A lab would exhibit that behavior. I am very happy with them. Just like the other breeds, pit bulls are only dangerous if they are raised to be dangerous.According to the AVMA, it is “mostly the owners, not the dogs, who are to blame for any bad behavior.” (“Ban Pit Bulls?”).Pit bulls are wonderful companions and friends. I have 4 Pits and a Chihuahua.The Chihuahua meaner than the pits. Pitbull-type dogs make outstanding canine citizens and are loving companions in millions of U.S. households. As a puppy, she escaped from the house and chased a little girl who ran screaming from her and knocked her down. So anytime you consider getting a dog, you should talk to them. My youngest daughter has a big scar on her face where she was bitten by a lab. I am a new Pitt owner and I could not be happier. People that think their great pets aren’t thinking correctly. The more information they have on the dog, the better! ... "pit bull" is not a breed in and of itself. Not only have you introduced anecdotal material to support your own argument against anecdotal material, you have also thoroughly misapplied the term to this forum. In reply to Pitmaster, I always recommend by Wolf Manson. Check out www.pbrc.net they have a lot of info on multi dog homes, NFL, etc. 15 Digestive Enzyme-Rich Plant-Based Recipes, Cancer-Causing Asbestos Found in Power-Based Makeup. It's a risk that people take by having animals around- it's a risk that we take by existing side by side with animals, domesticated or not. :P Teehee! If trained and handled properly they are loving and loyal pets. Pit people are good people. i am a 1st time dog owner,just got ruckus fm the pound mon. "Now I know that not every Pit will kill or attack but they are all capable of it just like any dog but a Golden Retriver does not have 600 pounds of bite force or a body that is perfectly designed to fight. Nine years ago I HATED Pit Bulls for no reason other then the negative things I'd HEARD about them. To some, these dogs are considered dangerous killers who should be banned outright, whereas others view them as misunderstood victims of breed discrimination.. Why would you put yourself, your children, or other animals around an animal that has the ability to kill as this one has proven possible. It's about the rescue of 22 of Michael Vick's fighting pits, after he got arrested. I giggled out loud when I read ALL DOGS HAVE TEETH THEREFORE THEY CAN BITE!! And I would appreciate that no one reply to this with negative statistics about pitbull attacks bc I know that alot of those are biased. Statistically  Pit bulls are responsible for 60% of attacks per year. These are just the basics to ask and consider. I have fallen in love with him & I enjoy the cuddle times & love he shows my family. PUNISH THE DEED, NOT THE BREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many famous figures, including Helen Keller, President Theodore Roosevelt, President Woodrow Wilson, and etc shared their lives UPDATE: We now have a review up of "The Lost Dogs", which is about the fate of the Michael Vick dogs. Just like these tigers and monkeys that were raised in loving homes, they never saw the jungle or anything like that, but one day, they snap, their instincts take over. But you're not seeing it. While both talk about pack orientation, proper walking etiquette etc......Ian is more reward based training, and Cesar is more respect based.............Ian says to use treats and reward good behavior. The bite argument really isn't a good one dear sir. She still to this day loves to play with both of them and my 3 kids. This not only encourages a clear bias but also leads us to assume that there are good and bad dogs and we are not responsible for their actions. He bit someone who was on our property and waqs just protecting us. They are like every other dog and if you train them and give them love they will be the nicest dogs. That being said I always supervise dogs when they are together and keep toys up as well as feed sepereatly. Doberman, mini doberman(the love of my life, best friend) A golden retriever, Great dog, he was our babysitter when i was a teen, German shephard, dominent,sharp,athletic, but got very possessive and aggressive of stranger, but good dog, poodle, ughhh sorry not so much into her, chihuahua, great lap dog, thats it, sweet cddly, but a lap og, and of course 3  pits, athletic, cuddly, full of kisses, great listeners, intelligent, quick learners, and have great personalities, but from that exsperience i can say ALL DOGS ARE CAPABLE OF BEING WHO YOU WANT THEM TO BE, ALL DOGS HAVE TEETH, THEREFOR THEY CAN BITE! Team Pit all the way!!! Period. I just smile and say yes, about as mean as a box of kittens..lol, i deffently agree with that both of mine never leave my side. We crate n rotate. I was 6 when we had him and used to sleep on him. You really shouldn't make statements on things you are not sure of. how ruff is to ruff when you play with your pit? My pit Duke acts like a daddy to my lil one, cleans her up, naps with her, even protects her from other dogs he thinks are threatening. A popular myth mischaracterized pit bulls as having "locking jaws." Yeah Jonathan's friend has a nice pit bull so they must all be that way and the statistics saying otherwise are lies made by the government to make us vote republican! I recently got a pitbull puppy, Anabelle (I put her bio on this site), and she is 13 1/2 weeks old. Unfortantely the dog doesn't have the choice of the type of owner he/she has. Many other breed attack and kill humans and other dogs, it just does not make the news, as its not a hot topic right now. My dog is great with both of my kids. I just want to say that I AM FURIOUS with all these stupid people out here saying all these bad things about PitBulls! All animals, big or small, can cause considerably damage when they attack or partake in any other activity that may lead to injuries. I have rescued 54 pitbulls now over the last 8 years. And for our families who have told us that he's "vicious," or "why would you consider getting a pit bull? If you dont think you would be strong enough to grab your dog safely from the back and use a break stick when needed, you shouldnt own one. I love my Pit. Yes. So would i worry about the pitty hurting your Yorkie.... No i wouldnt. the basis of their behavior” (JAVMA, Vol 217, No. Pit Bull type dogs are no more dangerous then golden retrievers, labradors, aussie shepherds, or any other "common family dog". We are heartbroken and considering finding a new home for Him. and believe me if i decide to get a pit or not there still gonna b my all time favorite dog regardless.. Just say u have two middle class kids, one kids parents show them love and support them. (Clifton, Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006; click here to read it. Sites 7 May, 2016 Pit Bulls Are Not Dangerous and Should Be Aloud as Pets There is a worldwide debate on whether or not pit bulls should have a law banning them, but the facts go to show that pit bulls are extremely loyal, protective, and well behaved household pets that are good with children and other animals. They shot him for no other reason than he was a Doberman. From a rational, intelligent, unemotional perspective, the facts are very clear. Agression doesn't need to be allowed to be passed on. If they are treated with respect and trained properly, pit bulls will be less likely to exhibit negative traits—just ask a loving pit bull adopter! In reply to My Mom's dog was just killed by tpeddyco. i feel sorry for the dogs. Any propensity for dog aggression, resource guarding, or even human aggression is already known. I have three recue dogs including two beautiful Pits. Recently two pit bulls entered a home and tore a elderly lady apart. Is it the kids fault(dog).Or the parent(owner).But your right just to risky too own the bad kids...think about it..Its all about the way u raise your dogs, ive been around pits all my life, i have a 13 month old daughter that has been around my dogs her whole life. "The people who bring in their dogs are a self selecting group, that is, only responsible owners of pitbull type dogs will bring in their animals for the test. She has in, in less than a year, become a very loving and caring member of our family. As far as the pit being designed to fight bears, the lab was designed to go after small game. Love my brother's lab female to death. I had a 4" tear and multiple punctures and tears that required stitches. I want so badly to get over this, and I KNOW that the media only reports that bad things and very rarely any of the good, and that society is in LOVE with drama and pointing fingers and I KNOW that dogs are very much a product of their environment/raising, but I worry that dogs are largely bred for certain purposes.....herding, hunting, ect. Pit bulls were(obviously) bred to be less tolerant of another dog 'stepping up' to them and challenging, whether in general or for resources. I have actually seen many sad news stories. Even the CDC agrees: “Breed-specific legislation does not address the fact that a Like I mentioned before,  there are NO BAD DOGS, but there are many BAD OWNERS and accidents could be prevented if they're responsible. Over time, different breeds have been targeted, including German Shepherds and Dobermans. Thanks for listening to my problem and offering any facts you may have. The owner usually calls them back, and keeps apologizing, and I just can't hold my wad laughing. Did she put her hand through the fence? there isn't a difference. I was told that I was lucky if the tooth had gone just a bit deeper and severed the artery I could have bled out.My point to this story is that one well placed bite Can be fatal,that one does not need to be mauled. What else is in the "mix"? I have been around other Pits which were laid back and friendly but our Jasper has been more than a hand  full!!! Are Pit Bulls Naturally Aggressive Toward Other Dogs? I began to remember that when I was growing up my family raised Dobermans. but the problem is that i have a friend that had two pit bulls a few years back that was attacked by both of them for no reason. I also have a child who will be 3 in a couple months. I know my dogs and will not take a chance of something happening to them or someone in there presence. (this ive learned is not a good way for dogs to meet).....as Cocoa got protective when the other dog got near her dishes. He is smart and courageous, and our four cats love the way he cleans their ears, Ok thats a little gross but you catch my drift...my son works with him everyday socializing him with other dogs and people, he loves everyone. I really hope that your paper will teach them some. In reply to how ruff is to ruff when you by bluefawnbrendle. So I am in my last week of Prentation class in college, Itwas a funny thing last week when i had mentioned that i have a 3 year old daughter, a 6 year old son, and a 7 month old pit bull. Once away from the food areas they were playful but the fight in her is a serious side that as an owner i need to learn what to do...(good thing i rarely panic or get stressed out about things), THREE was at the dog park when another owner brought their dogs dishes from home into the park and I believe similar to what happened in TWO happened there but with the other dog being protective....however this time when they fought, Cocoa (my dog) got a hold of her cheek and clamped down (locked jaw) ..............there was nothing I could do to get them apart (im looking into break sticks). Believe me, this is nothing against your friend nor her training methodology; we as human beings just sometime forget our 'doggie manners.' Just keep posting, we all need the laughs! We have only had 6 hours and hes already crying to get up on the bed and cuddle with us. Pit Bulls are the best dogs in the world!!!! Pomeranians are deadly bacause people think they are to little to do harm. non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and Are you a member of the media by any chance? Here is a little story for you. My Harley has a bad ear that is constantly being treated for infection and he will not allow anyone but me to touch it. she was a very very good owner. Ask if the parents have been tested for generic and breed specific health problems. Look up the fox farm experiment in Siberia. That doesn't make it any less tragic, but to call it an "epidemic" is a little far fetched. but have you REALLY gotten to know a pitbull? 48 The combination of criminals and pit bulls exponentially increases the danger these dogs pose to … American Pit Bull Terriers. This doesn't make the BREED dangerous it just makes a sadly large portion of the poor unregistered babies out there a problem. I have a Pitbull and he\’s amazing and loves everyone. Ours is so smart and she amazes me more and more everyday! I went ahead and let her bring the dog home. Please support us! In reply to I don't know if they cover in by LovinLuciano. Also, I have an American Staffordshire Pit name Bella. Well now it is the Pit Bull and Rottweilers, thanks to hype and media... ***It is the responsibilty of the owner, no matter what type of breed a dog is, to teach their pet and to socialize them properly.***. He got SHOT because of someone like you. Even if you don't train your dog to fight, or if it has never been trained to hurt people or animals, there are still things that can provoke your dog to be mean. The other 4 I've known were great. I am a responsible owner. Are you talking about it being a good dog for someone who wants a human aggressive breed? I would check with your insurance company to see if they will insure you with a Pit Bull. I love all animals, but, I am more of a cat lover so I never considered having any bread of dog. Again, none of this is supposed to malign your friend who has certainly suffered enough(due to the injuries she sustained and the fact that it sounds like she lost both of her dogs from this) nor the breed itself, but sometimes it's just a matter of a 'perfect storm' situation arising. I own 3 pits and have one foster pit, and have had no hard time finding insurance. The last pure bred we had hated my uncle, but my uncle doesn't really like dogs. sorry there i go speaking facts. If after doing copious amounts research(which anyone should do regardless of which breed they're aiming to own) and you're still set on getting a pittie, you have a second choice to make. In reply to Really? It's a risk you take with having any animal in your home. It is all in how you raise them. In reply to You are absolutely right. We really love the pit bull puppy, but the chiauhua was here first, as well as our great danes. I had to shop around when I had 3 dogs, an Aussie, a Rottie and a Mastiff. But the best thing I found helpful was to have your friends, neighbors, and anyone who might know the dog go to court and testify on it's behalf. They will not shine their teeth, or growl. thanks for the reply. I can't even imagine life without my Pit Bulls! she left her house for 15mins to go to the store to get dog food and when she got back she was in the kitchen putting the dog food away wen she heard growling behind her and thats wen she turned around and saw both dogs with there teeth showing to her. You may be surprised by the answer. lol. she will be old enough for us to get on sept 17th! It's like my kid saying that he doesn't wear a helmet on his bike and it's fine, he's never gotten hurt. Pitbulls dont do any more damage when they attack than alot of other breeds. Our first got adopted, so we were able to take O'Shea home. I read up on as much information on unprovoked as well as provoked aggression, and from what I have read, as well as my just recent experience...your pit will DEFINITELY need to be evaluated by possibly a vet as well as a behavioralist/trainer. the dogs will only do what u allow them to do and as a pitbull owner myself i know that they can b stubborn but they r just as trainable as any dog. do you know? Casey had to wear a special helmet once he got out of the hospital and had to be very closely monitored because the accident left him with seizures for a while. You don't need to be extra cautious with Pit bulls. How many loving dog owners do you think will stand by watching their best friend get mauled and murdered by a pit? We were in the process of getting her back. 1. The fact that Farmer's insurance covers all dogs except Pit bull animals should tell you volumes. In reply to Pits are lovers. while searching for a dog, he found a local add hanging up selling Red nosed Pitbulls. we all make by southern_pit79. Also cool to watch is 'Daddy', Cesar Milan's (The Dog Whisperer) pit, who, together with 'his' pack, helps out with integrating unruly dogs. In the wrong hands they are dangerous. also he is a very big fan of small children, he has a little fan club going for him in my neighborhood, and the only fear we have about that is he might knock them over trying to give them hugs and kisses. Why is it that everyone wants the world to completely ignore stats because they have a dog that isn't vicious? I have been attacked by a LAB mix. I'm around 4 different breeds: Malamute mix, Yellow Lab, Pit mix, AmStaff. And every year out of that group, Pit bulls account for 60% of all the carnage. And that even the nicest dog in the world is capable of inflicting a serious bite.It is our responsibility as dog owners to manage our animals. Etc). Though power house dogs, I will agree, will be the worst 99% of the time. No, I take that back. I know all of you on here have your sweet angels but that doesn't mean its a safe breed because in the end pit bulls are more dangerous in the wrong hands. I had a puppy and a pitbull before my neighbor dog attacked the puppy and he was a mixed breed. we all make mistakes, lord knows i've made plenty. And, for the record, "Yay" for us Pit owners. All of you people need to stop trying to justify the continued existence of this breed, and keep them away from the public until they can all be euthanized. She loves company. People should be held accountable when their animals attack. All dogs react aggressively to fear and my Morta is no exception. She was covered in blood, poor thing. You, the owner create your own dog. You are absolutely right. In reply to I am thinking of getting a by jamie04. I have noticed that the chiuahuas are way more aggressive. How many drug dealers are you familiar with? Please don't confuse dog aggression with human aggression. And yeah the shows are all postive to support the breed they must have been watching the news lol. 47 Police officers are frequently forced to shoot dangerous pit bulls when serving search warrants as well. They were known as America's Dog before the 1980's rolled around! Any other breed of dog is just as likely to attack another dog or a person. A fully grown lab will do some damage if it intends. Remember when Doberman's and German Shepards were on the spot light for being dangerous dogs? Breed has nothing to do with it. I am greatful that the animal did not turn on any of us while trying to get it off the lab. I used to be on your side. and my cousins chihuahua hates and attacks men. And most dogs will tell if there is something wrong with people and play into those traits people display. all this talk from one person about how horrible this breed is. "NONE of my dogs would ever bite someone even if they were provoked." Did you know that Michael Vick's ex-fighting Pit Bulls are now serving as therapy dogs to the ill and cancer patients, elderly, being adopted out to families and some training to be police dogs? Over all she is a wonderful and sweet dog and like I said she has more patience than my dacshund!! Anything with a square nose gets called a pit or anything that's big and loud. If you have Kids don't tempt fate. I know you all hate statistics because you're convinced that there's an anti-pit conspiracy, but murder statistics are pretty hard to fudge; "Studies indicate that pit bull-type dogs were involved in approximately a third of human DBRF (i.e., dog bite related fatalities) reported during the 12-year period from 1981 through1992, and Rottweilers were responsible for about half of human DBRF reported during the 4 years from 1993 through 1996....[T]he data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998. Breed is NOT the reason for or against agression. You obviously dont or havent ever owned one so not to be rude but you dont really have the knowledge to assess pit bull behavior and the characteristics of the breed. More then half of news reports incorrectly identify dog breeds in attacks, causing an unfair prejudice against a breed of dog that didn't commit the crime. Come one really? Here, where I live, lotttttt of pits owner organize fights...and then throw them into the rivers when they dead, or just kill them when theyr almost dead...and even if theres many laws against it...even if there is the human society fighting it..people just dont care and keep breading them for bad reason. Do not get on your own soap box with YOUR favored breeds and tell us that we are stupid because we favor pits. He hasn`t been around little kids before & we got kids everywhere on our block. I also have to say that it depends on the agression level of the dog on how bad ANY bite will be. The majority of pit bulls are not the dangerous dogs they are thought to be. Love her too. Tell that to the family who lost thier 6 wk old infant to thier tiny Pom. so i asked her whats his story and she told me he was abused and used as bate...well then my next question was what is his breed she said PITBULL... so said um well stay their...ill call you back...so i did a little research and all i could seem to find is bad thing after bad thing after bad thing about pitbulls so i called my roommate back and i said well what does he look like she said hes white with gray spots and goldish grey colored eyes his ears are really short... and hes kinda stalky and hes got a black nose..so when i herd short ears i though the fight cut...i said well let me call my mom and so i did and she said well do what seems right for you...just rember the safty of kong because he is very small and defencles against a pitbull excpesaliy one that has been used in fighting...so i called my roommate back and told her everything but she still really wants this dog! 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