It's like saying a gun is bad. Guns can kill, but it takes a person to pull the trigger. Likewise, a pitbull can kill, but it takes an owner who won't take good care of their dog.
any dog is a reflection of its owner
Probably the best answer to the whole issue.
They're not all the same. It all depends on the master and how they raised it.
I really think the whole pitbull uproar is just another "Nature vs. Nurture" debate.
If a dog, or ANY creature is raised in a cruel manner....seems to me they're likely to exhibit aggressive behavior.
A creature raised in a clean, loving home...? They're big babies.
I'm fortunate enough to live with an 11 year old pitbull. She's a sweetie.
I just read a ridiculous question about a dog being killed (or eaten?) by a pit...Questions like that make people who don't know any better think badly of a beautiful breed.
She's basing it on what she's heard on the news too. Since the news has said they're bad and not other dogs, that it must be true that they're the only dogs to attack.
Unfortunately they are getting a really bad name in my state because they have become the dog of choice for drug dealers. A child was recently killed by one because he only saw the dog as one he could play with. Needless to say the parent didn't have this dog for the purpose of a family pet. So a child dies, a father is in prison, and still you have idiots out there that raise these dogs to be weapons instead of the pets they should be. This goes with other breeds as well.
Oh come on pit bulls are nice and family-protective, I think they've been lacking the kibbles & bits to whoever they're taking care of =/
I own a pit.. .. she is the best dog. So well behaved.. so well trained... she is so loving, and puts up with 3 cats climbing on her! She is a love!!
Its all in how a dog is raised...i had a Rott and everyone thought she was bad but she was the biggest baby i have ever seen...she didnt take sh*t but she was the most caring and loving dog i have ever owned
Thank you for the BA
Amen. I love my pitt! She is one of the best dogs I've ever owned ( a little high strung but shes only a year old). This breed is so strong and intelligent. People seem only to think of the horrible things they're capable of instead of all the good they can do. They also seem to forget that these dogs used to be called "NANNY DOGS". People purchased them with the intent of having them guard and care for their children. Also when they were first used for fighting: dogs who attacked people were put down as this endangered their handlers (who were in the ring with them and had to separate the dogs at the end of the fight) and they were not allowed to breed.
On a separate note my friend's mother remembers growing up that her parents were afraid of german shepherds and rottweilers because they were used by Nazis. Neither deserved a bad reputation but they got it by association. Maybe someday that pit bulls will be able to get past their bum rap like german shepherds and rottweilers did.
I did a lot of research before getting my pit bull, into the breed's history and her personal history. I was careful to check that the people who I got her from had a good knowledge of pit bulls also. They had 4 on site, plus 11 puppies and all were wonderfully behaved. My parents in particular were worried about my getting a pit bull but now they love her.
Gee....so the state and national statistics are all wrong? No wonder no one trust da gumbermint anymore :)
theyre not bad at all...any dog can be bad. theyre just like kids...just depends on how u raise it
Man, how many time have you seen someone standin in front of a judge sayin how great their pitbull is and yadda, yadda, yadda. Let me just point out the factual statistics....The truth is, pit's are kewl, but they have an inherited, bred in, beserk switch. The breed was bred by the early miners in Alaska, who fought dogs, much like primatives still fight chickens. You can still find on line pictures of the "fighting pits" that they constructed to fight these dogs...Just the facts dewd.
Bunny, at least you've done your homework and I respect that. However, let's agree to disagree on the "avalanche of rage". A pit bull that doesn't "rise" when around another dog would indeed be rare. Look, I know pit's and you couldn't ask for a better pet, but when exposed to things that trigger it inherited instincts to fight.....the "fight or flight" part of every bio unit has been bred out of the dog....That's just my personal opinion bunny, but as with all things, there's pro's and con's huh?
oh Bunny....i can't find the link at the moment, but there have been tests, although basic, in that they only measured an increase in heart and blood activities with a test unit of 100 pits....I'll get it too you when I find it again
How did pit bulls stand the climate of Alaska?
Bunny Dewd! I dunno who told ya that you look slow, but I find it kinda funny that you got this whole "long grey beard, and yes, I wear shoes" thing goin on. You can probably teach us all a few things...so try to adjust that self-image thingie....I know a dewd who was a "hod-carrier" for about 20 minutes....he definately learned a lesson, lol...Peace
There are no bad dogs, only bad human guardians.
There are MANY documented cases of pit bull owners changing their position on that particular breed.
Pit bull TRAINERS? Now your talking a whole different area! I was responding to your original wording of just living with one. Big difference...
That's one viewpoint I suppose...