37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Pit Bulls

The Obama administration just came out against breed-specific legislation, which is a triumph to many dogs and their loving owners. Here are some pictures that will make you think differently about pit bulls. Remember: "Judge the deed, not the breed!"

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5. Unfortunately, their strength and perceived insensitivity to pain has led to their being exploited by humans and made to fight.

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There is also a rumor that pit bulls have "locking jaws" that make them a fearsome breed. While these dogs do have a strong jaw, their jaws do not physiologically lock. This is a behavioral trait specific to the dog itself, NOT the breed as a whole.

7. Because pit bulls have been bred to be "fighting dogs," they may require a little extra socialization and TLC during puppyhood.

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The ASPCA says, "The best way to prevent the development of aggressive behavior toward other dogs is to focus on early socialization... Despite the fact that pit bulls were bred to fight with each other, early breeders took pride in producing dogs that were trustworthy and friendly to people."

10. Let's stop and talk about this hero who took a bullet for his owner.

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Don't worry! He survived.

30. Which makes them great family dogs.

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The AKC cites the breed standard as having "affection for its friends, and children in particular...off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability." More than that, the ASPCA speaks to their roots as family dogs, given the nickname "nurse's maid" because of their sweetness with children.