Because the vilification of Pitbulls did not take place until the end of the 20th century, Pitbulls once had their rightful place as family pets.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Pitbulls were the most common family pet in the United States and had earned the nicknamed “nanny dogs” because of their gentle manner with children.
Due to the popularity of the Black and white pit bull, it made sense to include them in the media. Aside from dogs made famous by TV and ads, there were plenty of other well-known Pitbull terriers as well. Here are just a few.
This black and white Pit bull terrier mix was featured in the famous RCA Victrola ads. Ads featuring the dog were so successful that the copywriters even gave him a son named Chipper.
Stubby is the most decorated war dog in U.S. history. During WWI he stood watch over injured soldiers and even helped to capture a German spy. He was injured in a battle, but recovered and became a therapy dog who brought comfort to other soldiers.
This black and white Pit had a role on the Little Rascals/Our Gang TV program. He was as much a part of the gang as any of the kids on the show.
Sir Thomas was a Pitbull that belonged to inspirational speaker and writer Helen Keller. She wrote of how the dog seemed to understand her special needs and always stayed by her side when they went for walks together.
As you can see, the bad image that Black and white Pitbulls, and Pitbulls of any color, endure today didn’t always exist. Many well-known people enjoyed the company of these wonderful pets. Another example is General George Patton.
This no nonsense General was tough when it came to the Army, but he was soft when it came to Pitbull terriers. He has a special affection for the breed and in particular for his dog named Willie.
Willie traveled with Patton and was issued a set of dog tags. Patton even threw a birthday bash for his beloved pup.
While it is true that Black and white Pitbulls get a bad rap, it is important to understand that responsible pet ownership is extremely important. This is true for the owner, the dog and for the breed in general.
Every well-behaved Pitbull can help to change the minds of those who think the entire breed is dangerous.
If you’re considering joining the ranks of Pitbull owners, keep that in mind before you head to the shelter to adopt your black and white Pitbull, or whichever color dog happens to catch your eye. Your new pet can be an opportunity to shed some positive light on a breed that has been discriminated against for far too long.
These dogs make great pets and, if raised properly, will be an important member of your family.
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