Pit Bull Facts & Myths


“Pit Bulls have locking jaws.” False!

The jaws of the Pit Bull are functionally the same as the jaws of any other breed, and this has been proven via expert examination. The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of Pit Bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any [other] breed of dog. There is absolutely not evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier, says Dr. I. Lerh Brisbin of the University of Georgia (from the ADBA booklet, Discover the American Pit Bull Terrier).


“Pit Bulls do not feel pain.” False!

Pit Bulls have the same nervous system of any other breed, and they can and do feel pain. Historically, those dogs that would tolerate or ignore discomfort and pain and finish the task they were required to perform were the dogs that were bred and the sort of dogs breeders strove to produce. This is the trait of gameness that so many breed fanciers speak of, which may be defined as, The desire to continue on and/or complete a task despite pain and discomfort.


“Pit Bulls can hold on with their front teeth while chewing with their back teeth.” False!

As stated above, Pit Bull jaws are, functionally speaking, the same as all other breeds.


Pit Bulls are not a specific breed. True!

Most people don't realize that the term "Pit Bull" is not a specific breed. Many different types of pitbulls fall under the general "Pit Bull" category. While these breeds share certain characteristics, they have a number of differences and distinctions. Pit Bull breeders breed every imaginable color and color combination possible. For example, although the most common types of Pit Bulls include the brindle and fawn varieties, mating can create rarer color combinations, such as spotted Pit Bulls.

If you are confused about all the names you see associated with the American Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bulls in general, you can visit our page with the breed standards and descriptions to help answer your questions and clear up some common misconceptions too.

Many breeds and breed mixes fall into the category when people say Pit Bull, and many are all considered to be the same by the general public – the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Bulldog and any crosses among them, but they should be classified as a "Pit Bull-type" dogs due to their major genetic differences.

The “true” American Pit Bull Terrier was bred for working and eagerness despite the threat of substantive injury, strength, and athleticism. American Pit Bull Terriers constitute the majority of dogs used for illegal dog fighting in the United States.


Red Nose, Blue Nose, Black Nose & Other Noses are different breeds. False!

How this nose color craze started no one really knows. The reason it may have started is certain sire and dam lines were known for the coat and nose colors that they produced, so when discussing dogs, breeders began to refer to the nose color because it so often represented a particular genetic line.

There are many TYPES of American Pit Bull Terrier. You have SHOW dogs, WORKING dogs, and various lines which may produce different color coat and nose varieties. If they have a red nose, blue nose, blue coat, red coat, brindle coat, cream coat, fawn with white patches or a black mask, it doesn't matter at all. If they are an full-blood American Pit Bull Terrier, they can have any color nose and they are ALL still the same breed.

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