When you think of a Pit Bull, you often think of the common stereotype of the Pit being “vicious” or “unfit for family life.” This could not be farther from the truth. These beliefs are based on the dog fighting stereotype. Those who are involved in dog fighting often choose the Pit due to their strength and level of endurance.
There is a myth that the Pit has a locking jaw. This is also a myth. When comparing the skull of the Pit to the skull of other dogs, you will see every dog’s skull shares the same basic characteristics. Dog skulls do vary in size, though. You may notice that when a Pit attacks, their jaw does stay shut. This is not due to a locked jaw, this is due to their amount of determination to succeed or please their pet parent.
The next myth which concerns those who are considering adopting a Pit previously involved in dog fighting is that a dog who is aggressive to other dogs will also be aggressive to humans. It is crucial to understand there are many different types of aggression. Dog to dog aggression is much different than dog to human aggression. Just because a dog does not get along well with other dogs does not mean he will not be a great family companion in a home without other dogs.
It is unfortunate that this stereotype has come to be associated with the Pit Bull. The Pit Bull is actually an excellent family companion. Throughout history, they were known to be “nanny” dogs due to their gentle demeanor with children. When trained correctly, with love and dedication, the Pit is known to be one of the best dogs to provide your family and is actually known to be more of a family dog than a guard dog.
There are an alarming number of dogs in shelters and of course some of these are Pit Bull breeds. Unfortunately, adopting a Pit Bull is becoming more and more difficult due to the negative stereotype associated with the breed. For example, if you own a home, often your homeowner’s insurance will raise. If you rent, this is often a breed which is not permitted to be in your home or requires a larger pet security deposit.
The fact is that any dog can be dangerous if raised improperly. Any breed, any size dog can result in bodily harm to you or your family if they are not raised correctly. Pit Bulls were chosen to fight due to their extreme strength, endurance and ability to be trained easily.
Getting to know the breed is of the utmost importance prior to judging them. Many Pit parents will tell you what an incredible family member they have gained by adopting a Pit. Those who have given this breed a chance are very happy with their decision. Since many people are reluctant to give this breed a chance, there are a significant number of Pit breeds available at shelters both large and small. If you are able to adopt this breed and are looking for a loving, dedicated dog, PetFinder can help you find a local shelter to adopt.