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baby & PitI hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I have a friend who sent me a video of a new born kitten she found.  It was barely alive and was covered with fleas, ticks and hungry.  She brought it home and nursed it back to health.  She will be taking it to the veterinarian this week.  My friend owns a Pit Bull.  When the kitten and the Pit Bull met they clicked.  She took some footage of the interaction.  Keep in mind that her dog is NOT nursing but was willing to allow this kitten to enjoy what she had to offer anyway.  My friend also has a young daughter.  The child and dog get along very well together

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This is an example of how loving the Pit Bull really is.  I decided to do a piece on this breed.  I have found that a lot of people have no idea about this dog.  If you say, “Pit Bull” most people become fearful and think of fighting and danger.  Until the Mike Vick incident, a lot of people never realized how common fighting rings are in communities across the U.S.  I assume it is the same in other countries.

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Here are the names of people you might know, who have all owned Pit Bulls:

Jessica Alba,  Fred Astaire,  Jessica Biel,  Mel Brooks,  Adam Brody,  Linda Blair,  Humphrey Bogart,  Jack Dempsy,  Thomas Edison,  Kevin Federline,  Jamie Foxx,  Michael J. Fox,  Ken Howard,  Jesse James (West Coast Choppers),  Helen Keller,  Ann Bancroft,  Pink,  Madonna,  Bernadette Peters,  George Patton,  Brad Pitt,  Joey Porter,  Rachael Ray,  Theodore Roosevelt,  Jon Stewart,  Alicia Silverstone,  Sinbad,  Usher, Jan Michael Vincent.

What Is A Pit Bull?

The purebred American Pit Bull is America’s greatest working dog.  They have their roots in “Olde England”, where butchers specifically bred “gripping dogs” for use in controlling bulls and cattle. No other breed had (or has) the courage and determination to stick to the dangerous task of controlling a mad bull. The dog’s desire to complete the task of holding the bull often saved his master and other humans. In the middle ages, there were no guns or easy means to control a bull.  These dogs were highly prized and carefully bred heroes.

Pit puppies

These bull dogs (not to be confused with the modern AKC show version “bulldog”) were used in exhibition contests against bulls called bull baiting. When bull baiting was outlawed in the 1800’s, bulldogs were contested against each other, seeing which dog had the determination and drive to keep at the task in the face of pain, fatigue and even death. Because two handlers and a referee were in the pit with the dogs, the breed was selected for amazing stability; a calm, friendly manner with people….even under extreme pressure. Dogs which lashed out at humans, even strangers, while fighting or in pain were not tolerated.

The pit bull’s athletic build and legendary determination to get the job done makes him a perfect candidate for detection work. Nothing deters him, heat, cold, fatigue, etc.  If drugs or explosives are there, the Pit Bull will find them. It’s in his nature.

Today’s American Pit Bull

The American Pit Bull has a strong pleasure to please. They have more human emotional response than any other breed that exists today.  By no means are these dogs people-haters or people-eaters. Their natural aggressive tendencies are toward other dogs and animals, not people.  If they are trained properly they are not aggressive with other dogs or animals either.

LittleRascals

The pit bull enjoyed wide popularity during the period of 1840 – 1950 as a family pet and farm dog. At the turn of the last century, the pit bull was one of the most popular of dogs.  Pete the Pup on the Little Rascals Our Gang comedies was a purebred, registered American pit bull.

The Pit Bull is a good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet, which is good with children and adults. Almost always obedient, it is always eager to please its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is very full of vitality. Highly protective of his owners and the owner’s property, it will fight an enemy to the death. It is usually very friendly, but has an uncanny ability to know when it needs to protect and when everything is okay. They are generally okay with other pets if they are raised with them from puppy hood.  They are not good match with every owner.  They need to know who is boss in the house.  If someone is meek and lets the dog take over, and doesn’t know how to discipline properly, the dog will think it’s the owner.

The Pit Bull has been exploited by back yard breeders, criminals, dog fighters and others who abuse the breed’s amazing strengths for their own selfish gain. The press encourages fear and hysteria because fear sells.  In addition to the Mick Vick incident, whenever someone is hurt by a strong, broad, short haired dog it is reported that the breed was a Pit Bull.  In reality, the dogs might be another breed that looks very similar to a Pit Bull because of their build.

Professional dog trainers, and those who know the breed, understand that the properly bred and raised Pit Bull is one of the sweetest dogs with people.  Although, most Pit Bulls will not back down from a challenge from another dog.

Pit Bulls don’t see strangers as a threat or “the enemy”. Each person is a “new best friend”! This makes them ideal for those situations where a non-threatening dog is required.

Why We Use Pit Bulls

Pit bull and police

With Homeland Security concerns elevated, the need for explosives and narcotics detection dogs for law enforcement is increasing. There are programs that connect cops with outstanding working dogs – many of whom might otherwise be euthanized for lack of a home.

Because they are a “fad breed” right now, there are literally thousands of pit bulls being euthanized in American shelters every week. There simply aren’t enough homes, and breeders keep breeding to make money. Many of the Pt Bulls are being used adopted from shelters and used as working dogs with police and military.

Taxpayers should know about these issues. Find out if police departments in your area utilize free, or low cost, animals before they spend several thousand on an untrained “green” dog from Europe or a dog vendor.  There is a myth that there is a shortage of good detection dogs in America. This is simply not true. It is time people became aware of this breed and others in this country.  We should learn more about our own, American, working breed and use them accordingly.

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39 Responses to “A Loving, Loyal Family Dog; Great Protector of the U.S.; Misunderstood”

  • Michele says:

    I only have 30 years experience with APBT, Amstaff, AB and other bully and working breeds. I have one Pit, 1 English Pointer and three cats, in my house, all indoor and all rescues, everyone is happy, protects and gets along just fine. I am a responsible owner.

    If we start banning certain “breeds” where will it stop? What about the mixes that “look” like a pit? …… How about Rottie’s, Dobermans, Boxers? How about the top three dog breeds that are on the bite list? The Golden, Chow and GS? Do you see where this can go? Out of control….

    Recently, a loose Chihuahua attacked my pit bull while we were walking (on leash) and bit him on his neck and hung on, my pit did absolutely nothing! I got the Chihuahua off him as my pit went into a sit, no barking, no shake, nothing…… The owner ran out and started to laugh, the dog (Chihuahua) ran off to chase some kids on bikes…Next day, he bit a guy who ended up in the ER with a blood infection due to the bite……..Do you see a problem here?

    It all comes down to this, EDUCATION…………..Spay/Neuter all pets. Every dog needs training, exercises, mental stimulation and consistency at all stages of his/her life. Someone in the home needs to be the “pack leader” or all havoc will break out. If you treat your dog like a baby/child, your dog will treat you like a dog!

    A professional trainer may be needed, this goes for any breed.

    We need harsh punishment for the “owners” not the dog (and I don’t mean a slap on the hand and a fine) that fight dogs, use ANY dog for bait, mistreat /neglect/abuses them and the back yard breeder. When a child, teen or young adult abuses animals, it’s a fact they will go on to human abuse, it’s a control issue that leads to a deadly circle. It’s the irresponsible owner, not the dog.

    I recommend two sites for education: http://www.realpitbull.com and Secrets Of A Professional Dog Trainer

  • Eileen says:

    Out of the top 10 dog breeds that have a history of bites, the pit bull is #10, with the chihuahua as #4. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Jack Russell Terriers, Akitas, Chow chows and miniature dachsunds are also on the list. Some of these dogs are easily excitable. I think the only reason why pit bulls are on the list is because many have irresponsible owners.

    I did find an interesting statistic from an emergency room worker that dog bites from Labs are the most frequent of dog bites encountered. I think that this statistic is an example of why we need to be careful when throwing around numbers regarding which breeds and how many dogs of those breeds bite. Labs are the world’s most popular dogs and even if only a small percentage of them bit someone, that would still be an awful lot of dog bites.

    • Rachel says:

      I completely agree about ‘throwing around statistics’! As I have stated before , irresponcible owner ship is the root of any dog misbehaviors. Although, one must also acknowledge that poor breeding has effects on certain personality traits a dog is born with.

  • Susan says:

    We can’t deny that our canine companions are the descendants of wolves, but we have bred for domestication. Is it possible, instead to breed the Pit Bull for temperment? I am the proud owner of an American Bulldog. This breed almost became extinct. In the past, this breed was used for bull baiting. They were aggressive. However, multiple generations of temperment breeding have resulted in a resurgence of the Ambull. I just wanted to take a different approach to this question.

  • Andrea says:

    Any dog with an irresponsible owner can be dangerous, and a Pit is especially vulnerable. If you know you have a dog that isn’t good with children, isn’t good with strangers, etc. whether it is a Pit or any other breed, you as an owner have an obligation to the dog, as well as to the public to control the situation. A lab viciously attacked me, but I wouldn’t suggest getting rid of the breed.

    I own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Pit mix, Hope, who is all bark and hugs. I had a Border Collie with strong herding tendencies who nipped a neighbor in the heel and was arrested and deemed a dangerous dog by the state. The neighbor couldn’t sue for being viciously attacked because the dog barley broke the skin, so she sued for mental anguish, she wanted us to kill both dogs, the Border Collie because of the nip, and Hope, just because.

    I understand Dr. Greg’s assessment and the statistics, he is stitching up victims, and I also know my Hope when obsessing over something, a bird, a car, etc. she has a high pain threshold, that is the Pit in her. I wonder what percentage of the Pits guilty of the vicious attacks had responsible owners, in my humble opinion, any dog loose can be dangerous. The Pits that I know have responsible owners, and I doubt that Dr. Greg would ever see one of their victims; he probably doesn’t sew up stuffed animal toys.

    • Rachel says:

      ANDREA, I THINK YOUR COMMENT WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT AND I AGREE THAT IT ALWAYS BOILS DOWN TO OWNERSHIP. 15-20 YEARS AGO PIT BULLS WERE NOT EVEN REALLY TALKED ABOUT. IT WAS DOBERMANS, SHEPARDS AND ROTTWIELERS. THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT AND OTHER IRRESPONCIBLE PERSONS SAW THE AMAZING POTENTIAL OF THOSE BREEDS AND EXPLOITED THEM. NOW WE HAVE THE SAME ISSUE WITH PITS. I WONDER, WHAT BREED WILL BE NEXT CHOICE OF THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE AND WILL WE CONTINUE TO PERSECUTE THE DOGS OR WILL WE GET SMART AND GO AFTER THE OWNERS? I THINK ANY OWNER SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO TAKE TRAING (AND TO TRAIN THIER DOGS) IN PACK BEHAVIOR, AND BREED SPECIFIC TEMPERMENTS BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO OWN A DOG OF ANY BREED.( ESPECIALLY MY NEIGHBOR WHO HAS A VICIOUS CHIUHHUA WHO TRIES TO ATTACK ME & MY PIT REGULARLY:)

  • Dawn says:

    I have found Pits and other bully bodied dogs the sweetest people lovers I’ve known. They have old soul, wise eyes. Dog friendly is hit & miss with some but they always want to please their owners. They’re extremely smart and a little bullheaded at times but with some soft cooing words they can be sweet talked into cooperating anytime. They are my favorites over many!

  • Alberto says:

    I have a Boxer, a Pit-bull and a Bull-Boxer (mixed breed of an English Bull dog and a Boxer) living together and they seem to be the best friends with no issues at all !! all depends of how much love we give to them…so they can also love each other.

  • Becky says:

    Yes, I knew about this. It’s amazing how we humans have taken these animals and abused them to the point that we have and then have the audacity to try to wipe them off the face of the earth with Breed Specific Legislation. Talk about blaming the victim….

  • Anna says:

    My feeling is we have to deal with nature vs nurture with all breeds including Pitbulls.

    Trying to stop a Beagle following his nose or a Border Collie herding is difficult because it is what they were bred to do.

    From what I’ve read, for over a century some lines of Pitbulls have been bred to fight and some Pitbull owners favor the breed today for their ‘natural’ aggressive tendencies toward other dogs.

    However, it is to dogs – not to people – that some Pitbulls are more likely to focus their aggression towards. This does not always translate to people.

    That is not to say there is not a higher chance of that aggressive tendency being triggered toward a person, as to a certain extent aggression is aggression if any dog’s ‘fight or flight’ reaction tends towards ‘fight’, however I know many Pitbull owners who trust their dogs 100% around people but have problems with them when it comes to dogs their Pitbull does not know. I also know Pitbull owners who trust their dog around new people and new dogs.

    The problem arises when dog-to-people aggression is purposely bred into and/or encouraged in Pitbulls by certain owners. Over time, certain lines of Pitbulls therefore become more naturally people-aggressive.

    I believe socialising from a young age with other dogs (eg: attending puppy classes) is even more important for Pitbulls than it may be for more naturally more dog-friendly breeds. And if you’re unsure of a particular Pitbull puppy’s lineage a strong focus on socialising with people (strangers) should also be top priority for responsible Pitbull owners.

    However, there will always remain the very real problem of the general public and dog officials finding it hard to correctly identify the many cross breeds correctly. They may just calling them a ‘pitbull’ or ‘pitbull cross’. This of course unfairly pits dog bite statistics against the breed.

    At the end of the day, going back centuries, people are responsible for all the varied breeds we see today. Not just their looks but also their nature. If responsible owners only breed from the dog-friendly and people-friendly Pitbulls out there (and there are many) then we can turn the breed around rather than see them die out due to bans again the breed.

    Educating the public as to what a Pitbull actually looks like would help a lot too!

    Sorry I haven’t given an ‘answer’ one way or the other. This is a favorite topic of mine and I try to keep both sides of the ‘argument’ in view.

    There are Pitbulls working as therapy dogs, police dogs, hearing dogs and more.

  • Sandi says:

    Please visit this link: http://network.bestfriends.org/campaigns/pitbulls/default.aspx
    Best Friends Animal Society is working throughout the country to help pit bulls, who are battling everything from a media-driven bad reputation to legislation designed to bring about their extinction. Best Friends hopes to end discrimination against all dogs. Dogs are individuals and should be treated as individuals.
    This is one of the group’s key campaigns. They have been involved with rehab for 22 of the Michael Vick dogs. On this campaign page, you can find facts, figures and resources as well as information about the cost of breed-specific legislation and other issues surrounding the bad rap these dogs get. In fact, one of the pitbull rescues in California was just featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Wed.

  • Linda says:

    Am very much in agreement. One of the animal rescues that I work with typically ends up being the last resort in the Detroit metro area for rescued pit bulls because everyone has an incorrect perception about them – many rescues won’t assist them. This rescue has a whole section on their website dedicated to stories and issues surrounding the pit bull issue @ http://bit.ly/7qDHJD – very informative if you’re interested in learning more.

    I’m currently fostering a pit bull mix for them; and as it is my first experience with a pit bull, I also was hesitant – because I had heard the hype and not interacted with pit bulls myself. However, the animal was in dire straits and there was no one else – so I decided I would do what it takes.

    I can now tell you after having her for several months, she is absolutely without question one of the sweetest, most loving animals I have ever cared for. She is extremely affectionate, loves to cuddle, and absolutely craves positive attention. After some work teaching her to interact with my other animals (she had never had any social interaction with people or animals, she had lived her life chained to a tree and almost died of asphyxiation), she now plays with my animals and cuddles with them all on a pile on my bed when its time to retire for the night. It has been a very rewarding experience for me, and I firmly believe pit bulls are getting a very bad reputation thru no fault of their own.

  • Joan says:

    My friend has a pit and pit lab. They are the most playful dogs I have ever met. She is training the full pit to be a therapy dog. And that dog is deaf so all of the communication is signing. I know it has been said but it is in the nuturing of an animal, nature is strong but nurturing has a good chance of saving this misunderstood breed.

  • Brandi says:

    A few of my friends have pitbulls, different ages, but all males. – I can honestly tell you, that with proper obidience training, love, and a good home, they are the some of the sweetest, loving, playful dogs I have ever known. I would most deffinatley get a pitbull (probably would be more inclined if it was a puppy)

  • Ruff says:

    thank you for the positive comments peg! I have owned and trained them for years they are the most wellrounded dog but only for those who understand the breed and willing to put the time into training and socializing. I also started a company geared at pitbull and bully breed dogs because i support them so strongly They deffinatly are the most misunderstood creature on earth!!!

  • Peg says:

    I own a pit bull- I have never seen him even curl his lips at a human or another dog. He is dominant, and will let another dog know if it is pushing his limits with a forceful bark but he has never been the aggressor. He has been the victim at the dog park a few times because he steps in to protect the weak dog all of the other dogs are picking on. Even then, he never became nasty. He is amazing with children- just wants to lick their faces. Everyone who sees us walking down the street starts to get out of our way, and then they see how sweet he is and they melt. Best dog I have ever owned and we wouldn’t hesitate to have another.

    I have also walked many clients’ pit hulls and they are all amazing. Some of them do have some dog aggression- mostly because of the environments they were rescued from. None have ever been people aggressive. Even dogs I have met who have been horribly neglected still want to love, love, love people. There is a couple who live in my building who foster dogs. They have a pittie who was used as a bait dog for fighting right now- he has learned to accept the husky he lives with, so I think he can learn to like other dogs if he is introduced gradually, and around people, he is all wiggles and smiles!

    I could go on forever. They are amazing dogs.

  • Diana says:

    Pit bulls are like any other dog, only more so. All dogs need to be socialized, part of the family (pack) and trained. If they are left to their own devices, sometimes bad things happen. If you are adopting or resucing a pit bull or any other dog for that matter, it is important to be available and watchful of the dog as they integrate into your household.

  • Danielle says:

    I recently read an article in Time magazine about 500 pitbulls all of which were seized/rescued from an underground dog fighting organization. According to the article more than half of the adults and all of the puppies have been and continue to be socialized for adoption. I think that is amazing considering all the abuse and torture those dogs had endured.

  • Mark says:

    Our Border Collie/Whippet/? mix dog had skin issues, scratching all day to the point of hurting herself, and we tried many things to find relief. One of the latter options was a blood test for allergies. It turns out that she had allergies to a handful of foods and was borderline allergic to another handful. We were able to find a type of food without those ingredients and now she only rarely scratches.

  • Jenny says:

    They can indeed be loving,loyal and gentle dogs and can make great pets for all adult families.

    I’ve treated 11 pit bulls from different bloodlines, in different parts of South Africa over the last five years for predatory aggression against family employees, small children, other dogs, other pets and livestock. The predatory aggression in these dogs resulted in severe injuries, some disfigurements and several animal deaths.

    All of the dogs were in loving families who worked hard to achieve the best possible outcome by means of reconditioning, positive reinforcement training and (in some cases) medication. Sadly 8 of the 11 had to be humanely euthanased after extensive work with them failed. 3 were successfully rehomed into more secure adult families.

    Because they were selectively bred for fighting and have an incredibly high pain threshold and predatory surge, they are not good pets for people who are not skilled in dog training, control and management.

  • Eileen says:

    Pit bulls are a maligned breed and subjected to discriminatory treatment because of the publicity that unscrupulous pit bull handlers subject the dog to. One of the reasons why these handlers can get the dog to fight is the breed’s intense loyalty to the owner. Because of its size, though, I would not recommend pit bulls for inexperienced dog owners. They really do need to be socialized in order to be the perfect dog that you want around your children. Inexperienced handlers who want a big dog might do better with a dog like a Lab, because food is such a strong motivator – and that makes Labs relatively easy to train.

    One of the most beautiful dogs I have ever seen is a pitbull / Lab mix. Many of them have the pit bull coloring, but look like a Lab, with the floppy ears and the long muzzle.

    • Mohamed Mouhafid says:

      Eileen I agree with in the skills of the owner , pit bulls needs moore care than other dog ,they have a great energy they need 3 HOURS TRAINING aday in order to spend the excess energy they have to be moore calm

      I know a pit bull living in the same flat with a chiwawa with great relationship but the owner spend hours a day with diego training him

  • Dr. Greg says:

    Remember all breeds were developed from the wolf. Just because we designed and invented a breed does not mean all are beneficial or necessary. I love dogs more than most, but do not see a real reason to continue with the breed unless regulated

  • Dr. Greg says:

    How can you say this is a myth when I personally have seen pits attack and go “blood blind”as they try to kill.

    These dogs were initially bred in England, Ireland, and Scotland, and arrived in the United States with immigrants from these countries. In the United States, these dogs were used as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions;[4] however, some were selectively bred for their fighting prowess,[5] and starting in the early 20th century, they began to replace the bull terrier as the “dog of choice” for dog fighting in the United States.[6]
    This does not mean that your pit or pits are going to, but you can’t ignore statistics

    In Calif, homeowners are declined insurance if they have a pit.

    Sorry I touched a raw nerve, you can own them, but do we really need the breed, with the inherent danger?

    The Nanny Dog is actually the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a breed that originates from England. This breed is AKC registered as well as the British version BKC. It is one of only two breeds that can use the phrase “good with children” in it’s description. Pit Bulls do not share this description

    2005 28 16 (57%) These are the percentages of pits or pitx
    2006 30 16 (53%)involved in fatal human attacks. Over 55% of attacks
    2007 35 20 (57%)involved pits
    2008 23 15 (65%)

  • Debra says:

    I own 2 pit x, 1 papered “purebred” APBT (pit) and an Akita x Chow. All were rescued; 2 as pups, the papered at age 3 years (unneutered) and the Akita Chow at age 12 years. The Akita Chow has started, finished and kept coming back for another bite on two occasions with the male pit x-never have I seen such perserverance and single minded aggression from a dog as the Akita Chow. Other than attacking the pit x, the Akita shows no display of aggression.
    So, are we going to label all Akita Chow’s as a breed that needs to disappear?

    Let’s remember that APBT’s were the family dogs that traveled cross country in covered wagons to settle America (Laura Ingall’s WIlder’s books refer to the family dog “Jack”-he was a APBT in the author’s real life which her “Little House on the Prarie” series is based). The APBT is the only dog that has been featured on the front of Life magazine twice and the only dog used as a mascot by U.S. Armed Forces in WWI and WWII. Take a look at the old posters that reflect patriotic fever for those wars.

    These dogs began being used to fight in the past century. Prior to that the bred was NOT assumed vicious oro dangerous. There are dogs in every breed, which in the right circumstances, may become aggressive and yes, may harm a human or another animal. If the media would correctly label dogs when reporting injuries rather than making uninformed assumptions that if a dog was
    involved in any incident it was surely a PIT BULL or PIT BULL TYPE, the public might become better educated about humane treatment of animals, neutering, spaying and how to avoid dog injuries period. That is what we ALL want to see happen, isn’t it? Presumably no dog lover, veterinarian, animal breeder or business owner is making an argument such as breed specific banning? I would hope that all dog lovers would be more open minded than to assume that banning a breed would stop injuries from occurring to human or animal kind.

  • Joanna says:

    I have had a Pit Bull, she was as gentle as could be and I wouldn’t hesitate to put her with a baby…or cats…but if a strange dog came by she could be aggressive. She lived with two to three dogs usually peacefully. She died a couple years ago and I miss Susie very much.

  • Clare says:

    I know the breed the attacks the most – and it’s called “UNSUPERVISED children!”

  • Clare says:

    There is no history of this breed being bred to fight and kill – this is a new fad amoungst the ignorant and stupid that should not be allowed to own this breed. The Pit used to have a nickname of the ‘America’s Nanny Dog – being as it was such a lover and loyal protecter of children.

    http://www.times-standard.com/opinion/ci_6993026

  • Dr. Greg says:

    I have been a vet for 30 years and love all dogs.Pit Bulls are loving wonderful pets, but they were bred to fight and kill.They are among the most tolerant and happy of my patients.However,some of them have obvious aggressive tendencies, and in some it erupts suddenly and unpredictably. If they were all neutered tomorrow and no longer available to own as pets, what would we all do? Probably choose another type of dog and go on. I have lost animals to a stray pit I rescued, and have done surgery on at least 50 animals attacked by pit. The most recent from a pit that jumped in a front yard and opened up a cavaliers chest, Fortunately they were not far from the clinic and I could save the pup in emergency surgery. All dogs are from wolves, the breeds are designer dogs bred for a purpose. Maybe it is time for this designer dog to disappear

    • Rachel says:

      DR.GREGG, I VALUE YOUR OPION AND YOU DO HAVE SOME IF NOT MOST OF THE FACTS CORRECT. HOWEVER, I TOO HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH VARIETY BREEDS AS A DOG GROOMER AND TRAINER IN MY EARLY 20’S. I HAVE DEALT WITH DOG’S OF EVERY TYPE AND SIZE. IN MY EXPERIENCE SMALLER BREED DOGS LIKE CHIUAHAHAS ARE MORE TEMPERMENTAL AND UNPREDICTIBLE. PITS ARE EASY TO GAGE IF YOU UNDERSTAND PACK MENTALITY AND THE INDIVIDUAL DOG. YOUR HISTORY IS ONLY CORRECT UP TO POINT OF WHAT THEY WERE BRED FOR. YOU NEGLECTED TO MENTION HOW BREEDERS SELECTIVELY BRED OUT ANY ANIMAL WHO WAS OWNER AGGRESSIVE BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO STEP IN TO A HUNT OR FIGHT . DOGS WHO BIT WERE NOT REPRODUCED AND IT IS NOW AN INHERENT TRAIT THAT PITS ARE PRONE TO NOT ATTACK OWNERS.

  • Judith says:

    Hi. I have owned a Pit Bull in the past and have worked training quite a few of them. I find them to be extremely people friendly – especially tolerant of children, sometimes too playful (exhuberant), oft times they hear and understand commands they have been taught, but want to think about whether or not to comply. Then they usually comply – slowly. Comical. Purchased from a concientious breeder, living in the home of a loving experienced dog owner, this breed is one of the best family dogs I have had the priviledge to get to know. Then there are those other pit owners who concentrate on another breed characteristic – tenacious fighting. Remember not all Pits are fighters. The greater majority are gentle pets (strong, powerful, gentle pets). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend they be placed in a multi-dog household for one simple reason – the possibility of a skirmish. Don’t set them up for failure. I have met many many Pit owners who have multiple dogs and have never had any behavior issues. You get out of them what you put into them. The only other problem I frequently encounter with pits is Skin Dermatitis. Lots of skin problems that are hard to diagnose. Is it the grass? The food? The carpet? The material their blanket is made from? The laundry detergent? Can be costly.

  • Libby says:

    I own a pit and he is an inspiration to us all. He loves on the Yorkie and they play all the time. He will get way down on the ground so the Yorkie can pull his ears and “attack” him. He plays with the Pyr as well (though the Pyr is a grumpy ole man now). Charlie has really changed the way I saw the breed and I will probably get another one in the future.

  • Silvana says:

    Personally, I’ve met many Pit Bulls most of them sweet and loving. I believe any dog can be turned mean; Pit Bulls by nature are loving companions. Like any dog that has powerful jaws extra caution is needed.

  • Hollie says:

    I used to do volunteer dog walking at a local shelter that would often have young (under 2 years old) abandoned pit bulls, and a few who had clearly been used as bait dogs. They are amazing! I completely fell in love with them. It seems to me that if they get the amount of exercise they need (and it’s a lot!) and an owner who knows how to be firm without being harsh, they respond beautifully. They’re just lovely dogs.

  • Clare says:

    It’s all about how they are rasied. Did you ever see the Best Friends documentary about the fighting Pits rescued from Vick’s premises? Some are now therapy dogs visiting hosptials and doing great work…. people never thought that they could rehabilitate…. it was inspiring and heartbreaking.

    I am in the UK and today a 4 year old was “savagely” mauled to death by a “pit type” dog (still investigating) – yet most reports are neglecting to remark that this house was apparently used for dog breeding and had received complaints from the police in February that were never followed up.

    I wish people reported ALL the facts and not just “Another Pit mauls a Child” … I live in a town here that has MANY Pits and Staffs (and the people attached to them are less than desirable) – but I have always given these dogs a pat and belly rub when I see them and they are very, very sweet dogs.

  • Dave says:

    Nothing is born bad, it’s all about influence and surroundings!

  • Heidi says:

    I have seen how gentle pit bulls are when our neighbors had some of them and a chihuahua baby. Even though the neighbors more or less neglected the dogs, all dogs including the pit bulls remained sweet. Once the little chihuahua stepped under the older pit bull’s foot and cried. The big boy looked as if he’d destroyed the world and looked very worried at the little guy. He then laid down on his back until I asked his owner to tell the dog that it was OK because she knew that it wasn’t his fault at all. Only then, the big boy turned around and sat up. He was obviously relieved that people understood what happened. I have no idea how this breed got it’s bad reputation, it is obvious the PR doesnt come from people who actually met a pet pit bull.

  • Cindy says:

    They can be wonderful pets…its how the owner treats them and how they are bred….but you can teach a child to be a killer if you wanted to. too.

  • Jeri says:

    This video does not surprise me at all. All dogs are different. Yes some have instinctive traits, but all pit bulls are not mean. Neither are all Rottweilers, or GSDs, or Dobermans, etc. I have friends that have pit bulls now and in the past. Some of the dogs had problems, some did not. I think you could say that about most any breed or species.

    I have a Rott mix that is the sweetest dog you will ever meet. She is a trained Therapy Dog visiting with children and the elderly. She was in foster care for more than six months because nobody wanted a big, black, Rottie looking dog. Their loss.

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