The first breed of dogs I will be discussing are Pit Bulls. They are known for their bad reputation of being aggressive, however they are a misunderstood breed. I am going to go over some myths about Pit Bulls you may have heard from the media.
- They have locking jaws: There is actually no such thing as a locking jaw. Pit Bulls have the same bone structure as any other dog. They are however very muscular.
- Pit Bulls have a stronger bite than other dogs: A study conducted by Dr. Brady Barr from National geographic compared the bite pressure per square inch (PSI) of a Pit Bull, a German Shepherd, and a Rottweiler. Out of these three breeds, the Pit Bull had the lowest bite PSI. Other tests have been conducted to prove that the average domestic dog has about 320 pounds of pressure per square inch, and the highest recorded pressure from a Pit Bull was 235 pounds PSI.
- All Pit Bulls are aggressive: According to tests by the American Temperament Test Society, Pit Bulls had a passing rate of 82% or higher whereas the general dog population had a passing rate of only 77%. This specific test put the dogs through a series of situations involving strangers.
The term “Pit Bull” is used to describe the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Bull Terrier. Pit Bulls are usually around 1 foot 5 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh anywhere from 30 to 85 pounds. The lifespan of a Pit Bull is 12-16 years.
Pit Bulls are generally healthy dogs, but do require daily exercise (as do all breeds). Pit Bulls require around an hour a day playing or walking. They do not tolerate the cold weather very well, so they shouldn’t be kept outside for long periods of time.
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