National Pitbull Awareness Day is here! To celebrate, we’ve debunked some common myths about pitbulls!
Myth 1: Pitbulls are aggressive, vicious doggos
FALSE! How a doggo is raised changes their behavior - not their DNA. Because Pitbulls are often trained as fight dogs, people think they’re vicious. The American Temperament Testing Society has consistently rated pits better than other doggos for temperament.
Myth 2: Pitbulls have locking jaws
Their skulls are no different than other breeds! Pits don’t have any special mechanics that could enable them to lock their jaws. In fact, a pitbull’s bite is only slightly stronger than a human.
Myth 3: Rescuing a Pitbull is unsafe
While rescue pitbull’s genetics are unknown, shelters are very diligent in making sure they would make wonderful pets. Most rescues will not adopt out aggressive, or overly shy, doggos.
Now that we know some of the reasons pitties are so misunderstood, let’s take a look at the pawsitive side of pitties.
- 30 of the 51 pits rescued from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring have been rehabilitated and adopted.
- Pitbull pups have cute, wrinkly foreheads. As they grow, the skin stretches and becomes smooth.
- Many pits are trained to be therapy or service dogs. Even Hellen Keller had a companion pitbull named Stubby!
- Referred to as “nanny dogs” or “nursemaids” in the early 20th century because they’re so good with tiny hoomans.
Pitties need some lovin’.
1 in 5 shelter dogs are pits. Interested in adopting one of these lovable doggos? Check out the shelters below:
- NYC: New York Bully Crew
- Los Angeles: Angel City Pit Bulls
- SF Bay Area: California Pit bull Rescue
- Chicago: Chi-Town Pitties
- Atlanta: Bullseye Rescue, Inc
- Seattle: Misspits Rescue
- Houston: Brave Bully Rescue
- Dallas: The Love Pit Rescue
- Phoenix: Mayday Pitbull Rescue & Advocacy
- Tampa: Rugaz Rescue, Inc.
- Miami/Ft. Lauderdale: Adopt a Pit Rescue
If your area isn’t listed, do a quick Google search as there are countless shelters nationwide with pits looking for their second chance.