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Pitbulls: Myths and Facts

There are many myths about pit bulls being spread around in today’s society. These myths are being used to “prove” that pit bulls are the most dangerous dog breed in the world. But the problem with that is, they are all false. And I am here to give you the facts. We need to help our four legged friends, and stop letting the government bully these “bully” breeds.

Myth 1 : Pit bulls have locking jaws. This myth was created to make us believe that pit bulls are dangerous because once they bite something, it is almost impossible to make them let go because their jaws “lock.” And this is one of the big reasons they are feared so much.

Fact : There is nothing unique about a pit bulls jaws, there is nothing mechanically or morphologically different in a pit bulls jaws. Their jaws are just like any other breeds.

Myth 2 : Pit bulls have biting power measuring 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. I don’t think you need me to tell you this is an EXTREMELY high number, and if it were true it would be quite frightening. But…

Fact : The average pounds of pressure per square inch of biting power in dogs is 320. In one test the biting pressures of 3 breeds (German shepherd, Pit Bull, and Rottweiler) were all tested. Of those 3 breeds, pit bulls had the least bite pressure. Given this fact I would love to hear where someone came up with the “1,000 pounds of pressure.”

Myth 3 : Pit bulls are aggressive dogs. Straight forward accusation….

Fact : In a temperament test done in 2010-2011 pit bulls scored higher than 121 other breeds. Pit bulls showed a temperament score of 86.4%. In fact, pit bulls beat out some of today’s most popular breeds, including, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and Chihuahua’s.

Myth 3 Continued : People began claiming that while there are a few pit bulls with good temperaments, they are just the exception, not the rule.

Fact : The American Temperament Test shows pit bulls consistently score above the average for all breeds tested, year in and year out.

Myth 4 : Pit bulls attack without warning. This piece of information is supposed to make it hard for people to trust a pit bull; they’re always worried about it turning.

Fact : NO dog EVER just attacks without warning. There are ALWAYS signs, and pit bulls show those signs just like any other breed. Many people just ignore or do not recognize the signals.

Myth 5 : Pit bulls attack people more than any other breed.

Fact : There are over 20 breeds that are often confused with the pit bull, so when any of these breeds attack, their numbers are lumped together. This makes for inaccurate information.

Fact : Over 90% of all dog attacks were by unaltered animals. Did you know, there has NEVER been an attack by an altered family pit bull. *See below for family pit bull details.*

***There are 2 different kinds of “owned” pit bulls. There is the family pit bull, and the resident pit bull. A family pit bull stays in the house with the family, gets a lot of socializing time with people, and has responsible pet owners. A resident pit bull is a dog that is kept outside (sometimes on a chain), gets little to no family interaction, and is kept by irresponsible pet owners.***

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JeanC wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:19 PM

The worst dogs I have ever dealt with were small aggressive mutts of mixed breeds that were not socialized properly. I have several friends with pits and they are the best behaved dogs I have ever met, simply because they have good owners who see to it they have good training and social skills.

paigea wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:26 PM

It is unfortunate that poorly trained owners leads to these myths

Began1988 wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:46 PM

I have never let a "mean" dog that I have been afraid of, because I know they're just scared. At the rescue where I used to work there was a "mean" little Chihuahua (I LOVE Chihs) and when I went up to her cage she was snarling, growling, barking - I watched 2 grown men walk away from her like they were scared. In LESS than a minute I was sticking my fingers through the bars and she was giving me kisses and pressing her body against the bars so I could pet her. They just need someone to take a little bit of time to show them we won't hurt them.

Began1988 wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:48 PM

Yes, bad owners and uneducated people making rash judgements are the biggest problems here.

Carmelanirel wrote on January 5, 2015, 8:10 PM

I was shocked when I first read this information about the locking jaw being a myth and I think it is just plain wrong for the media to spread this kind of lies, like the other 99% of lies they tell. emoticon :sad:

Began1988 wrote on January 5, 2015, 8:36 PM

Yeah! I wish the media would educate themselves and get with the times! If they would stop spreading lies about these dogs, then other people wouldn't be so ignorant!

Carmelanirel wrote on January 6, 2015, 7:35 AM

They won't, not until whoever is in charge of what is shared will learn. I am sure the reporters know the truth, but they can't just say what they want without losing their job.