What’s the Deal with Everyone Calling Pit Bulls “Pibbles” All of a Sudden?

Cute-ifying a breed for a good cause!

Brace yourself: We’re going to open this story with some sad, hard facts: Every year, 3.9 million dogs enter shelters, and 1.2 million are euthanized. Pretty bleak, huh? Well here’s what’s worse: 40% (read that again—FORTY PERCENT) of those euthanized are pit bulls.

Pit bulls have received a bad rap—but only in the past few decades. While it is true that the breed is strong-willed and highly loyal, those things used to be seen as positive. In fact, pit bulls were so beloved, they were featured on U.S. army recruitment posters back in the ‘30s.

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But more recently, these traits have been exploited: Bad breeders have been cashing in on their popularity in dog fighting circuits and their reputation for being deadly guard dogs—creating sick, inbred animals who go out into the world poorly trained, if not abused. Public opinion became so bad, there was soon legislation banning the breed in certain areas.

But as with any dog, pit bulls’ true temperament is dependent on their owners. (As a matter of fact, the American Temperament Testing Society found that pit bulls naturally have more positive temperaments than Golden retrievers, beagles, Corgis, Chihuahuas, Poodles, Yorkshire terriers, and more!). With love, care, and attention, even pit bulls emerging from dire situations can find their inner snugglebum.

So pit bull lovers and the internet at large have mobilized to rebrand the maligned breed—they're saying "Pit bull" is out; "Pibble" is in! Urban Dictionary defines Pibble as “the more refined and less aggressive form of pit bull. a kinder, gentler term that better reflects the true nature of these great friends.” Think about how genius that is: People hear “pit bull” and think “OMG SCARY” but when they hear “Pibble,” they immediately think “OMG WHAT IS THAT IT SOUNDS LIKE SUCH A CUTE DOG.”

The adorable moniker has found its way from memes to the Million Pibble March on Washington to Sir Patrick Stewart himself, and we are more than proud to use it here on Unleashed. But we also plan to continue celebrating pit bulls by their original name to bring awareness, and hopefully—over time—help end the stigma surrounding this sweet breed of doggos.

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