5 Things Everybody Should Know About Pit Bulls

October 25, 2020 2 min read 15 Comments

October may be full of great coffee, pumpkin festivals and favorite sweatshirts, but we wanted to take a moment and highlight October 26th -  National Pit Bull Awareness Day, an important date to all of us here at Grounds & Hounds. So, in honor of these pups, let's look at 5 things everyone should know about pibbles!

1). Pit Bulls Are Not A Breed

Contrary to popular belief, Pit Bulls are not actually a breed. In fact, they are made up of a collection of four breeds - the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bulldog. Up to 25 breeds are mistaken for Pit Bulls and due to mistaken identity, this leads people to misreport Pit Bulls incidents and ultimately further the negative stereotype surrounding them. 

2). Most Shelter Dogs Are Pit Bulls

Sadly, 40% of our block-headed friends make up shelters across the U.S. Further, being categorized as a "pittie" will most likely mean an even longer stay at the facility and in many cases, euthanasia. 

3). Pit Bulls CAN Be Rehabilitated 

Often times, people live under the assumption that pitties who have experienced trauma cannot be rehabilitated to be great family dogs or even service pups. In one instance out of Virginia, a Pit Bull was trained to be a highly efficient drug sniffing dog! 

4). Pit Bulls Are Not Actually More Aggressive 

While some of society believes that Pit Bulls are more threatening, they couldn't be farther from the truth. In actuality, a study that came out of the University of Pennsylvania noted that pitties are no more aggressive than any other breed towards strangers or their owners. 

5). Pit Bulls Do NOT Have Locking Jaws

Finally, we'd like to take a moment to address the rampant myth surrounding the idea that Pit Bulls have "locking jaws" or that they are physically different than any other breed. In reality, they don't even have the strongest bite of all breeds. To put it simply, they have big heads and even bigger hearts. 

This October 26th, we hope you join us on National Pit Bull Awareness Day and help us to end the stigma surrounding these pups so they too can have a second chance at a bright, and adventure-filled future. Happy National Pit Bull Awareness Day from all of us at Grounds & Hounds


15 Responses

Barbara Howell
Barbara Howell

November 18, 2021

Thank you so much for shining the spotlight on pit bulls. They are so devoted and sweet! I love my pit -Raul!

Charles
Charles

November 18, 2021

I’ve had 4 pitties among 14 or so doggers and they areas sweet and gentle as can be. IF a pitties attacks someone, check the owner out carefully.

Charles
Charles

November 18, 2021

I’ve had 4 pitties among 14 or so doggers and they areas sweet and gentle as can be. IF a pitties attacks someone, check the owner out carefully.

Kimberly Vengel
Kimberly Vengel

November 18, 2021

We adopted our “ pittie” from a small but dedicated rescue that responded to the shelter looking for help to save her. She waited in animal control for two weeks with a shattered back leg while they reached out for someone to pay for the surgery .We adopted her right after her cast was removed and she was spayed . We treated her for heart worms and she has been free and clear for over a year , even after everything she’s been through she is the most loving dog we’ve ever had ! She is our first pit bull but definitely won’t be the last . Highly intelligent and intuitive dogs, she is amazing!

Sheila
Sheila

November 18, 2021

I rescued my first pittie this past January and she is a staffy bull mix from Texas. Margaux is the smartest and most loving dog I have ever owned. Was always a lab person…after having my girl, will always have a pittie! Thank you for supporting these wonderful dogs!

Bonnie
Bonnie

November 18, 2021

We found our potties, Daisy, outside our fence on a summer day when the temperature was 96 degrees. After posting pictures, nobody claimed her. We found her original owner once we found she had a chip, but he didn’t want her and had given her away. We already had other dogs, but she fit right in and got along with everybody, so we kept her. She is now an only dog and spoiled rotten. One of the best and smartest dogs we’ve ever had. We love her.

Alice
Alice

November 18, 2021

I have been honored to be loved by three exceptional pibbles in my life so far. I will never be without one of the most loving, kind hearted, truly wonderful dogs again. Big head big brain! Big heart big kisses! My favorite forever.

Linda
Linda

April 16, 2021

I adopted Leo my pit bull 2 years ago. I already had a lab about the same age. My husband was not too happy about it he was afraid Leo would jump on coco. They are best buds now no trouble at all. My husband Loves him and we try to teach people about what fine dogs they are.❤️❤️

Tammie Burnette
Tammie Burnette

April 16, 2021

I Foster rescue dogs sadly most of them are pits that were saved from death row they are the most awesome loyal loving dogs I’ve ever came across and even though some of them weigh 50 to 60 lb they still think that their lap dogs. Thank you so much for trying to raise awareness these are actually very loving and loyal dogs

Denis Brezik
Denis Brezik

April 06, 2021

My son found a female pit bull and I was scared i told him get rid of it he came over she is the friendliest smartest dog i’ve seen yea i was one of those STUPID people she is fantastic dog .

Carole Lyn Kane
Carole Lyn Kane

November 02, 2020

We’ve had 2 pitties in our life. Our newest pittie is a bluenose named Erica. She is such a sweetie and extremely kind! I’ve never met another dog (pit or not) as lovable, polite and kind as Erica.

Krista Smith
Krista Smith

October 26, 2020

It makes me happy to see companies promoting awareness of this misunderstood breed and trying to set the record straight. These dogs are so goofy and sweet and it is such a shame that so many are euthanized just for being what they are. I hope one day more people give these dogs a chance and work to end bans on them, not just in the US but all over the world.

Nancy Boyd
Nancy Boyd

October 26, 2020

We love our Sophie who is a wonderful pit bull!!! She’s the biggest love bug ever!!!!🐾🐾🐾🐾

Felicia Fruia
Felicia Fruia

October 26, 2020

I love this! Thank you for sharing this, and for clearing up some common misconceptions about pities! I have rescued several over the years, and they have been amazing and wonderful family dogs!

Sheri
Sheri

October 26, 2020

Thank you for helping raise awareness. I am always so saddened by people who think that all pitties are mean. It is mostly because they are not aware or do not have experience with them.

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