Pit Bull Fatal Attack Statistics


UPDATE: March 2014 (Added a video, and added new citations)

Think about the facts before you judge.  Pit Bull Statistics are what they are. It’s how you choose to interpret them, or listen to the biased interpretations.

  • According to the American Temperament Test Society, temperament evaluations of American Pit Bull Terriers shows that this breed has a very high passing rate of 82.6%.
  • The average passing rate for the other 121 breeds of dogs in the tests: 77%.

Look at the facts below.  Pit Bulls have gone through so much, yet they’re still less likely to attack you then a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or a Chow.  Pit Bulls are facing bans across the United States and across the world, yet society is to blame, because they’re the ones tearing the breed apart.   For many people, Pit Bulls are nothing more then an asset, for making money.  These people mass produce Pit Bulls, force them to fight for their lives, and when they lose their fight, they’re killed.  Many situations occur where the Pit Bull will be hung, electrocuted, shot, etc., yet THEY ARE THE ONES TO BLAME?  I find that a little contradicting dont you?

Pit Bull Statistics

The Pit Bull breed makes up 5-9.6% of the United States dog population.  In 2007, there were above 72 million dogs in the United States provided by American Veterinary Medical Association.  That’s between 3,600,000 and 6,912,000 Pit Bull breed dogs in the United States.

So, for our example we’ll take the average percent between 5 and 9.6, and use 7.3 percent, which would give an average estimation of the Pit Bull population in the United States.  That leaves us with 5,256,000 Pit Bulls.

Other dog populations (United States):

(estimation) Pit Bulls: 5,256,000

(estimation) Rottweilers: 900,000

(estimation) German Shepherds: 780,000

(estimation) Chows: 240,000

Fatal attacks by these breeds of dogs (1979-1998):

Pit Bulls: 66

Rottweilers: 39

German Shepherds: 17

Chows: 8

When we divide the population by the fatal attacks, we can get a percentage based on the dogs probability of fatally attacking a human.

Pit Bulls: .00125 %

Rottweilers: .00433 %

German Shepherds: .00217%

Chow: .00333%

WELL, it would seem the Pit Bull is at the bottom of the list.  4 times as many Rottweilers, 2 times as many German Shepherds, and 3 times as many Chows are involved in Fatal Attacks based on the population percentage.  It is only logical that if there are more Pit Bulls there would be more attacks.    Lets take a little less blame on the breed and put a little more blame on the people.  Through all they’ve been through, the Pit Bull still triumphs.





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  1. I own two Pit Bulls. I am not biased. If I saw a Pit Bull coming at me I would be scared because the majority of Pit owners don’t know how to, or care to, take care of this breed. Anyone who does not believe that Pits are not disproportionally populated in this country are wrong. There are MASSES of them. I think the most absolute dangerous and irresponsible thing that the trashy (just the trashy, not the responsible) people do to this breed is simply letting these dogs RULE THE HOUSEHOLD! You absolutely cannot allow this. The dogfighting, the neglect, etc. is horrible and unforgivable, but the real danger is the type of people that will never, ever put in the time or energy it takes to properly train and socialize this dog. Sadly, it the much lower percentage of owners that will put in the time, and want to put in the time for a well mannered, friendly, happy dog. For this reason, I am pro breed banning to hopefully save more Pit Bull lives and the people who are attacked by them through no fault of their own. I hate having to say I support banning the breed but with the kind of shady and lazy ‘people’ who think their Pit is ‘cool’, a couch potato or the boss of the land is a death sentence for the Pit, a passerby, and other animals. Pit Bulls are Terriers. Period. Terriers are bundles of energy. If this energy is not exhausted, well you see what happens. And obviously a Pit Terrier’s bite is going to be much more dangerous than a Jack Russell Terrier’s. Bottom line; If you can’t take the TIME, don’t let your Pit pay for, or commit the CRIME. Just a side note; my youngest Pit, someone else’s Rottie and a handful of ‘non scary’ breeds all started an obedience class. Only two dogs passed. Guess which two.

    • This is a really well articulated comment. If people can read this and just turn their head, just remember that hate never solves any problems.

  2. This guy is way off the mark. His stats are way off due to his gross exaggeration of the population of pit bulls. There is no way that pit bulls make up almost 10% of the dog population. They are not in the top 10. Even if they were 10%, they are responsible for 60% of all dog bite deaths. They are responsible for over 30% of dog bites, but the fatality rate is much higher due to the severity of pit bull bites. Pit bull owners need to be aware of the potential danger their dogs can cause, and keep them away from the public.

    • Pit bulls make up less than 1 percent of dogs in the KC, Mo area. There have been 208 serious pit attacks since 1982. More than all other attacks combined. So how can someone say that pits are safe? People love to twist the stats. The president of the pit bull association in California was found dead in her apartment . She had been killed by her pit bull. How ironic

    • There are so many feelings involved in the vicious animal post at this. I feel that because pits and such aggressive dogs are the problem we have to find a happy medium. I feel that owners of these massive animals need to have stricter owner laws in order to live around neighborhoods with normal tempered pets. So we need to attacking each other and work on solutions to this growing problem. I personally would not own a pit but that doesn’t mean that these animals don’t deserve someone love them. So anyone reading this please pass it along for us to work together to come up with a solution to keep us happy and safe.

  3. I don’t know how you arrive at your dog statistiics. German shepherds are far more common than 780,000 in the USA

    “In the USA alone there are about 78.2 million dogs, and about 4.6% of all AKC registered dogs are German Shepherds. This gives over 3.5 million German Shepherd dogs in the USA alone! – Assuming, for simplification, that the proportion of German Shepherd dogs to total dog population of the AKC-registered dogs roughly is the same for the UNregistered dogs – which probably is a fair assumption for the USA.”

    I suspect your other categories are under-estimated, except for pit bulls which I HAVE SEEN ESTIMATED at about 5 million. The AKC reports this year that Rottweilers are 10th most popular breed in America, MORE popular than pit bulls.

    So pit bulls are NOT 5-20 times more common than Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Chows. Pit bulls are simply far more likely to be involved in fatal attacks.

    Pit bulls are only about 6% of all dogs in America, but account for more than half of all fatal dog attacks.

  4. I think the idea that pitbulls, or dogs that would be identified as pitbulls in a media report, only comprise 6% of the dog population is silly. Just from dogs i see around town and at the dog park, i would say pitbull type dogs are the second most common dog i see behind labs, probably 25-30% at least. Where does this 6% number come from? We know from shelter stats that about 60% of all dogs euthanized are pitbull types, which works out to nearly 1 million per year. and yet we are supposed to believe that pitbulls have a quarter of their total population killed each year, and yet are still one of the most common dogs you see around? There are some serious flaws in the way dog breeds are counted for these statistics

  5. This morning I woke up with my trusty Pitweiler Jose by my side, and he desperately wanted to go outside. So, after we went through our morning routine I let him out. I heard the most horrible screaming sound coming from the side of the yard. I looked out of my window and there is Jose, standing by the fence licking something that was wiggling. So, out I go limping along, as I recently had foot surgery, to investigate what was screaming. Jose sits down and looks at me with the most confused look on his face. He reaches down and gives this screaming creature, trapped in the fence, a gentle nudge and a quick lick. It was a rabbit, trapped in the fence. I reached down and freed the scared rabbit and off it ran, with Jose following close behind. He escorted the scared and wet rabbit across the yard and came back to me, and back into the house we went. People, Jose’s mom is a registered German Rottweiler and his dad is a registered Red Nose Pitt. He is the most loving and gentle dog I have ever had in my life. Yes, he would die for me, and that is his job. He has given me the greatest gifts and he is my Best Friend. He actually gave me the last 2 hours of coherent conversation with my dying father, before he slipped away and left me. This is a double “Red Zone” dog. I just wanted to share this “Good Morning” experience. Have a Merry Christmas!!

  6. The number of small dogs that have bitten me over my lifetime–maybe 15 (I know, that’s a lot! and me being only 24!!). They are viscous and deadly animals, wiener dogs, chiwawas, and the like! Just one bite and you could fall over and snap your neck! But you know, I’ve heard they all evolved from wolves!!!!

    Oh well, at least they’re not nearly as bad as cats. Those things will actually eat you if you die at home!! *bleh*

  7. Pit-bull Rescue Central, the leading authority of pit bull types admits MOST pit-bull types are not safe around other dogs. For that reason alone is why I do not consider them safe family pets for our neighborhoods. These are powerful animals that break away from their guardians all the time and maul & kill another beloved pet or person in front of a child or person. This is a typical pit attack on another beloved pet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZTiGWgQubA Children & adults have watched their beloved pets be mauled to death by pit bulls. Many develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after watching a horrific pit attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBFb-hGWZqg Breaking-up pit attacks is dangerous 1/3 end up attacking the person that’s breaking up the fight.http://dogbitelaw.com/dangerous-vicious-dogs/a-propensity-to-attack-other-dogs-means-a-dog-is-dangerous-to-people.html

    According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, “It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage.It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. This type of animal aggression is completely separate from human-aggression; a well-socialized pit bull is very good-natured with people.Yet, chances are that a “normal” pit bull will not share his affection with other animals.We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out ofthe dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them.” http://www.pbrc.net/misc/PBRC_dogpark.pdf

    The Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit guardians to have a break stick. FOR ME THIS IS ANOTHER RED FLAG! Does not sound like a safe family pet if you need a breakstick on hand. “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don’t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general pubic might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.” http://www.pbrc.net/breaksticks.html This person demonstrates how to use a break stick on a pit-bulls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfMVH4wY5Pg

    I appreciate that Pit bull Rescue Central, is telling pit-bull guardians not to take their dog to off-leash parks but many pit guardians are still very ignorant to this recommendation. What is bewildering to me is that Pit Bull Rescue Central admits that other beloved dogs in the community are not safe around pit-bulls because of their genetic makeup but promotes them as a great family pet. For me this is a red flag that you are compromising public safety and the safety of our beloved pets in our communities. Of all the dog breeds, they are the all time number one killer of humans and other people’s beloved pets. http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2014.php Then these pit-bull advocates are oblivious and offended why people do not want these dogs in the neighborhood. REALLY? Are you really that blind? Do I really have to spell it out for you? Many people in the neighborhood have beloved pets that they consider family members. They are concerned for their pet’s safety and they do not want their dog to get mauled to death. Now people in the neighborhood who have pets have to live in fear if this powerful pitbull will get away from the guardian and hurt or kill their beloved pet. Almost all dog guardians have experienced a mishap where their dog gets away from them by mistake.

    Many pit-bull breeders who are breeding for human aggression to create guard dogs. Most pit-bulls types come primarily from unethical backyard breeders who are trying to breed aggression, not good temperaments. Often, their dogs are the product of reject pits purchased from dog fighters as cheap stock. So with the pool of pit bulls we have, you cannot tell the difference between a cold one and one that might snap. (unprovoked aggression). So basically people who have pits are playing Russian Roulette against our communities. Here is a clip of unethical pit-bull breeders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiZOj9o6jpE

    • For sure there are neglectful Pit bull owners. And yes, the breed can tend to be naturally aggressive towards other animals, which is something i’ve said more than a few times on this website. My point is that they’re safe around humans even if they grew up in a sub-loving home environment

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  9. I rescued a pitbull over 2 years ago. She went thru horrible treatment by her previous owners. They did a home clip job on her ears. They became infected. Leaving her with no ears at all. She was under feed , abused and left at a shelter. She is a little food aggressive. With good reason. I feed them at the same time different places. They are in a fenced back yard. I’m responsible.
    With all of that she is the most loving adorable pet I’ve ever owned. I have 3 other dogs. Two are boxers and one schnauzer. They all are very sweet.

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  11. OP is scewing the facts to fraudulently protect pit bulls.
    No surprise, since he is biased towards pit bulls.
    Fucking tell the truth, don’t scew it. Pit bulls are dangerous and the people who have them are irresponsible.

    • I could see if I had no sources. Which recently I didn’t because old links died. However, I’ve updated the sources, which are reputable. So please tell me how the facts are skewed. There is a different perspective, but nothing is fraudulent. If you recall I did say Pit Bulls have the capability to be dangerous, as do many animals and tasks in the world. And if you bothered to check many of the fatal attacks are from wild Pit Bulls packs in cities where they’re bred, multiplied and are homeless. Or they’re from neglectful owners, who don’t understand why the Pit Bull they’ve kept secluded his whole life just attacked someone. What do you think is going to happen? The reports are listed in order on wikipedia.


      Here’s a source. 50,000 stray dogs in Detroit. The animal shelters are reporting most of the dogs they find are Pits. So if 25,001 Pit Bulls are roaming the mean streets of Detroit and they’re so dangerous, why aren’t there dozens of killings a day? There should be if they’re as dangerous as you say, right?

      • . The stories of Pitts killing people and other dogs are numerous. I am so happy our city bans them. To all pit bull defenders..I dare you to look the victims and circumstances of Pitt bull attacks that have killed numerous homeowners WHO NEVER SEEN AGGRESSION OF THIER OWN DOG THEY HAD FOR YEARS..they just snapped and killed. Not only do they kill but they try to EAT THIER victims. It’s the most horrific crime scene emts witness. The homeowners regret ever owning them. They said their dogs were best behaved dogs ever and they don’t know why they killed the baby. It has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE OWNERS. It’s the breed itself.

    • Do your homework!! Pits are good dogs. Any animal can be dangerous if the moment presents itself. I own a pit that was abused and neglected and I have had him for four years with the proper treatment he has no aggression at all. It is the people that are dangerous. If you cant do your research and know the facts then just keep your mouth shut. Pits are wonderful dogs apparently you are well known if you know everyone that owns a pit is irresponsible. Well guess what you aren’t that smart if you cant read the statistics not just on this site but on others. Call your local animal shelter and ask questions about pits. I am sure if your stupid ass would do the research you would know the facts on this page are true. GROW UP!!!!!!!

      • Look at the faces and stories of other Pitt owners, like you, and the helpless victims. I dare you..a lot of them felt the way you did. Not to say every Pitt is dangerous by any means but you can never ever say it won’t happen to you or any family member that comes in contact with your dog. They are banned for a reason in a lot of cities.

  12. Pit bulls make up only about 6% of the total U.S. dog population yet in 2013 pit bulls contributed to 78% dog bite related deaths. Pit Bulls are beautiful and can be loving dogs for years and one day, something happens and they turn and attack. We’ve personally experienced it. Pit Bulls are a dangerous breed and should not be allowed in the general public.

    • Pit Bulls do not just turn and attack… If they were genetically inbred and you bought the dog from a criminal looking dude, then they might. But there is nothing genetically present in a Pit Bull to make them just turn one day. There are always signs before a dog attacks a person, it’s not just a sudden switch.

      • I’ll have to tell my wife that they don’t suddenly switch. My wife and I walk everyday and two, 2 year old Pit Bulls attacked both of us and put me in the hospital and a retired military dog handler helped us. Their were 22 people that seen the attack and everyone of them said that we did nothing. We are getting the video and it has been televise. All I have to say to you, is that when your Pitbull gets you or your family, let us know! Love to hear your story. I hear it all, it loving, would not bite, its so cute…… Then kills…. Good for you!

        • I never say Pits can’t or won’t bite. I’m respectful of what the breed is capable of, because it’s powerful. But when owners give zero socialization with their dogs; coop them in the house all day, it creates a fuel for aggression. They both probably got out for the first time, which is obvious otherwise they would have attacked others before.

      • Dude, don’t you realize that by disseminating false information you could be giving someone considering pit bull ownership the green light. Now, unless you are volunteering to watch that dog during any time the owner is absent, you should refrain from giving the false impression that you have any idea what you are talking about. The pit bull’s ability to hide his true intentions have been well documented. As is a pit bull’s breeding to ignore “normal” dog etiquette. Pit bulls are bred to kill, and they will use all tools at their disposal to do just that.

        • Pit Bulls were not bred to kill, they were bred to be strong. Humans instilled the killing the past few decades. There’s a reason Pits weren’t a “social problem” until 25-30 years ago. They’re not hiding true intentions, like they’re masterminding some attack… owners just cannot read what a dog is thinking. I’ll have to write a post to show people how to determine what a dog is thinking, Pit Bull or not…

      • I can only hope that what happen to my family, will happen to yours. You will look on it in another light. Your facts are wrong.

          • The mass hysteria will continue until one of these people decides to use his/her brain and think, instead of falling for the old trick of “you can’t prove a negative”. It’s “I KNOW THE FRIEND, OF A FRIEND, OF A NEIGHBOR, DOWN THE STREET, WHO KNEW SOMEONE WHO HAD A PITBULL THAT WOKE UP ONE NIGHT, WITH “666” GLOWIN’ OUT OF THE FOREHEAD, THEN THE HORNS CAME OUT, FLAMES FLYIN’ OUT ITS 6 BUTTHOLES, YES, 6, AND IT GREW 666 METALLIC TEETH AND ATE THAT PERSON AND THAT PERSON’S 25 NEWBORN BABIES IN 10 SECONDS, BEFORE FLYIN’ OUT THE CHIMNEY WITH A FART THAT BENT EVERY FENDER IN EVERY CAR IN THE TOWN”. (I decided to omit their usual ability to misspell almost every single word, but the capital letters seem familiar enough). What I will say, for those who get headaches just looking at a single digit numeral is this: a long, long, time ago (around 1616, if you’ve got some Aspirin handy), some scientists got targeted by the Roman Catholic Church, as heretics, for defending the theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun, big oops. Some day, some of the current hysteria patients will realize that 99.99% of all the horrors that befall humankind are generated by…guess: Humankind. The only animals able to be ignorant and proud of it, malicious, intellectually lazy, irresponsible, and even if every so-called “dangerous animal” gets killed, the nightmare stories will keep on coming, because irrational viciousness only happens to those who welcome it, and I can tell you, so far, only human animals have been acting as the welcome committee. Now excuse me so I can go on and keep on not getting mauled by my three rescued Pitbulls, who spent 2 hours playing with, not mauling the neighborhood’s children, on the beach, today, as they do every day, since, thankfully, we don’t live in a neighborhood full of brainwashed zombies.

      • Yes, they do and it’s known by people who aren’t brainwashed. You have to have consistent numbers. You take the same amount of dogs to get your statistics and pit bulls top the list. Don’t skew the facts to fit your warped perceptions. I knew a woman who raised them her entire 87 years of life and was attacked and subsequently died from her attacks. The attack happened WHILE SHE WAS ASLEEP.

      • The problem are not the dogs but the people who own them.
        Most dogs in general are untrained and not socialized properly.
        People keep them chained to a post their entire lives and wonder why they attack.
        My lab was viciously attacked by a pit bull that was off leash.
        It had attacked another dog before, how incredibly irresponsible.
        The 4 year old pitt was a rescue that the owner only had for 5 months . There are so many that are in shelters that have been abused, and they are adopted by people without enough knowledge. One moment the dogs were saying hello, and the next second it had its teeth into my dog and was shaking. So you cannot say that they do not turn and attack. This one did.
        I have always defended pit bulls as anyone who has seen a pit bull puppy cannot possibly imagine that they would one day be capable of so much violence. And here I am with my dog severely injured. How often do you hear about the Labrador retriever that killed a baby? It is irresponsible to ignore the breed. Many of you who defend the breed are taking an idealistic approach which I understand. But the reality is there are so many dumped in shelters with bad owners. Many of you who are defending pits are lucky enough never to have seen an attack and it is something that happens on tv or something you heard about. It is gruesome, fast and traumatic. Because of this irresponsible owner, not only is my dog injured, the life of the 2 pit bulls are also in jeopardy.
        Some of you who have loving pit bulls raised them properly, and socialized well. But the kinds of people who are attracted to the breed are not necessarily loving. Those are the people who leave a trail of blood. It breaks my heart that this pit bull will be put down.

        • JL, You just helped make my argument, thank you. You’re right how many times do you hear of a lab killing a baby? The answer would be hardly ever, the media is about 10 times more likely to report anything a pitbull does wrong, than report the wrongs of other breeds. They also like to attribute wrongs done by any dog that even looks like their could be any pitbull in it, to the pitbull breed. I suggest you visit the non-biased American Temperament Testing Society website. They have the percentages of 121 breeds who were tested in numerical order on there. American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pitbull both are in the mid 80’s range as far a testing percentage. That places them among the top ten breeds tested as far as temperament goes. It’s also considerably higher than the over all average of 77%, which is the average of the 121 breeds combines. Have a nice and enlightened day

        • I am not saying it don’t happen its just that the owner is the biggest reason for most attacks imagine yourself tied up, starved beaten or even made to fight. Any dog can snap and kill if they are not socialized and properly attended to. No one knows how that dog is treated when no one else is around. These attacks would not happen if the owner is responsible and respects the breed. You have to take precautions if you know the dog and its potential. If you pay attention to your dog and its daily behavior you tell whats going with him or her. Pits were born mean and they certainly wouldn’t know fighting if humans wouldn’t have introduced them to the gruesome lifestyle. Thanks for your sympathy J.L for the pits being put down even though your dog was attacked sorry to hear that. You are absolutely right it is the people who are not loving. I own a pit and he is a big baby, loves everybody and anyone can do anything to him and even reach for his food now that I have retrained him.

    • Where do you get your numbers from? How do you know it’s 6% .. Tr following paragraph is taken from •( http://stubbydog.org/2012/05/pit-bulls-by-the-numbers/ ) “Sites like Dogsbite.org like to claim that pit bulls only make up 5 percent of the total dog population in the United States and are therefore “attacking” at a much higher rate than other dogs, but the truth is that there are no accurate statistics kept on the total number of dogs in this country, let alone dogs by type. The CDC clearly states this on its website: “There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.” And while it’s anyone’s guess exactly how many pit bull type dogs there are in this country, it’s clear from looking around most cities, neighborhoods and shelters that dogs labeled as pit bulls are far more common than 5 percent.”

      • I know it’s not accurate, that’s why I give estimated numbers based on reports from places like dogsbite.org. If you’ll see I put estimate where it should go.

      • I’ve read data that suggested that the percentage could be as high as 9.6%. That’s one heck of a lot of dogs. Considering the crazy number of pitbulls in this country, they don’t attack very often ,at all. I’m sure that the average human is far more likely to be assaulted by another human, than by a pitbull in their lifetime. I have been

  13. Anyone who has been taught basic critical analysis skills will be struck right away by this site’s use a graph with no source. There’s no citation whatsoever for the data being presented as fact here. Second, one might notice that the headline is about “fatal attacks” but the graph is about “bites to population ratio.” Which means someone switched the measurement and hoped nobody would notice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States#Fatalities_reported_in_2013 lists ACTUAL data for fatal attacks in which breed is recorded, and pit bulls make up about 75%. Sorry, that’s not bias, that’s just how someone reads data properly.

    • I’ve seen a few of these comments over time, and you’re absolutely right about the citations. I’m surprised this page hasn’t been called out on it more. There were citations when I made the page like 5 years ago, but I have a video I’ll be posting on this page that explains the lack of citations. Hint: the links died a few years ago. However I’m posting new links when I have time to update the page. Hopefully some time in the next few days. I will also tackle the wikipedia page you listed. I don’t disagree with the stats, but I do have an opinion on them that might be better put into a page of its own.

    • Then their is the piece of the puzzle that you’re leaving out to promote your propaganda. Research has shown that the percentage of the dog population may be as much as 9.6% pitbull. Gee, it only makes sense that the larger the number of dogs that exist, the greater the chance one of them attacking is. Analyze that!

  14. umm… this dog needs more respect then it gets. never, ever blame a dog for the way it acts! If you’ve ever watched pitbulls and parolees you would know that even after everything its been through it’s still the most loving dog in the world. if anything, the human that raised the pitbull is to blam. clearly their head was up their butt when they thought it was okay to raise a pitbull like that! the whole pitbull’s are bad thing has just become a sterotype. they make it much more graphic then it actually is. that’s sad. makes me wanna puke.

    • totally in agreement with you, this stereo typing needs to end, the fact remains that ANY dog breed can be dangerous, their carnivorous, it’s in their blood to hunt, this doesn’t mean that they will if properly socialized, every pit I’ve met has been very sweet and love able, they were more likely to lick you to death then they were to bite and they both came from families with small children, these dogs played fetch, and tug-o-war and rolled over for belly pets just like any other dog. I watch Pit bulls and parolees, I’m a major fan of Tia and hope to be able to donate to her cause one day. when I do eventually get a dog I plan to buy from a licensed breeder, who breeds for personality, and yes I plan to get a pit bull, I love high energy dog breeds and where we live out in the country we have a plenty of room for them. the pit bulls I’ve met were Daffy, Aggie, and Pop eye, they were the ones who got me interested in this breed.

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  16. I would really like to use this as a source in my research paper. Could you please email me your name?? I have a pit bull at home and she is the sweetest dog ever.

  17. Michael Maughan on

    I have a Pit Bull mix, Toby, who was a stray which I got from the Humane Society along with my other dog, Meko, who is a Boxer/Border Collie mix. They are best friends. They whine when they miss each other. I have had both of them since April of 2013. I have not had Toby attack me ONCE! He does play bite, but nothing to indicate that he is going to kill me. I will lay on the floor and he WANTS to cuddle with me! I think the only way he is going to kill me is to smother me with love.

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    • concerned mother on

      this is total BS the national study has proven that over 90 of fatal animal bites so far in 2014 have been pits. and last year was over 60% of the total pit bulls are dangerous! i am 5 months pregnant and was bitten trying to pet one

  19. Yes that is my actual e-mail i want to use this website to help me with a paper i am doing for journalism but i need the actual authors name not admin. Any chance i can get a name? Please
    thank you

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  21. I would love to use this page as a reference in a paper I am writing, the only way I can use this as a reference, is if I have an actual name, not admin for writing this page. is there any way I could have a name?

  22. I was just on dogbites.org and boy are they Misconstrued, they don’t know what they are really reporting. on their site it states that pit bulls have the highest fatality rate. Give me a break. I have two pit bulls that are the most loving and carefree dog I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around. They would rather lick you and play, than to be mean towards another human or animal. I really wish something would be published about how to raise an animal. Think about a human baby, if that baby knows nothing but the hurt people that is what is going to be that baby’s future. Now think of how a dog is raised, SAME THING!! teach the dog as a responsible dog owner to be kind, caring, and loving, and that is the kind of animal you will have. I have stopped watching the news because of the false reports toward the pit bull breed and I’m tired of strangers treating my dogs like they are the plaque. Animals, all breeds, are not born to be negative, they are taught that by their owners. Now, THINK ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!

  23. People who have putbulls as pets are in reality a bunch of sissys who need a this shit animal to look tough! You are a little sissy!

    • do you know why i have MY pitbull? because some loser drug dealer left him outside to die in 2 degree weather when he was 5 weeks old…not even long enough to be away from its mother..hes 7 now and hes been a great loving dog ever since…i dont think im a sissy like you say…i think i saved this pups life that night. most of my friends that have them rescued them as well from abusive owners…they are heros not sissys

    • Yes, you are right. I, a middle aged overweight soccer mom, am trying to make everyone around me believe I am tough. I also try to frighten everyone with my minivan and danskos. Sometimes I wear yoga pants when I walk my pitbull. Now THAT’s scary!

    • It sounds you are the sissy!! I own a Pit because he is a wonderful dog and I love animals. I don’t judge the breed. It is people like you that I judge and my judgement on you is that you are an a**.
      Get over yourself and let pit bull owners alone. I don’t feel tough because I own a Pit Bull I feel proud that I am among those who are not running scared of stupid shit people caused. GROW UP!! Stay off these sites if you don’t like Pits and people who own them. Your shit for talking to people like that.

  24. There’s a lot of things all these anti-bully people aren’t taking into consideration when they advocate these dog bans. First of all, “Pitbull” isn’t actually a breed. It’s a label that refers to a whole class of dogs that share similar characteristics. These dogs include Boxers, Bull Terriers, and the English bulldog. When you say Pitbull you could be referring to over forty – some existing breeds of dogs, and all cross breeds of those dogs as well.Are we just going to ban ALL of them? If so what happens to all the existing dogs that aren’t allowed in these places anymore? Pitbull type dogs are appallingly overbred and even if you think the information on this site is incorrect, they ARE being euthanized by the hundreds as it is. Are we going to start some crusade for their extinction? People never cease to amaze me with their need to single other creatures out when tragedy happens.

  25. There’s a lot of things all these anti-bully people aren’t taking into consideration when they advocate these dog bans. First of all, “Pitbull” isn’t actually a breed. It’s a label that refers to a whole class of dogs that share similar characteristics. These dogs include Boxers, Bull Terriers, and the English bulldog. When you say Pitbull you could be referring to over forty – some existing breeds of dogs, and all cross breeds of those dogs as well.Are we just going to ban ALL of them? If so what happens to all the existing dogs that aren’t allowed in these places anymore? Pitbull type dogs are appallingly overbred and even if you think the information on this site is incorrect, they ARE

  26. My name is Hanna Bumb. I adore my Pit Bull. He is five and a half months old and definitely a lover. I also have a pekingese puppy. He cuddles her, cleans her, and takes a bath with her. He’s not neutered yet either and is a WONDERFUL dog. He’s black and white, and he is a healthy, calm, lovely dog. I couldn’t ask for a better dog. Really. We also have two cats. He CUDDLES and CLEANS them too. They love it. He was RAISED right. Don’t band, or kill a pit bull JUST BECAUSE SOME PIT OWNERS DON’T KNOW HOW TO RAISE A DOG RIGHT. They’re perfect dogs, and they need a perfect family, and most importantly, a perfect owner. c:

    • When dog fighters travelled to America, they brought their pit bulls with them, and renamed them the “American Staffordshire Terrier”. In any case, pit bull breeding and fighting continued in the colonies, but in no way were the fighting dogs ever generally popular, nor were they ever suitable as family pets. The dog men knew better.

      • Dude, you’re pulling parts of facts that suit your situation. Pits that fought in those days were kept with the family, because they had dog aggression, not human aggression. The little rascals had 6 different Petey’s and all those dogs had dozens of kids jumping over him every day. Not once was there a reported bite

  27. its not the pitbull breed. its the way they are raised… I have owned 3 pitbulls and they are nothing but big babies. You should blame the owners and not the breed when it comes to attacks and dog fights because if they wouldn’t have raised them to be fighter or been mean to them they wouldn’t have turned mean and they wouldn’t have to be put to sleep at a young age….

    • Thank you!!! You took the words right out of my mouth. I have a pit and he is a big baby. He might kill you with kisses and trying to sit in your lap. he was abused by his previous owner but shows no signs of aggression and I have had him for four years and since then he has learned to sit, rollover and give his paw. He loves every moment of the time I spend training him. If you socialize them they are good dogs and would do anything to please you. Treat them well and respect them they are wonderful animals. It is the owners that are mean and potentially the killers.

  28. megan norris on

    I have been around pit bulls most my life I love the breed I have found theyh are big babys they want what any dog wants they want to be loved like any animal wants..

  29. None of the statistics listed above are even remotely accurate. The fatal attack number between the years of 1979-1998 listed as, what? 66?, is about 1/3 of the fatal attack from pit-bulls just last year ALONE. If the dogs are safe, then why do you have outright lie about the stats? Whoever put this garbage out knows it too. Unless they just made the stats up. You should be ashamed of yourself. Go look at the real stats, from a non-partial organization. This is just ridiculous, I’m wasting my time even saying this. You know the truth, pretending what’s posted here is accurate…well it just shows that even Pitt-bull advocates know better. Ass hole

    • Luke, YOU’RE only asshole here. The poster gave an actual organization to back up their statistal evidence. Have you? Nope…instead, you’ve offered nothing more than “go look at the REAL statistics for a ‘non-partial organization.'”

      I can just imagine the conversation:

      “Hey, dude, where did you get your statistics from?”

      :Oh, just some group called non partial organization.”

      What a dick you are.

    • i have 5 pit bulls full blooded pit bulss and never once have they attacked any one you must train them to be agressive this means actually take the time to torture them to become a monster this is the same for any dog breed i have a pit bull since i was a baby i even rode on their backs its not the dog its the person get off of pitbulls and get on the owner.!!!!thank you kindly.

    • 32 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2013. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 78% (25) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the total U.S. dog population.2
      Together, pit bulls (25) and rottweilers (1), the second most lethal dog breed, accounted for 81% of the total recorded deaths in 2013. This same combination accounted for 74% of all fatal attacks during the 9-year period of 2005 to 2013.
      The breakdown between these two breeds is substantial over this 9-year period. From 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans, about one citizen every 18.6 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 33, about one citizen every 99.5 days.
      In the year of 2013, the combination of pit bulls (25), rottweilers (1) and bullmastiffs (2) accounted for 88% of all dog bite-related fatalities. Notably, the two bullmastiff-mixes3 were littermates that inflicted death within a 6-month period.
      Annual data from 2013 shows that 56% (18) of the fatality victims were children 7-years and younger, and 44% (14) were adults, 25-years and older. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2013, 61% (11) were ages 4-years and younger.
      Annual data shows that when combining all age groups, male and female fatality victims were equivalent, 16 and 16. Amongst children 7-years and younger, however, males were excessively victims, 72% (13), versus females 28% (5).
      In 2013, over one-third, 38% (12), of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred, up from 32% in 2012. Children 7-years and younger accounted for 83% (10) of these deaths.
      Of this subset of 12 fatalities, 92% (11) were inflicted by pit bulls and 58% (7) involved a babysitter, including a relative or friend under the directive to watch a child 7-years or younger. All 7 of these child deaths were inflicted by pit bulls.
      47% (15) of all fatalities in 2013 involved more than one dog; 16% (5) involved breeding on the dog owner’s property either actively or in the recent past, and 9% (3) involved tethered dogs. All 3 chaining deaths were attributed to pit bulls.
      Dog ownership information for 2013 shows that family dogs comprised 47% (15) of all fatal attack occurrences; 78% (25) of the attacks resulting in human death occurred on the dog owner’s property and 22% (7) resulted in criminal charges.
      California led lethal dog attacks in 2013 in deaths. 100% were attributed to pit bulls and 60% resulted in criminal charges. Texas followed in deaths and 0% criminal charges. Arkansas and South Carolina followed.


  30. Also I remember reading someone saying “why take the chance?”
    Ummm hello, you take a chance when you buy any breed of dog or pretty much any pet for that matter.
    Stop blaming everything on the dogs and acknowledge the fact that the owners are mostly to blame. Stop saying pitbulls are so dangerous when any dog no matter the breed is dangerous. Yes the dog may be the one that attacks someone but where the hell is the owner? In most cases if the owner was handling their dog correctly an attack would of never happened. It’s because of the ignorance and fear of all these people that pitbulls have a bad rep and also because people fail to educate themselves properly and accurately. You choose to focus only on the bad things you hear instead of any of the good.

    Dakota is a pit bull search and rescue who searched for the remains of the astronauts who lost their lives in explosion of the space shuttle Columbia.
    Popsicle, who received his name after police found him in a freezer during a drug raid, is famous for sniffing out drugs for the US Customs. (incidentally, she is the US Customs’ #1 drug sniffing dog)
    A pit bull rescued in South Los Angeles by County Fire Station 14 during 1985 was the station’s mascot for years.
    The Pit Bull was so respected in the early 1900’s that the US Military chose an image of a Pit Bull to represent our country on war posters. Of course we can’t forget Sergeant Stubby (Sergeant being his actual military rank, not his name) – After capturing a German spy on his own, the commander of the 102d used this act of bravery to put Stubby in for a promotion to the ranks of the Noncommissioned Officers by awarding him the rank of Sergeant. He became the first dog to be given rank in the U.S. Armed Forces. After the war ended, Stubby was awarded many medals for his heroism, including a medal from the Humane Society which was presented by General John Pershing, the Commanding General of the United States Armies. Stubby was also awarded membership in the American Legion and the Y.M.C.A.
    Pit Bulls serve as therapy/service dogs. The Chako Rescue Association has Pit Bull therapy dogs in Texas, Utah and California. Helen Keller even had a Pit Bull as her canine companion and helper. Cheyenne and Dakota are a team of hard-working Search-and-Rescue Pit Bulls in Sacramento, California. They play an important role in their community by locating missing people in conjunction with the local Sheriff. In their off-duty hours, they do charity work as therapy dogs.
    The Ken-L-Ration dog hero of 1993 was a Pit Bull named Weela. She saved 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and a cat during a flood in Southern California. (Interestingly enough, Reader’s Digest did a story on Weela right after this but REFUSED to print her breed.) A Pit Bull named Bogart saved a four-year-old child from drowning in a swimming pool in Florida. Dixie, the Pit Bull, was inducted into the Georgia Animal Hall of Fame after she saved some children from a Cottonmouth snake. The list of pits who have saved their owners or other people goes on and on.

    The American Temperament Test Society has a standardized test aimed at determining the temperament of any breed of dog. They have been testing dogs since 1977. 25,655 dogs were tested between December 2003 and December 2005.

    American Pit Bull Terrier: 83.5%
    American Staffordshire Terrier: 83.3%
    American Bulldog: 82.3%
    Cocker Spaniel: 81.7%
    German Shepherd: 83.1%
    Golden Retriever: 83.7%
    Rottweiler: 82.5%
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier: 84.7%
    Standard Poodle: 85.8%

    These scores have changed very little in the present.

    • Calliegh Grace on

      There is only one thing I find more disturbing than a pitt bull…a pit bull apologist. In 2012 61% of all fatal dog attacks in the United States were perpetrated by pitts. 8% Rotts,5% mixed breed, 5% German Shepard, 3% (1 per 9 different breeds. These are only fatalities and do not include attacks resulting in injury only.
      The problem isn’t that it’s not just pits that bite…most any dog is capable of it, even if loved and cared for from a pup onward in a wonderful home. The problem is that when a pit attacks, it’s to kill, and because of the strength, it usually manages to do so, or at least severely maim and maul the victim.
      When a gun kills, it’s the guns fault…let’s ban them. A pit kills, it’s the owners fault and the government continues to allow this DANGEROUS breed to exist in our communities. Why don’t you really enlighten John Q. Public and advise them of dog bite/fatality statistics instead of temperament statistics. Draw a complete picture instead of the one that sways the argument in your direction.


      • Calliegh….you couldn’t be more wrong. And the fact that you note dogsbite.org…well, enough said. Colleen Lynn who is the admin of the site hates pit bulls and admits she lies about them. If a dog attack is reported and the dog breed is not listed, she will just say it was a pit bull. She even admits she does this. I wouldn’t believe anything from that site.

      • Rina Javenson on

        I just have to comment on the ignorance of your statementaabout when guns kill people. They don’t just randomly shoot people. The person holding the gun is responsible, just like when a dog kills a person. People need to stop putting the blame on something else and start taking responsibility for their actions.

      • Grace… I’m sorry but you lost ALL credibility when you posted the link to DOGSBITE.ORG!! The lady that runs that site CLAIMING to be an expert is a radical!! Seriously do a little research, she has banned ‘bite victims’ that show ANY sympathy or don’t blame the dogs from her supposed “SUPPORT” sections, she posts inaccurate ‘facts’ and is simply posing as an expert and using the DOT ORG to do it hoping that when someone Google’s PIT BULLS and sees the .org they will assume it’s some government funded agency that “knows the facts”!! I hate to tell you this, but ANYONE can get a .org site hun… don’t believe everything you read as truth on the WWW – have enough sense to do more research before opening your mouth and inserting your foot!!

        And No… guns don’t kill people any more than the CARS do when people drive drunk!! Your an idiot for even saying that!! WOW!!

        Bottom line is Pit Bulls ARE like your car or your gun… YOU should have complete control over them or NOT OWN ONE!!! PERIOD!!! Get a clue!!! It’s just a DOG!!! Merely a reflection of it’s owner like any other!!! >.<

        • And what site did you get your information? And you think you have control over your Pit Bull? Just an FYI, you have zero control in life!

      • Grace your comments are ridiculous. If you dont like pits ,so be it. It is too bad you will never know real love a dog can give. Read ” The Pitbull Placebo” so you can educate yourself. You will see how politicians disregarded trained professionals, vets and shelter staff so they can get public favor for their other causes. Do pits bite more? I’d say yes bc they are the most populous breed in the US. they are bred to fight and protect drug dealers and other low lifes. If you teased a dog that has been chained in the yard for years than you will get bitten. Look at the facts behind the attacks. They dont have locking jaws, their brains dont swell. There is a reason they were the first war hero dog and considered a nanny dog. I dont argue with anyone about pitbulls, I educate so please stop listening to the media. As I am typing this my Pitbull is sleeping on my lap.

      • And FYI Grace dogbites.com is an anti pitbull site so if you for one minute believe the statistics are above board than I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Do yourself a favor and volunteer at the humane society and walk some pits. You will be surprised how vicious their wet tongue can be on your face.

        • That’s really funny, I did volunteer at a humane society and we have a entrance just for Pit Bulls, to keep them away from other Dogs and people. I have also been on the bite side of a Pit Bull, as they (yes they) turn its head from side to side, trying to rip that part of your body off. I can only hope you are too.

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