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10+ Things You Never Knew About Pit Bulls

10+ Things You Never Knew About Pit Bulls

When’s the last time you saw a pit bull? How did you react? The average person might shrink back from an encounter with a pit bull, scooping up their kids or crossing to the other side of the street.

Pit bulls have the reputation of being vicious fighters, liable to snap and attack without a moment’s notice. You might be surprised that this reputation has been forced onto pit bulls by human misinformation, rather than earned through behavior. As Rebecca O’Connor writes for National Geographic, pit bulls used to be America’s darling breed.

“An American favorite, the pit bull was featured in army recruitment posters during World War I and there were several famous pit bulls that served in the American military. They were a dog that was seen as a protector, a friend and an athlete, the sort of dog Americans aspired to have by their side…Pit bulls were also seen as a child’s best friend. On the silver screen the pit bull was a constant companion to the adorable kids in the Our Gang comedies, as well as with Buster Brown.”

How times have changed. Now pit bulls are villainized, abused, and shunned. Owning a pit bull is prohibited by many homeowners’ associations and apartment complexes. Perhaps you yourself have feared or suspected the pit bull, but how much do you really know about this controversial breed?

In the infographic below are a wealth of facts about the pit bull, as a breed, pet, and companion. When facts are separated from fiction, we see a misunderstood animal that deserves love and protection just like any other.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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8:44PM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Thanks for posting.

12:00AM PDT on May 24, 2014

Pit bulls are wonderful! There are no dangerous dogs, just dangerous owners!

4:07AM PDT on May 23, 2014

Are Pit Bulls genetically wired for aggression? While we all feel truly awful for anyone injured by a dog, why does every dog attack case involving a Pit Bull illicit the same question from the media? If Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists, Veterinarians, Certified Dog Behavior Consultants and Certified Professional Dog Trainers do not believe Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous, then why does the question keep coming up? In addition to the sensationalism that drives media in America, I believe the question keeps coming up because the issue of Pit Bulls is a complex one and like any complex issue, people end up on opposite ends of the argument without evaluating or understanding the facts.
http://companionanimalsolutions.com/blogs/are-pit-bulls-inherently-dangerous/

8:37PM PDT on May 22, 2014

Watch out for the ankle-biters.

5:37AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Pitbulls are a wonderful companion, loyal, true, honest and just sweet. It is man who
made them vicious due to their treatment of them.

12:19PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Thanks for the info--I suspected it all along! :)

3:55PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Pit bulls are sweet, wonderful dogs. Humans are the problem that give these dogs a bad rep.

1:18AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Thank you for the information.

11:32AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

It makes sense to me to be wary of any dog you haven't been introduced to. Any surprised dog can be frightened and react badly.

11:21AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Most dogs I've ever known and owned were either pit bull or part pit. Out of them the meanest was a friends heeler and a beagle i used to have. Whats disappointing is people would start loving on my dog then ask what their breed was. Upon me telling the they were pit/part pit they would immediately back away. Sad.

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