There are a number of myths about dogs classified as "pitbull-type" dogs including myths about their bites. These myths claim that they have "locking jaws", the "most severe" bite, and that they are prone to "snap" or bite without warning. Not only are these myths scientifically baseless but they are also physically erroneous. Below, we summarize the facts and the peer-reviewed studies that fully debunk these myths and prove that they are 100% false.
Bite severity and injury (risk):
Biting without warning (aggression/snapping):
Disputed medical studies on the severity of dog bites:
Characterization of bites by "pitbull-type" dogs:
Facts and scientific studies have fully debunked the myth that bites by pitbull-type dogs are somehow "different" or "more severe" than bites by other dogs of similar sizes and strengths. This is of course not comparing the bites of pitbull-type dogs to the bites of smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas or Dachshunds - but instead, to the bites of other strong breed dogs such as Dogo-Argentinos, Cane-Corsos, Bullmastiffs, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, and many other strong breeds. Can bites by pitbull-type dogs cause injuries? Of course they can, but so can the bites of many other strong breed dogs - bites by pitbull-type dogs are not more severe or different in any way. The fact is that the bite severity of any dog is related to its overall size, strength, and energy - and not to its breed.
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