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The Truth about Pit bulls

Updated on October 31, 2013

The Pit bull is one of the most feared dog breeds of our time. To get this out right away, throughout this hub when I say pit bull, I don't just mean the APBT, I mean all 20 or so breeds, and their mixes, that are normally classified as pit bulls. More on that later. I'm sure everyone has seen, heard, or read about some viscous pit bull biting or killing an innocent victim. Why is it always a pit bull? The obvious answer is because they are mean dogs.

Notice how they are seconds away from attacking. Such ruthless animals.
Notice how they are seconds away from attacking. Such ruthless animals.

As seen on the right, pit bulls are just mean animals. I sure hope whoever took that picture escaped with their life. With all the stories in the news about pit bulls attacking and killing people, it has to be true, right? There must be a good reason they have such a bad rap. I highly doubt the media would ever just take advantage of people's ignorance, just for the sake of better ratings.

A pair of demonic pit bulls ravage a poor, helpless sock. Unfortunately, the sock didn't make it.
A pair of demonic pit bulls ravage a poor, helpless sock. Unfortunately, the sock didn't make it.

All joking aside, if you look at dog bite statistics, pit bull type dogs lead in pretty much every category. Many use this as proof that pit bulls are viscous killing machines, but there are a couple problems with those statistics. First, Rotts and German Shepherds are specific breeds, pit bull types aren't. I'm sure if all breeds were ranked like that, and it was two rows, pit bull type and non pit bull type, it would be a different story. Second, they get those stats from police reports. Let's say I'm walking down the street and get bit by a Chow. Then when the police come, I say its a pit bull, either because I don't know any better or for some other reason, and as far as the stats go it gets counted as a pit bull. I'm not saying that happens every time, but I have seen plenty of pictures and video's with headlines reading Pit bull attacks, with the dogs being English Bulldogs, German Shepherds and everything in between.

Aggression

"Animal aggression usually leads to human aggression." That statement couldn't be further from the truth. That's like saying everyone who speeds should get life in prison, because eventually they will murder someone. They are both crimes, so why not? Dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. The female pictured above (those are my dogs) likes adults, loves kids, is wary of unknown dogs, and hates cats. She doesn't have just one level of aggression, she has a different level for different categories, for lack of a better term. Just because a dog is dog or animal aggressive, doesn't mean it's going to bite a human. It might, but the two aren't related.


How to stay safe

First, and most importantly, don't assume all dogs are friendly. If the owner is around, ask if it's ok to pet their dog. Once you get the go ahead, stay calm. Dogs can and will feed off your emotions. If you have gotten the ok to pet a dog, it's fairly safe to assume that it won't attack you for no reason. This is more of a recommendation than a rule, but get on the dogs level. Dogs see your face and head as a point of contact, and will occasionally jump to try and get to yours. It's not something you really need to do, and it's not the case all the time, it's just something I like to do.

A little about me

I got my first pit bull for all the wrong reasons; I wanted a big tough dog to make me look cool. Fortunately what I got instead was a best friend and family member that made me fall in love with the breed. Since then I have owned 5 pit bull type dogs, the American Bulldog/APBT mix shown bellow, and 4 APBT's. Until the day I die, I will always have a dog, and that dog will more than likely be a pit bull.

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    Sapper 4 years ago from Box Elder, SD

    I don't know a whole lot about snakes, but I'm not a huge fan. When I was a kid my step-brother and I used to catch them all the time. A little boy that lived down the street had caught a bunch of what he thought were gardener snakes. They turned out to be baby King Cobra's (maybe, this was a while ago) and they ended up biting and killing him. I haven't touched a snake since. Would maybe be different with a pet store or breeder snake, but I stay away from the wild ones.

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    Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Good article, your title was provocative but I'm glad you were putting out a positive message. Unfortunately, the media does hype things (to the point where I think they should be ashamed) to get more ratings. They do the same fear mongering with snakes. You may or may not know much about snakes, but I do, and what most people hear about them is completely untrue or exaggerated. I am very sympathetic toward pits. I think they are beautiful and strong. I have the same opinion towards them as I do towards snakes: There are no bad animals, only bad owners. I'd really like to own a pit one day and take him on hikes with me. My husband won't let me get one but I'm working on convincing him.

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    Sapper 4 years ago from Box Elder, SD

    Our American Bulldog/Pit mix is a little iffy around strangers, especially male. We think it's the American Bulldog in him, they do tend to be a little more protective.

    Our female pure pit on the other hand, anyone could walk into our house, let her out of her kennel, and take her home and she'd be the happiest dog ever.

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    Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

    I love this article! We had our first pitbull many years ago. She was actually a sharpei-pit mix (65 pounds)and was an awesome dog! She loved kids and other animals, even cats and was totally intimidated by our 3 pound teacup poodle. I had no doubt, though, that if anyone ever came into our home uninvited, she would have killed them. Many nights, she guarded my bedroom door or those of the kids.

    Our next dog was a 120 pound rotweiler-german shepherd mix. He loved kids and other animals, except for unleashed dogs who would occasionally attack him unprovoked. None of them were pitbulls; one was a boxer and the other was a chow. This big boy attempted to attack one person; a furniture delivery man that came into the house without permission. I was able to stop him, but this guy was loved by everyone in the neighborhood.

    Our newest is an 80 pound black lab-pit mix and he doesn't have a vicious bone in his body, except that he hates coyotes. He loves kids and cats and I am quite sure that this big baby will never be a watch dog- ever! This boy would let anyone into the house; he has no clue that he is supposed to be scary...

    On the other hand, when my son was little, he was viciously attacked by two chihuahuas. Took many stitches in many spots to sew him up.

    To sum up, pit bulls are great family dogs, very social and very loving. Most of them, except for our beautiful, newest Oscar, will protect their families if they have to, but I have never seen an aggressive pit bull---unless they have been purposely trained to be that way.

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    Vanessa Martinez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

    My husband also got a pitbull for the same reasons. Honestly not the best reason to get a dog, but what we got is a big baby. Huge 65 lb dog thinks he is small enough to fit on our labs always want to cuddle and have all the attention in the world. He does not have an ounce of aggression in him nothing but love! A year later we adopted our second pitbull :) Thank you for the article. We have many socks that do not survive in our home lol!

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    Sapper 5 years ago from Box Elder, SD

    Getting on a friendly dogs level won't cause them to become aggressive, ever. The only dog that will bite like that is one that is already showing signs of aggression. Dogs don't bite out of the blue most of the time, there are almost always warning signs, especially with pits.

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    doglov 5 years ago

    I thought the article was fine, except I really don't like the idea of getting down to the dogs level. I have seen more people get hurt because of this horrible advice. Sometimes the eye contact alone can make an agressive dog attack. I think the pit bull has the same problem that other breeds do. They have irresponsible breeders and owners that breed aggression just like German Shepherd breeders, Rottis breeders, etc. The real problem with pit bulls is that every weenie human wants to have an aggressive dog to protect them. They usually choose pit bulls because they are the current super fighting dog. That is why pit bulls get a bad name, because they have some bad owners. I almost think that everyone that owns a dog should have to take a course in dog discipline. I went to the dog park today with my mellow german shepherd, and had to protect him from aggressive greyhounds, weiner dogs, beagles, etc. He knows better than to even respond to this kind of thing, but I can't stand all the owners of small aggressive dogs that get a free pass.

    Pit bulls are a good dog, but I do understand why people might get conderned about them and other big dogs. I got bit today by a weiner dog, and it made me mad, but I easily penned it to the ground until the owner got it. I bad pit, shepherd, mastiff, etc. could have maulled me. People just need to grow up and take responsibility. A dog is a big responsibility, and if your not going to make your dog a discipline animal, then you shouldn't own one.

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    Sapper 5 years ago from Box Elder, SD

    Thanks, I tried to start off funny, kinda lure people in. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    RennyB 5 years ago from Florida

    When I first began to read this, I thought I would be seeing more ignorant trash.... But this is a beautiful piece.