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Pit bulls were once held up as America’s ideal dogs. They were known to be loyal companions, who were gentle around children, which earned them the title of “nanny dogs.” A few pit bulls also proved their valiance by serving alongside military men in combat. Pit bull Sergeant Stubby, for example, became the most decorated war dog in World War I, serving in 17 battles and earning a promotion to sergeant for his service.

Even with such a positive, historic background, pit bulls today are known rather differently. Their very name strikes fear into the eyes of many and parents often warn their children to “stay away” if a pit bull is nearby. “Pit bull” has become synonymous with danger and aggression.

This change in attitude is not because the dogs themselves have transformed into different beings or are “inherently” aggressive and dangerous to begin with, as some claim. Rather, what has shifted is the way in which people treat these dogs.

As a recent study out of Bristol University again confirms, it is a dog’s guardian, not the dog’s breed, which influences their aggression. If a pit bull is treated poorly or not attended to properly, they, like any other dog, can develop aggressive tendencies.

Unfortunately, pit bulls are some of the most mistreated dogs on the planet, since they are often exploited in underground dog-fighting rings and for use as aggressive guard dogs. They are not born to fight and they are not naturally aggressive, violent, or mean. It is human beings who teach them these qualities or abuse them into attainting these characteristics.

In an effort to change the conversation about pit bulls, take a look at the 21 photos below. Each and every one of them prove that pit bulls are kind, loving souls, who just want to give love and be loved. If we’d just give them the chance, perhaps we’d see that they are just like all our other beloved companions.

21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be Lovedpitbullsxx / Tumblr
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedDaisy Davis Pit Bull Rescue / Facebook
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedImgur.com
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedDetroit Bully Corps / Facebook
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedErin Nicole Glatter-Fenlon / Pinterest
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedPit Bull Love / Facebook
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be Lovedladhodographer / Flickr
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be Lovedstandupforpits.us
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedMeghan Barch DeVoe / Pinterest
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedDetroit Bully Corps
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be Lovedbeautifuldragon322 / deviantart
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedDaisy Davis Pit Bull Rescue / Facebook
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be Loveda-life-of-pitbulls / Tumblr
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedLeanne Patterson Porter / Pinterest
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedElle the Pit Bull / Facebook
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedCarla Pennington / Pinterest
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedPeaches the Wonder Pit / Facebook
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be Lovedstandupforpits.us
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedPeaches the Wonder Pit / Facebook
21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be LovedPauline Jarney / Hi Tor Animal Care Center
 

Check out “5 Reasons Why Pit Bulls are Misunderstood” for more information about these wonderful dogs.

Lead image source: Daisy Davis Pit Bull Rescue / Facebook



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158 comments on “21 Adorable Photos that Show Pit Bulls Just Want to Give Love and Be Loved”

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Bev Mason
2 Years Ago

It is very rarely a vicious dog, but the owner that is at fault. People do not research the breeds enough. The dog breed responsible for more attacks on humans is the dachshund. Had d to believe but true.


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Susan Gaynor
2 Years Ago

Erin Pearman That's Deuce...love my snuggle buddy!


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Karole Peace
2 Years Ago

♥♥♥♥♥


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Mariele Pu Hlasek
2 Years Ago

It is ONLY humans that turn any dog into a vicious animal... even a foxie or maltese can be trained to attack without provocation!!! Human beings are STUPID!!!


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Jayme Clark
2 Years Ago

I am sure this is as true as any dog and they are cute, but when I look at my granddaughters face with her lip bitten off it is hard to trust them. I won't have a dog around that can take me down. However, that being said I am glad for the rescues who save these poor babies from a life of abuse and fighting they don't deserve that.


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Kevin Rodriguez
2 Years Ago

Had 2 of them. Pitt and dobies, my favorite


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Pinky Nath
2 Years Ago

so nice


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Nicole Leanne
2 Years Ago

The conversations always the same. Ignore the dead and mauled children and pretend these stupid animals are unfairly treated.


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Meg Keen
08 Jun 2014

You're ignorant. It's almost painful.

Tessa
07 Jul 2014

No where ever did anyone say to ignore the children who have been bitten by pit bulls. I think what we\'re asking for is for it to be treated on a case by case basis. For the case where someone is bitten, there is a thousand that are just fine. Pit bulls get such a bad rap that the are killed needlessly without even knowing if the dog is dangerous, in the case of Denver Col. They killed thousands just because they were pit bulls...
If someone family member get bit by any breed of dog it needs to treated on the merit of that dog...Not just because it\'s a certain breed...

Alex Stinehour
07 Aug 2014

It\'s the ignorant and stupid like you that these terrible things happen to begin with. Do everybody a favor and educate yourself….

Alex Stinehour
07 Aug 2014

Yes, you are very ignorant and obviously very stupid. It\'s because of the ignorant and stupid people, such as yourself, that these terrible things happen to begin. Do everybody a favor, shut up and go educate yourself.

Tamarind Rodgers
2 Years Ago

Ben Gear


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Kim Annis
2 Years Ago

<3 Beautiful pics. <3


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