Monday, October 2, 2023

It is National Pitbull Awareness Month

daysoftheyear (dot) com says; "Perhaps because of their strength and build, or because of stories which have been told about poorly trained dogs which are not well cared-for, the pit bull is a breed which comes with a negative reputation in some circles. 

National Pitbull Awareness Day is celebrated by lovers of these dogs to raise awareness about the delight and joy pitbulls bring to their owners through their many positive character traits, such as their deep loyalty and affection toward their humans."

When my grandsons were just little, my son got a pitbull. This scared me, as I had heard so many stories about what dangerous dogs pitbulls are. But as Gimli grew up he showed such gentleness with the boys, and a determination to protect his family (the night someone tried to break into their home.) They ended up with another pitbull - Roxi and they are both big sweeties. If they are examples of pitbulls, then they certainly have an unearned bad reputation.

So, what are the facts about pitbulls? Well, did you know - 

  • Around 6% of all pet dogs in the world are pitbulls.
  • Pitbulls include American Staffordshire Terriers, the American Bully, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and even the American Bulldog
  • it is important to include this fact - A 2000 review by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that pitbulls cause a third of all dog bite-related fatalities.
  • Pitbull terrier dogs were so popular in the early 20th century that two former US Presidents were known to have owned one: Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt. 
  • According to the American Temperament Test Society, pitbulls pass temperament tests – conducted with a trainer – 87% of the time. This means they are ranked 4th out of 122 breeds, making them one of the most affectionate and least aggressive dog breeds around. In fact, they are so companionable that they have often been used as therapy dogs or police dogs.
  • Helen Keller’s family had a pitbull that went by the name of “Sir Thomas.”

    You will find more info on pitbulls at this link and at this link.

    So, if you have a pitbull in your family take time today to show your love in a special way - extra treats, their favorite food, play with them, etc. Consider introducing your pitbull to others to help them get to know what wonderful dogs they are. If you do not have a pitbull, consider this breed when you look at getting a dog.

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