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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581 comments

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ
Sonia M16 days ago

Interesting article,thanks for sharing

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN hEARFIELD28 days ago

tyfs

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Catherine Z
Catherine Zabout a month ago

Dobermans and Shepherds went through the same nightmare. Killing off all pitbulls to the point of Extinction, out of fear is idiotic. I'm not going to try to be politically correct here it IS killing not culling. Culling is nothing but the soft way of saying killing. Time to separate fact from fiction people.

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Chad A
Chad Andersonabout a month ago

Thank you.

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Clare O
Clare Oabout a month ago

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Sheila D
Sheila Dabout a month ago

The last pit bull I met was a puppy who ran out into the street. I helped the owner catch her, whereupon he picked her up, put her over his shoulder and trekked up the hill to his home. She had gotten out of her collar and was still learning where her boundaries were. Fortunately, she was OK. What a cutie! Thanks for sharing.

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Freya H
Freya Habout a month ago

I have met pit bulls whose dispositions were sweeter than clover honey. Meanwhile, my worst personal dog experience was with a psychotic Irish setter. Do you think of Irish setters as being vicious? Didn't think so.

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Debbi W
Debbi Wabout a month ago

We never had a pit bull, but we have had dobermans and shepherds, both breeds people thought were dangerous because they were used by police or trained as guard dogs. Ours were our pets, members of our family. They were friendly and very smart. The largest was a Dobbie, 29" tall and love to give me hugs and have me hum to him. His size frightened people, and he didn't understand it.

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Paulo Reeson
Paulo Reesonabout a month ago

Pit bulls are wonderful dogs with a loving nature. They deserve a loving home just like any other breed.

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Leo C
Leo Cabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing!

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