Do Pit Bulls Get "Lock Jaw"?
C'mon, do I look like a Pit Bull?
Do pit bulls get "lock jaw"? I was recently discussing the controversy of Pit Bulls with an owner of a Pit Bull mix.
He mentioned something about their jaws locking, which was the reason they could possibly cause more serious injuries during an altercation, than another breed might. He claimed it was also very painful for them when this occurred, and they were unable to release their jaws.
The topic then came up with another Pit owner who scoffed at it, saying it was an old wives' tale.
I'm interested to know your thoughts.
The short answer is it's a myth. There is nothing about the structure of a pit bull's jaws that would cause them to lock.
Yet, this notion of locking jaws persists. And, I suspect it's predicated on the observation that pit bulls are known to be determined, persistent and even downright stubborn.
Phrases like "bull dog determination" to describe someone who's totally focused on achieving a goal exist because there's truth in them.
So, once a pit bull gets hold of something, he may not want to let it go. But, that doesn't mean he can't let go.
In fact, pit bulls are generally so eager to please their owners that with training they can be taught to release things on command--even when they'd rather not.
Cute fur kid you've got there. And, no he/she doesn't remotely resemble a pit bull. :)
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