Post # 1
Anyone have a pit? FI brought one home about a month and a half ago…he is the sweetest little thing in the world and the 2nd love of my life. He’s in training classes, and very very well behaved. Everyone loves him to pieces, but I typically get the “O.M.G aren’t you scared to have that animal in your house?” response when I tell aquaintances my “adorable” puppy is a PIT BULL. *gasp*
I’m just curious to know who else has a pit? I was watching a news story just a minute ago where a police officer shot a pit bull just because it was BARKING at him. They put the video on the news, and the dog didn’t do anything but bark! I have a dachshund who barks at people she doesn’t know…really? Would a cop shoot my mini weenie dog?!
What are your thoughts on pits? Keep in mind there are TONS of breeds of dogs who appear to be American Pit Bull Terriers, BUT are NOT! The white pit bulls (dogo argentinos) are actually BREAD to be agressive towards people. APBTs are not.
It breaks my heart in two that so many people don’t like him. It isn’t fair. I can run/walk with him WITHOUT a leash and he goes no where. He is so loyal and loving. I wish I could change people’s ideas… there are THREE pits on my FI’s street … and guess what? The only dog that’s attacked anyone has been a BOXER!
Post # 3
When people found out our dog was part pit their response is usually ‘what….no, but he’s so sweet’. Honestly, he’s the most cuddly dog we’ve ever had.
Post # 4
I didn’t vote because I’ve seen pitbulls that are very aggressive and some that are very sweet. It depends on the dog and it’s history.
Pit bulls can be very loving animals if they are brought up without aggression.
I would take any type of dog but there are a lot of restrictions on having that type of dog at many apartment complexes.
If I had a house, I would consider adopting one if it doesn’t try to bit me when I try to pet it.
ETA: My brother had a pit bull and it was the cutest and sweetest thing ever. It was a pure bred, too. She was a beautiful dog. My brother was having trouble taking care of her because he was starting to travel a lot because of work. I tried so hard to get her to live with me but my apt complex wouldn’t allow it. My brother found a girl friend of his to take it.
Here are some pictures of Juliet…
Post # 5
I voted that they are awesome 🙂 They really are great dogs, but I’m not sure they are the breed for me (but nothing to do with their stereotypes, just breed personality overall. I wouldn’t ever want a jack russel or a pug either). Plus it’s sometimes harder to get insurance and a place to rent with a pit, but I do love them!
Post # 6
I live in Philly where unfortunately we have a HUGE underground dogfighting problem 🙁 As a result, there is a really negative stigma against pit bulls here, and it’s tragic because they make up about 80% of the shelter population (conservatively).
I grew up with a pit/boxer mix and have worked with dozens of them at the local shelter. I have not had a problem yet. They are all individuals and can’t all be lumped together. That being said, they are a very high energy breed, with a tendency for dog/animal aggression and typically are not suitable for novice dog owners. I feel this way because any pit bull mishap these days puts all “bully breeds” in danger of BSL legislation. People assume that dog/animal aggression translates to human aggression (which is completely false), so even incidents between pits and other animals put them at danger of being outlawed. I guess I just live by the precautionary principle.
A pit isn’t right for my lifestyle right now, and I certainly will not say that anyone can or should own a pit bull, but with the right training and the right owner they are truly one of the most amazing, loyal, and unselfish breeds you will ever come across 🙂
Post # 7
I think the breed restrictions are ridiculous. It’s not the pit bulls that are the problem, it’s the people that breed and train them to be aggressive, or let them get away with aggressive behavior. Horses are the exact same way: if you let them get away with disrespectful behavior, they will end up hurting someone. Too bad it’s the animals who suffer. I’m glad you brought home your sweet baby!
Post # 8
We met a guy in a park and our dogs were playing so I asked him what kind of dog his was and he’s like ‘American Terrier’ I’m like how is that different from a pit bull, but he said that he just used American Terrier because he’d noticed that people all liked her until they found out she was a pit, so then he just used the less common name for them.
Post # 9
you’re puppy is very very adorable!!
I am very very very ify with pits, even though we now own one. I love her to death she and I have gotten more used to each other/more comfortable around each other. I’m actually pretty afraid of dogs I was bitten several times as an infant. Any ways, Roxy is still a puppy and very playful and hyper. I’ve told mr. bobby hundreds of times that if she looks at our future children or nips or growls at them she is gone. end of story. Pits are a very moody breed from what i understand, even though they are very beautiful!
Not going to lie I LOVE boxers! they’re just so goofy looking and love able!(in laws had two one was “murdered” we have no suspects…lol)
You’re lucky to get your puppy in training classes! I wish we would have had roxy early enough to do that!!
Post # 10
Did you know that pits actually rate better on the personality test than labs? Just another 2 cents. 🙂
We have told people with children that Jake (the dog) is a Lab…and they believe us. The ones who we tell Jake is a pit…they run away. Makes 0 sense.
Post # 11
It is the trainer and the environment in which they are raised. However, I can’t get out of mind that their bite is the strongest and their grip is to tight they won’t let go. In the end, it is an animal, and you never know when it can fly off the handle. Look at those tigers in Vegas who turned on its trainer after a gazillion years together.
Post # 12
Momma — Yeah, I understand that completely and it worries me too. You never know…there are always those freak stories where people get attacked by their monkeys and stuff. Crazy.
But I mean, we could have gotten a “nippy” poodle and had issues with that too. The only reason we ended up with a pit is because his original “mother” OD’d on cocaine and FI works in the hospital ER…a social worker told us we could have the dog, and we named him Jake. Been inseperable every since. The original mother is sitting in jail…and you can guess why she had a PIT in the first place. I feel very blessed to have rescued him.
Post # 13
We have a pit! He’s the sweetest thing. I agree that the fear people show is ridiculous. We’ve had people come by and chat while their kid is petting him and getting kisses until the inevitable “so what is he” question at which point they learn he’s a pit they jerk their kids away. Really?! Because finding out he’s OMGAPITBULL!!! all of a sudden he’s a dangerous maneater and going to eat their child for breakfast. Right. No, sorry. He just cleaned your child’s breakfast off their face. That’s all.
It definitely is all about how their raised though. Ironically, I just put down my (best guess) Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab mix due to human aggression. Nurture plays just as big a part as nature does.
Post # 14
OT, but Firemanslady… I absolutely adore your avatar 🙂
Post # 15
their bite is the strongest and their grip is to tight they won’t let go
That is not at all true. Lots of breeds have strong jaws and the Pit is not stronger. The idea that their jaws lock when they bite is also a myth.
Pit bull is not actually a AKC recognised breed, so pit owners are not wrong if they just refer to them as a mix. As a vet, I cannot even remember ever seeing a pitty that wasn’t a big sweet mushball.
They just get a lot of bad PR and slimball owners tend to be attracted to them because of it.
Post # 16
My DH has the same perception about Rotties. And I had one and she was the sweetest dog EVER. But people crossed the street when they saw her and always assumed she was vicious (which was ridiculous if you knew her). I have a GSD now and people still assume he’s vicisous. I don’t get it, he’s the sweetest thing ever! I’m all about how a dog acts, not the breed reputation!