I have read online that gamebred pits have more of a good temperament than the ones that are curs. I've also read that pit bulls that are game are less likely to bite a person, I can see though why this may be true but I still don't know what to believe.
A pit bull that is game is (as my understanding of it) a dog that will fight till it's dead or the other dog is dead, it means that the dog will NOT give up. A cur on the other hand is a pit that WILL give up and is inferior compared to a pit bull that is game. *I do not condone dog fighting but this is the dog that I'm going to get so I'm just researching*
I personally interpret a game-bred dog as one that is trained for and bred from dogs that are used against live prey/bait. IE, a dog from fighting lines that's been used to fight with other dogs. I've heeard them called 'performance' dogs as well.
If you look back at the history of the American Pit Bull Terrier ,old time dog fighters /breeders ,there where never pit bull attacks.The game bred fighting dogs ,they where never human aggressive . Human aggressive dogs where culled.See if you can find any sites written up by Richard Stratton,he's a pit bull historian. I've read some of his stuff,the man has a lot of knowledge. He knows a lot about the old time dog fighters. Like the Colby dogs,Hemphil dogs, Wilder dogs. He can better explain what game bred is.Or see if you can get your hands on the Dogs Of Velvet and Steel written by Bob Stevens. Or any Richard Stratton books.Velvet and Steel is out of print,it may be hard to find. My copy is over 20 years old.I read on E-Bay they are selling it for like 400 dollars.Personally myself I don't like any breeders that advertise game bred.I run the other way. I don't condone dog fighting ,this breed has been maligned far too long because idiots have gotten a hold of them and destroyed the breeds good name.I believe those kinds of breeders roll their dogs still.Historians like Richard Stratton say the only way for a pit to show his gameness is in the pit,I don't believe that. Diane Jessup even says a pit can show it's gameness by wieght pulling, or agility. Those are postive sports for the breed.
I want a pit for a pet nothing else, but I do have a few stray dangerous looking dogs around where I live and I've tried calling animal control and the cops and it seemed as if I was bothering them. The point is sometimes I'm scared to even leave my house or get down from my car to go into the house. I even look outside at the window before I leave the house. This is absolutely ridiculous! Now, when I get my pit. I want my pit to destroy any dog that comes up to me with aggression or any dog that starts a fight with him. I want a pit that is game, I do not want a cur that will run away with it's tail in between it's legs. And I will type again *I do not condone dog fighting* but if I'm getting attacked or someone else is, I want my pit to kick the other dog's a$$. And I'm not talking about small breeds of dogs, I'm talking about rotts, dobermans, and other large breeds that seem to run around rampantly where I live.
I do understand some people need dogs for protection, and agree with that. But wanting a dog that will 'destroy' any dog that gets near you, seems to me to be asking for trouble. I'm not judging, as maybe your situation warrents it....but have you tried pepper spray on the dogs that are bothering you ? Are they not contained at all ? Animal Control ?
Getting a pit to go after other dogs deliberately is not a reason to get this breed. If you let your dog do this ,there will be head lines in the paper(pit bull mauling) adding more fuel to the fire for bsl,and they will take your dog away and kill it,you'll be sued.Rethink what you are saying. Owners like myself who work so hard to make a good name for the breed,it's people like you who would destroy all this hard work.They might make bsl in my town because of your actions,then my dogs would suffer.It was hard enough to try to find home owners isurance.People who are willing to accept my dogs. Then you come along and another news report,pit bull mauling. Another nail in the breeds coffin.
"I want my pit to destroy any dog that comes up to me with aggression or any dog that starts a fight with him. " This kind of scares me. This is the reason I'm afraid to bring my dog to the dog park anymore..I'm too afraid of these 'dog aggressive dogs'. Will you be able to control this dog when it wants to eat your little old lady neighbor's toy poodle? How does a dog learn the difference between a good dog and a bad dog to attack? My worst fear is one day my dog will be attacked by some big ol' dog that the owner can't control.
Yeah, I try to go when I know there will only be a few dogs around. My dog loves to play with other dogs and is an 'only child' (for now) so I like to find her friends to play with. Luckily we've mostly had good experiences at the park..but we had one incident where a dog would not leave her alone (and the owner wouldn't put his dog on a leash) so we had to leave, and I've seen a few other dog fights. I just don't understand why someone would bring their dog to a dog park if they know it can be dog aggressive. People are just stupid, period. But I even worry walking down the street..my dog is small and not a fighter, (she's just a little princess!)what if some dog aggressive dog attacks her? It just upsets me that people want to intentionally make a dog 'other dog' aggressive. Having said that, there are plently of dogs in shelters and rescues who need to be 'only dogs' because they can be dog aggressive...someone could always just adopt one of those if they want protection.
I know personally at no time in Tiggers life would she be able to go to a dog park,she's way too dog aggressive. So she plays at home in our yard with a few select dogs she knows. I agree if you know your dog has a problem with other dogs,then don't take them to a dog park . It's stupid.I'm sorry for your bad experience.I think dog parks are bad.There's not enough control over the dogs. Then there's people who want pits to destroy other dogs,ya another nail in their coffin. I spend so much time trying to give both of my girls positive pr, I don't need people like this.To this person on another note suppose just suppose your dog is the one that winds up hurt or killed.
unfortunately if you train your dog to be dog aggressive you will not be able to control who it is aggressive towards. it will not understand that it is okay to attack only big dogs, and little dogs should be left alone. the dog will attempt to start a fight with any dog it sees, not just the ones who are an immediate threat. this will severley limit you being able to take your dog anywhere with you. you will not be able to go to dog parks, pet stores, even a simple thing like walking down the street with your dog could be potentially dangerous to any animl you come across. you should socialize your dog with lots of different types of dogs. believe me when the time comes for it to be appropriately protective it will be. it is not something you need to teach it.
If an aggressive dog comes over to me barring teeth and growling, I will let my pit do what it does best, which is to throw-down with other dogs. I'm not going to let the dog go after innocent dogs or dogs that come up to me for a lick, I'm getting this dog for a PET! However, if I'm confronted by a dog that wants to put holes in me or my pit I will let my pit fight the other dog if there is no way out of the situation! As for you red, I don't need to read lectures about how people like me are destroying the breed. I love the breed and want to do everything correctly, which is why I'm taking my time to learn everything I can about the APBT, but I will not deny what they were bred for and I will not lie, I WILL let my pit protect me from dangerous dogs that walk around like they own my neighborhood!
Scout, I understand what you are saying but MOST pit bulls are dog aggressive anyway. Believe me I plan on socializing, being very firm but loving toward my baby. I'm not going to teach my dog to be aggressive toward any living thing (although as I said before, most are aggressive towards other animals)....what I want is a dog that IF he gets in a fight with some stupid stray aggressive dog OR if he gets attacked by some other dog that he won't give up in the fight and he will do whatever it takes to win. I honestly don't see what's wrong with what I've written. I didn't say that I'm going to let my pit attack any dog, cat, or bird. I just want my dog to fight and win just in case some dog wants to rip off my skin or starts with him, that's all. I would also like to add that hundreds of pit bull owners, with dog aggressive pit bulls, control their dogs when they are out in public. I will control my dog. As for dog parks, my pit bull doesn't need to play with other dogs, these dog parks are accidents waiting to happen, therefore I would never bring him there. When he's young yes, I will socialize him around other animals but when he's grown he won't need dog friends. Dogs are dogs not humans, they don't need friends (except humans) or girfriends/boyfriends.
I never really talk on these, but the article headline caught my attention. I raise Pits and have done so for 20 years. I defend my breed all the time. First, yes gamebred pits have a better temperment. They are dog aggressive, not man aggressive. I cannot keep any of my pits together, but I would trust them around any human. The most they would do is lick you to death. Game Pits are NOT TRAINED. You cannot train a pit to be game. They are born with it. Either they are or they are not. And never in my life would I want one of my pits to attack anything. It just leads to bad publicity for the breed. Even if they are protecting me, the public will view it differently and try to get your pits taken away from you. Find a different way to get protection. Our pits "perform" in a legal sport called weight pulling. We like gamebred pits because they weight pull much better then a Cur. They pull there heart out and they love it. We retired one of our older pits and we have to drag weight her for fun just so we can keep her happy. Pitbulls are an awsome breed and when you know how to raise them, they will do just fine.