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.
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.