The Mythical Pit Bull Jaw

Being so immersed in the world of pit bulls has taught me a lot of things. One of those things is that people believe some incredibly ridiculous myths. One that I absolutely hate is that “pit bulls have locking jaws.” You might be thinking, do pit bulls actually have locking jaws? NO!! No, no, no, no, no, no, and no! I’ll say it again for the people in the back. PIT BULLS DO NOT HAVE A LOCKING JAW!

A locking jaw is anatomically impossible. In fact, their skull is the exact same as any other dog! I think the only reason this myth even exists is because their heads are almost entirely muscle which makes them strong. However, that doesn’t make them inherently dangerous.

Also, since I feel like this needs to be said, not everything you read on the internet is true. Just because a Google search comes up with some BS article saying that a pit bull is the most dangerous animal in all the land because of it’s crazy (and impossible) locking jaw, does not mean it’s true.

Don’t just take it from me. Petfinder has an entire article on pit bull myths, stating the below:

“Reality: Pit Bulls do not have any special physical mechanism or enzyme that allows them to “locktheir jaws. If you compare a Pit Bull skull to a skull of any other dog breed, you can see with the naked eye that both skulls share the same characteristics and general bone structure.”

Also, thank you Animal Planet:

“On average, dogs exhibited about 320 pounds of pressure, while humans came in at 120 pounds and great white sharks at 600. The study also included a simulated bite sleeve test with a German shepherd, a Rottweiler and an American pit bull terrier. The pit bull actually registered the least amount pressure among the group, despite rumors that bully breeds can clamp down with an alarming 1600 pounds of force.”

NEED I SAY MORE?! Actually, finding articles for this nearly made my head explode. It’s crap like this that makes me so mad. A very simple search proves the myth wrong, but it’s still perpetuated. All you have to do is find a credible source.

We as humans have the power to inflict incredible damage on other humans, other species, and this planet. Yes, some people abuse that power, but the majority of us don’t.

Like I said, pit bulls aren’t inherently dangerous. They are actually so loving and loyal. And I am prepared to fight for them until I no longer have to. Bella and Misha are the sweetest dogs and deserve a world that doesn’t judge them just because they have a block head. I mean seriously, look at these beautiful couch potatoes:


I’ve seen other pit bull owners perpetuate this myth. So I am begging you, if you have ever spread this myth, please stop. These dogs die in shelters every day because of nonsense like this.

Fellow pit bull lovers, what is your “favorite” pittie myth?


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