“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?

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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 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, a 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.

So just how common are fatal Pit Bull attacks? According to multiple resources, an individual is 200 times more likely to die from taking over the counter aspirin. Yet, how often do you hear of people dying from taking aspirin in the news? Many Pit Bull and bully breed haters are encouraged by this media reporting bias.

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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Jason
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 mŷ 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.
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!
Negan
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.
Betty
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.
Isobel
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.
Negan
I know a woman who has a pure APBT that weighs close to 100 Lbs.
Nikki
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.
Coral
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.
Coral
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.
Negan
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.
Matthew
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
Negan
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.
Heather
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.
Negan
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!
Joseph
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
Negan
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.
Negan
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
Barbi
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!
Heather
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.
Negan
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.
Negan
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.
Niki
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.
Cheryl
Thank you I agree
Drew
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.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2018/09/13/americas-most-dangerous-dog-breeds-infographic/#18136bce62f8

Ronda
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.
Shaw
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
Steve
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.
Cheryl
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.
Negan
Wouldn’t an aggressive human train a dog to be aggressive? That sounds related.
Shaw
Many dogs have aggression all because of human aggression they are very related
Kat
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!
Pekmez
Saying that every pit bull is bad is like saying every apple is rotten.
Barbi
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.
Heather
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.
Susan
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”??

Negan
He is making them up or listening to fake news.
Negan
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.
Natalie
Any type of animal needs to be taken care of weather you like the animal or not
Lacey
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?

Negan
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!

Pmllny
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.
Cheryl
God bless you I have a pit rescue and she is a angel and wonderful love her to death and I mean that
Barbi
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!
Trudy
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
mari
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,
1972).}
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.

Shanna
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.
Marie
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.