Infographic: Why Pit Bulls Aren’t a Threat to the Public

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As many know, when it comes to pit bulls, they often get a bad rap. They can be portrayed in the media as vicious, certain states/cities don’t allow anyone to own pit bulls and some people refuse to have anything to do with them.

Indeed, 50 percent of people would not adopt a pit bull, according to an infographic presented by Online Masters, a website that provides information about Master of Public Health college degrees.

But is this prejudice against pit bulls warranted? Not according to many organizations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, American Bar Association, the American Kennel Club, the National Animal Control Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and many others oppose any sort of breed-specific legislation, citing that the policy doesn’t work for a number of reasons, including penalizing responsible owners and well-behaved dogs.

Related: Rescued From Euthanasia List, Pit Bull Goes On To Become First Deaf K-9 Dog in Washington

There is also the fact that there isn’t actually a pit bull breed, rather certain block-headed breeds – including the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier — are considered a be “pit bulls.” Yet, these three breeds scored over 85 percent on the American Temperament Test Society’s Temperament Test. Their scores are higher than the top five most “unruly” dogs: the Chihuahua, Dachshund, Chow Chow, Doberman Pincher and Dalmatian.

Check out the infographic below to see how pit bulls are portrayed.

Related: K-9 for a Day: Cops Take Shelter Dogs on Ride Alongs to Help Them Get Adopted

3 comments on “Infographic: Why Pit Bulls Aren’t a Threat to the Public

  • THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY STATES TO KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM PIT BULLS!

    Dr. Michael S. Golinko, who completed the largest dog bite study to date, states pit bulls are a danger to children: http://nationalpitbullvictimawareness.org/expert-opinions/

    PEOPLE WAKE-UP AND LISTEN TO THE MEDICAL EXPERTS NOT TO NAIVE PIT BULL OWNERS!

    11 PEER-REVIEWED Medical Studies that prove pit bull type-dogs are not safe family pets: Level 1 trauma center dog bite studies from all geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting a higher prevalence of pit bull type dogs injuries than all other breeds of dogs. In many cases, the studies (2009 to 2016) also report that pit bull injuries have a higher severity of injury and require a greater number of operative interventions. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/10/table-retrospective-level-1-trauma-dog-bite-studies-2009-2016.html

  • Lots of nice verifiable facts (unlike the skewed and manipulated numbers from the Pit Bull Hate Conglomerate).

    A few things the article failed to mention:
    – Not thousands, but here and there… Pit Bulls are popping up in all sorts of official capacities: Police K9’s, Search and Rescue Dogs, Avalanche Patrol Dogs, and Service / Therapy Dogs
    – Hundreds of thousands of Pit Bulls that no one (but their family and the neighborhood where they live) will ever know about: The Pit Bulls who sleep on couches and go for hikes and are in the family Christmas photos and never do anything remarkable
    – Pit Bulls (actually all Terriers) are one of the most trainable breed families. In our corner of the world, we know 4 Pit Bulls of horrific pasts (former fighting dogs, bait dogs, burned with acid for NOT fighting, Long term tethered and abused, etc) who have shed their own lives and now live together and train other dogs to not fight, obedience, trust, confidence and just how to be a dog again

    Team Pit-a-Full Dog Training & Rehabilitation
    Denver, CO

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