In my openion ALL dogs should live inside the house. I do not agree with having a dog live outside. The dogs should be walked on a leash, doesn't matter what breed the dog is. If a dog has to live outside, the dog should be confined correctly, so the dog can't run around everywhere, like on somebody elses property or the road.
It's hard to answer to a owner who loves their pit but in my city we recently have had 2 I said 2 children under 3 get mauled and killed by pits one in the house of the owner and the other out in the front yard. these dogs have gone to the dogs. I mean too many people have inbred them and their vicious traits are prominent. I would never trust one or want to live next door to one or even walk down the street with one on a leash. They overcome their owners turn on their owners and just convert to kill instinct. I really wish they would start over with this breed all together.
I suggest you do some research into those cases to see what really happened. There is always more to it than what the media reports. It's also quite possible that the dogs who attacked weren't pits at all. Labs, JRTs, Boxers, American Bulldogs and any mix with a blocky head can be mistaken for a pit. It happens all the time.
I agree with Dachshund, I think a lot of those attacks are caused b/c the dogs live outside. They aren't socialized or given any mental stimulation. You end up with a territorial, bored, powerful dog who doesn't know how to behave.
I do think something needs to be done about the way these dogs are bred. Instead of focusing on temperment, people are breeding for "rare" colors and big sizes. But then that happens in other breeds too.
Fighting pitbull don't usually have the luxury of even seeing the inside of a house. The only thing they see is at the end of a 3 foot piece of chain attached to some kind of enclosure loosely referred to as a dog house, or worse yet attached to some car axel with nothing but an old car to crawl under to escape the weather.
Pitbulls for the most part like the best of both worlds, living inside the home and being active outdoors. Like they say, "a happy pitbull is an active pitbull, and an active pitbull is a tired pitbull with a smile on its face."
I can imagine very few dogs being happy living only inside. But I also think that when dogs are outside they should be leashed or in a fenced in area. Any dog can attack if provoked enough. Also, a roaming dog can get into unexpected trouble. Years ago our border collie jumped a fence and ate some D-Con the neighbors had in their barn. He survived, miraculously, but we made sure he couldn't get out again. We live in a rurual area so cars aren't a problem, but we found out that other things are.
My stepdaughter has two pitbulls and they are the biggest babies you ever saw. You can make any dog mean so just don't pinpoint pitbulls. I have been around many pitbulls that are very nice and been around chihuahas (or however you spell it) that want to eat your leg off.
As far as keeping a dog outside, I don't see anything wrong with it. If the dog is in a fenced in yard with room to run and play and kept warm in the winter with straw or hay and cool in the summer with a fan, what's the big deal. I have two dogs and they want to be outside all the time instead of inside.
I just want to say that I don't believe that just because a dog lives outside it will become aggressive. That is just silly. Some breeds are designed to withstand the elements and are alot happier outside. I rescued a so-called wolfmix puppy for my mom last summer and she had him as a indoor dog and tried to give him the nice spoiled inside life. Toys, treats, attention, the works. But when he would go outside (they live on a farm) he would just stay outside and watch the property, in no hurry to come back inside. After awhile, she decided that he would be happier outside all the time. She was right. She bought him a really nice doghouse and guess where he sleeps....under a pine tree. His choice. The option is there but he doesn't want it. go figure. I think sometimes, what we think is best for our dogs, may not be. Granted, this is a different case, living on a farm in the middle of nowhere isn't at all like living in a city where fences are a necessity. I have a minischnauzer and an APBT and there is no way I would let them stay outside, they are not designed for it. And as far as Pits go, not all of them are inbred and have terrible traits. Every pit I have ever encountered has more interest in licking a person to death than attacking.
Pitbulls are wonderful friendly dogs. They are not human aggressive naturally. the website attached. I recently did.You know what? It says alot FOR pitbulls. Any dog that can turn out the way these did after their lives is one of the best breeds possible! If I ever have a pitbull it will stay by my side no matter where I am!
I hate it when people say pits are a bad breed! I have known many pits that were as sweet and loyal as any other dog! It just depends on the owner I believe. My friend has a pit that is such a big baby he is affraid of any kind of bug and has never even growled at anyone, this dog is like 6 years old too so I hate the bad rap they get just because of what some stupid people raise them for and cause them to be. Any breed of dog can become violent and dangerous so just becareful on how u treat your dogs. And some dogs are better outside but do need shelter and protection from the heat or cold or rain! And never let them just run loose!
Pitbulls and Rottweilers often get a bad rep because they are often used by dog fighters, along with a lot of low lifes who have no business owning a dog - the ones who just think its "cool" to have the stereotypical tough/mean dog. I see it a lot where I live. A lot of people who are absolute trash just buy pit bulls and don't take care of them.
I have, however, seen plenty of pitbulls that were very loving. They can be very gentle creatures. I think the problem though is that they are so powerful that they can do massive amounts of damage if they wanted to. This is true for a lot of other dogs, but those jaws are just so powerful... so capable of just shredding things apart.
Even though a Chihuahua is more aggressive, those little things could barely draw blood..
I totally agree with pitbulls and rottweilers getting bad names. I have a neighbor who has a pitbull and he is the biggest suck in the world. I also lived next door to someone who had 3 rottweilers and they were not aggressive at all. There was only one that they had that was a rescue and this dog was abused so bad but with a little time and love he came around nicely. I also agree with doing some more research on those cases. It's kind of sad but the media makes things so much worse. I'm not saying that those kids getting mauled wasn't horrible enough because it was. I also find that my min pin can be a lot more vicious sometimes. As far as leaving dogs outside or letting them live outside. I'm kind of on the fence on that one because like some others have said, some dogs are happier outside where other dogs aren't so happy. I know my two (the big sucky babies :) are a lot happier in the house with me. They go outside to do their business and then come in. My gramma's dog however, loved being outside. They lived out in the country though so that made a big difference. Something else I wanted to put in here was that here, where I live there is actually a law about pitbulls. I don't know if it's the same everywhere else. Just a little insight for anyone who doesn't know the law in Canada and may be interested. I personally don't like it or agree with it but unfortunately I don't have a choice in the matter as well can't fight it. Someone has already tried and the Canadian Government won't move on it. Here are the two websites. One containing the current law and when it was started and the woman who just recently tried to fight it.