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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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before i say anything, i would like to say that it sickens me to see some of the negative comments on this article. why would you even comment on a beautiful article about pitties and say they are dangerous and unpredictable blah blah blah? before you pass judgement, own a pit bull or even spend some time with one. i guarantee you that it will change your mind. anyway, i have been working with pit bull since i was 13 years old. i started out in rescue because i was living in a bad situation and needed to get away. pit bulls literally saved my life. i engulfed myself into being an advocate for this wonderful breed and they have brought me more joy than anything else in my life. now, at 21, i am on my way to vet school because of this breed. i saw how many pits need homes and urgent medical care and i plan on one day owning my own pit bull sanctuary. i fully expect that my practice will give free care to rescues. my own pit bull is a goofy little girl who wants NOTHING more than to love and kiss you. she is an absolute angel. and for those negative comments, i have been a vet tech for three years now and i have to tell you, the times that an animal has turned on me and tried to kill me and the doctor, they have been labs, daschunds, shitzus, chihuahuas, and other dogs that are considered "family" dogs. not once has a pit ever turned on me in an exam room.


A Pit Bull was created back in the 1800's when bull baiting with Olde English Bulldogs was deemed inhumane and made illegal. Dog fighting was then born, as well as a new breed created by crossing the Olde English with a terrier. This new breed was also created NOT to attack the gambler when that gambler needed to pull the Pit Bull from a fight.

For those who would like to open your minds and really learn about Pit Bulls, you can read more about their history here:


We are very proud owners of a blue/red pit named Lady (as well as a 6 lb chihuahua who is the boss of the house)! She just turned 2 years old and is a whopping 85lbs. She is a very big girl but is such a big baby all at the same time! Her favorite command is "give kisses" and she will run up to the closest person to her and slobber them to death :) I have an 11 year old daughter and she is Ladys' very best friend - as soon as she walks in the room Lady is up with tail wagging uncontrollably. (So for the person commenting above saying that pit bull owners with kids should have their kids taken away - shame on you.) When our cat had kittens, our pit bull was the one watching over them, cleaning them and making sure that all were accounted for - one of the sweetest things I have ever seen!
She is extremely gentle, smart, lovable, playful, loyal, energetic - the list goes on. I will never own another type of dog, and I am truly blessed to have such an amazing member of my family - as is everybody else who is a proud owner of these amazing creatures.

priscilla hayden

I have a baby blue pit she's 4 mnths goofball and wonderful with my month inf


I had no intention of getting another dog, especially a pit bull, when a tiny 8 week old puppy was abandoned at the vet clinic I had just started working at, but nobody else was willing to take the little girl home. So, reluctantly, I did. Best decision of my life!! She was a little terror when she was teething, chewed up everything (like the walls and my mattress). Her 'puppy' phase lasted about 3 years. But to tell you the truth, I didn't really care. Because she was/is the sweetest, smartest, most-loving, most-easy-going dog you could ever hope to meet. She loves meeting new people, loves kids and treats them so gently even though she was never raised around them, and even does well with other dogs. She's a velcro dog, and she thinks she's a lap dog. And the best part is, after having spent the past 10 years in the pet industry, I've come to learn that nearly all pitties are like her. I LOVE MY DOG! AND I LOVE PITTIES!

Amber McLaughlin

I have a 4 month old pit bull and rot mix. He is so love able. Me and my husband enjoy him so much. our puppy's name is Rocko. Rocko gets along with our two cats, they play with one another.

Lori Bradley

I have 4 great Petbulls right now and started fostering/adopting them after volunteering at an animal shelter and finding out they are the most lovable and affectionate of breeds. The are so smart, funny, clever and quirky. I can't imagine how lonely my life would be without my snuggle Pitties.

Pat Goodrich

The first day I volunteered at the county animal shelter I was terrified to learn that there were several pit bulls I was expected to walk. My deep trepidation was quickly dispelled by the fun-loving and happy pit bulls that charmed me that day. Pit bulls are always turning up at our shelter. We try hard to adopt them out, but most are destined for the landfill. Now I am the one explaining to new volunteers and potential adopters what good dogs they are and how unfairly they have been portrayed in our culture. I think it could actually be considered a pit bull pogrom.

Tara Wilson

I'm a pround momma of two wonderful pit bulls! I've had Jahmyn, my 10 yr old solid black pit bull since he was 6 weeks old, and I now have my champagne colored little girl, Lucy, who we also think is now about 10. We found Lucy abandoned in a parking lot with cigarette and cigar burns all over her body when she was a pup. She is so calm, sweet and obedient that she doesn't even need to be on a leash (even though she always is)! Jahmyn is 75lbs of pure goofball. He's a sweet boy who's stood by my side for 10 years and I can't imagine a world without him. My dogs love all people, and are snuggle buddies with my toddler niece! I'm so proud to say that my two babies have changed the minds of several people who first had reservations about pit bulls!


I am a new owner of a Pitty named Remy. He is a clown and is a wonderful dog for my children, five of them ranging from 14-3 years old. We adopted him, as he was roaming the streets of Detroit. I could not ask for a better
dog. Being a new owner of the breed, I was not prepared for some of the negative feedback. All I would like to do is have anyone who may have negative feelings for the breed, come to my house, sit on my floor, and have my big bad Pitt lick them, snuggle them, and beg for belly rubs! <3 him!