There have been a lot of myths and misinformation revolving around the pit bull breed during the past few years. Due to misleading media reports and other such misleading statistics, they have been termed as something dangerous and violent, though they actually can be quite kind and innocent. However, due to such misleading reports, more and more people are being fooled into believing that this particular breed is quite dangerous and needs to be treated with caution instead of love and respect. There have also been many cases of concerned pet owners and legislators debating over pit bulls reputation and temperament, further adding to the huge chunk of negativity formed about them.
Hence we have decided to step up and clear 5 of the most common myths about these breeds. They go as follows:
Myth 1: Pit bulls are way too aggressive than other breeds.
Not true for sure. Now though they do have a reputation for being aggressive amongst themselves, interdog aggression in general is quite common, and hence there is no question of relating it to a particular breed. In fact, pit bulls can actually be a little less aggressive ones from the rest of their types out there, as the test conducted by the American Temperament Test Society has showed that when it comes to being aggressive, they have consistently achieved a higher pass rate than all the breeds tested on an average.
Myth 2: Pit bulls are also called as “bully breed”, which means that they are dangerous, at least more than other dogs out there.
Now actually, there are a lot of breeds of dogs categorized under this bully breeds term, including the popular ones like mastiffs, bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, boxers, bulldogs, Staffordshire, and besides the pit bulls of course. Also, as against the popular belief, the term “bully breeds” doesn’t refer to any particular type of behavior, but simply that the dogs mentioned under this term are descendants of the English baiting dogs. Such dogs form their behavior based on the environment they are placed in, and can show hostility when not provided with enough socialization and training.
Myth 3: Pit bulls are believed to have locking jaws.
This is indeed a very stupid rumor to be honest. There is no such thing as locking jaws, not only in pit bulls, but also in all the other breeds ever known to mankind. There actually hasn’t been a single breed possessing a mechanism that allows them to lock their upper and lower end of their teeth together.
Myth 4: Pit bulls possess a stronger biting power
A baseless rumor again. The most accurate proof against this myth is the fact that the test conducted by National Geographic, for comparing the PSI, or per square inch, between a pit bull, a German shepherd and a Rottweiler showed that the pit bull had the lowest PSI of all the three!
Myth 5: Pit bulls are known for attacking without any warning.
Well, this actually seems to be something made up for covering the lack of attentiveness of some humans. Pit bulls, just like all the other breeds, give enough signs of warning when they are upset, afraid or angry. It is we who fail to recognize them, or probably simply avoid them, and end up being attacked by them. Now, if one has a careless and annoying attitude while handling dogs, they are bound to end up in trouble regardless of the breed they are dealing with.
Pit bulls are all surrounded by controversies. They, just like all the other breeds out there, possess both the qualities of being aggressive as well as friendly and kind. Now how one of them is going to behave with you usually depends on your behavior towards them.