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Pit Bulls' Have Been Historically Hired As Baby-Sitters

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Pit Bulls Use To Be Nannies!

Now, finish your homework so I can eat it! LOL.

Today we think of pit bulls as one of the toughest, meanest, most violent dogs in America — but according to historians it's all a bad rap.

It wasn't that long ago that pit bulls were brought in as "nanny dogs," the trusted caretaker pups to watch over kids.

It's striking–and quite sad–to see such documentation of how beloved the now-maligned dog once was. The very same American pit bull is now more often associated with Michael Vick's dogfights, and stories of household pets gone bad, sometimes tragically involving kids.

One of Vick's 47 rehabilitated dogs named Mel, moved to Dallas with a new owner, and received an edible key to the city!

Over time, the breed, which was also bred to battle bulls and fight other dogs, picked up a reputation for a nasty nature.

Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who is around the breed every day, says it's people who should be blamed, not the breed. Cesar said:

"Pit bulls get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners."

Responsible pit owners include Jon Stewart, Alicia Silverstone, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Eliza Dushku, Pink, and Jessica Alba.

Photo via MGM /Little Rascals

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