Read all about it!  To know the truth about a stigmatized dog breed, you first need to learn a little about where the breed comes from, and what inherent qualities it has which, when abused, misunderstood, or overdramatized, contribute to its "bad rep".

The descriptions which follow are merely overviews intended to provide general knowledge, plus theories as to what led to the "incidents and accidents" which have damaged each breed's reputation.

For more detailed information on each breed, including conformation standards, please visit  the breed pages of the National Kennel Club of your choice, or a reliable Breed-Specific Organization.

THE AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERWhy do people fear him so?  His reputation's the pits!

THE ROTTWEILER:  This big lug's not nearly as rotten as many people think.

Breed Facts