National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD) is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners. NPBAD was established to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live, and it is an initiative dedicated to restoring the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Ten Facts About Pit Bulls Every One Should Know
~Courtesy of PitBullLovers.com
1. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, Pit Bulls are making a mark as outstanding therapy dogs.
2. Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work and have helped save the lives of many people through their efforts.
3. Pit Bulls serve as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs. One Pit Bull, Popsicle (named that because he was found in an old freezer), has the largest recorded single drug find in Texas history. Read more about Popsicle here, including how he found over 3,000 lbs of cocaine in Hildago, Texas.
4. Pit Bulls are great with kids. They weren’t referred to as the “nanny’s dog” for nothing, that’s for sure.
5. Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. In fact, quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs. Like any dog, individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems.
6. The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900′s, they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well. They were featured on recruiting and propaganda posters during this time period.
7. Sgt. Stubby, A Pit Bull war hero. Stubby was wounded in action twice, saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single-handedly captured a German spy.
8. Pete the Pup on the original “Little Rascals” was a Pit Bull.
9. Pit Bulls score an 83.4% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Border Collie (a breed who scores 79.6%).
10. They are dogs not killing machines.