5 Myths About Pitbull Breeds You Shouldn't Believe
5 Myths About Pitbull Breeds You Shouldn't Believe
Pitbull breeds often get a bad reputation in the dog world. But there are some myths out there that don't do the breed justice. Here's the truth.
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Pitbulls have been getting a bad reputation in the dog world for a number of years.
While that reputation has been increasingly debunked, it still persists, thanks in large part to the media's focus on isolated incidents of attacks.
In reality, Pitbull breeds are no more dangerous than many other dog breeds. They are easily trained, smart dogs that can get along great with children and other dogs, which makes them a great addition to families.
If you're still on the fence about whether a Pitbull is the right choice for your family, check out this list of 5 common myths about Pitbulls that you shouldn't believe.
1. Pitbulls are Bred for Violence
It's a common myth that Pitbull breeds are bred for violence.
But while there have been instances throughout history when Pitbulls were bred for fighting, that isn't the whole truth.
Pitbulls were originally bred away from Olde English Bulldogs. Olde English Bulldogs, popular in the early 1800's, were bred with terriers and then released into "pits" where they fought a variety of other animals.
But when Americans started bringing these mixed breeds over in the late 1800's, fighting often wasn't on the agenda.
The True Role of Pitbulls and Fighting to Protect the Breed
Instead, they were used for various jobs on farms, for protecting families, and more.
While specific breeders have, and continue to, breed Pitbulls for fighting, these cases are isolated. Sometimes these incidents gain national attention, and for many years after, Pitbulls have a bad reputation.
Throughout history, popular public figures have stepped up to fight against this myth. These include everyone from Thomas Edison and Helen Keller to Kaley Cuoco and Jennifer Aniston.
2. Pitbulls are More Prone to Violence than Other Dog Breeds
Just as it isn't true that all Pitbulls are bred for violence, it isn't true that all Pitbulls are naturally dangerous.
Pitbulls are far from the only breed to gain a bad reputation for temperament because of a few isolated incidents of violence.
In the 1970's, drug dealers in cities like New York and Detroit favored Dobermans for guard dogs. Selective breeding and encouragement of violent, dangerous behavior led to the entire Doberman breed gaining a bad reputation. By the 1980's, that reputation had been largely overcome.
Taking the place of Dobermans as the so-called most dangerous breed in the 1980's was the German Shepherd.
This reputation may have stemmed from an increased effort by police to stop the rampant drug problems of the 1970's. As drug dealers were training Dobermans, police were training German Shepherds.
As a result, for much of the 1980's, German Shepherds were increasingly regarded as dangerous, which also may have led some breeders to begin encouraging these traits to sell fight dogs.
Perhaps the strangest breed to gain a reputation for violence is the Rottweiler.
Rottweilers are not a naturally violent breed in the least, and are actually difficult to provoke. And yet, their strong, large stature led them to gain a reputation for danger during the 1990's, though that reputation has long since died off.
Now, Pitbulls are facing their period of misunderstanding, having gained a reputation for violence in the 2000's that they have just started to shed.
3. Pitbull Breeds are Easy to Care For
While this may not be a negative myth, it is still a myth.
Like all dog breeds, Pitbulls come with their share of challenges.
Pitbulls, Like Any Breed, Require Training
If not trained properly, Pitbulls may show aggression by barking and even sometimes attacking other dogs. While these tendencies can be avoided, consistent training is necessary while the dog is still young.
Like many other dog breeds, Pitbulls may also chew everything in sight.
If they do not implement proper training, inexperienced Pitbull owners may quickly become frustrated when their dog is constantly chewing everything from shoes to furniture.
Exercise for an Active Breed
Besides training for good behavior and to avoid bad ones, Pitbulls also need plenty of exercise. Like most large dog breeds, they are full of energy. If they don't have a way to release that energy, they may do so through habits like chewing or playing aggressively with other dogs.
Helping your Pitbull stay active and release energy has an added benefit. It can also help you get active yourself!
In contrast to the extra training that Pitbulls require, they are generally very healthy, which means that they require less medical care than many other breeds.
4. Pitbulls Can't Be Family Pets
Though some have disputed whether the stereotype is accurate, Pitbulls have been historically been referred to as "Nanny dogs."
While the name may not be accurate, the reputation for being great family dogs is. Pitbulls, when trained correctly, can be great with children and with other dogs.
They can be quite doting towards their family, as well as protective, though they are often more apt to bark at potential intruders than to attack them.
5. There is Only One Breed of Pitbull
While the name Pitbull is most often used to refer to the American Pitbull Terrier, there are actually several Pitbull breeds.
Another one of the Pitbull breeds that is usually referred to simply as Pitbull is the American Staffordshire Terrier.
But the Straffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bulldog are both considered Pitbull breeds as well.
Luckily for these breeds, the reputation for violence has largely been relegated only to the American Pitbull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier.
But in reality, none of the Pitbull breeds are violent or dangerous by nature. Though all of them, including the American Bulldog, have been bred for fighting in isolated cases throughout history.
Interested in Adding a Pitbull to Your Family?
Despite their negative reputation, Pitbull breeds are loyal, easily trained, loving dogs that can make a great addition to any family.
But like any other dog breed, owners should be prepared. Pitbulls will need proper care and training, as well as plenty of activity to deal with their energetic personalities.
If you're thinking about adding one of these wonderful dogs to your family, contact us today to learn more and to see what puppies we have available at this time.