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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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Linda Lingerfelt

Mya will be 5 in November. When I got her as a puppy, I was told she was a German Shepherd mix. Funny I thought, she has such big jowels. Took her to the vet and he confirmed she was a Pit Mix. I wouldn't trade her for anything. She was a hard to raise puppy because of her early weeks, but she turned into a wonderful 80# dog. She is friendly to all, puts up with a 6 month old 17# Puggle that bugs her to death, and is very dependent on affection.
Pit Bulls' temperaments most definitely relate to how they are raised. They have a bad reputation because of their owners. I would not hesitate to get another one in the future. I love my Mya!


that is true because its the way they are raised because when they are raised to bit they will atact you and when they are raised well they want

vicki d.

I lost my pit almost 3 years ago and he was the sweetest boy on this earth , his name was Hooch . He came to us as a stray with pravo at 9 weeks old , we got him the help he needed and he showed us love . He was the best .


I may not own a pitbull, but I have a close friend who does and I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Gordo before he disappeared earlier this year. He certainly was a goofball and very affectionate, I hate to think that someone probably did him harm.

In a college public speaking class I did a persuasive speech for the pit bull and got a pretty good grade on it. If I got the chance, I'd love to have a pit bull of my own or even to just foster one.

And it's not just all dog that can bite; anything with teeth can bite. I got bit by a hamster when I was young more than I have ever gotten bit by any other animal, but that was because I didn't have a good grasp on the meaning of nocturnal at that time.

Leah Patch

it's very interesting how the haters revert to name calling and not the actual facts. That must be how they live their everyday lives-mis guided and narrow minded. My suggestion is to do some actual research from credible and knowledgeable resources before judging others. This mind set is what is wrong with society today. Educate yourself. The person that wished cancer on another persons children, well I feel sorry for you. What a horrible thing to wish on anyone. You are nothing but a BULLY no better than the sterotype pit bulls have. Just like people being individuals so too are dogs-all dogs..each with their own personality. What a shame to be discriminated against because of how you look! I Love Pit Bulls!!

Jake Loring

I had a pit bull or pit mix rescue me a few months ago. Molly showed up in my yard and adopted my deck as hers. This brindle colored pit or mix has stolen my heart and is such a sweet, gentle and well behaved dog, that she now has a forever home with me. Pits have gotten a bad rap and the public needs to see the real side of this breed of dogs.


We now have two Pit mix babies. Of course they are canines, but they have always been treated as equal members of our family. In return they have given us their loyalty and nothing but love over the years. We rescued Hyphy in 2007, she was listed at about a year and a half old. Her ribs were showing and human affection seemed new to her. Lundy was 8 weeks old when we went to pick him up from a wonderful family that had rescued his pregnant mother. She was left on the side of the road in an industrial area for 3 days before a FedEx driver noticed her. No food or water in sight. The family took her in and babied her and her nine puppies until she and all of the litter were adopted. Like every other Pit Bull owner we have read all of the negative reports on the breed. All we can say is that we have NEVER felt nervous with ours. They sleep with us, they mingle with most other dogs at the dog park, and hang out by the pool everyday. Our children and grandchildren have come to visit since we move to Florida and we have never had an issue. We are so thankful that both of these guys came into our lives.

Michelle Shafer

My experience with the breed has been pleasantly successful as companion animals for patients. They are highly intelligent, loyal, devoted, affectionate & protective, with an incredible drive to please. The Pit is a quick study, with rapid respomse to command. A temperant, tolerant demeanor, similar to the Lab, however, with greater loyalty.


I have a pitbull mix who recently "adopted" me. He was a stray. I live in a neighborhood and he chose my house out of all available. I have to admit that I was a little leery, not knowing his history, etc. He has turned out to be a real attention hog, very sweet dog, and just wants to play. When he showed up, all I could think about that night was "What am I going to name this dog?" The name Hank kept coming to mind. The next morning I decided to google the dog name Hank to find out what it meant and it means "God is gracious." I now truly believe I was the "chosen" one. I will continue loving and caring for Hank and spreading "my story."


I am the Proud Gramma of a pit bull mix- he is a very sweet goofball of a dog who is just the happiest, most loving dog I have ever known! and like most people, I hesitated when my daughter wanted to rescue him from a shelter, but have quickly become very attached to him and love soending time with him.
He is verty good with the kids and loves cats too! every day spent around him makes me smile and always a good laugh or too! and he is smart!!! she has taught him several tricks and he loves to play endlessly! wish I had some of his energy!