The American Pit Bull Terrier was the most popular family dog in the beginning of the 20th century. What happened? How did this breed become so maligned and misunderstood?

Petey of the Little Rascals was a Pit Bull. Helen Keller owned a Pit Bull.

Don't Believe the "Bull"!
Pit Bulls are not an aggressive breed of dog.
*According to the American Temperament Testing Association, APBTs have an 85.3% passing rate, compared to a passing rate of 81.9% for all breeds on average. 
*In the test a dog is placed in a series of confrontational situations. The first sign of aggression or panic is a failure of the test.
*Click here to view an article on the new Alabama Supreme Court's ruling that there is no genetic evidence that one breed of dog is more dangerous than another.

In addition to being an animal welfare issue, dogfighting is a child welfare issue. The adults involved in dog fighting often bring their children to watch. Children are further desensitized to violence in an already violent society.

Cruelty investigators report that dog fighting attracts individuals involved in gambling, drug dealing, illegal weapons, and gangs. The correlation of animal Cruelty/Abuse with Serial Killers can clearly be seen by clicking here

Pit Bulls Used to be Considered American Heroes
During World War I , the Pit Bull was often used to represent America. In the photo to the left, the Pit Bull (representing the American military) is protecting kittens (representing the American people) from the German Mastiff (representing the German armed forces).
It is not accurate to assess a dog based on appearance, pedigree or history.

Every individual animal needs to be evaluated on its own merits. There is no reason to assume that because a dog has been injured and scarred that he/she is unadoptable, or should be termed a "fighter" or "bait dog".

Some animal shelters condemn any dog that has a pit bull look as "unadoptable" without any evaluation. This death sentence is unfair and unsound.

Owner education and careful animal selection is the key to successful adoptions . All animal shelters must be careful to protect the American Pit Bull Terriers from owners who are incapable and unwilling to provide responsible ownership.

Max before

Max after

Pit Bull Heroes

Popsicle, drug sniffing dog for the federal government.
Click here for his story.

STUBBY, Pit Bull Terrier mix, WWI. The most decorated war dog in U.S. history.

She saved 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and a cat
during a flood in Southern California. Click here for her story.

Hey Harper, Lily's sneaking a drink out of your sippy cup!

Click here to read the fantastic article in City Talk. We're guessing the photo above is Maddie's (to the right) long lost ancestor because the resemblance is uncanny.

Due to media bias and frenzy, the public has been mislead into thinking Pit Bull attacks are of epidemic proportions.  For weekly updates on dog attacks and biased media reporting, sign up with the KC dog blog

Did you know....

1.) About 40 people (children) per year die by drowning in 5-gallon water pails. A person, during their lifetime, is 16 times more likely to drown in a 5-gallon water pail than to be killed by a Pit Bull.

2.) Approximately 50 children in the US are killed every year by their cribs - 25 times the number of children and adults killed by Pit Bulls.

3.) Approximately 150 people are killed every year by falling coconuts. Therefore, you are more than 60 TIMES MORE LIKELY to be killed by a PALM TREE than a Pit Bull.

4.) Each year, 350 people drown in their bathtubs. You are 151 times more likely to be killed by your bathtub than you are by a Pit Bull.

5) Every year, more than 2,000 children in the U.S. are killed by their parents or guardians either through abuse or neglect. A child is more than 800 times more likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a Pit Bull.

6) It can be estimated that for every Pit Bull who kills, there are 10.5 MILLION that DON'T!

Extensive research and investigation has conclusively identified the ownership/management practices that are at the root of the rare, but perfect, storm when a dog becomes dangerous.

Function of Dog –

Owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of the household for purposes other than as family pets (i.e. guarding/ protection, fighting, intimidation/status, irresponsible and negligent breeding).

Owner Management & Control of Dogs

Owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowledgably supervise interaction between children and dogs.

Reproductive Status of Dog –

Owners failing to spay or neuter animals not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.

In 2006, 97% of the fatal attacks were the result of one or more of these reckless or criminal ownership practices.

See below for even more pit bull facts and myths courtesy of:
Pit Bull Myths and Facts Infographic

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