do you think that pitbulls are more dangerous?

@jhl930 (3605)
United States
February 27, 2009 3:58pm CST
i have heard this for years now that its not a good idea to have pitbulls or any kind of bulldogs around little kids because thats a really dangerous combination to have, and i think that it depends on the dog not really the type of dog that it is, because whos to say that one dog might not be the best dog that you've ever had really, and everyone seems to want to slam the pitbulls and things like that and i know that there has been a lot of pit bull attacks so i guess i see why people are afraid of them, but i was just wondering what all of your opinions were, do you think that pitbulls are more dangerous? i would like to thank you in advance for taking the time out of your day to come by and read my discussion and try and help me with my discussion, thanks and have a safe and happy weekend, happy mylotting!
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@glords (2615)
• United States
24 Mar 09
I don't know... I wouldn't risk having a pitbull around my child. Perhaps you are right that not all pitbulls are dangerous, but if they have the stereo-type assigned to them, they must be some tendency towards aggression.
• Canada
24 Mar 09
a pitt is a dog... if they grow up around kids they usually will grow to luv kids just like anyother dog...if they show agressive tendensies towards anything like any other dog train the dog.. all dogs protect and serve because they r your dog.. Train them they will luv u 4 it....
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
2 Mar 09
Hi Jhl930, It is a shame that the pitbull has such a bad reputation. It used to be bred and raised as a fighting dog and unfortunately many still raise them this way. This does not mean however, that they can not be around family. If the dog is raised as part of the family in a gentile manner, then there should be no difference with the pitbull or any other breed of dog. It is not the dog or the history behind the dog that makes them mean, it is the people training them. I have friends with pitbulls and unfortunately there are only 2 of them that have the family friendly dogs and I love playing with them, the others have raised them to "protect" and I will not go tho their house because of that. It is all in the way you train and love your dog.
• United States
2 Mar 09
I think that having a pit greatly depends on the genes of the parents and their temperment. also along wih the care and up bringing of your animal. all animals have the endancy to be dangerous dogs
• United States
28 Feb 09
jhl930 aah they look so cute and adorable right- but can be dangerous dogs by nature, especially when the owner train them to be more vicious. My first year of college I had a guy friend I shared a space with who had breed puppies who I hated that he was not nice, I made him leave from my presence. Growing up my mom was a animal and people lover we would always have at least 10 dogs at any given time between the house and our backyard. When I was 9 and again 11 was bitten by my own dog and a neighborhood dog and now I do get nervous around dogs but I just them sniff and poke and move on.
@mjhicks (319)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I have been around pitbulls that have been as gentle as lambs and loved children. When it comes to dogs some breeds are more agresive then others, some tend to be a one person dog but how they are raised and training makes a big difference. I probably would not have a pitbull or rotwiler unless I knew the breeder and was sure the dogs were not in-bread which can seriously add to personality porblems.
• United States
28 Feb 09
i love pitbulls, i think their so sweet, my uncle has a blue nosed pitbull, hes so cute, and sweet, he loves to cuddle. i think their sweet, just the dog fights made them look horrible because they are strong dogs, but i actually think puddles are more dangerous.
• Philippines
28 Feb 09
I've once in the news that a Pitbull killed a little child. Pitbulls can be like ordinary dogs if they are taken care well. If you put a pitbull in a cage they tend to be like what they are. Like a vicious animal. Because they can't mingle with others. The owners should familiarize their pet pitbulls to its surroundings and mingle with people to tame them and making them more gentle. Also showing love to your dog is one good thing to make them gentle. I believe that all dogs if taken care well and showed love will be gentle and loyal to its owner., Have a nice day!
@debny711 (264)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I think pitbulls are very dangerous dogs. My grandmother's dog was killed by a pitbull. Once they get a hold of you their jaws lock and its very hard to get them to open their mouths to let go. A friend of mine has a daughter and when she was 2 years old the family pitbull attack the girl and she ended up with 70 stitches in her face. That was a family dog. I think pitbulls should be banned. They are trying to ban them here in NY because of too many attacks lately. People say its the way they are trained by their owners I disagree. Its the dog, its their nature. Any dog can turn on you doesn't matter how they were trained.
@jaymeeliz (506)
• Philippines
28 Feb 09
Any dog could be dangerous if it wasn't trained and treated well. Dogs have instinct and even though they are already domesticated, their wild side is still present and we should always be mindful of this. Well, I've encountered many pitbulls in my life and they were all gentle and adorable!
28 Feb 09
I am a little biased on this question. My son was bitten by one and narrowly escaped losing the side of his face. The dog in question was constantly around children, taken on the school runs and had a "loving" nature. There were adult witnesses who all said my son did nothing to provoke the attack. He was just sat there and the dog just lunged at him. My only advice to people when it comes to dogs is nomatter how friendly they may be. Take precautions. Far too often I see dogs being pulled about by the kids. Ok the dog may not mind, but at some point it may mind! I have a dog of my own. I never let the kids pull her about. I don't let them near her whilst she is eating. I extend her the same respect as I would a hman being. Just be careful as every dog has the potential to "turn".
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Pitbulls are no more dangerous than any other breed of dog. Its people who make pitbulls dangerous. And you can make any dog that way if they are abused, trained to be mean or neglected. I used to think the same thing about dobermans. Then one day I saw my young son rolling around in the grass with my neighbors doberman. He was giggling and having such a good time. And I'd thought the dog was dangerous?
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I think that pitbulls are a more agressive breed of dog, but I don't think that they are bad. I think that it has a lot to do with how they dogs owner raises it. If you treat a dog with kindness, I doubt that it would be anything but loyal. II believe that even the mosy agresive of dogs will not attack unless they feel threatened or have been taught to do so.
• United States
28 Feb 09
its true and not true they were bread to be fighting dogs i think so they can be violant but it there raised right it can be fine you have to be careful around some of these dogs though you never know what kind of dog they will be it will take lots of training to get this breed under control they have a lot of engry there is a pit bowl next door to me when he gets bored he tries to gih into our yard soo keep you do occupied when out side and even inside
• United States
28 Feb 09
The thing about pittbull is they have been bread to fight for so long that it is in their nature to defend themselves fasster then most dogs. And also as puppies they cannot controll their locking jaws verry well. So when they grab hold of something they may not beable to lot go.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I never had a pitbull, I have watched them play and got closer to them. They seem to be very frisky and aggressive. I don't know if they are dangerous though, not so many people accept pitbull, I think they look cool and strong.
• United States
27 Feb 09
I think the problem is that the bully breeds do the most damage if they were to turn on their owners. If a Pit was to go after you, or a Rotty, or a Doberman, they're going to do a lot more damage than a Pomeranian, and that's why they get the bad publicity. I don't think you should own a bully breed unless you understand them and can handle them. But I don't think it is the breed's fault at all, usually it's irresponsible owners. My boyfriend has a Pit and I've got a Boxer and they are both wonderful dogs, with kids and other dogs
• United States
27 Feb 09
As the proud owner of a Pit, I agree that they can be dangerous. But the reason this is so is because of irrisponsible breeding. If you know where the dog came from and the dogs parents then you are better informed as to any imbreeding that may have occured. The boy in my picture was found on the side of the road, so we do not know about his parents. As a result we watch him carfully for signs of aggresion. There have been none, we let the neices and nephews play with him, but no one is alowed to play rough with him, like we do with our female Australian Shepherd. My little Piggy knows that he has to be nice and he is the most sweet male dog I have ever owned. The problem that Pits have is that they are so very strong. They are all muscle and so you have to train them properly. Some dogs never need to be taught any more than do not use the bathroom in the house, but you really need to teach pits to be obediant. I am not a small girl and my husband is very strong but if we did not teach Pig how to act on a leash then he could very easily walk us. As far as having them with kids, know your dog. I honestly think that there are more dangerous dogs to have with kids around, Chiquaquas, and weenie dogs are good examples, because they like to nip and are not sturdy so children can easily hurt them without meaning to. (I have had both of these kinds of dogs so I have experiance with the breeds). I hope this gives you an idea, and better understanding.