“Pit Bull” Facts: A Bully Or A Beauty?

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Pit Bull (caption: facts & mischaracterizations)For decades dog lovers have read headline after headline positioning one breed or another as “dangerous.” Most recently the newest is the Pit Bull. But is this dog as dangerous as the media and society make them out to be? Or are they really just cuddly, playful companions?

Article Overview

Pit Bull Basic Stats

An American Pit Bull Terrier generally weighs in around 30-65 pounds and measures 17-21 inches in height. They are medium-sized dogs with a solid build, known for their intelligence. Their average ages is between 8 and 15 years.

Another dog that is commonly referred to as a “pit bull” is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It is a lighter weight dog at 24-37 pounds and a height of 14-16 inches tall.

As of 2017, there were approximately 89.7 million total dogs throughout the United States1. 5-10 million of those dogs were estimated to be “pit bulls” (the reported number varies widely by how each vet, breeder, organization, owner, vet, etc. defines the term)2.

When you look at data from U.S. city shelters, you will find that “pit bull” type dogs make up about 40% of the dogs that are killed2.

Pit Bull vs Bully Breed

After much research, it is our opinion that the “bully breeds” include a wide range of dog breeds (see list below), but the only dog that is a true Pit Bull is the American Pit Bull Terrier, which is recognized by the United Kennel Club and American Dog Breeders Association. We know this is widely discussed and disagreed upon, but for the purposes of this article, that is our position.

The term “bully breed” is used to refer to a large group of various breeds of dog that hail from the same root breed. Dogs that belong to a bully breed are all derived from one particular type of dog known as the Molosser. The Molosser is an Ancient Greek breed that was characterized by a short muzzle, large bones, large frame and pendant shaped ears.

Originally, Molossers were bred with a range of other dogs that resulted in the characteristics found today in the various bully-type breeds. These dogs were bred as guardians of both property and livestock. Some owners would also use their dogs in sports like bull-baiting which many believe is how the term “bully breed” came about. Unfortunately, many owners have recognized their potential as fighting dogs and, in turn, have created an unfortunate alternate use of the term “bully breed.”

What Breeds Are Bully Breeds?

English BulldogThere is a dog breed called American Pit Bull Terrier, but the broader name of “Pit Bull” is often used to categorize many breeds under the bully breed label. All the following breeds actually make up the bully breed category:

  1. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
  2. Ambullneo Mastiff
  3. American Bulldog
  4. American Mastiff
  5. American Pit Bull Terrier
  6. American Staffordshire Terrier
  7. Anatolian Mastiff
  8. Australian Bulldog
  9. Bantam Bulldogge
  10. Banter Bulldogge
  11. Belgian Mastiff
  12. Boston Terrier
  13. Boxer
  14. Buldogue Campeiro
  15. Bull Terrier
  16. Bulldog
  17. Bullmastiff
  18. Ca De Bou
  19. Cane Corso
  20. Catahoula Bulldog
  21. Dogo Argentino
  22. Dogue De Bordeaux
  23. Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge
  24. English Bulldog
  25. Fila Brasileiro
  26. French Bulldog
  27. Great Dane
  28. Mastiff
  29. Miniature Bull Terrier
  30. Neopolitan Mastiff
  31. Olde Boston Bulldogge
  32. Olde English Bulldog
  33. Pug
  34. Pyrenean Mastiff
  35. Renascence Bulldogge
  36. Rottweiler
  37. Spanish Mastiff
  38. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  39. Standard Bull Terrier
  40. Tibetan Mastiff
  41. Valley Bulldog
  42. Victorian Bulldogge

As you can see from this extensive list, the American Pit Bull Terrier is just one of many breeds. In fact, more than a handful of the breeds on this list surprise even the most anti-bully breed proponents.

Mischaracterization Of Pit Bulls

Looking over the list of bully breeds above many of these breeds are unknown to general dog lovers which is perhaps one reason why so many dogs are mischaracterized as Pit Bulls. While these breeds all share a common ancestry and have similar features such as the flatter, shorter snout, being able to distinguish between different bully breeds is important.

Without being able to separate one bully breed from another, it is easy for Pit Bulls to be pinned as the “breed that bit that kid.” That is not to say that bully breeds, in general, are bad dogs, they just happen to be most frequently selected by bad owners.

Misquoted Facts

The mischaracterization of all bully breeds as Pit Bulls is not the only area where Pit Bulls get the short end of the stick. Unfortunately, as public opinion of this breed declines and the banning of bully breeds builds momentum, many more facts are turned around.

Myth: Pits Bite Harder Than Other Dogs

The Pit Bull is said to exert through their bite is actually just like many other breeds – around 235 pounds per square inch. Of strongest breeds’ bite according to force, the Pit Bull is not even in the top 12 list.

Which dog has the highest pounds per square inch bite force? The Kangal which measures in at 743 pounds per square inch of bite force. Even with this figure in mind though, does this mean that the Kangal is a dangerous breed? Not necessarily: It means that if a Kangal were to bite someone or something, it could be capable of exerting 743 pounds per square inch of bite force. It does not mean that this dog will bite or that it will use that much force with a bite.

What this data could mean also is that if a dog does exert that much bite force, the resulting bite could be much more severe than a bite from a less powerful dog. And that means that bites from this type of dog are more likely to be reported than bites from smaller, less powerful dogs leading to a news reporting bias.

Pit Bulls Are Cute

No question these pit puppies are adorable! Just watch this video if you don’t believe us.

Are Pit Bulls Good Dogs?

Asking the question of whether Pit Bulls are good dogs is in our opinion the same as asking whether misbehaved kids are good children. A dog’s temperament depends on a variety of factors including breeding and upbringing (much like our offspring).

What we do know from statistical analysis3 is that as of December 2017, 87.4% of American Pit Bull Terriers had passed their temperament testing, according to the American Temperament Test Society, Inc.

This is a higher number to pass these tests than Collies (80.8%), Beagles (79.7%) and even Golden Retrievers (85.6%). Of 931 American Pit Bull Terriers tested, 814 of them passed the 8-12 minute behavior test which measures 10 criteria, including a dog’s reaction, its aggressive behavior and more.

Are Fatal Pit Bull Attacks Common?

When you turn on the news, it seems like the only dog attacks that ever make headlines are attacks by Pit Bulls and attacks that result in death or serious injury. Few people take the time to learn the facts behind this type of dog, they simply take what they are fed by media news outlets.

What Can Be Done To Help Pit Bulls And Bully Breeds?

Fifty the Two-Legged Pitbull DogIf more people were familiar with the array of dog breeds within the bully breed category, perhaps they would be less inclined to judge one particular bully type as a “bad dog” — whoever heard of someone banning Boston Terriers from an apartment complex because they were a bully breed? Judging a dog’s temperament by its appearance is like judging a person’s personality by the color of their skin, something one would hope humankind had learned from in its history.

Advocate For Pit Bulls And Spread The Word

One of the best things that can be done to advocate for Pit Bulls and bully breeds is to spread the word about just how expansive the bully breed category is. Share with your friends about how the Boston Terrier and Pug come from the same origin as the Neopolitan Mastiff and the Pit Bull Terrier.

Encourage people not only to educate themselves about the difference between individual breeds (see our comprehensive list of breeds where you can learn more) but also about the sheer ridiculousness of judging an entire classification of dog based on a select few incidences that receive sensationalized media coverage. Ask people to stop and think when the last time they heard of a mixed breed dog bite fatality was?

It Is Not Okay To Minimize Pit Bull Bite Incidences

With all of these statistics under your belt, it is important not to minimize Pit Bull bite incidences, but it is crucial to also draw attention to the fact that there are some mitigating circumstances in these bite statistics. The truth is that people do get bitten by Pit Bulls, just as they get bitten by Huskies and German Shepherds. It is possible however to become a proponent for Pit Bull Terriers while also respecting incidences of Pit Bull bites.

Encourage individuals with reservations about Pit Bulls to understand that not all dogs within a certain classification are bred to fight, that upbringing and good breeding can result in a wide range of dispositions. Many people have experiences that have colored their opinion of one dog breed or another, but as a proponent for fair treatment of the Pit Bull it is important to make others aware of the fact that not all Pit Bulls are like “the one that bit that kid.”

Dog Liability Insurance May Save You Money And Your Dog’s Life

If you do want to better understand how you can protect yourself and your Pit from potentially risky situations, we recommend that you contact a dog liability insurance expert to gain some perspective on your options.

What do you love about Pit Bulls and other bully breed dogs?

Source: [1] Statista [2] KC Dog Blog [3] American Temperament Test Society, Inc

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Sonja K Shrauner
Just want to say this is such a thorough article. I’m very impressed.
Gennen B
It’s been proven that chihuahuas & dachshunds show the most aggressive behavior toward humans. I’ve never in the 40 years that pits have been in our family had one of my dogs bite anyone.
Not the dogs it’s the owners that cause the bad rap!
Frederick Stoop
Your supercilious ,ney naive, coronation of pit bulls is a mockery of logic and science.
Dogs are lower case (sic) mammals which make them amenable to comfort, i.e., a predictable meal and a scratch on their head.
My dogs are pretty primal, Basenjis, and if you know anything about canis evolution (sic), you might know that the modern breeds were designed for specific purposes, herding, security, and sadly aggression.
Superficial folks, as you, focus on the surface animal, all of whom relate positively to food and affection. Yet they make several very dangerous and foolish assumptions. As in: my pit bull is a baby, a model of canine affability and social (with humans) compatibly.
Like a bird dog inherently tracks birds removed violently from the sky, as a cattle dog will herd your kids to a nearby position and a Doberman Pinscher will defend your property without an ounce of training.
Pit bulls were bred to fight, relentlessly to the death of their perceived opponent. Aggression of that sort is buried deep in their DNA and you might find that superfluous or or ‘cute’, when the strange PB wanders down the street (or some other apparently innocuous scenario) and bites your kids hand off for no apparent reason, you may get my point.
They are ticking bombs, loaded hand guns, and you pass them off as gentle puppies.
Shame on you and grow up!
Wow, so naive and uneducated. You should actually be around one of these dogs. Unfortunately you will keep spreading misinformation because it is easy. I can tell by your lazy rant above exactly the type of person you are.
The day my husband brought home our Pitbull (Ragnar) at 10 weeks of age, I fell in love with him immediately. It’s 2 1/2 years later and we do not have one regret of having him in our lives. He’s the most lovable, playful, caring dog we’ve ever had. His face is so full of expression and he is so tuned into our emotions. We brought home a female Husky/German shephard mix (Jemma) a year ago as a friend for him. Oh my word, I cannot explain how inseparable they are. An absolute match made in heaven. Our experience has been nothing but absolute joy. He loves our hugs, kisses and tickles. As the article says, it’s the way you raise them, treat them and understand them. Nothing saddens me more than the idiots out there that get them purely for fighting and to just be aggressive. Pitbulls yearn for love and once they get it, they reciprocate beautifully.Once you experience their absolutely love and loyalty, you will soon realize that they are irreplaceable. To all you foolish, uneducated hateful and cruel fools and idiots out there who abuse these beautiful animals, all I can say to you is ‘Rot in hell’.
I agree with you Lucia! I lost my chi/rat terrier after having her 14yrs. My son and I went to the shelter to bring home a new baby to help us find love during our sadness of loss and to get our other fur baby another friend (he’s an Australian shepherd/beagle) anyway we decided on an adult pit at the shelter since they seem to be put down first. And I couldn’t be more happy with our new family member And like you said her and our other baby became best friends instantly. I really with people understood the love these dogs have.
I read you article. Did you ever think that once Pit Bulls do attack humans they are more likely to severely injure or kill compared to other dogs!!
Jane Weaver
Omg Diane…did you even read the whole article? Other breeds can do the same or more damage than a pit. Yup, keep falling into the media hype!!! Any other type of dog is never in the news!!
Did you read the article Jane? The part about not downplaying attacks? I love my pit, but that doesn’t change the fact that the article glossed over the true danger of a pit bite. It isn’t the strength of the bite as much as it is the fact they were bred for latching onto the necks of larger prey. I don’t think Pits are terrors, but it’s insane to ignore the breeding. As loving as he is, I’d never leave my pit, or any dog, alone with a kid. People need to learn about the breeds they bring home instead of going, “awwww so cute.” Either way, attacking people for their concerns doesn’t help the breed. It just makes you look like a jerk willing to ignore reality.
Jane Doe
This article is laughable after spending the day researching the statistics on dog attacks and deaths from dog attacks. Pit bulls are responsible for 73% of deaths from dog attacks. This is definitely a very dangerous type dog.
Kimbo Slice
And where did you get that information from? How do you know 73% of deaths from dog attacks are caused by Pit Bulls? Did they run DNA tests on each of these dogs to prove they were Pit Bulls? I highly doubt that. So many dogs are mischaracterized as Pit Bulls. Your comment is laughable.
I am sure the authorities know what dog breed it is, compared to the man on the street. THEY ARE FAR FROM STUPID!
Kimbo Slice
You think a police officer, animal control or other official can just look at a dog and say, “Yeah, that dog is 25% lab, 50% chihuahua and 25% pit bull.”? No one knows the breed makeup of a dog unless it’s purebred with paperwork or has had a DNA test done on it. That’s as ridiculous as saying you could look at me and tell me my heritage. Come on, think about it.
Albert Einstein Jr.
Shae can’t think it’s hard enough to breathe where her head is
Jeremy Habich
You know nothing about the breed except what media tells you on the internet. I’ve always had pits and they sweet loving dogs and all you hater are just ignorant assholes who are too afraid to use their own name on a post. Fo to hell you ignorant pitbull haters.
Nope, I have a pit that I love. It doesn’t change the fact they were bred for hunting large game. As sweet as they can be, people who ignore their breeding are the ones who create scenarios more likely to lead to negative outcomes. Not everything has to do with a dog’s life experiences. Acting like a stupid twat on a comment section, even under your own name, doesn’t help the breed. It shows an owner as aggressive as so many people consider pits to be. It doesn’t help the image at all.
Like the article said, it’s the shady type of people that keep getting these dogs and teaching them to be aggressive! My pit bull is loving because she’s lucky a loving family has her and not some THUG!
Susan Ayres
You are wrong on all counts. That surprises me since you surly have never had aPit Bull. Like All dogs it is how they are raised. If you show them love and respect they are the most wonderful friend you will ever have. So don’t judge on what you don’t know about. You can read and interpret anything in to an article.
Libby Hyland
My neighbor has a pit bull who has attacked no less than three children in our neighborhood as horrified parents looked on powerless to do anything about it. The dog has been impounded twice. My daughter’s dog was also attacked by a pit bull as she screamed for help. Help came, but my daughters dog died six months later.
Larie Munoz
That’s horrible that this has happened, but what are the owners of that dog like? It seems obvious to me that these people do not care about there dogs at all. Not all are like that. Most aren’t. I’ve had and have a Pittie now. And she is a sweet, loving and very loyal little girl. Please do not judge all by a few.
That’s a real shame. It surprises me that this could happen, since most governments I know of would have put the animal down after the first time it attacked a child. I remember when I was a teen there was a sweet dog who was put down after biting another teen. The idiot had walked up to the dog’s fence and kept slapping it in the face until it bit him.
Kelly Gunsalus
I have a 2 and a half year old AmStaff he’s about 80lbs. Many people are prejudice of him and yell at me?! He has natural everything but he has that short wide head that people take notice of first thing. He’s a gentle sweetheart that LOVES children!!! He has NEVER raised his hair up or approached anyone and he NEVER GROWLS!!! He runs like a greyhound and leaps like a kangaroo so we make sure to stay out of his way when he’s having a HAPPY RUN!!! I just don’t understand how people think it’s appropriate to tell me to “get that terrible dog out of here!” I’ve been flipped-off as well. What’s the deal and how should one deal with it???
Linda Christian
Luckily I live n the country on the back side of a little over 31 acres. I have 3 pit bulls, o problems with mama,daddy and baby boy. I also have a lab and what looks like a border collie. I have no problem with any of my dogs. Anyone can come in the yard and they run to greet them. Wagging tails and all. All of them snap at each other,On occasion, less than I do with my kids. My boy Viper weighed 91 lbs last time he was at vet. Hes just a big baby. Hes a red nose gator head pit. White with reddish brown spots around each of his eyes. Beautiful boy. Our girl (my son dog) Kasey is a blue pit but the baby Chance is black and white. Recently he has a lot of reddish brown starting to show over his eyes and neck. He’s got a big head like his daddy but he is extremely quiet, he doesn’t bark or anything. But he chews up everything in sight. Rugs. Shoes, clothes, paper. Omg. Other than my 2 boxer bulldogs, I’ve NEVER had better dog than my pits
Boss Hog
First let me say to the writer, thank you for making the distinction between the American “Pit” Bull Terrier, APBT and the other Bully breeds, forgive, I didn’t read the whole article, quite frankly after 30+yrs dealing with this particular breed the Miss information becomes repetitive so I usually won’t read or respond to anything dealing with it, however when I read the first paragraph I was pleasantly surprised and appreciative of your stance on making the distinction, Game bred APBT’s were never bred to have any aggression twords people and if they did they were systematically culled, I’m not going to get into explaining the differences in what is or isn’t an APBT, quite frankly I believe almost all wouldn’t get it anyway and I’ve learned not to argue with someone who knows it all because they read something somewhere.
Kelly Gunsalus
Boss Hog
I absolutely love your response and statement. You summed up what those of us are educated about regarding all of the above , and if ever someone could read another’s mind reading your words at the time, I’d say I was a mind reader lol, and couldn’t agree and appreciate your contribution 110%
Thank you for your summarization and it will be a handy tool moving forward in future situations
Joseph Godin
One of the best articles i read in a long time on pit bulls
Wicked Wulf
I have lived with several dog breeds over my life time…all my dogs have been friendly, loyal, protective & socially great around other people, kids & other dogs (except one – a Springer spaniel that would get aggressive & was upset around people & children…we had to give him to a farmer & it worked out). When I adopted a blue nose american pit bull pup, I realized he was unlike any dog I have ever known. He is 90 lbs & the most loving, goofy, needy creature on earth. He talks & if possible wants to touch us, sleep on us…just love us always. When he meets smaller dogs & they act scared or timid of him…he rolls on his back or gets as low to ground as he can to comfort them.

At the park one afternoon a woman started screaming when she seen us. She grabbed up her child & screamed at us to leave the park. She really went out full drama…then others noticed us…several came over to meet Sterling with their children. I warned parents to watch that his tail didn’t smack the kids or knock the little ones down. Sterling was in heaven lol…he got lots of hugs & kisses. Several wanted to know if he was really a pitbull. Several told me he was amazing & they would love to have a dog like him. The screaming woman was still there oddly enough but seemed upset no one was trying to rescue her.

Every pitbull I have met…raised by regular loving people is like my Sterling. They bunny hop, frog hop, snuggle & do everything in their souls to please you & learn. Harsh words actually hurt them. For all the haters out there…my 9 lb mini rat terrier is the alpha & she would snap at you faster the my gentle giant…she even backs him up lol.

Boss Hog
Greetings to you,there is no such thing as a blue nose APBT, you have an American Bully, AmBully.
LOVE THIS!! I had a chi/min rat terrier mix for 14yrs. She was my world. But she did not like children or much of anyone other than me really. And was quick to snap at anyone who came near me (or her) she was an 8lb “Bully” lol. After she passed I went to the shelter and adopted a 3yr old pit (knowing and adult pit would be less likely to get adopted etc) she is about 60lbs (vs my 8lb baby) and she wouldn’t hurt ANYONE! I find it funny when I hear people discuss certain dog breeds. This is the largest dog I’ve ever owned (always had Australian shepherds or rat terriers) but by far the least aggressive dog I’ve had also.
Dawn M DeWitt
I have 3 pitbulls. All rescues from bad people as babies. I have 5 grandchildren. My 3 pits are the most loving, gentle,loyal babies. It’s how they are brought up and treated. They have there own bedroom beds and health insurance. I brought a kitten home and she rules the house, willow(cat) and (Bella)my baby pit sleep and play together. Leave them alone and look at cocker spaniels, chihuahuas and little ankle biters
I figured you wouldn’t publish it, but I do hope you consider the feedback contained in it and write a new article in the future which better addresses the problems involved with fatalities by pit bull type dogs. As someone who is a frequent flier at UKC dog shows, I think there are many good pit bull types out there, but sadly, there are way too many poorly bred and socialized ones too. I know that my post was very critical, but I think it is important that the writers hear from more than just the fawning readers.
Boss Hog
Thank you sir however we still want to get away from using the “Pit” Bull moniker and call them what they are,Bully breeds, that way people start to disassociate the term “Pit” Bull with everything Bully bred, however I understand what you’re saying.
Kelly Gunsalus
Truthfully, I think a better article could have been written in support of pit bull type dogs. This one evaded the problem and never really gave solutions. It may make true pit bull owners feel good, but for the general public, it will not give answers nor give a good defense that will change any minds. There are many good pit bulls out there, but ignoring the many bad ones will not help the many good ones.

A number of fallacies in your article, but you mention that one is 200 more times to be killed by an aspirin. Okay, your point? An aspirin is an inanimate object. The likelihood that it will jump out of the bottle and kill you is zero. Literally zero. If one has children, it is well known that we should put all medicines in a locked cabinet for the reason that they are dangerous if placed in a mouth. However, they won’t jump into any mouth. A pit bull is an animal that has a mind of its own. Based on many reasons, it can attack with no notice. Hardly a good analogy. Using that logic we can eliminate laws in place for regulating many things in our society. I have no doubt that you could think of a list in your mind rather quickly. I noticed that you never even answered your own question.You evaded it with a straw man argument which was easily knocked down.

Creating a large classification of dogs as a bully breed when you know that most people associate a pit bull with a much much smaller group of dogs is misleading and is done to strengthen a case that you know needs some bolstering. And I noticed you didn’t mention the statistics that show pit bulls cause 66% of the dog attack fatalities. Now you will respond with “many dogs in that count are not pit bulls.” Notice that statistics do break down other dogs that you list as bully types. The list of fatalities was made up by individuals who do have an idea of the four basic types that make up the pit bull type. This is not simply a group of haters. People are not so quick to call a Great Dane a pit bull.

Posting a video of cute puppies certainly may tug at the emotions, but one can post cute videos of baby tigers and other wild animals. Does that make them any less dangerous? Of course not. If a guns rights group posted pictures of beautiful guns, would you think that supports their case for allowing guns without any regulation? I would not.

People do indeed get bitten by all types of dogs. There has never been a disagreement about that. Many are dogs who have had poor upbringings and have bad breeding. There is no question that this is part of the problem. But by comparing pit bull “bites” to other dogs, your attempt at making them all equal ignores the problem. You never actually address the real issue. Pit bull attacks (and by pit bulls the statistics include four major types) account for 66% of all dog attack fatalities. The actual number is almost 300. Yes, in the realm of deaths to people, this is indeed a small amount. Yet it cannot be ignored. This is not bites. This is deaths. That is why there is an outcry.

What can be done? If breed legislation is not the answer (which I don’t think it is),then what is the answer? Defending pit bulls and trying to equate the problem to aspirin deaths is never going to help anything and will make any group stating that appear not so credible to say the least. In order to get ahead of the problem and provide solutions that are dog friendly, it is important that you do not avoid it.

Educating one self is important, and actually reporting about reality would be best for advocating pit bulls. Despite what you may think, I am not a pit bull hater. I don’t have one, but only because I have always enjoyed boxers. I know. You classified them as a bully breed. However, when they show statistics of dog fatalities and bites, they are always listed separately. I love all dogs, and I would hate to see one breed be banned. However, in this article, I never read any ideas that would help the pit bull types. Blaming the outcry on “pit bull haters” and the media does nothing to help anyone, and people come to trusted people like you for help and actual solutions.

I suggest an article that takes a look at actual statistics and examines what led to each of the 300 attacks. Was it actually the dog in a good home? Was it a dog in a bad situation? Was it a dog that was taunted by a child? Was it a feral dog? Was it a pack of dogs? What was behind each situation? Could it have been prevented? How? And on and on.

Thanks for reading this. My intentions are good. I know that an actual “pit bull hater” would have found more objections. If you decide not to place this for the public to read, then at least examine what I said and the possible solutions. Maybe it will generate some more ideas that you hadn’t considered before. I love dogs of all breeds, and I would love to see the pit bull types become a breed that is accepted into all homes one day. I would love to get some feedback from you about how you disagreed or agreed.

Ur comment is by far the best. It is full of good critique for the writer to chew on.
Roxann Buell
And, it’s people like you, that get many of these awesome dogs banned or killed with your outrageous and untrue hysteria which then incites others. It’s the people that are the monsters, NOT the PBs. Let’s be clear on that.
The hatred for this breed, who Loves people sooooo much, which no one would know, if they’d not had or been exposed to one. I’m so fed up with this, it is in the same category as the for no good reason, President Trump HATERS.
Then, there’s the other group who think they are the ONLY ones who know what exactly PB breed is and go around basically telling others they dont have a PB, and being very arrogant about it.
Enough is Enough!!! Dogs, actually NO animals
asked to be dragged into the human world to be put thru the cruelty and suffering that so many
have went thru by so called ‘people’s.
Give them a break !!!!!
AND, I didn’t agree with all in this article.
We don’t all have to agree, but we could be looking out for the good and Loving the
animals and one another ~ far more than gets done.
Kelly Gunsalus
I can barely understand half of the things you wrote, because it is written in such an incoherent manner. However, I noticed that you claimed what James said is based upon “outrageous and untrue hysteria”, but you failed to refute any of the (valid) points he made, instead relying on argumentum ad passiones (argument from passion, aka appeal to emotion). This entire argument has no factual basis, but is based upon personal opinions and can thus be safely disregarded.
One of the questions I think it would be wise to answer, as opposed to skirting the statistics: why is it that pit bulls, which makes up approximately 5% of the canine population at maximum, are the breed that is disproportionately more likely to commit a fatal attack (around 60-70% of all fatal dog attacks)?
Because the majority of people responsible for overbreeding these dogs are uneducated , irresponsible and only in it for financial and status purposes , 1 in 600 PB’s born will have a forever home, most are neglected , not seen by veterinarians and given the proper medical treatments and sterilization procedures and end up killed or in a shelter that is already over crowded in high stimulated, stressful environments and never allowed to truly experience a good life and be allowed to be a dog , have structure , daily balanced feedings , warm bed , time to exercise and time to relax and behave , and most of all never get a chance to know love , kindness, calmness. Imagine a place where 50lb Jack Russell terriers intact and cooped up in tiny cages for long periods of time with no discipline or training and then one day escaped into the public society !?!?! It would be sheer terror and chaos!! Or For example, why are people like Michael Vick , NFL role models and athletes , that contribute to the abuse of this breed and those associated to them, allowed to even own pets after the horrific abuse and inhumane treatment and gaming That was practiced under his authority, and then even worse allowed ( though not very successful) to return to the NFL after the nightmare he was involved with and maintained all that time. Why are they the breed that are more responsible for these attacks ? Why? Because of humans and their negligence and the lack of creating a system that requires legal responsibilities to have certifications, required educational resources and programs, sterilization programs, breeding programs with mandatory standards and requirements to that of only licensed certified breeders can legally be allowed to breed these animals which means they have to meet and complete educational and certification processes, in order to reproduce , just like anyone who wants to drive a car needs drivers ed and pass a test in order to drive a vehicle legally. As well as the government should also create laws that protect these animals and restrict production of all breeds and require all dogs that are owned to either be approved breeding animals or fined and penalized if they own an animal not approved and are not in ownership of licensed breeder , to be appropriately vaccinated and sterilized and training programs. We market and advertise to no end dog and cat products through company’s like Chewy.com and Bark Box, but we don’t expand enough and advertise the most important factors in owning a pet. And that’s a position we all need to practice, educate and enforce more , as well as the advocation of routine medical care that is most important of all
So about a year ago my son brought home a gorgeous pit bull puppy. Before that I had never had experience with pit bulls other than to be slightly afraid of them if I saw them off leash. In any case, I really have fallen in love with this dog. The bond I feel with him is unlike any I’ve had with any dogs in the past, and I’ve always had dogs and would consider myself a dog lover. But this dog is just so special and I can see why people love pits. He is super happy and affectionate and silly and just lots of fun. That said, he is somewhat aggressive, especially around children. When he sees a child his hair stands up and he barks and runs to them and tries to jump on them. This has only happened twice because it’s only happened twice that he’s been off leash around children (when he’s on the leash he ignores people). Both times I called him and he came right back to me. Since those incidents, I wouldn’t let him off leash where there are children. Luckily I don’t have any small children in my house. And I have a fenced in area where he can play outside safely. I don’t know that he would actually hurt anyone. He’s never bitten anyone or even tried to. But he seems to see children the same way he sees a squirrel, like something small to chase and attack. I know many small dogs are the same way. I have a Yorkie who chased a kid and made him slip in the mud one time. But being that my Yorkie is 10 pounds, I’m not afraid of him hurting anyone. The pit, however, is 70 pounds and strong. If he did bite someone, it could be very serious. I’m taking him to obedience school and trying to train him not to jump on people, but I have to say that I am somewhat nervous about having such a powerful and rambunctious dog. I think that yes, most pits are awesome, but you really do have to be careful, especially around children. And my dog has been given nothing but love and daily walks, games, exercise, a good diet, etc. I even pay a dog walker to take him on runs every day since we all work. I mean I really spoil this dog! He sleeps under the covers cuddled up with me. He’s never been chained up or beaten. So I don’t know what it is. My downstairs neighbor also has a pit, a smaller one, and that dog was chained outside and neglected a lot but he’s the most affectionate and non aggressive dog. He loves everyone, whereas my dog barks at people when they come over my house. So some of it must just be natural personality. And I think those personality variations happen in all dog breeds. The difference is that a pit bull, if it decides to attack someone, is much more dangerous than most other breeds just because of their strength and tenaciousness. I think that some pit bull lovers minimize pit bull attacks and blame the owners when there have been cases of pits killing children they grew up with and we don’t really know the treatment the dogs got and it seems terrible to blame the parents of a child who was mauled and killed by the family pet.
We a pittie who was returned to shelter because he was too “wild”. Turns out. He was one year old,they kept him in a kennel all day while at work. You keep me like that I’d go wild when you let me out too. He’s a very happy boy and loves to run and play and loves to be with people. He’s so friendly he visits all dogs in the neighborhood on our walks. Loves children. He licks our new granddaughters feet and play nicely with her dog. They partner to let us know when she is crying upstairs. And learned to open the back door to let themselves out.
Teri mannino
That was a very informative article. I have 2 strattfordshire terrier mixes that are absolute jewels! I am constantly bragging about what wonderful dogs they are. I volunteer at a shelter in Atlanta, a non kill facility. Very often, we will have several hundred of dogs in the shelter! Of those dogs, my guess would be almost all of these dogs that come in are bully dogs. It is really sad to see all these dogs just tossed away like trash . Very often people come in and say I don’t want a pit bull
And it always makes me feel sad because my experience has been just the opposite. Having my 2
“Girls” has forever changed the type of dogs I will rescue. I will only adopt a bully for as long as I own dogs, which will be for the rest of my life
Roxann Buell
It sure is sad…heartbreaking
Maria K
I had a pitbull before that I fell in love with because of being playfulness and good company. HeroHeroa name is precious. She was cuddling me to keep me warm during the winter. She was my protective dog. She went literally between me and my husband when he was closely leaning towards me with a temper. She was braking at him as if she was telling him to back off. So, this is my proof that pitbull are good breed of dogs. It depends on now the owner brought up these dogs to be a good dog or not. They are friendly because the owners are friendly while the mean feisty dogs are from the same behavior of their owner. Killer dogs because the owners are killers too.
Joni Jones
My 1st pitt.. brought my 1st grandson home from the hospital & my gentle giant walked over 2 the 1 day old baby licked his little face & laid directly in front of his car seat. As 2 say 2 say this isy baby 2! If any1 outside of the family would try 2 touch the baby he’d stand directly in front of him. Never growled at any1 but definitely didn’t want anyone else (that wasn’t trustworthy 2 the dog) 2 touch the baby. Needless 2 say that I’m on my second bully boy!! N he’s amazing. He let’s my oldest grandchildren walk home without pulling or yanking away. He just turned 9months. Of course we got a lot more training 2 look forward to but I love my Pittbull..& so does my 4lbs Chihuahua!! If u beat a person at some point that person will strike back. U beat a dog it’ll probably bite back.. everything in the world needs some more damn love!! Love u Pitt!!!
Joe C
This article is “somewhat” factual…..for example, the only REAL American Pitbull Terrier is the “Gamebred” American Pitbull Terrier, they are overwhelmingly known for their courage or ” gameness” and the bite power of the American Pitbull Terrier is genetic, NOT a breed specific trait. Gamedog breeders target the genetic code that allows for devastating bite AND uncompromising courage. Again, this only applies to the Gamebred American Pitbull Terrier. The ONLY Real American Pitbull Terrier. These breeders also target genetic codes for wrestling ability, intelligence, and long windedness. These dogs are essentially superior in every aspect of K-9 genetics by design. They are NOT bred for appearance and only the best of the best are bred keeping bloodlines as pure as they were 100years ago. Again, this only applies to the Gamebred American Pitbull Terrier.
Ive owned American Pits all my life. I remember when they were called the ” Nanny ” dog. Why were they called that? Because people could trust them to protect thier children. There was one problem. They couldn’t dial 911.
My pits r extremely loving smart and loyal.
I’ve even trained them for water safety. Kids at the beach hold on to thier tales and my babies happley pull them to shore.
I’ll bet many HATERS have met a pit and never even new it. There as smart as thier owners let them b. Mine is our neirhood mascot. Nevertheless she would protect anyone in trouble.
Shannon Moore
Y’all can love them all you want to, I’ll never play put bull roulette band have one..will it be sweet? Will it eat my baby? Yes, I personally know someone who had a sweet family pit, raised from a puppy, no abuse, well trained…until it wasn’t. It crushed her infant’s head, and was halfway through eating the baby girls arm while laying in her swing and mom went to get a bottle. And don’t you dare blame a baby for sleeping in a swing. Last Christmas Eve? Two jumped my co-workers fence, riping her 7 year old grandsons ear off, ripping off his scalp,and damaging his arm. But,of course the owners said they were just big babies! A 77 year old man a couple miles down the road almost lost a leg and had bites from head to toe from 3 attacking him, just talking a walk. Again, not abused pets. Oh! A lady three days ago had to stop her car and help a woman being mauled at 8 am by two that the neighbors had let out to pee, and “don’t know how they got out of the fence”
Look up Logan Braatz. He was killed walking to the bus going to kindergarten. You can say “oh that’s just a few” but those are actual human lives not just casualties to knock off and say but the chihauhas!
There really needs to be someone to stop making excuses and really campaign to better the breed, not assume all are “sweet pitties”
Dogs can be badly bred, mentally unstable, and just born not right. Just like people! But they don’t think like people…so stop assigning human traits to them.
Yes, others bite, yes, it used to be the shephards or dobies or rotties…but the rise in popularity of the pit has led to horrible breeding, over population, ect, which of course tips the scale on the percentage of attacks/killings.
No, I don’t want to see your sweet pittie, hear how great they are, or your lovely stories. I’m busy thinking on the dead and damaged that non of you seem to want to acknowledge
Allen Smith
I owned them all my life and like it says.the canine will only be bad if the owner makes them.hate yhe deed not the breed.everyone listens to all the bad but never the good.if you never owned one dont hate.
Allen Smith
The things that happn to people because of pitbulls or any breed is cause of the owners.i owned pitbulls all my life nd also had a service pitbull.he was great.all mine were great.people that blame the dog especially pitbulls is because of how they train them.remember the saying.hate the deed the breed.
I’m very sorry to hear about all your horrific stories. I don’t know how u seen so much violence. I find it most disturbing. I believe I’d move and move fast. Theirs a lot of dangerous dogs were you live. And of course no one blames the bady. Thats just awful. My prayers go out to you and all the families.
I find it fiction. I know each of the stories she mentioned, and they are not all “people she knows”. They are national stories. Horrible, terrible ones, for sure. Like the lab my ex boss had who randomly after 8 years just lunged at his daughter’s throat; life saved by sacrificing his hand. No, it wasn’t in any news.

If you have to lie to make your point, you already know that the facts don’t support you.

Oscar Acosta
You really are a lying and pathetic person. I and many friends have owned and been around pitties for 50 years.

Never an issue. The only dog bite I ever received was from a Pomeranian.

Roxann Buell
Thank you
Beth Price-Almeida
Well, if you don’t want to hear how amazing these dogs are then don’t you think you’re in the WRONG PLACE? But,I will say thank you for pointing out, vehemently, that PEOPLE are responsible for the reputation of these dogs.
Where you said
“but the rise in popularity of the pit has led to horrible breeding, over population, ect, which of course tips the scale on the percentage of attacks/killings.”, placed the problem square with humans. The blind fear and ignorance spread by people who are determined to hate an animal in no position to defend tself, are the creatures to be afraid of.
Roxann Buell
Wicked Wulf
Please state the new articles on all of that please. Sounds a bit much tbh.
Austin Palmer
Dogs are like people they will do what they were trained to do if left untrained and put into a threatening situation they will attack even if they are well trained when threatened they will attack. You referenced there being bad people in this world but not all of them are of one specified ‘breed’. We don’t ban people from towns and kill them as soon as they enter a town. Instead of raging on a comments section do research on the other side I understand both sides but all dogs are NOT the same.
Roxann Buell
Enough !!! Just STOP!!! Or, try worrying about the MONSTROUS people. And try stopping their cruelty to poor animals and humans !!!
You really hit the nail on the head, and I too have seen this first hand. Both my wife and I were attacked, hospitalized and scared for life. I have seen two pits attack a 7 year old girl, and thank god she lived. I too am sick and tired of all these half witted low life, trash people defending these monsters of a dog. I am a health care professional and see this in our trauma center, in our ED weekly in California and To make matters worse, I have read that the type of people that own these monsters are less intelligent then their animal. My hospital has now taken up with pediatric doctors to out law these low life monsters in that state. Just remember these people band together because they know what they have and it’s just a matter of time before laws remove them from the country.
Funny… I have a APBT and a 143 IQ. But sure random internet dude.

And, I am actually sincerely sorry for what you experienced. Unfortunately, most people, even among veterinary staff, only properly identify the shorter,more commonly identified as “pit bull” breeds about 1/6 of the time, hence the mismatch in reporting.

But your nonsensical ranting makes it very difficult to take you seriously.

I have an IQ of 150 and I agree with Karl. They have DNA TESTS that identify the “pit bull” breeds. DNA TESTS ARE ACCURATE!!
If you’re a health care professional you understand the importance of having evidence based information from controlled testing. All dogs bite. They don’t have full functioning frontal lobes like we do. But unless a controlled study where all circumstances surrounding the bites can be done-dog training, breed DNA, age of person bit, circumstances surrounding bite…no one can conclusively say one breed is evil vs. another is not. Animals work in their sympathetic fight flight system, it’s up to us to understand that and be their frontal lobe. My bull mix is super sweet, gentle and definitely beta. I trained the heck out of her knowing the reputation these dogs have and she’s proved every stereotype wrong. My husky mix has bit before (but he’s blind and was abused) and my shepherd is territorial and can be aggressive to other dogs. I know the circumstances that trigger my pets and as an owner am aware of their surroundings. It’s not fair to blame an animal for being an animal, and not fair to assume folks that support these animals are less intellectual than yourself.
susan ayres
Honey,you need help mentally. Why would you make up things you weren’t even associated with? So sad.
Im pit bull lover ive raised as of right now i dont have any but looking for a pup. My girlfriends daughter at the time was only 2yrs old my baby Sandie was laying on floor the 2yr old started crawling all over Sandie the gf started to get scared i told her dont worry about it Sandie is a big baby shes not gonna hurt her and all the stories you heard about pit bulls is not true its how they are raised the gf started slowly trusting Sandie my family told her she has nothing to worry about Sandie was grandma’s baby. R.I.P. Sandie we lost her to cancer but she proved one person wrong its how they are raised.
Eilidh Somerville
To allow a child to crawl over a dog is extremely irresponsible and it sounds like you allowed it in order to prove some kind of point. That dog could have reacted in a split second and you wouldn’t have been able to stop it. As for it all being down to how they are raised. Do you really think that all the people whose pits killed/nearly killed them or someone else raised them to be violent like that?
Of course Pitbull is the best and the innocent breed, those people who think that they dangerous or whatever incident came may be due to weather condition that makes this pitbull get irritated or may he/she upset that they want something else but no one is noticing that etc. Forex. If a person claims that, that wolf, tiger or a lion is a man eater it is not true because wolves lion or tiger any wild animals becomes the man eater when there is drought in the their jungle (forest) and in this condition they eat dead bodies of other animals or sometimes dead babies or human which come across sewer or sea for longer periods this also force them to become man eater or sometimes longer periods of hungerness force them to irritation ,anger this also leads to become man eater sometimes they attack people in their defense if they felt threat.eventhough they are innocent animals and natures gift we shouldn’t blame if animals understand everything then why we human call them ANIMAL.
Just like that in the case of Pitbulls rottweiler and other claimed dangerous dogs, firstly think why they attacked what is the reason behind it-did somebody run in front of themfor no reason that what makes them get irritated and tend them to attack, secondly weather condition is not suitable for our dog that force him become angry irritated that tends him to attack this always happens ..Thirdly there are some stupid been seeing that they force dogs to bark at them and bullying them and when dog attacked at them they go to police station that dog had attacked or they started fighting with their owner even they wrong,this kind search people to fight with them.
My dog gives warning if he don’t like the person like grrrrrrrrrrr for longer that makes us understand he is not happy with the person we just ask the person that move a side and don’t touch him….
So there are many reasons frnd don’t just blame them first to know them…. They are natures child don’t blame for no reason Pitbulls are one of the most amazing beautiful dog breeds.
The Staffordshire bull terrier isn’t a pit bull, it’s a separate breed.

Pit bulls are terriers, they are not and have not been mastiffs.
There are a few original breeds that made the apbt aka the pit bull. And it wasn’t mastiff…
The pit bull was bred originally for the sole purpose of dog on dog combat.

Mastiff and anything bigger wouldn’t last long in that sport, they tired to quickly. The only sister breed is the AM STAFF, which was petitioned by Colby..to be accepted by the akc as an am staff verses a pit bull, it was extremely common for winning dogs to be matched or any apbt to be matched after an Akc show.

Bull breeds do not consist of all those mastiff breeds.
ADBA breed standard, can literally tell you about the real breed. Even the UKC. Hell, both the Akc and the adba/ukc breed standard depict, dog on dog aggression is normal and common, where human aggression isn’t acceptable by the breed.

You guys started with decent information and just fell off.

Sargent stubby wasn’t even a pit bull, like the media like the falsely say.

Mastiffs are bully breeds.
Very smart loving dogs but also strong and powerful. Socialization is important. The are the most abused dogs.
Kristen Burlenski
I’m a vet tech one who has worked with dogs of all kinds for my whole life of 40 years. I have NEVER gotten bit by ANY DOG let alone the “fighting” breeds that you all are talking about. To have phobias about certain animals is on you. All animals can sense fear and aggression. It’s a matter of teaching youself how to go about going up to or approaching a dog no matter what breed it may be. I’ve worked at leader dogs for the blind and have seen the worst dog fights and bites from golden retrievers. But yet there are no headlines about that. Bottom line it pisses me off that people judge these poor innocent animals all upon what the news reports. I personally have had a array of dogs from a Cavalier King Charles and yes I have had pitbull mixes and to be honest my pitbulls were a lot sweeter and more approachable then my little dogs. I don’t know it just makes me so upset that people just don’t know the facts and I want to put the facts out there because these innocent animals don’t deserve the shelters that they go into because people are scared and it ends up that these dogs lose their lives because of a stigma that is false.
Joni Jones
My Chihuahua is way more aggressive than my Pitt has ever been!! Let’s just be smart about this.. I won’t put my fingers near a baby’s mouth.. cause that baby will probably bite me! Lol I’ve been bit by baby’s.. but never a dog. But I’m also aware that dogs can be aggravated by certain things & don’t bother with dogs that I don’t know. My cousin was mauled 2 death back in 95.. 16 dogs and not 1 that would be classified under the aggressive breed list we have now!
Roxann Buell
Exactly, and that makes me so sad…and, so angry. People are and always have been the problem. That simple.
Thank you for having a heart of compassion.
I love my two girls. They are American terror .Their called Blue nose .Lulu is 8 years and Jazzy is 3 years. I am able to stay home so I’m with them always. They are the love of my life. I was living in apartment with just lulu , and when i found Jazzy, after a month . The manger of the apartment complex asked me to move out . So I got lucky. I went back home again . We have a big house more room and live near the ocean. . They are just sweet, loving dogs. And very smart.
Blue nose isn’t a kind or type, it’s a color of nose leather, there is no blue nose pit bull.
Allen Smith
It is a type hy you think its called that.and yes its nose is blue thats why they call them that.
Roxann Buell
Always a know it all critic. Wow
My blue nose pit Ginger is 1 yr old I was having a nightmare one night and I was whining loud,she came running in the room and licked my face and barked that woke me up, she’s Mama’s Baby my baby love her I know she will try to save my life if needed that’s my house dog friendly as can be protect me,bark when hear strange noise she’s my alarm system thank God for her
That’s why they call them that
Roxann Buell
Liz Morris
Rocky-our families 95” pit mix was the most emotionally intuitive fella. He loved n watched over our silly 60” boxer Sammy girl, and his love n heart for his humans was undeniable. He was a gentle giant and our BFF. My then, 2yo grandson, bossed him around:). He was a hiker, a travel buddy, a lizard chaser, a professional tail chaser, loved sprinklers n tennis balls and was our gentle friend all the days of his life. He never once made us feel that he was anything but unconditional light n love in 10 yrs. Bone cancer took him this April. He’s forever in our hearts.
Diane White
I am so sorry for ur loss I really know ur pain. I love my animals with all my heart.cherish all the wonder memories and the sweet kisses. God Bless.
So sorry for your loss
Roxann Buell
Thank you for sharing about your beloved Rocky.
So sorry to hear of your loss…
I don’t feel that Guest Author (we get no other name) has shone a very clarifying, nor an objective light on the issue.

“Encourage individuals with reservations about Pit Bulls to understand that not all dogs within a certain classification are bred to fight, that upbringing and good breeding can result in a wide range of dispositions. ”

I am a “person with reservations about Pit Bulls”. I of course understand “that upbringing and good breeding can result in a wide range of dispositions.”

And explaining to me that even the Boston terrier is part of the Bully family will not sway me. It will not make me afraid of the Boston terrier, and it will not make my fear of badly raised pit bulls any less.

The fact that only badly raised pit bulls will become a problem really doesn’t help the issue at all.

Dogs should not be bred for fighting purposes. What if people breed yet larger, yet more potentially dangerous dogs? Should these also become a familiar sight in our streets? Where does it stop?

I agree. Dogs should not be bred for fighting. And I have no problem with people not liking pit bulls. I’m afraid of Chihuahuas. What I do have a problem with is people using the false information from places like dogbite.org to pass laws against pit bulls.
Roxann Buell
Thank you
Liz Morris
Everything starts with information. Digest it at the levels of your capabilities and limits. There was no suggestion to fear a Boston terrier, but merely a DNA identifier linking the breeds. In any event, most pits in our homes are not pure bred. Most of those 10 million are pit mutts. As responsible citizens we should move away from ALL breeders and towards adoption. Learn what you want, if you chose to embrace only fear, growth is not possible.
Roxann Buell
Hardly any talk of the MONSTERS called ~people.
My current pit is a small, sweet wiggly girl who gets along with people, cats, dogs and everyone she’s experienced.. She’s a rescue and apparently had a difficult life before adoption given how shut down she was when I got her. My first pit was also a sweet wiggly girl. But she was also dog aggressive. She was ok with familiar dogs but would not have been safe if she’d been allowed off leash. Recently I read in the news about a “vicious” pit bull who attacked a dog and was finally caught by the police.
So many people responded to this as a breed issue instead of an owner issue. The dog aggression might be genetic but the actual attacks are owner lack of responsibility. I suspect that many of the human bites by pit bulls are related to dog owners getting in the way of a loose pit bull attacking their dog. Unfortunately, the pit bull bias doesn’t seem to be changed by the facts.
What town did the attack happen
Roxann Buell
MONSTROUS ‘people’
Sarah Miller
This is a great article. American pitbull terrier is not an umbrella term it’s a breed. Unfortunately so many people mislabeled their bully breeds as “pit mixes” . For that mislabeling the increase of so-called incidences with pitbull bites increase because people just assume without proper DNA testing. Majority of the pit bull attacks are dogs that have not 1 oz of pitbull in them. American pitbull terriers were bred for pit fighting when they first started out but with that notion they were bred not to be human aggressive. A lot of people don’t look up the true history and acknowledge for the breed. Many owners also are uneducated and don’t probably understand the breed they get. I do admire the American pitbull terrier and think they are great dogs for responsible owners. Any dog from a shelter or from a backyard breeder are not true American pitbull terriers nor are they pit mixes. They are mutts or bully mixes. We need to stop mislabeling these dogs because unfortunately it’s increasing attack statistics when the breed isn’t even involved, this is the reason why there’s so many bands/restrictions for bully breeds. If we can’t differentiate these mixes properly how is society supposed to do that?.
Liz Morris
The ‘labeling’ of pit mutts/mixes does not contribute to any negative outcome. Of the 10 million Pits in the US, the majority are mixes. Pit breeds are NOT inherently aggressive. There are some aggressive border collies, poodles. That does not speak to those breeds but rather to their environment, training, or a dogs individual inherent character. Pits Rottweilers German Shepards Doberman Pinschers etc r not inherently dangerous aggressive or wired differently. If a individual dog exhibits aggression it is its owners responsibility to remedy the issue. No excuses No breed differentiation.
Roxann Buell
Thank you so much.
Roxann Buell
A dog is a dog, stop differentiating them.
It’s so called humans who dragged them into the human world, that have caused them all the problems. They are the problem…the monsters.
Well, my Labrador was just attacked by a Pit Bull yesterday, while we were minding our own business. This was a “nice” pit bull whose owner claimed was the sweetest thing and never had problems with other dogs. He came up on my dog from behind, and then went for the neck.

My dog now has a drain tube in her neck and an expensive vet bill.

I wasn’t a Pit Bull hater until one came up and bit my dog. And I’ll never believe a Pit Bull owner when they say their dog is “nice” again — they are just too unpredictable.

Liz Morris
I’m am very sorry for your experience. The owner must be held fully financially and legally accountable and the dog must be reported. It’s a traumatic experience for both your dog and yourself. It is not your responsibility to factor in the other owners input but rather to ensure that the attacking dog is confined and removed from public access. Your responsibility is to care for your dog and to report the incident. I have been both a non-aggressive pit owner and on the other side of the leash when an unattended dog attacked my grandsons little terrier. You must report the incident.
Kristen Burlenski
I’m very sorry that happened to you and your poor pup. I would blame the owner on this one due to not having her dog fenced in or on a proper leash. Again ANY dog can do the same thing. Anyway I pray your dog is ok and please don’t close your mind open it that any breed can do what that dog did.
Justin United Blue Kennels
There u go judging a whole breed by one incident. And u don’t know if the dog was pure bread or if he just looked it. Again, that is an owner problem, not a breed problem. Keep control of your dog no matter the breed at all times.
Charles Ferguson
I call bullsh/t. You wouldnt be on this article fu©kin wailing. If the owner knew the dog is an alpha..they would have pulled it. I have 2 dogs both alphas and its easy to recognize traits. If the douche couldnt, he doesnt deserve the dog
Stari Byrd
I am so sorry for your dog, and your trauma. I certainly understand your feelings. I hope your dog is recovering well and that the owner of the dog that attacked it is being properly punished and prevented from having other pets. When I was in third grade riding my bicycle through my neighborhood a dog lept over the fence around its own yard and attacked me. Luckily it only was able to get ahold of my ankle. It’s a terrifying experience at any age and I will carry the scars both physically and emotionally. I certainly understand you’re feeling hesitant about the breed even though I love my APBT. I was hesitant when my husband talked about wanting a labrador because all I could see was the face of that dog as it flew over the fence going for me. But I know not all Labradors attack. Even knowing something doesn’t always stop feeling that a traumatic experience initiates.
Dame thing happened to me. I was at the local football field with my German Shepherd on a leash as is required by law.
An unleashed Pit Bull came up and grabbed my Shepherd on the neck ripping a 20cm or 12″ gash in his neck.
My son and I were both bitten and hospitalised for 3 days requiring continuing treatment by a hand surgeon.
My Shepherd spent a week in the emergency veterinary hospital and the fees are approaching $7,000 so far.
The Pit Bull owner tried to sneak off but some of the other dog owners took photos of his number plate and I took photos of his face.
Police and Rangers are investigating.
Brittany Cantara
Around 3 weeks ago, we just adopted a rescue Pittie who is around 4 years old. She is the sweetest, most well-behaved dog I’ve ever owned! Small children can walk up and pet her, and she does great with commands. She comes from South Florida, where Pits are actually banned in some counties. Sadly, this means these sweet dogs are euthanized at an astonishing rate compared to other breeds. Keep educating people and hopefully some day we can stop this tragedy.
Roxann Buell
A whole lot of so called ‘people’ought to be banned.
Need to go. Can’t stand any more of this misguided hatred. As bad as the hatred directed towards the President. May God Bless all.
C Gardner
I’ve had pits go after me, my kids, my pets. I will Not trust them sorry.
Liz Morris
I am sorry for your experience. I trust that you are all well and hope that you have no further unwarranted or frightening experiences with dogs. I hope your children are doing well
Boss Hog
I’m sorry that happened to you, my question is how do you know it was an APBT? This is the problem, I guarantee you it wasn’t, it may have been one of the Bully breeds however, and it isn’t your fault, 99.99percent of the general public haven’t a clue of what an APBT looks like these days, because the so called experts and media keeps showing you American Bullies not APBT.
Pits are a blessing to the World
Samantha treise
I have had my own 9 plus the ones I rehomed 52 so I will say I’m well educated on the breed.they are used as scapegoats for humans uneducated behaviour and lack of responsibility.and the breed is paying dearly.its time that people who love them really get together and not just talk but teach education.teach society about the breed and responsable care of them..i mÅ· self would own nothing else.they are the smartest most emotional loyal dogs there are.if we can take the sign society has taged them with and hang it where it belongs on the owners they wont suffer being singled out when they aren’t the problem.i had 9 pitbulls nine! In the same house For 16 years boys and girls all age ranges even bringing others in to heal or be rehomed with babies and children in the home as well and with all of that all of it .not one time as there a event a bite a fight or any such issue .i would have given my life for my dogs .they all lived 14 to 16 years and. Just lost my last one who was my life and I’ll never be the same again.i have each one of them with me today .i have their ashes.i hope we as humans stop this somehow before we lose the best breed of dog that we call our best friend.
Sharon Hunt
Thank you so much for the wonderful, loving lives you have saved. I agree completely with every word you have said. I too have 3 Pit bulls in my home ages 5- 16. My 16 1/2 yr old i adopted from the pound after being surrendered at age 16 starving. He is such a sweet baby. My dogs love each other. And I have 2 boys and 1 girl. I am almost 66 yrs old and would not care to have any other breed.
Kami Corrigan
I disagree my daughter was attracted and her aged dog was chewed up and almost killed.but he saved her life.
Debbie McComack
Excellent artical. U just covered pretty much everything. The love Pitbulls have is better than most humans. They r the most misunderstood dog in the world & that is said to be a fact. I love my Pitbull, she is a wonderful dog & wouldn’t hurt anyone. Please Pray for her. She started having seizures. Vets think she has brain tumor. She is the world to me & it is going to devastate me to lose her. Please she needs all the Prayers, she can get for healing. She is 8 yrs. & her name is “Baby” please ask for a miracle from God to heal her. If anyone knows of things that can help her, please let me know. My email is how I feel about “Baby”.lovemypreciousangel@gmail.com. Thank u. “A True Friend”
Colin Albers
I recently went through the same thing with my Male pit. He died a week from his 13th birthday. He had Cushing’s disease caused by a tumor in his brain. I hope that this is not what is happening to your girl. No matter what think of the good times, not the bad. Losing my boy was the hardest thing I have ever been through. I wish you the best
Liz Morris
I’m very sorry to hear of ur buddy’s condition. My boxer had the same diagnosis at 9yo. Use the seizure meds, that will stop those scary things, educate yourself on dog CBD’s. The only difference between today and a year ago today, is that you know how his end will come. Ur dog does not know this. He lives for today. There is only today. My friend, we all end, but not all of us will have light and love surrounding us all the days of our life. Your Doggo is a fortunate one. Enjoy his life today and be well.
Liz Morris
Yep, our dogs can be our best friends.❤️ I’m very very sorry for your loss. I’ve lost my Pit BFF recently to bone cancer. He was an angel and loved my little family with all his heart. I do understand ur broken heart. I started to heal my own ❤️ by adopting Teddy the 9yo terrier-mutt from the pound. I can help Teddy in a way that my BFFs cancer would not let me help him. Still heartbroken but I have a fuzzy fur ball to love for all the days of his life and that’s something. I wish u well I wish u love.
Kristen Burlenski
See this is what people need fo know, not fake discriminatory news.v
Morgann B
Reading these comments makes me so happy! I have my first pit mix, Xerxes, and he is the sweetest dog I have ever had in my life. My wife rescued him from a party where someone threatened to shoot him, crazy story for sure. He is the first pit but their is zero chance he will be the only one. In fact, he has inspired me to become a dog trainer and see what I can do to help turn the tide in the favor of these amazing dogs!
Very good article, though the breed recognized by the AKC is Staffordshire Terrier, which is a select line of American Pit Bull Terriers. They are both very friendly dogs.
I was one of those people who thought Pit Bulls were vicious. No more. I have been exposed more and more to the breed and a few years ago, adopted a mixed-breed puppy that ended up being American Staff purebreed for three generations on one side and every kind of sporting, working, hunting dog you can think of on the other. He’s 80 lbs. now and the love of my townhouse community. He’s the peacekeeper whenever group of small dogs gather and one is aggressive to the others. He simply walks between the dogs and separates them so the incident doesn’t escalate. He never raises his hackles or reacts to the other dogs, just stays calm. Yesterday, I was walking him with two rat terriers mixes and a shit zu. We saw a small fledging dove hopping down the sidewalk. I was trying to keep the rat terriers from seeing the bird and intended to reverse our path to protect the bird. Tudor, my 80 lb. dog, stepped forward and gently herded the baby bird under a bush to protect it. On subsequent walks, he checked for the little bird. That’s a really vicious dog.
Liz Morris
Yep, my Rocky 95” pit mutt would stop Sammy the silly Boxer from getting into shenanigans, herding her, as you say. BUT if he saw a bird… yeah, his big heart found birds delicious. He was the best. I miss him dearly…And missing Sammy the crazy girl, who Rocky always loved n took care of. ❤️ These dogs…Simply the best
Hi. I have a 17 month male pitbull who is on a raw food diet. He has not an ounce of fat on hkm. He weighs 36 kgs (80 lbs.)my question is this: @17 months he’s 36kg what do you think he’ll weigh at 2 years?
Note Not a cross breed. Registered and well bred. Raw food diet only. Grain allergy.
I know a woman who has a pure APBT that weighs close to 100 Lbs.
Diana Carl Bowles
My Sarge weighs over 90 lbs and isn’t quite 2 tested the biggest baby in the world doesn’t like it when I leave him alone but would die for me
Ronald Sion
That’s a mutt
Liz Morris
That’s an angel.
Liz Morris
Yep. My Rocky was 95” n a loving gentle giant. Loved his family and his Sammy the Boxer like it was his job. I miss that big fella every day.
Colin Albers
My boy was a registered apbt with papers. He was 100lbs in his prime
Liz Morris
He’s at his weight at 17 months. Sounds like a beauty. Enjoy.
I have a pitbull, and she is a big couch potato, and a bigger baby. She does, on occasion, feel she needs to be protective, but she also takes her cues from her human family. She lets my 10 year old girl lay on her and love on her. She wants nothing more than lots of love and cuddles, and tries her best to give those pitiful looks to get people food. She’s so gentle that when she takes treats, she takes them with her lips so she doesn’t hurt the one giving it to her. I wouldn’t trade her for anything.
Liz Morris
Her aggression towards non family can be remedied. It’s a thing…it’s your responsibility as an owner of a large breed dog. WE must be responsible … no factoring in her loving nature towards family. No excuses. Get training for your dog.
Not only pitbull but even every dog is good and charismatic and most loyal to their parents its all depends on how the parents treat them or give them a sufficient amount of attention to love and care. Pitbull is a lovable playful dog and even good with children there is no doubt in it.
Unless a Pit Bull has been poorly breed or purposefully trained to attack humans, they generally love people they are good home guards and playful with small children.
They were bred to fight dogs. While dog fighting is a cruel thing, it was not as bad as we imagine. There were rules. Owners/handlers got to inspect the oppossing dog to make sure no poison was in it’s skin. Thus they had to be docile with people. What you say is true, bad breeding to mix other breeds in yo make larger/meaner dogs is a problem.
Liz Morris
Y r insane. Dog fighting and those who bet on it are CRIMINALS. It is this sites responsibility to report criminal activity. U r a criminal. Shame on u.
I own heavenly homes pitbull rescue and currently house 18 pit bulls.. They are by far 1 of the most loyal breeds.. We have 3 that we own as our personal dogs and each has a personality closer measured to a humans than to a PET.. this breed is hugely misjudged and do not get the recognition they so rightly deserve.. #LOVEMYPITS…
Heather mastrianni
I agree, I had 4 small terriers and had some bad experiences with bad pit bull owners and felt negatively towards the breed. When they passed I looked to adopt a herding dog but a trainer at a rescue presented me with a dog he was fostering with his chihuahuas. I adopted her, she is a 70 lbs pit mix and such an amazing dog! She spent 1 ur on the street and 1.5 urs in a shelter. In fact she is so amazing I adopted a deaf full pit bull as her brother. Her brother as he’s growing up is becoming one of the most amazing dogs I’ve ever met, they really are more like people, they are extremely sensitive and smart.
Holly Sue Gerlach
My son owned a beautiful rottweiler, Sarah, when his daughter was born; she was the child’s best friend and protector. After Sarah passed, there were two pit bulls raised over the years before my granddaughter left home. They were all loved and had no conflicts with mean people so they in turn gave us all their love and affection they had. Just wanted to share this story to say that it is possible to have loving and affectionate dogs even if their breed is marked as a dangerous one. On the other hand, my mom had a couple of “heinz 57” breeds that were teased mercilessly thru a fence by mean children (usually when walking home from school but seen other times) and finally had to be put down, even tho they had all the love and affection we could give them. Now that seemed to me to prove a point. I hope to have a minature one of those dangerous ones soon! that would be a treat, indeed!♥♥♥♥♥
Rena Cazares
I love pit bulls I own one and he is gorgeous and sweet just loves hugs to lay beside us. Hes huge but lovable. My baby is 2 yes old an his name is Moose.
Allison Bennett
Our little pitty is one of the best dogs we have ever had, smart, cuddly and just makes us laugh every day
Morris Collier
I decided to get a pitt a year and a half ago so I could make up my own mind about the breed! The dog has became a real family member. Should have done this long ago. So far so good!
rs kcolb
“Pit bull dogs possess unique and readily identifiable physical and behavioral traits which are capable of recognition both by dog owners of ordinary intelligence…”
– Ohio v. Anderson, Supreme Court of Ohio (1991)
mike barnes
Enough with pimping this beeed.. ask them mom of mankind who has been killed or mauled.. or the owner over thousands of dogs that have been killed by the breed..
Jody Gabriele
Have you ever owned one? Ive had this breed since birth( my uncle and grandfather had them) and myself and my cousins grew up with them.I owned a kennel with 32 adult APBTs,my kids,neices and nephews and now grandkids have been raised with them and not one bite from an APBT.
Tinamaria Moore
I had a pitbull terrier once. And it broke my heart when i had him put down. I got him when he was 9 weeks old. Everything was great at first. He loved my 16 year old son more than anyone else. He slept in my sons room. The two were inseperable. One day my son, my mother and i were sitting in the living room and FOR NO APPARENT REASON the dog started growling at my son. We were all surprised and a little frightened. I grabbed him by the collar and said “no”. He growled at my son on at least one more ocsasion. He also growled at my 3 yr old grandson and he almost bit mybest friends husband. All this happened within about 10 days. I talked to my vet and we had him put down before he tore somebodys face off. My daughter had a pitbull who was raised up with her 2 cats and one day her dog almost decapitated one of her cats. Her boyfriend had to shoot her dog because she would not release the cat.
Ive had 2 labrador retrievers, a german shepard, 3 boston terriers and a poodle. None of these dogs ever turned on us or killed any cats. My daughter has another pitbull terrier and has had no problems from this one. She is 6yrs old now. My daughter has no other pets and is very careful not to leave her dog around her child or anybody else without her being right there next to her dog.
Most pitbull owners are in denial about how dangerous these dogs can be. And when they attack they tend to blame the victim. I personally will never own another pitbull
Are gun owners or car owners in denial about what they have can do? Fact is, bad things can happen in life fron so many things. Let’s live & let live, and not advocate against something that brings joy.
I don’t know what caused your pit to turn although I was told by a trainer that this is not a breed issue so much as an individual dog issue. The only dog I’ve owned that harmed another dog was a sweet Boston Terrier I had when I was a teen who killed a poodle while my girl was being taken care of by my mother.
It’s crazy how people discriminate. I foster a beautiful 20 lb long haired dog that everyone wanted to adopt but he bit a trainer in the face and she had to get stitches, no warning. He went on to be adopted, so please don’t discriminate the pitties people, case by case right?
Rena cazares
It’s not the dog it’s the humans make them mean just like you can any dog. The bark is bigger then their bite. If you can’t handle one you shouldn’t own any dog. Pit bulls are kind lovable and they obey just like your child would.so all judgemental people Pit Bulls are trained to be mean and fight from ugly people out there who do this to these poor dogs.and they get the bad rap for it.
Did you even read the article? Or are you an anti-APBT troll? The writter clearly said they do bite people at times, and did not defend that. What they did do is offer facts. Like, more people die from Asprin, so do you advocate banning Aspirin? Gund? Cars? Hospitals, which cause death by errors? GROW UP!
You do a great job of avoiding the statistics that Pit bull attacks lead the human fatality category. “Respecting incidences” ? Did you really write that ? Are Pit bulls a small population ? Yes. Are they highly aggressive ? Yes ! Do they have the hardest bite ? No. Do they bite more than chihuahuas ? Maybe not, however when they do, they kill a lot more people than any other breed. Enough said ! Your solution is to get an insurance policy ? Will insurance policy paperwork defend against a Pit bull when its instincts kick in or will it just defend the owner from losing their home from the lawsuit when the K9 mauls a small child ? What a joke.
John McCabe
If you cant properly train and handle the breed you shouldnt have it its the owners not the dog. They were breed for herding, hunting, and guarding unless mixed with smaller quicker breeds for dog fighting
They were bred to fight dogs, though most were not even used for that. They were used for what you said. I would not recomend these breds for a 1st time dog owner.
OK, well, while they might make up the largest percent of dogs who kill, they are very far down the line of dogs who actually bite people. And there has to 1st be a bite to cause injury or death. Fact is Dachunds & German Shepherds are far more likely to bite. Before media hysteria (fake news) and lame demagogue politicians APBT was America’s dog & called the nanny dog.
Debi King
We must remember that the vast majority of dog bites – regardless of breed – are preventable. Parents must teach their children to be kind to and respectful of animals. Children should be taught not only how dogs communicate, but also what different body postures indicate (e.g. stiff posture, hackles up, etc.). If children are untrained and allowed to harass their dogs by pulling on ears and tails or crawling all over them, the parents are ultimately responsible if those dogs eventually bite to defend themselves. When adopting a rescue dog, of any breed, it is critical that families know as much as possible about the dog they’re adopting. Fortunately, many rescues (e.g. PittieLove Rescue in Massachusetts) carefully evaluate dogs to determine where they may have sensitivities that might make them inappropriate for very small children who are less able to understand and follow even the best instructions about being respectful. Even so, whether we are involved with shelters, rescues or looking to adopt, it is the responsibility of we humans to ensure that a dog is never put in a position where it feels the need to bite to defend itself.
Tinamaria Moore
Just as i said in my other comment. When pitbulls attack their owners tend to blame the victim
Well said! Isn’t it funny how the people who have been bitten or their kids have been bitten by a ” pitbull” type dog never accept any accountability in the situation…no dog just attacks without warning! All of the pitbull haters need to use better judgement and common sense and realize these dogs aren’t the “Terminator” they aren’t roaming around trying to get ride of the human race …their just dogs for Christ sakes!
So true,they don’t have an agenda, they’re not thinking ‘oh I’m going to kill someone today’. People often want this ideal dog that doesn’t need much attention or exercise and is complacent in sitting watching tv. All dogs need to be routinely socialized and get fun EXERCISE. I do agree that powerful dogs do need to be assessed professionally if they have been rescued. Sometimes “undoing” the damage that others have inflicted upon them sadly may not be safely possible. I’ve seen aggression in small terriers caused by fear. They were treated and went on to be amazing dogs. Unfortunately Pit Bull Terriers are big and powerful, do more damage and seen as monsters. Maybe before people put their hate on them, imagine them as small puppies and people mistreating them, kids terrorizing them, loud environment, chained in the yard, sad, lonely, bored and overstimulated with anxiety. Before you spill hate try to get the full picture before you hate anything.
Powerful, yes. Big, no. They are usually average size dogs at 55 lbs.
Sandra Patterson
You make a great point that we should be encouraging people to be educated on the different breeds as well as the fact that you can’t judge an entire breed of dog based on how a few media stories portrayed them. My sister is looking for a new dog, but she has been a bit skeptical about getting a pit bull or bully breed because of some overdone stories that she has read. I will be sure to talk to her about the fact that there are so many wonderful pit bulls that I think would be a great fit for her, and hopefully I will be able to at least change her mind about the breed.
Thank you for your open mind. Tell your sister to go to a shelter and spend some time with the pit bulls and other dogs there that might be considered bullies. But do not try to sell her that 2 bred is the best. All dogs are individuals.
Anita Child
Are pit bull attacks common? Typical pit bull activist answer, “ You are more likely to be killed by a coconut, an aspirin or falling out of bed.” This strategy is called change the subject instead of answering the question. The answer is-Yes they are common. In the US a person is killed by a pit bull about every 10-11 days. A person being mauled by a pit bull but surviving with hideous injuries like scalping, dismemberment, amputation, lacerations over multiple anatomical locations, amputations, defacing, is virtually a daily occurrence. Pit Bulls kill more people than all other breeds of dogs combined. Pit bulls were bred for centuries for maximum, explosive, relentless and unprovoked aggression. They were bred to kill other dogs in fighting pits and continue to be bred that way by the half billion dollar dog fighting industry in the US. Follow one of the many Victim Advocacy groups that have sprung up on Facebook and on the Internet since the Michael Vick case when pit bull rescue groups began to push pit bulls as the perfect family pet for a few weeks. You will suddenly be woke. The only dog that needs a break stick to wrench it’s Victim from its teeth. Pit bulls and their mixes kill and maul more animals, livestock and other peoples’ pets than all other breeds put together. What other breed needs advocacy groups dressing them up in pearls and flower wreaths to get them adopted. What other breed is overwhelming every animal control in every big city in this country? What other breed is banned in most of the industrialized world? Pit bulls are. They are banned in most of Europe, the UK, Russia, Israel, Malaysia, parts of Canada, over 900 cities and municipalities in the US. Delta Aurlines banned them from all their flights including pi bull service dogs after multiple serious attacks on passengers and crew, followed by Allegiant Air. Other Airlines will follow. What other breed is most likely to kill its owner or a member of the family- pit bulls and their mixes. Pit Bulls are because they kill. So far in the US in 2019 there have been about 15 people killed by pit bulls and their mixes. These dogs are dangerous because deadly aggression can appear suddenly at any time without warning and when they bite they don’t let go.
When it comes to choosing a family pet, caution is forgiving but regret is a life sentence and for some a death sentence. Just say no no to pit bulls. Oh and when a pit bull kills someone where does the breed ID come from? Most of the time from the family whose child or grandmother or mother was killed, or from the neighbors who know the dog or by the law enforcement that is called to the scene. There is no problem identifying a pit bull. That is just another strategy of their advocates called muddy the water. Follow Victim advocates for a few weeks. You will get woke real fast by the agony and anguish and regret associated with the pit bull type dog.
Please cite your sources for your statements. I’m curious to know where your information is coming from (and if you’ve actually done research or are merely regurgitating anti-bully sites who also refuse to research their “facts.”) How many dog breeds attack without warning? Zero. Ignorance on a human being’s part doesn’t translate to “no warning.” By the way, if I bite, I don’t let go either.
Thank you I agree
Here is data from a statistician compiled from a study over 10 years from the CDC which comes from veterinary offices which are adept at identifying breeds and emergency departments which have to identify breeds of injuries etc. I am a nurse and treat dog bites so I see patients come in with them and I also have a masters in public health so I’ve reviewed the data and have to report bites to the health department. I definitely am also an animal lover and am always conflicted when it comes to animals vs. people well-being being in the health field. I chose to live in the country so my dog has room to run. That said, the data compiled shows that over 65% of the fatal dog attacks are from pit bulls while they make up only 6.5% of the canine population (the population statistic that is murkily stated above as the author seems to say that a lot of dogs that seem like pits really aren’t). They also account for many more of the deaths of little kids (kids under the age of 10) than all other dog breeds combined. As a nurse that treats little kids this is really sad and tragic, especially as most of these little kids are killed by family pit bulls.

I think if people want to advocate for pits then it is a free country and everyone chooses what things are important (like triage – what I do at my job), but people need to recognize the reality of the statistics and say “It is worth the risk that this one breed overwhelmingly will kill the majority of adults and children in dog attacks, especially little children, many more so than any other breed. In fact, starkly so as we have seen with good data over 10 years. I think they should be allowed to be protected and that is more important than these deaths and safety risks to adults and children.” It is like some people thinking it is preferable to have parents let their kids not have to wear seatbelts in cars or helmets on motorbikes – taking freedom to an (in my opinion) extreme level. As long as people support something like this with their eyes open about the reality of it and don’t mislead others with an emotional argument that isn’t based in fact, well, it is a free country.


It is funny how you only see the facts that you feel validate your opinion. Why don’t you look up the statistics on violent crime and tell me what race commits the most crime even though they are a minority, Then say we should ban that race because of the statistics. Sounds ridiculous now doesn’t it? People aren’t bad because of race and dogs aren’t bad because of breed. Just like people they are products of their environment which can include abuse, poor breeding, lack of training or even mental illness. My family has owned pit bulls for a long time. We have had one put down due to aggresive behavior. Only one out of many. The rest have had no issues with aggression at all. If I had given up on the breed because of that one dog I would have missed out on some amazing dogs. Any death is a tradgedy especially of a child, I am not minimizing that. Precautions should always be taken. I would never leave a child unsupervised with any dog.
Same with us we had a pure Pit 120lbs of love good listening joy intelligence and laughter
But land lord no way
Then Providence shelter sold us some lies we had next a young Pit mix who was very abused and over bred….THAT is the difference…she will never be off a harness or never be left alone without a person who knows her & can handle our 60lb smarty pants we love but WOW a challenge since we bought her
No we didn’t return a dog who needed us
It’s unfortunate that Forbes didn’t provide accurate information. Most of their statistics as well as the extremely negative ones have dogbite.org as their source. Dogbite.org is run by one woman who has a vendetta against pit bulls. She even openly states that she considers any “bully breed” such as bulldogs, cane corso, boxer etc. in her pit bull bite statistics. A little research will show that her site has been discredited as are her statistics on pit bull fatal attacks.
You are entirely wrong about your “killed by a pit bull” statistics. Your deceit is quite immoral and wrong. So instead of simply appealing to emotion, go learn something.
You have no idea what your talking about SO DO NOT GROUP ALL PITBULL IN YOUR GROUP
Jody Gabriele
Dog agression and human agression are not related in any way.
Wouldn’t an aggressive human train a dog to be aggressive? That sounds related.
Colin Albers
They were trained for bull baiting, and are still used for hunting wild boar in the south. They are bred to be able to subdue a much larger animal than themselves. After, some sick individuals did breed them for fighting. This does not make them bad dogs.
Many dogs have aggression all because of human aggression they are very related
I was intrigued by your opinion, but then I stopped reading at “bred for centuries” … you clearly know nothing about the breed at all! Lol!
Saying that every pit bull is bad is like saying every apple is rotten.
Such ignorance! Remember people ” A mind is a terrible thing to waste” believing all the actual untruths and ( let me use a phrase you’ll be more likely to understand) FAKE NEWS is why the City shelters are over run with pitbull type dogs because people are forced to give up their dogs due to BSL and landlords that don’t except ” viscous” dogs so the dog who at one point had and was part of a family now is in a shelter and can’t get adopted because too many people want to believe the FAKE NEWS instead of adopting a great dog…are they all great dogs? No but that is with any breed including Labradors and Golden retrievers
My son grew up with pitbulls and omg he is 26 and his current dog is a pitbull that has NEVER bit anyone ever! The dogs he grew up with never bit anyone ever!
Your viewpoints are unfounded stop being a lemming and go volunteer at a shelter get to know the breed before you spread anymore FAKE NEWS.
I was a hater like you once and I’m ashamed of what I said about them. I was ignorant and only saw them with the idiots attracted to their powerful structure. I have fostered dogs, volunteered during disaster and have had special needs dogs. I have good dog experience now. I have 2 Pit Bull Terriers, both rescues, one is even deaf and both come to work with us and meet many people. So many people say “ I love pit bull terriers, they get such a bad rap”. Open your eyes to the true facts not the fear driven facts.
No, a person is not killed by a pit bull every 10-11 days in the U.S. There are around 24 deaths per year total from dog attacks, and approximately 6 of them are by “pit bull” types.

Where on Earth are you getting your “statistics”??

He is making them up or listening to fake news.
As I said to another, you have to 1st have the bite to have the injury or death. And APBTs as very far down the list of people biters. Why? Cause they were breed to fight dogs and be handled by people. Google, “pit bulls are just about the nicest dog there is.” You will see that only 1 dog scores higher with the American Temperament Association.
Roxann Buell
You spew nothing but lies !!! Shame on you !!! Find out about what you’re talking about before you do !!!
Is not the dogs, is the MONSTERS called ‘people’, who have cruelly hurt used caused them terrible suffering !!! I have one and know many people who do. They are the most loving and forgiving …rescues who have been done terrible things to,will still respond to the rescuer with happiness, tailgating . Why dont you watch ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’…educate yourself, rather than sitting in untrue hysteria.
Any type of animal needs to be taken care of weather you like the animal or not
Here’s the thing, when pit bulls bite, their bite will be stronger, than say a Chihuahua. This is the case with any strong breed — and there are a lot of strong breeds out there. Aggression is a normal behavior with that species; if they feel threatened, they will act on it — regardless of the breed. Us humans, just forget this and also find this normal behavior unacceptable.

The issue I have is when people cite that pit bulls inflicted the most fatal attacks. Where is this information coming from? My bet is dogsbite.org, an anti-pit bull site (and I am guessing its very small army of trolls are on this feed). Here is something to think about when you spew off these stats. No one knows if the breed was a pit bull. Or is it an American Staffy? Or a Bull Terrier? Or a mix?Or none of the above. No one. Not that site, not the media, not the officials. It is all self-reported (and how do these people know. There is no evidence that it was from an American Pit Bull terrier. That site, per its tax records, received under $50,000 in donations, and yet, they think they can identify breeds correctly. Again, I am interested in how? The CDC, the Center for Disease and Control, a multi-million-dollar government organization, stopped nearly 30 years ago trying to identify breeds in bite castes, because it was too hard. So, again, how is a $50,000 site able to do so?

Pitbull is a term, used often on unrecognized mixed breds.

American Pit Bull Terriers only have a really strong bite in the consideration of 1 specific muscle in the back of the jaw that helps them hold on. But as the article points out, many other dogs can exert more PSI when biting down.

I am reminded of the movie A Dogs Way Home, where all that was necessary to label a dog a “pit bull” was 3 animal control officers identifying it as such. crooked demagogues!

I only adopt pitbulls, and usually the ones that nobody wants: scarred, shaking, abused, etc. They are the most wonderful loving creatures who wake up every day filled with joy and somehow they know what you’ve done for them and they never forget it. I treat my girl like a princess and she deserves it.
God bless you I have a pit rescue and she is a angel and wonderful love her to death and I mean that
You are an amazing person!
My pup passed away last September and where I live currently I can’t have a pitbull…so I now have a Chihuahua…this little booger has bitten me more than my pit ever did when he was a puppy!
Maybe just go to your local shelter and take a pit for a walk. It will change your life!
Your anecdotal evidence does nothing
I owned a pitbull it was put to sleep for attacking Your anecdotal evidence does nothing
The point that is being made is that any dog can end up being “put down” for biting or exhibiting aggressive behavior. The victims that suffer is horrible and I don’t think anyone is trying to minimize this. You do not have to crucify one breed as being worse than another. Growing up it seemed about every decade some breed was labeled as the “bad breed” ….German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinscher. The crucification of one breed is made 10 times worse by the fact that there are numerous ways to get information. The secondary problems to this is that bad behavior, bad events, bad… are reported more readily than good behavior, deed, events. This has been scientifically proven over and over again.
{Negative events elicit more causal attributional activity than do positive
events (Peelers & Czapinski, 1990). People consider negative events longer and
survey more potential causal information than is true for positive or neutral
events (Abele, 1985 Bohner, Bless, Schwarz, & Strack, 1988; Wong, 1979; Wong &
Weiner, 1981; see Kanouse & Hanson, 1972). Negative acts also typically elicit
more extreme attributions (Birnbaum, 1972; Jones & Davis, 1965; Kanouse & Hanson,
When I worked in retail it was impressed upon me that if a customer has a bad experience they will go an tell 10 people about it and then those people will each tell 10 more, this pattern will repeat. When a person has a positive experience they will tell maybe 1 or 2 people. This pattern will to repeat but you can see how much more negatives are spread than positives.
About four years ago we adopted a pit bull terrier from a local shelter. We originally wanted a small dog but when we look at rescue dogs we are open minded that the one who “picks us” is the one we often adopt. Well this happen to be a year and half year old blue and white pit. She was the most adorable, loveable, intelligent, well behaved, (I can go on and on) dog. I would not for a million years thought I would ever own a pit. I was brainwashed like so many people. Just 2 weeks ago we lost her after a 6 month battle with a nasty, aggressive Lymphoma. Our baby girl was only barely 6 years old. I have many many dogs in life and loved everyone of them immensely but, she was different and had such a hold on everyone’s hearts in my family. So a few days ago we ended up going to another local shelter to get a dog/puppy and what did we end up coming home with—a pit bull terrier. She is 10 months old and has already captured our hearts. My main point is that I never ever considered adopting a pit much less two!!!
I want to end my reply by just stating again that I personally and most likely others feel the same way, that I am not in anyway minimizing the tragedy that can occur from any dog bite, attacks, lethal event but, one should not say that all are bad because of the actions of few.

Remember to love and praise any animal and you will have a friend for life.

Roxann Buell
Thank you. You put it so well, as many have on here. We got our best buddy, Connor boy,APBT, in 2017 at 1 year of age, after having lost our 9 year old Lab, suddenly to stomach twisting. I have had large dogs and a couple little biter ones, all my life…Doberman, Shepperd/Collie, Lab, Rottweiller, and Rott/Husky, from birth..my Bo, lost him in 2015, just short of 16, very hard.
Anyway, a couple have said on here how the Pits just won over their hearts…as did Connor…he had ours from the 1st moment. I have never seen a dog who sooo totally Loves people…hugs, kisses, wants to be with, sit on…so simply loves people !!! Even the ones that WICKED people have treated so badly !!! Still Love people…in most cases. I see it on PitBulls n Parolees. People need to,STOP labeling. ANY dog has the potential to bite. I wish these people would STOP making it worse for this wonderful breed !!!
I have had 2 pit bulls. One was a Red Nose, and the other is an American Pit Bull Terrier. Both are amazing! I highly recommend Pit Bulls because all I have seen with my dogs is they are loyal, very well tempted,loving, affectionate, caring, etc. Hell, they are part of my family. I love them with all my heart! Best dog breed ever.
Red nose is not a breed . It’s just a color of the dogs nose. It’s a recessive color as well. Meaning both parents have to carry that color Gene to produce that color dog/ nose. But again, it’s just a color the American Pit Bull Terriers can be.
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This article: you’re more likely to die from licking a stamp than a pit bull. Seems legit. Lol. How about we compare it to another breed? I came to this site looking for answers and statistics and it’s just a biased pit bull owner shoving an agenda down my throat. I want to form my own judgement based on quantifiable data in every category not just where it fits the bias. Anyone know where I can find that about pits in comparison with other dog breed? Thanks!
rs kcolb
not here because all you’re going to get this pitbull propaganda and redirection.
They deny statistics and genetics. If they do not have a proper rebuttal they will then turn the personal attacks. No other dog breed needs a PR team.
You must be a bot from dogs bite.com because your the only one biased here other people are giving their factual testimony because they OWN these dogs…
If you want comparisons to other dog breeds the American veterinary society has published numorous articles about the temperament of APBT and pitbull type dogs and they score in the top 20 best breeds to own.
Deny genetics? Why it it only in the last 20 to 30 years have pit bulls become a problem when infact the breed and type has been around since the 1800s? It’s because of idiots who ruined the dogs with indiscriminately breeding for looks, money or just because they have 2 dogs. As a owner and breeder and a professional groomer and I do show dogs in confirmation shows, and studied dog behavior, plus have trained dogs, I can attest there are far worse breeds out there. And I’m not one that believes there are no bad dogs only bad owners bs either. There ARE bad dogs who should be put down. The problem though is again people that have no business breeding dogs. These dogs have high prey drive. They also tend to not like other animals. Just because a dog may get along with say a cat for the first 2 years of it’s life doesn’t mean it always will. Too many people think they will (and I’ve seen labs kill other animals so it’s not just pit bulls) Animal aggression and human aggression are 2 separate things as well. The APBT was never bred or kept to be human aggressive. For their original purpose They COULDNT be because of how much they were handled by people. (And I am not saying there has never been. I’m just saying that this was not and still is not a desirable trait). But again, it boils down to idiots who shouldn’t be breeding their dogs, people that don’t understand dog behavior, giving human traits to dogs and raising dogs like they are a human child rather than a dog this teaching them their place.
Roxann Buell
It’s the cruel, MONSTROUS people who should be put down. What choice does the dog have ? They were wild, but, people interfered and domesticated them and are shocked if they act like a dog would’ve if left wild. It would kill to eat. Seriously.
Most people, thankfully, on here have and understand not just this breed, but dogs, in general and Love them. I get sooo tired of the hatred. Towards the dogs, in the Congress. To those doing it, kindly STOP it.
I have no idea what you mean. Your statement can be taken 2 ways. As for genitics, American Pit Bull Terriers had human agression bred out of them. No other bred has been so unfairly demonized….so they deserve a good PR team.
Cheryl M
I have a 16 year old APBT she is the most loving, loyal girl there is they are all it’s all in how they are raised there wonderful dogs!!
Chad M
I have 1 yr old blue nose pit named Bo. I’ve had several dogs over the years and number of different breeds and Bo is probably the least likely to bite of any dog I’ve ever owned. He’s never even growled at a human… Not once. He’s sensitive to praise and scolding and seems more attuned than most dogs to human actions emotion and expression- the opposite of a violent or dangerous animal.
i am using this for a report thx so much
I’ve seen a few nuts on here talking trash about a dog breed. If you think you are so superior than a dog,why go out of your way to click on this article and spew nonsense? Just hateful, useless words. This is exactly why so many people value dogs over humans. I’ve known more good dogs than bad. Each breed has their own characteristics but you have to meet each individual dog to know if it’s dangerous or not. I know for a fact my pit bull mix is an angel. He is like any other dog. All dogs growl at certain people they are suspicious of(because they are protective). Some dogs don’t get along with each other. Some have more energy than others. Is it so hard to understand that? I don’t care that in one specific case someone got hurt by a dog and it happened to be a pit bull because i hear 10 more stories with labs, huskies, German Shepards, e.t.c.. For someone to suggest a whole breed is evil is moronic. If anyone is aggressive and dangerous it’s HUMANS. For those who are true animal lovers, and have a heart, will agree.
You are absolutely right.
Pit bulls are the most loving dogs I ever met.
I wish I could “thumbs up” this comment more than once! I couldn’t agree more.
Roxann Buell
Thank you
Keri Ricketts
I have pitbull terrier dogs as pets. They are the most loyal and loveable dog I know. I don’t allow any of my dogs to fight no play fighting of any kind. I have one that I call Angel, when I got her she was 12 weeks old, she is now a year and a half old. When I first got her my Husband worked on a semi and was gone all the time, my husband didn’t care for her much because he was scared and didn’t like her type of breed. But as she got bigger she was determined to get him to like her, and she did . She has one blue eye and one green eye. Her eyes get him everytime, he will tell her no about something and she will stand in front of him and pat her two front paws and look him straight in the eyes and he gives in to her no matter how mad he is at anything. Her eyes do it everytime. Now he loves her so much that if anything ever was to happen to her he would go nuts.He no longer works on a semi he gets to spend alot of time with her and he wouldn’t trade her for the world. People have a bad look on pitbulls, but the truth be known I love pitbulls and I believe they can be really good dogs. My dogs don’t bite people and they are not allowed to fight at all. They are very friendly. People that have met my pitbulls can’t believe how friendly they are. I don’t let very many people around my dogs so they really don’t know alot of people but when new people do meet them, they can’t believe how friendly they are. They are like big teddy bears. Angel is my baby, she is just like a child to me. She is like my shadow. She follows me everywhere
I have a pitbull mix named lexus. She’s amazing with the kids. We take in stray kittens and she nurses them yet she’s only 10 months old. She would never harm anyone. I guess dogs will adapt to their owners characteristics. We love cats and so does lexus. She sleeps with us in our bed and awakes with us. Can’t imagine a day without her.
The lovely pitbull piece of garbage landed me in the hospital with broken hand and mauled ear . my poor service dog also was mauled .. I wish I had something to put him down with but I don’t carry a weapon. Anyone that owns these killer Pit bulls should be put in a cage with them and mauled to death. All u pitbull lovers should really think a million times over if u have children and own this killer breed. They are evil killer dogs that need to all be put to death.
Carole Edwards-Warren
I’m sorry that you got bitten, but would you say what you did if you were bitten by a German Shepherd or Lab or Husky? My guess is probably not. Here is some advice for you, get over your hate. In the long run it will do much more damage to you then the bite you suffered. Have a good life!
Roxann Buell
Very valid points, thank you.
Your probably lying…I have two pitbulls and they sleep right next to my son…no problem… everyone I know owns pits and have never had problems…
And if you really did get attacked…maybe it’s because your service dog is an a**hole and started s**t with the pitbull…
Deonte Toliver
Ive been bitten too by a pitbull but then i got a chance to know the owner and watch him raise another pitbull..i would say it had more to do with the owner than the dog
Jody Gabriele
Did you ever think of blaming who was at fault,the dogs owner!
This is a bot comment…I have seen this comment on several other pitbull articles…
Nice try dogsbite.com sorry more people don’t support your non profit hate group.
You are a horible person saying what should happen to others. But you make a good case for the 2nd ammendment. People should be able to protect themselves and family at any time. I wonder, do you get mad at people who swim in the ocean for the rare chance of a shark attack?
I was attacked by ur so called breed a pitbull he mailed me and my dog . they are evil
That sounds like a you problem. And why are you even on this website.
Roxann Buell
only because of us in humanity we are the one that makes them like that and they are lovley dogs if you try to not just decide to touch one without asking they wont hurt you
I have so many questions! Where did he mail you? Did he send your dog to the same place? How many stamps did he need? Maybe you mean he mailed a package to you and your dog, which is incredibly thoughtful, SUCH a PB thing to do. My PBs get mail all the time bc I use them as my username, my dogs get a ton of stuff from ebay.
Omg lmao holy Crap I’m doubling over I can’t breath I’m laughing so hard slice I was thinking same thing I’m a proud owner of a beautiful pitbull hazel her name.
Catherine Celaya
Do you know the damage pitbulls do in an attack? Do you know the pitbulls who do attack are usual living digs until that moment? Do you know that people have disabilities or other issues that affect their typing skills? You are the epitome of the classic pitbull owner. If your dogs attack hopefully it is you and not some innocent person or dog who doesn’t choose to own a dangerous dig. Oh and if I typed the wrong word consider it because I have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. Shame on you
My dig passed away in September and he never attacked me ….ps I also have arthritis it’s not your hands fault you can’t
S P E L L another person who can’t be accountable for their actions! Smh!
Of ALL dog breeds- Pitbulls have the highest incidence of lethal dog bites- by far- and its a statistically significant landslide. And when u break down the facts- they are virtually the ONLY breed known to have the ability- or tendency- to kill ADULTS (kids are most often killed among all lethal breeds). Comparing Pitbull biting deaths to tylenol overdoses is irresponsible. When choosing a dog breed- one should understand that- in general- if u buy a Pitbull there is a small chance it will kill you. If you buy ANY other breed- you are significantly reducibg that chance and most breeds have a zero chance! Good to know!
Carole Edwards-Warren
First of all, get your facts straight before you post them. Tylenol is not asprin. Duh.
If you buy a car, there is actually a pretty decent chance that will kill you. Pretty much everything else you say is factually inaccurate or a misrepresentation. Good game.
That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard… you should be ashamed of yourself…
If it was up too you…you would kill all the pitbulls…
Where did you get this stat?
As I keep saying, you have to 1st have the dog bite to get the injury. And APBTs are far less likely to bite people than most other dogs. You get a car, you are risking injury. Do you now advocate we should ban cars? Do you have a problem with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? It may seem lame to compare an OTC drug to a dog bite, or that hospital mistakes cause more deaths than guns. But facts are necessary. People need to know that things fake news & Demogogue politicians are not right.
BobbieJoe Kenny
The list of “Bully Breeds” is absolutely false. Bully breeds are compiled of approximately five breeds, depending on reliable sources, it may fluctuate between 4-6. Brachycephaly type dogs do not even remotely resemble a pit style dog. Pit bulls have very dominant physical characteristics and are easily recognizable due in part to all the truthful negative publicity they receive.
What the article is trying to show is a list of dogs that are commonly discriminated. And bracycephaly types do ressemble them. In fact some are in these breds. Bulldogs for one. And Boston Terriers, which are a small cousin of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
BobbieJoe Kenny
If this weren’t a biased pro-pit article, I’m sure my comments would be displayed. Weird how there are abusive pro pitters spewing garbage but anti pit comments don’t need make the cut! Dang. Sounds like censorship and a media platform with an agenda!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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So you consider facts to be for 1 side of an issue, or do you just hate facts?
Harold Roberts
Its useless to try and make sense of people like this that love animals over humans. Their life is so screwed up that need an animal instead. They make all kind of insane excuses for Pit bull dogs that its sounds like a recorded broke record repeating over and over. Fact is they don’t care because they aren’t right in the head to began with. The IQ level is so low its amazing. Their house stink, they stink and kiss stinky dogs in the mouth. They wouldn’t care if a pit killed 50 kids in one day. All they know how to do with their feeble little brain is blame owners regardless of what happens. But it really don’t matter who owns what when they kill someone because they are disgusting animals that won’t let go. You all make make me sick. You’re so fake its ridiculous.
Having empathy and affectionate for a non-human doesn’t make anyone stupid. If fact, I think the ability to develop relationships across a species indicates a level of emotional maturity and is where the rubber meets the road if you truly value life. Now, I certainly care about my dogs more than I do for most humans and I certainly have not heard anything from you that confirms the superiority of humanity and I’m certain you couldn’t explain to me why you think your life is more valuable to the world than that of another species, but for you folks keeping score at home, loving an animal is not mutually exclusive from loving humanity or caring about their problems as well. Thank god that IQs aren’t judged on accurate punctuation and grammatically correct sentence structure.
People need to understand that for example humans,dogs or horses can have all the love & care possible & there will still be a few bad apples. On the other hand they can be abused & no affection & still turn out wonderful. Sometimes one of them will turn out bad no matter what the circumstances. Interestingly enough I have read that the highest rate of dog bites in U.S. is from the most popular dog in the U.S., the labrador retriever. The news media is a big problem. To draw more attention to their article they will for example say truck-driver crashes into car carrying a family of 4 killing everyone. Making it sound like a monster tractor-trailer when it was some poor guy in a pick-up & it might not have even been his fault. Same with dog attacks, not worried about the facts about what breed of dog it actually is. To sensationalise their article they say pit-bull attack when most times it wasn’t. But they don’t care to check the facts, all they care about is selling their article.
I don’t know where you got that bite statistics. It is well known now that the Dachshund is the top biter in the US, with chihuahua & jack Russell close. In England, the German Shepherd was recently reported as the top biter. Now, I am not saying that labs and retrievers are perfect. They are warned that not always suitable for kids, as they might confuse hands with the object to retrieve. (There seems to be a link. I will have to check it out.)
Intelligence, HEART, amazing threat discernment, trainability, unsurpassed AWESOME physical athleticism……Loyalty and willingness to please, protect, prevail In every situation…shall I continue???
WHy are pit bulls mistreated
Cause there killers
no they are not i kinda with i could sew you
No THEY’RE not
Roxann Buell
Because many people are EVIL MONSTERS that get SICK DELIGHT from causing horrible pain to animal or humans, like pedophiles, rapists, murderers.
how many breeds are there in total
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
How many dog breeds are there? Is that what you are asking? That answer varies depending on the source.
Robert and Leah
how do I know what my Bully is mixed with???
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
You could do a dog dna test to see what breeds make up your dog.
John Doe
I love dogs with all my heart, but just want to point out that this info is not only biased, it just plain lies. A 5 year study done at a Philadelphia hospital of dog bite injuries found that “almost 51 percent of the attacks were from pit bulls, almost 9 percent were from Rottweilers, and 6 percent were mixes of those two breeds.” There is no arguing that pit bulls are inherently vicious, as they only represent 5% of the dogs in the US (3.91 million out of 78.1), yet account for over half of all bites. Just because they don’t kill every time doesn’t mean they’re safe, and to state otherwise is not only irresponsible, it’s dangerous.
Not John Doe
You basically ignored this entire article, spouted a few “facts” taken out of context and used your implicit biases to tell us why you think that pit bulls are inherently dangerous.

First, the 5% figure comes from the dogs that are registered by its owners. A lot of people dont register their dogs, especially in neighborhoods where pit bulls are prevelant. An actual number of pit bulls out there is much higher.

Second, as the article stated pit bulls are misreprented because most people cant tell pit bulls apart from other similar looking bully breeds. Dog bites are reported by people who were bit or their parents. If a dog looks like a pit bull they will say that it was a pit bull regardless of whether that is accurate or not.

Third, pit bull and other bully breeds attract bad owners and bad people in general. Anyone can walk into a dog shelter and walk out with one of these dogs in an hour of time. I know this because I have adopted both of my dogs from rescue shelters. Also, adoption fees for these dogs are much lower than for other breeds. Pit bulls need discipline, boundaries, lots of exercise and some sort of a job/purpose. They also need love, affection and to be socialized with both people and other animals. If you cant provide these things for your dog you should not own a pit bull. Further more, drug dealers and criminals use these dogs as guard dogs, breeding dogs and fighting dogs. They predisposition their pit bulls to be aggressive and violent by beating them, using them as bait dogs, making them fight for food, etc.

Fourth, if you have ever owned a dog or know anything about dogs you should know that a dog is a dog regardless of what breed it is. They all communicate and react to their environment in similar fashion. Dogs process information in a very different way than humans. They rely on body language more than anything else when dealing with strangers. Even a small child can appear as a threat to a 50-70lb dog, especially when standing and leaning over the dog to pet them. A grown up human is about 3 times the size of a pitbull. How would you feel if a 15 foot tall stranger would walk up to you and try to pet you? It is humans job to recognize what a dog is telling you with its body language. I own 2 pit bulls and have been around dozens (maybe more) of others without ever getting bit. And my dogs have never bitten anyone in 7 and 5 years that I ve had them.

Fifth, all dogs bite. I prefer that mine bite chewing bones, play ropes and other toys. For those dogs whose owners’ irresponsible behavior leads them to biting people, the only thing that separates pit bulls from the rest is their size, strenght, athletic ability, bite power and people who own them. It is unfortunate that the media has labeled pit bulls this way without holding people who own them accountable. It is also unfortunate that dog fighting and dog abuse cases are not taken more seriously.

Sixth, before pit bulls were known as fighting dogs they were known as nanny dogs because of their protective nature combined with their gentleness towards children. This article also states a true fact that pit bulls pass behavioral tests at a higher rate than most other breeds. To state that all pit bulls are dangerous because bad owners turn some of them to be that way is a lie. And you sir, are a liar for repeating that lie.

Darlene LaBelle
If I may add.
Seven, Philadelphia is one of the highest cities for dog fighting if not the highest in the country. Which may account for the high number of strays and aggressive Pitbull and Pitbull mix type dogs running the streets after being thrown out of fighting when their usefulness is done. These dogs have been abused they’re fearful of humans they’re starving and probably sick. These dogs do not make themselves mean. They shouldn’t be punished for what they’ve been made to become. People should be punished!
BobbieJoe Kenny
I love how it’s the people’s fault when their beloved pet turns in them. Ignoring statistics doesn’t make you right. It makes you uneducated.
Carole Edwards-Warren
More ignorant babble!
Who has said that? The article said how dogs do bite people. Ignoring statistics does not equate to uneducated. It means one is a liar, which you are.
Carole Edwards-Warren
Thank you Darlene. I get so frustrated and angry at people who act so self-righteous regarding their “knowledge” of pit bulls. In fact, I’m more likely to bite them instead of my pit!
Roxann Buell
Oh the people/monsters surely should !!!
Not John but Jane Doe
Listen up!! I absolutely love the way you handled and answered this John Doe goon. You said everything correctly and made sense of what you shed light on with great examples. As far as biting goes, heck, Humans bite people (whether in domestic violence or fights or not) all the time and it is not reported by the news media either. John Doe’s bite is abusive when not altogether true. Teach your friends and family to respect all living things. Stop scaring the masses unnecessarily and get a bunny rabbit to guard and protect your family and home.
BobbieJoe Kenny
Spouting undeniable facts doesn’t make him the liar. It makes you naive and unobjective. And no, most people don’t lump mastiffs and Boston terriers into the pit bull category. That is this article denying facts and skewing the truth. Pit bull deaths related to people and animals are a real thing. They fill up the shelters, cause millions of dollars in insurance claims, and they’ve been known to turn without provocation. Even the ones who haven’t been abused, neglected or unsocialized. But nice try.
But how do you know it really is an American pit bull terrier? Are they DNA tested?
Well, most people don’t know that a Boston Terrier is a smaller cousin of the pit bull. But they certainly realize both are terriers. As they do with Yorkies or Jack Russells. The article did not lie, you misunderstood, because you had your mind made up & did not like what you read. Try working in an animal shelter. You will see the reasons dogs wer given up. Common reasons include, landlord doesn’t allow any pets, or moving. No one has said that there are no bad apples who do bad without provocation, and we will not say they should be excuses.
But we do realize that there are reasons for the behavior (bad breeding, raising, etc).