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5 ‘Bully’ Dog Myths Debunked

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Myth #2: Bully breed brains grow continuously, causing them to go crazy.

This rumor is actually a hand-me-down: The first dogs associated with it were Doberman pinschers in the 1960s. The idea was that the brains of these canines grew continuously, ultimately causing the dogs to go crazy and turn on their owners. Variations of this tall tale even suggested that a Doberman’s skull was too small to contain its swelling brain and that the expanding organ would eventually explode inside its cranial home.

Eventually, when bully breeds picked up their own unfair reputation for aggression, they inherited this myth. According to Delise’s book The Pit Bull Placebo, the truth of the matter is that the bully brain grows as same rate as any other dog’s brain, and there has been no scientific study thus far that proves otherwise. Brain swelling typically develops only as a result of a head injury, and if a swelling brain could actually explode inside a skull, no dog with that condition would be capable of executing a crazed attack — or doing much of anything, for that matter.

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8:57AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Dogs raised right with love and trained proper, no matter WHAT BREED, IS A GOOD DOG, Dogs raised with abuse and neglect are the the problem and the OWNER is the REAL......................PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!. Diana.

2:08AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Good info

8:16PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Myths are just that myths !!!

3:25PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012


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2:57PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

By the way Pitties were called Nanny dogs in the beginning of last century

2:51PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Every single thing said in the article is TRUE. Thank-You, so much for the beginning of educating the public on the truth of these awesome dogs

11:46AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Thanks! I needed to read that! More people need to become aware! They may change their minds!

9:37AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thank you

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