I am a big lecturer on the rights of dogs and any animal. My parents and sibling think that Pit Bulls are aggressive and dangerous. They aren't! It's the owners fault! Once I was watching Animal Planet and a lady adopted a Pit Bull. My dad said, "So, has the Pit Bull maulled the lady to death yet?" I couldn't believe it.
Whenever someone talks to me about the latest Killer Pit Bull story, I say this: "9.9 times out of 10 it's the owners fault. People may want a dog whoose 'mean' , so they chose a innocent Pit because they know this breed already has an undeserved reputation and they won't get in trouble. If you heard a story about a Maltese killing someone, you wouldn't believe it, right??"
When raised in a responsible home, any Pit is usually kind, loving, reliable, and loyal. It is the owners fault is he/she doesn't train the dog enough or teaches it to be mean.
Personally, I love Pits.
What are you opinions on this??
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Owners are completely responsibility for the behavior of the dogs they care for.... and Owners are completely responsible for knowing the way their pet that they care for may react in any environment … and Owners should never take Their pet out in public without having complete control. . _____________________________________________________
I own 2 AST ( or APBT) male and female … Mine are collared , micro chipped, registered/ licensed and introduced to my neighborhood. Mine have never shown aggression toward animals or humans . Well behaved, well cared for good dogs all around.
I have not had any problem with aggression or the SO called Turning… they eat out of the same food bowl, they are always together, I never crate them .. EVER. Don’t even own one… They have a Kitty the Visits in the Summer… no problem there… and we have tons and tons of children in our neighborhood… who love to gather around and pet … without asking first… Never a grumble, growl, or mis- behavior . Have Neighbors who have 3 dogs of their own .. we share a fence… No problems there.
I am a FIRM believer … it is how you lead your pack… the way you train and teach…
I touch mine ALL over … paws, Inside the mouth along the gums, eyes ears , tail. I correct mis-behavior immediately, and Praise Immediately. I also spoil the loving daylight out of them.
Pits & Rotties are very intelligent and very pack oriented dogs… they want to be part of what’s going on in the family…
But my 3 are spoiled and loved and very very well taken care of … they all come from abusive backgrounds… neglected . One was fought, one abandoned , one mulled by a hawk .. on her way to a plastic bag.
I have taken the time.. devoted … making all efforts to show them love and kindness … and in return … they are the best.. and sweetest dogs .. returning my love a thousand fold.
all 3 live in Harmony… No aggression , no fighting… no blood baths… never crated… eat off the same plate… sleep in the same bed.. with me… share toys.. bones… PEACE.
I maintain Lead … I teach them to be gentle , behaved and NON aggressive. I don’t have a pecking order … I lead they follow.. period.
Again.. it’s JUST the Media that focuses on PITS that make it seem that they indeed ARE the ONLY breed that does act this way … other breeds can and do the same.. IF not properly cared for or trained or in a loving environment … Or just plain abused/neglected. Any breed can attack… and refuse to give up. TRUE the smaller Breeds are Easer to control/get off/make release .. but the Larger breeds are not… if they are determined .. .
Any breed can be aggressive and bite. However, some breeds have the genetic make up to be more aggressive or fearless.
This being said, pits, dobies, chows or any other breed who's genetic make up is to be fearless can be breed to be aggressive. 20 years ago it was the dobie, now it is the pits and rotties. There is a fine line in breeding fearless dogs that will stand up to an attacker yet not be aggressive. The problem is too many are breeding for aggressive behavior as that is what they want in these dogs, sad but true. Like you said it is the owners and breeders that make aggressive dogs. If the breeders would breed only mild mannered dogs and fix the aggressive ones and if the owners would socialize them and raise them in a loving home you would have a sweet dog no matter what the breed.
Saddly these dogs are strong dogs that do a lot of damage when they do attack, combined with the market for the aggressive dog = bad rap and disaster for the entire breed. It will take responsible breeders and owners and a couple of years of selective breeding to chang things.
I tend to agree with you but not 100%. If the breeder breed for aggression then all the socialization in the world would not cancel that. As I said in my previous post I think it is a combination of breeding and environment.
i think alot of the "FEAR" behind pitbulls are media related. every attack, mauling, killing, etc, seems to involve the word pitbull in the headlines. yet it is a fact the more people are bitten by gsds and other breeds. these attack, bites, maulings, etc dont seem to make the news though. why is that ? i myself have met alot of pitbulls. never have i been bitten or even threatened. i was however attacked and bitten by a very tiny chihuahua and a standard poodle. neither of those incidents made the news. if they had been pitties, they would have been front page news ! its really very sad......
I totally agree with you, being a pittie mix owner, and loving her very much. I love pit bulls, they are the greatest dogs. I have educated A LOT of kids my age about the truth of them, and can only hop that in the future people won't be so selfish as to blame a "lower" being such as a dog for their own mistakes.
I am not saying there are not dogs out there that were abused or fought and are not sweet at heart. I guess what I am saying is until we can figure out a way to stop those breeders, and as long as there is a market for them the breeders will be there. It is a battle that does not see the end in sight.
I have had dobies for 30 years now and it is only the past 5 to 10 years that the reputation of a killer dog has started to fade away. The fight was long and it did take both breeders and owners to step up to the plate to change it and that took 15 to 20 years to change.
Not my rules, just the way it is. And please don't take what I am saying in any way personal. Having lived with it with the dobies I know where you are at, where you want to be and unfortuniatly how long it will take to get there.
I own 2 pittbulls. One was a rescued from dog fighting and one was purchased from a back yard breeder. Both are loved dearly. I do believe its the owners and also the breeders. Some breeders breed for aggressive lines and ruin the kind,sweet, traits we all love.I've seen Labs over breed untill they act out of character also, so it can happen with any breed. But with the amount of $ pitt breeders get from dog fighting it can be big business so they strive for mean genes. But I can only speak for the 2 I own and they are both the best pets I have ever owned.They are my babes and our whole family loves them so much. They both get along with my 3 children, farm animals, poultry, cat and my husbands Coon dogs(which happen to be allot more aggressive than them!)Good luck convincing your in-laws because most people have a hard time changing once their predudice.
From owning the breed for 18 years 5 Pits in total ,I know I can speak for my 5 dogs.All have been loyal loving dogs in the right hands . In any breed you get bad dogs and good dogs . There are way too many unethical breeders who are breeding for the wrong reasons , bad owners owning this breed for the wrong reasons and niave owners who don't understand the breed traits. This is going to be a long battle trying to bring back this breeds good name. We all can do it a little at a time one day at a time.
They are definitely not a breed naturally prone to being aggressive towards people. Some may be aggressive towards dogs. We have two in a household of 10 people, 6 being children ages 5-10. They work out quite nicely. The kids look at people like they're nuts when anyone comments that they heard pits were mean or something to that effect. They've been snugglin' on pit bulls since they can remember.
Isn't it time for foosdog to come out of the shadows and post a news article?
Pits are wonderful dogs that only become aggressive due to improper care and having idiots for owners. BSL targets the wrong end of the leash. My pit mix is an incredible dog - very loyal, affectionate, intelligent, and beautiful.
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