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15 facts about pit bulls

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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:

  1. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a “family breed” and a “companion breed”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. “Dog aggression” and “human aggression” are different things. Pit bulls are competitive toward dogs but are highly obedient and friendly toward people.
  5. Pit bulls are highly intelligent dogs, but can still be tricky to train, because of their strong instincts. They require a skillful hand.
  6. A well-trained pit bull is among the most lovable and affectionate dogs you can meet.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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