I feel that the families of the dead people in these studies would disagree with you.
I don't hate Pitbulls, but I do hate the irresponsible owners that don't take good care of them and their dogs end up hurting someone. A friend of mine lost part of her cheek when she was a little girl since a pitbull mauled her while she was playing.
I don't trust them any farther than I could throw one, and that's not far. It's in their blood, I don't care what anybody says. Just takes the right combination to release the lock.
I don't hate them any more than a Bull shark, but then again I wouldn't own one of those either.
Only a few completely negative (semi ignorant) responses. alot better than I was expecting from what I have been reading.
I ask because like gun rights I am a activist for responsible dangerous animal legislation and not breed specific legislation.
I personally think pitbulls are one of the best breeds for families and fun type dogs (Although I own American Bull Dogs, not pitbulls).
That said there is a huge problem in this country with irresponsible breeders and stupid thug owners (we all would like to see these owners put to sleep though as many of the owners are the thugs we seek to defend against).
Properly bred pitbulls (not genetic monsters from back yard breeders (this is a huge problem with blue pitbulls)) are great dogs, when properly raised and cared for. Just like kids they need leadership and boundries (have you seen the kids these thugs produce :( talk about scary).
We all have (hopefully) taken our time to educate ourselves about guns, gun rights, and responsible use, before making choices about our views on guns.
I'm just hoping that most gun owners take that same time to learn about other things before passing judgement.
BTW, I do know what pitbulls can do, I have been attacked and had bite wounds all over one of my legs as a kid because of it.... The dogs that bit me had ignorant thug owners who have been in jail now for years on drug charges.
Oh, And for those throwing out stats about what a pitbull can do.
Also keep in mind that all major animal rights groups have public positions that breed specific legislation is wrong and publicly state that pitbulls themselves are not the problem.
The same organizations publishing those stats have also shown through their studies that the small toy breed dogs like pomeranians send more people to the hospital with dog bites every year than any other breed.
Keep in mind also that those 59% of dog fatalities related to pitbulls (which is actually only a handfull a year far less than masny other things) is minimal compared to firearm deaths, knives fatalities, and car accident fatalities.
Becarefull spreading the hate because if they can outlaw pitbuls, it's only a matter of time before they can outlaw our self defense and collectible weapons.
If you choose to give up one right you might as well give them all up....
Any dog breed can be vicious, from the tiny Yorkie up to the massive St. Bernard. All of them can revert to their wild Wolf roots in a heartbeat. Pit Bulls get more attention because of the selective breeding for violent behaviour by those who want an agressive animal. My smaller 14 year old mixed breed is very mean and will bite given the chance. I wonder if she thinks she is a "Pit Bull" sometimes.
I have been around Pit Bulls that thought they were your best buddy and wanted to be a lap dog. I have been near others that if given the chance to get to me, I'd be a bloody mess after a few minutes of attack. So, with that in mind, I look at all dog breeds with some suspicion until you get to know that particular dog. They all have individual personalities, some may be more agressive than others and that is what the low-life humans look for when they want/need a dog.
I don't "hate" any particular dog breed, but it is sad that some breeds are utilized for violence and that is what makes people hate them.
Eh, I don't get the whole gun/dog relationship.
A dog can act on its own, a gun cannot.
A dog has a mind, a gun does not.
A dog is armed with muscle and teeth, a gun needs to be loaded and operated.
Any dog can be a good family dog, but the pitbull has some serious damage potential - I'll err on the side of a Golden Retriever or English Bull Dog, my buddy had a pitbull and I've seen it in action (responsible owner, otherwise a big baby of a dog)... scared the hell outta me. It took 3 guys to pull him back from another dog (a Golden Retriever). From big baby to an incredible powerhouse and something I'd fear in a split second. I'd been around the dog MANY other times and it was always playful and fun, but I always had my guard up.
A sheep is a sheep, if you can get them to ban a breed of dog based on a percieved danger, you can get them to ban guns based on a percieved danger.
BTW, english bulldogs were bred for bullbaiting, this was dogs fighting and killing bulls, the predesessor for dog fighting, they are also one of the dogs that was used to create the pitbull breed. Research, know the facts
All dogs bite.
Never once did I say I wanted a ban on any breed nor did I say I had anything against them, I simply stated that I personally will never own one. There are many breeds I'd love to own, a pitbull is not one of them. Freedom of choice and all that great stuff...
And yes, I've done my research on English Bulldogs - but thanks for assuming I hadn't.
In your little quest, my opinion is that you should be just as supportive of those who realize a pitbull isn't for them just as much as you support the responsible owners who do take them on. To use your gun analogy, not everyone should own one of those either, and not everyone has to like them in order for them to be accepted in large.
OK,as you ask for it, here's my take on Pits
As a child my brother was given a Boxer mix and it was a great dog But my Dad made him give it away
because he said it was too smart.
Sounds weird right?
This is how my dad explained it to us.
He would take the dog for a walk and when he would meet an other people or animals he would watch the
dog reaction.He said the dog never "Looked to Him" to to see His reaction to the other people.
It was very smart and would make up it own mind about what its reaction was going to be.
Now I know what what some of you say, The dog owner must be the one in control and the dog will follow
your lead. BS! Not if a dog is too smart.It will make up its own mind!
You don't have to agree me ,but I ask you and on everyone this thread to try this test on the next Pit owner you see
with his/her dog when other people are around it.
Watch the dog owner ,not the dog.
They will be nervous ,their eyes always on the dog because in the back of their mind they know that dog will not look
to them before it acts and they are afraid its going to do something terrible .
Anything can set it off and they know it, a child that makes a strange noise, a dog or a man thats moves wrong,
anything that causes it to make a choice about what to do.
Think about it and watch the next Pit owner, I think it will open you eyes to a new way of looking at all dogs
breeds good and bad ,not just Pits
If I am the next Staffordshire Terrier owner you come in contact with that will not be the case.
My dog is under control because she has been trained to be that way.
What I do notice is that most people who I have contact with will not take their eyes off my dog.
They fear what the dog might do to them.
Once they meet my dog and interact with her their fear subsides and they expierence a posistive outcome.
This is not about your dog!
Or my fears
Its the owners fears I,m talking about testing !