Common Misconceptions About Pit Bulls:
All Pit Bulls are trained to fight. Not true. Pit Bulls, like all terriers, tend to be tenacious. They typically prefer a game of keep-away to a game of fetch. Terriers are courageous and unrelenting, bred to hunt vermin and keep it away - they won't quit until a job is done. Additionally, Pit Bulls are very loving and loyal dogs. All they want to do is please. It is the combination of these traits that make them great companion animals. Unfortunately these same traits - not viciousness and aggressiveness - make them a preferred breed for fighting. Pit Bulls that are made to fight are the innocent victims of irresponsible and inhumane owners.
They have locking jaws. Nope. Like all terriers, they don't give up easily. And if they are determined to keep hold of something, they won't give it up easily unless you have trained them otherwise. You can work with your dog on "trading": offer a reward of food in exchange for the ball or toy and tell the dog "Drop It". Praise them when they do. Like all training, be persistent and consistent. Eventually they will get it.
Pit bulls "turn" on their owners. Pit bulls are living wonderful, happy lives in many homes. A healthy dog will thrive in a healthy situation. If a dog of any breed is abused or neglected, chances are the relationship between the dog and the person will not be a happy one.
Dog-aggressive behavior always leads to human-aggressive behavior. Not true. Dog-aggressive and human-aggressive behavior are two totally different things. Pit Bulls can be - but not all are - reactive with other dogs. Pit Bulls were bred to be courageous and unrelenting, but they are not typically aggressive with humans. In fact they tend to be exceedingly human friendly. This is one of the reasons that Pit Bulls make great police dogs, soldiers and therapy dogs.
If a pit bull has scars on it, it was used for fighting. Not always. Pit bulls are very active, curious dogs. Many find themselves in situations where they get a little scraped up. Chasing squirrels and rabbits is a favorite pastime and they don't like to give up. The dog may end up with a gash from getting into a tight spot. Scars can be from any number of things.
You should never adopt a Pit Bull with an unknown history. Not true. Any time you adopt a dog, you cannot be certain of it's history. This DOES NOT mean the dog is unpredictable. Lakeshore Bully Club encourages you to adopt from your local rescue or shelter. Temperament testing can be done to determine whether or not the dog is a good fit for your household and your lifestyle. Adopting any dog is a big responsibility. It starts with doing your homework. Learn all you can about the dog you are considering BEFORE you bring it home.