Pet Adoption | October is Pit Bull Awareness Month - PLUS! Common Myths Surrounding the Breed and the Facts

October is Pit Bull Awareness Month and Dante here, wanted to provide some insight to this highly misunderstood breed.

First of all, the term Pit Bull is actually not a breed, but an umbrella term like “Hound”, “Terrier” and “Shepherd” that includes the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Pit Bulls were once a proud American icon that included war heroes, movie stars, police and service dogs. However, over time, the actions of a few that have taken the great qualities like loyalty, strength and an eagerness to please and used them in a negative way, have caused the entire breed to be criticized.

Here are some common myths surrounding the breed and the facts:
  • Myth: Pit Bulls have jaws that lock. Fact: No such mechanism exists, neither do they have any greater biting pressure than most breeds.

  • Myth: Pit Bulls are all inherently vicious. Fact: This is a stereotype that is biased toward generalization and based on the actions of a few bad people. Each dog, no matter the breed, should be evaluated by its own merits

  • Myth: Pit Bulls are naturally aggressive to people. Fact: Pit Bulls are naturally people friendly unless TAUGHT differently

  • Myth: It is unsafe to get a Pit Bull from a shelter. Fact: most shelters have an extensive temperament testing that ALL dogs must go through.

Dante would also like to add his own personal 2 cents. First of all, he’s not a serious as his picture would intimate. He’s a fun loving, goofy, affectionate little (he’s a mini-pitty) guy with the most adorable underbite and absolutely gorgeous brindle markings.

Please call Animal Control of Aransas County at: 361-790-0151 for an appointment to meet Dante or any of the other wonderful, adoptable dogs there.

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