Pit Bulls Need Love, Too


Snuggly Pitbull Hudson Photo Credit: Mariah Draper

Mariah Draper, Contributor

According to Love-a-Bull, “The ‘pit’ in Pit Bull comes from ratting as the rats were placed into a pit so that they could not escape.” Pit Bulls are seen as aggressive attack dogs. When walking my dogs, people often step away trying to get far away because they are scared. However, Pit Bulls are not aggressive dogs and shouldn’t be seen as scary or harmful. 

Pit Bulls are often seen as aggressive attack dogs who will bite you if you even get near it. This is not at all true. Pit Bulls are like any other dog; they just have a bad past, but it’s not their fault. According to the ASPCA, “When baiting large animals was outlawed in the 1800s, people turned instead to fighting their dogs against each other.” Pit Bulls were used as fighting dogs because of their strong bite force. Pit Bulls have a negative reputation due to the history of fighting. They aren’t mean aggressive dogs. They are like any other dog. 

According to Zoe Moorhead, a Prezi creator, “There is no reason in having a dangerous dog live with you, especially if you have children.  However, as a Pit Bull owner, I have had 4 Pit Bulls, one since I was 7 years old. I have never gotten bitten by my Pit Bull, and he has never bitten anyone, and he is now 7. I live with two Pit Bulls now. One is a Pocket Bully, age 3, and one is a Staffordshire Terrier, age 7. I live with my two little brothers, who are ages 5 and 7, and my parents are currently fostering a 2-year-old. My Pit Bulls have never bitten them. All they want to do is give lots of kisses and play toss. Pit Bulls are not harmful or dangerous dogs to be around.

From my experience with Pit Bulls, they are lovable, cuddly pets. My Pocket Bully Pit Bull, Ryker, sleeps with me every night. He has to be close to me and loves to lay on my chest. He loves to give kisses, and has never bitten anyone. I also have a Staffordshire Terrier  named Tank, and he loves to play toss and play in the snow with my brothers and me. According to a family friend, Nicholas Luciano, “Words can not describe how sweet and loveable my boys [his two Pit Bulls] are. They understand my injury and always lay on my bad side because they sense it and wanna make me feel better.”  Pit Bulls deserve to be cared for and loved like any other dog. They are not dangerous.

Pit Bulls are caring dogs and care so much about their owners. They are lovable dogs and appreciate cuddles and kisses. Pit Bulls are dogs who deserve our love. We shouldn’t see them as a threat.