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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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L. Bayo

I found Kian roaming the streets five years ago; he was only six months old at the time. My heart told me I could not leave him wandering the streets so I brought him home. I wasn't so sure my beautiful Siberian Husky, Nieya, who was six and an only dog at the time, would accept him. But, they immediately formed a bond and she became his big sister. I also had a home full of kitties. He did incredibly well. When I checked him over to make sure he wasn't hurt or anything, he trusted me from the first minute. I knew he was a keeper. Here we are five years later, a back surgery last year to heal a shattered disk, and he's the biggest love bug you would want to meet. He's a determined young man who loves his big sister and his kitty siblings and I am proud to call him my boy. I am thankful that God put him in our lives; he truly is a gift from heaven.

Kristen Walp

My fiance has Tiger Lilly that he rescued. She was beaten & used for her puppies, starved & left somewhere. When he got her she was so thin. She turned out to be the quirkiest most sweetest dog ever. Any 1 who meets her asks what kinda dog she is & when they hear Pit Bull. They are in shock. Just goes to show what great amazing dogs they are. They are so loyal & full of love to give. Its people that are the problem. Not the breed

Steph Tucker

While I don't own Pits, I do own two beautiful, sweet American Bulldogs which get the same bad rap for their similar physical attributes. I suppor the education regarding all bully breeds. The truth is bully's are misunderstood! One of my guys doesn't have a negative bone in his body and is just a loveable goof. He is my 11 year old sons best friend! Our other bully is sensative and cautious and 100% dedicated to our family. He brings us pillows from the couch everytime we come home and loves to snuggle. Time to put an end to this negative stigma these breeds have!!

Joyce Wingo

I rescued a full grown female pit bull several years ago from our local kill shelter. It was her last day to live and I couldn't let her sit there looking sad and waiting to die. She was melted against the cage looking sadly into my eyes as I walked up to her. I spoke softly to her and reached out to touch the cage and immediately felt her wet tongue against my hand. I told her to wait just a bit and I'd be back for her. At once, she stopped slouching and sat up erect with her ears up. She heard my words and knew what I said! Driving home, she sat in the back seat taking in all the sights as it had been a long drive to the shelter. She seemed amazed to see the country side. When I pulled into my driveway, she saw our home and licked my face from my chin to my eyebrow and started wagging her tail. From that moment on, she was my obedient guard dog. She tolerated my cats and my other dog very well and loved to take walks with us. One day it started to rain before we could get back into the house and she began to run with me on the end of her leash. At this point, I could feel her intense strength which she never showed. I held onto that leash and slipped on the wet grass as she pulled me along. Up into the air I flew and came down with a bit of a crash. My girl looked back at me and returned to sit next to me as I shuffled to get back up. Her head was pointed down and her eyes were on me. I could almost feel her laughter as I started to laugh at myself. I couldn't have asked to find a better friend and loving companion than our Pit Bull, Jade. She was a blessing and a gift to us all. The only thing in the house that she ever tried to attack was my vacuum cleaner. She must have thought it was an enemy of some sort, so I didn't get much vacuuming done around her. I became very good with a broom though and she accepted that. She wasn't with us nearly long enough though, and we miss her dearly. RIP, Jade! You were the best!


I have two pitbulls tyson male and Hennessy female. I had tyson when he was a baby but hennessy was my boyfriends when he recused her in a bad snow storm. Hennessy gave birth to puppies and the owners next door throw her outside in the snow storm, so my boyfriend decided to take her in and give her a loving home. Couple years down the road, I gave birth to a beautiful daughter. As she grow older, hennessy would allow her to ride on her back and run around the house. She protected us and loved us. Last month, the house catch fire and badly damage. We lost everything hennessy died in the fire and my dog tyson was dead when they brought him outside and gave him oxygen. They brought him back to life but my girl hennessy died burned. Everyday I cry for hennessy and miss her so deadly. My daughter cries every night for her. Pitbulls are good dogs just bad human in the world that treat them to fight or hurt them. Centuries ago they were used as Nanny dogs. I love pitbulls


I recently rescued a red nose pit named copper. We got here from a local pit bull rescue group. She is the sweetest dog ever she loves everyone and everything. Her and my other dog smokey who is a 3 year old husky mix who we also rescued are best friends. Copper is only 3 months old and when we walk her around town everyone always stops and pets her and says how cute she is and all she dose is sit there and kick there faces. The best part about it is people always ask what she is and say how sweet she is once I tell them she's a pit they always get a little weird and will say things like yeah they can be good dogs and walk away or pull there kids away but normally I will explain to them how good of dogs they are and how they just get a bad name. I also tell them about the rescue group I got her form and how alot of the dogs end up being therapy dogs and such. And sometimes people have a new appreciation for them.

Florri Beckley

We adopted out pittie from the Humane Society one week before she was going to be destroyed.
She is the most loving, fun and grateful dog we have ever had.
If only others could see for themselves these sweet natured , they would be hooked! We love our Lucy to pieces!!


my friend has always had a pit and she is the sweetest thing. she loved her butt rubbed. she had no prolem anytime i came over. i believe its the people!! they train them to be mean. look at kids and the damage parents do when they don't parent!! same thing.
help the animals, other people don't!!!!


My girl Gracie is a blue-nose pit. We took her in as a puppy. I have three teenage sons and I was a bit nervous given all the media hysteria, but she was so young I felt sure I could train her "right". Well, this beautiful girl has basically trained herself. She wants so badly to please us that she will attempt to anticipate what we want her to do. She is wonderful with other animals, adores all dogs and people, and my cats will even walk up to her and rub against her. She is a very lazy dog and will spend all day wandering the house looking for someone to snuggle with. She is the very best dog I have ever had, intelligent, loving and gentle. Sometimes when you talk to her she will lean her head to the side and look at you so intently that you know she is trying to understand every word. I can't imagine life without her.


I rescued Lola, a pit mix, from the Washington Humane Society just about a month ago. Almost none of my friends were supportive of my decision to adopt a pit, and some even went as far as to send me whatever scary pit bull attack story was in the media that week. In the short time I've had her, Lola has become a favorite of the people at the vet's office, the people at the dog park, and lots of my neighbors that we regularly meet on our walks. She loves to be in the same room as me when I'm wandering around the apartment, and she is an amazing cuddler. She loves to curl up in her dog bed right outside the kitchen while I cook, which is one of my favorite things to do. She's also curious, playful, and athletic, and she has the best pittie smile in the entire world. I always thought I might adopt another breed if I get another dog, but now I'm a pit person all the way! Lola already knows basic obedience, but we're going to a class to work on more advanced commands, and eventually, I'd like her to get her canine good citizenship and to be a certified reading therapy dog, because she's great with kids, nobody what they do to her, and I already volunteer with a children's literacy group. As a recently graduated lawyer, I'm also joining the fight against BSL, with Lola standing beside me 100% of the way! My pit princess is the best thing that's ever happened to me, by far!