Pit Bulls–The History Of America’s Most Feared Dog

A patriotic black and white Pit Bull stands in front of the American flag.

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October is Pit Bull Awareness Month. We take time this month to fight some of the negative stereotypes and myths around Pit Bulls. Did you know that many breeds fall under the category of “Pit Bull?” It’s true, and it’s a fact that is often used to separate families from their beloved dogs due to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). BSL often targets and bans Pit Bull type dogs or any breeds deemed “aggressive.”

Why is there so much fear of Pit Bull type dogs? Well for one, the media loves to spread stories of dangerous dogs. Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and other breeds have all, at one point or another, faced similar treatment in America. Also, people easily peddle misinformation, bias, and fear on the internet. Not to mention, gangs often use Pit Bulls in dog fighting rings, which does nothing to soften their image. Pit Bulls have it rough, and their reputation also often prevents them from finding loving forever homes.

You may not be familiar with the history of Pit Bulls in America. Take a listen to the NPR broadcast below that explains the facts, myths, and misinformation surrounding Pit Bulls. If you learn something new, share it with a friend during Pit Bull Awareness Month. It’s time to clear the air around Pit Bulls and spread the truth.

Do you have a loving Pit Bull at home? Are you going to spread the word about Pit Bull Awareness Month? Let us know in the comments below!