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Facts and myths about Pit Bulls

Pit Bull mix playing in the snow
Pit Bull mix playing in the snow
AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe

Myths about Pit Bulls

1. Pit Bulls have locking jaws
2. A Pit Bull’s skull cannot contain its brain, therefore making it insane
3. Pit Bulls are always aggressive
4. Pit Bulls do not feel pain
5. Only drug dealers and gang members own Pit Bulls
6. Pit Bulls cannot be trained or controlled

Facts about Pit Bulls

1. Pit Bull is not a breed of dog, however, many breeds fall under the Pit Bull umbrella
2. Pit Bulls make great pets
3. Pit Bulls are abused by dog fighters
4. Few Pit Bulls are “human aggressive”
5. Pit Bulls are commonly used in positive ways, such as therapy dogs

Famous Pit Bulls

1. Sergeant Stubby was a Pit Bull war hero wounded in action twice and credited with saving his platoon
2. Petey on the Little Rascals
3. The RCA dog
4. The Buster Brown dog
5. Helen Keller, Teddy Roosevelt and General George Patton all owned Pit Bulls

If you believe someone is involved in dog fighting, call the dog fighting hotline that is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States at 1-877-847-4787. If you know that a dog fight is in progress, call the police at 9-1-1 immediately, then call the hotline. All information is confidential and you might receive a cash reward.


  • Elgin Dogs Examiner 5 years ago

    Thanks for setting the record straight!

  • Gloria Gibson 5 years ago

    The picture of the pit bull mix playing in the snow looks like someone I know? Thanks again for the informative article about pit bulls! We need articles like this to educate the public...You ROCK Kathy :-)

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