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So What If My Puppy Is Part Pit Bull?

When some people see Lars’ snout, they shake their heads and quietly say: He looks like he has some Pit Bull in him.

I yell back: HOORAY! Because maybe his snout will scare off creepy strangers before he tries to lick off their faces and kill them with tail-wagging since he loves everyone even morons like you.

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Honestly, I don’t see it. If anything, I expect people to say OMG you’re dog looks like Stitch, the space alien who pretends to be a dog from Lilo & Stitch the greatest Disney movie nobody saw.

But I don’t care either way because Pit Bulls are not naturally aggressive. They are bred to be aggressive by people who suck. Our puppy is clearly a Black Lab with probably something else since he has a bit of white fur here and there, and no one saw his parents when he was found on the side of the road with three siblings, two of which were already dead.

I do care that people make assumptions about breeds and the color of animals. Let’s all agree to stop being stupid.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

25 thoughts on “So What If My Puppy Is Part Pit Bull?

  1. Pit Bulls can be really great dogs. My friend has several. She has a picture of her three month old sleeping on top of one of the love-bug dogs. They get a bad rap. Also, black dogs and black cats rule. Anyone who says otherwise does not know what they are talking about.

    P.S. Rescue dogs are the most loving and most loyal in my experience.

  2. I’m pretty sure the SamDog is part pit bull (other part border collie). The vet was all, “oh, never admit to pit bull.” Whatever, my dog is awesome.

    Also, we have seen that movie no one saw. About 487 times.

  3. I love you so effing much right now, it’s unimaginable!! After working with dogs for the last 15 years, and working directly with many different breeds during my time with the Missouri department of corrections I’ve only had to be involved in putting two dogs down. One was a rat terrier/Dalmatian mix and one was my own Aussie shepherd/terrier mix. Both of those dogs were incredibly aggressive in nature and directly threatened the safety of my children or the lives of people I was paid to care for.

    I’ve worked exclusively with pitties and other Staffordshire mixes and never once saw the aggressive behavior I saw in those dogs. You are absolutely correct, pits are not an aggressive breed except after having been exposed to the kind of awful people who might make any of us aggressive.

    I’m so tired of a populace who so clearly wish to remain ignorant when it comes to dogs, and which ones we should be scared of.and your puppy looks absolutely lovely, and I am hopeful that your family will be able to enjoy many, many years to come.

  4. So aggravating. Every pit I’ve ever known has been the sweetest, friendliest, DOPIEST dog EVER. I would say Lars is part lab, maybe part pit, and absolutely ALL AWESOME. I kinda hope he IS part pit. Maybe the more we expose the world to awesome pit bulls, the faster that ridiculous stigma will disappear.

  5. Hey, hey, hey…I usually agree with you 100% but today I think you could use a little perspective. My grandfather was a vet and he explained that some breeds have certain traits, personality-wise as well as physical, that are sought after by breeders (this may seem cruel but that is not the point). Sure, every dog is different and a lot depends on how they are raised. I am sure your dog is being loved and cared for and thus does not mistrust humans and will probably not be agressive, but centuries of breeding for a particular trait make it more likely for some breeds to exhibit some traits more easily than others. That is not people being stupid, it’s just people’s way of saying “I hope you are aware that he might lean towards aggressiveness so that you can be alert so that I/my kid/my pet can feel safe around him”. Even in an overwhelmingly adorable chocolate lab who was lucky enough to be rescued by you there could be traces of behaviour that you just might want to keep in mind. No different than being told that freckly skin is more prone to skin cancer or that children of diabetics need to be more aware of their blood sugar. Not stupid. Just aware.

  6. Thank you! Exactly! Yes, he is clearly a killer 🙂 We also have a puppy that the vets say is part pit and she has turned out to be the SWEETEST most LOVABLE dog in the world! ♥

  7. FYI most labs black and chocolate have some white or yellow somewhere. Our pure bred chocolate has tufts of white on his belly and on his neck…not completely noticeable, but it is there. Really common.

    1. Really? I didn’t know that about the white spots! I’m so glad I have you. Also, this morning the vet found one of his hips is popping out so I’m pretty sure he’s officially lab since hip dysplasia is such a common trait for them. I’m worried — I hopefully will get the xray results in an hour or so.

      1. Ah poor puppy…yep that hip dysplasia sucks…ours has elbow dysplasia, not so bad as the hips and we just give ours suppliments to help manage it….I think the reason people say not to say something is really for insurance purposes some insurance companies will not insure your home should you have a pit bull and I am in Colorado…Denver has a law against pit bulls. Not kidding.

        1. Dysplasia is really common in large breeds, but in large breed black dogs (Labs, Rotties, Dobermans, etc.). There’s been many advances in treating it, and it’s lucky you caught it when he’s young.

  8. Little dude is made of cute. People are dumb.

    As for Lilo & Stitch, here’s a fun fact for you- the school where I teach provided the choir for the children singing the Hawaiian songs. Those kids are now graduated, of course, but they had the awesome opportunity to go on a tour and to Disney. How cool is that?

  9. EXACTLY. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when we rescue dogs, we always rescue large, black dogs. People are scared of them, and they are the most likely to not be adopted. I don’t think I’ll have a dog who isn’t a big, black dog.

    Also, my folks always liked rescuing Rotties. They are another dog breed often selected and trained to be mean. They also happen to be the smartest and kindest dogs I’ve ever owned. And? They love children. They LOVE children!

  10. Some of the nicest dogs I know are pit mixes. It’s all about how they’re raised.

    Our dog has a purple tongue, which indicates chow. Chows can be aggressive dogs too. But ours isn’t.

    I hate these kinds of assumptions.

  11. I think you have a very cute puppy! Also… I totally agree that it doesn’t matter if there is Pit Bull in your dog. We had a dog that was a Pit/Boxer mix and was the sweetest most gentle dog ever… but because of her breed there were many times people were very hesitant around her or we simply couldn’t take her with us.
    People are stupid… Pit Bulls are not mean by nature.

  12. People can be ignorant and mean. WHO CARES IF YOUR DOG HAS PIT OR IS PIT FOR THAT MATTER. Pit bulls are the most bullied and abused dog in the US. My dog is part pit and I’d get another in a heart beat. Every pit I’ve known has been the sweetest thing I’ve ever met. Yet another reason I tend to love animals soooo much more than people.

  13. AMEN! I hear well-meaning people all the time say “it’s not the breed, it’s how they are raised.” But even THAT isn’t 100% true. I didn’t raise my dog (breed mix unknown, but there’s probably pit in there)- we adopted her as an adult. I didn’t raise her. I don’t know how she was raised, but she had some issues when we got her. Her underlying temperament, however, was beautiful, so we worked with a trainer and she is the most wonderful family dog ever. And she LOVES my kids. She has right from the beginning. A dog’s current behavior/actions is most directly a result of their current care and handling, not their breed, genetics, or even their past history.

    I hope everyone can judge Lars on his temperament, which is beautiful. I have known a lot of dogs. I have met Lars, and I can say from firsthand experience that he’s exceptional. And I think being raised by Alex and her family, and the care they are taking of him, I have no doubt he’ll be a wonderful companion for them for his whole life. He’s also going to be a big gorgeous black dog when he grows up!

    1. I agree that temperament is important, and I would go further to say that certain dogs will thrive in certain situations. Like some dogs are not great with cats or kids. They can be safe around them, but they aren’t going to be relaxed (or their owners can’t completely relax). That’s not a bad dog or owner or breed. It’s just temperament — like humans. To decry an entire breed is ignorant on many levels that you very nicely describe in your comments.

      1. Well said, Alex. I am a firm believer in the power of training, and I honestly believe most issues can be managed if not “fixed,” but I’m also a firm believer that dogs are sentient creatures (as are humans, usually) so there is such a thing as finding a good “fit.” When the fit between human(s) and a dog is not good, the people might be able to MAKE things work (if they are determined and committed enough) but that may not necessarily be the best thing for the dog or the humans. From what I know, Ratchet has a good home that’s a better fit for him, and I love seeing how well Lars fits with your wonderful family.

  14. YES. We have a mutt who is – we think – part Lab and part Australian shepherd. We also have thought, on occasion, that he had some pit in him, though it seemed less likely as we watched him grow. But when we said it people freaked. Whatever – dumb@$$e$ … He’s adorable. I puffy heart your pup!

  15. Aw, he’s SOOO cute! Also, I’ve read multiple articles about how pit bulls don’t attack people any more than any other breed of dog – it’s just considered a news story when one does, because of the current prejudice. But, trust me, border collies go crazy just as often, just nobody cares to write about it b/c it’s considered an isolated incident, rather than proof of some sort of dog breed evilness. Also, he’s soooo cute.

  16. my husband used to raise rottweilers. He told me one time that, “raising Rotts is like taking a picture of yourself.” So whatever issues you have, so will the dog. I think this applies to most dogs. But, certain breeds have been bred for certain traits so it’s a little more true for them.
    the moral of the story is:
    try not to be an a-hole and your dog most likely won’t be one. unfortunately the same cannot be said for other people as consistently.

  17. Did you know that Pit Bull’s used to be called the “Nanny dogs” because they are so great with kids? At one point they used to be America’s favorite breed for families! I loved my foster dogs, some were part Pit, some were not, they were all looking for a second chance, because of someone else’s mistake. Some of the cuddly, most gentle dogs I had in my home with small children were the biggest scariest looking ones!

  18. I’m sure I have said something lame like that in the past about pitbulls until I become more educated. A friend I use to volunteer with worked with animal control and she said she never worried about calls concerning pitbulls or other “aggressive” breeds, it was always the little snippy dogs that worried her and were also the only ones that ever bit her.

    1. Our old vet said they always required Jack Russell Terriers to have the leash muzzles for visits because they always bit. Of course, that’s probably an unfair assumption either but it just goes to show that it’s not about the size or the “look” of a dog.

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