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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My wife and I are the proud owners of two of the most wonderful American Pitt Bulls, one Rottie and one Corgi. Our pitties, Oscar (brown), is the loyal, hugger, proper and at attention all the time type of dog. Pepper Lewis (brindle) is the fun loving and "can I have a cookie" dog. Both are rescues. My wife and I walk in the mornings down a ditch road and there they were, running loose with their momma. We gave them water from our jug and they followed us home. Just pups (6wks), we fed the hungry boys and their momma. That night the mom took off and left us with these great dogs. I'm a first time pitt owner and I have to say, they are perfect. Now a year later, they have turned out to be perfect companions on my wife's walks and I know she won't be bothered when someone sees her walking this solid brown pitt leading the way. The love and protection these pitts have given us is unbelievable. It feels as they are giving back to us for rescuing them from the streets.


My wife and I found an abandoned 8 month old pittie mix (looks like a huge 50 lb ish Boston terrier) in our local dog run. He had hair loss from scratching at his flea covered body and was not chipped. Not knowing this dog, Iwent in to look for the owner as the dog was barking non-stop. No one was around, I stayed for an hour, still no one. I took the dog (now named Petey) to the vet. Got him de-loused, chipped, vaccinated, and fixed. I tried to adopt him out but everyone who too my number never called back. Its been about 14 months and Petey is now the littliest brother to 3 pugs and a morkie. He growls and barks and pesters them and they beat him upshowing him whose boss. This baby boy is never leaving his new found forever home. We love all dogs in this house.


I am the PROUD MOM to a big baby boy named Grunt!!! He's the biggest mama's boy I've ever seen and he brings me nothing but love, joy and happiness!!! He loves to give you a bath with his kisses even if you've already had one!!! He loves everybody he meets and without him, my life wouldn't be complete!!! I love my baby boy with all my heart and it's about time that this loving breed quits getting such a bad rap and stops being banned from people that really love them and would shower them with nothing but love!!! There's no amount in the world that I would take over my baby and that's the God's honest truth!!! I'd take a bullet for my boy anyday!!!

Laura Beth Walter

My husband and I are proudly owned by the most amazing pit bull in the world. Her name is Chloe and she is 6 years old. Chloe is a 91 pound mix of blue and brindle colors. She is the most human dog I have ever had the pleasure to know. Chloe sits in chairs, rather than on the ground. She enjoys wearing clothing. She has a variety of sweatshirts and jackets, as well as a large assortment on Halloween costumes. So far, she has been a devil, a ladybug, a pumpkin, and a lion. She is not grateful to be able to sleep with us on our bed, but rather tries to push my husband and I out of the way so she can lay on our pillows. She would rather lay in the sun than go for a walk. She doesn’t like to pee in the rain. She stays right with us when she is not on a leash. She lets us clean her ears with Q-tips and mineral oil. She lets us put pills in her throat without having to hide the medicine in a piece of bologna. She lets us put eye drops in her eyes. She loves our neighbor’s grandkids because they rub her feet and put flowers in her collar. She is allergic to dust mites, black ants, human dander, and chicken and rice. She likes you to hold her bones when she chews them.

My pit bull Chloe means the world to me. I would do anything for her. She is the prefect representation of this beautiful breed. I feel bad for anyone who does not get to know pit bulls and the amazing dogs that they are.


I just adopted a pitt mix (I call him a putt) 3 weeks ago. he is the sweetest most cuddly pup. He learns fast, is a good listener, loves to play and has GREAT self control. We have two cats and a parrot in the house. he kisses and cleans them often with the greatest of attention and care...I am now a true believer in the beauty of Putts

Thomas Coyle

Pit Bulls as well as any other breed, can be as gentle or as mean as any other. It all depends on how they a raise. I had a neighbor who had a Rot - he scare people because of his size and nature. But he was just an over-grown baby and I played ball with him when he was in the back yard.


I am fortunate to be the owner of a 6yr old male pink nose (dilute of red) pitbull. He is my pride and joy! my dog has protected my house from a possible break in right after we moved into our new home. He has been there for me through some hard years. Syrus came to me at 2 days old, he was originally from a litter of 12 who died because the owner threw the puppies in the garbage, a kind passerby heard the cries and called the authorities. Syrus was originally the runt and they were almost certain he would die (I fostered for NSAL IN LI NY) His sister made it a week then passed. I put all of my time and effort into Syrus and he survived. He has shown me unconditional love in the last 6 yrs we have had together, he is awesome with my cat. They lay on the floor and flea bite eachother or chase eachother through the house. My Aunt just had a baby and he loves him! constant kisses to his toes which the baby laughs histerical for (baby is 3mos)I really hope one day people realize its our fault alot of these dogs are aggressive, I highly doubt lil rascals would have picked a bully breed for Petey if they thought he would harm the children on set. Pitbulls are amazing dogs and more people should consider them for family pets.


My Gus Gus was an American Staffordshire/Pit mix. He had been passed around before he came to my home. His owner passed away then to a neighbor kid then to me. He was to most sweetest dog I've ever had. He was so lazy if someone came to the door he usually didn't get up. He liked most everyone, other dogs and all cats. There was a few dogs he didn't like and they knew it. He would let my other dogs, cats and grandson play and lay on him. He was around 13 years old when he passed. I miss my best friend every day. I work a few hours a week and volunteer for my local Animal Control so I do see there are a lot of people that either love pits or hate them. I do see the people that give pits a bad name and those are the dogs we usually have problems with. Those are the people that I would like to have a few words with off the record. I also have seen some people it doesn't matter what kind of dog they have, Pit, Lab, Shih Tzu or Chihuahua, the dog turns out the same, MEAN.

Trudy Hammond

My Precious Blue Nose American Pit Bull rescued my pretend drowning neice, brought awareness to an adult attempting to hit a child, says "mama", communicates with her eyes, chases mice, gives me kisses when I cry. NEVER has he lunged after another human or dog in an aggressive manner. I paid $30.00 for her in a pawn shop in Oregon while in moving transition to California and after almost 7 yrs. they want me to get rid of her cuz she is Pit Bull.


I have a wonderful Pit Bull named Pumpkin. I rescued him right off the street after almost running him over. He was not is very good shape and was so hungry. He had a really bad leg wound that was old and had healed with a large knot. He is also small for a Pit but was fully grown. I did not know what to call him but he was so sweet and his color was of a pumpkin. So, he was called Pumpkin. He thinks he is a lap dog and wants to sit right in anyone's lap for long periods of time. He is fast as heck when he runs even with his bad leg. But the best part of it all is that he LOVES to sleep in bed getting right under the covers with you and puts his head on the pillow just like a kid. He can stay all night under the covers keeping you warm and cozy every night. My family just loves him to death.