...and the types of pit bulls
There are four types of pit bulls, and more types
that are unofficially pit bulls.
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
There are more types of pit bulls that are not officially listed in breed
specifications, such as the the blue/red nose pit bull. The term pit bull
can also apply to the bull terrier in some occasions. Pit bull is
not a strictly defined term, so which breeds and how many there are
can vary depending on who you ask.
Some more important facts about pit bulls:
- Pit bulls are not naturally aggressive! Studies showing them
to be responsible for the majority of dog-bite related fatalities almost
always have common problems among them, namely that they are based on
press reports (really bad!), do not have an expert identifying the breed,
do not ensure all DBRF's are recorded, and do not account for population
of the breed, among other problems. Studies controlling for these
factors and measuring dog temperament in other ways show pit bulls to be
one of the friendliest breeds!
- Pit bulls do not have "locking" jaws. Pit bulls have really
large heads and really strong bites. However, like every other dog,
they are perfectly capable of letting go of a bite if they desire. The
idea that pit bulls have jaws that lock and cannot let go even if they
wanted to is a myth.
- Pit bulls are great with children. They have friendly
temperaments. While they are playful, they are also quite intelligent
and have the situational awareness to realize the appropriate level of
physicality, which is not always present in some dog breeds (such as
boxers). They are also very loyal.
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