|Shiner as a puppy|
Pit bulls are one of the many breeds stereotyped for being bad dogs. Pit bull owners around the world know that this couldn't be any farther from the truth. They are also a victim of BSL - breed specific legislation. Being a pit bull owner myself, I am partial to the breed. I have worked with many different breeds of dogs at my job in the vet clinic and can tell you that they are big babies! I have never seen a breed of dog act like such scaredy cats! They are not all like this of course, most are very friendly and well-behaved.
Pit bull awareness month started in 2011. There are many pit bull rescue organizations today that fight for fairness for the breed. They try to get the message across to people that there are no bad dogs - just bad owners. Owners need to be responsible and help their dogs live a physically, mentally, and socially healthy life. Pit bulls are banned from living in different parts of the world. Some home owner's insurance companies will not insure you if you own a certain breed of dog. Even apartment complexes have breed bans.
Other breeds of dogs can relate to the pit bull. Dobermans, German Shepards, Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Akitas and more are also victims of "bad dog" breed stereotypes. From my experiences, these breeds are usually a pleasure to work with.
The truth about pit bulls is that they are loyal, friendly, intelligent, obedient, strong, and have a well-working tongue for lots of doggy kisses. Hopefully one day the rest of the world will realize this and give them a chance.
Here are a few Pit Bull Awareness organizations/rescues you can visit to learn more: