There are around 340, Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized dog breeds in the world. Each breed has its own characteristics in terms of appearance, health and behavior. American Pit Bull Terrier is a highly popular yet, widely misunderstood breed. Here are five less known facts about them.
1. ‘Pit Bull’ isn’t a Breed
‘Pit Bull’ is only a generic term for bully breeds and their mixes. These breeds include Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Boxers and even Boston Terriers.
2. Pit Bulls Have Great Temperaments
According to the American Temperament Testing Society, a Pit Bull’s temperament beats Golden Retrievers, Beagles and many other breeds more known for this quality. Therefore, a well-trained and well-treated Pit Bull will make a wonderful family dog.
3. They Don’t Make Good Guard Dogs
Despite the common misconception, Pit Bulls are not suitable as guard dogs. They are highly social dogs. Naturally, they are very trusting and friendly. Hence, they are more likely to greet an intruder with a lot of love!
Pit Bulls love to work as much as they love to play! Therefore, they are great when it comes to dog sports, search and rescue, bomb detention and as service and therapy dogs.
4. The Long History of the American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terriers were brought to America by the English settlers. Therefore, the breeds history predates the United States! Back in the day, Pit Bulls were bred and used to hunt large animals and control livestock as well as for cruel intentions such as bull baiting and dog fighting.
5. High in Popularity
Thirty to forty percent of the entire dog population in the United States is comprised of Pit Bulls! Sadly, Pit Bulls have been abused for decades. There are many myths surrounding Pit Bulls such as supernatural jaw strength and locking jaws.
Furthermore, about 77% of all canine abuse cases involve Pit Bulls. Therefore, it’s very important that any dog lover does the required research before buying or adopting a Pit Bull. Here are some ways that you can support Pit Bulls. Find some touching Pit Bull rescue stories here.