do you think that these dogs get a bad name because of a few isolated incidents?

United States
October 8, 2007 1:48pm CST
a lot of people instantly think that these dogs are bad because of some incidents where they've bitten someone,is it the breed or the people who train them to be aggressive that should be to blame?
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@kodie420 (872)
• Canada
19 Oct 07
Well I own a pit bull and I know how dangerous they can be if not raised right. Its not the animals fault as much as the owner that raises it. My pit bull was rescued at 11 weeks when the guy who owned her before me tried to turn her into a kill by putting her in the basement with a big bad rottweiler and only gave them one dish. The day the dog got offered to me she was so skinny because she didn't get to eat she just wouldn't fight for food. Its now 3 years later and the dog is doing amazing and is one of the best dogs I have ever had. Shes very smart and follows everything I said. SHe is a typical dog though in the way she don't like animals or strangers and is protective of their owners and for this the breed gets banned how is this fair? The pit bull is in serious treat of being totally wiped out altogether because of the way people raised them and thats also not fair. These dogs might have at one time been bred for fighting but they are not all like that anymore. Its a lot of the newspapers and tv's fault also for always reporting only on pit bull attacks. Last month alone in my city 5 people were bitten plus me by a neibourhood dog. Not one of these dogs where a pit bull and after I got bite animal control came got the animal and returned it to the owners in seconds I couldn't believe it. These are really amazing animals and companions if raised properly but they all can't be blamed because of a few bad owners who raised a few vicious dogs and besides that its kind of bias banning only one breed of dog. What about bull mastiffs, german sheppards and dobermans how come these dogs aren't banned as well? They are breed for protection and violence but yet no one complains about them. A geerman Shepperds bit is about 2 times stronger then a pitbull and thats dangerous to me. ANyways in closing its the owners that should be punished for the dogs behaviour because no dog starts out bad!
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@lizabeth (666)
• United States
18 Nov 07
That was a great thing you did taking in the puppy. I totally agree with everything you said here.
• United States
30 Jul 08
I think that many people would rather blame an incident on a dog than on the owners of the dog. Animals attack when prevoked, not just for the heck of it (for the most part). Most pit bull attacks are on children, so lets us look at this, maybe parents of these children that get pits as pets should properly educate their children on how to treat a dog. Kids want to pull on their ears, tail, cheeks, sit on them whatever, they need to be told no, no, no. What about how the owners themselves treat the dog, this should highly be considered, if you are mean and aggressicve to an animal it is likely to becaome the same way. Before all the blame is put on a pit, the situations around the dog such as children and owner raising should be completely evaluated.
• United States
25 Apr 08
It is the people not the breed, I have had pitbulls for many many years and they are the sweetest most loving dogs on this planet.
• United States
6 Jan 08
of course...
@dania_elm (422)
• United States
3 Jan 08
we have a 14 yr old pit bull shes a big baby its they way they are raised not bred that affects the way they behave we have 5 children all of wich use her for a pillow if one of us is sick she stays by our side i know this part is kind of gross but our youngest son has some health problems that cause him to puke alot and we have to race her to clean it before she does she thinks he is on of her kids she is the most incredible dog i have ever seen
@EMZo03 (213)
21 Nov 07
I think it's definitely the people who raise Pits who are the ones to blame when Pits act up. Theyre like people.. products of their environment. If they need to fight for food, affection, attention.. theyre gonna. If theyre brought up in a bunch of negativity, thats all theyre gonna know. If theyre brought up with survival of the fittest, theyre gonna try and be the fittest to survive. That's just it. Pits can be great pets, and I know many that are. Theyre mad loyal, fun, happy dogs when raised normally. That goes for any animal though, it just sucks that so many people raise pitbulls wrong.
• United States
21 Nov 07
I volunteer at a local humane shelter and find that pitbulls r my favorite breed of dog. They r so sweet to humans. But some r not good w other dogs. They got bad name from media generalizing about them because of a few bad apples, dogs brought up by bad owners. Unfortunately we have to euthenize some for aggression reasons. I hate that part. So sad. Good ones make the best pets.
• United States
11 Nov 07
I believe it's the owners at fault when these dogs asttack. Not trained right, not enough attention.. Many people train these dogs to be aggressive for the illegal fighting. The almighty dollar. I did read an article not to long ago though that said That it is the breed, thats it's naturally aggressive. that you can have the sweestest pit and it turn on you just like that. The the brain of the pitbull is too large for his skull. Therefore the brain pushes up against the skull which is painful for the dog. And the dog just eventually snaps out of aggression because of the pain.
@iamsree (441)
• India
9 Oct 07
i think it is the inefficient breeders and owners who must be blamed for stereo typing pit bulls as ferocious attack dogs.i think they are cute and a friend of mine has 2 of them and they are such a lovely pair.....
@MagieL (266)
• China
9 Oct 07
I like dogs because they are fidelity.And i tink some persons should be blame but not the dogs!Dogs should be protected all the time!
• United States
9 Oct 07
it is in my opinoin that these dogs are getting a bad rep because of the way some were raised. I raised one pitbull from pupwhen his mother started killing the litter I bottle fed him and trained him and he is the greatest dog my family ever had
• France
9 Oct 07
I think a dog isn't born dangerous but he can become if his education is bad so i can say it's not the dog who is guilty but the master who educates his dog. Stop to agress our dogs!!!! All the races of dogs are potentially dangerous but not all bit anyone...
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
8 Oct 07
From the reading I have done I believe that some of the problems with these dogs is the breeding problem. They were bred to be mean, aggressive and just not friendly dogs. I think no matter how wonderful the owner is and how carefully they train the dog it is still going to be aggressive no matter what.