Watch Out For These Aggressive (But Popular) Dog Breeds

Are Pit Bulls As Bad As Their Reputation?

A pit bull with a muzzle lays between its owner's legs.
ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images
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The myth that Pit Bulls are aggressive has some statistical backing. According to DogBite.org’s 13-year study, pit bulls were involved in 66% of America’s fatal dog attacks. Researchers also bring up some evidence that aggressive people are more likely to own “aggressive” breeds, according to Forbes.

Sadly, this reputation is endangering Pit Bulls’ lives. The breed is illegal in 10 states, and as a result, many of these dogs get put down in shelters. Plus, the American Academy of Pediatrics did not find the same aggression from Pit Bulls int their study.