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Want to know the truth? Bully Breed Myths exposed!

"Pit Bulls have locking jaws."
There is nothing about a Pit Bull's jaws that would greatly distinguish them from the jaws of any other breed. The breed's jaws can't lock any more than a Poodle's can. Pit Bulls do have a lot of jaw-strength, however. The wide jaws allow them to hold onto an object, even dangling mid-air. This is a trait that comes from the bulldog ancestors of the breed. Jaw strength was needed in order for a dog to be proficient at bullbaiting, in which the dog would grab the bull by the nose and hang on until the enraged animal was subdued.

Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia: "The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier."

"Pit Bulls can hold on with their front teeth while chewing with their back teeth."
Another physical impossibility. Pit Bull jaws are constructed in the same way any other breed's jaws are.

"All Pit Bulls are vicious", or "Pit Bulls are born mean".
No one breed as a whole is bad, the same as no one race of humans is bad. Much has to do with the individual, it's genes, upbringing, and training. In the case of Pit Bulls, a breed that was created to be especially gentle with people, all of the human aggressive dogs are victims of one or more of the following: poor breeding, bad training, or irresponsible upbringing. There are thousands upon thousands of Pit Bulls that are loving, loyal, safe pets, who will live and die without ever having bitten a human. They are the proof that this "born bad" idea is fiction, pure and simple.

"Pit Bulls have more jaw strength per square inch (psi) than any other breed." This is pure speculation, as there is no reliable way to test psi jaw pressure. In testing, many variables come into play (what is driving the dog to bite, how motivated is the dog, etc ), and it also has a lot to do with the individual dog, itself. The results vary greatly.

"Dogs that are aggressive towards other animals are automatically aggressive towards people."
Human aggression in dogs is entirely different than aggression directed at other animals. Aggression towards animals is a natural trait of the breed (as it is in many terrier breeds, among others). Historically, humans were always in the pit, handling fighting dogs closely, while the animals were in full fight drive. A dog that was a danger to people and prone to biting was not feasible, and therefore carefully selected against.

"Pit Bulls attack more people than any other breed."
(Also, please see Breed ID)
Bite statistics actually show otherwise. More popular breeds that are generally considered to be "nice dogs" top the majority of lists. It may seem to the general public who is constantly bombarded with disturbing reports on Pit Bull attacks that this is the only breed that harms humans with any great regularity. However, the fact remains that Pit Bulls are hot news items. Dogs of all breeds and mixes bite and attack people all the time, but it is mainly the Pit Bull bites that get sensationalized. A report about the local Golden Retriever that attacks and maims a child isn't considered newsworthy. No one wants to believe that any dogs--even the fuzzy, cute, popular ones--are capable of biting. It's much easier to blow up and sensationalize a story about a vicious dog when it's a member of a breed who's reputation preceeds it. Pit Bulls are already considered the demons. All the reporters have to do is stand in front of the camera, look horrified, and say, "A Pit Bull did it".

"The only people that own Pit Bulls are criminals, and the only thing the breed is good for is dog fighting."
The majority of Pit Bulls are owned by normal dog-loving folk. Pit Bulls are kept as companions; they're used as working dogs involved in search and rescue, therapy, and police service; they compete in obedience, conformation, agility, tracking, and schutzhund; the list goes on and on. The breed is very versitile, due to the fact that the traits that make a good fighting dog also make for a good [insert your activity here] dog. Plus, although pit fighting was the main activity the breed was originally created for and involved in, there were also many other functions the breed was used for during it's developement. This breed is truly a jack-of-all-trades.

"Red or blue nose dogs are: a special type of Pit Bull / rare / worth more than black nose dogs":
The answer to all of the above is: FALSE!!!

Sure, we've all read the shocking headlines about pit bulls attacking someone or about Michael Vick's fighting dogs but the truth is, just like children, how the dog is raised or trained and it's life experience are what make the biggest impact on temperament.  Pit Bulls are not the right kind of dog for every family, but they can be loyal and loving family members for the right person.
Many breeds of dogs are incorrectly called "pit bulls" but, specifically, a Pit Bull is either an American Pit Bull Terrier, American, Staffordshire Terrier or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  Like other terrier breeds, the Pit Bull is an intelligent and athletic dog who thrives on positive training. 

Any breed of dog has the potential to be aggressive.  Here are some tips to keep you and your children safe:
  • Never approach a strange, loose dog.  Call your local Animal Control, they have the proper training to help a stray dog.
  • Never let your children play unsupervised with a dog, especially one who is not accustomed to kids
Never pet a dog without asking the owner for permission first.

Want to learn the TRUTH behind Pit Bulls, and so called "Bully Breeds?"  Thinking about adopting a Bully Breed? Please visit http://www.pbrc.net for some VERY useful information along with many bullies looking for forever homes!

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Why do you think the Pit Bull reputation has become as tarnished as it is today? How did a dog that was once considered to be a decorated war hero and wonderful family pet suddenly turn into the vicious, unpredictable creature we see today on the nightly news?
The answer is a simple one really, the dogs have not changed over the years, but the types of people seeking ownership of these dogs has.

Responsible owners of pet Pitbulls need to stand up and show the world the wonderful characteristics of this breed, but we must be careful how this is done. Not everyone wants to cuddle up with or pet your bully, so use common sense when determining when and how to show your dog off.
I feel confident that if well all follow the tips below that we will begin to start a grassroots revival of the Pit Bull as an accepted family pet, instead of a dangerous dog which is best suited for breed specific bans.

Want to Learn More?

Check out the following pages for more information on Pit Bulls and other "Bully Breed" dogs...
Petey from "Our Gang" was a Pit Bull.
Sargent Stubby, a Pit Bull, was the most decorated dog in U.S. history in WWI.
Helen Keller and her pit bull Sir Thomas.
Wil Weaton and his pit bull Seamus.
Photo credit: Wil Wheaton Twitter
Rachael Ray and her pit bull Isaboo.
Photo credit: rachaelray.com
Kaley Cuoco star of “Big Bang Theory” owns 3 pit bulls.
Photo credit: Kaley Cuoco Facebook