What are your beliefs about Pitbulls?

United States
January 23, 2009 3:30am CST
I know that everyone has there own beliefs about Pitbulls and they are known to be bad dogs. I don't believe this at all I have had numerous pitbulls that were the sweetest dogs in the world even nicer than my black labs. The media has made them out to be really bad dogs because of the things that they have done but this is not hte animals fault it is there owners. A dog will act how it was raised basically the same as humans we act how we were raised or what we were taught in life. These animals do not know any better. Humans do some God awful things and this is one of them and nobody thinks about this they ust automatically blame the animal for it. My grandmas chiauhuahas were more vicious than my pits were. they were around my kids and never hurt them but they would protect us if it need be. So let me know how you feel about this type of dog?
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
I have to say I am one that believed they were one of the most vicious dogs around. I would say I was terrified of them. I have always had a fear of dogs so it wasn't hard to convince me they are bad. But... My son went to the SPCA and got a Pitbull. We were proud of him for going to the SPCA to get a dog but we were furious that he got a Pitbull and told him not to bring her around here. Her name is Honey, by the way. It's been a couple of years now and even though I spent many days scared to be around her alone or to let anyone in our house or yard for that matter. Even though I was scared of her she has proven to be the most gentle dog, not as gentle as our lab was but I have found no reason to fear her as she is a real people person. The fear that people have in their heart toward Pitbulls is there for a reason but I think that has to do with owners that keep them to scare others. That is what causes the biggest fear. Honey is such a sweet heart it makes me wonder if she is planning something behind our backs. :)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Did your son get the pitbull as a puppy, or nearly full-grown dog? We got Hannah as a little puppy, and she has grown into quite the lady too...lol, (and a pitbull too.) in doggie terms that is. We have 2 other dogs, not pit's, but they are males, and they don't care about anything the way Hannah does...lol, , typical males huh, even in a dog's world. haha. At night, she want's covered up with her blanket, she'll go hide if there's loud noises in the house, like when hubby run a power tool. (even with thunder, she'll go hide.) If we're not watching, and the dog food or water runs empty, she'll just sit next to the bowls till somebody notices. She wont bark, or whine, she just sit there pateintly. Our other 2 dogs, could care less if they get covered up at night, or not..lol. They will let us know if 1 of the bowls are emtpy.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
Honey was already about a year old when my son got her from the SPCA and she had been abused and had one bad paw. But she is a sweet heart. She sleep in bed with him, like the big baby she is.
@ulalume (714)
• United States
24 Jan 09
They are dogs that get a bad rep because of the few incidents regarding them (in comparison to people to have them with no incidents). They are not "bad" dogs, they just act on instinct like any other dog are are more capable of killing prey. That is like calling a pet lion "bad" because it decides to eat its owner. No creature can ever be fully tamed or trained. If it feels threatened it will act out. I feel bad for the off-people who didn't do anything (especially purposefully) to incite these animals to rage, but I don't believe it is the dog being "evil" or anything. I think when people buy animals they just assuming they are going to be "the greatest pet ever."
24 Jan 09
I think that the main issue is the owners, although Pitbulls are generally rogue, they still can be trained to be as good as any other dog, but the "hardnut" appearance that the Pitbull beholds gives the dog a bad name and generally a bad owner. I think they should not be banned, although I walked past one today and the look of them is very threatening! I think the goverment in the UK is WAY yo harsh on things like this.
@dawnald (84153)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jan 09
It's a combination of 2 things that make Pitbulls dangerous. 1) that humans train them to be aggressive and 2) that they have such a dangerous bite. I'm sure that 99.9% of Pitbulls that raised with loving owners would never harm a human unless they were absolutely backed into a corner.
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I agree with you. It mostly depends on the owner and how they take care of and treat the dog. My Dad has a pit and she thinks she a lapdog. You can even wrestle with her, but the minute you say "Ow!" she backs off, then starts licking your face in apology. She is so sweet and gentle but I too know a chihuahua that will bite the crap out of you if you so much as look at her the wrong way. Some dogs might have a mean streak in them, but I am a firm believer that the owner is what makes the dog nice or mean.
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
Hmmmm my beliefs on pitbulls. Well I believe that they can be a very very nice dog to own. I myself have owned one. I think that as long as they are with the right people than they can be good dogs. I think that there are way too many people that do not look after them like they should be. Then of course the dog gets blamed. I think people should have to take training or a course or something in order to understand the breed and understand how to take care of them.