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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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kathy payne

I have for the first time got a pit bull, her name is Bailey. She is 10 mos. old and the sweetest dog ive ever had. She is loyal and protective already, but lovingly protective, i dont think there is a mean bone in her body. She is so comical i laugh at her for hrs. I have 2 chihuahuas and she plays with them but gently like she knows they are little and could easily be hurt. I had no clue that the breed was so smart, she is already, she knows what im saying when i talk to her, its amazing. Well i love the website and im glad i stumbled onto it.

Bethany

I am the proud owner of 4 pitties. 3 are American Pit Bull Terriers and 1 is an APBT/Bulldog mix. Two of the four are rescues.

These bully breeds need plenty of affection, exercise, training and care. Unfortunatly, these dogs fell into the hands of irresponsible owners and it went downhill from there. The media is partially to blame because they do not post relevant, factual information. Most of the "pit bulls" they are speaking of aren't actually what the news claims they are. Any dog that they claim looks aggresive is automatically assumed to be a pit bull. The website dogsbite.org is far from being factual; and this is where most ignorant people retrieve their information from. The media fails to produce anything about dog bites/attacks from other breeds just so they can cause a stir and gain ratings.

It saddens me how today's society views these lovable creatures. The "pit bull" was once known as the nation's Nanny Dog. These muscular creatures guarded our precious babies (and did a great job at it.) Also, these loving companions fought in wars and died for this country. It is such a shame that people today believe all of the negativity that they see on TV. I would never own any other breed of dog--nor will I ever find a more loyal and affectionate compainion to be by my side.

Cheryl

Unfortunately my lifestyle does not give me the option of owning a dog, but if it did, it would be a pit bull. I've never owned one, but my son has had two that I spent a lot of time with and were the most loyal, loving, and sweet dogs I've ever been around. I can also say that living out in the country can be scary at times, but when I would walk with Scrappy at the end of the leash I felt 100% safety. These animals do not deserve the reputation that they have been given, so fill your life by adopting one if you can. They are the only dog with a real smile.

Jessica L.

I'm mom to roxanna (roxie) she's full breed American blue nose pit she's about 6yrs old I want to say. My husband actually had her way before met and married he rescued her from neighbors that left her own in the street to suffer so her took her in as a little baby. I will not lie the first time I met her I got scared when she tryed jumping on me but all she did was welcome me and kiss me alot and that brings joy to anyone. Anywho she is such a great dog oh my goodness she loves our kids she goes into mom mode with them she watches out for them not to fall or be in danger. She is so very silly she loves to play fetch and is very affectionate she is also really laid back she's big so sometimes she likes to sleep beside me so my husband get knocked down to the floor kinda funny. She is very protective of us one day my husband disguised himself and wow she ran toward the house scared and to be told that Pitts are scary dogs nope they are very sweet and caring and nurturing they are super duper great with kids she is so sweet with them but I'd highly reccomend adopting them they've got such a good heart

Rebecca B.

I've never had my own Pit Bull or Pit Mix, but I can say that every single one I've ever met -- be it a dog of a friend or one that I pass walking on the street -- has been a sweet, goofy, affectionate creature. Truth be told, I'd probably be more inclined to trust a dog than most people these days... with dogs, what you see is what you get. They are honest and forthright... they don't have the ability or need to be deceitful, and that is one of the reasons that I love all dogs! Happy (early) Pittie Day! And love and belly rubs to all the dogs out there!

Catherine Jennings

We are the proud owners of 4 rescue dogs--2 pits, 1 black lab & 1 beagle. Chopper was 3 when we got him from his foster mom & he is now 5. When we brought him home & introduced him to the other 2 dogs & our cats, it was like he had lived with us his whole life. He is very sensitive, so if one of the other dogs gets into trouble, he will go lay down with them. Gozer, is now 2, belonged to a neighbor down the street & they kept him outside, tied up all the time. He would get loose & always came to our house, so the last time we told the owner that we wanted him if she ever decided to get rid of him. Three months later she knocked at our door & said that she couldn't afford him anymore & asked if we wanted him. Of course we said yes & on 12/10/12 we will have had him 1 year. Chopper is a beige/ white staffordshire/american pit mix & Gozer is a chocolate brown full blooded american pit bull. Our first pitbull died from intestinal cancer 5 years ago when he was 5. Cuz was a brindle mix american pit bull and was my big baby. I still miss him. Because of our 2 pit bulls, all members of our extended family have changed their views on pit bulls especially my mom, who was totally against pit bulls & now she loves my boys. I told my husband that once our babies are gone, we will ALWAYS have at least one pit bull in our home because they are the sweetest dogs I have ever had.

Christine

I have a female Pit Mix that I love with all my heart. I rescued her when she was a tiny puppy from a woman that kept her in a dark closet because her cat's were afraid of her. She is 4 yrs old now and just the most amazing loving dog. She isn't a big cat lover. She loves kids and doesn't mind when they run up to pet her.There was a time that I never would have own a Pit but after having Maggie I would like to get another one as a friend for her. I truly believe they have gottan a bad rap because of really bad people. I love her like she was my child.

Dawn

As I read the stories about the love for Pit kids a the hate for them, I think about my feelings and experience with the breed. I am very uncomfortable around Pits and said I would never own one. I grew up in an urban neighborhood where daily a Pit or a Rot was attacking someone. While growing up my parents always had small dogs and I was bit several times by them, even drew blood, I have scars to prove it. When I met my husband he had a dog that looked so mean, and very unusual. I had never seen this breed of dog before and I had a lot of experience with dogs. His name was Bandit, he was about 5 yrs old. He liked to bark if he did not know you and believe it when I say you knew if he did not like you. Bandit and I became very close, he would wait for me to come home by the door and give kisses as soon as I came in. He would sit with me on the couch and we even held hands, it was cute. As time went on I wanted to know exactly what breed Bandit was so our vet did a DNA test and to my suprise it came back that Bandit was 1/2 Pit 1/2 Wolf. I was terrified, two the worst breeds ever in one dog, and my dog. We had to notify our city and with him being 7 at this point they grandfathered him in as a dangerous animal. Well come to find out, my husband failed to mention that Bandit already has 2 bite reports from when he was young and 1 more meant he would be put down. I made sure Bandit was not put in any situations that would warrant a third. We lost Bandit in Jan 2012 to skin cancer, he would have been 11 yrs old. I love this dog more than anything else in the world and miss him so much. But the truth is Pits or Pit mixes are not for everyone, not for most people. You really have to know how to handle them and be prepared for the worst to happen. Bandit was as sweet as can be to me, but his did try to bite my husband a few times and I had to handle Bandit. I feel people do need to open their eyes and admit there is a danger with owning this breed. They can be unpredictable and bite at will for no reason, but a lot of dogs can. I would give anything to have my Bandit back, but I will never have another one. we need the right people to own this breed, not just who ever wants a guard dog!!

RIP Bandit mama loves and misses you!!!

Patrick

We rescued Moolly, yes Moo-lly because she is black and white and resembles a Holstein-Friesian cow, from the local shelter on behalf of my rescue group. My wife and I foster moms with pups and the shelter workers said she was pregnant. She was pulled, vetted, and is in our foster care. After a month, she showed no signs of getter bigger nor were her mammary glands developing as a pregnant mom's should. It turns out she was not pregnant just healthy. Moolly is our first experience with a pit mix. She is so sweet and gentle. She plays with another foster 4-month old puppy we rescued with a broken leg. We, now, have another foster pit mix, Lila. They, along with our six, get along great. They love to play in the sand by the creek and chase each other around. I, too, would recommend a pit. The bad hype is just not true.

Patricia Haning

This forum was supposed to be for pitbull owners to share positive stories about their pets that they love. If you are so negative and nasty about them, why don't you share your opinion on a different webpage? This is not the place for that and you should be more respectful. You are embarrassing yourselves.

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