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Monday, November 30, 2015

5 Pieces Of Little Known Pit Bull Trivia That May Surprise You

The term Pit Bull is used to describe a group of dogs that are no particular breed at all. Generally including the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier and similar looking dogs, the term often has negative connotations among many other dog owners and none dog owners.
Banned in the UK and thought to number around two million in the United States, this misunderstood group of canines have received more than their fair share of less than positive media attention in the last few years.
Below is a list of five things that are little known about these interesting dogs and may surprise you
Popular As Mascots
In the early part of the 20th Century these dogs were often used on recruitment posters and other popular advertisements of the day. It may surprise you to learn that the Pit Bull has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine more than any other dog.
Considered Good With Children
Earlier in the 20th Century the dogs were known as nanny dogs or nursemaids as they were considered to be so trustworthy around children.
Pit Bull Pain Myth
It has been said that this particular type of dog does not feel pain. Closer to the truth is the fact that all dogs, when focused, can block out pain.
Very Trusting Of Humans
It may surprise you to learn that some people who are very experienced around Pit Bulls consider them to be a very poor choice of guard dog as they believe them to be too trusting of humans and not as initially aggressive to intruders as their reputation may lead people to believe.
The Fearsome Bite Perspective
A lot of myth and misunderstanding surrounds the Pit Bull's bite. It is often said that the dog has a 'locking jaw' and uses this as an advantage in an aggressive situation. The claim that the dog has an anatomical advantage by having a jaw that locks is a false one, they just have a strong jaw.
Interestingly, to gain some perspective regarding bite strength, in 2008 a TV special called 'Dangerous Encounters Bite Force' threw up some interesting findings.
In a three breed test, an American Pit Bull finished third behind a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd in a bite strength test conducted using a force measuring device.
The Rottweiler had the strongest measured bite of 328 pounds of pressure, this in itself totally usurps the common misconception that Pit Bull type dogs have a bite pressure of 2000 pounds, this exaggerated figure is more akin to the considerable bite of the Nile Alligator that comes in at around 2500 pounds of pressure.
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