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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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Philip Denison

We have a pitbull/boxer mix, Beethoven, white with one brown ear. He is so sweet, loves to give kisses, when we are home he loves to sit & watch TV with us, and has the greatest goofy personality. If he were a person he would be the 'Red Skelton' of dogs. We have a full blooded Beagle and our pit just loves and adores our Beagle as does our Beagle loves Beethoven--they are the best of buds. We want to get another pit/pitbull mix. Our home is truly enriched having Beethoven in our lives. Thanks for letting us share our stories about pitbull dogs.

Erica

I have two mixed-breeds but it is obvious they have more than a little pit bull in them. they are brother and sister and I can say they are "goof balls" like this article states. the 100 pound brother sits on your lap every chance he gets. The sister follows you everywhere you go and is the "ears" of the family, noticing everything. They lick our faces and give us more love than we could hope for. I hope they are with us for a very long time.

Kay Bedingfield

I stopped at a gas station in Ga the day after Thanksgiving eleven years ago and found a scrawney, black dog sniffing around the garbage. I wanted to take him, but I had cats and had never had a dog of my own. I did know rescuers in Atlanta who would take him, so I decided to rescue him. I just couldn't leave him at the intersection of the Interstate and a major highway. He'd surely be killed or starve! I whistled and he came running. It never occurred to me that this might not be the smartest thing I ever did. I felt so much for this dog. I picked him up without any problem and put him in the back seat. He had a Pitt Bull face and chest and was very strong. The Vet called him a mixed breed I think to make it easier for me and him due to the stigma Pitts have to bare. He had a long scar on his back, and if I had to guess, I would think he may have been used as bait for fighting or that fighting was just not in him to do. so he was dropped off
I started on my way back to Atlanta and looked for fast food places. When I found one, I stopped and got their scraps and fed him through the opening between the two front seats. Once home I made arrangements with the rescuer, but I just couldn't leave that face behind me and became a dog owner. . He was the sweetest animal I ever knew. His name was Hobo, and he was my best friend for the past 12 years! He knew me better than I knew myself, I think. I am grateful for having stopped that day because I feel we found each other. He made a huge difference in my life. He was such a gift and one I found at the right time for both of us! I hope we open our eyes to the gentle side of American Staffordshire terriers because the one I loved was like a soul mate.

Jane

My Luca is probably the smartest and most intuitive dog I will ever have. She is a pit- cane corso mix, and looks it. People often cross the street when they see us coming, but they don't know that they are missing out on the happiest greeting in their lives! When she sees someone who is ready to pet her, her ears go back, she starts doing the happy dance, and her tail goes wild! What a sight to see! She is a snuggle bug, a lap dog and a smarty pants. She loves attention, and a good nap. She was a breeze to train and is still learning new tricks (at 5!)- the latest being "high five". Pits are the best dogs in the world. I am so glad to have one in my life!

Pam Ferrell

I am the asst director at Wetzel County Animal Shelter. Eddy is a beautiful brown and white pit, sweet as can be............but the breed is going to get him killed. I love this dog; if anywone is interested in helping him. contact me, asap. 304-455-5348. look at him on petfinder.com

Sky Mom

We have what we call a spitty kitty better known as a blue brindle Am Staff who is the biggest baby in the world coming in at close to 100 lbs. She loves people though other pets she has issues with even though she has two other breed sisters. She only like her family sisters. This is a learned behavior from other people beating and yelling at her because she was trying to be friendly with another dog when the owner took exception. (He and his friends started kicking and hitting her.) I have seen her pick up a scumsucker that jumbed out of our fish tank and bring it gently to us. Such as a dog. They are a breed that just wants to please their humans. It is sad that there are too many bad human parents to these lovable animals.

Tara Lane

Our little mutt mutt, CJ, came to us at barely 4 weeks and was full of worms longer than his tail. We're not sure what he's mixed with besides the Pit/Staffordshire, but probably a wire pointer. He's got a rudder tail, webbed paws and a weatherproof rough coat. He has a very sweet nature and is such a natural dog. He is especially good with aggressive dogs, laying down and letting them chew on him until he's comfortable. Our 15 yr old half-blind, half-deaf Westie beats him up even though he's a good 30lbs heavier. We also will not hesitate to adopt a dog just because they are a pitty puppy.

Tomi Ortiz

I was one of those people who was scared to death of pitbulls...thanks to all the horror stories I had been told as a child. One day my husbands brother found a 3wk old pit who was full of mange & worms. When I looked in his eyes I immediately fell in love! He is now 3 1/2yrs old and is the sweetest dog ever! :) I have even adopted another pit mix from the shelter. I also have a pom who bosses the two around. :) Pitbulls are the best!

T Carsus

I have to be honest here, I am a Malamute/Husky girl myself, and shy'd away from even considering a Pit. That all ended during a motorcycle trip up to Vermont (we live in Mass). My Mother always donates money to a shelter up there while on vacation. So we went to do the anual trip to the shelter to say hi to some kitties and puppies and give to a wonderful cause. I walked down the line of dogs and loved this one on the end, she was a dane mix, but extremely shy and didn't take to us, the cages next to her contained 2 pit/american Bull mix ... they were alost identical, but one seemed more of a bully than the other. So what does my hubby do, he asks to take out the dog known as Chip at the time. This dopey lovable dog. I instantly fell in love with him. But when they put him back in the kennel he looked sadly at me with those huge brown eyes. We left the shelter and took the application home with us back to Mass ... 1 week passed and someone adopted Chip's bully freind ... I got very nervous and started to go ahead with the application (against the better judgement of my hubby) ... see we just purchased our home, and he didn't want to get a dog right away. This didn't stop me, I ended up getting approved to adopt this 90lbs of love. So on that following Saturday we drove 280 miles to pick up our pit mix. We didn't look back after that, he has been such a loving part of our family, he is very playful and a complete lug. He has gained about 12 or so pounds and is full of energy. he also likes to pretend he is a 5lb lap dog!
I wouldn't trade Chip, who I renamed Tyrion (yes Game of Thrones) and call him Ty for short!

my grandson has a pitbull .she is the best dog .and she listens better than most kids.her name is violet. we love her

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