Amongst all of the dog breeds, the one that often causes the most controversy would have to be the American Pit Bull Terrier. Despite its reputation as an aggressive breed, there are many who love these dogs for their friendly attitude and easy-going temperament. While education and outreach have helped the American Pit Bull build a better reputation in recent years, there are still some misconceptions about these beautiful and kind pups. Here are 5 facts you need to know to get to know the real Pit Bull.
Where Do Pit Bulls Get Their Bad Reputation?
One of the reasons this breed has such a bad rap is from its violent beginnings. The Pit Bull originated in Great Britain as a fighting dog. Bull and bear baiting were popular forms of entertainment in England back before the 1800s, and Pit Bulls were the most commonly used dog in this sport. As these blood sports became illegal in 1835, dog on dog fighting gained popularity. As a result, many people still consider them dangerous, when quite the opposite is true. If raised in a loving home, and trained correctly, behind all that muscle is a heart of gold.
Pit Bulls Score Big on Personality
Pit Bulls score an 86.8% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Collies, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers. Out of 122 different canine breeds that take the test, the Pit Bull (or Pibble as we know them) rank 4th for passing the test.
Pit Bulls Have Been American War Mascots
The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900s that the United States’ used them as a mascot for not only World War I, but also World War II. They were featured on recruiting and propaganda posters during this period, making them an icon in American military history.
Pit Bulls Are Very Loving
The Pit Bull is a very loving breed. With proper training and early socialization, Pibbles make wonderful family companions. They might just be the most friendly and happiest dogs you will ever meet. Not to mention, the Pit Bull is loyal for life. While Pit Bulls are not good guard dogs because they just love people so much, they may intercede if someone threatens “their” humans. This canine really is one big gentle, loveable pup. The average Pit Bull is more likely to lick you than bite you.
Pit Bulls Watch Over Children
Pit Bulls have had a long-standing nickname of “Nanny Dog” because historically they have proven to be very good with children. They are very protective of their “human puppies”, enjoy playing with them, and tend to constantly watch over them as if they were their own pups.
Pit Bulls make excellent pets in a caring home where they are properly trained, and loved. With enough help spreading the word, someday we hope they are much less misunderstood. They deserve it.