Pit Bull Facts | 10 Reasons Every Prepper Should Own A Pit Bull

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Pit Bull Facts and Info a Prepper Should Know

Why Pitbulls Are the Best Dogs for Me

Other dog owners may see them as a vicious dog because their breed is often associated with dog fighting and issues about these kinds of dogs having a hair-trigger temper, lock-jawed bite, and high levels of dog aggression. But truth be told, there are tons of reasons why you need to have a pit bull.

I wasn't always a fan of the Pit Bull breed. Like most people, I was completely ignorant about Pit Bulls. I believed the hype about how the breed could never be trusted due to their killer instinct. I held these beliefs for quite some time. But that all changed a decade ago…

That’s when I met my wife. She is an animal lover and was involved with volunteering at pet adoption events. There was a big adoption/fostering event coming up in Newark, NJ and she asked me if I would volunteer since they were short on help. We were still in our “courting” stage and I wanted to impress her, so I agreed to volunteer at this event.

I asked a few of my Natural Training Center members to join me and they agreed. We jumped in my Jeep and headed to the event. At this point, I was excited about contributing to the great cause and couldn't wait to meet the pups.

We got to the event, and we waited to be paired with a dog that was in need of fostering or adoption. Our job was to handle the dogs and expose them to as many people as possible to see if we can find the right fit for the new owner as well as the dog.

It was my turn to get my furry buddy for the day and to my surprise… It was a muscular, 65-lb Pit Bull!

I took the leash that was handed to me and a spec sheet with details about my dog. I couldn't really look at the sheet because I was too busy trying to maintain my bearings and to not project fear.

Somewhere, I had read if a Pit Bull smells fear on you, it's over! Looking at the spec sheet I saw in big bold letters the header stated, “Hello, I’m Darla!”

I walked side by side with Darla and we were led to our staging area. I looked at my watch and thought to myself… Just 4 more hours, you can do this…

Within about 20 minutes, we had our first visit from a family that was interested in Darla. The family had a small girl who was no more than 7 years old. My heart jumped into my throat as I saw the little girl dart towards Darla.

The little girl hugged Darla as if the Pit Bull was a giant stuffed teddy bear and Darla proceeded to lick the little girl as if her face were made of ice cream. I was baffled!

Pit Bulls are not supposed to be friendly! How can she react to strangers 10 times better than my pure breed Jack Russell Terrier would have?

The woman in charge of the event suggested we walk around the venue with our dogs to give them a bit more exposure. I was still wary of Darla but she was walking by my side as if we had been together for years.

I figured Darla was special and an exception when it came to the Pit Bull stereotype. However, as I walked around the event, I saw another Pit Bull. Ten feet later… I saw another Pit Bull & then another…

As I finally began to relax at this event, I noticed the majority of the dogs in attendance were Pit Bulls!

To my surprise, all of the Pit Bulls were as well-behaved & as loving as Darla. The Pit Bull myth had now gone by the wayside, and the more Pit Bulls I interacted with, the more I began to adore the breed.

My wife and I continued to volunteer at other adoption events and at the local shelters. While volunteering at one of these shelters, my wife came across a Pit Bull that had been severely mistreated. He was a white Pit Bull, but at the time, my wife couldn't make out his color because his coat was covered with filth. She brought the little guy home and we named him Bruno.

Bruno has spent many hours out in the field with me and Manchester, my Jack Russell Terrier. With all those countless hours of training and working on preparedness skills, I learned a few things about the Pit Bull breed.

Generally, dogs are a prepper's best friend, but I want to share with you 10 reasons why I feel every prepper should own a Pit Bull:

1. Pit Bulls Are Great for Security and Protection

The Pit Bull is a muscular breed that can be extremely intimidating, especially to those ignorant like me. Being aware of this, many Pit Bulls are used by their owners as guard dogs. Their stature, look and stare make them perfect deterrents to would-be unwelcome “guests.”

Wherever your base camp may be, the Pit Bull will alert you to noises and movement in the distance you would otherwise be unaware of. Depending on their training, Pit Bulls can become very aggressive toward unwanted visitors.

However, in most cases, once the Pit Bull has done its job by notifying their owner of a stranger approaching… and the owner gives the OK signal… The Pit Bull will continue to pursue the victim with a serious tongue lashing and a few hugs. Let’s keep that last part of our secret.

2. Pit Bulls Are Excellent Swimmers

In an emergency situation, wading through a waist-deep body of water is necessary to achieve certain missions. Luckily, this is one of the facets of working on Preparedness that my Pit Bull, Bruno, really enjoys.

Not only is this an important characteristic for your dog to have, so he does not become a liability, but it also helps him stay in excellent physical condition.

Being that the Pit Bull is a proficient swimmer, they can also help you gather food. I have several friends who take their Pit Bulls hunting and use them to retrieve waterfowl during their hunting trips. Bruno has yet to retrieve any ducks for me, but he is a skilled tennis ball and tree branch retriever from the local watering hole. 😉

3. Pit Bulls Have Excellent Endurance

In the early 19th century, Pit Bulls were used as working dogs on rural farms. They were known as the “poor man's horse.” Their muscular bodies and desire for adventure allow them to cover great distances with very little effort. If you go, they go…

When I am out in the field with Bruno and some of his fellow Pitbulls, we trek for hours. The terrain is not always easily navigated, but the Pit Bulls seem to take everything in stride. Just like other dogs and even people, Pit Bulls need to be hydrated so be sure to take frequent water breaks and keep that water purifier on you at all times.

In an emergency situation, you and your Pit Bull may have to cover lots of ground on foot. Having the confidence my dog can get to our destination takes a bit of the stress away. The fact my dog can carry his own water and even his food, makes Bruno a viable asset in my ability to survive a SHTF scenario.

4. Pit Bulls Are a Healthy Breed

Pit Bulls are generally a healthy breed, but they are susceptible to the same ailments as most other large breed dogs.

“The Pit Bull is a strong, muscular dog, with a good skeletal formation, but like all dogs can be prone to hip dysplasia, a hereditary defect in the joint between the hip and hind legs.” (1)

What Is Hip Dysplasia? It is a medical condition wherein the joints and sockets do not meet because of their malformation. In its severe form, it can result in arthritis and chronic pain.

Most of these issues can be diagnosed and addressed early on in the Pit Bulls life. I have owned other dog breeds that require specific medications in order to maintain their health. In an emergency situation, it would be difficult if not impossible to provide for my dog's medicinal needs. This is an aspect of preparedness many forget to include in their personal plan, let alone planning for their dog.

Good nutrition and exercise will keep your Pit Bull healthy and prepared for whatever mission you throw at them. Just like people, the better the lifestyle, the closer to optimal health your Pit Bull will be. But unlike people, they solely depend on you for that lifestyle.

5. Pit Bulls Want to Be Family

The Pit Bull will easily assimilate into your family/tribe/group. They want to belong and will do what they can to fit in. When I first got my Pit Bull Bruno, he came into a home with two existing dogs. I have a Jack Russell Terrier and a Mini-Dachshund.

We had the other two dogs for years and to say they are both territorial is an understatement. When Bruno arrived, he was much bigger than the other two dogs but realized he was outranked by the other two dogs, as well.

Bruno did what he could to fit in, but it took a while for him to be accepted into the pack. (still not sure the Jack Russell has fully accepted him yet). As Bruno grew and became four times larger than the other dogs, he still maintained the respect and his position in the pack order.

When we add children to the mix, I can see why Pit Bulls were known as Nanny Dogs.

“For most of the 114 years since the American pit bull terrier was first recognized by the United Kennel Club, the breed was rightly seen as the perfect “nanny dog” for children because of its friendly nature, loyalty, and stability. As the ASPCA notes, the Pit Bulls were “once considered especially non-aggressive to people.”

Bruno loves to play with children and is also very protective of them. When my niece and nephew come to visit, Bruno is in his glory. He performs a bit of a rain dance when he first greets them and never wants to leave their side.

As my nephew goes around destroying all my trinkets within arms-reach, Bruno follows closely, making sure my nephew is not disturbed. We recently added a cat to our little tribe and as expected, our cat has become Bruno's best friend.

Give your loyal pit bull this DIY Holiday Gift: How To Make A Paracord Dog Leash

6. Pit Bulls Are Loyal Companions

As a Pit Bull parent, I am well aware of their loyalty. They will do anything to please their owner. Unfortunately, that is also what brings negative attention to the Pit Bull breed. Just like a human, a Pit Bull can be “raised” to be a benefit to society or trained to cause harm.

A lot of the scum we have in our society is aware of this and use the Pit Bulls as a tool of sport. The Pit Bull will do anything for its owner, including losing life and limbs.

Luckily, people are becoming more aware of this scenario and are monitoring these occurrences as we do what we can to prevent it. Pit Bulls make such great companions that they are being used to treat our military veterans with PTSD.

“Everyday, 22 veterans commit suicide (nationwide),” explained Jennifer Hunt, “and 4,000 pit bulls are euthanized each day. We are going to take pit bulls and train them to be therapy or service dogs for veterans with PTSD.”

Pit Bulls are also making their way into retirement homes giving the seniors much-needed companionship as well as love.

“These dogs (Pit Bulls) have been visiting nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers for several years. Their arrival is always eagerly awaited and patients are especially delighted with the dogs’ inherently affectionate natures.”

We all know in a disaster situation, companionship is key. It may be the only other being we can trust and depend on. In Castaway, Tom Hanks had Wilson to keep him sane but for me, I have Bruno! He also makes a wonderful heat source in colder climates when used to snuggle with.

7. Pit Bulls Are Easy to Train

The fact the Pit Bull is extremely loyal and eager to please its owner, makes the breed easily trainable. The masses are starting to finally realize this fact and even Law Enforcement has chosen to add Pit Bulls to their K-9 units.

“New York's First K-9 Pitbull Is Top Dog -Now she’s New York state’s first K9 pit bull officer. She is part of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s K9 force and her partner is Officer Justin Bruzgul. Kiah is Bruzgul’s first K9 partner, and together they’re patrolling the streets of Poughkeepsie, making it a safer place to be.”

In SHTF situation, the Pit Bull can be trained for a plethora of things including patrolling your perimeter. Earlier on, we discussed how the Pitbull can be trained as a retriever for hunting purposes. One thing my Pit Bull Bruno does is to retrieve sticks.

He goes out into the bush and comes back with not only kindling but also some serious fuel. I selfishly claim that I taught him this firewood gathering “trick.” But to be honest, he is just looking for the next… BIGGER & BADDER chew toy.

8. Pit Bulls Are Very Affordable

As we work on our preparedness, our budget is always a concern. We need to gather a lot of different gear and none of that comes cheap. When we equate that to owning a dog, certain breeds can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. But when it comes to owning a Pit Bull, the ludicrous fees charged by most puppy-mills become null and void.

The bad news is due to the vicious Pit Bull stigma, many Pit Bulls end up in shelters or worse. The good news for you is you can own a Pit Bull at a fraction of the cost of other dog breeds.

Since the ASPCA, rescue groups and local shelters are at max capacity with these loving Pit Bulls, you can adopt one for a small fee. Most of the time, these fees even include vaccines and other medical treatments.

Keep in mind that we are talking about a loving dog here… not a piece of equipment you store and use when you need it. If you feel you cannot provide for your Pit Bull and give them a great life in their short lifespan, then please stay away from owning any dog let alone a Pit Bull. Wait until the time is right and then go ahead and adopt your new best friend.

Another cool feature most shelters and rescue groups offer is the ability to foster a Pitbull. So if you are not quite sure if a Pit Bull is for you and your lifestyle, you can foster the Pit Bull for a short time period. This frees up their spot at the shelter allowing another dog to take its place and have a fighting chance of finding a home.

During this fostering period, you can take your Pit Bull out into the field with you. You can go through various preparedness training scenarios with the Pit Bull at your side.

You can feel what the breed is all about and judge if it is the right fit for you. In the meantime, you can search for a permanent, loving home if you decide the time is not yet quite right.

Once again, the Pit Bull is not a rent-a-car you are using for the weekend in order to play and post pictures on Facebook with. Fostering is a great responsibility that requires serious decision making.

If you think you will just return the Pit Bull after you had your fill, you are not only an asshole, but you will have to answer to some of us who patrol our local rescue groups. Treat your Pit Bull like a child, regardless of the precious time you get to spend with them. You will get back a lot more than you put in.

9. Pit Bulls Do Not Require Much Space

Whether you need to bug in or bug out, Pit Bulls make do with small spaces. Whether it is in a vehicle, a tent or a small shelter in your home, Pit Bulls tend to turn themselves into a round little ball making you almost unaware of their presence. Keep in mind they will require exercise to maintain that level of tranquility.

But as someone focused on being prepared, you must address your own physical preparedness. By being responsible for your Pit Bulls daily exercise needs, you will also be building up your strength and endurance. This will ensure you are both ready for any upcoming missions.

I lived in a small apartment when I first got my Pit Bull Bruno. Once Bruno got to 75 lbs. I was a bit worried that I may not have adequate space for him. Since I have an active lifestyle, Bruno was with me while hiking, running, trekking, and even came into my dojo to play on the mats. Once we got back to our apartment, he would find a spot on the couch, roll into a small ball and just relax for hours.

Bruno and I have gone on countless outings together where we needed to stay in a tent. Bruno would integrate seamlessly into my one-person tent, barely budging, and allow me to get quality rest. The thing that remained constant was giving him proper nutrition, hydration and of course… EXERCISE.

10. Pit Bulls Have a Versatile Diet

Unlike my other dogs that are sensitive to many different food groups, Bruno seems to take everything in stride. I give Bruno the best quality, protein filled food with no fillers, that I can afford.

But when I go out into the field, Bruno eats what I eat. I have a much cleaner diet than most and I make sure everything he consumes assimilates well with his natural diet. Well, at least while I'm watching… Did I mention Pit Bulls can be very sneaky when it comes to food? 😉

“Pit bulls can also be fed homemade dog food that consists of hamburger, chicken, boiled vegetables, and rice, as well as canned dog food, refrigerated dog food, raw meat, and raw bones. Homemade diets should consist of at least 70 percent protein. Foods containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids help pit bulls maintain a shiny coat, minimize shedding and promote healthy bowel movements.”

Knowing that the Pit Bull diet has flexibility is crucial to those of us focused on preparedness. Having “home-made” options when store-bought dog food is not an option is certainly an asset. It takes a great deal of pressure off of me knowing that I can trap, snare, fish or hunt for Bruno's nutritional needs and he will fair well. I realize that we both need a strong immune system if we hope to survive a disaster situation. Proper nutrition will go a long way in helping us get through the stressful scenario.

Watch this video from 4You for more amazing facts about pit bulls:

Owning a Pit Bull has been one of the best experiences in my life. However, this joy comes with a responsibility. When we hike or even walk with our Pit Bulls down the street, people are watching. You and your Pit Bull are ambassadors to the breed. How you and your Pit Bull act and interact in public has everything to do with public perception.

For the sake of our wonderful Pit Bull breed and for you and your family's preparedness benefit, be the person your loving Pit Bull thinks that you are. Those are very large boots to fill but as always, I encourage you will lead from the front!

Do you own a Pit Bull? Tell us your experiences in the comment section below! 

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 10, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

72 Responses to :
Pit Bull Facts | 10 Reasons Every Prepper Should Own A Pit Bull

  1. Coach Helder says:

    If there are any questions that I can help you out with, please do not hesitate to ask.

    1. Malchus says:

      I have a 65-lb mixed pit (60% pit) and she is a wonderful companion and always alert. Very protective of us. My son is thinking about getting a pure bred American Staffordshire Terrier. Do they have the same qualities as the pit you are describing.

    2. HAROLD J HOFFMAN says:

      PIT BULLS ARE THE MOST DEADLY DOG BREED ON THE PLANET! (And kill mostly kids, and their owners!) YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND!

      1. Paula Jo Campbell says:

        The first dog my son (at age 7) owned was a 7 month old pit bull from the local pound. They chose each other and was the sweetest and gentlest dog he could have ever had. He was totally protected from strangers and anyone who wanted to do him harm. No one and nothing could separate those two.

      2. D. Marlene says:

        I also am owned by a rescued Pit and couldn’t possibly love this dog more. I have been a Doberman and Rottweiler breeder and owner for a good part of my life and when my last Rottie finally passed, I swore I never wanted another dog. I love my dogs so deeply that I was choosing to avoid the pain involved with with their short life-spans. We believe my rescued Pitt began his life as a bait-puppy and never saw the outside of a crate unless he was needed to excite the fighting dogs. When he found me, he was covered in bites (both new and old) and still carries several scars from being tied by his legs. He had been thrown out of a car, was hit by a car and thrown over a steep embankment, was nearly starved to death and he smelled horrible and looked filthy as well as being coated with ice and nearly frozen. As pathetic as his life had been, he and I have developed an unbelieveably loving and trusting relationship. I can’t imagine life without him by my side and he returns my love ten-fold. Although I have been owned by some amazing dogs in my lifetime, Naero will always command a special section of my heart. It was wonderful to read an article that finally shares the truth about these beautiful animals. Of all the dogs I have had in my lifetime, Naero is the ONLY one that completely convinced me that I must ALWAYS have a dog in my home. Painful as it will be, when the time comes that he must leave me I will head straight to the local animal shelter to adopt another Pittbull who is in need of owning a loving human with a Pittbull-trained heart!

      3. Danny says:

        MR. Hoffman My very large pit bull is very dangerous to anyone who would attempt to harm my daughter. If you would like to inform yourself a little try reading up on the breed. They are extremely loyal and make great family pets. Remember guns don’t kill people it is the person pulling the trigger.

      4. Ian Mayo says:

        That Hoffman guy is such an idiot! Did you not read the this guys letter about his experience with Pitbulls that he felt kinda the same way but got over that real quick once he realised that Pitts are just big baby’s that want to be loved like any other dog. Do your research before you start to cry WOLF there guy. All of my pittys or Pitt/Boxers have been just the biggest baby’s and just wanted to be loved and have fun and do right by there owner.

      5. Willowa says:

        Oh yeah! (you’re right Harold, and others) In the last couple of weeks: young woman (owner taking dogs for a walk) was killed (and partially eaten) by her pets, Christmas Eve, woman putting out trash on her own property, killed by neighbors ‘Pits’! Statistic, Pits=6% of dog population, Pits= 85% of ‘dog caused’ fatalities (mostly family and friends)! I don’t care what kind of relationship you [think you] have with your Pit, those aren’t very good odds folks. I’m sure the young woman walking her Pits (friends bear this out) had a great, close, loving relationship with her dogs, right up until the time they attacked her, killed her, and fed on her!!

    3. Tom says:

      I own a 2year pitbull she likes people but no other dogs l took her for dog school and we didnt do good i was for 14 weeks and still no good with dogs so i dont walk her anymore tom

  2. Adriana says:

    What a great article, they are indeed amazing animals.

    1. Coach Helder says:

      Glad that you enjoyed it, Adriana! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      1. Bob Loblaw says:

        I’m distressed to read about the lady in Goochland Virginia, I just cannot accept the sheriff department conclusion. What is your take?

  3. George Barrymore Burgoyne says:

    I am a long term Pit-bull owner. My last one (Tyson) was magnificent. He was big, strong, loyal and as gentle as a lamb. The secret is to treat them with respect.
    I now have a very large Staffy. (Bobby) his nature is identical to Tysons.
    With dogs, what you give out, is what you get back. Love and respect.

    1. Coach Helder says:

      I certainly agree with you, George. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
      “Love & Respect!”

  4. Jake Blumfield says:

    I’m from the UK and ‘pit bulls’ are band. But they carry the same reputation but this reputation has extended to staffs as well and I had similar feeling due to the ‘devil dog’ the media talks about. I had just started dating my girlfriend at the time when she got a staff I was very worried at first. Now nearly ten years later she’s a brilliant dog who loves our son and our nephew she’s brilliant with other dogs and has help change the opinions of at least 20 people I know including my grandma.
    In the end it proves it’s not the dog but the owner and how they train them.

    1. Coach Helder says:

      Thanks for taking the time to share this Jake; I couldn’t agree with you more. Hopefully, by people like us sharing our wonderful Pit Bull experiences, we can blow past all the falsehoods about the amazing breed!

  5. chorsego says:

    Pit Bulls are wonderful dogs when they are socialized and properly trained. My black Pit Bull was a wonderful ambassador for the breed and very intimidating with her extremely muscular and cut physique with cropped ears, but she was a total goof ball. You are right…..the problem is the wrong people are attracted to the breed and give them a bad reputation. I prefer a lower drive kind of dog, one that doesn’t need quite so much exercise. A treadmill is a great idea for a Pit Bull when time and space may be an issue.

    1. Coach Helder says:

      Hello Chorsego and thank you for adding to our discussion. I couldn’t agree with you more on their “reputation.” Mine have also been a bit goofy but that makes them even more lovable. LOL!

      Treadmills certainly work if that is the only option but we definitely need to bring them out in their natural environment as often as possible. It’s good for them but also great for us. 😉

      Thanks again for taking the time and have a great day!

  6. Randy Powell says:

    I adopted a pit bull mix from a soldier who was deploying and couldn’t keep him. This dog has been the best dog I’ve ever owned. I’ve had Dachshunds, Labs, Terriers, and mix-breed hounds but this dog is the most intelligent, hardy, and affectionate one I’ve known. Your observations are on point in every way.

    1. Coach Helder says:

      That was incredibly kind of you to do that for the soldier.. Thank you for that!
      The best part is that it manifested into a win-win scenario for you.

      I cannot say enough about this wonderful breed. It has certainly stolen my heart.

      Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to share your experience with us.
      I wish you the best!

  7. Coach Helder says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and information with us. It was very kind of you to take the time.
    I appreciate the kind words and your support!

  8. Deana says:

    My best friend had an amazing pit who had an incredible fondness for cats. It wasn’t uncommon for Bongo to come home with a stray cat that he found. One of the most endearing episodes I personally witnessed will never leave my memory or heart.
    I was visiting my bestie one afternoon and we were sitting out on her patio having tea and talking when Bongo came around the corner. He had something in his mouth and it was squirming around. Just behind him was a cat. My friend got up and called him over to her to see what he had in his mouth. It was a newborn kitten! Obviously the cat following him was the mother. Bongo put the kitten in my friend’s hands and the mother cat was purring and walking around my friend’s feet and rubbing against her legs. My friend went and got a dog bed and blanket from Bongos nap area and lay the kitten in it. The mother cat settled in with her baby, but seemed anxious and kept getting up and walking towards the area she and Bongo came from. Bongo herded the mother back to the bed and she laid down with her baby. Bongo disappeared for about 10 minutes or so, then he returned with another squirming kitten in his mouth! The mother cat took to cleaning her baby he just brought, and Bongo took off again. Another 10 minutes later here he comes with another baby!! He did this two more times bringing 5 babies in total! It was obvious the fifth was the last one because Bongo laid down next to the bed and watched the mother tending to her little ones.
    He wouldn’t leave her side! He held vigil all day. The mother cat became a family member that day and my friend found good homes for all but one of the kittens, Bongos favorite, the first one he came around the corner with. That kitten was named Bingo and my friend named the mother cat Beebee.
    It was amazing to see this big ole threatening looking brute carrying a tiny little kitten, with the mother in tow like it was the most natural thing in the world!
    I love pit bulls. They have hearts as big as can be!

    1. Coach Helder says:

      What a beautiful and wonderful story!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us.
      Have a great day & thanks again!

  9. jeff says:

    Not for me .Way too much of a liabiity….and many homeowners’ insurance policies will not cover you in the event of an ‘incident’ . Home alarms are inexpensive and easy to install.
    I work in the O.R. and have seen several children mauled by ‘the friendliest’ pit bulls. Their owners (quite often Parents, Aunts, Uncles or Grandparents) are flabbergasted that their ‘Precious’ would/could do such a thing. Granted, they won’t all attack, but it is a lottery….just because YOURS has not YET bitten, does not meant it will not (and it doesn’t mean that it will)….but you just CANNOT know for sure. When (if) they snap, it is quite ugly…and possibly FATAL. Give me a Golden Retriever !

    1. AC says:

      A few people who don’t want to see praying in public ruin it for everyone else. A few people who misuse firearms ruin it for everyone else. A few people who fail to socialize and teach their Pit Bulls properly so they don’t maul and kill people ruin it for everyone else.
      I am glad to see all the positive experiences of so many Pit Bull owners, and hope it continues for them and others as well. I also understand Jeff’s concerns, and hope people are prepared for negative “what if” scenarios, no matter how unlikely they are.
      I lived in an L.A. suburb a number of years ago and had walked down the street one day with a friend to speak with a couple in their driveway. A small dog from a neighbor’s home showed up and was being playing around as we spoke. During the few minutes we were there we noticed a Pit Bull about a block away looking at us and coming our way. None of us had ever seen it before. Within a few minutes it was in the driveway with its jaws locked around the little dogs chest, who was yelping pitifully. At the time I was into bodybuilding and had very strong legs. I kicked the Pit Bull in the ribs a couple times as hard as I could. It was not a really big dog, but was solid muscle and my kicks didn’t even make it flinch. Somehow the little dog got loose an got under a car, leaving a trail a blood on the cement. I don’t remember if the Pit Bull just took off or we ran it off.
      Coincidentally there were a lot of stories in the news at that time of Pit Bulls killing an mauling people – particularly children – in the L.A. area, and this experience just reinforced my wariness around the breed. Since then I have been around, played with, and pet them many times, but am always watching their body language and behavior just in case.

      1. Steven k Taggi says:

        Well in a lot of cases its the young person who thinks is cool to have a dog that is labeled a killer. So it goes to say its not the dog its the owner. You can teach any dog to be a killer.

  10. Steven k Taggi says:

    Hello I have a pit bull her name is China she is 3years old I found her well she found me one night and I have had her ever since she was about 6 weeks old someone throw her out on the street at 2 in the morning. I am epileptic and believe it or not she hits on my seizures she knows before I do that I am about to have a seizure! She has pulled me out of the tub after a seizure 2times and out of a fire 1 time she has had no training at all! I didnt think much about it but after she had saved my life on several times I knew she was special.she is now certified as my seizure dog and goes with me everywhere.

  11. john says:

    The vast majority of dog maulings on the internet are by pit bulls or Pit bull mixes. and many attack their owners who claim they wouldn’t hurt a fly. That is the MAIN reason why you should NEVER own a pit, esp. if you have children. It’s a disgrace that you promote ownership of this breed.

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      Well you obviously only look at reports and never had the chance to be with a pit bull cause they are not bad its the human that makes them bad so before you condemn someone why dont you do your homework and shut your mouth. Dont speak I’ll about what you dont know only what you have watched on you tube your a joke I can’t believe that you would leave a comment like that shows how ignorant you really are.smh

  12. bear says:

    Story in local paper: Woman has two pit bulls. Nice pets, never bit anyone. Woman takes her two pit bulls for a walk in the woods. Does not come back. They find her dead, mauled, fatal wounds to head and neck.

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      Your going to have stories about dogs attacking but you never get the whole stories so can’t take things out of context like most people do. I have owned pit bulls my whole 42 years of life and not 1 time have I ever had a problem. I even rescued a pit bull that was used in over 100 death fights sad very sad but that dog never once bit me or acted violent to anybody. He just wanted to be loved dogs do what there owners teach them just like are kids do the same. Dont always go off of what you read in the news they hyp it up and that doesn’t help. Go spend a day with a pit bull and see for yourself then make your decision’s on if there bad or not. You will be amazed and I am sure that you will see them in a different light.

      1. Jack Deskins says:

        Rattlesnakes are considered dangerous too. Especially here in the South. They have a bad reputation because not all rattlesnakes bite and the few that do give a bad rap to all that particular breed of snake.

  13. rytwinger says:

    Yeah, and in times of short food supplies, pit bulls can just eat the kids…..NO thanks!

  14. rytwinger says:

    So John’s ignorant for stating facts? The highest percentage of dog maulings and death is credited to pit bulls. It seems YOU are denying the facts….

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      Yes show me where you get your statistic and information. Cause I believe your sadly mistaken on your facts. I have been around Pitts my whole life and seen some bad and some good more good then bad but thats all in how there raised and if you can’t get your small brain around that and only jump on someone’s bandwagon then stick to a goldfish. We have enough people conformed to what has already been said bad about pit bulls its time to wake up people and see the truth.

      1. AC says:

        Steven, you have had great experiences your entire life with Pit Bulls. That’s great. One of my first experiences with a Pit Bull was when it showed up and attacked a little dog in my friend’s front yard. No provoking, no threat. The Pit Bull was at least four times bigger than the little dog, and no sooner had it appeared than it attacked the little dog with a vise grip bite around its chest. Pit Bulls may be great, and it may just be poor training and socializing that leads some to attack for no reason, but just because you love them doesn’t mean you can ignore the facts some people have with them. I’m not arguing against them, just saying your emotions may be clouding your judgement and preventing you from keeping and open mind.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Most dogs have history of biting. You just only hear about pits. Facts are the the dog that bites the most are chihuahuas. So there are facts. Also German Shepherd is very high on that list along with golden retrievers. The reason you never hear this is , people like those dogs. Last tidbit, if you think about it, if a chihuahua was bigger they would have the highest rate of mauling. It’s just that’s they are small. Size is relative to damage when it comes to bites. All dogs bite, they are dogs and you can’t control them. They are animals at the end of the day.
      And I have raised 3 pits and have 3 kids that where raised along side all 3 pits. Never a single problem.Ever. As a matter of fact 2 of the 3 kids learned to walk with the help of the dogs. Grabbing and squeezing the back of the dog, then the dogs would stand, and when the baby had there footing, the pits would walk slowly to take steps at the same time as the baby’s. If the baby just wanted to stand the pit would stand next to them and just let the baby’s grab them all they wanted. Pits are loyal, and loving dogs. If you think otherwise you don’t deserve the loyalty and love of this companion.
      And till the day I die I’ll still believe German Shepherd are more dangerous then pits! I’ve seen way more evidence to prove this too!!

  15. Tony Dyson says:

    This is telling my age, but, the dog in the Little Rascals tv show ( Petey ) was a pit bull. They used to ride him and pull on his tail, but he never attacked them. I used to live in a house that had two pit bulls. They were never a problem.

  16. Lisa says:

    First I’m not a DOG person. However, I’ve just bought acreage for a mini “farm” We have coyotes in the area, so when i get livestock I’ll need a livestock guard dog. My son a confirmed pit owner is recommending a pit or pit mix. Having seen his Isabel around my very young grandchildren, I’m leaning toward the breed..

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      Yes a pit bull or chow would be your best bet they will protect your house and farm. Also a Argentina dego if I spelled it right they look like pit bulls but are not. But these dogs will protect with there lives to any intruder. They will protect all livestock on your farm and all who live there. They have no fear of anything so they will attack a dog a bear a lion a human with a gun they will lay there life down to keep all you safe. And if you choose to get one you have it for life cause they dont do good when given away after you have had it for sometime. Its a 1 time dog owner type of dog. Very loyal and loving even with small children

  17. Anonymous says:

    Great article!!! I have been raised around pit bulls all my life. My brother was a breeder, so everyone in the family & friends of the family would receive pups from him. Not once have I ever heard or encountered a negative experience with the breed. My mom actually had a poodle that attcked a child in the family! Go figure, right! Yet it is amazing that because of the isolated events that have happened regarding pitbulls, they are stereotyped. These isolated events are definitely the minority, when it comes to pitbull ownership. It is also the result of improper training by the owners that creates these horrific incidents.

  18. Wally says:

    Mr. Helder: First of all, you have a wonderful pitbull for a pet. The biggest problem today regarding this breed is irresponsible breeders. My grandfather raised & sold them and none of his 11 children were ever bitten. If he
    had a mean one, he put it down. Another thing to keep in mind is that some insurance companies that offer home owners insurance will drop your coverage –IF you have a pitfall–or any of the other “dangerous breeds”. Liability is a big issue with pit bulls. One other comment on pitbulls: no other breed of dog can be trained to do as many different “things”.

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      You are so right it is the breeder not the dog. And what can you train a pit that you can’t train another dog?

  19. Kevin says:

    I have breed dogs and studied dog breeding for over 30 years. Thinking you can predict a pit bull is well bull. There are many smarter, more predictable and better animals tohave for multipurpose use. Look at all the statistics and understand this line of dogs is not predictable.

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      Thats a joke bro to say only pit bulls are unpredictable smh put it this way any animal with a mouth and teeth can bit. But to say one is predictable and one isn’t is a joke. Guess you didnt learn much in your 30 years in study but one can only learn so much from studying how much time first hand have you had with them that is the question. So what you said is bullshit.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I rescued a Rotty(9th dog) My daughter rescued a Pit. Beautiful dogs. Had 2 Labs. Saw both go off for 1 reason or another. Never the pit. Never the Rotty. When will we start to blame HUMANS
    They all start off as puppies, just like our kids. Ive seen plenty of kids turn into bad adults. Theyre ALL our responsibilty to train them right. In my opinon, if you dont, YOUR the bad guy, or Asshole. Your choice

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      Amen to that I said that earlier its not the dog its the owner its just doing what its told. Like any obedient dog would.

      1. lloyd goff says:

        have 2 pits. one from a 12 week old pup she had been thrown from a car[both front legs broken]. she’s been with us for 12 years an a sweeter baby you’ll never meet. the second dog was a 4 year old rescued from a dog fighting operation. she tried to attack anyone who came near, the vet asked me to help. the poor girl was just afraid, i sat by the kennel door and talked softly to her, 2 hrs later she let me enter the cage I sat, did not look at her and kept talking, a few minutes later she’ ohs in my lap giving me kisses.Killer beast. oh! she has bitten me once. my wife and I were listening to the radio heard somethig funny she raised her hand for a hi five, i obliged, and found my bicep in a pits jaws, clamped down and starting to shake ouch! took my wife 5 minutes to talk her off. we figured she had seen enough domestic abuse and was protecting my wife. that was 4 years ago. she has her forever home. I would trust her with my life and do.

        1. Old & Gray says:

          And there is your unpredictability…………say what you may. just like convicted felons, many will never again break the law and behave the remainder of their lives, others will return to their bad ways for whatever reason. Pit bulls are no different, some truly babies, but some very unpredictable. Ask the 22 year old young lady who was just recently killed by her own 2 pet pit bulls. Oh let me guess the devil dog well wishers response, she was a bad owner, she didn’t properly nurture them, etc.

          Well, how many times do you hear of a Collie, Labrador, retrievers doing the same or displaying the same tendencies. Heck not even Dobermans, huskies or German Shepard dogs are as volatile and violent as Pit Bull .

          Just 4 days ago, my wife and I went out for a evening walk around and through the neighborhood. We were about 10 minutes into it when we passed by a man in his yard with his pit bull. Without any provocation, negative action or show of fear, the dog bolted for us. We did not waver, change our walking or become defensive and the dogs mouth grabbed my wife’s arm and then let it go right away. The man ran and grabbed the dog and apologized over and over again. Sorry, but that’s not okay and blaming the owner is only a small part of the story. The breed was bred to fight, to kill and used to fill a need for protection of property, intimidation and feed the illegal activity of dog fighting.

          And yes, there are great family success stories, but if you blindly trust a pit bull be prepared for the worst. It may never happen and I pray it never does, BUT if any one of these pit bull dogs go rogue, something pulls their trigger or someone comes to close at some unknown time, THEY ARE BRED AND WIRED TO SAVAGELY AND FEROCIOUSLY KILL, NOTHING LESS!

  21. lori says:

    Most dog owners do not actually train their pets. They get them and just live with them. In many homes, the dog is the dominate one. In some homes, the dog doesn’t know its place and is tense all the time. It is disingenuous to say that it is the improper training, or lack of training that causes pitbulls to be dangerous. Other breeds have the same circumstances in their lives. It is the training that keeps a dog under control, not the lack of training that makes it dangerous. It is dangerous all by itself. No one ever died from a vicious attack by the most protective Shitzu. If you do not know how to train a dog; if you cannot read a dog; you are simply asking for trouble if you get any breed which is capable of doing great harm.

  22. John Kinslow says:

    My son had a pitt when he became incarcerated. My wife and I were forced into taking care of this dog because we did not feel right about letting the pound have him. Later on, I had to have open heart surgery that would eventually force me into early retirement. When I got home from the hospital and rehab the old dog must have thought I needed someone because he laid down by my bed and basically adopted me. As time went on I adopted him. Six years has passed since than and old Kujo and still by my side. I have never had such a lovable and loyal dog as he has been. I’m approaching 70 tears old now and if I ever get another dog it will be another pitt.

  23. Alinn Dc says:

    My youngest son once had a pit. Very protective of this young man. When his older brother (who also had a pit) held out his arm towards the younger brother, the pit saw it as an aggressive move & started running to protect the younger. The pit who owned my youngest turned out to have a tumor on his spine (which affected his gait). Even before it was diagnosed & removed, the pit was very social with other dogs & people at the dog parks. He had no problems when my son took him for a walk. Additionally, in the area where I live, there is one family who owns both a pit & a small poodle. At night, when I can’t sleep, I’ve gone outside. The owner’s son (grandson) walks both dogs off leash & I’ve NEVER had any problems. I think it’s because I was introduced to both dogs when the elderly woman of the house first walked the dogs with leashes. They are beautiful animals!

  24. mszip says:

    Your article is so true about most pit bulls. However, my son adopted a pit puppy from a local shelter. It was so sweet and we all came to love him. However, about six months later he “changed”. You could see the difference in his eyes. I first saw it when he was playing with my dog. They had been happily playing for all those months; yet this day you could see the danger when he started towards her. We were able to intervene, and hoped it was just an aberration. Unfortunately, my son was walking him outside later, and he started the same aggressive behavior with my son. Luckily, my son got him contained and called the local animal control officer. He felt the danger to all of us was too great. My son and grandson were both devastated. They loved that dog and didn’t want to lose him, but again, too much risk.

    They missed him so much that another dog was almost mandatory. Luckily, a classmate of my grandson had puppies and offered him one for free (they normally sell their dogs). That dog was a PITBULL and Boxer mix. He’s a beautiful dog and has become a major centerpiece of all our lives. So yes, pitbulls can be a glorious pet, but you must be aware that they can become “unstable” at any time. Even though our present dog is wonderful, I would not want another one; it’s just too hard on the heart if it doesn’t work out.

  25. Leela says:

    Any idea what may have caused the young woman in VA’s pit bulls to turn on her and kill her last week while she was out walking them?

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      Hard to say cause we dont have all the info just what was reported. Its easy to blame the dog thats the whole problem people blame the dog and not the owner.easy to show people how you are in there view but behind closed doors could be a totally different world

  26. Steven k Taggi says:

    Just like anything in life you will have pros and con’s but to slam someone only because you dont like them is sad and I see where your going with your talk about Shepard’s we get it you only love one breed so what dont mean you have to be so negative but that just showed how childish you really are.so sad

  27. Leela says:

    I’m certainly not anti-pit bull, just wondered if anyone knew how this happened. I owned a pit bull years ago that saved me from being attacked by a most likely rabid fox. It raced towards me as I tried to get in the gate – I got in, but she lunged, & grabbed it by the neck & slung it around like a rag doll. It eventually got away from her & I got her in the gate. Fox crawled back into woods while I was checking her wounds, so I couldnt have test for rabies

  28. Ann Morris says:

    I love dogs and own six. A few are rescues from unknown origins. But I have a big girl…a Leonberger. Her job is to roam the perimeter of our three acres. She also makes sure everyone in the house is safe. She is very protective of the family. She is also trained to do what she is told to do. She is also sweetheart. But she is a dog so out in public she is on leash. Off leash in the fenced yard.
    I have respect for the fact that she is big and intimidating to those who don’t know her. So if folks come to visit they are introduced. But if folks are afraid or if children are present she is crated where she goes to sleep.
    I refuse to take any chances. Hopefully those who choose to have pits for pets will be just as careful.

    1. Steven k Taggi says:

      I agree 100%

    2. Peter says:

      Nice comment. Agree 100%

  29. Markiah says:

    Great article! It is so refreshing to see positive articles like this. We have had 3 pit bulls and they are by far our favorite breed. There is still a lot of ignorance out there and that is what they are. Ignorant. All dog owners of any breed must be RESPONSIBLE. Happy to see most of the comments are positive. My niece is not heavily involved with pit bull rescues. I am so proud of her! Thanks again for the wonderful article.

  30. kerry griffin says:

    my Labrador Retriever has been attacked more times than i can recall, all UNPROVOKED BY SO CALLED GENTLE TRAINED PITBULLS. MY 71 year old aunt was attacked while going to our mailbox by a so called trained gentle pitbull. they are the favorite breed of dog for drug dealers and gang members in our area, and its not because they are gentle! they are the favorite breed of dog for the dog fighting rings in our area because they are a vicious breed of dog. i have had to shoot 3 of them when they attacked me and my dog as we walked in our neighborhood. i shot all 3 with a 9mm hollowpoint and it still did not stop them.

  31. Roy says:

    Pitbulls are great dogs… until they’re not. But at that point, it’s too late. Damage done and usually life changing… or ending. What people don’t understand is, it’s not that they are mean or unfriendly. No, they have a reputation quite the contrary. The problem with pitbulls is the SEVERITY of damage they are capable of. They might be friendlier than a Chihuahua but a Chihuahua cannot dismember you, much less kill you. So if your dog can kill you if it decided to (and I don’t think they make a conscious decision; something clicks or triggers them, their dogdrenalain takes over and they go “pitbull” with no rhyme or reason) then it is really not worth the risk to end up discovered by the police strewn all over your living room floor in bits and pieces with your rib cage exposed or have your child treated like a chew toy for a reason that no one will ever be able to figure out. Stick with the Jack Russell or anything other than a PB.

    1. American Pit Bull Terriers show signs of their temperament just like any other dog. Ears, tail, hair on their back, sound from their throat. Watch for the signs, know how it feels. I’ve had one APBT or another in my life for the last 35 years now. Have yet to have one go “pitbull” on me or anyone I know. I’m not saying the breed doesn’t have it’s fair share of troubled dogs, and that they’re not capable of being dangerous and deadly. You have to remember that they are TERRIERS. For many hundreds of years, before the APBT was even around, terriers have been aggressive, and yes, even killers. THAT’S WHAT TERRIERS ARE FOR. And if you don’t recognize the fact that your dog is a powerful and possibly hazardous being, you could have problems. But you let them know you are Alpha, and don’t let them get into possible trouble scenarios, and you will enjoy years of the greatest friendship you will ever have. these characters will have you rolling on the ground with their goofy attitudes.

      1. Anonymous says:

        I am glad you mentioned temperment. I have owned many dogs and my female t

  32. Chad says:

    This really hits home with me. My last, and greatest dog, was also a terribly abused, white pit. He was my best friend, and, even with his dieing breath, saved the rest of the family. He was 14 years old when he passed, up untill about a month before, he was as fit as a fiddle. Then, out of nowhere, he fell terribly Ill. The vet didn’t even know what was wrong… Untill he passed away. From the necropsy, he succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. We immediately called the our local gas company, the came out to the house, and the technician nearly jumped out of his skin at what the meter read (overload), he couldn’t even get a reading. He ran from the basement, returned in what can only be called hazmat gear, and locked out and condemned the water heaters. RIP Herschel Walker Graham. (Yeah, we’re Eagles fans lol)

  33. Katt Loniaon says:

    I have to say that I disagree with a few of those statements. My Pitbull sleeps under the covers in my bed and doesn’t alert me to any noises unless someone knocks loudly on the door (maybe if she’s not sleeping too hard lol) I’ve had pit bulls for over 30 years and they are the best people dogs ever. I’ve had a few that did want to fight other dogs so you have to be careful with that. Other than that they are the best dogs ever

  34. Alex says:

    I’ve worked with dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds and the most ferocious and unpredictable dog I’ve ever met was a Chihuahua named spunk he attacked anything that moved but that was just him and I always loved for his attitude. I grew up in a house with 7 other kids and 3 pit bulls and not once was one of us attacked. They are loyal and kind animals who only want to be loved and will always be my number 1 dog breed.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I used to keep pitbulls, but I found them to be too people friendly. I made the switch to keeping German Shepherds and haven’t looked back

  36. Kim Jackson says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful article. I have a pitt and he is , much to the dismay of my husband, the love of my life. When we go on outtings, i get those ” looks”. Anytime i can educate people on pitts, i do so. Your article, is spot on and i hope it educates alot of people ! I always say, if everyone could spend a day with my dog, everyone would own a pitt. Thank you again, you made my day

  37. Quinton Davis says:

    Luv my Darci to death. Very loyal, very loving, very spoiled and very protective. She loves people and not aggressive around kids. Very pouty when she doesn’t get her way. She’s our baby 24/7.

  38. Funny says:

    🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂 hahaha whoever wrote this is not capable of living off grid on their own without weapons if they think a pitbull will save them hahahahahaha. Use yourself.

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