I know I'll get a lot of heat for this, but I'm torn on this issue. My neighbor has a pit bull mix and it's a sweetheart. Had to care for it while they were on vacation and it stayed asleep while I went in the house and filled it's supper bowl.
But then I hear horrifying stories of kids dying because it a pit bull literally tore them apart. Maybe we could ban their owners!
I heard about that one too! I showed my mom, and she was said "I guess I was wrong about them."People always hear the stories about people being ripped apart by pits. But did anyone hear about the story of the stray bully who protected a stranger with her 3 year old son from a robber? The stray bully chased the robber down the street, and then when she was putting her son in the car, the dog jumped in the back seat right next to the little boy.
It's THOSE stories you never hear about. The media thrives on negativity. I found that story in a little article buried in webpages.
Replies in bold.Back when I was considering breeds, I mentioned Pit Bull to my father. He didn't even give me a chance to argue, the first word out of his mouth was "No".
I'm not in support of the breed ban, BUT something should be done about the constant pit bull attacks. I dunno, maybe make it illegal to own a pit bull unless you're a certain age with a certain background?
The 'constant pit bull attacks' are rarely a real pit bull(APBT), in fact I've yet to see a dog who looks like anything more than a bully breed mutt when there's an attack. Recently an american bulldog kennel had an accident where their male killed their little daughter. These are pure-bred American Bulldogs, but the media reported it as Pit Bulls, they even made up things in the article that were 100% false (such as the AKC registering APBTs).
I just watched Animal Planet's Dogs 101 about Pit Bulls. They were bred to fight. So you're right, it all depends on the owner. If the owner knows what they are doing, then it's all right.
Over on the pit bull forums, we were all moaning when we saw Dogs 101 on APBTs.. Their info was so wrong, and so ignorant it hurt me to see it.
Personally, after seeing and watching Dogs 101, I wouldn't want a Pit Bull. German Shepherds can be vicious but a Pit Bull was made to be vicious. Maybe in the future when the breed's temperament is better, but I think a Pit Bull is too dangerous to be a family dog. I'm not saying all Pits will attack, but the chance of them attacking is so high.
Bred to be vicious, what does this mean? German Shepherds were bred to protect and herd livestock and property, Bulldogs were bred for dog on dog combat and for handleability/stability with handlers, meaning no human aggression.
Not always.. There are dogs in any breed who are just weak-tempered or unstable. I own a GSD like this now.. He's horrible temperament has nothing to do with his upbringing or training.. And I had a bully breed mutt before who tried to bite someone (she's dead now), but she was always snakey and who knows what her breeding was.its all about the owner and training, having tested and passed pit bulls for T.D.Inc, nothing is wrong with the breed, just the people at the other end of the leash