Getting to know pitties: Myth or fact?
You’ve probably heard a myth or two about pit bulls and terms like “aggressive” or “dog-fighting” might be the first thoughts that come to your mind. With so much false information out there about pit bull-type dogs, it can be difficult to differentiate fact from myth.
The truth is, pit bulls are one of the most misunderstood dogs in the world – so what’s myth and what’s fact?
1. Myth: Pitties are an inherently aggressive breed.
Fact: Environmental factors cause aggression, not a particular breed or type of dog.
Aggression is not a breed characteristic, and environmental influences are often the cause of aggression in dogs. In fact, the American Temperament Test Society found that pit bull-type dogs generally scored higher on the temperament test compared to other dogs.
Did you know that “pit bull” isn’t even technically a breed? “Pit bull” is an umbrella term for various breeds including American pit bull terrier, American bully, and Staffordshire bull terrier.
2. Myth: Pitties are not friendly.
Fact: Many pit bull-type dogs are friendly and loving – it all depends on the individual dog.
Unfortunately, pitties get a bad rap when it comes to their personality traits and level of friendliness. But many pitties are friendly, affectionate dogs that bring a lot of love to a home. Thousands of pitties are adopted every year, become beloved family members, and leave a lasting impression on many hearts.
3. Myth: Pitties are more likely to bite.
Fact: Biting is not breed-specific and is often caused by other factors.
The breed of a dog does not determine if they’re more likely to bite or not. Bite incidents are more likely to occur from unaltered dogs, dogs suffering from abuse or neglect, being tethered up for long periods of time, and lack of socialization.
In fact, the Humane Society of the United States found that most dog bites occur with dogs that are not spayed or neutered.
4. Myth: Pitties don’t make good family pets.
Fact: All dogs have individual needs and preferences – pit bulls can make wonderful family pets.
Just like people, dogs are individuals with their own needs and preferences. There are many dogs, including pit bulls, that have been and are currently wonderful family pets who are loved by both adults and children.
Did you know in 2021, the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County cared for 788 pit bull-type dogs? That makes up more than a quarter of the total dogs we cared for that year! You can show your support for Grit City pitties by adopting, fostering, or wearing your support with our Grit City pittie merch.
October is Pit Bull Awareness Month, and we’re celebrating our Grit City pitties at the shelter! Be sure to follow us on social media for our virtual Pittie Parade featuring our shelter pitties on October 24th!