Interesting Facts About the American Pit Bull Terrier

There are not many other dog breeds that garner as much notoriety as the American Pit Bull Terrier. Whether it is good or bad, myth or fact, these dogs grab extra attention wherever they go.

While education and outreach has helped the American Pit Bull build a better reputation in recent years, there are still some misconceptions about these beautiful and kind pups.

Here are some facts about the American pit bull terrier that you may not know.

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Pit Bulls Have a High-Rated Temperament

Pit Bulls score an 83.4% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Border Collie.

Pit Bulls Watch Over Children

Pit bulls have had a long-standing nickname of “Nanny Dog” because historically they have proven to be very good with children. They are very protective of their human children, enjoy playing with him, and tend to constantly watch over them.

Pit Bulls are one of the Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Pit Bulls are extremely loyal. When you adopt a Pit Bull, you have a friend for life. While Pit Bulls are not good guard dogs because they just love people so much, they may intercede if someone threatens “their” humans.  Pit Bulls are a loyal, people-oriented breed that thrives when part of the family.

pit bull world war posterPit Bulls Have Been American War Mascots

The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900’s they were used as the United States’ mascot for not only World War I, but also World War II. They were featured on recruiting and propaganda posters during this time period.


Pit Bulls Are Not Aggressive

The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not aggressive towards humans by nature. In fact, quite the opposite is true. They are gentle and loving dogs. Like any dog, individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems or can be trained to be aggressive.

Pit Bulls Have Celebrity Parents

There have been countless notable figures and famous people who are part of the pit bull lovers club. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, John Steinbeck, General George Patton, Humphrey Bogart, Michael J. Fox, Madonna, Brad Pitt, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, Alicia Silverstone, Pink, Eliza Dushku, Ashley Olsen, Orlando Bloom, and Serena Williams are just a few celebrities who own or have owned a pit bull.


Pit Bulls make wonderful pets in a loving home with a healthy diet and healthy dog treats. With a loving home, these active and sturdy pups will remain a pet companion you will love.