In honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Day tomorrow, I wanted to share a list of the top ten reasons why Pit Bulls rule (according to Petfinder) and therefore why you should adopt one. I just so happen to have a very adoptable pittie on my hands and she believes that every one of these reasons apply to her.
10. Pit Bulls are relatively healthy. It is true that any breed of dog (including mixed breed dogs) can inherit genetic issues.
9. Pit Bulls don’t require much grooming. Their short coat is very low maintenance and they can be bathed in very little time — not that they need to be bathed often. They do not need to be brushed (though most enjoy it) or get doggie haircuts, and their fur is not naturally odiferous.
8. Pit Bulls are very eager to please people. A Pit Bull will do almost anything his favorite people ask of him, just to hear their praise. These dogs crave our attention and approval, and are very social with humans. This devotion to people has contributed heavily to the bad reputation of Pit Bulls, because a bad person can use a Pit Bull’s eagerness to please to train the dog for nefarious or criminal purposes.
7. Pit Bulls are often very athletic. A Pit Bull will definitely motivate you to get daily exercise, whether you only want to walk around the block or train for a marathon. Pit Bulls also tend to excel at dog sports like agility. However, Pit Bulls are not obsessive about exercise, like some breeds.
6. Pit Bulls are super loyal. When you adopt a Pit Bull, you have a friend for life, through thick and thin.
5. Pit Bulls are usually not as reactive to pain as other breeds. While Pit Bulls do not have any special physical characteristics that make them more impervious to pain, as a breed they have a much higher tolerance for pain and rough handling. This characteristic is one reason why Pit Bulls are often so good with children, because they are able to patiently endure the pain that children may unintentionally inflict without reacting negatively. Note: All children should be taught how to interact with animals and should be supervised when playing with any animal.
4. Pit Bulls are hilarious. Just like people, all dogs are distinct individuals, but Pit Bulls are usually bursting with personality and they love to make us laugh by clowning around. They are fun and playful, even as they get older.
3. Pit Bulls love, love, love people. And Pit Bulls do not discriminate against humans for any reason. Even if a Pit Bull does not like other dogs, they typically love humans and are happiest when they are with us. They remind us of this by wiggling happily and kissing us often!
2. Pit Bulls love to cuddle. Even the most athletic Pit Bull will also have a sedentary side and crave being hugged and petted. Adopt a Pit Bull and you will have a constant companion keeping you warm in bed, on the couch, on your lap in your favorite chair. Did I mention that many Pit Bulls don’t realize they are too big to be lap dogs? For this reason and because they are so trainable, Pit Bulls can be excellent therapy dogs!
1. And the #1 reason why Pit Bulls rule? The Pit Bull smile. Pit Bulls are great for your mental health. If you are having a bad day, one look at your Pit Bull’s huge smile and lolling tongue will surely make you smile and their zest for life is infectious. Truly, happiness is a Pit Bull smile!
Here are some other great resources that talk about the awesomeness of Pit Bulls:
Pit Bull Rescue Central
Animal Farm Foundation
Although Nola is not a Pit Bull, I can tell you that through fostering the Mr. and I have learned to love this breed. We are happy to be their voice and speak about against breed discrimination. We hope that someday the term ‘Pit Bull’ will no longer have the negative connotation in the general public that it does today. Educate, don’t discriminate! Pit Bulls are dogs too, and some of the best if I do say so myself! We hope that everyone does something to celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Day tomorrow. Small or big, every little bit counts!
Anna wants you to also be aware that she is still available for adoption. Fill out an application with Almost Home Rescue so you can add a pittie to your family!