There are a lot of myths about bites by dogs classified as "pitbull-type" dogs. The term "pit bull" is not a breed but instead, an informal term used to describe a "type" of dog based only on its physical appearance (not on genetics or lineage) that can include the physical characteristics found in over 20 unique breeds and in even more mixed breeds. Therefore, attempting to attribute any kind of bite characteristic to a dog "type" is already a flawed and problematic proposition (even for a myth) due to the number of different breeds and mixed breeds that can be classified as a specific dog type. However, as with all myths, they are eventually proven false by scientific studies and credentialed professionals (such as doctors and veterinarians).
Scientific studies and credentialed professionals have fully debunked the common myths associated with bites by pitbull-type dogs including:
Here are the facts:
The facts are clear: scientific studies and canine professionals have concluded that pitbull-type dogs do not have a more severe bite than other strong breed dogs. We are of course not comparing the bite of pitbull-type dogs to the bites of smaller breed dogs 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, and German Shepherds (which are all associated with dog bite-related fatalities). 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, different, or unique in any way. The bite force of any dog is related to its overall size, strength, and energy - not to its breed.
Thanks to Animal Farm Foundation for their excellent page that also busts these and other myths about pitbull-type dogs.
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