You may have heard countless myths and misunderstandings about pit bulls, like that they are aggressive, but are these generalizations even true? If you are a pit bull parent, then you know that dogs are their own individuals, just like us. We’re here to debunk all the beliefs about pitties. Let’s dive in!
Understanding Pit Bull Terrier Breeds
Pit bulls, or American Pit Bull Terriers, are a dog breed with a controversial history dating back to the early 1800s in the United Kingdom. There, they were bred for bull baiting.
Later, they were brought to the US by British immigrants and served as working dogs to herd cattle and sheep. Despite their past, many pit bulls are known for their bravery and loyalty.
It should be pointed out that “pit bull” is a blanket term to describe several breeds. Some breeds that fall under the pit bull umbrella include:
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- American Bulldogs
- Bull Terriers
- Staffordshire Bull Terriers
- And other mixed pit bull breeds.
Common Myths About Pit Bulls
There are several common myths about pit bulls, contributing to their being the most misunderstood dog in the world. Here are five myths and facts to help people learn more about this wonderful breed.
“Pit Bulls Are Aggressive”
Temperament tests that were done on pitties showed that they had a passing rate of 82% or better. In fact, aggression towards people is abnormal for this breed.
Many factors lead to aggression in pit bulls, such as human shaping of behavior, their environment, and their development during critical stages.
“Pit Bulls Are Dangerous Compared to Other Dogs”
A common pit bull myth is that they are more dangerous than other dogs. Studies were conducted to examine dog-bite-related fatalities (DBRF). The findings were that DBRF is unaffected by dog breeds but related to preventable factors, including abuse, poor handling, and isolation.
“Pit Bulls Aren’t Good Family Dogs”
Some people believe that pit bulls don’t make good family dogs. However, this is far from the truth. In fact, according to the American Kennel Club, the American Staffordshire Terrier scored high for “affectionate with family.” They are known to many families as good-natured companions.
“All Pit Bulls Are Bred to Fight”
This is a common misconception about pit bulls. Due to their history of bull-baiting, they are mistakenly assumed to be fighting dogs. Today, they make for loyal and gentle family dogs in many American homes.
Caring for Your Pit Bull Dog
Responsible pet ownership means investing in your dog to ensure that it reaches its full potential, regardless of its breed. With the proper training, care, and attention, your pit bull is sure to thrive!
Moreover, as a pet parent, you can opt for balanced nutrition, daily exercise, and other aspects of wellness to successfully raise your pit bull.