Forget what you’ve heard: Pit bulls make excellent pets.

No matter what you’ve heard, pit bulls are actually a really friendly, loving breed of dog. They just get a bad rap.

Some cities (and even entire countries) have at one point or another tried to deter ownership of pit bulls on the basis that the dogs were vicious, aggressive, or otherwise dangerous. At its peak, more than 700 cities and towns in the U.S. had pit bull bans. For a while there, the outlook wasn’t so positive for our four-legged friends.

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about pit bulls. Let

The Obama administration even weighed in on breed-specific bans, stating its opposition.

“We don’t support breed-specific legislation research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources,” reads the response to a 2013 “We the People” petition.

Lovely lady lumps XD #showusyourpits pic.twitter.com/tBw71dMq0r Mary (@InfiniteNeeya) October 15, 2015

This goofball is named Chico.

Andre here is a 5-month-old pit bull/Jack Russell mix from Second Chance Rescue. Oh, and also a New York Mets fan, but I can forgive him for that (go Cubs!).

And Roscoe is just too cool for his own good.

The #ShowUsYourPits hashtag was started by Animal Planet to promote the return of its show “Pit Bulls and Parolees.”

Pit bulls, somewhat similarly to people recently released from prison, can have a hard time finding a second chance in society hence the show’s name.

The show follows the story of dog trainer and founder of New Orleans’ Villalobos Rescue Center Tia Torres. She and a crew made up of people out on parole work to rehabilitate and help find homes for abused and abandoned dogs. The show bills itself as “a chance at redemption for both man and man’s best friend.”

Do you have a pit bull? Add a photo of your buddy to social media with the hashtag and help fight the stigma!

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/forget-what-youve-heard-pit-bulls-make-excellent-pets?c=tpstream