“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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Kirtiranjan
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.
Maria
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.

Mike
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.
Celia
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.
Maria
Blue nose isn’t a kind or type, it’s a color of nose leather, there is no blue nose pit bull.
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.
Doglover
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?

Rae
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.
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.
Rae
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.
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.
John
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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