Pit Bull Facts

Pit Bulls make wonderful companions and can be a great addition to families in the right living situation. They do require responsible, dedicated, and informed ownership, and many times, rescue Pit Bulls require an extra dose of love. 

Pit Bull Facts

Pit Bulls make wonderful companions and can be a great addition to families in the right living situation. They do require responsible, dedicated, and informed ownership, and many times, rescue Pit Bulls require an extra dose of love. 

About the Breed

We love all bully breeds and especially Pit Bulls! We have seen too many of them wind up in shelters or abandoned because they have a bad rap. However, we know them for what they really are: lovable, loyal companions who just want your affection and attention - just like every other dog!

Here is some basic information to help you think twice about this breed and their stereotypes

1. Let’s start with the fact that Pit Bulls are not actually a breed of dog. The term refers to a variety of breeds of about 10 dogs, like the American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, bulldog and other such mixes of dogs. It is a generic term often used to describe all dogs with similar traits and characteristics often known in general public as “Pit Bulls”. While there is an American Pit Bull Terrier breed they only make up a very small percentage of dogs.

2. In the early part of the last century, Pit Bulls were known as “Nanny Dogs”. It may be hard to believe now with all of the bad press they receive, but Pit Bulls were the breed of choice among parents with young children. If you left your kid with a Pit Bull, they were safe!

3. They were originally bred to drive and catch livestock and to serve as the ideal family companions.

4. Pit Bulls were not bred as guard dogs because they were too friendly.

5. They do not have locking jaws. This is a myth!

6. To piggyback on fact number five: Pit Bulls also don’t have the strongest bite among all dog breeds. German Shepherds and Rottweilers actually have a more powerful bite.

7. As many as 75% of mixed breed dogs in animal shelters, including Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are misidentified as the wrong breed.

8. They are not inherently aggressive dogs. In fact, in temperance tests, Pit Bulls were the second most tolerant breed behind Golden Retrievers. The least tolerant was the Chihuahua.

Characteristics

1. Let’s start with the fact that Pit Bulls are not actually a breed of dog. The term refers to a variety of breeds of about 10 dogs, like the American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, bulldog and other such mixes of dogs. It is a generic term often used to describe all dogs with similar traits and characteristics often known in general public as “Pit Bulls”. While there is an American Pit Bull Terrier breed they only make up a very small percentage of dogs.

2. In the early part of the last century, Pit Bulls were known as “Nanny Dogs”. It may be hard to believe now with all of the bad press they receive, but Pit Bulls were the breed of choice among parents with young children. If you left your kid with a Pit Bull, they were safe!

3. They were originally bred to drive and catch livestock and to serve as the ideal family companions.

4. Pit Bulls were not bred as guard dogs because they were too friendly.

5. They do not have locking jaws. This is a myth!

6. To piggyback on fact number five: Pit Bulls also don’t have the strongest bite among all dog breeds. German Shepherds and Rottweilers actually have a more powerful bite.

7. As many as 75% of mixed breed dogs in animal shelters, including Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are misidentified as the wrong breed.

8. They are not inherently aggressive dogs. In fact, in temperance tests, Pit Bulls were the second most tolerant breed behind Golden Retrievers. The least tolerant was the Chihuahua.

Characteristics

Pit Bulls are intelligent, agile, loving, faithful, and  extremely trainable. They love snuggling up to you to give you tons of kisses, they will be your most faithful companion. Pits put they’re all into whatever they start! 

One of the most endearing traits of Pit Bulls is their love of people and need for affection. They love cuddling, showering kisses, and spending time with their people. A lot of Pit Bulls think they’re lap dogs, despite their bulky frames! In fact, the American Pit Bull Terrier has a passing score of 82.3% on the American Temperament Test Society’s tests.

Characteristics

Pit Bulls are intelligent, agile, loving, faithful, and  extremely trainable. They love snuggling up to you to give you tons of kisses, they will be your most faithful companion. Pits put they’re all into whatever they start! 

One of the most endearing traits of Pit Bulls is their love of people and need for affection. They love cuddling, showering kisses, and spending time with their people. A lot of Pit Bulls think they’re lap dogs, despite their bulky frames! In fact, the American Pit Bull Terrier has a passing score of 82.3% on the American Temperament Test Society’s tests.