First, There are sooo many myths surrounding this breed! Pit Bulls are not all bad... & there are many educational websites that will help back up this statement. This one is my favorite as they are also a big supporter of rescue: http://www.pbrc.net
Second, not all Pit Bulls are protective either. Mine will be the first to greet not eat people. These dogs really are BIG lovers and LOTS of socialization, fun training, and supervision has really payed off for her goofy personality.
The key to any great dog I have seen is RESPONSIBILITY, no matter the breed!
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I have two. One would be protective if a stranger came in the house, and the other would beg the stranger for love and attention and give him dog licks. Neither is mean or aggressive toward people, and both have issues with not liking other dogs, though there are some dogs that they are okay with.
I have one. She is full bred APBT. I wonder why I even bought her? Hmmm..it's for her smartness and the UNIQUE dog love that she gives me. She is the most precious thing to me and not even for a million will I not sell her. She is the smartest thing ever, knows a lot of tricks. The only problem I have with her is BREED DISCRIMINATION!! That is the worse thing possible that can happen. They recently banned pit bulls here and it is the worst thing EVER!! We cannot go to the beach no more.
She was in obedience...actually I enrolled her in obedience just for her to get used to other dogs. She is VERY friendly with other dogs. When we go out to the beach she plays with the other dogs. I have a lot of strangers coming to my house. ALL of them are like...pit bull! They refuse to enter the house. There all stupid for believing the myths. Once they have entered and see how Angel sits next to them and licks there hand they ask me if she is really a pit bull or a mix. For Angel almost everyone is a friend. ALL TYPES of PIT BULLS are friendly and lovable, PEOPLE MAKE THEM BAD!!
I agree, they are lovely dogs as all dogs are. Its the owners that should be accountable for their dogs actions. A pit just like any other dog is always seeking balance as part of canine behavior under the umberella of mother nature. We in our ignorance of dog culture and communication create imbalance and the resulting consequences.
I had a Pit for 11 years and just lost her to cancer on Monday. She was the best thing to ever happened to me. For many years I had Shepards that were brillant, but no breed could ever compare with my girl. Very friendly, lovable, and devoted. It will take an exceptional animal to take her place!
If you are looking for a guard or protection dog for your homedo not get an APBT.
You'd be better off getting another breed.
Please do some research on the breed and learn about proper breed temperament. Though some may have some protective tendencies for the most part the breed in general would rather love and kiss everyone they meet. Their appearance is their best deterrence to undesired guests so to speak.
some great sites to learn besides the one already posted is www.realpitbull.com www.workingpitbull.com www.apbtconformation.com
LucyMtz~ I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost one of mine to cancer in 2006 it is very hard. Hold the good memories close and yours will live in your heart until you can meet up again. HUGS
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I have a APBT and I probably wont have different breed the rest of my life. They are amazing and wonderful dogs, very gentle and caring. They love kids, they love being part of the family, and are just great dogs to have. If you watch any of those shows about dog training like the Dog Whisperer, I know he constantly says 'It is not the breed of dog that is bad, it is how the owner raises them.' So if they raise them to be mean, they will be mean, nice, same thing just like if you are I grew up in a angry and violent enviorment we would think that is normal and do the same. Now give it not all situations come out like that but for the most part they do.
Anyway, you should not believe everything you hear. You should always do research on such things before deciding which side you are on (not saying you are choosing a side or anything, you were just asking for advice about them). I did find on website, dont know how to get to it now though, but it showed all the temperment tests of certian breeds and dogs like Labs, and Cocker Spaniels were shown to be more aggressive by nature then APBT's. And this wasn't just one site, I found numerous ones and they all pretty much were in the same range as one another. Anyway, I hopes I helped answer your question!
I don't own a pit bull but I frequently come in contact with them as they are very heavily bred in my area. I don't think there is any thing wrong with the breed as a whole. I do have a problem with the bloodlines that have been bred in such a way as to increase dog agressiveness. The pits in my area are very in bred and have many health issues especially sarcoptic mange and severe allergies. Many of these dogs are used for fighting and are agressive towards people also. This is what makes the general public afraid of this breed. If you are not knowledgable about dogs body language, it can be difficult to know if a dog is friendly or not so many people just avoid contact with any dog that is a pit bull or looks like it might be a pit bull.