It's a fact that pit bulls are one of the most maligned and misunderstood dogs in the world. It's unfair, but pit bulls seldom garner positive publicity. Ignorance about the breed takes the form of inaccurate myths: "Don't pit bulls have locking jaws? Aren't they just vicious by nature?" The breed has also suffered from the stigma of erroneous media coverage and general misinformation, leading to city-wide bans, pets being torn away from their families, and the deaths of countless innocent dogs. One in four of all animals brought into shelters are pit bulls, and their average euthanasia rate hovers at 93 percent across the board. Pit bull rescues can only save so many.Something needs to be done to save this breed from its undeserved bad reputation.Thankfully, there have been recent movements to educate people to the truth behind the most common pit bull myths. If given the chance, pit bulls can be very loving companions, and in some communities, they have even become heroes, saving people and their guardians from harm. It's time to strip away preconceptions and show what loving companions these dogs can be. Learn the top myths surrounding pit bulls and why they're untrue, then help debunk them by telling your family, friends, and social media followers the real truth about pit bulls.
Pit bulls have locking jaws.
Pit bulls are naturally aggressive towards people.
Like all terriers, pit bulls might show some aggression towards other dogs if they're not socialized properly. However, pit bulls have no innate human-aggressive tendencies and are naturally kind and loving with humans. When the "bully lines" were initially being conceived and engineered by human breeders, aggression towards humans was specifically bred out of these dogs to encourage obedience, and the propensity for pleasing the master was to be the paramount hallmark of pit bull personality traits.
Pit bulls are affectionate, intelligent, and highly trainable dogs. The highest obedience trial record of all time is held by an American Pit Bull Terrier named Maddy.
Pit bulls can 'snap' and turn on a person.
Pit bulls are good guard dogs.
The only way in which the pit bull makes a good guard dog is through its appearance and its much maligned reputation. Unfortunately, in the past, they have been linked with disreputable people, such as drug dealers. This should not reflect on the dog.The pit bull breed has a natural love of people, so consider what these awful human beings had to do to these dogs to make them aggressive.