Should People with Pitbulls be allowed to Have them around children?

United States
January 10, 2007 5:42pm CST
This topic isn;t just for pitbulls but all "high risk" considered dogs. Chows, Dobs, Shepards, Wolf mixes. We see the horror stories on tv all the time and my sister ws attack out of the blue by a doberman we had for SEVEN years. So I am very leary of high risk dogs and children and what a parents responsibilty should be when making decisions to have these animals in their homes.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
11 Jan 07
I am a dog owner and I was raised around dogs. NO young child should ever be left unsupervised with a dog period no matter what the breed. I have been bitten by a dog once, and that was a toy poodle. Any dog has the potential to bite for various reasons most having nothing to do with the dog's general temperment.
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@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
10 Jan 07
No! Pitbulls are dangerous and I don't want to see them around my children.
• United States
10 Jan 07
I agree, parents are being irresponsible when they allow dogs that have a known track record of being around their children, no matter how well oved and trained they think they are. they are still dogs that dont think like people, they think like packs and babies should not be put in a postion as low on the pack totem pole!
@mishang (500)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
I've read at a book that it is ok if the pitbull and your baby arrived/ grew at the same time of the year. But, having a full grown dog with a new born baby is a no no. Dogs are very teritorial beings and they also have these idea about packs, so they consider you and your family anyone that he has been around with since he was a puppy as his own pack. A new born baby, well, he can adapt with that but not automatically, so why put a very very high vulnerability of your baby when you can take things one at time and with your guidance. It's not that you don't trust the dog, but you are WISER than the dog. Or are you?
@starr4all (2865)
12 Jan 07
I've never understood how people with families (especially small children) would want to have a known violent dog as a pet. That definately reeks of irresponsibility.
• United States
11 Jan 07
All agressive dogs have a presiposition to it but it really does depend on the trainer. Regardless of whether or not they aare trained correctly, if they feel threatened that disposition is going to come into play and thats when the problems begin. People need to research what they buy.
• United States
11 Jan 07
Well all pitbulls, rottweilers etc are not bad. Still however, around children is a no no. I was even told by my pitbull's veterinarian that when dogs see babies crawling, they actually mistake them for other animals.
11 Jan 07
People should not have ANY kind of dog around small children. Even the smallest breeds can turn nasty, and a dog's teeth can do serious damage to a child's face whatever their size! Very often the family dog feels pushed out by the new arival and seeks to re-establish their position in the pack by nipping at the incomer. This is natural canine instinct and it's not fair to expect pets to be like humans, cooing over the cute new family member. Also, toddlers may not understand at first that doggie is not a toy and doesn't like having his tail pulled. I would not recommend keeping dogs and children in the same house until the children are at least school age, and if the dog has a bad temperament you shouldn't keep it at all!