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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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Belinda Burdett

We adopted our 2nd pitbull a year ago after having our first pitbull for 6 years after which sadly we had to have her put down because she had a fused spine and her back legs gave in. Needless to say that we were shattered. Both our pitbulls have been darlings and have changed the minds of our friends and family forever about pitbulls. They all see what lovable wonderful pets they make. Both our pitbulls just accepted the new strays we keep on bringing home. They are all females and with the pitbull we have 4 dogs and have never had any problems.


Thank god the ASPCA is finally appreciating the most misunderstood, loyal, stubbornly amazing dog in the world!
I've had 2 pit bulls and they are the best dogs out of all other breeds. They show there unstoppable loyalty when people fight them but people just think oh there fighting each other they'll attack me too. No they'd hurt them selfs to get praise that's why fighters use them. Any other breed would give up or run no not these amazing dogs. I have a 6 year old pit bull border collie mix and she is sooooo lazy lol she lets my 2 year old cousin get on top of her, pull her tail ears and she's never snapped at her!
Best Dogs Ever!

Cathy Renaudette

I own a wonderful rescue dog and she is a Beagle/PitBull mix. Maddy is very loving and has been a joy to have she actually goes to work with me everyday and everyone looks forward to seeing her. PitBulls are given a bad name that just is not true!!!!!


I have a 2 year old pit/boxer named Vengeance. Don't let his name fool you because he is the SWEETEST dog I've ever met! We got him when he was 7 weeks old and as soon as I laid my eyes on him I knew he was the one I needed. Not only did I love what breed he is but he is all white! And boy does he have a personality :-) He knows how to work his eyes just to get what he wants and as soon as I get that look I give in. I have 2 other dogs and a cat and he loves them sooo much. They play and cuddle together. And Vengeance even gets to lay in bed between my husband and I. Currently I am 37 weeks pregnant and he cannot wait to meet the baby! He loves resting his head on my belly and listening to the baby move. I know he is going to be amazing once my son gets here. I hate how people think all pits are viscous. When we go outside to play people will walk by and say, 'watch that white one'. Well my "white one" will only lick you to pieces. I will never regret getting Vengeance and I will forever get pitbulls. They aren't born wanting to be mean. It's how they are raised and treated and that's what people don't understand. I've never had a reason to be scared of pitbulls and I never will be. :-)


Now I dont own one of these cuties but I have met quite a few and they have ALL been soooo sweet and loving. Always eager to please and wanting to play. I have even trusted them around my 3 1/2 yr old. He loves them too. Dont blame the dogs for the bad rap. Its all the owners fault. All in how they are raised and treated. If you were chained up and used to fight, you would probably be mean and nasty too! They deserve love and respect.


I am the proud owner of 2 lovely pits!!! My Statfordshire terrier was recently diagnosed with bone cancer and had to undergo surgery to remove one of his legs to stop it from spreading quickly. He is 8 yrs old and is a best friend to everyone he meets. He is a huge part of the family and it was painful to hear he does not have too long. He is now recovered from surgery smiling and jumping around like nothing ever happened. We are cherishing our time we have left with him and thank our vet for everything they did to help us, never give up hope to soon. We love our dogs, which live very happily with our tiger cat. Our other dog is a goofy friendly pit mix that is the best cuddler you will ever meet. They are great with kids, cats, and I am proud to call them my family.

P.S. although he still has cancer, he is beating the odds with what was expected. If you are ever put in a situation like this I beg you to not give up hope. There is programs that can help support and even raise money to help, and in our case our vet helped make arrangements for us to pay it off. Seeing how happy he is everyday assures me I made the right decision.

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i have a black tri-color pit bull named Loki. He is CGC certified and a retired TDI therapy dog who brought joy to hundreds of kids and adults and helped many to read. He changed many negative opinions that people had about pit bulls once they were around him. My neice has a black pit bull named Spike who is just the sweetest, goofiest puppy ever. He changed the opinions of other family members who were anxious about him living with kids including a toddler. I will always have a pit bull.

Elizabeth Rivera

I have a pitbull named Pandora, and I love her as much or more than if she were a part of my family. She is the sweetest thing ever. My husband was one of those non believer's who thought pitbulls were bad dogs, and I kind of forced him to accept Pandora and now he loves her, and realizes he was wrong for singling pitbulls out like they are bad dogs. I always say, just like with a kid, if you raise them to be bad, they will be bad. You run more of a risk of your kids turning on you then your pit, they are loyal and loving if you treat them with respect and love. I wish I could put a pic. of her so you could see her beautiful cinnamon face and pink nose. When I got her they guy who sold her to me said she was the one no one wanted because she was that color, and that's when I made up my mind she was the one I wanted.


Elizabeth Rivera


It's been said before and has been proven true. There are NO bad dogs. Only the disgraceful excuses for humans who they live with. Our vet told us once (though it kind of stung when she did) that our dogs are exactly what we make them. I've come to see that she was totally right. If Pit Bulls (or any breed for that matter) were inherently bad or mean, then it would be quite the miracle to encounter ANY who were nice or sweet natured. I have known more who are wonderful dogs than those who are not. It's time to look inward people!!!