|i thought this would be an interesting topic. i know that people who own pit bulls seem to be fiercely insistent that they are harmless and gentle. i, myself am afraid of them because of all of the stories i have heard about them attacking and seriously injuring or killing people. i have known people who have them and have seen them hanging from tire swings for long periods of time to show the strength of their jaws and how tenacious they are when it comes to biting something and not letting go. i just would never have one of these dogs around smaller children. i think rottweilers are another breed i would just prefer to keep away from my children if not all children. i know that they can show loyalty and docility but the fact is they are animals that are bred a certain way and you just can't predict what they will do. i'm not a dog hater or anything, i'm just afraid of what certain dogs are capable of because of their breeding and temperments and i worry about people who refuse to see any possibility of danger with these breeds. i know that other dog breeds can attack but with dogs like these, the chance of a child surviving that attack seems a lot more remote. i looked some stuff up on this just for my own information. this is some of what the aspca says about pit bulls:
Pit bulls are descendants of the original English bull-baiting dog-dogs who were bred to attack bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head. They were taught to hang on without releasing their grip, until they were exhausted from fighting and from loss of blood. Although animal baiting was banned in the 1800s, people decided to try fighting their dogs against each other instead.
As the "sport" of dog fighting developed, enthusiasts bred a lighter, more athletic canine. These dogs made their way to North America, the ancestors of today's pit bulls. The problems started when these dogs gained the attention of people looking for a macho dog-and to meet their demands, unscrupulous and uncaring breeders are producing puppies that are not only aggressive to other dogs, but to people, too.
Aggression to other dogs is a serious issue with this breed. Early socialization is essential for pit puppies, though your best efforts may not override a dog's genetics. Regardless of early experience, some pits will become dog-aggressive when they reach maturity. A pit bull who doesn't like other dogs cannot be let loose in dog runs or other public places. Some are also dangerous around cats, so please choose carefully if you have other pets.
- Due to their strength and exuberance, pit bulls are best placed with families with older children.
|I would never have a pit bull or rott around a small child. I have a chihuahuah though and I'm not the least bit afraid of him seriously harming one of my children in the future (he actually lives with my mom, but I'm so attached, I still refer to him possessively ). I honestly don't know how I feel about large dogs with small children in general.|
|i would never take a chance and have those kinda dogs around my young kids.|
|it depends how the dog is raised
there backround and ancestors meens nothing
you can raise any dog to attck on command
This is so true. unfortunately pitbulls get such a bad stigma that most people are afraid of them. It is ridiculous how people believe the media and just assume that all pit bulls are bad. Not true.
The stigma comes from the degenerates that raise the pit bulls to attack on command usually results in in a human aggression from the dog. Also the slimeballs who think it is fun to watch two pit bulls go at it and tear each other apart.
It was pointed out that the number one dog for attacking and biting is a chihuaha. But those of you who have one say how sweet he is around kids and they would never hurt a child. Bull. You never know when a dog is going to get upset and attack. I can say the same thing about my dog - a pit - and that she would never hurt a child. Well, I honestly do believe that she would never hurt a child, just because of her temperament and her behaviour around kids. But the truth is, you really never know when a dog might attack. And it isn't just pit bulls, it it all dogs.
Stop contributing to the stigma of pit bulls. It is all in how you raise them and if you raise them to be sweet, then you will get a sweet tempered dog. Obviously if you raised them to be aggressive, then what in the heck do you think is going to happen.