With all of the media frenzy over these dogs (and the people who are mostly attracted to them because of it) your fear is completely understandable.. But first, you must learn what a Pit Bull is before you fear it. I would say a good 80% of not more of the 'Pit Bulls' you see and hear about on the news are not Pit Bulls at all. So education is a must. Here is a quick example.I have to admit that in spite of never being leery of any breed of dog, I am very afraid of the "pit bull" type/breeds. I am an educated person & a well-versed dog owner, but I simply cannot get over this fear of them. I have to wonder if this is because of all the poorly-bred BTB dogs that everyone here in Alabama have chained to a tree or fenced in their back yards. I believe if I met a serious breeder & show person of the different pitt type breeds, I would not be as fearful. Also, all the Mr. Tough Guys down South never have their dogs neutered - a girl at work said that her brother loves his dog's "junk" hangin' down. CraigsList is chock full of pittbull puppies - why don't people have their dogs spayed/nuetered? So many dogs are put down in the shelters, especially if they are of a pitt type. I feel so sorry for them.
Yes, it's a shame so many dogs will die... And call me cruel to say this, but I think we need to put down a lot more pit bulls in shelters. Shelters for the most part do not know how to properly place a pit dog. The send them home with families as companions for their other dogs, they don't educate them on animal aggression.. They don't tell them never to have this dog off leash in public, to avoid dog parks. It hurts me to go to my local shelter and see my very favorite dogs overflowing their cages, and that particular shelter (NNSPCA) will adopt to multi-animal households.So - If you and I don't want to adopt a pit bull and many other people don't want to adopt pit bulls, it the dogs who suffer. Stupid people keep allowing the dogs to breed. It is a shame for the pit bulls.
Absolutely.. I recently put up a rant about this. People do not view their dogs as ANIMALS, animals who will eat your baby and not have regret or sorrow. They trust their dogs to the point of foolishness. WHO leaves a newborn, just a few days old, human baby alone with a DOG?It is absolutely amazing to me that some people simply do not have any shred of common sense at all. What is the thought process that allows a parent to walk away and leave their infant or toddler in a room with large dogs unsupervised? Why would anyone ever think that would be an alright thing to do?
The case that bothers me the most is the one of the little boy in Florida who was killed by the family dog while his mother slept on the same bed next to him. I would like to know what substances the mother was under the influence of to have slept through her baby being attacked by a dog!
Yep, most people picture American Bullies when they hear 'Pit Bull', big, heavy, muscle-bound brutes wearing spiked collars.. Google 'Blue Pit Bull' and 99% will be American Bullies or Amstaff mixes.. Real APBTs range from -20lbs to 60+ (not usual, that's big for an APBT).I for one, had NO idea what a pitbull actually was until a few weeks ago. I always heard stories about them, how vicious they were, etc. and pictured this big mean human aggresive dog- boy was i wrong... My mother owns a boarding/grooming shop and i've been clicker training some of the dogs that are there for awhile, and one of them is a pitbull- i was nervous going in to meet her, but she has become my best friend (in a matter of minutes, actually) she's much smaller than i thought and SO sweet, she completely changed my ideas of pitbulls, and i'm much more aware of when the media says its a pitbull, it might not actually be an APBT. Just thought i'd add that.
Also, Its interesting to read all of the stories on that blog about thefatalities, how all of the children were left alone with the dog! it's shocking how the media changes things around for dramatic effect, really disgusting and no wonder people (like I was, sadly) have such wrong opinions on certain breeds of dogs.