We have all heard every imaginable pit bull myths and lies. Even people who have never seen a Pit bull could probably spat off a few of these myths. It seems like we are constantly being bombarded with the newspaper and on the television, all these so called Pit Bull facts. Well, we are going to dive right in feet first and debunk five of these myths.
Pit Bull Myths #1:
They Lock Their Jaws When They Bite.
Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia:
Pit Bull skull structures, mandibles, teeth and jaw structure in proportion to their size and thus its functional morphology is not different to any breed of dog according to a few studies conducted.
There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of locking mechanism unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier. I mean seriously I have never heard of any dog, let alone any mammal being able to lock its jaw.
Pit Bull Myths #2:
They Do Not Make Good Family Pets
Pit bulls make wonderful family pets. Their tendency to have a higher pain threshold than other dogs makes them very tolerant of children who sometimes like to be a little too rough.Unsupervised young children should never be left with any dog.
Early and continued socialization makes them a joy to be around. They are not, however, a dog for every household. Pit bulls take a higher degree of commitment than most other breeds. Some people can indeed be animal aggressive, but a Pit Bull should never be human aggressive.
These dogs tend to be highly energetic and intelligent dogs which need adequate exercise and proper training. The whole family is strongly recommended to attend a good group dog obedience class.
Pit Bull Myths #3:
They Can’t Be Kept With Other Animals
Pit Bulls especially if they are socialized at an early age with other animals, like cats and other dogs, can be kept in the same household with no problems.
Pit Bull Myths #4:
A Pit Bull That Shows Aggression Towards An Animal Go For People Next
This is completely false, there are many dog breeds that will show aggression towards other animals. A prime example of this is the beagle. They live to chase after rabbits and will kill them if they get the chance.
This, of course, is what we have bred to do, but have you ever heard of a beagle going after a person? I haven’t! Pit Bulls are no different, they have been bred over the years to control other animals. Not to attack humans.
Pit Bull Myths #5:
They Attack People More Than Other Dogs.
This is not even close to being true. The majority of dog bites statistically come from lapdogs, the highest being the poodle! Purebred pit bulls committed 0.89 percent, not even a full percentage point, of the total percentage of all dog attacks on humans.
I know this is just a short list of only a few of the pit bull myths, but hopefully, we debunked a few of the more popular ones.