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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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Patricia Haning

I have a pitbull and he is the sweetest thing. He does things like climbing into the laundry basket and sitting in the clothes with socks on his face.
Breed specific legislation targets the wrong end of the leash. A responsible dog owner will have a good dog. An ignorant/cruel person will project that onto their pet.


I have 3 pitbulls two are full grown and now i have a 6 month old puppy. They are the best dogs i have ever been around! I used to have a little "ankle biter" and he was meaner than all three of my pits put together. It is sad that ignorance has given these dogs such a bad reputation. All three of mine sleep in the bed with me and are nothing but BIG babies! I wouldnt trade them for any other type of dog. I have 2 small children that play with the dogs all the time. They are very protective and wonderful dogs. I will never own any other type of breed. I love my pitbulls!

Tracy Cheek

I would suggest to anyone look up the story of Sgt. Stubby. This is America's First and most decorated War Dog. In WWI Stubby saved his unit. He was a pit bull - now the country he served wants to destroy his breed. What a shame! He lived from 1917 to 1926. What an amazing breed of dog.

Gift Vogel

Bubba is a 6 year old Pit-Sharpei mix that I was lucky enough to adopt from BullyPaws, a rescue organization in Fredericksburg, VA. He is an absolute JOY. He's my best couch buddy, the best sleeping snuggler a girl could ask for, and makes me laugh every single day with his funny little ways. He's never met a person he hasn't wanted to be friends with and his best friend in the neighborhood happens to be a 13 year old Westie! It breaks my heart that there are people in my neighborhood that are scared of my little guy. Every pit I've ever known has been nothing but a bundle of love, wanting nothing more than to earn your love each and every moment of every single day. I hope that someday, these dogs can be appreciated for the truly loving animals that they are.


I have had my Blue Nose Pit Bull since she was three months old and, as of October 4, she is now a year old. I have watched her geow from a Pup chewing on shoes and stealing undies and socks to my lovable daughter . She is as sweet as can be, so lovable and full of energy . Just walking through the door she brings me joy. She's always so happy to see me . I've seen her get her head stuck in a bag of Potato Ships and bump into a door. I've seen her when she was sick and took care of her. I've been her pillow when she went through her depression . I've seen her bark and bite at her first bed like it was her worse enemy .. She's been there for me when I was going through a rough time . She's always by my side when I need love and attention . She listens, she knows when she's done wrong and she never fails to give me so much love that I don't remember why she was wrong . She is my other half and I wouldn't trade her for world !! AND I HAVE GRAND BABIES ON THE WAY !! YAYYY !!


I LOVE pitbulls and I am always advocating for them. I always adopt a pit from the shelter because i have yet to find a dog thats more sweet, loyal or friendly. My pit, Precious, loves kids and adults alike. she even gets along with my cranky cat. I am able to take food out of her mouth and play roughly with her without any fear. she is my best friend and I absolutely adore her!!!!!!!!!! her only fault is that she thinks she can fit in peoples laps for a cuddle. People are the problem not the dogs

Anne Brennan

I cannot quite imagine not having Bea- the world’s greatest pit-bull.
I adopted her from the Richmond VA SPCA. I hadn’t intended on getting a pit-bull, although I was never opposed to the idea..and there she sat..waiting for me. My children, cats, and other rescue dog fell in love instantly. She is the biggest cuddle bug ever, and insists on sleeping under the covers with us. She is smart, sweet, and intuitive. The best.


I wish the word pit would not be used to name them. The very word brings a visual of a dog fighting pit to mind - you've lost the battle before it's begun as far as perception goes. People assume that most shelter bulldogs were involved in fighting, which is so not true. Can't we just call them bulldogs???


my princess bella is wonderful shes so playful and loves to be around people she is not agressive at all. i got her when she was a month old she is now 2months going on to 3months soon. she has gorgeous green eyes and is white with brown spots. she is my world and i would not trade her for any other dog. i always loved and wanted a pitbull i really never cared about there reputation like other people because im not a stero type i always known its how you raise them , i get so angry when people judge pitbulls , they need to stop because pitbulls are so loyal and lovable . i Love my baby i cant wait to get another beautiful pit!! :)


I had my dog for 12 years. He was a pit/blue healer/springer mix. He was the sweetest dog next to my black lab. He was playful, got along well with my dad's dog, my freinds dog's and the neighbor dog's that would come visit.He never had an agression problem. My neighbors have had two pits and they never my bothered my two little rat terriers either.It is usually the owner that makes ANY breed of dog bad!! If you see an aggressive dog...take a close look at the owner. Watch their interaction with the dog. You will see the truth.