IN DEFENSE OF...

There is no credible evidence to demonstrate that any particular breed or type is overrepresented among biting dogs. Professional animal expert organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, have found that no breed is more dangerous than another.

FACTS ABOUT THE "PIT BULL:

  • The American Pit Bull Terrier was bred to be submissive to man

  • Pit Bulls have a strong desire to please their owners, more then any other breed.

  • In England, Pit Bulls have such a widespread reputation for being great with children that they are nicknamed, "The Nanny Dog."

  • Pit Bulls do NOT have locking jaws

  • The American Staffordshire Terrier gained AKC recognition in 1936, but under the name Staffordshire Terrier. The AKC added the word "American" to the name in 1972 to differentiate the breed from AKC's newly recognized Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • In 1898, the United Kennel Club (UKC) formed for the purpose of providing registration and fighting guidelines for the American Pit Bull Terrier. Years later, Pit Bull owners wanting to distance themselves from the fighting aspect of the breed petitioned the American Kennel Club (AKC) for recognition of the Pit Bull so that the breed could compete in AKC dog shows and other performance events.

  • Nipper, the famous RCA dog, was a Pit Bull.

  • Dog Jack, a canine war hero during the Civil War, was a Pit Bull.

  • Alaska's first certified hearing dog was a Pit Bull

  • World War I and II posters feature Pit Bulls as mascots for the United States of America.

  • Stubby, America's First War Dog, was a Pit Bull and is one of the most highly decorated dogs in U.S. history.

  • Helen Keller owned a Pit Bull

  • Pete the Pup of the Little Rascals was a Pit Bull

  • The American Pit Bull Terrier is considered the strongest dog in the world for it's size.

  • The Pit Bull's intelligence, trainability and pleasant nature, make him an ideal canidate for therapy work with people.