No, i actually agree with you. My friend has a pit bull and although all it is soo soft and gentle and all he would need is a bad head ache and someone annoy him and he'd be away. He hasn't im just stating what they do naturally
I agree with you also. My little dachshund Mia was almost killed by a pit bull in our own yard. The dog didn't try to attack us but it made me wonder what if I had a toddler with me instead of my litle dachshund.
How do we prevent this?? We spay and neuter all pet pitties nad only let responsible people breed them. I think that there should be a law about mandatory spay/neuter unless you show or you breed and then you would have to get a license to do so. If people would start also realizing that pit bulls need special training just like chows. They need EXTENSIVE socialization and obedience training from the time they are just pups. If you cannot afford it, don't get one, they need it and their lives depend on it. I get so tired of people saying how bad chows are but I try not to disagree with them too much. I do not want chows going up in popularity again. It was horrible for the breed. Chows are not dogs, they are chows. THey cannot be trained the same way as other dogs and shouldn't be expected to. Pits are the same way. People should require a special license to have these dogs, why? Because most people don't deserve the love of a pitty or a chow or any of the other dogs on the DD list.
It seems to me like we hear of these attacks more often than before. Are these dogs growing in popularity? My son had a 12 week old Pit Bull for about two weeks, he returned it to the breeder because at that tender age, this puppy was showing signs of aggression towards the family. My 8 year old grandson was afraid of this puppy. I think it is instinct for some breeds to be agressive. I wish there was an easy answer.
Also, if you read the story, it sounds as though it was the owners fault..........yet again. She had previous history of having too many dogs and letting them run free. I would be willing to bet money that NONE of these dogs ever went to obedience class or were even socialized properly.
The difference is you ONLY hear about certain breeds attacking. How many Golden Retrievers or Labradors do you see attacking kids on the news. Very few if any but it happens all the time. Alot of mixes, as well as purebreds that are family pets attack and kill people alot. But yet the media only portrays those deemed "viscious". Pathetic if you ask me.
It all depends on the dog itself!!!we had a pit bull and she adored toddlers.she would resctle with my 4 year old brother and she would pin him down just so she could lick his face all over.Everyone she met was a friend.she didnt know what strangers were! The pitbull is known for aggression towards other dogs,thats what they have been bred for!!!the pit bull would not have attacked a kid if you had one by you.Its these over bred labs,golden,yorkies,maltese,doxies,cockers,and other dog that are the ones you should be scared of biting your kids,my nieghbor has a doxie that none can get around,it attacks everything it has drawn blood several times.
That the Centers for Disease Control website and the CDN Safety Councils website states that children 12 and under are most likely to be bit, and an unaltered male canine in 77% of the cases was most likely to bite. 64.7% of the bite victims were male in the American study. In Canada 64.7% of the victims were children ten or under. It states that unaltered German Shepherds and Chow Chows were the most* likely to bite breeds.
53% of dogs chained in the American study acted out aggressively snarling, and snapping, at strangers compared to a lower % rate of those unchained and contained properly. The top two in the top ten breeds leading bite stats were Chow Chows and German shepherds. In Canada the findings were that German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Cocker Spaniels and Golden Retrievers, were the top breeds leading bite stats. It is troubling to hear countries focusing in on wolf dogs when the most commonly bought household children's pet leads the bite stats.
Any dog can attack. I was almost bitten by a lab. Yes, those sweet family pets. Most popular breed of dog. Yes that lab. It is not fair to blame a dog for doing it's job. It also isn't fair to blame a dog for attaching if it was mistreated or abused.The dogs probably thought the boy was an intruder. I'm not saying what the dogs did wasn't terribly, but with the right training and socializing Pit Bulls are great pets.
IF, like those people, you have had previous troubles with having animals..........I think that you should have to register these breeds with whatever city/county you live in. I think there should be expensive registration fees. I think the dog should have to get microchipped. I think they should be spayed or neutered by law unless you are a breeder or someone who shows. In either instance, I think you should have to register with your city/county as a breeder or someone who shows and pay fees for that based on the amount of dogs you'll be keeping and your history with the dogs (people who have been breeding for 15 years with NO instances of aggression would receive discounts). I think there should be strict requirements for housing these animals, including the amount of space and the height of fence required. I think there should be zero tolerance on aggression, one instance and the dog should be PTS. I think obedience and socialization and Canine Good Citizen training should be mandatory and there should be time limits on compliance. The trainer should present a certificate to the city or county stating that the owner and their dog have attended and passed. A failing grade should not be acceptable. I think liability insurance should be required and proof should be given to the city or county and checked frequently. Those are just some of my ideas (all developed after dealing with a very aggressive dog this last weekend....even had to call the police) and I'm sure there are more out there.
***Edited By: ShaunnaMichelle on 11/3/2005 5:23:55 PM*** Reason: Had to clarify my statement!!
I think these dogs should be in the right hands, these should not be kept as family pets but as what they are for, guarding. I ain't saying these are horrible dogs and they should all be gotten rid off, they just need to go to the right people. They have strong powerful jaws!
Just had to put in my little Chow speech here. The main reason that a Chow bites someone is not purely out of aggression. They are VERY protective dogs and they require MAJOR socialization. Even Chi-Ching at 11 weeks is very protective and cautious but he is also getting TONS of socializing and he starts beginning young dogs obedience in January. Chows are VERY misunderstood. They cannot be trained like that of a normal dog. They do not respond well to that at all. They need to only have positive reinforcement training, they do not handle corrections well. They also do not listen to you at all! lol that is part of a chow. I do NOT reccomend this breed to very many people at all, not because I do not think that chows are awesom and WONDERFUL companions but because I do not think that very many people are worthy enough to own a chow. The people that have chows that bite are people who bought a cute fluffy dog and knew very little about the breed. Stepping down off of my stand I just wanted to say that I agree with you ShaunnaMichelle, except for the PTS after the first sign of aggression, I think would have to be played case by case. One persons view of aggression is not the same as anothers. However, I do agree in the case of if the dog has already bitten or is showing true aggressive behaviours.
First off I am NOT for BSL as to me it's a band aid solution to a gaping wound. The ROOT of the problem is the IRRESPONSIBLE breeders, who out number the responsible breeders IMO. We also have human greed inovled, we are the "I want" society. We are also the same society that usually refuses to take responsibility for our actions, including NOT training our dogs etc....
I am a HUGE fan of pit bulls, owned one and he was a wonderful dog. The pits we are seeing today are not proper pits and yes thats part of the probelm - back to the ROOT: irresponsible breeders.
I personally don't think breeding your dog is your right, I really don't with shelters full I don't see the need to add more to the world at the moment (I am not talking all breeds).
The US has the largest amount of mills in the world and it's time they are shut down and commercial breeding is stopped, as well as regulations for bybs. The AKC/USDA must stop allowing commercial breeders and auctions to exist, it's enough, we are killing millions of dogs each year yet they still allow the mass production of them. It's a sad shame.
As for owner responsibility, you bet, bigger fines etc but again every single city, state must comply or it would never work.
There's tons more we can all do, not breed our pets and be responsible pet owners.
Aggression (in my book): broken skin and blood! I see blood and I'd want the animal PTS. Call me awful, but I don't wanna give it a chance for round 2.
***This is after nearly having my head and that of my children removed by a violent dog in the back of a truck in the Wal*Mart parking lot. Jerk off owners had plastic sheeting covering the opening where a window USED to be and this one was so intent on hurting someone, he went THROUGH it to get to everyone going by. I had to call the police because he started coming out of the truck to get to children passing by.***
***Edited By: ShaunnaMichelle on 11/3/2005 5:36:10 PM*** Reason: ***
foos, I am not speaking of this case completely but do you not think that labs and goldens and samoyeds and chihuahuas don't bite people?? They do all the time but just about every pit bull bite is on the news. I have not seen a single "other" dog bite report in so very long but I know that all of the other breeds didn't all of a sudden get "nice" and learn not to bite people all together.
Also, Pits weren't bred for guarding. In all actuality they make crappy guard dogs, they are too friendly. Pits were NOT bred to be human aggressive, they were bred to be dog aggressive, do you think that a pit bull fighter would have a human aggressive dog? How is he going to break them up? Human aggression is not tolerated even with the sick people who fight them. Human Aggression is a problem from negligent breeding practices it has nothing to do with the breed. Also, other breeds have just as powerful jaws as the pittie.
I couldn't imagine not being able to own a DD dog. Pits make AWESOME pets and it is so sad that people want to take them away from their homes and families and say that they do not deserve the right to be a family pet.
Well the pit bull that almost killed my dog was very obviously owned by idiots. It was a bunch of teenagers that had come over to my house to clean up the scrap metal from an old mobile home we had just torn down. I had just gotten home from work and they were at the back of my property which is 2 acres. I went out to see what they were doing with my Mia tagging along and all of the sudden the pit which was a female that had obviously had a recent litter, came around from the truck and attacked my dog. You would think that if you were going to be a someone elses property without permission to be there at that time that you might at least keep your dog on a leash. They were only supposed to be around when I was home anyways. Sorry if this gives the dogs a bad rep but even the rotty from down the street has never tried to attack my dogs. You guys would have been mad too! Needless to say they were no longer welcome on my property.
Poor dog. But that does not sound like a fault of the dog but rather the owners......again. The dog shouldn't have without a leash even if she was dog aggresive. Like everyone has said Pits ARE bred to be dog aggressive, that is nothing new. Sorry about your dog. BUT that does not mean that all pits need to be PTS because your dog got attacked by another DOG. Would you hate all Beagles if it was one of them that attacked your dog? Or a dalmation? Or what if it was a Mastiff or a Husky? You can not base every thing that a Pit does on its breed. They are all individuals brough up in a society of lousy pet owners. Not all kids are good, many young kids murder other kids, and alot hurt animals in hoorific ways. Should having kids or having one in your house be banned? No of course not, they are part of our family......Well many people feel the same way about their dogs that happen to be the same breed as the one listed on the DD list.