IT REALLY BOTHERS ME THAT THESES WONDERFUL ANIMALS HAVE THE REP THAT THEY HAVE....I UNDERSTAND THAT WE SEE THE BAD SIDE OF THEM, BUT WHY CAN'T PEOPLE BLAME THE OWNERS OF THESE DOGS AND PUT THEM DOWN FOR WHAT THEY DO TO THESE DOGS. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER BREEDS THAT HAVE DONE HARM TO HUMANS, BUT THEY DO NOT GET THE REPS THAT THE PITTBULLS HAVE...WE AS HUMANS HAVE BRED AND TRAINED THESE ANIMALS TO BE KILLERS, AND NOW WE WANT TO DESTROY WHAT WE DID....THAT MAKES SENSE, NOT......THESE ARE LOVING, LOYAL CREATURES THAT DESERVE RESPECT.... IF YOU PUT DOWN ANYONE, PUT THE PEOPLE DOWN THE HARM THIS BREED AND DO WHAT THEY DO TO THEM..
i think so too.
i don't have any pitbulls but it's horrible the way they are treated by some people...bred and trained for fighting to the death, then the poor dogs are the ones who get the bad rap.
p.s. Michael Vick should not have been allowed to come back to play professionally...
Yeah, its rough for them. I liked one pitbull personally, but that's about it. Also, don't typing in all caps. I know your "Expressing" your fury to the world but do it in a better manor.
An animal shouldn't be blamed for being what it is, but I don't think they are a good choice of pet. There is no legitimate reason for getting a dog that another breed cannot better fulfill.
THATS THE REASON FOR CHOICE OF BREEDS. I ONLY OWN PITS AND I HAVE NO NEED FOR ANY OTHER DOG....THEY HAVE BEEN THE BEST DOG I HAVE EVER HAD... I HAVE HAD POODLES AND OTHER BREED AS A CHILD, BUT AS AN ADULT I CHOOSE THIS BREED....AND I CAN SAY THAT MY FAMILY IS FULLFILLED WITH THEM IN IT... I OWN 4...
Could you speak up please? I can't hear you.
YEAH, OK LEAVE IT AS YOU HAVE AN OPINION AND I HAVE MINE
Dogs, no matter what breed, have the ability to be nice or mean, depending on how their owners raised them.
Yes, pit bulls are a more dangerous breed because of their ability to lock their jaw when they are angry.
However, every pit bull I have ever met has been very sweet and pretty much harmless. I even knew one who was afraid of squirrels.
Pumkin739, most people do not like it when you type in all caps because it is associated with shouting or yelling on most sites.
Pit Bulls do not have the ability to lock their jaw. Nor do they have the ability to clamp their jaw down any harder than other dogs. There is nothing that can test this function of a dog anyway, so maybe you heard it as a quote on the news or in some unreliable magazine, but it isn't possible or true.
In the UK, we have some really bad legislation called the Dangerous Dogs Act - brought in a few years ago as a knee-jerk response to a couple of incidents where children were badly mauled by Pit Bulls.
It's now illegal to own a Pit Bull in the UK, and if they find you with one, they will take it away and have it put down.
im originally from the u.k and i live in the states now... I know in some states here there is a ban on owning pits....my 4 are all calm manored and one is scared of butterflies...lol. but as long as there are idiots out there doing what they do, there will be problems....thank u for being someone who gives them respect...
In my state, Tennessee, Dog Fighting is only a mistameanor. They need to make it a fellony with mandatory prision time, no parole, and make it US wide. Then actualy patrol and answer complaints and tips for it, to catch the Idiots in the act. Problem is they look at it as just a dumb animal to be used, and no one cares. Its a shame.
It's a shame that any breed is maligned because of human greed or the owner's propensity for violence. I worked with another teacher who raised Pits and Amstaffs, and they were all great dogs.
I knew there had to be some Pit-Bull lovers out there. I grew up with them since I was a small child. I only got bit once for trying two grab his feed bowl(left a mark but any dog will bit if he/she think your taking their food. His name was Karate(like kung fu)he was all white and very pretty. We had so many as i was growing up that were family dogs, and their great for protection. But they can be really funny too. Sis,Bro,Me was about to get a spanking Big Mike was laying on the floor when dad said line up to get your spanking. Big Mike got in line an when he spanked my brother one time he grabed(softy)my dads hand and guided him to his bedroom. Dad told us looks like he saved you guy's cause he don't want me to spank you. He looked like he would eat you up,but he would lick you to death or sit on you.
I've watched as a pit-bull grows up with a rat terrier how the pit get punked only because the rat terrier lived at the house first. Long as they grow up with the other bred you will have very little problem. I've seen some play with cats. I have seen people use them for money(fight)and kill them if they don,t win. It broke my heart to see them scard so badly. One was shot in the head the guy thought she was dead and buried her. The next day she was on his porch,I told my dad PLEASE bring her over here I'II take care of her. The guy did. I'm typing on this because these dogs don't deserve the bad rap. It's how bad people teach these dogs to destroy anything in their path. THANKS ,Pumkin739,habee,Britfun
I,ve stuided dog behavior so my opinion is what I,ve seen and experenced. Also I stated (any dog) which means some not all dogs. Try this experiment go to your local cat/dog shelter and go when their eating. Put your hand in there to get the food pan. (They try to
establish a peaking order to be the first dog.)
Also it's on the Dog Whisper show, check it out. Peace.
We have one of the biggest, scariest looking German Shepherds you'll ever see.
We can take food out of his mouth while he's eating it.
We could also do this to our previous German shepherd.
It all boils down to the temperament of the dog, and how he's brought up.
I have to agree. As big as my Dane was I could take food right out of his mouth and he would never make a fuss. It depends on how the dog is raised and if you work with them on this aspect.
This is not necessarily true either. Depending on breeding and genetics, sometimes like all other dog breeds, no matter how you train and socialize, some dogs don't like other dogs. Even if you raise two dogs together, of any breed, there's no guarantee they will get along.
Socialization and training have a big part in it, as does the breeding of the dog (its parents, grandparents, etc.), but sometimes some dogs (of any breed) are just dog aggressive. Doesn't matter if they grow up together or not.
pumkin739 typing in all caps is rude online behavior. It is the equivalent of screaming.
other bred you will have very little problems.
To my experence and knowledge the yes they can. The reason is their behavior have to be taught in order to establish you control the environment. People take their dogs to the park to socialize with other dogs. Their are cat/dog daycare's,birthday parties for dogs with friends. Also watch the Dog Whisper with all his dogs(Pitt-Bulls to yorkies)playing and living together.
Breeds learn to get along just like we do. People aren't perfect, neither are some breeds. I will say from my observation it's better to get a Pitt as a puppy to raise with a different breed. The red flag I would suggest is make sure the dog isn't an inbreed(breed to close) odd behaviors. Peace.
It is the owners fault but since you can't stop stupid people from doing stupid things you have to put somethings out of reach.
I have owned a pit and loved him dearly. He was a very good boy. On the other hand I don't trust my neighbor's pit, but they teach their dog aggressive behaviors too. So I blame them for the fact I can't trust thier dog not to bite my kids. I have scars from this dog already and I firmly blame the owners...they have taught this dog to be this way and I can see it. It personally pisses me off to have to live next to this dog and I wouldn't care if it were a damn poodle I would still be offended by thier dog because of thier training.
I would love to get another Great Dane though. That is the best dog we have ever had.
Sadly, pits suffer from the same bad rep as many powerful breeds. Every pit I've met has been extremely sweet-tempered, as well as dogs of many other breeds with such a reputation. People misuse them because they are powerful, and when they do attack they do more damage than many other breeds. Personally, I have never been bit by any of these "dangerous breeds"...but I have been bit by pomeranians, cocker spaniels, retrievers, and more. I'm currently working with six pit bulls at the local animal shelter; none of them were raised with other dogs, yet only one is dog aggressive. All of them do wonderfully around humans, though two are very shy from bad treatment they had before they came to the shelter.
Redsonja, I love you!!!! Great Danes are the best! Go look at the pics of mine on a bunch of my hubs. I've owned, bred, and trained many breeds, but out of all of them, the Great Dane is my absolute favorite!
I currently have a Jack Russell terrier because I needed a small dog after losing our Dane. I need something to hold and will fit in my vehicle to go everywhere with me. Besides a young Great Dane is too clumsy for little kids (mine took out my kitchen table at one time as a pup). Once my boys are a little older we will have another Great Dane. I am thinking maybe a fawn this time.
I had an American Bull Terrier. She and I lived happily together for 2 years. She only barked at the mailman. I took her to visit my friend's farm with 4 dogs of all sizes,a huge white Lab, a tiny mini-Poodle, a Chinese Powder Puff, small Jack Russell Terrier, 18 barn kittens, 5 adult cats, 4 horses and a budgie flying around the house. She had a great time, loved all the animals, ate around them and we rode back on the 9-hour drive home with her happily exhausted, smelling like a small horse.
I also had toddlers visiting each year and she was gentle and great with them. When I moved abroad she went to live with a friend who has 2 Rottweilers, a Sheppard, two mixed-breed rescues, and a toddler. She's now 7 years old I still get pictures of her happily getting along with her new family. It is truly how your raise them. Even my friend who has the farm was skeptical at first until we visited the first time spending 4 days all together with the menagerie in harmony changed her mind.
I agree. It's not the breed/dog itself that should be held responsible but the person who owns and trains them. There are manty pit bulls ( and other breeds with a bad rep)that are very friendly and have never caused harm to anyone.
I have had Pit Bulls, Dobermans and other breeds of dogs over the period of many years.
I got my first Pitt Bull as a guard dog and found her to be very friendly and good with the kids. I also found that she responded very well to training as a guard dog. Mind you I did not fight her or anything but part of her training was for me to be the only one to feed her. This created a bond between us that was inseparable and a distrust for strangers which is what I wanted. She never bit anybody but she would let strangers know when to back off. I never got burglerized and slept with great comfort because of this little dog.
My doberman reacted much the same but I allowed him to be fed by my wife and children. I believe this is why he was suseptable to the poisoning by one of the neighbors. This was a rough neighborhood.
My point is some breeds such as the Pitt Bull and the Doberman are more inclined to accept aggressive training more than others and when directed properly fulfill their purpose very well. They were also very loving and docile as that is what I encouraged them to be with the family.
Another thing you have to watch though and that is having a guard dog aroung is like having a loaded gun, you have to be aware of where it is and who has access to it.
The difference is that you were basically training a dog who and what to protect. Most dogs, especially dogs that have been bred to guard, are very territorial and will protect their area and their people.
Fighting dogs, on the other hand, are not trained to be aggressive only when needed, or to protect those they love. These dogs are trained to fight and kill, to hate anything and everything, and often display unbridled aggression to strangers and handlers alike. They're trained to be just plain mean, and to be good at it.
Some of the best guard dog breeds tend to be the ones misused for fighting, because they do already have the instincts and powerful build that will make them top-notch fighters. It really is heartbreaking to see such great animals destroyed to turn them into killers whose only purpose in life is to rip apart anything they're faced with.
I must agree that the 'owner makes the dog'. If an animal is mishandled then you can expect the worse from it. Like other posters have said, the genetics of the Pit Bull make it more hazardous only because of it's massive strength, mainly in the jaws. That in itself gives it a bad rap. However, there are many other dogs that are equally as 'dangerous in strength', like the Mastiff.
I can tell you, my husband bought 2 Cathoula Leopard dogs that appear to be muts; slick haired, dog bird looking things. Never hear negative remarks about them, but they are really dangerous considering their in-bred aggression, mainly towards livestock and smaller animals. The often viciously fight each other over food and various things...if one of the children were to be in the 'cross-fire' of these dogs when they were going at it, then there could be a catastrophe. That's why it's so important we continually supervise these animals when the children are around and NOT feed them during in their presence. By themselves, they LOVE the kids, running to them, falling and rolling over. Pit bulls, the same thing. Watch em, love em, train em.
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