5 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Pitbulls
Let’s be honest, a lot of people have a negative perception about Pit Bulls. In fact, Pit Bulls have such a bad reputation that they are completely banned in the United Kingdom!
But in reality, they are awesome dogs! Don’t believe me? Check out this great video that illustrates a social experiment about Pit Bulls and how people perceive them (in the video, a Chihuahua is more aggressive than the Pit Bull!):
Sadly, the bad reputation that Pit Bulls have is due to humans and how we used them throughout history. Pit Bulls originate from Great Britain where in the 1200s they were specifically bred for baiting bears and bulls. That is actually how they got their name, as they would be put into a pit with a bull to fight the large animal. After the baiting of bears and bulls became illegal, Pit Bulls were turned on each other and used for illegal dog fighting.
So to help dispel the myth that Pit Bulls are naturally viscous dogs that should be avoided, I want to tell you about some interesting facts about the Pit Bull that you perhaps did not even know about.
5 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Pitbulls:
Pit Bull Is Not A Breed
Pit Bull is actually an umbrella term that refers to several different breeds. These include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
These breeds are generally grouped together as Pit Bulls, as they have similar physical characteristics. They are in fact so similar, that often even experts cannot tell them apart.
In the US, the most common breed to be referred to as a Pit Bull is the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Attempts Have Been Made To Rebrand Their Name
The American Pit Bull Terrier was not recognized by the American Kennel Club, who rather recognized the dogs as Staffordshire Terriers.
Even cities got in on the act. San Francisco tried to name the dogs as St. Francis Terriers, and New York tried to rename the dogs as “New Yorkies”.
All this was to try and get the dogs away from the bad reputation and negative past. Sadly, these efforts failed.
Pit Bulls Inspire Art!
Famous Photographer Sophie Gamand created a series of photographs to show off Pit Bulls’ softer side and challenge how society sees Pit Bulls.
She used the cute pups with beautiful pastel colored flowers to create amazing pictures that show how irresistibly cute these dogs really are. You can see more about the series here.
They Have Great Temperaments
The American Stafffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier scored really well on a test run by the American Temperament Test Society that tested dogs’ temperaments.
Pit Bulls Were America’s Mascot In WW1
During World War 1 propaganda efforts hit fever pitch, with countries on both sides using propaganda extensively. One technique that was popular was to use certain dog breeds as mascots to try and convey specific characteristics that should be associated with each country.
Britain was represented by the Bulldog and Germany by the Dachshund. Guess which dog represented the US? That’s right, the Pit Bull! The Pit Bull was selected as Pit Bulls signified loyalty, bravery and determination. If you want to see more about Pit Bulls in the military, check out this article here.
The article also tells us the story about a Pit Bull called Sergeant Stubby, which was the most decorated dog of WW1. It was also the only dog to be nominated for rank and promoted to Sergeant through combat! His life was so interesting, that a movie based on his life is in the works.
Wrapping Up – Pit Bulls Are Awesome Dogs!
Pit Bulls got a bad reputation, but unfairly so. Pit Bulls are in fact some of the friendliest dogs you will come across. As with any dog breed you need to train them, teach them social skills, keep them physically fit, and feed them proper dog food in order for them to be happy and healthy animals. It is our responsibility to treat them well and teach them correct behaviours.
I hope reading these facts about Pit Bulls has helped to show the more positive side of Pit Bulls and that they are not the vicious monsters that society sometimes tells us they are. Pit Bulls are in fact awesome dogs!
This article was contributed by Andy from theeverythingdogsite.com, which is a blog dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and helping to tell the world how awesome dogs are.