The Truth About Pit Bulls

Posted by Jolie Peters
(@Jolie Peters)

The saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad dogs, only bad owners.” This mantra especially applies when considering the plight of the Pit Bull. As this infographic shows, Pit Bulls have received extremely unjust treatment from the media, law enforcement, and society at large.

Pit Bull is a broad term that encapsulates several breeds, including the American Pit Bull Terrier, English Bulldogs, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. These defenseless animals have gotten a bad rep because the breed is commonly used in the underground dog fighting world. However, a 2014 study by the American Veterinary Medical Association found that the breed itself is a poor predictor of dog attacks, and in fact the owners are a better indicator of viciousness.

Because Pit Bull attacks are more common in the media than attacks by other breeds, certain states have enacted breed-specific legislation against the dogs. These laws have resulted in countless numbers of animals being euthanized, and removed from their loving owners care.

This infographic debunks many of the notions people have about Pit Bulls, and sheds light on just how strong, beautiful, and caring these animals can be. It’s time that we drop our stereotypes about the breed as a whole, and start pointing the blame at reckless dog owners who don’t properly train their animals. We need to start protecting Pit Bull just like we would a Pekingese or Pointer.

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