Pit bulls are not an actual breed, but a general term that encompasses several different breeds. And yet, that’s the smallest controversy that surrounds them. There are a lot of myths about pit bulls, so let’s try to dispel some of them with these 15 facts about pit bulls:
- The American Pit Bull Terrier is a “family breed” and a “companion breed”.
- Some of the breeds that fall under the “pit bull umbrella” are – the American Pit Bull Terrier, the America Staffordshire Terriers, the Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japenese Tosa, Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Bulldog.
- Pit bulls are indeed a competitive breed, which is why people used them for pit fights. With the proper training, however, they can be very mild and friendly animals.
- “Dog aggression” and “human aggression” are different things. Pit bulls are competitive toward dogs but are highly obedient and friendly toward people.
- Pit bulls are highly intelligent dogs, but can still be tricky to train, because of their strong instincts. They require a skillful hand.
- A well-trained pit bull is among the most lovable and affectionate dogs you can meet.
- Pit bulls are very playful and require a lot of exercise, but they actually view themselves as “lap dogs”. Pit bulls love to snuggle and sleep on top of their humans.
- As with any other intelligent dog breed, Pit bulls can be a bit head-strong and stubborn. No list of facts about pit bulls can be complete without acknowledging this fact.
- Pit bull breeds are very mixed, so it’s often recommended to get a pit bull from a breeder and not a shelter – this way you can be certain of the dog’s history.
- It’s a myth that you shouldn’t get a grown pit bull. Whether a pit bull is going to be aggressive or submissive depends entirely on its history. If you’re not sure of your skills as a trainer, it’s a good idea to get an adult pit bull that’s already been properly and professionally trained.
- Pit bulls are expert “fence climbers”. Few fences are high enough to stop a pit bull. Take a look at this Pit Bull climbing a 12-foot fence, for example.
- Pit bulls are not good guard dogs. They love people too much and will need to be specifically trained to be aggressive toward people. And that, obviously, would be horrible.
- Pit bulls don’t have locking jaws. That’s a stupid myth – pit bulls have the same jaws as any other dog. They are quite strong and muscular, but that’s it.
- Razor Edge Pit Bulls and Blue Nose Pit Bulls are very sought-after pit bull breeds. Razor edges are even gentler than other pit bulls and Blue noses have a unique coloration.
- About a century ago, Pit bulls were praised as “America’s dogs” and were included on countless of ads and posters. Today, they are “America’s most abused dogs”.
There are a lot of other facts about pit bulls that we can go through, but hopefully, these several points gave you a little more insight on these incredible dogs.