People give them a bad name.

@zburrou1 (289)
United States
December 15, 2006 1:38pm CST
I use to breed pit bulls. And I currently have one also. People give them a bad name. They say that they hurt children, kill other pets, and are plain old dangerous. I believe different. When my oldest daughter was only 1 year old she helped train pit bulls that weighed 115 pounds more then her. Since my daughter was born I trusted my pits with her before I would trust a human being. Its sad that pit bulls get a bad wrap because some people make their dogs mean. Pit bulls are not naturally mean, their owners make them that way. People need to stop bad mouthing my dogs.
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34 responses
• United States
16 Dec 06
We also had a very loving pit bull that we had to put to sleep because she attacked my mother's dog. I was pregnant at the time and actually was able to pull her off my mother's dog just as she had let go of her neck to get a better grip. It wasn't wise of me but she didn't attack me even though she was in the heat of a vicious attack. It broke our heart to put her to sleep but the veterinarian said that once she tasted blood we would have to keep her muzzled and away from all other dogs and we could never have her around my child. We had raised "Vida" as a pup who had gotten rescued from breeder who was raising fighting pits. Unfortunately, the breed can be unpredictable and they can attack, not because they are mean but as a reflex which is very dangerous precisely because of their physical characteristics and their reflex to “lock” on whoever they attack. Owners must be very careful to watch their dogs around other animals and people for this reason.
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• United States
16 Dec 06
Actually, unfortunately for you, you got a badly bred one. If they are bred right, they won't be like this. I have 4 & they all play together just fine.
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@linns31 (213)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I think alot of it has to do with breeding. If you breed 2 aggresive dogs then the offspring will be aggressive no matter what the breed. But you should always know your breeder well when buying any dog. Due to their popularity with dog fights there alot of people who breed them to get a more aggresive dog so just be careful when getting one.
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@zburrou1 (289)
• United States
18 Dec 06
thank you for your response
• United States
16 Dec 06
I know 3 Pit Bulls and all 3 are the sweetest dogs I've met. Dogs are like kids, it all depends on how they are raised and treated. If someone beats their dog and treats him/her like crap, of course the animal is going to lash out at others.
@zburrou1 (289)
• United States
18 Dec 06
thank you for your comment
• United States
16 Dec 06
I think the way all the dogs behaviors are from how we raise them. I do have friends who have pit bulls and some have bull dogs, their dogs are sweet. I have dog too and he is my baby right now. They are just like human baby to me and it is up to me and my husband to raise and train him in right way.
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@zburrou1 (289)
• United States
18 Dec 06
thank you for your response
• United States
16 Dec 06
I do not believe pitbulls or any dog are mean if you raise a dog to be mean then they'll be mean i do not believe any breed of dog is mean if you teach a dog to be mean then it will be mean it has nothing to do with the breed of dog at all its the person who is raising the dog.
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@zburrou1 (289)
• United States
18 Dec 06
thank you for your response
• United States
16 Dec 06
I completely agree with you. I have 3 American Pit Bull Terriers & a APBT/Lab right now. They are the most awesome dogs I have ever had. I wouldn't trade them for anything. I think it's rather pathetic that people can't find something better to pick on than dogs.
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@zburrou1 (289)
• United States
18 Dec 06
thank you for your response
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Mocca - My bad dog is now a good dog!
I'm with you. Now that I understand how to actually train a dog, and she has realized who is boss, I have seen (in two days) a dramatic change. She is respectful and calm. If people want to have a good dog, any dog, they need to know how to train it.
@zburrou1 (289)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Thank you for you response. And let people know that you have a wonderful dog.
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@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Dec 06
i sympahtize with you..they only cruel to those who try to attact them and on its defensive act always on protecting itself..
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@Jshean20 (14359)
• Canada
16 Dec 06
I agree with you 100%. I think that any dog can be made mean by their owners but it's just the pitbulls that we hear about because they have the potential to do the most damage because of their jaw structures. We have a lab mix (we suspect he's mixed with a pitbull, but not 100% sure) and he's a little sweetie pie.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I have always wanted a Pit. I might get one someday. I think any dog that is being abused will act out. I know some people use their Pits in dog fights, and these are the Pits that are mainly the ones hurting small kids. I heard on the news today about three Pits attacking a six year old boy. I believe the dogs were abused or in dog fights. I can't see a dog that came from a loving home just snap like that for no reason. I also know a couple people with Pits and have had no problems.
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• United States
16 Dec 06
Can you imagine the outrage if you tried to group a certain type of race or religion together like they do pit bulls? Imagine if someone said "Well, we should ban all black people in this town because all they do is committ crimes!" or "We should get rid of all the poor people because they make our area look bad!" People wouldn't stand for it but because we're talking about an animal, it's ok.
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@krizz420 (4387)
• Canada
16 Dec 06
I agree with you. I to own a pitbull which was severley abused before I got her. I have now had her close to 3 years and never once has she bite me hard or hurt my kids. Your right its the owners that gives the dogs its bad traits. They are great pets and the best companions I find and absolutly a great guard dog. I know the feeling about people talking when you got your dog out cause I put up with it all the time. I have even had the bylaw officer in every town I visit called on me because of my dog. She not mean but protective. I think people should get their facts straight before condeming the whole breed as BAD.
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
16 Dec 06
sorry, but it's been scientifically proven that pit bulls are more likely to attack even when they are not provoked than other dogs are.
• United States
16 Dec 06
Can you provide us with this research please?
• United States
16 Dec 06
Actually, you're wrong. All the temperament test results that I've seen (via the AKC K9 good citizen tests) show that Pit Bulls have just as good of a temperament as a Golden Retriever. So I don't know where you're getting your facts.
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@zburrou1 (289)
• United States
18 Dec 06
thank you for your response
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
21 Dec 06
Regardless of what you feel and believe the facts are still the same. Every year more people and their pets are bitten and/or killed by pit bulls and rottweilers that any other breed out there. (Some years pit bulls are #1, other years the rottweilers beat them out.) All dogs will bite if provoked but many of these incidents are unprovoked. Whether it is the dog's fault or the owner's fault the result is the same.
• Philippines
21 Dec 06
okey i understand..
@emmet18 (1116)
• Romania
18 Dec 06
I also agree with you. I have a friens with a pit bulls. He is very friendly and likes to play with other dogs. There are also lot s of pit bulls that aren't so friendly, they like to atack ather dogs and even humans, but thats because he was teached like that.
@Smolaru (843)
• Romania
16 Dec 06
My friend has 9 days old pitbull and the dog is a she so any ideas for a good name?
@mntcmn (37)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I'm curious to know if you believe the press reports of pit bull biting, and killing innocents are false?
• United States
16 Dec 06
I agree. I think that dogs learn their behavior from their handlers. If you gentle a dog when he is a puppy, he will be a gentle dog. But, if you are rough with him or allow other dogs (or children) to hurt him while he is young, he will learn that other dogs (and children) are tormentors and are competition. Once a dog learns to be rough or aggressive, it is very difficult to train this out of them. Since different breeds of dogs have different temperaments, this aggressiveness can be exaggerated in certain breeds (like pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermans). So, it is important to be sure those breeds are given every opportunity to be taught gentleness.
@costello (766)
• Belgium
16 Dec 06
I believe the same as you. It is people who are making pitbulls mean. A lot of people take a dog like that to learn to fight, but I think that's very wrong.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
16 Dec 06
You are right because I know people who have pitbulls and they are wonderful dogs but some people just make them mean and giv them the tast of blood! And now everyone thinks that all of them are horrible pets. You can make any dog mean even the small cute ones!-