaching her, its so cute"...he's amazing and honestly, I think he's so handsome and I am so proud of him...I've never known how strong a bond with a pet could be til I had Scrappy...I wouldn't want to be without him ever....Baby, she's a smart little pup, but she's still learning....his DNA test shows he's American Stafforshire/American Bulldog, the little one, she is Mini Bull Terrier/American Bulldog. PITBULLS ARE SO MISUNDERSTOOD...THEY NEED LOVE AND EXERCISE AND SOCIALIZATION......AND YOU END UP WITH THE MOST LOVING PET OF ALL....CORRECTION...THE MOST LOVING MEMBER OF THE FAMILY

D Shepherd

Saber, our 12year old Male is the light of my life. An acrobat who hangs on the fence, who loves to lay on his back and tease you with a look on his face like "I know you can't make it past me without rubbing my tummy" who snores like there is no tomorrow and snuggles in his bed at night with a look of a new born baby, wakes wtih sleep in his eyes in the morning, blinks at you and says have a nice day at work. Greets you each and every encounter with the loyalty of your best friend. The most intelligent dog I have ever owned. Bless the Bully's I truely try to always be an embassador of the breed.

Jonathan Davis

Me and my wife have pit that's about 10 months old. He's a good dog. We adopted him while I was deployed to Afghanistan. She worked with him quit a bit to get him to behave. He still had his moments when I came home but has gotten better. We love him more then anything. Even though we are first time Pit Bull owners, neither one of us would trade him for anything else.

Bob Swope

My son found a pit bull lost and alone in a nearby farm area. She was emaciated and you could tell she was abused and most likely used as a breeder. With months and months of careful rehab, Annabel (that's what we named her) was able to trust humans again. Today she curls up on our bed with us and I tell her everyday she is the prettiest girl in the world to me. She is a real sweet companion and shows us her appreciation everyday for our rescue of her. She is loyal and devoted. I never had experience with pit bulls before, but this one has made me a believer in the axiom that how you treat a bully will determine what kind of dog you will have.

Aimee

I'm a proud owner/mother of two dogs. One; my hyper and loving German Shepherd puppy. And two; my rescued Black Lab/American Pitbull mix. He's almost sweeter then my puppy and loves to cuddle all the time. So glad to see there's a day for this breed for the people that don't understand. Never a bad dog just bad owners. I write this as a hug Lucky, my pit. <3

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