Dispelling Common Myths About Pit Bull Terriers

MYTH:

The pit bull terrier is the breed most likely to bite.

TRUTH:

NO! According to the American Temperament Test Society, in 2012, 86.8% of American Pit Bull Terriers passed society tests that measure stability, aggressiveness, friendliness, and protectiveness. 85.2% of golden retrievers and 80.1% of collies passed these tests.

MYTH:

Pit bull terriers bite or attack more than any other breed of dog.

TRUTH:

NO! Despite all the studies on dog bites, the American Veterinary Medical Association has found that no single breed is more dangerous than another. Rather, studies show the most popular breeds at any given time tend to top the list because there are more of those dogs in the general population.

Source

MYTH:

Pit bull terriers have locking jaws.

TRUTH:

NO! According to Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the University of Georgia and an expert in training, handling, behavior, and the anatomy of bull dog breeds, “The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles, and teeth of [American Pit Bull Terriers] show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any [other] breed of dog. 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.”

Source: American Dog Breeders Association

MYTH:

Pit bull terriers have more bite pressure than any other breed.

TRUTH:

NO! According to Dr. Brisbin (referenced above), “To the best of our knowledge, there are no published scientific studies that would allow any meaningful comparison to be made of the biting power of various breeds of dogs. All figures describing biting power in such terms can be traced to unfounded rumor.”

Hmm something to think about, no?

If you still believe the myths by all means cite your CREDIBLE sources!

Until Next Time Remember,

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