Common Pit Bull Myths

They clamp on with their front teeth and chew with their back teeth.There is no dog breed that has the jaw structure that would allow them to use their front teeth to grip onto an object while their back teeth chew at the same time. The jaw bones are fixed and can only move up and down, not side to side.

Pit Bull attacks are similar to that of shark attacks. Pit Bulls are descendants of wolves, just like labs and poodles. It is impossible for any dog to have the same attack momentum as a shark, lion, bear, or any other animal. Dogs, of any breed, have fixed jaws that can only move up and down, whereas sharks have two mobile and independent jaws.

Pit Bulls have a higher bite force in psi’s (pounds per square inch). There has been extensive research in regards to the bite force of dogs. Many media sources claim that the breed has a bite force of 1,200 psi, 1,800 psi, 2,000 psi, or even 2,600 psi, but studies show they can only reach a bite force of around 300-345 pounds of pressure. Of the German Shepherd, American Pit Bull Terrier, and Rottweiler, the Pit Bull has registered with the least amount of pressure.

Pit Bulls have locking jaws. The breed does not have muscles that allow the jaw to lock into place, but they do have the tenacity and perseverance to maintain their grip. The anatomy of a Pit Bull’s face is the exact same as any other dog breed.

A Pit Bulls attack is different than any other dog. The only difference between a pit bull attack and a small dog attack, is the size and musculature. These dogs are bred for strong muscles and a determined personality.

Pit Bulls don’t feel pain. All dogs feel pain, no matter what the breed is. Pit Bulls just have a higher pain tolerance than some other dog breeds, so they can withstand higher pressure and pain.

Pit Bulls are prone to attack humans because they were bred for protection and guard. These dogs were bred for dog fighting, and dog fighting alone. Many modern breeders of the bully breeds such as the APBT and AmStaff have guard dogs such as Dobermans, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds to protect their APBTs. Historically, Pit Bulls were bred to be human friendly and dog aggressive; these dogs still had to be handleable by their owners. Dogs who did show signs of human aggression were not allowed to fight or breed, as the breeders did not want human aggression passed down to puppies.

Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous. Any and all dogs have the ability to be dangerous. Breeding a poor temperament dog with another dog with a poor temperament will increase the risks of puppies with a poor temperament, but this is anatomy of breeding any dog. Dogs with health concerns, live in unsanitary conditions, and who are inbred, are most likely to have behavioral concerns, such as aggression. Pit Bulls are the nanny dogs of all dog breeds.

Pit Bulls will attack even if they are not provoked. Unfortunately, when you hear stories on the news of a Pit Bull attack, you don’t get all the details. In some cases, there is a true background as to why the dog attacked, which goes the same for dogs of all breeds. There is almost always going to be some sign of an attack, whether that be a pointed tail, growl, or raised hackles.

Pit Bulls are ticking time bombs. This is a lovely one-dimensional argument that has absolutely no proof or evidence to support. These dogs do not have chemical imbalances, and they’re not just fly off the handle. There is almost always some evidence that an attack will occur, and there is always going to be a background story as to what provoked the attack.

Pit Bulls attack more than any other dog breed. No statistic can accurately give this information. There are so many people who can’t ID a Pit Bull if their life depended on it; even the CDC has inaccurate information in their dog attack statistics, as it can be hard to identify a dog properly.

All Pit Bulls are dominant dogs. Like any other dog, they are pack animals. Some will be more dominant and some will be more passive.