Yes, Pit Bulls Suddenly Snap

By Micaela Myers
Reprinted by permission of Stubbydog.org

1. Pit bulls “suddenly snap.” It’s true. One minute they are lying upside down on the couch snoring, and the next minute they hear the word “walk,” or “rawhide,” or “ball,” and they suddenly snap. From 0 to Mach 90, they are doing zoomies down the hall, tongue flapping, tail tucked for turning aerodynamics. Jump in front of this joyful train, and you could indeed accidentally get knocked down! (photo by Donna J. Griffin)

 

2. Pit bulls’ jaws are unlike any other dog. Again, it’s true. Bullies have a singular type of jaw that enables smiling unlike any other! The lips curl up and wrinkle, and you can’t help but laugh at that happy pink tongue bobbing with each big breath, those shiny white teeth and those big twinkling eyes. (photo by Ronny Ag Roberts)

 

3. Pit bulls are tenacious fighters. Ever try to fight a pack of pit bulls for the couch? The bed? A soft, cozy blanket? It’s true, they love a comfortable place to sleep and would rather lie right on top of you or each other than be alone on the cold, hard floor. (photo by Janet Podczerwinski)

 

4. Children beware. If your child has a phobia for canine kisses, then he or she definitely better stay clear of pit bulls. Pit bulls have a special radar just for children. Smell one, and they start to lick their lips. They can’t wait to find that little kid and cover them in kisses. (photo by Colleen S Moore)

 

5. Pit bulls are the ultimate guard dogs. Maybe all robbers need is a little love? If this is the case, then yes, pit bulls make excellent guard dogs. Most will be happy to greet robbers with their wiggly butts. They may even show them where the couch (and TV) is, where the coziest bedroom (and jewelry) is, and invite them to stay and cuddle awhile. (photo by Cristina Falcon Seymour)

 

Those of us who really know pit bulls, know that they’re just dogs (OK, maybe they’re especially cuddly and goofy dogs). Now let the world know the truth about pit bulls! For a more serious look at pit bull myths and facts, click here and visit the Stubbydog resource page.

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430 thoughts on “Yes, Pit Bulls Suddenly Snap”

    • love these pics. Its the owner not the breed. I have had small dogs that have tried to bite others. I have heard that the lab can be aggressive towards people and other dogs. So lets just go back to the human owner. Would love to have a pit but due to Ohio STUPID laws they are on a list which makes you pay more insurance and most insurance companys will not insure you. Thanks to all the MORONS that have dog fighting this breed is not given a chance.

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      • SGROOME, the mantra that it’s the owner is tired. So what if you have had small dogs that tried to bite others? Did any of them attack and not stop until their opponent was dead? Did any of them have the powerful jaws that enable them to do just that?

        It’s hardly “stupid” for those with a dangerous breed to pay more for insurance — that’s how insurance works, weighing the risk and how much that risk costs. Given that these dogs can and do kill, even humans, and the monetary awards that will be given in such lawsuits, the insurance is going to be high.

        I don’t blame the breed for what they are — they’re dogs, and they were made this way by humans. But they still are what they are, and that is dangerous. If Pit Bull lovers REALLY loved the breed, they’d be for a ban of all Pit Bulls from being bred — mandatory spay/neuter — except for a small number of responsible breeders whose work is to breed the aggressiveness out of the breed. Once the breed has been corrected, THEN everyone wins, including the Pit Bull. Just look at all the Pit Bulls in shelters and being abused and killed. That’s what results from a dangerous breed and bleeding-heart Pit Bull lovers who won’t think bigger than themselves. The Pit Bull is the one suffering for the very SIMPLE reason that Pit Bull breeders don’t call for the correction of the breed.

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        • Victoria,
          Before you continue to preach, do some actual research on pit bulls. Oh and in the responsible owners as well. You just sound very ignorant in your post because you have no clue what you are talking about.

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        • Guess what pitbull patriot? Ever hear of life insurance? They can and DO charge you more when you’re fat, have (had) cancer, high blood pressure, smoke, chew, etc etc. It’s called weighing the risk. They pay actuaries large salaries to ananlyze stats and come up with the underwriting rules and premiums. It is 100% valid. Dogs are to home insurance what illness is to health insurance. If your dog bites someone, it’s the insurance company that’s responsible, and they’re not willing to take on that risk. Don’t even argue this point with me b/c I’ve been in the insurance business for over 12 years. Obviously they know something you don’t know when it comes to aggressive dogs. And you’re lying. I’m calling you out right now. I GUARANTEE you that if your insurance company knew that you had a pit, they would drop your insurance this minute unless you signed a liability exclusion form on the dog. End of story.

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        • Victoria, I agree with you that not any dog can bite. The one’s who do are unsocialized, bored, treated with neglect and abuse, separated from their family of humans, unexercised or tied off to some tree. Tired of the mantra? So am I, but until people educate themselves about dogs and understand that it is not the breed/type, but the neglect and ignorance from their owners that cause the problems, it will be stated. Insurance rates higher? Again, it is because of neglegent owners that insurance companies can justify higher fees for those who have these dogs. It is convienient for insurance companies to charge higher fees regardless of how many pitbulls are/were actually involved in dog bites, they’re in it to make a profit. Kill humans? It is horrible, but there are a great amount of small breeds that have been involved in horrible situations where babies have been mauled or disfigured through a dirty diaper. Again, as horrible for the victims, the owners responsibility. ALL dogs should be supervised at all times and can inflict harm on another dog or human, and owners of all breeds/types should not take this for granted. Mandatory spay and neuter? I agree that ALL BREEDS should be spay/neutered as long as there are dogs waiting to be adopted in shelters, but that is my opinion and I can only spay/neuter my own dogs and rescue what I can responsibly. The idea that a small number of responsible breeders should breed the aggressiveness out of the breed? Puppies are not born aggressive unless there is a neurological issue and dogs do not grow to be aggressive if treated as they should be. The fact that there are so many pit bulls or mixes in shelters is not because they are all dangerous and because of Bleeding Heart PitBull lovers. It is because the poor dogs have had the misfortune of being owned by the type of neglegent owners I have been writing about. I would hate to see the responsibility of a breed given to a few breeders, I’ve seen what has happened with poor Bull Dogs who can’t breathe, German Shephards with painful hip dysplasia, small asthmatic breeds and numerous other defects related to poor or close breeding practices. As tired as it sounds, it is the owners.

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          • I just want to say I had a dog before my pit that was a smaller mixed breed, he was neutered, I took him for runs (which he LOVED) he got tons of love, exercise, the kids were nice to him etc. Well, he bit people 3 times, seemingly for no apparent reason. I’ve had several dogs but I always remembered when you’d look into this one’s eyes he was just different somehow. Like when I look at my pit she gets all lovey and he tails starts wagging etc. I get a loving response, the biting dog never quite did that. I don’t know maybe every individual dog just has something going on in their head and sometimes its not always good.

        • I love your post and am with you. It does get tired that. my beautiful girl did just that…attacked and would not stop until we almost had to drown her to get her to let go. It was horrific and not something I wish for anyone to experience. I love all animals but the sad and sorry fact is that they are that. Yes they do become family members, but they are still capable of the behavior that makes them a wild animal regardless of the breed. They just happen to be more powerful, overbred and dangerous that most. I love them, but I urge caution where when you put your guard down is when it can happen. Not all dogs will do it. But it CAN happen.

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          • But please keep in mind that you said CAN. This is not a reaction that is contained in EVERY pittbull. I’m not saying that your’s attacked because of you. I am just saying that not all pitts are killers.

          • So it’s the dog’s fault that you don’t know how to properly train, socialize and discipline her. Nice try but you are at fault for this, if it actually happened the way you claim.

          • Anonymous, I agree entirely. Regardless of the love a dog has had, the time it has spent with its family, its normal behavior, or anything else that is used as an excuse over and over again, ALL DOGS CAN SNAP!!!

            Our first dog as a couple, a beagle mix we rescued from the pound at six months, was a great dog for years. She loved the kids, loved our next dog [but played too hard for him!], and when we rescued the starving boxer the beagle mix was her very best friend. For YEARS.

            Gradually, the beagle started having issues with dogs… but only CERTAIN dogs. Long haired, dark haired, short dogs, and she was VIOLENT about german shepherds. We had to stop taking her to the dog park.

            One day, in our kitchen and ABSOLUTELY unprovoked, she attacked the boxer. Her very best friend in the whole world, and she grabbed onto the side of her face and would NOT let go. The kids threw water on her while I was trying to drag her off the terrified boxer, and eventually I had to pry her mouth open with my hands. At that point, she whipped around and bit me on the arm.

            The following week, she couldn’t walk. She kept falling over when she tried to stand up, exhibiting symptoms of antifreeze poisoning. The vet tested her… nothing. We had to have her euthanized because she was so unpredictable and couldn’t walk unaided; they thought she had a brain lesion, and that aggression aside she would never get better.

            So just so you see… DOGS DO “SNAP”.

          • The person whos beagle attacked their boxer. Sounds like Lymes disease to me, or do you have a crappy vet who didn’t test her for a treatable problem before putting her down? And even a brain tumer wouldn’t be her fault. If humans have brain tumers their personalities change too. Have I been attacked by dogs before? Yes, I groom/bath/train/rescue, of course I have been bit, but never unprovoked.

          • Pit bull patriot, though I have never served I come from a family of service men and woman. Thank you for all you and every man, woman, child has done in the service of our country and for allowing me to have the freedom of breeding loving and caring pits. Though my family no longer breeds due to today’s economy and how others have treated this breed, we still have our 1 beautiful 3 year old girl whos every waking moment is a ray of love. Her name is moonshine due to yellow moon eyes. And yes I am a tattooed medium build, harley riding, truck driver with a loving wife and family who cries at Disney movies. Not once have our dogs ever bit anyone at least not out of play, still can’t figure out how they know how to pinch your butt with their front teeth lol,.. Thank you again for giving us the freedom to raise and love this beautiful breed

        • you are an absolute ignorant idiot..why dont u do your research before u talk utter nonsense! pit bulls are loving amazing animals who by the way were nanny dogs back in the day..Remeber the little rascals and there dog petey a PITBULL . theodore roosevelt,general patten and helen keller all owned PITBULLS! once not too long ago they were a highly dignified and much loved breed. they were posted on advertisements and magazines. so unless u have owned one done your research and know what you are talking about id keep your mouth closed.

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          • I AGREE! “If you have never owned one you should really do your homework, futhermore people who only listen to the news and hearsay are IDIOTS!” You people out there who think you know statistics should reasearch the #1 dog breed that ATTACKS, it’s not the PITBULL. S.C

        • I have a pit bull and I consider myself an responsible person. I know I can get emotionally caught up in these discussions so I don’t read them often and actually comment even less. I can only report on my experience. I don’t know what life is like in someone else’s skin.

          My bully is the best dog I’ve ever had, the smartest, most intuitive, most tolerant dog I’ve ever owned. He is 11 now and still an incredibly happy dog, a great ambassador for the breed. Part of his good nature has been my effort to teach him good manners and protect him from dangerous situations. It’s a win/win situation for both of us.

          My home owners insurance does not have any breed restrictions but when I bought my home I had to shop around because several other companies did. That is the reason I chose State Farm insurance. If any dog I have bites they will pay out once and only once, on any dog.

          I guess I will close by saying I love my bully. He has been the brightest ray of love in my life. For that I am grateful.

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        • I never got a chance to repspond to the post where you assumed you knew all about me–supposedly ugly & stupid. Let me tell you a little bit about yourself.

          My guess is that you’re bald and covered in tattoos. Tough guy, right? Let me ask you a question–why do you have a pitbull? Is it because they are caring, loving, cuddly dogs? NO! It’s because of the bad-ass image that they have. You THINK they make you look tougher than you THINK you are. It’s a self-esteem issue. Get over yourself. You have a lot of anger, and I”m sensing your dog does too. Afterall, you say a dog is a direct reflection of its owner. I’d say your dog is a ticking time bomb until it bites somebody. Hope your home insurance covers it.

          Have a nice life.

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        • Pit Bull Patriot – good points. I agree – it’s the people – not the dog. And for the record, I had a part chow years ago and my home owner’s insurance was canceled because they considered her to be a dangerous dog! She was just a big ol’ baby – not a mean bone in her body. Plus, why does homeowner’s insurance get canceled for that reason anyway? Doesn’t a dog protect an owner’s home from robbery in many cases, and isn’t that an asset? Anyway, you can’t reason with stupidity. They want to ban the breed rather than ban stupid people from owning them! If animals weren’t treated badly they wouldn’t act badly – it’s just common sense!

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        • Oh my goodness, Victoria, your ignorance is overwhelming. Pit bulls are NOT aggressive by nature. As a matter of fact, they are very loveable goofballs. All they want to do is sit on your lap and play with you. Their loyalty and intelligence is what makes them easy prey for dog fighters. If left to their own defenses, they would not fight. I have a pit bull and a husky. The husky terrorizes my pit bull who just runs and hides with his tail between his legs if she so much as looks at him cross-eyed. HE is a lover, not a fighter, as are all pit bulls who are owned by responsible humans. It’s the people, not the breed. I feel bad that you made such a fool of yourself on this website. Ignorance is not always bliss. Want to see for yourself? Come to my house and meet my sweet boy.

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          • I understand quite well that most pits are sweeties. I understand that they are as gentle and as loving as one could possibly want with their families.

            HOWEVER, all dogs/any dogs have the ability to bite and inflict damage in the right circumstances. Also, your dog is, obviously, going to be an absolute goofy little sweetie pie with YOU. That does not mean that you dog is going to feel that way about every single person s/he encounters.

            I have three dogs [hound mix, boxer, Tibetan Spaniel] and I would never tell someone “oh, s/he won’t bite”. I display proper dogmommy behavior and keep control of the dog while s/he is being petted or examined. In public, I ensure that my dogs are never far enough away from me that I can’t reach them in an instant.

            Why is that? Simple. It’s because no matter how my dogs behave around ME, that doesn’t mean they’ll treat others the same way.

            There are dogs on my mail route who I absolutely ADORE and who love me; let another carrier take my route, and they come back to the office scared to death. I have large pits I love on every single day, but who would happily tear the arm off one of my subs.

            I can say this with certainty, not because the subs told me in a panic, but because the dogs’ owners told me. One owner was so shaken, that even the next day she was still stressed when I came around.

            Never say “my dog won’t bite”… to be correct, say “my dog won’t bite ME”

          • I hear you. I used to have a pittie who was a sweet, playful, people-loving dog….and a treat fiend! She even loved obedience classes because treats were involved. The first week we had her, I took her for a walk and a group of neighborhood kids gathered around to pet her. My pup stood there and wagged her tail, and the kids thought she was great. I took my dog to the dog park and all she did was run. There were a few times when people came up to me and said that they were unsure about turning their dogs loose with a pit, but that when they noticed that all my dog did was run, they decided it was okay and soon half the dogs would be running with my mutt. What happened if a fight broke out? Two dogs started fighting at the dog park one time, and my dog laid under the table and ignored the whole thing. We do think our pup might have been abused by her previous owners because she cringed and flinched if she even THOUGHT she’d bitten anyone, and she was afraid of upraised palms and rolled-up newspapers. I would have trained her as a therapy dog, but we lost our six-year-old Sammi to cancer last year, after surgery and six months of treatment. Too little time for our fifty-pound lap dog.

        • Hi, I am guessing I would be considered ONE of those bleeding heart Pit Bull lovers. I care enormously for all living creatures and yepper Pit bull type dogs is one of them. As far as breeding I AM IN 100% agreement that anyone breeding any dog who is not for show should stop immediatly and at least for three or more years so that we can get a handle on ALL BREEDS of dogs and cats for that matter. Pit bulls get adopted about 1 out of 600 other dogs it is more like 1 out of 17. BUT what those statistics do not show is if they go to GOOD HOMES..Anyone breeding ANY DOG should understand the breed have three or more generations of genetics and ONLY do it to better the breed..(NO MONEY OF THE BACKS OF DOGS).

          What you FAIL to realize is I may pay more for insurance because i have a large breed dog( PIT BUL)L , However if you are going to let governemnt tell you everything and make stupid decisions for you then if you hAVE OLDER WIRING SAY OVER 20 YEARS OLD THAT YOUR HOME COULD CATCH FIRE HARMING NEIGHBORS SO RAISE YOUR INSURANCE, how about if you live by a store that got robbed? raise your home owners, dangerous neighborhood..It could go on forever however thankfully the world is made up of many others who are NOT narrow minded, ill informed persons.

          Certain larger breeds can do more damage than another , but trucks can do more damage than a Ford Escort, Airplanes can kill more people at one time, how about banning trains they can kill lots too..Did you know your chances of being struck by lightening is more so than ever gettting bit by a Pit Bull?
          If we ban everything one person or a few people know nothing about but are afraid of it would be a small boring world!
          I help rescue dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors not a prejudice bone in my body!
          Etheical people CALL FOR the correction of ALL BREEDS NOT to be bred in back yards puppymills for stores and so forth but ask the people who run out and BUY a designer dog, a back yard bred dog or pet store puppymill dog to do that same thing you ask of Pit Bull owners to do. ALL dogs should have the freedom to be cared for and until people STOP being niave it will not help any dogs!

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          • Just want to say that sometimes dogs get pregnant, even when you don’t try, you look away for a second when they’re with an opposite gender dog and they’re already stuck together. I’m only writing this because it happened to my dog accidentally and when my mom tried to sell the pups on Facebook she got attacked by people, saying that she was disgusting and a backyard breeder and that she doesn’t deserve dogs. I completely understand what you’re saying, it’s a really smart idea but don’t forget that it isn’t always optional. Thank you.

        • wow ignorance much?? ive known several small dogs that no they havent attacked until their oppenent was dead… but not for lack of trying. ANY breed of dog is capapble of having indivuals who are amazing and individuals who are not.
          i think that EVERY breed should stop being bred by back yard breeders. every breed can trace most of its problems back to the irresponsible breeders.
          ALSO just so you know… small dogs who are considered “Safe” can and do kill. cant remember the breed right now but recently read a story about how a very small dog, peckinese keeps standing out in my mind but dont quote me on that, attacked and killed an infant.
          just sayin…

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        • pitbull patriot- i just read your post with your description. THANK YOU! i dont hink you guys hear that enough!

          id also like to say that i really resent that idiots assumption that you are huge bald and tattooed with a tough guy attitude just because you own a pitbull. i own a pit bull and i am the complete opposite. straight laced, work every day, about as NON tough looking as i could get. no tattoos (not bcause i think theres a problem with them, just dont) my dog is 57 lbs and my 8 lb cat hisses and that dog runs with his tail tucked. yep real dangerous…

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        • Unfortunately for you, insurers CAN and DO charge more for high-risk insureds.

          Are you aware that if you have certain health factors [you smoke or do drugs, of you have a pre-existing condition known to require large amounts of care], you can either be denied health insurance or forced to pay extra?

          Are you aware that if you meet certain criterion for vehicle insurance, you pay extra? That includes your age, your gender, the make/model/year of your vehicle, and the number of speeding tickets and/or accidents you’ve had in the past. Even being a first-time insured costs extra.

          When you buy a home, there are factors that figure into your insurance bill. How far your home is from a fire hydrant or fire station, whether you have an attached or detached garage, and how many fireplaces [and the fuel type] can all add significantly to your bill.

          Adding a codicil for dogs IS NECESSARY when your homeowner’s/renter’s insurance is the one who is LEGALLY required to pick up the tab for any dog attacks on the insured’s property or by the insured’s dog.

          Mind you, not all insurance companies do this, and not all insurance companies exclude the same breeds. One insurance company I know of excludes pits, rotties, dobies, cane corsos, dogo argentinos, rhodesian ridgebacks, german shepherds, and chow chows. This isn’t necessarily because they’re more likely to bite, it’s because they can do more damage when they do bite. The insurance companies are trying to protect their own bottom lines, and for that you really can’t fault them.

          As for whether certain traits [including aggression] are bred in, or certain medical conditions, or certain anything else [ESPECIALLY through backyard breeders], take into consideration how often ailments are passed down in human bloodlines.

          Are you aware that backyard breeders are defiling every breed of dog there is? Are you aware that pimping out a male for “pick of the litter” usually means the owner keeps a female and “breeds her back” for multiple generations? Are you aware that breeding like that is the same reason it’s illegal for humans to marry a first cousin? It makes it exponentially more likely that any negative trait is continued down the bloodline.

          Personally, I DO believe that dog and cat breeding should be left to the professionals. There are way too many unwanted pets in the world; I see them every single day. There are too many backyard breeders creating unhealthy pets. There are too many people who see pets as expendable, that “oh, I’ll dump this one when he’s too old/too big/too troublesome and get a new one” type of philosophy.

          People who love animals – TRULY love animals – don’t just take in the excess or the ill; they also advocate for better treatment of those same animals. They try to educate the public about the benefits of spay and neuter. They try to educate the new generations about proper pet ownership.

          I know whereof I speak. I currently have three dogs [1 pound, 1 personal rescue, 1 stray] and nine cats [2 whose owners died, 2 neighbor cats we’ve adopted, their mother who we also adopted, her last son who will always require medication, 1 pound cat, 1 saved from death at the hands of her former owner, and 1 with a broken jaw rescued from the side of the road].

          I have rescued animals at work, including a cat with cancer [she had the best two months of her life with us before she died], a newborn kitten left on an ice-cold porch, several dogs who were lost and too close to a fighting dog’s house, several dogs in the middle of winter, and the boxer who lives with us now.

          I educate those around me about medical conditions, proper care, ways to train, and when it’s best they see a vet. For those who can’t afford their pets, I help them find new homes or frequently will help them through a hard month by purchasing food for the pets. I help owners get their pets neutered, including doing all the transport for some.

          You need to understand that pits, just like rotties and dobies, got their bad reputation thanks to the thugs who use them to intimidate others. They got their bad reputations because of their tenacity, their power, and [in the case of dobies] the conformation of their teeth. These are dogs who, in this day and age, are bred to either LOOK or BE aggressive.

          Take a close look at Petie [Little Rascals/Our Gang dog] some time. Put his photo up beside a modern-day pit. They do NOT look the same. Modern pits are more muscular, deeper chested, narrower waisted, and the heads are slightly different [especially when compared to a block-head pit]. Saying modern pits are the same is a fallacy; all animals change over generations, and those who are bred for certain traits more than any other.

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        • Pitbull Patriot,

          Dont’ let someone with apparently no knowledge of the breed bother you. There are many responsible owners out there that will agree with you 100%.

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        • humans are dangerous creatures too. we should probably all support a ban saying no more babies. there would be no more people in jail, no more rape or violence, no more child abuse, terrorist attacks, no more killings. That’s what results from a dangerous humans and bleeding-heart people lovers who won’t think bigger than themselves. People are the ones suffering for the very SIMPLE reason that human mating doesn’t call for the correction of the species.

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        • Actually chihuahuas and dachunds, and similar size have killed or done major damage to infants and children. Any breeds can and do bite if provoked and trained poorly. Pardon me, guess that goes back to the owner not the dog, sorry

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          • So if you had to choose to be attacked by a pit or a chihuahua wich would it be? Your an idiot. I ended up on this site because the pit next door ran into my yard and attacked my leg badly yesterday. I’ll go by my life experiences with them(which I have witnessed a couple other pit attacks in my lifetime as well )instead of yours because obviously it sounds like your lucky enough to never had that happen to you. And yes any dog can bite, any dog can be raised aggressive and is a huge issue. Dogs have different temperaments and qualities that they are born with. Have you ever researched the jaw structure of a pit, the ability to lock their jaw and tear flesh apart? I have experienced this first hand so you and all these other people who haven’t been attacked yet, and some might not, and I hope not please think before you open your ignorant mouth please

        • I take it you’re racist since breed of dog is the same as race. So if I’m white, black, or mexican (whichever one you choose to hate) I should pay more taxes because people of my color are more likely to, say, rob a bank in your opinion. You want to make the innocent pay for the wrong doings of others, seems smart… Quit going by what you hear on the news cause I bet you haven’t heard of the pomeranian who mauled a new born or how about the labrador or the CAT? It could happen with ANY animal. You choose to gang up on pit bulls because you heard somewhere that they have a “locking jaw”, FALSE they’re jaw is the same as any other dog, look it up. While you’re at it look up pit bull bite force and pit bull temperament testing, the REAL results might shock you. Oh and how about them dumb dog bite statistics, well moron the term “pit bull” isn’t even a breed of dog rather a collective group of up to 40 different breed of dog and many more mixtures of them and others so there are no valid statistics on dog bites. Even if you choose to go with the statistics imagine how many people in this country own these dogs what maybe 6 million pit bulls in the US alone? I’d say 3 deaths a year out of 6 million pit bulls is awfully low. Go meet a pit bull with a RESPONSIBLE owner who doesn’t leave it outside to fend for itself.

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        • It’s ignorant people like you who make this breed suffer. Don’t insult us pit bull lovers when you have probably never adopted one (or any dog) in your life! I for one have had first hand experience with small dogs that didn’t stop until their opponent was was dead! ANY breed can be as dangerous as some pit bulls are. It’s some STUPID owners that train dogs to be vicous! The HAPPEN to use pit bulls just because of their strenght! Most dogs I see at shelters now are pit bulls and pit bull mixs! Probably because people like YOU refuse to adopt them. I do agree that backyard breeding should stop, but for ALL DOGS AND CATS!
          My pit bull/ german sheperd mix is AMAZING with children and woman and is accepting of men (despite the proof that he has been abused at some point in his life). He has never bitten anyone! EVER! I adopted him at age 2 and he’s 3 (almost 4) and is still the sweetest dog ever.
          I will agree that sometimes pit bulls are bad to other dogs. (Not always and with dedication and work it can be trained out of them) Sometimes it’s in their nature. But hardly ever to people.
          I’ve also known a Rottweiler that has rescued it’s owner from being hit by a car. It was killed in the process, bless his soul. I LOVE dogs like this.
          Alot of media stories are just MADE UP!
          Victoria, you have no idea what you’re talking about, you selfish jerk.

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        • If you ever experienced the reality of this “dangerous” breed, you would see how misguided and misinformed you are. No denying what these dogs were bred for, but that does not make them killer automatons. They will respond to aggressive training due to their breeding, but they will also respond to loving nurturing, and become the most faithful, loyal, friendly and companionable pets a human could hope to spend time with.

          My “grand-dog” Khaos is possibly the most joyful, ebullient, tail wagging tongue licking dog I’ve ever known, and he has never hurt anyone or any other animal.

          Check your statistics: the dogs that bite humans more than any other are labradors… They might not make the evening news when they do, but you don’t need a higher insurance rate to own one…

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        • Victoria, ur an idiot! Educate yourself before u post something! It’s not the breed at all! It’s the owners of these dogs! Come meet my pibbles, and you will change ur tone!

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        • ALL dogs were breed for a purpose. This is an actual fact. These traits such as, height, agility, speed, intelligence, Aggression, hunting, herding etc…Consider for a moment it may be possible for a Genetic Physicist and some other really smart people to decide to spend their time researching the unknown in order to cure cancer, stop disease, understand mental illness or just for their love of Genetic Science combined with the fact that a Pit Bill jaw bite can crush human bones, often killing babies, kids, women & men; These Scientists could research how to reverse the dominant aggressive trait that Pit bulls were breed to be as Guard Dogs. IF they could remove aggression IT WOULD SAVE THE BREED AND BE A WONDERFUL PROGRESSION FOR ALL PIT BULLS.

          I think all of you are super duper cool to argue with strangers online. It is so much cooler than having an open mind & respecting new ideas or opinions. Pit Bull Patriot-are you Sarah Palin????

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        • You obviously have never had a pit bull I grew up with one and he was the most gentle dog I have ever had the plesure to meet I had him till he was 14 and never bit anyone he was a staffie cross English bull cross pit all the supposed dangerous dogs mixed into one so if you have not had a dog like this then you don’t no what your talking about because they are the most loyal dogs and will be by your side through thick and thin still wagging there tail

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        • Lol you are the biggest idiot I have ever encountered. . are you like inbred or something? Or did you just not finish middle school? You don’t know what a “pit bull” when is. . is it a Staffordshire? Bull dog? A mix? Shut your stupid mouth and stay away from these lovely dogs you ding bat

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        • Ok. I can’t even finish reading your reply. I have breed pits since being a child. Thirty years to be fact. Not one of them had ever bit or attacked a person. Man, woman, or child. They all were loved, trained, and very happy. Not to mention some of the smartest. Our breed had even became honored police dogs. Now I have been bit in the face by another owners pit do mainly to my responsibility and to this day I still own a loving pit bull who kiss my grandson every day and lays in bed with my wife and I every night. It’s all about how you raise and treat any animal that makes them who they are. A responsible owner will love and care for them as one of there children, friends, and companions. And they will act in the same fashion.

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        • it’s obvious you are very caring,but the problem is there are lot’s of irresponsible owners[they don’t all have criminal records],and if a pit bull goes for you it can kill you,unlike a poodle…All the insurance in the world isn’t going to conpensate someone scarred for life ,or a child killed.What i don’t understand is why anyone would want to own a breed of dog that has that potential…and furthermore not want to get them neutered.if you want to breed from your dog ,you cannot guarentee a good home..in the UK the rescue homes are over run with this breed of dog.it’s very sad’

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        • Have u ever had or been around any pit bulls for u to be so judge mental? Why be rude to someone who was just expressing his love for these dogs? It is ridiculous to ban pit bulls, I had trouble finding somewhere to live because of people being so ignorant. My pit bull is the most sweet, silly, loving, awesome dog ever and everyone needs to stop talking bad about them! I’m all for spaying and neutering as there are almost 4 million animals euthanized in the shelters in the us, over 80% of them are pits. It disgusts me and makes me so sad. But to say all of them are dangerous cuz stupid humans corrupt them? Never. You really shouldn’t point fingers or blame anyone for something u have no back up for.

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        • We should ban ALL breeding and have mandatory spay/neuter for ALL breeds. There are plenty of jerks breeding unhealthy and unstable animals. Ever heard of Springer Rage? I have personally witnessed a Springer Spaniel break a rabies pole. Do you want to call for a breeding ban and mandatory spay/ neuter policy on them as well. I have seen Golden Retrievers, Dalmatians, Labs, Poodles, and a long list of other breeds including small dogs, show serious aggression and cause some serious injuries. Cats scare me more than any dog, and if left untreated their bites can be deadly. All animals can be dangerous, humans are the most aggressive and deadly of all! Perhaps WE should stop breeding…..

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        • Wow. That’s a pretty unfair statement.
          Any dog can bite, and be agressive. Any animal will defend him/herself when put in a situation requiring so.

          As a Pit Bull Mommy, I chose to adopt my Lola (who is snuggled up against me with her head on my leg as I write this).

          Having been a long time dog owner Lola is the first Pit we’ve ver had, and she is the BEST dog we’ve ever had.
          That said, the little toy poodle we had that bit my husband and went after my son was not.

          In my opinion, it’s the pet owners responsibility to be a responsible pet owners! That means knowing your pet. That means not putting your pet in a situation where they feel threatened, but providing a safe happy and healthy home for them. Not leaving them tied up in the back yard!

          Our Lola was a bait dog. Covered in scars, having had at least 2 litters of pups she found herself alone in the shelter. That’s where she chose us.

          They told us, Lola needs to be the only pet in the home, and she is. They said Lola doesn’t like cats, well pit bulls do have a prey instinct that’s not her fault. So we keep her away from cats and other small animals.
          They said we don’t know how she does around little kids. So we introduced her slowly and she is AMAZING with little ones!

          We protect our dog by knowing her, and not putting her in situations or environments where she may be scared.

          People put so much emphasis on the breeds. It’s not the breeds that’s the problem. It’s the people. Any animal can be taught right from wrong, just as any can be taught to fight or trained service dogs.

          Know your pets people. Know yourself and your own life style before adopting these pets and we won’t have so many accidents due to ignorance.

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        • You to do some research all you ignorant people that think you no pitties you sound like an idiot my blue nose is smarter than you and if I had to make a choice to save my Bella and you drowning in the ocean wouldn’t think twice get your facts straight and PS let me guess your proud owner of a corgie,you people sux

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        • yes!! so true! as i said to this “Insurance agent”, stop slandering the pit bulls name, not the rest of these sweet LOYAL babies:-)!! and to the person below, yea, it can happen with ANY breed, labs, blood hounds, retrievers, spaniels, collies, and so on and so on, they are and forever have been animals, animals have instincts, they know when a persons a jack ass so what about the bad humans born time to time, more often than an angry dog, they become murderers, drug dealers, rapists, terrorists hillary clinton..oops did i include her in the bottom feeding womanizing, waste of space?? sorry..anyway ect. ect.. i guess we better figure out a way to “breed out” the aggressiveness of the human scum?? 99.9999% of the time if a pit has attacked, it felt threatened, was defending his people(which is his/her job), or it landed in the hands of one of the above mentioned assholes. Idk, the 80s it was the German Shepard, 90s the rottweiler, now its the pit bull, they gotta blame something instead of looking in the mirror i guarantee you dont hear about the collie that bit the face of a little kid that hit it w/a stick because those attacks are not news worthy, just like crime w/certain cultures is not publicized because its not as good a story, exploiting the dogs = good ratings=more $…its always the bottom line. as said above about many insurance companies today….Have a great night internet folks, i probably will not be back because its rubbish to read what people think they know, i didnt read that you have ever had a pit bull…maybe give 1 a try…but that would prove you wrong so maybe not..Night Ya’ll!!

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        • Your statements come from a person who has no knowledge of the breed. Please keep your opinions where they belong in the trash.

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        • Victoria, a boxer maliciously bit my pit bull in the face in my house completely unprovoked. My pit didn’t react, or retaliate. How is she dangerous? Why should I pay more for insurance for my non aggressive pit bull than the owner of an aggressive boxer simply because of some misperception of what is essentially a calm non aggressive breed when trained properly? Clearly, the boxer us more of a danger to the general public then my dog.

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        • By your standard automobiles and black people should be banned. Tens of thousands die every year in auto accidents so would you blame the car or idiots that don’t know how to drive?
          Look at Chicago, black on black crime results in 4,000 shot every year. Do you blame their skin color? No, it’s the environment that causes it.
          Pit bulls are animal aggressive by nature, and so I’d every dog to an extent, but the animal aggressive pit bull is a result of breeding as catch dog for large game animals. It’s a job their owners trained them to do for a purpose to aide man. Criminals turn dog on dog. Responsible people properly socialize their pit bulls and teach them the difference between a coyote and the neighbors cat. Pit bulls were never bred for human aggression, you can blame rare human aggressive dogs on stupid people, just like automobiles. They weren’t made to harm people but stupid people do stupid things with cars.
          Wise up

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  1. Now, Lets see pictures of people attacked by one. I wouldnt own one for a million dollars. With all the breeds of dogs, why pick this one?

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    • Yeah Anonymous your ignorant! My father raised them & small children! Great dogs! Do you have any idea how many breeds of dogs are abused & attack! Your an idiot! Hey you see picks of what humans do to eachother!

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      • Jen I can’t even look at these idiots comments people need education on pits I never have any other dog

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    • Gladly – you dont have to adopt or care for one. That is your choice. Just as it is mine to adopt and love the two I have. I can show you pictures of dog bites from Labs, down to Cockers if you want. Any dog can bite. Any dog can be aggressive. It is the human’s fault, not the dog’s.

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      • Wow, look at all the ignorant comments. No, not any dog can bit or be aggressive. I’ve had one who wasn’t in any way, shape or form. Had two others that could nip. Never, ever had one that could fight to the death of its opponent, which is what a Pit Bull will do. Never, ever had one that would kill a human, which is also what a Pit Bull can do.

        If you really care about the breed, you’ll quit the ridiculous defense of the breed and instead work to correct the breed.

        I’ve reached the conclusion that those who proclaim themselves Pit Bull lovers don’t at all — and that it’s instead people like me who really cares about them. You and others who defend the breed and do nothing to correct it is why Pit Bulls are far and away the largest number of unwanted and euthanized dogs out there. What a sad thing to do to these dogs.

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        • Dear victoria,
          You have absolutely no idea what your talking about I have had pit bulls all my life,and I always will.and none of them have ever bitten anyone. That being said any dog will fight another animal to the death that’s why people use dogs for hunting and very seldom are they pits. Boston teriers were bread to kill rats,jack russels for fox,beagles for rabbits,know your facts before you post shit there are a lot of stupid people like yourself that might actualy believe the rediculus bullshit you have to say.

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          • You want to talk breeding for certain traits?

            Deerhounds were bred to chase deer to death, dachsunds were bred to chase badgers into their holes and drag them out, and pit bulls were first bred to fight bulls, then to fight other dogs.

            Pitbulls were bred to have stronger jaws, thicker necks, smaller heads, and heavier bones in order to be better fighters. They were bred to have greater tenacity and greater prey drive.

            Modern pitbulls are no longer the nanny dogs that Petie [Our Gang] represented. Put his picture up beside a modern pit, and you’ll see the differences: a thicker neck, a deeper brisket, a thicker chest, a narrower waist, and heavier jaws. These aren’t the pitbulls our grandparents knew.

        • @Victoria – Just because YOUR dogs didn’t attack doesn’t mean that their breed has never attacked! And yes pitbulls are capable of being killers (just like any dog), but what about rottweilers? What about chows? What about dobermans? These are bully breeds too. Would you like to kill them off as well? You can’t “correct” a breed. Its ignorant to think that way! It’s also EXTREMELY ignorant on your part to think that not any dog can bite! Everyn dog is capable of bitting and attacking! Please use common sense before you post!

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        • Oh and by the way Victoria, please take more time to double check your facts. Because there are more accounts for lab bites than pitbulls attacks sweetie…

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          • its common knowledge that labs bite more often than pits. but labs are so loving it must have been the kids fault… gag me. also dogs 101 stated that goldens actually have the highest bite rate of any dog breed out there. ive heard it was black labs from another source but either way… labs and goldens… i watched a lab attack the vet i worked for and her tech going for the kill (didnt get a piece of either of them but he tried) and my aunt had to get rid of her golden for attacking my cousin for no reason. i hate to hear of any dog biting but i love to be able to tell people these stories. especially the golden freaks out there who think they can do no wrong.

        • Pit Bulls are far and away the largest number of unwanted and euthanized dogs out there because people like you breed fear of them yes when they attack it will put you in the hospital or morgue but lets look at how often they attack vrs how often other dogs attack. small dogs attack far more often than pits but its not reported. I have been bit for no other reason than walking down the street by small dogs…. never once by a pit or a rot. or any large dog for that matter… pits by nature want to please their masters and if fighting pleases them or if the master neglects the pit can turn aggressive… this is not the pits fault its the masters. and Yes ANY dog can bite and be aggressive just because yours havent been does NOT mean they cant. Before you spread ignorant propaganda try doing a little research or spending time with the breed… as for breed correction I agree with AnimalWelfareAdvocate

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          • Has anybody seen “the Dog Whisperer”? The majority of those dogs that Ceasar helps are not Pits. They are a whole range of dog breeds. Without proper training, socialization, discipline and excercise ANY dog has the potential to become aggressive. It’s just sad that some irresponsible owners want that aggression in a Pit so they fit a certain stereotype. I’m way more mean than my Pits will ever be, I trained them to be gentle and to love everyone. I on the other hand do get ANGRY when I have to defend my dogs from people who have never known the breed but will make generalizations based off news media coverage. If you have never known or raised a Bully breed, you have reason to even make these outrageous comments of their supposed potential for aggression or how unreliable they are.

        • for someone who’s deployed overseas, you sure have a lot of free time to get on blogs and leave angry comments. My BIL was deployed for a year, and my cousin for 6 months…neither had as much free time as you seem to have.

          Don’t get me wrong…I totally respect the military and appreciate your service. Like anyone else though, I don’t like having it thrown in my face…it’s like my doctor performing open heart surgery on me and reminding me constantly how awesome he is. You chose to enlist…so don’t get angry and start spewing BS about how you save my ass everyday. thanks–sincerely–but it was your choice. I owe you nothing.
          Adios!

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        • I do have a lot of free time, that’s right. I worked my ass off to get to this point. I run my shop and I get things done. I made this choice and I love it what I how I do it. That does’t mean I have to like the places I go to. This place is a shithole and I still love doing it. What have you done besides rip people off by overcharging for home insurance. That’s funny how you’re preaching to me about how much time I have to get on blogs…hilarious. Don’t you have a job supposedly or kids and a family to tend to. You see for me I have all day to do my job but unfortunately the business of killing has slowed down substantially since it’s been cold out and the bad guys are hiding in caves. I must be crazy or angry right because I want to see these bad guys die…. Of course I’d rather be at home and spending time with my wife and walking my awesome dogs, they are pretty awesome, but you woudn’t know that because you think all Bully breeds are vicious killers. You know who you remind me of, those jerks that walk their dogs and will cross the street because they see me walking my Pits, funny thing though, is that my dogs could care less yet their dogs are the ones trying to drag their owners towards me. I don’t expect you to owe me nothing, why do I care what you think because you don’t even know what the hell you are talking about. The only thing I get angry about is the ignorance and hate for Pits you have no personal contacts with. You don’t even like dogs remember…..where’s the disconnect here? You don’t know anything about dogs or their behavior, you are ignorant and shouldn’t comment about it. You don’t even know your own job claiming my homeowners insurance is going to drop me because of the breed of dogs I have…you are ridiculous! My insurance is not going to drop me and that is a GUARANTEE. WHo you do owe is the dogs you claim are so vicious and mean. You owe them the dignity to educate yourself of the values of a properly trained dog of any breed. Try doing that before you make your ridiculous claims. Oh and I am kind of awesome, at least my wife and dogs thinks so…especially when I give the dogs treats. hahahahaha

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        • Victoria,
          I have been around a lot of different dogs, and some of the smaller and bigger dogs have been more aggressive than the mid size dogs like the pit bulls. I have a friend, that had 3 pit bulls, that to her, had never liked men. I went in with her, and at first was not sure and stayed away, but stilled tried to get close and sniff me. Between a half hour to a hour later, I had her 3 pit bulls trying to sit on my lap. But yet, when I went to my ex-wifes grandparents house while we were married, and if I was walking through their front room, she would come up to me, and start tapping me on my shoulder with her fist, and the pug or the chihuahua would start to bark and growl at me, and not my ex-wife. And I let them know, if the dog would bite me, then I would make sure the dog would be put down. So, to me, Victoria, you and a lot of people are small minded people, and need to do full research and not jump to conclusions about pit bulls.

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        • Petbulls were originally “Bred” as hardworking all around family/farm dogs, which is why they still compete in pulling contests around the country, something I’m not too fond of, as they tend to look so damn stressed out, but being Petbulls, they strive more than any other breed to please their humans. So Dobies, Germans, Dogos, Presa Canarios, Rotties, (get the idea yet?…) have never, ever killed a human? Who do the police use as their law enforcement dogs? Certainly not Petbulls…. Oh and their nickname as a breed was the “Nanny” breed (circa 1850), because of their incredible ability to be able to withstand pain inflicted by a child, tugging on an ear, tail, etc. Petbulls were used as baby sitters, my 12 yr. old rednose rescue is angelic with children, such as my five week old Son, and every baby that has been in this house.

          Any breed can have aggression issues, but only Petbulls have the lowest of any breeds, labs, goldens, and poodles all have higher rates of aggression against children, and humans, and all of those breeds mentioned have also killed human children, and adults.

          Then people say…”oh it’s how they are raised….” Really? Labs are F’n nuts for the most part because of their over/in-bred nature due to their popularity and demand, and the idiocy of people who buy from breeders, then get a crazy puppy who only winds up in a sHELLter in the U.S., feeding the 4 million killed dogs at our nation’s shelters.

          Don’t believe me? Why do Petbull breeders have to guard their kennels with Dobies and Germans? Because it is so hard to get Petbulls to attack humans.

          What is really, really amazing about the breed, is that unlike most every other dog, Petbulls will undergo the most vile treatment, torture, inhuman conditions visited on them by….HUMANS, and then STILL they will come out tail wagging, expecting their human to love them. It’s sad really. The ignorance, the stupidity, the pure avarice against these dogs.

          Now, I am against ALL breeding, until our sHELLters are all at a No KILL status, (which they all could easily become, but choose not too…check out NOKILLNATION if you don’t believe me.

          This next part is specifically for the person calling themselves Victoria,

          I’ve worked years tirelessly for this breed, as a devout Buddhist, it’s part of some of the small charity I try to do by my principles, both humanistic, and Dharma inspired.

          I’ve built monasteries, nunneries, and housing for Tibetan Refugees. I’ve put in housing for starving children in India in conjunction with Christian Children’s Fund, now name changed, I’ve worked with homeless people in our own cities and towns, helped them get assistance, educated, and off the streets. I’ve worked with addicted persons, and the mentally ill, helping them to discover that life is not just misery, that there is hope. I’ve put wells so people can drink water in countries where there were none, I’ve done all this and more, I’ve raised thousands upon thousands of dollars in funds for these things to happen, putting in @$30k of my own( and I make @43k yr.), sat on the board to 2 Non-Profit corporations dedicated to benefiting the downtrodden, graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in both pre-med, and Social Work with focus on Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders and Addiction issues. I choose to work with the people that no one else will. I’ve gone under bridges to help people. I love my Wife, my Son, and my loving Petbull ALL the same as they are all my family. I’ve had the incredible fortune to learn Scriptural Tibetan and translate for one of the highest holders of wisdom left alive in the World, in the Tibetan Tradition, a Monk His Holiness The Dalai Lama called, The Great Geshe Wangdak.

          I’ve worked tirelessly with interfaith organizations, had the amazing chance to see people like Bishop Desmond Tutu, and other great Christian, Jewish, and Hindu scholars.

          Normally I’d never say these things, but my name isn’t going to be mentioned here, and you’ll never know who I am.

          But I can tell you this, you sound like a very misguided, angry, judgmental person, not only do you have little to zero experience with quite possibly the greatest breed of dog there is, the loving, loyal, goofy Petbull, but you also seem to know everything there is to know about them without this direct experience that people like I have, and you also seem to know everything about people too.

          You see I’m one of those tall, bald, tattoo’d people you know so much about. But hey, I’m only into Petbulls because of my own poor self image, and my need to look tough, did I get that right Victoria? I guess maybe I should stop kissing my dog, and spooning in bed with her, my wife and Son. I guess I should stop crying every time I see the kill sheets come out of the New York Animal Control sHELLters from URGENT and DEATH ROW DOGS every night, when I am scurrying like mad to see if maybe, just maybe one of these amazing beings can be saved by an angel that really knows what they are capable of, I mean I should stop all of that right? I’m sure it interferes with my “tough guy” image. (which pretty much went out the window when I came down with spinal tumors and stumble around on canes wondering if I’ve got years or months left in this life every time I go in for an MRI…)

          Because by all means, since you are such an authority on all things human and animal please, please correct me. Lord Buddha knows, what would people like me do without people like you to think for us. Keep up the job. Your’re perfect at it.

          For those of you still working tirelessly to help any being I salute you, and beg you to continue your work. The level of suffering in this world is unacceptable, and it will not be conquered by clicking a mouse….trust me.

          Oh, and please visit NOKILLNATION to learn how NO sHELLter in this country needs to be a kill sHELLter, they can all be No Kill, Like my local town’s is….but that’s another story……

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        • It is not just the pitty’s that do this…bull dogs do the same thing. They cannot help it..once they bite down, they are totally UNABLE to let go until the adrenaline or whatever gives out. It is not something that was bred into them..it’s just the way they are…look at their teeth/jaws. They are MEANT to clamp down and not be loosened for any reason at all.

          Now, it is not just pits that can be dangerous…I’ve known German Shepherds, rotties, and doberman pinchers (however it’s spelled) who were nice and gentle and loving one minute, and turned on whomever was nearby the next. In the case of the Doberman’s though, someone once stated they thought it was due to the small/narrow size of their heads, perhaps putting pressure on their brains and causing them to go crazy. I know of a man who had one that was very gentle and loving. The man and his family raised that dog the right way. Then one day his grand daughter had a friend over, and the doberman attacked her. Luckily she was ok, not seriously injured. Unfortunately for both the man, his dog, and his grand daughter and her friend, he had to chase the dog through several neighbors yards before he could shoot it to kill it. 🙁

          I have seen several dogs on tv shows (pits that is) that were so lovable. One was Daddio, on The Dog Whisperer. I loved that dog..he was so gentle and laid back, and I felt awful when he died. Then there was Hercules on Pit Boss..another one I loved. Then there was the German Shepherd that lived next door to me when I was a child. My collie was stone deaf and I guess the shepherd sensed it. His owner allowed him out the front door when my dog and I were sitting on our front steps. Yup..the shepherd tried to attack my dog..who ran…the shepherd ran after him..his owner stood there laughing, until my dad pulled his police revolver out and pretended to clean it..while stating loudly, “you’ve got till I count 5 to control that animal or it’s dead and maybe you with it.” He went and got his dog immediately. Now this man was OLD…he KNEW better but HE thought it was FUNNY! So yes, I have a bit of a fear of German Shepherds too. And I have a healthy respect for all large breeds…and I won’t have a large one .. it has to be small, not shed (allergies) and light enough that I, a heart/lung patient, can pick it up and make it get in the car or whatever. I won’t have one I can not pick up or physically control…too dangerous.

          Now, cussing and calling one another names is not helping anyone’s viewpoint. “Breeding the bad” out of a dog would be like “breeding left handedness” out of humans! Either you are or you aren’t..or you aren’t but you’ve been mistreated until you have to be bad in order to try to survive. Maybe ppl are tired of hearing that it is not the dog, but the owner to fault…but…it’s true. Just like with children…ok, maybe not always…but pretty much children who misbehave have not been taught the right way to behave. Again, that is not always true, just like it is not always true that a Pit Bull will attack you for no reason. Just like it is not guns that kill ppl..ppl kill ppl.

          Yes, for the most part, it is the owner who is to blame for not training their dog the right way; not treating it correctly etc. As for “backyard breeders”? My opinion is, if someone has a dog..any breed…they want to breed it once or twice during it’s lifetime..that is NOT running a puppy mill, and should be allowed as long as they are doing a good job of it. It’s the ones who raise 50 different breeds, and have maybe 150 breeders at all times that should be put out of business. I bought my little Shih Tzu from someone who had about 150 breeders (her husband slipped up and told me that when she did not want him to). She would not let us go stick our heads inside the building where the dogs were kept…should have been ringing loud bells there! From what I’ve been told tho, they were not nearly as bad as most…in fact they were better than most puppy mill breeders. I don’t feel an individual who wants to breed their dog one or 2 times should be prevented from it, as long as they are doing it intelligently, and using all the best equipment, food, etc. And as long as they allow the dogs inside to be socialized with ppl. Anyway, I feel mine is less than she should have been, due to possibly over breeding or even inbreeding. She is still a very lovable little gal, whom we almost lost 3 times due to “misadventures”. The last time was Christmas day she went missing for 36 hours. I thought for sure the coyotes had got her, but then there she was scratching at the door barking to get in! Luckily she was just wet from rain, and covered in cockle burrs to the point I had to have the vet shave them off in order to check her over. She may no longer look like a shih tzu due to all her tail and ear hair being shaved off, but she’s still our loveable miss Molly and she’s doing great! Yes, we are responsible dog owners. It was just one of those things and we will never know what her story actually was.

          Patriot, try toning down your language a bit, and you will come off sounding a bit more believable/knowledgeable etc. And to everyone, you can’t ever say ALL of something … as that will almost always end up being wrong (just like on a multiple choice test…always and never are tip offs that that is probably not the right answer). Bear with me..it’s late, I’m sick, and I know I’ve rambled and I apologize for that. The best thing would be to convince ppl to do away with the dog fights…and the drug dealers….those are the ones who train pits to be aggressive .. usually they’re the ones. They fight those dogs till they can’t fight again, and if they then do not breed them, they just abandon them to die (the dog fighters that is). The ones who breed copiously…they breed till the poor female can no longer give birth…and they let her die. These are actions of ppl who do not know the meaning of intelligence/responsibility etc. Ok ouiz..shash up..you’re boring yourself.

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          • WOW total ignorance. pitbulls donot have lock jaw. no dog does. it is a myth. total complete crap. they dont even have the strongest bite force. not even the second strongest… check your facts.

          • Shame about your ignorance- No dogs have a “lock jaw”. even alligators don’t have a “lock jaw”. And if ANYONE is interested the Mastiff has the strongest bite strength, from memory the “pitbull” or to be more accurate “bully breed dogs” of many different actual breeds, are about 4-5 on the list. Any dog with teeth can bite, they choose not to. Part of the issue with the bad rap that so called “pitbulls” have, is, that unlike many other breeds, bully breeds have an overwhelming urge to please their owners, all the time,no matter what is asked of them-therefore a perfect fighting dog. And before you label me a tatooed biker type,. I am a grandmother,who runs a non-profit housing org for low income families, and works at the local neighbourhood centre as a volunteer secretary. I currently own a Malamute who is independent and does not feel she needs to please me unless she chooses to, and a rescue staffordshire bull terrier who would die for me (unless a storm is brewing-he is scared of storms and any loud noises). As a responsible owner I would never put him in a situation that could cause him injury. As for temperament the staffie loves ALL dogs every single one he has met-my mal on the other hand is very picky, maybe 1 dog out of 60 will she like.

        • Victoria,

          I have to disagree with your statement, “No, not any dog can bit (sic) or be aggressive”.

          I am an animal rescuer and educator. In the course of my work, I interact with many animals (both domestic and feral), especially those most consider dangerous. I primarily work with (giant) reptiles. For the record, I have been hospitalized three times while working with animals – once from a feral KITTEN I was trying to help, once from an Akita with food aggression and once by my toddler child who headbutt me in the face. Despite years of working with “dangerous animals” – not one of them has injured me or any member of the public we have worked with.

          ALL dogs can bite and all dogs can be aggressive. For that matter, as part of my education mission, I remind people ALL ANIMALS can bite, including humans! (thank you Mike Tyson for illustrating this so clearly).

          As a child, I was surrounded by and charged by four dogs, two labs, a shepherd and a rottie! The tenacious swinging of my lunch box and rescue by my neighbor saved me. Interestingly, they are all breeds which have run the course of “best breed ever” to ” dangerous breed – ban them”.

          I do not currently own a Pit, but have had the pleasure of interacting with many. As an ANIMAL Lover, I worry about the welfare of all animals, but must agree that the danger posed by these dogs is a direct result of the improper care, abuse and/or negligence caused by the owners.

          To address your following comment, I will give some anecdotal info:

          “Never, ever had one that could fight to the death of its opponent, which is what a Pit Bull will do. Never, ever had one that would kill a human, which is also what a Pit Bull can do.”

          I own Great Danes (and other breeds). I rescued a Dane which was never properly cared for emotionally or medically. He was a large dog, but comparative to my two other Danes. One day, completely unprovoked, he attacked my other male Dane. He bit him in the face, hung on and shook for all his might! He was making every effort to KILL the other dog. I was somehow able to break up this fight, which required vet treatment to the attacked dog.

          The next day, he was very aggressive to a person in my house, for having the audacity to want to sit on the couch where he was. He was calmly corrected and removed from the room.

          The next day, he again unprovoked attacked my female Dane. It took “FOREVER” to break up the fight (I am NOT a weak person and it took every ounce of my energy to hang on to him) He was intent on killing her – I have no doubt. When I finally managed to twist his nose so severely that he could not breathe, he let go of her. It required an overnite stay and over 50 staples in three areas to put her back together.

          I made the heartbreaking but rational decision to but the attacker down.

          I assure you, this Great Dane was capable and had every intention of fighting to the death. Had that been a person, I can guarantee that person would have been dead.

          That same female Dane was the most gentle loving dog I ever had the pleasure to own. Never once did she make an aggressive move to a human. Never once did she show any aggression until she was hassled in an alpha battle with one of my much smaller dogs. She tolerated lots of mild challenges from the smaller dog (lab/chow X) and finally, one challenge too many and she returned the attack. If it were not for my choking her with her own collar to get her to spit out the chow, I am certain she would have killed the dog. After that battle, she was never aggressive again. Just a small example of when and how aggression may rear its head.

          Lastly, I had a sweet, sweet small dog. She was a spaniel/border X. She was TERRIFIED of cats!! She was the biggest lover, snuggle pup and child cuddler one could ever want to own. When my mother was sick, she would sleep next to her as if watching over her. HOWEVER, let another dog of any size challenge her and watch out. She came back with such ferocity, every dog she ever encountered backed down. I have always owned a pack (usually of sizable dogs) and she remained Alpha her entire life, despite her stature and advanced age.

          You cannot label a breed of dog as killers, simply because they are capable of something! Can a Pit kill? Absolutely. Can a Dane kill? Absolutely?

          Have you ever seen a Jack Russell attack? They were also designed to kill! They will bite and hang on for all they are worth. They were bred for rodent hunting. Their jaws are disproportionately strong! They have the tenacity of an animal three times their size. Can they kill? Probably not an adult human, but they certainly could kill an infant. If nothing else, they can and have inflicted serious mauling injury! But there is no suggestion that people ban Jacks.

          Obviously, as I said, my info here is anecdotal to refute your comments. My point is simple, all animals can and do bite – regardless of size or species! All animals can be aggressive, regardless of size, breed or species.

          I understand we all have opinions, but please do not state opinion as tho it is a fact. (“not any dog can bit or be aggressive”)

          There is a simple comment to remember when staunchly advocating that which is a.) only opinion and b.) fear-mongering…. it is better the keep one’s mouth closed and be thought a fool, then to open it and remove all doubt.

          Stop BSL – it is useless and wasteful legislation!!

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          • Dane Angel, thank you for sharing all of this and expressing your opinion in a logical, inoffensive way, because it communicates your message in a way that people understand and consider. I appreciate your effort to actually change minds and spark doubt instead of trying to simply express your anger (which is understandable but not typically effective).

        • no you are ignorant yes all dogs are capable of biting or being agressive and truth is small dog bite MORE than big dogs take for an example i have been bit several time by thi shiz-tzu that we had and the pit we have never once and it is know that small dogs can kill small children. there is no correction needed for the breed but obviouslty there is for the human race because its humans that make them do bad things by abusing them raising them poorly all these dog want are love and attention and to play so to make this world a better place get rid of the idiots that dont know how to care for a dog,,,oh and victoria because she’s just too stupid to live on this earth

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        • Listen they don’t necessarily fight till death…..my dog was on a leash and my neighbors dog who is 125lbs and is a pit mastiff mix came running into my yard excited to see me bit got into a fight with my pit because he thought the way she was coming at us she wanted to hurt me….he was protecting me his house and my kid….no blood was drawn and both dogs are both still happy and wouldn’t harm a soul unless it’s to defend itself or their family. ….I couldn’t get the dog in the house so I got him in the car which he locked himself in and when the sheriff arrived to get him out he was a little afraid just because of his breed me and all my neighbors assured him my pit would jump up in his face to I’ve him kisses….sure enough Tyson got out of the car jumped on the sheriff and kissed him….he wants everyone to love him……but point is both dogs are fine not even a scratch so dnt say they fight till death because it’s complete b.s.. …do your homework

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    • YUP that’s Y I got the English Bull Terrier, much better mannered and overall dog altogether. Total opposite from a pit.

      And Smart, I’ve owned a few dogs in My time and this English Bull Terrier (Piglet) is the smartest dog I’ve ever owned, She is full of feelings & shows it big time, that’s Y I love Her so much :@)

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      • You are dumb and don’t know what the hell you are talking about. Both these breeds came from similiar lineage. Dummy!

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      • you are so far off!! BTs are so far deformed frim the originals, thst their brains no longer fit in their heads, in turn, they snap, mentally, unlike a pit bull, who is taught to be thst way by idiot ignorant people, that think mean dogs are cool. BTs, have had the brains bred right out of them by akc. you won’t have a more stubborn, unintelligent dog, then what akc has done to those. read up before you post and look as unintelligent as your dog.

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        • Ignorant aka anonymous,
          Pit bulls are not a breed, they are a classification which INCLUDES bull terriers. Do you research before you make comments.

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      • Growing up in Australia the English bull terrier was “the dog to look out for” but I love them, I love all dogs regardless of breed. Throughout history there has always been a breed of dog that was considered “dangerous”, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepards, and are in households and families the world over.
        Pit bull isn’t a breed anyway so al this BS about dangerous breeds is just that..BS.

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        • You could make the argument that they all came from Wolves….but you are right. I’m glad you had a change of heart about pits. They are the best.

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      • Oh ok they are wonderful dogs right? that is why when i was a child i was attached by an english bull terrier that even after my mom got me out of the room with him still tried coming after me through glass. People like you really make me sick as i trust my 2 pitbulls more than any other dog. They are the most loyal and loving dogs I have ever owned!

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    • Because they have been bred to be and are one of the best child sitters and loyal dogs ever; if you know the true history these dogs were used in Victorian times to babysit. People have taken them from their bred for purpose and abused them and made them fight.

      Education yourself, don’t judge in ignorance.

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    • I really wish you could actually meet my Pit Bull. He’s changed so many people’s minds from “They all need to be put down” to “Each one needs a home and to be protected.” You need to open your mind and pursue knowledge rather than simply close it and spew nonsense.

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      • KS you are so right! I love all dogs but was wary of pit bulls until a good friend adopted one. She is one of the most beautiful loving dogs I’ve ever met and has turned me overnight into a huge fan of this breed.

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    • What a sick person to want to see pictures of dog bits/attacks? Not me! I’m happy to know you don’t want to own a pit bull baby. Hateful people make bad owners for them which in turn makes them bad dogs…hence the all the bad press for them. You get the picture! 😉 ALL dogs should be in loving homes so they will grow up to be social, and good citizens so bad things won’t happen. It’s the owners fault, not the dogs. Knowledge is power…I suggest you educate yourself on this breed before you spout off about them. It really makes you sound ignorant.

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    • You are just sick. Every breed has dogs like this. Have you even ever met a pit bull? If you still hate them then then there must be something wrong with you.
      Thank you for those of you who love pitties.

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    • “Pitbull” isn’t a breed; it’s a collection of breeds. Regardless, go ahead and review the bite statistics of dogs classified as “Pitbulls” instead of just reading the media hyped news stories. You will note that Pitbulls actually bite *less* often than the average dog. You can’t blame a gun because some idiot human decides to kill someone with it and you can’t blame a dog for what some idiot human causes it to do through abuse or neglect.

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      • You are so correct. Pit bull isn’t a breed, it’s a type.

        And another misconception people aren’t aware of.. The American Staffordshire Terrier infact came from (and while some will argue) is the American Pit bull Terrier. Plenty of owners back in the 20’s and 30’s wanted AKC recognition and in order to do so, had to change the name. To this day the UKC (which has always recognized and registered APBTs) will register an Am Staff as an APBT.

        The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a distant cousin of the two, not the same breed at all.

        Bull Terriers share similar ancestors. It was often called the Gentleman’s dog as it was considered “fashionable” to have one. They were used as pit dogs as well. (In a pit with rats to see how many rats they could kill in a set amount of time) I cannot however remember if it was the color variety first and then the white. One was developed more for looks.

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    • I have been rescuing, rehabilitating, training and fostering dogs in my home for 15 years, and so far I have been severely bitten by a 100-pound bloodhound living next door, a little white fluffy 10-pound terrier, a small chow-lab-mix dog, a 15-pound puppymill bichon frise, and a nasty little chihuahua. The little dogs are far more dangerous and volatile than any pitbull. But you never hear about the true statistics….more people are attacked and bitten by the little ankle-biter small breed dogs than all the pitpulls put together. The media likes to sensationalize the pitbull incidents because it gets more attention. Insurance companies are behind all the pitbull hype about their breed being dangerous and untrustworthy.

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      • Great point! People are so afraid of big dogs, but they don’t think of the aggressiveness that smaller dogs can have. Smaller dogs get intimidated much easier and feel they have to compensate by barking/growling/biting. I love all dogs, big or small, but I just wanted to give you kudos for your post!

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      • Here we go again. So what if a little ankle-biter nails you? Are you dead? Are you maimed for life? That’s the difference, and it’s a huge difference. If you’re really an animal welfare advocate, you’d not equate a nip that does no permanent harm to what the Pit Bull is capable of doing. That’s like comparing a scratch from your housecat to what a Tiger can do to you — and then saying the housecat’s just as “bad” or “dangerous” as the Tiger. Ridiculous.

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        • You are completely missing the point, that’s like saying for example, if I were to punch someone and break their nose it’s more serious than if someone scrawny punk that punches someone and only leaves a bruise. Sure the damage is more serious but both are still considered assault. Wrong is wrong. So if I shoot somebody with a .22 caliber rifle and someone else shoots someone with a .300 magnum but both survive, then I shouldn’t be held to the same punishment right? Both are attempted murder. By your reasoning I should not get in as much trouble, you don’t make sense!

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          • PitBull Patriot- I love this analogy! Peoples lack of intellect, common sense and being closed minded is what makes this world a dangerous place. Thank you for all you do to make it better!!

        • Victoria you really are an ignorant sole. With your knowledge on dogs it would be wise for you to just own a stuff animal or even better play it safe with a pet rock.

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        • I beg to differ with you on that I was attacked by 2 smaller dogs and I did an over night stay in the hospital because of it so do t tell me that a small dog can’t do as much damage.

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        • Victoria,

          “So what if a little ankle-biter nails you? Are you dead? Are you maimed for life? That’s the difference, and it’s a huge difference.”

          ARE YOU SERIOUS !?!?!

          I used to deliver newspapers, and dog bite laws were NOT what they are today. I (and my brothers) was bitten repeatedly!!

          I had on my route two regular attackers. One was a German shep and the other was a Dachshund! Let me tell you, that damn little dog bite me and did nearly as much damage, if not more on occasion, as the big dog.

          Granted the Shep got his teeth into me a little bit higher (he bit me in the butt quite severely) but let me assure you that the small dog did not deliver a “NIP”.

          The Dachsy bit my leg, punctured skin, tore my pants, and most definitely drew blood. The second bite was to my hand while defending myself and it tore open the side of my hand!!

          At least the Shep backed off its attack when hit with the newspaper bag which is more than I can say for the attacking SMALL dog!!!

          I promise you, as a victim of both, being attacked by a small dog is equally as terrifying to the victim and being attacked by a big dog!!!

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          • a fact that most people dont know dachsunds were bred to be quite vicious little hunters. they went in to the badger tunnels.

        • ankle biters do damage all the time. the difference is, it doesnt make good news. the cat may not cause as much damage but it is still just as bad as the tiger for doing the same action. i see your posts and i think of this dumb ass woman in the pet store who let her ankle biter climb up my leg, from behind, and then when i back away and asked the dog what it was doing shes like “isnt she so cute?” no actually its not cute. the biotch would have had a cow if my dog had climbed on her. (at the time a young rottie).
          do your homework. look up the statistics. canine good citizens test. tests a dogs ability to be out in public safely… look at the stats of who passes and how well they do. the best scorers are bully breeds and other breeds people consider “dangerous”. also, look at the number of pitbulls out there. the number of dogs and the number of bites.. the percentage is WAY lower than you would ever suspect. look at who owns the dogs that do bite. the dogs are most often abused, neglected, trained to be aggressive.
          the lesson here? do your homework and know what you are talking about before you attack with ignorance!

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        • If a little ankle biter- guts a baby, or tears it’s face off-that’s OK it’s just a little dog.

          Bull terriers were originally bred to HOLD a bull by the nose, not attack anything.

          They have hard heads and compact bodies as the bulls tend to throw their heads around to remove the dog from their nose.

          I am a 60yr old woman with a Mal and a Staffie-he was a stray- I am not a biker type,or feral drug addict. But when I read this ignorance I am motivated to reply. The last serious bite stats done in Australia showed that of the top 100 dogs- Pit bull types (which is a damned large group)came in at 97. 96 other dog breeds were responsible for more serious (needing surgery/ hospitalization/ fatals) dog bites than the pit bull types. When you have seen the face of a 8 yr old after ankle -biter has bitten her face-taking her eye and a large piece of cheek , months of skin grafts and counselling, she is now 21 still has the scars-and shakes with fear when she sees a small dog. THAT is what an ankle-biter can do.

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      • Kudos to your comment AWA!

        My friend owns a toy poodle and a mixed breed (which we assume may have pit but she looks like a Dingo).

        Every time I walk in that house, the damn toy poodle bites me!!! Fortunately none that have broken the skin, but she bites me (and many others) every time!!! Nothing is done to correct the little dog.

        The mixed breed has snapped at a couple of people, and she is the one ALWAYS corrected, confined and yelled at (even before she has done anything wrong) simply because “she might”.

        While I agree precautions should be taken with the bigger dog, it never ceases to amaze me that the toy poodle bites without provocation and no discipline is forthcoming. 🙁

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    • any dog can turn on you and any pics you’ve seen where it was a pit bull that dog was trained to attack or fight! they are the gentlest dogs I’ve ever known!

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    • You obviously have never had a Pit as a friend or you would not make this statement I have one that will be 16 in a few months she is my best friend has never done one out of the way thing I have owned many reeds of dogs and I will tell you that Pits are not like any other dog they get in your heart and spirit

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    • In all my years as a dog owner, I have seen people bit by cocker spaniels, german sheppards, nasty little poodles and even nastier chihuahuas, and a few mutts… I haven’t yet seen any body bit by a pitt. ANY DOG WILL BITE IF PROVOKED OR ABUSED. My guy is one of the most lovable dogs in the world!

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      • You say that you’ve never seen anyone bitten by a Pit Bull? That’s because they’re probably dead! Almost every death by dog attack has been by Pit Bulls, and most of those people don’t survive or are horribly mangled. I’d much rather get attacked by a Cocker Spaniel, a Poodle or a Chihuahua. I’ve been a dog owner all of my life too, and i would rather own a little dog that even little kids can fight off. Google “list of fatal dog attacks” and see what the statistics say. There’s a very good article by Wikipedia with the name and ages of the people who have died from dog attacks. The breed of the dog is listed, and every dog is either a Pit Bull or a large dog. Sorry that it’s a list made by the “media” but the victims definitely can’t speak on their own behalf. Google “dog attacks” and click on “images.” People who don’t want to see the pics of dog bites, just might end up suffering one themselves in the future. Knowledge is Power.

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        • it’s ppl like you that let there dogs bite people, because you don’t want to discipline them! you don’t need a dog! I large dog is far more controllable ethan a tiny ankle biter at a young age, therefore people like you think it’s”cute”whwn tiny dogs bark n nip at people. leading them to do what they want. it’s also people like that, that ignore behaviors in ANY breed, that lead those poor dogs to be unruly. not disciplining and correcting your dog is like sticking a bullet in a gun and waiting for it to go off. That’s with any breed, not just PBs. in my opinion, people who refuse to suggest their dogs are being neglectful, because dogs need thst kind of structure. Discipline idn’t being mean, it’s guidance in the proper direction, amd should never ever be done in a harmful way. just acknowledge thst all dogs are capable of being a loaded gun, but only because of thr owners neglect. it’s just unfortunate that you don’t hear about little dogs doing same damage because of their size, but they bite and injure far more ppl than any pit bull, or pit mix.

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        • It’s not media – you should do your research. There are numerous STATISTICAL reports on the breeds of dogs that are involved in dog bites and unfortunately pits are at the top of the list in ALL of them. I am NOT a pit hater, but the facts are there – it may have to do with breeding or the owners intentions or whatever but you shouldn’t be going around saying that plain old statistical facts are not valid. Not to mention that if a small dog bites, no big deal. If a pit bites (especially a baby) the consequence is death. PitBull Patriot – you are one angry person,,,,calling people names and a-holes with opinions and that they should have the crap kicked out of them is real mature. NO ONE will listen to your point of view with that attitude!!!

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        • Screw your statistics, why don’t you look at the owners of these dogs, statistics don’t mean crap. So if the majority of people that get murdered are because of handguns, let’s go ahead and ban handguns. No why don’t you look at the people who are using these handguns in an irresponsible way. I really don’t care if you don’t listen to my point of view, obviously you did and you replied so shut it.

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        • Trimas I feel sorry for any dog that you have or do own. ” i would rather own a little dog that even little kids can fight off” What the hell is that. Sounds to me you do not know how to train your dogs and you have a history of biting dogs.

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        • I enjoy that you say “pitbulls or large dogs”. Because they are all the same right? I’m going to venture a guess and say that the majority of the list is other “large dogs”?

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        • My cousin took a 911 call involving 2 pits attacking a young child who came home from school early, when his parents were not home. Don’t remember the particulars now, but do know the cousin had to be taken home afterwards so she could collapse and have time to recover…it was a horrid call she had to handle. It did make national news at the time, but dont remember how long ago.

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        • Regarding being bitten by a Chihuahua: I can not find the original published article (for link) but here is a copy of it:

          The tiny dog in the story KILLED A GRIZZLY BEAR!!!!!!

          HERO CHIHUAHUA BITES OFF GRIZZLY’S **** TO SAVE MISTRESS!

          Camper Denise Mistwhite was attacked and nearly mauled to death by a bloodthirsty, rampaging grizzly bear weighing 900 pounds. But her life was saved by her loyal pet dog — a tiny 6-pound Chihuahua!

          Incredibly, forest rangers confirm, the miniscule 3-year-old lap dog named Princess drove off the grizzly — after injuring the immense predator so badly its bloody carcass was later discovered a mile away.

          “Princess saw that I was in trouble and she didn’t care how much bigger than her that bear was,” says grateful 44-year-old Denise of Boise, Idaho.

          “She leapt out of her basket straight for that monster’s testicles and didn’t let go until she tore them off.”

          Denise, who suffered bite wounds requiring 116 stitches in the savage attack, is expected to fully recover. Mystified experts call her survival in the Idaho wilderness “miraculous.”

          “In 22 years, I’ve never seen a single dog that small bring down a grizzly,” marvels a veteran forest ranger. “To appreciate what happened you’ve got to see Princess in person. She fit in my lunch box — and looked more like a large rat than a dog. That plucky little Chihuahua has got to be the bravest canine in the world.”

          The dramatic encounter with nature’s fury took place September 30 in the remote Salmon River Mountains, where Denise was on a hiking trip with two chums.

          “It was about 11 in the morning and my friends had gone skinny-dipping,” the divorced art teacher remembers. “I’m a little sensitive about my saddlebags, so I didn’t join them.

          “I sat there at our campsite doing a watercolor of the beautiful scenery, while Princess dozed in her basket beside me.”

          Without warning, the humongous bear charged from bushes and pounced on Denise.

          “He grabbed me by the thigh and began thrashing me around like a rag doll in his massive jaws,” lucky-to-be-alive Denise recalls. “Blood was spraying everywhere. The pain was excruciating and I started saying my prayers because I was certain I was going to die.”

          Just then Denise’s pint-sized pooch came to the rescue.

          “Princess started barking and hopping up and down in her basket” she says. “I kept screaming, ‘Stay away, baby!’

          “Then Princess leapt for the bear, got his testicles and hung there, biting. Try as he might, the bear couldn’t shake her off until it fell to the ground clutching the bloody appendages in her teeth.

          “The bear must have known he was badly hurt — he dropped me and ambled off into the woods.” When Denise’s pals returned, they quickly got the injured woman medical help.

          “When the forest rangers found the bear, he had bled to death,” Denise says. “I owe Princess my life.”

          — VICKIE YORK

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        • Just because the media says pitbull – does not make it so. The media is all for sound bites- never let the truth get in the way of a good story. How does it sound ” man attacked by dog, breed unknown”or ” man savaged by pitbull- when will these killers be removed from our streets”. See how much better that sounds for the media sound bite.

          I have seen a poster of maybe 24-30 dogs, it asks “pick out the pitbulls”. In fact only one dog is what is termed a pitbull all the rest range from jack russels to boxers and all X’s in between, but no-one has correctly identified the only “pitbull”.

          A recent attack in Australia that killed a young girl and has resulted in BSL was reported as first a pitbull, then a pitbull X (no mention of what X), and in small print weeks later corrected to a labrador X (still no idea on what the X was) further investigation found that there was no markers for any pitbull/bully genes in the dog AT ALL.

          So in the end 1 dog, who killed a poor little girl , has instigated a remove and destroy BSL law regarding ALL bully types throughout a whole state , even though the dog in question had NO pitbull/bully in it AT ALL. This is the result of ignorance and kneejerk reaction-to be seen to be doing something-even if the something is wrong. BSL has NEVER reduced dog attacks, and many states and countries are currently removing BSL off their books.

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    • Ever hear that saying?…. guns don’t kill people, people do. Pit bulls don’t attack people unless they are mistreated or traine
      d to do so…I love my pit he wouldn’t hurt a fly, probably one of the most loving and loyal breeds you could have.

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    • Why not. All dogs can bite. I have many scars on my arms from dog bites and not one from at pit. Actually every scar I have has been caused by small dogs.

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    • I’d pick my Staffies over any other breed. I’ve grown up with many breeds of dogs and I will tell you that there is not a more loyal breed than pits. You are misinformed and uneducated in the truth about these wonderful dogs. You are a mindless brainwashed moron, that would rather stereotype and point fingers rather than learn the truth. If you were standing in front of me right now I’d punch your ignorant head off, but I’m not a violent person and neither are my dogs. So I’d just tell you how stupid you are…..

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    • you really are being ignorant, black labs and chihuahuas bite more ppl than pit bulls do! you’ll never find another breed so devoted to it’s people! my boy, is 120lbs, yes he is a little fat, but he is also part rottweiler, another GREAT BREED! I won’t have any other breeds. especially around my children!

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      • You are correct. They were breed to fight and do it well. But have you ever heard the saying that a pitbull won’t start the fight but they will finish it.

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      • Pits were never bred to be human-aggressive. That would be a bad trait for dogs that are around a lot of people, like oh, say, at a dogfight. A more likely reasonis that they are TRAINED to fight. Pits attack more because they are the go to dog of drug dealers and other thug types who want a badass dog to intimidate others. Those are the dogs that give the breed a bad rep. Pits are the nicest dogs… Wait for it… IF THEY ARE RAISED RIGHT AND SOCIALIZED.

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      • I’m sure you mean well, but I just want to let you know that your source uses two of the most deceitful people/websites known to the breed-specific debate. Both Colleen Lynn (Owner of Dogsbite) and Merritt Clifton have been proven to have fabricated and altered statistics to suit their needs, and nearly all of the material they promote is false. This is not a good source to back up your claims, I’d suggest looking into peer-reviewed scholarly articles for the future.

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    • really, but will that 10 lb dog kill your child if it bites? Prob not! If a 50-75 lb dog bites your child = dead! Guess that’s a chance you’re willing to take! Not me.

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    • What a stupid comment. I work at an emergency veterinary hospital, and I can count on one finger the number of dog on dog attacks that claimed to be pit bulls. Granted, people like you are more annoying even than most dogs, so maybe they’re more likely to attack certain human types…

      That aside, I can think of a bunch of people I know who have been bitten/attacked by dogs, and none were pit bulls. There was the woman in france who needed the face replacement – that was a lab. Across the street from my doberman and me is a cute fuzzy Portuguese water dog that’s known for attacking people. My postal delivery friends have been attacked, though never by pit bulls. One was badly scarred by a retriever.

      My only bite, despite working with animals that are scared and in pain, was from one of those overindulged little white dogs. We have muzzle a lot of the smaller breeds, because they are more likely to bite. Granted, it may not be fatal like a large dog’s attack could be, but it is as much a result of how they are brought up as their breed. Just like your kids might end up being more likely to be voted off the island than my friends’ kids.

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    • See pics of other dogs attacking people–or the abusers that exploit these dogs and abuse them (Michael Vick). They’re great dogs… do your research on the chart of what dogs are best behaved with humans–might surprise you. Pits rank over lots of dogs–they’re ranked very highly. As I said in another comment–when I was a child a COLLIE decapitated a baby when left alone w/ it for a few moments while the mom walked out to the mail box. A Boxer recently killed a child–a German Shepard and a Cain Mastiff recently killed a child. It’s due to owners that are not responsible. ANY BREED CAN ATTACK–IT’s WHAT THE OWNER DECIDES TO USE THEM FOR… I’ve had an experience, in doing animal rescue, where a Lab was a lot more dangerous (and a prob) than the pit that was hanging with it. Also, watched a show where when they test for food aggression–Labs are much more likely to bite than a pit. Also, know a child that was bitten in the face by a Lab a few years back–so watch just picking on 1 breed.

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      • They also used to be the #1 family dog. Petie in, “The little Rascals,” was a pit–so, was Jack on, “Little house on the Prairie.” These dogs are getting a bad rep. and being blamed for things they haven’t even done. Some of the Michael Vick dogs were so resilient that they became therapy dogs after their abuse. They’re a wonderful breed.

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    • because if you do your home work and pick a responsible breeder and raise the dog with rules and love you will have an amazing dog. there have been breeders that have had to buy other dogs to keep on the property because people were stealing their dogs because they are so people friendly.
      do some research on the history of the breed. they were given the nickname “nanny dog” because they are so wonderful with children and would be left to care for the children. petey from the original little rascals movies was a well socialized pit bull who worked with those children all day and loved them all.
      they were used in fighting. BUT while that is a disgusting activity that losers participate in, it created very people oriented dogs. why? because they didnt fight them until they died every time. the fights were stopped and the dogs had to be pulled apart, handled and given medical treatment. also, before a fight the dogs would be switched so the opponents could bathe them and check them over so the owner couldnt cheat with oils or anything. the dogs had to let strangers handle them intimately. ANY dog that showed ANY aggression was imediately taken out back and destroyed. what does that get you? a dog that is very tolerant of people, even in pain. they were also used as jack of all trade dogs and still are. hunting, farm work, home protection.

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    • why not pick this one? Why not a “mutt”, which is what pitties are! A mix of a bunch of dogs! Healthy, no major physical issues (due to inbreeding for show dogs), and generally sweet dogs!

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    • This is most of what shelters are filled with, some choose to rescue a dog on death row and its based off of personality not breed, and when that’s the only breed left in rescues due to the over breeding and the adopter has a heart, we tend to look past the breed and the choice of rescuing one really could change opinions of American Pits.

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    • Because my game bred pit bull (bred as catch dog for wild and dangerous boar) is also a top rated therapy dog and a fav among 60 other dogs in the program. They are highly intelligent, extremely loyal, and excell in every task their owner ask of them. There’s your sign right there.
      And they are also exceptionally gentle with children and the ultimate class clown.

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  2. sux they banned over here , wasnt even that breed that had attacked a child it was rottweiller (prob wrong spelling) and a french poodle so they banned pit bulls 🙁

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  3. Dog in pic#2 reminds me of a friends little one named Sophie! This is absolutely adorable! I love my pics of my friends dog making kiddo sandwiches of my kids! Thanks for this! My own Rottie is such a wimp it would be amazing if he actually did something to someone!

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  4. awwww! every one of those is true. this article perfectly describes every pitty i’ve ever met (including my husband’s new rescue).

    i like a more serious, less goofy dog, myself, but i know pitties will do anything for their people. and i know people who will do anything for their pitties.

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  5. i have 3 kids ages 9yrs 8 yrs and 9 months my staffy cross pittbull is 10 yrs and she lets them jump all over her when she’s had enough she gets up and moves, never ever had any problems with her….pittbulls are only nasty if there mistreated, just the same as any other breed of dog.

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  6. I’m not a dog person in general. I don’t trust any of them. Call me cynical, but anyone that lets a dog of ANY breed lick their baby on the face and get that close to them is out of their mind!! I don’t care who raised the dog…they have bad days just like people and who knows what can set them off and make them snap.

    My motto is “If it has teeth, it will bite”. I don’t care if it’s a shih-tzu or rottweiler. The only difference is that the pit, rottweiler, or doberman is going to do a bit more damage than a small dog.

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    • You said it right there – You’re not a dog person. You obviously don’t understand dogs at all. And you are wrong – a small dog like a Shih Tzu or Lhasa can do just as much damage as a large breed to a small child. I will never leave my children alone with any dog, but my dogs will happily be allowed to lick my children.

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      • So you are a dog whisperer then? They are animals, not human. To say you “understand” them is kind of a dumb statement.

        Not saying a smaller dog can’t do as much damage…I’m sure they can. In general though if a larger dog attacks, it can take longer and be harder for someone to be able to step in and break it up. If I had my choice, I’ll take being bitten by a shih-tzu over a pitbull or rottweiler any day, though I’d rather just not be bitten.

        If you think a dog will just bite when they are alone with your child, you are wrong. My cousin owns a rottweiler…”family” dog that they got as a new puppy and raised in a loving environment. His sister brought her new baby over for a visit, and the dog’s owner held the baby while standing. The rottweiler got a wave of jealousy and jumped up to attack the baby…the owner lifted his arms up just in time, and the rott took a bite of his owners arm. You just never know!

        To each his own I guess. I’d rather not take that chance for the sake of having a family dog. My kids are my “family” and way more important!

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        • It’s okay. Don’t get a dog. Maybe a pet rock is more your speed? 😉
          It won’t hurt anyone unless you throw it directly at someone’s head.

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          • I totally agree with you! M&LMom has no clue because she doesn’t own a dog and obviously never has! She has no place to judge!

        • Unfortunately, people tend to forget that humans are animals, too. If we allow ourselves to get back to the basics of body language, it makes dogs fairly easy to understand. People just don’t take the time to learn to read the signs. It is a proven fact that dogs do not attack unprovoked unless there is something seriously wrong with them (genetically or some past experience). As far as the Rott’s attack on the owner, I can understand it. These non-pack members brought a strange “thing” into his environment that he was not properly prepared for or introduced to. The attack was provoked, and fortunately the owner’s arm was in the way of the baby. Perhaps, since you’re not a “dog person,” you Gould refrain from commenting on an article such as this.

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        • Your comments are clearly indicative of someone who knows nothing about dogs. You don’t need to be a “dog whisperer” to understand animal behavior anymore than you need to be a “human whisperer” to understand human behavior. Simply because you don’t understand either doesn’t make it some sort of voodoo magic.

          First, if the dog had been properly trained, he wouldn’t have jumped up the first place. Second, if he had been properly socialized, he wouldn’t have attempted to bite *any* non-threatening human. Third, picking the child up without knowing how the dog would react was a huge mistake. People with small dogs often make this mistake when large dogs approach. They pick up their small dog to take him/her out of harm’s way, which only encourages the large dog to jump up and go after the small dog. Fourth, I adore dogs and trust mine 100%, but I would never leave them alone with a small child. The dog could inadvertently knock the child over or the child could hit the dog or do something else to elicit an undesirable response from the dog. The dog could simply nip the child in an attempt to herd him/her. While it wouldn’t be a move of aggression, it could still easily injure the child.

          Dog behavior is fairly simple to understand if you make some attempt at educating yourself. Don’t blame the dog because you choose not to learn his/her “language.” We have a responsibility to both our dogs and to our children to keep both safe and we can’t do that if we don’t understand their behavior.

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          • I love this first statement of yours. Soooo true! Show me someone who understand all humans behavior and I’ll pay them $500 an hour to hear my problems! Jeez people…

        • Believe it or not, but dog groomers tend to be a pretty good judge of character when it comes to dogs. It makes sense, really. Why?

          1. If you don’t know dog language, you’re far more likely to get bit.
          -Miss a warning sign, you get bit. Pretty simple. More often than not, dogs show plenty of signs of agitation prior to biting and if you aren’t picking up on those to avoid a bite, you’re far more likely to get bit.
          2. It makes you a better groomer.
          -If you do understand dog language, you can understand the difference between aggression and fear. Fear is something that can be often worked through with lots of patience and time. Understanding dogs gives us the ability to better serve our canine clients with more love and respect.

          This being said, I’m NOT saying I’m freaking awesome at reading dogs. I’m simply saying that I can more than likely read a dog better than Mr. Joe Smith down the street because I HAVE to. It’s just part of my job and I didn’t always have this ability. I developed it working with a bunch of let’s say..behaviorally challenged small breed dogs at a shop.

          And I do not believe a dog will just bite when someone isn’t present. THAT would be a dumb statement, but guess what? Since someone was there, the child wasn’t harmed, correct??? They read their dog. Saw the signs of an issue and stopped it.

          “To say you “understand” them is kind of a dumb statement.”
          I think you may need to understand what “understand” means before you claim my statement is “dumb.”

          1.
          to perceive the meaning of; grasp the idea of; comprehend: to understand Spanish; I didn’t understand your question.
          2.
          to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of: to understand a trade.
          3.
          to assign a meaning to; interpret: He understood her suggestion as a complaint.
          4.
          to grasp the significance, implications, or importance of: He does not understand responsibility.
          5.
          to regard as firmly communicated; take as agreed or settled: I understand that you will repay this loan in 30 days.

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        • I respect your choice, but you should not bash all “big dogs” who are or look like pits or rotties for a few incidents who may have been caused by external factors not related to the dog or its breed. You better keep your children away from many humans then as they are far more likely to get molested or killed by one of them — look at the facts — and by family members, close friends, teachers, coaches, priests, etc.

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        • If your kids are your family then get the hell of this site and don’t attack breeds when you don’t know what the hell you are talking about, especially if you are not a dog person. YOU ARE DUMB for even breeding, you’ll raise you kids to be fearful of animals and therefore robbing them of any sort of positive aspects of life they can gain from having a family pet. IGNORANT!

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        • a dog who attacks something is a direct effect of being neglected of discipline and structure. they don’t just bite for no reason. a dog, “understood” on the psychological side of it’s being, is a dog that you can predict through many mannerisms and observation by it’s handler. you can understand a dog. and when you break it down, all DOGS THINK THE SAME regardless of breed! dogs are so very predictable when you can read them…yes I said read them, like a book! watch cesar, it’s possible, and very enlightening!

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        • Pitbull Patriot, please take a breath.

          Your name-calling and threats of violence don’t help in defending pit bulls. Raise your dog(s) well and prove people wrong with having a friendly pit bull instead of threatening them.

          You’re making us look really bad. Please calm down.

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        • I won’t calm down, I, unlike you, will do whatever it takes to defend my dogs from people who won’t even educate themselves and understand the facts about these dogs. You make the dogs look bad because you won’t defend them no matter what. My dogs are like valued as a part of my family, maybe you don’t understand that.

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    • Dogs don’t just “snap” – not Pitbulls or any other breed for that matter. Ignorance such as yours is far more dangerous than any dog.

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    • I’m so sorry for you….you have never experienced the true unconditional love and acceptance that dog owners get from their beloved companion pets. How sad to know that you cannot speak from this experience. Judgmental ignorance is probably the worst kind of ignorance. Human bites are even worse than dog bites, but it doesn’t keep humans from getting in each other’s faces.

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      • Don’t feel sorry for me! We owned dogs when I was growing up as a child–german shepherd, cocker spaniel etc, as well as many cats and birds. I loved them all at the time–but I’m pretty indifferent when it comes to owing a pet now. I’d rather not go to work with fur all over my clothes, and come home to my chewed up belongings and poop on the floor.

        I’m not so insecure that I need a dog to love me unconditionally. I prefer my husband and kids with whom I have to work to earn their love and respect 🙂

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        • You have to work to earn a dogs love and respect. And then it comes unconditionally. And I’m not insecure. I love my husband and kids and they love me unconditionally. I’m not attacking you and calling you ignorant so please don’t think that. But you have to house train a dog so they don’t poop on the floor and chew up your belongings. You have to teach them these are acceptable things to do, just like children. You teach kids its not acceptable to draw on the walls, etc. It’s the same concept with a dog. And owning a dog helps children learn responsibility and compassion. It’s a win/win situation. But you are not a dog lover and that’s fine, to each his own…

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          • I read that as “you teach kids its not acceptable to chew on the walls etc” and I must admit, I did a slight double-take wondering about your kids! 😉

        • I love my husband, kids and dogs. I’m also a very secure person. It’s not about security(maybe it was for you, back when you had pets). Its about giving love and loyalty-then receiving it from all types of souls. You feel the need to judge people for loving their dogs, so I will judge you back. You seem to be a selfish,egotistical,materialistic person- you’re worried about hair on your clothes,your belongings being chewed,etc. So why did you have children? You must get pretty pissed when they spill things or you had to clean up there poop,etc. Oh and while I’m at it- why are you even on a dog lovers site? Whatta weirdo!

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        • why would you go to work with hair on your clothes? They do have breeds that don’t shed, and why would you come home to chewed up belongings? you can crate them or in my case I have a shih-tzu mix and a pit mix and they NEVER chew anything up, and why would you come home to poop on the floor? once again crate them, and I never come home to poop on the floor, and they have the run of the house when Im not home. I am very happy to hear you have no pets, you would be to selfish…I love my 2 dogs and my cat, they are like my children, oh and I do love my daughter with all my heart, guess I have enough love to go around…

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    • If you look at statistics and pictures, you will see that HUMANS are FAR more dangerous than pit bulls. I have never owned one, but I have friends who do. I have owned 2 dobies (and other dogs), and they were EXTREMELY gentle around even infants who poked them in the eye! Little dog bites have caused bleeding for me — no bites from large dogs! Many dogs labeled as pits are not really pits but “look like” them. Need DNA tests and VALID research on order to truly study this – not knee jerk reactions to inflammatory media reports!

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    • Do your children have teeth? Then they will bite!
      Maybe we should ban mothers since they kill more of their OWN children each year than pit bulls!
      See:
      According to the American Anthropological Association, more than 200 women kill their children in the United States each year. Three to five children a day are killed by their parents. Homicide is one of the leading causes of death of children under age four, yet we continue to “persist with the unrealistic view that this is rare behavior,” says Jill Korbin, expert on child abuse, who has studied mothers who killed their children.

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    • If you are married, take note:
      Children are most at risk from the adults in their own family, and from the adults who are in their parents’ social circle. In fact, 90 percent of abusers target children in their own families and children who they know well.

      Are you able to protect your children from the most dangerous animal? I’d rather trust a pit bull!

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    • You are just as ignorant and stupid as the first guy that said he would never trust a Pit. Why are you even on this website if you are not a dog person. I have teeth too, maybe I should bite you. You are dumb in the highest degree. Go away yo ignorant ignoramous….haha, you suck at life.

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      • All of you saying that your pitt (or dog in general) would never snap or bite someone unprovoked are idiots!!! How can you make such a huge statement and take on that kind of responsibility for an animal? There are humans that snap and kill people. How many times have you heard of a man or woman killing their family, and everyone saying how wonderful they were and there were no signs leading up to it? If a human being that is capable of critical thinking is subject to such actions, why would an animal be any different?

        You can say they have to be provoked all you want–and maybe that’s true to a degree, but that still doesn’t warrant the injury they can inflict if provoked. If a friend is visiting and their child irritates your pitbull, does that justify the pitbull mauling it to death? If your dog gets loose and “playfully” runs up to a kid and scares them, causing them to run and scream and “provoking” the pitbull, does it give the dog the right to bite them? I think not. Things happen to provoke animals that can be sudden and unforseen, it’s part of life… Then what?

        If we’re throwing around statistics, I have something to add. I work as a representative for several insurance companies. NONE of the companies I represent will write liability insurance on a home insurance policy if any of the following breeds of dogs present:

        Akita, Chow, Doberman, German Shepherd, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, & Staffordshire Terrier.

        Insurance companies pay actuaries big bucks to analyze statistics and come up with their underwriting guidelines. There has to be some reason why these dogs are on this list…I doubt insurance companies have nothing better to do than to pick on a few breeds of dogs.

        Yes, kids bite too and it hurts like hell. I’ve been bitten many times by my child. It irks me that you compare the bite of a child to the bite of a dog. You’re not making a valid comparison. If people quit having kids because they bite, then your ignorant self wouldn’t even exist.

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        • Kids bit and that’s a fact. it’s a stage they go through, and it doesn’t make me a bad parent. At least I admit that they bite. I’m not in denial like you wonderful, brilliant pit owners.

          I’m assuming you don’t have children, in which case you’re a hypocrite. I like how you accuse me of dishing about pitbulls when I have no experience and don’t own one, yet you’re so quick to comment on parenting.

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        • here’s the thing lady. dogs simple thinking creatures, they don’t wake up amd rhink i’m going to bite someone today because I want to. they get up and think bathroom….exercise….food….nap…it’s what all dogs think regardless of what ppl may think. it’s what ppl make them do, that makes them do what they do other than those basic needs. if you don’t discipline your pet, you are creating ther monster, not the dog, they don’t just snap. ignoring your dogs behaviors is what creates the monster you think they are. dogs don’t feel emotions like we do. they are so basic, and for ppl like you to humanize those emotions is rudiculous. they are not humans they do not think like humans, therefore welll not react to emotions and feelings like humans. They let go of unstable emotions and don’t hold grudges. yes they remember ppl and places, but they let it go like you should do as well! pit bulls are dogs, working dogs, family pets and clowns. it’s there job and they enjoy it

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          • I’m a hypocrite lady? Who the hell are you? You said so yourself that your kids bite. I don’t have kids and I commented on kids the same way you commented on Pits, I used you’re analogy on yourself, who’s the dummy now? You are stupid! Ohhhh ZING! You failed!

          • That’s all fine and dandy. It’s the people that say their pit would never bite or harm anyone. I don’t see how they can make that statement. You seem to acknowledge at least that if provoked, they will in fact bite. The point I’m trying to make is that in daily life, we have no idea what might provoke a dog. You can read them all you want and take preventative action, but there’s going to be times when it’s not possible. I’m sure some dogs are more likely to attack when provoked than others. A pitbull that attacks when provoked is likely to do quite a bit of damage.

        • M&LMOM if you do not or have never owned a pit then why are you even on here giving an opinion that makes no sense! Every home owner insurance list is different. And maybe you should add Golden Retriever to your list of “liability dogs” since they are #3 on the list of reported dog bites. Don’t you have a Better Homes and Garden page to go to. Oh and FYI I am a mother and I do own 2 pits and I would never own another breed

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          • It just amazes me that so many of you are attacking someone who is simply saying “this is general policy” and “this is generally why”.

            Insurance companies [ANY TYPE of insurance companies] have to account for their highest liabilities. They also have to enact their policies unilaterally; in other words, just because there are more dog attacks in the inner city than there are in the suburbs, doesn’t mean the suburbs don’t have to cover their dogs as well.

            In health care, it’s pre-existing conditions that will cost a pretty penny; those cost the insured more.

            In life insurance, those are the mentally/chemically imbalanced individuals and those with debilitating illnesses.

            In auto insurance, those are young kids, males to a certain age, certain makes/models of cars, and those with existing accidents or operating offenses.

            In homeowner’s insurance, that’s proximity to a fire department or fire hydrant, smoke and burglary alarms, attached or detached garage, and number and types of fireplaces.

            Homeowner’s insurance ALSO has to consider dogs and dog breeds, due to their legal obligation to pay on dog attacks either on the insured’s property, or by the insured’s dog.

            When you look at the amount of damage the restricted dogs can do as opposed to unrestricted dogs like hounds and small terriers, the restricted dogs are the primary monetary loss for the insurer. They try to cut their losses by restricted the dogs they believe are the greatest liability to their company.

            You don’t have to own a dog to understand this. You have to understand how ANY type of insurance works.

        • There are a number of Insurance companies that discriminate based on dog breed. It is a shame you represent 0 that don’t. I also was in the insurance business but fortunately worked for a company (State Farm) that based its underwriting on an individual dogs past behavior not it’s breed. The Homeowners application asks if you own a dog and if it has ever bitten anyone.

          So before you continue to “Guarantee” anything, as if you are an expert, do your homework please.

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          • State farm sucks. Perhaps where you live the rules are different…the state where I work has stricter laws on these kinds of dogs, and it’s harder to get home insurance if you have them. Just because state farm in general may write home insurance if you have a pitbull doesn’t mean that each individual agent has to. They can enlist their own rules and regulations–and around here they do.

            Go back to capital one, “peggy”. FYI, it’s not called discrimination when there are facts to back it up. Health insurance companies don’t discriminate on fat people…there’s proof that they are unhealthy, just like there is proof that pits, rotts, dobermans, german shepherds, etc are higher risks for biting.

          • M&LMom,
            You are really upset that people keep rebutting your claim that NO insurance company will write a policy if you have a Pit. State Farm does not suck, you may think so because they aren’t ripping off consumers the way those companies you represent would do. Why would anybody in their right mind go to Capitol One, they are one of the companies that received Bail-Out money due to greedy business practices such as ripping off customers. $3.55 billion from taxpayer dollars. Just like I wouldn’t buy a car from Dodge or GM, I’ll buy a Ford or Toyota anyday. So you are going to bend the rules and make claims about how each agent can implement their own rules and regulations so as to make your argument seem right when in fact it is wrong. Nice try but people are a lot smarter than that. Good job!

    • Dear: M&LMOM Ha Ha Ha. This comment cracks me up! Better put your kids in a bubble then. There are billions of dangers, including having your children around people. yeah..cuz you can trust people to the fullest extent. Ha Ha Ha Ha! Oh my gosh…M&LMOM , you are killin me!

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