The Truth about Pitbulls
Archie Johnson
ITT – Technical Institute
While Pitbulls are seen by the media as a violent breed, they’re a gentle and loving breed that should not be banned from society. It seems like almost everywhere you look in the media, you find awful stories about Pitbulls. It’s almost like they can’t wait for another horrid story involving a Pitbull. Even though other gruesome events do exist with other breeds of dogs, Pitbulls get a disproportionate amount of news written about them. I am here to set the record straight and educate you about the breed.
So we’ve all heard terrifying myths about Pitbulls and I admit it can be kind of scary if you don’t know the truth. Many myths about this breed have been proven to be false like lock jaw and swelling of the brain. Evidence shows that the jaws of a Pitbull function in the same manner as any other breed. Dr. Lerh Brisbin of the University of Georgia conducted a study by creating a structure to mimic the skull and teeth of the breed and results show there is no evidence of a locking mechanism when the dog bites. Another common myth is Pitbulls brains swell and it causes them to go crazy. This myth could not be any more bogus then the first one. The same rumor was started years ago about Dobermans and there has never been any evidence supporting this. Their brain grows at the same rate as any other dogs’. If the dog’s brain were to swell and become too large for their head, it would result in death.
Sadly, Pitbulls are often mistreated and abused. They are used to fight other dogs to the death. This causes them to be aggressive towards other animals and or humans. Some thankfully can be rehabilitated while others sadly have to be humanely euthanized. It is important to know that Pitbulls are not born aggressive, its people that make them that way. Why should this breed suffer a bad name because of human ignorance? That’s just an outrage….