Look at that face. No, seriously. Take a good look at that sweet beautiful face. With a face like that, it's hard to believe that pit bulls are known to be the scariest and most violent and aggressive breed of dog. They are banned in communities all over the U.S. They are feared because of their violent reputation, and 75 percent of municipal shelters in the United States euthanize pits upon arrival. It is believed that a total of one million pit bulls are put down each year.
Before the '80s, pit bulls were known as “nanny dogs” due to their protective instincts when around children. It wasn’t until dog fighting became popular in the mid to late '80s that people started seeing pits as aggressive and dangerous. Pit bulls were the most popular breed to train to fight. If they are raised in a hostile environment, then they will be more aggressive, but if they are trained in a stable and peaceful way, they will grow to be affectionate and docile. It's the owner, not the dog, right?
While there are many stigmas against pit bulls, there are many organizations that are fighting on behalf of these amazing dogs and going above and beyond to educate people about how smart, obedient, loyal and loving the breed can be. Recently the Animal Farm Foundation joined forces with Austin Pets Alive! and Universal K9 to train pit bulls to become official police canines.
Instead of buying purebreds like German shepherds to help them fight crime, police officers around the country are adopting pit bulls. The police force saves money, the pit bulls lives are spared and everyone wins!
And they don’t just save a little money using pit bulls. According to the facebook page, Protect Pit Bulls From BSL, “Instead of spending $10,000 to $15,000 for a trained Belgian or [German Shepherd], they are now taking pit bulls from shelters and training them.”
Having a pit bull K-9 is also meant to help change the public’s perception. If they see a pit bull fighting crime by a police officer’s side, maybe people will see the breed less as an enemy and more as a hero.
See, the equation is simple. Pit bulls raised in healthy environments are loyal and obedient. They are devoted, extremely intelligent, and they are protectors. If trained correctly they can fight crime just like the best of them!
So let's change today's stigmas against pits. Let's change the sad statistic that only one in 600 pit bulls will find a forever home. Let's change the fact that they are known as the No. 1 dog-fighting breed. Let's change the fact that there are way more pit bulls than there are people willing to adopt them.