(Closed) Pit Bulls…

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What do you think about pit bulls?
    Scared of them! : (29 votes)
    18 %
    They are awesome...what's not to love? : (80 votes)
    50 %
    Not for me, but I don't care if someone else has them. : (51 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    2144 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I voted that they are awesome πŸ™‚ 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
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    219 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I live in Philly where unfortunately we have a HUGE underground dogfighting problem πŸ™ 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 πŸ™‚

    Post # 7
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    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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 # 11
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    374 posts
    Helper bee

    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 # 13
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    2008 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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
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    219 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    OT, but Firemanslady… I absolutely adore your avatar πŸ™‚

    Post # 15
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

     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
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    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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!

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