8 Stereotypes About Pit Bulls That Are Myths

Pit Bulls are one of the most misunderstood dogs. But just like any other dog, they only want to love, be loved and respected. Here are some stereotypes about Pit Bulls that are myths!

Pit Bulls are vicious dogs! They’re bred for fighting! It’s in their blood!

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The term Pit Bull is a collective term for these dog breeds: the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the Bull Terrier.

None of these breeds were bred specifically for dog fighting.

The term Pit Bull is also loosely used by the media to describe muscular dogs with blocky heads. Some of the “Pit Bulls” reported in media may or may not actually have any genetic relationship to the dog breeds mentioned above.

Generally, dogs with blocky heads are often discriminated as vicious. And of course the shape of a dog’s head cannot say anything about a dog’s personality.


Breed Specific Legislation saves lives!

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Earlier this year, a man has killed himself after his dog was taken from him and euthanized in Denmark. The dog was taken away from the man in compliance with the country’s breed-specific legislation (BSL) – which aims to protect humans from being attacked by a number dog breeds such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, Tosa, American Staffordshire Terrier, FilaBrasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Boerboel, and more.

In the United States, several communities have also imposed BSL – banning dogs such as PitBulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows and more.

But according to the ASPCA, “There is no evidence that breed-specific laws make communities safer for people or companion animals. Following a thorough study of human fatalities resulting from dog bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to strongly oppose BSL. The CDC cited, among other problems, the inaccuracy of dog bite data and the difficulty in identifying dog breeds (especially true of mixed-breed dogs). Breed-specific laws are also costly and difficult to enforce.”

Aside from that, there is no concrete evidence that Pit Bulls are any more dangerous than other dogs


Pit Bulls lock their jaws when they bite.

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Pit Bulls don’t lock their jaws when they bite. They have just the same old mouths as other dogs. Their jaws are not even the strongest around.

In a study called Cranial Dimensions and Forces of Biting in the Domestic Dog, it was shown that bigger- and wider-skulled dogs have stronger bites.

Not all Pit Bulls have big, wide skulls – they come in different sizes. Aside from that, even if a dog has a big, wide skull, this does not mean the dog is any more likely to bite.

Also, not one study has found any dog to have a locking jaw. This anatomical trait is a myth.


Pit Bulls are not good with kids!

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Like in most dog breeds, there are some dogs who are good with kids and there are some who simply aren’t.

It’s always best to supervise your kids around dogs whatever the breed. Teach your children the proper way to approach and interact with dogs.


Pit Bulls who grew up in a dog fighting ring cannot be rehabilitated.

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That isn’t the case for Gremlin von Cocopuff and a lot of other rescued Pit Bulls who enjoy getting and receiving love from their owners.

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In this touching video, another Pit Bull saved from a dog fighting operation proved to be such a darling despite being labeled ‘dangerous’ by the shelter. It turns out that the Pit Bull is only a scared pooch who just wants snuggles and love.


Other dogs and pets are not safe around Pit Bulls.

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It’s time to see dogs beyond their breed. Like in the cases of other dog breeds, there are dogs who do great around other pets – be it chickens, rabbits, dogs, kittens and more – and there are some who don’t.

In fact, a Pit Bull named Joanie has a Chihuahua best friend. Their story went viral last year.

When they were first discovered, Chachi , the little Chihuahua, was injured and Joanie was carrying him in her mouth. Poor Chachi had a ruptured eye that was terribly infected. The badly damaged eye had to be surgically removed.

When Chachi was strong enough after the surgery, he was immediately reunited with his best buddy Joanie.

The moment was emotional and touching according to those who witnessed the reunion.


Pit Bulls are unpredictable! They can turn on their owners!

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That is not the case for several Pit Bull owners — whether their Pit Bulls are bought or rescued.

According to statistics, it is incredibly rare for any dog to turn on anyone, let alone for one specific type of dog to turn on their owners. There are thought to be fewer than 30 people killed in dog attacks each year — a small number, considering that there are 70-80 million dogs owned in the United States.

Some groups make broad claims about the breeds of dog most often responsible for the fatal bites. But actual data shows that breed isn’t actually a factor.

According to a recent comprehensive examination of fatal bites in the US, which was published on December 2015 in the Journal of the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the dog breed could only be identified in 45 incidents.Of those incidents, two mutts, and more than 20 other breeds, were responsible for the attacks.

Unfortunately, non-fatal dog bites are very common. According to the CDC, about 4.5 million dog bites are reported every year. About 885,000 of those required medical attention.

Sadly, exaggerated media reports often lead people to believe that Pit Bulls are to blame when the fact is: there is no reliable evidence that supports the belief.

The truth is Pit Bulls bite just like other dogs, and there is no reliable data supporting the assertion that Pit Bulls are more likely to bite than the others.


Only bad people keep Pit Bulls!

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Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Channing Tatum, Jessica Biel, Jon Stewart and Gisele Bundchen and thousands of responsible people would beg to differ. They all treat their PitBulls as family members.

In the end, Pit bulls are just dogs who seek to love, be loved, and be respected.


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