The media favors stories about Pit Bulls attacking, for two reasons.
One: they have a bad rap and the media loves to embellish things like that
Two: When a Pit Bull attacks, on the rare occasion that they are truly aggressive and want to do damage, they do a LOT of damage with those strong jaws.
Why aren't you saying that about Golden Retrievers, FOD? What about Labradors? GSD's?
Goldens and Labs attack people just as often as Pit Bulls, why don't you call them unpredictable, vicious animals?
Because the majority of the well-bred ones are sweet and even-tempered. Pit Bulls are exactly the same way, but with a huge public fear due to idiots who think that they'll get the toughest dog around by ignoring it and beating it.
You don't hear much about the good pits, only the bad ones.. Stop believing everything you read and see on tv, it'll make you crazy.
Flyndog...I appologize for my outburst. I completely misunderstood your message. I thought you were referring to pit bulls being as dangerous as guns..or something negative along those lines... I guess I'm too caught up with all the negative things being said about pits by facez of death.
Facez...just because one negative incident involving a certain breed of dog occurs, this doesn't mean that the entire breed should be punished. That would just be pretty darn ignorant if you ask me. Not to mention, like I've stated before, over 80 percent of "pit bull" attacks/bites don't even involve a pit bull but a dog of another breed. Statistics are also innacurate in that officials are uneducated when it comes to identifying breeds...here look at this:
Be honest..did you guess the right answer the first time? there ya go!
Don't be fooled by the uneducated, narrow minded, one sidedness of the media...that's what they're there for..to brainwash vulnerable and guilable people like yourself. Do the breed, yourself, and everyone else a favor..and do some research on these so called "vicious and evil" dogs...k? I won't repeat myself anymore for cryin out loud!
Here's my suggestion:
1. Never get a pit bull if you were ever considering one..you obviously have no idea about the breed and we don't need irresponsible and unknowledgeable people owning them...especially ones that only carry negative outlooks on the breed.
2. Stop being a hypocrite. You own a rottie mix. Do I have to remind you that your dog was once in the same position that the pit is going through at the moment? Yes..rotties were once considered the devils of the dog world...constantly in the eye of the media...unfortunately its the pits turn...but who knows..your precious dog might be the object of interest when it comes to the "vicious dog list" yet again in a few years...you should be fighting against such biased, stereotypical, and false accusations about breeds..not supporting them.
3. GO DO ALOT OF RESEARCH..you'll see exactly what I mean if you're not thick headed.
Pitbulliest, you are eminently correct about the erroneous classification of dogs by people who should know better! My Charley was telling me about something that happened to him years ago when Odd Job, a Rottie/Bull Mastiff cross was still alive. Charley took him to his regular vet for his yearly, and one of the techs came back with hs chart, writing things down. When Charley looked at the chart, this tech - a graduate of a university with a degree as a veterinary assistant - had re-written Odd Job's description as a Pit Bull mix! Charley hit the roof, not because he doesn't like Pits (he loves them) but because the town of White Pine that the farm is on the outskirts of has outlawed ownership of Pit dogs in the city limits. Labeling Odd Job as a Pit dog could have caused all sorts of problems, and it wasn't as if Oddsie's parentage was unknown!
People have this strange idea that if it looks even remotely like a Pit, it must be a Pit - no matter what. I've even had a couple of people ask me, when Buffy was alive, if she was a cross between a Pit dog and a Bloodhound! Puh-lease! No Pit dog ever had the nasty attitude toward strangers that Buffy did! (rofl)
Do you remember the media circus around the tragic attack of the young lacrosse coach in San Francisco? After the first week, it was never noted that the dogs involved were Presa Canario CROSSES. The media kept harping on the "violent, aggressive Presa Canario." When it started coming out that these two dogs had been horribly abused, it was shut up quickly since, presumably, it detracted from the sensationalism of being able to label yet another breed a "killer dog."
Charley had actually been considering the Presa at the time since it is a drover, like the Fila, and would be sturdy enough to deal with the coyotes here, but after that we realized that having a Presa after the publicity would just cause all sorts of trouble for us and for our dogs. They're actually very similar in many ways to the Filas, but they're not as large. One thing about the Filas; they're under the media's 'killer dog' radar! Let's hope we can keep it that way by keeping them out of the wrong ownership!
And by the way, FaceZ, if you'll just go back and just read the different threads in the Chazhound forum alone dealing with Pit Bulls and American Staffordshire Terriers you'll learn quite a bit!
Pitbulliest, sorry for the misunderstanding. I don't think guns are dangerous unless they end up in the wrong hands. I don't think pits are dangerous unless they end up in the wrong hands. My neighbor in Miami was a pit, Buford. Lovable guy who played with my son who was 2 at the time. Buford had to go to family members in Georgia when Miami passed their Pitbull law.
Renee, I like your comment that nobody can break into your house and use your dog against you! LOL Good point!!
That show , Animal Precinct, on Animal Planet channel isn't helping the pitbulls name that much either. They make them look like they are only good for fighting. What they don't tell you is about how the dogs were beaten and forced to kill.
I also heard that many people who fight pitbulls are starting to breed for the pitbull to be a lot more aggressive. This is the stupidest idea ever.
don't get me started on law enforcement..they're partly to blame for this entire vicious dog disaster. If they weren't so busy playing golf on their days off and collecting tax payer's money..then maybe we'd have a few more efficient laws that took care of the thugs/criminals/drug dealers that make the breed look terrible. UGH...I don't know what else to say. Poor..poor pit bulls.
Unfortunately too many cowards and bullies grow up to be cops and are still cowards and bullies. They not only endanger us, but also the underpaid and overworked civil servants who become officers of the law for all the right reasons.
If you have no clue right now whether or not the Pit is going to attack then DO NOT GET A PIT! End of sentence, if you can't fully trust the dog then their is absolutely no reason you should even be thinking about getting one. I think Boaconstrictors are cool but I am scared to death of them. Some people will say I have nothing to worry about them but I'm no idiot, if I can't confidently handle a Boa then I will not get one no matter what people tell me. It should be the same with you. If you can't shake the vicious image then do not get a Pit.
If you still must have a dog then do more research. At this point you are at least 2 years away. Talk and visit with breeders, attend shows and play with as many Pits as you can. Shake your fears before even thinking about this breed.
I've heard people ask this question over and over. The truth is that 99% of the result of not only the PIT BULL but any breed turning on the owner is because of the owner. Often times the people who purchase these 'vicious' dogs aren't good owners. I've heard of cases were the owner fed his pit raw meat and beat every day to make it a 'good guard dog.' I have a beautiful 9 year old Rottie who also gets bad rep as a breed but let me tell you... he is the biggest teddy bear in this world. he loves going to the park and allowing children to ride him and play with him.
just yesturday I saw a yorkie attach a 3 year old and made her bleed.
So i hope this answered your question. these bigger breeds have the capacity to do much damage due to the size and lock jaw but if raised properly do not fear that they will EVER turn on you. show your dog love and they will too.
I agree with you Booga, the owners of the dogs that turn and attack them are asking for it. Their was a case a while back where a guy was found shredded by his Pit Bull, the dog was euthanized immediately and it was later discovered the man had beat the dog repeatedly in order to spur on its aggression. Someone beats me daily and I'm gonna take any chance I can to let him have it and won't stop till I know the sucker is dead.
In my years of training, pet sitting and grooming, I have been bit 3 times. Twice by Shih Tzus and once by a Cocker. I've handled many Rotts, Pits, Chows and other "dangerous" dogs and never had a problem.
Just one comment, you mentioned "lock jaw". This is a common myth. The Pits jaw does not lock in anyway, the dogs are just simply more gung-ho to hold on. Rest assured that if you accidently get bit by a pit, the dogs jaw will not lock. If the dog is well socialized and knows he's doing wrong, he is going to release you.
I had a Pit mix for over 14 years, he never started a single fight in his entire life, but he did finish a couple. He was amazingly tolerant of people, and other dogs nonsense.
A friend of mine's Pit Bull has slept with their daughter almost from the first day she came home from the hospital. At first, my friend and his wife didn't know it, they thought she was sleeping on the couch as she had done for the two years they had her. She actually was climbing up into the crib and sleeping with her, and when the baby would cry or move too much, she would jump out and go into the hall, just in time for mom or dad to show up and go in to check on her. My friend "caught them" sleeping together one night when he walked in to check on the kid after not being able to find the dog in her usual place. He made the dog come sleep with he and his wife, and closed the door to keep her in the room with them. That lasted a couple of days, as neither the kid or the dog would stop whining and crying until she was allowed back into the crib. The kid is almost 5 now, and sleeps with that dog every night, in a regular bed now, of course. I would trust that dog with any little kid..
Once dogs get it in their heads that they're responsible for someone or something you might as well give up. They're going to faithfully watch and care for whoever or whatever it is until the day they die. We should all strive to be half as good as our dogs.
Remember when Bula got lost? Well, I went to the animal shelter to look for her, and there was a cop pulling in, so I thought he might have found her. Well, when I got out of the car to go talk to him, he had another male pit in his car, and he was so terrified of this dog. He didn't want to touch the dog to put it in the pen, so me and my 5 year old nephew went to the police car,(I went up to the dog first) and he came right up to us tail wagging and tongue hanging out ready to kiss. My nephew grabbed the dogs collar and led him into the pen. I'm actually surprised the cop didn't shoot the dog with a tranq just to get him out of the car. Some people just need to understand that just because a dog might be aggressive to other dogs, does not mean he will be aggressive to humans.
The miracle, Ti, is that you didn't come home with that one, too! I hope the owners found him. I don't know how other shelters deal with these dogs, but the one here had a policy of putting anything that resembled a Pit or a Rottie down if the owner didn't claim it. They were advised that liability issues were too costly to "risk" adopting them out. I understand the reasoning behind it, but it's still HORRIBLE!