The Pit Bull Issue by the Numbers

National Pit Bull Awareness Day is just five days away.

blue american pit bull terrier

Adoptable Arria is a blue American Pit Bull Terrier.

That makes now a great time to brush up on facts about dogs like Midwest Adopt-a-Bull‘s Arria and why her kind gets a bad rap.

What is a pit bull, anyway? What’s BSL? What side of the debate are you on?

Assuming you don’t already know, the infographic below (originally shared by 1800PetMeds) could help you decide.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have already seen the infographic. It’s so great, I just had to share it here, too.

The statistics and talking points are definitely going to be top of mind for me all week, as I sell raffle tickets for Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell, the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull fundraiser and shopping party I’m co-hosting with Katty Delux.

The truth about pit bulls will also be part of the conversation as KC Pittie Pack gears up for a very special walk on National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Our Waldo Bungie and I will tell you more about that event tomorrow.

In the meantime, get on this infographic, which I hope you’ll want to share far and wide.

After that, go enter the giveaway for a gift certificate to Retro Vixen, outfitter of many pit bull loving fashionistas.

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Posted on October 22, 2012, in Dogs, Dogtography, KC Pittie Pack and Friends, Pit Bulls and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. The facts do speak for themselves.

  2. Great post! Now, let’s pt an end to this BSL crap!

  3. This is such a great post!

  4. I adopted a pitbull last summer. She’s one of the sweetest animals I’ve ever encountered. Super-loving, extremely eager-to-please… great with kids, a perfect animal around people… she has a problem with other dogs though and will throw down with any dog at the drop of a hat.

    I’ve been around several pitties in my lifetime and almost all of them share the above description. They’re fantastic with people and even small children, but they will mess another dog up if given the opportunity…

    If you don’t have another pet, please save a pitbull from doggie death-row, but if you already have another dog, I’d suggest you avoid the breed.

    • I don’t think it’s true of the breed at all. My pitties as well as ones I’ve fostered and cared for have been very friendly with other dogs, cats, horses etc as well as people. My dogs have been attacked unprovoked by basset hounds, jack russels, poodles, labs, shepherds, collies and others, but never another pit bull. I think if you want to adopt a pit bull you should asses each dog on an individual basis and choose the best one for your family. Can you imagine if everyone who owned a pit bull with another pet never brought them home in the first place? That would be a lot of homeless dogs who fit in perfectly in their homes.

    • I can attest that pitties can have problems with getting along with other dogs. It has been bred into them to fight other dogs. However, the breed and mixes are diluted and there are plenty of pitties out there that are dog friendly. Arria, the pittie in this blog is my foster. I have a 3 1/2 year old male pittie, a 2 year old male pittie, an 8 month old female rotty, and my foster. They all get along and are able to be out together. It has a lot to do with strong leadership and the right introductions between dogs. This can be applied to any dog. Some dogs have no problems with other dogs, while others can’st be around another dog, while some dogs only get aggressive over triggers (toys, food, affection).
      I would just advise anyone who is considered to adopt ANY dog to bring into their home to do a good introduction, rather than them throwing two dogs together… no matter what the breed. It takes a strong leader to own a pittie, rotty, doberman, etc. Please take my words into consideration before turning people away from the breed. Thank you for your input.

      • Thanks for sharing your experiences, Lexi. You’re right – every dog is different, and the most important thing with adoption is matching the dog to the family.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Justin, and sharing your story. I am sorry to hear that you have met so many pit bulls with bad dog aggression issues. A lot of factors come into that. It’s a nature AND nurture thing that is a little different with each dog.
    I know tons of people who have pit bulls in multiple dog households, so I wouldn’t tell potential adopters who already have a dog (or even a cat, or kids, for that matter) to avoid the breed. You just have to find the right dog for your family.
    Also, for coverage of a big, public event that was full of pit bulls and went on without incident, check out this post from Peace, Love & Fostering:

  6. Nice infographic. I’ve always hated when my spouse leaves the tap water running on HOT (ouch!), and now I see I have a good reason to be terrified as well.

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