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October 27: National Pitbull Awareness Day – The most misjudged and banned dog in the World

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In 2007, National Pitbull Awareness Day was created to help raise awareness on the truth about Pitbulls. It would be fair to say that Pitbulls are very misunderstood. They are not necessarily aggressive by nature and only become that way when they have been abused or trained to be that way. If you know how, just like with any breed of dog, raising a well-behaved pit bull is entirely possible.

How to identify a Pitbull

Because “Pitbull” isn’t a recognized breed, picking out a Pitbull may be difficult. “pitbull-type” dogs have some common traits such as;

  1. muscular bodies
  2. thick necks
  3. wedge-shaped heads.

Some people believe Pitbulls are excessively aggressive and therefore dangerous, but this is more than often not the case. The individual personality of each dog is key to determining the level of aggression.

Pitbull-type dogs are not associated with a particular breed, although they do share a familial background from dogs bred for fighting chained bulls or bears in pits (“bull-baiting” or “bear-baiting.”) Around 200 years ago, the term “pitbull” was coined in England.

What are the legal restrictions on owning a pitbull (US)

It is legal to own a Pitbull in: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, and Virginia.

Pitbulls are the most commonly banned dog in America so is it really possible to own one where you live?

In all other states, there is some level of restriction on owning a Pitbull from enforced euthanasia to fines, to rules and regulations that make owning a Pitbull very difficult.

Owning a Pitbull in most states of America will result in a fine and the dog being destroyed. In some states you will be allowed to keep your dog provided it is deemed nonaggressive and you follow a set of state-specific regulations:

Regulations including:

  • The owner must register the dog and tattoo it with the registration number (Sometimes there is also a yearly fee for this)
  • The owner must be 21 years old or older
  • The owner must have between $100,000 and $500,000 in liability insurance
  • The dog must be kept confined.
  • The dog cannot be sold or given away.
  • There must be a sign at every entrance to the property that says “PIT BULL”
  • The dog must be neutered or spayed
  • The dog must be muzzled
  • The dog must be kept in an enclosure when the owner is not present.
  • No offspring of the dog is allowed to remain in the city
  • The dog must wear a tag
  • The owner is required to provide proof of all vaccinations yearly.

What are the legal restrictions on owning a pitbull (UK)

Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in the UK means that it is illegal to own a Pitbull.

It’s also against the law to:

  • sell a banned dog
  • abandon a banned dog
  • give away a banned dog
  • breed from a banned dog

It is important to remember that even if your dog isn’t a Pitbull If your dog matches any of the characteristics of a Pitbull Terrier, it may be a banned type.

You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) for having a banned dog against the law. Your dog will also be destroyed.

If you own a banned dog in the UK then the police can take it off you, even if it’s well behaved and no one’s complained.

If you can prove a dog’s safe, despite it being a banned breed, then you can get a certificate of exemption.

This means you can keep it but you will need:

  • to be over 16
  • to get special insurance.
  • to keep the dog muzzled in public
  • to keep the dog in a secure garden
  • to show your exemption certificate if stopped by police

Are Pitbulls more aggressive than other dogs?

 In Los Angeles, pPitbulls constitute at least a third of all dogs in animal shelters. A study in 2008 showed that Pitbulls are not especially more aggressive than other dogs. Although they ranked among the most aggressive the highest-scoring breeds for each section were in fact:

Stranger Aggression: Dachshunds

Owner Aggression: Beagle

Dog to dog aggression: Akita

How to use National Pitbull Awareness Day to market your business

To avoid taking a stance in the argument it is best to only use National Pitbull Awareness Day to market your business if;

  1. You provide a product that will be helpful to Pitbull or dangerous dog owners, for example; secure fencing, comfortable muzzles.
  2. You are a dog trainer. Ideally specializing in fear and aggression.
  3. You own a Pitbull or feel very strongly about the Dangerous Dog’s Act and it is important to your business.

Here are some great ways to use National Pitbull Awareness Day to market your business;

  • Use social media to share inspiring stories from Pitbull owners or cute photos. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #nationalpitbullawarenessday
  • Create a poll; start a conversation about breed-specific legislation on your platform.
  • Offer a discount for training particular breeds of dogs or a breed-specific product. For example, a harness specially designed or especially adjustable to be the perfect fit for a Pitbull type’s chunky body.


National Pitbull Awareness Day is a day to celebrate the wonderful qualities of Pitbulls. On this day, we want you to think about all the ways that Pitbulls are amazing pets. You may be surprised at how much fun it can be to have one as your companion! Think about what makes these dogs so lovable and share some stories on social media or with friends today. By doing so, you’ll help show others just how great they really are too! We hope everyone has a happy National Pitbull Awareness Day!

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