Monday, November 11, 2013

4 Awesome Things You Probably Didn't Know about Pit Bulls

Without a doubt, pit bulls are one of the most misunderstood dog breeds today. They are viewed as vicious fighters, ready to attack at any moment; unfortunately, this bad reputation was given to them because they suffer at the hands of irresponsible ownership -- and they get all of the heat for it.  

Throughout history and in recent years, pit bulls have proven themselves to be friendly, loving and loyal friends. In fact, below are four awesome things you probably didn't know about this breed.

1. They did their duty…in war
When people say these dogs are fighters -- you bet they are. For hundreds of years, pit bulls have served in the armed forces with our brave men and women. If they weren't defending on the front, they were stirring up encouragement at home. During World War I, the American pit bull was a military mascot and featured on army recruitment posters. Their commitment to protect, defend and stand by our side makes these dogs some of the best around.

2. They were once the #1 American family dog
In the early 20th century, pit bulls were the most popular breed of dog among families. Loyal, obedient and eager to play, these dogs were perfect, especially for families with children. In fact, they were commonly referred to as "The Nanny Dog." Families relied on pit bulls to babysit and keep their children safe. Just think about the beloved black-eyed patch pup, Petey from the classic movie, The Little Rascals.

3. They were and are owned by some pretty famous people
Many notable and famous people have been proud owners of pit bulls. Historical figures including President Woodrow Wilson, President Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller and Thomas Edison owned pit bulls. Today, TV personality Rachael Ray, actress Jessica Biel and John Stewart of The Daily Show are proud owners of pit bulls.

4. They are less aggressive than other dogs
While some deem these dogs as one of the most aggressive, a study confirms just the opposite:
pit bulls are much less aggressive than other breeds towards their owners and when encountering strangers. As with all dogs, the best way to prevent any type of aggressive behavior is to start socializing your dog early. If you own American pit bull puppies, introduce them to other dog breeds immediately and make sure that they are well-trained.

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