Are Pit Bulls Dangerous?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 10:55:57 PM ET

Pit bulls can be dangerous, as can any breed of dog if not properly socialized and trained. A pit bull’s behavior depends more on how it is treated by its owner than its genetics.

For example, any dog chained outside and isolated from positive human interaction is more likely to be aggressive towards people than a dog welcomed into the family home. Pit bulls are popular pets known for their gentleness and loyalty; however, some pit bulls are bred specifically for dog fighting. Where these pit bulls would certainly be dangerous to other dogs, they wouldn't necessarily be aggressive towards their human handlers.