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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Anna Bartling

My pit bull, Buddy, is the best overall dog I have ever owned or should I say belonged to. He is sweet, goofy and can catch a ball in mid-air. He is truly athletic and the joy of my life.


I am an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and I have passed many Pit Bulls for this test. When I do evaluations I also am part of TDI Therapy Dog evaluations. We have passed 5 Pitty's already. They are a wonderful breed of dog. Never met one I did not fall in love with. The problem is not the dogs or breed but some of the people who are attracted to them. In the right home they are great. Any breed of dog in the wrong home can be aggressive not just Pitty's.

rita falk

Pits are a very loving breed, a very friendly breed. It is unfortunate that people do not take the time to get to know them. Thanks to the Media they don't stand a chance and then you have the likes of Michael Vick. I pray for the safety of the dog he just adopted.

It is not the dog that is the problem--it is the person at the other end of the leash

Ashley Smalley

I have 4 Labrador/german shepherd/pit bull mix breeds and they are all amazing. I couldn't imagine my life without them. I find is both sad and disgusting that societies world-wide have formed such false stereotypes against pit bulls. My dogs are kind, intelligent, loving, loyal, and down-right beautiful! Every creature needs love, including pit bulls. Any flaws are cultivated from the people that surround the dog.


i've a 4 yr. old female pit that loves laying on her back,also 8yr.old mini beagle and a 6yr.old jack russell. they all get along and then there are 3 cats in the house. pit continually tries toclean the cats. i love em all. pit is super friendly to all

Annette Kendall

I am the proud grandma of two pitbull mixes and they are the most loving dogs! They love being on your lap and crawl up every time they can! They are always excited when I come visit!


My blue nose pit is one of the loves of my life. He is sooo sweet and funny. I would have never thought of having a pit until my son brought him home as an 8 week old puppy that was very sick. He survived and is now 110 lbs. He is the best and all he ever wants to do is to kiss everyone on the chin :)

Lori D. Haage

I adopted Hannah sight-unseen since I learned about her from a family whose daughter had been in my class. They were at the vet's office with their new puppy who turned out to be one of Hannah's nine puppies. When I had to take Tiffany in, my heart was breaking and Hannah didn't love me yet either. Fast forward 11 years and Hannah is the best dog in the world! She loves me very much as I do her. She has a very muscular "butt" and broad chest which gives away her pitt bull roots. She was "dog aggressive" earlier in her life, but now that we have welcomed a chihuahua--Matilda, into our family, she is adapting quite nicely and is the ultimate big sister! Our family was just a cat family for years and years. Hannah has been extremely friendly to our cats and never raises a paw to any of them. She even has a little boyfriend among the cats--Pepito, and he sleeps snuggled in her arms many cold nights. It is SO SWEET! Pit bulls are beautiful and totally misunderstood. Any problem pits have are totally brought on by "poor parenting!"


is lick you to death or whack you with her tail until you submit and pet her! She'S also terribly arthitic in her hips, and while she loves walks with people, she can't go very far. So much for the *ferocious* pit bull stereotype!