THIS is a Pit Bull

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© Kristina Gale
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UploadedJanuary 31, 2010
TakenJanuary 25, 2010
Exposure1/15 sec at f/3.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm

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THIS is relevant!

Did you know that the trusted family pet “Jack the Brindle dog” on “Little House on the Prairie” was a pitbull? Jack was not the only pitbull famous for being a faithful family dog, as Helen Keller's beloved companion was also a pitbull. Then there was Petey, the dog from “The Little Rascals” who was indeed an American pitbull terrier.

It seems that many people have forgotten how America has loved this breed over time, and have forgotten that many choose this breed of dog today for a reliable and loving family dog. This was the breed that was affectionately known as “America's Nanny Dog.”

Many celebrities have chosen this wonderful breed over time, including Fred Astaire, President Roosevelt, Mary Tyler Moore, Thomas Edison, Brad Pitt, Ann Bancroft, President Woodrow Wilson, Humphrey Bogart, John Stewart and Bernadette Peters, just to name a few.

Pitbulls are loyal, stable and intelligent dogs that are eager to please, and strive to take on the behaviors that their guardians instill in them. Their behavior is a reflection of the care, training, and socialization (or lack thereof) given by their owners.

The stigma associated with the breed has been caused by careless dog owners who do not socialize or properly train their dogs. Any breed of dog that is left tied in a backyard without experiencing the outside world is bound to have issues. It also seems that careless dog owners tend to choose the pit bull in particular, possibly due to it's “tough” reputation.

Therefore the majority of neglected, untrained dogs appear to be pitbulls. But even with all these neglected dogs, there are even more sweet, trained and well socialized pit bulls that belong to loving families. According to rigorous testing by The National Canine Temperament Testing Association, the golden retriever, poodle, border collie, English setter, German pointer and numerous other breeds are considered more likely to become aggressive than pit bulls.

The average score of the 122 breeds tested was a mere 77 percent. Pitbulls scored a 95.2 percent on these testings. (The higher the better.)

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14 responses

  • Peterson, Dave Peterson

    Peterson, Dave Peterson gave props (31 Jan 2010):

    Great Shot! & Thanks for sharing too!

  • Peterson, Dave Peterson

    Peterson, Dave Peterson said (31 Jan 2010):

    There's a woman in Philadelphia who has a Senior Pit Bull that She rescued (former Fighting "bait" Dog), and is now a certified Therapy Dog. She also works with Seniors, and they Love Her Pit Bull "Sarge", because he's a sweetheart, and because they remember when Pitbulls were viewed differently.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (31 Jan 2010):

    They are an incredible breed!! The sadness comes from many of the idiots who breed them and fight them. It has given them a horrible rap. This image is incredible!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    frame worthy!

  • Caryn Adams

    Caryn Adams gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    Strikingly gorgeous! I'm not a dog person, but this image drew me in anyway. Great job!

  • Heather Millsap

    Heather Millsap gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful photo! I completely agree about the breed. Amazing dogs.

  • Patrick Hickey

    Patrick Hickey said (22 Feb 2010):

    Thank you for sharing this terrific image and the thought provoking information. All responsible dog owners should stand up for these greatly misunderstood breeds.

  • Russ Wills

    Russ Wills gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    Great photo!

  • Kathleen Shea

    Kathleen Shea said (9 Mar 2010):

    Hooray for pitties! Beautiful photo...

  • Skie Fortier

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  • Skie Fortier

    Skie Fortier said (28 May 2010):

    Yay Marine Corps for banning them!!! (Very sarcasticly) I miss mine!

  • Laura Kalcheff

    Laura Kalcheff said (10 Aug 2010):

    Good work! Both the photo and your caption. They are indeed GREAT dogs! We have a pit bull mix and she is the best!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (8 Feb 2011):

    This is a wonderful portrait and thank you for sharing. I agree that a dog's behavior is the direct result of its owner's care or lack thereof and that the pitbull has been truly misunderstood because of a few bad apples (the owners, not the dogs). Who could forget "Petey"!

  • tania medina

    tania medina gave props (22 Jul 2011):

    so beautiful! Love it!

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