Post # 1
I was wondering how everyone feels about having pitbulls as pets. It seems that you hear about a pitbull attack on a weekly basis, and many people are calling for a ban on the breed in the US. Apparently the breed has already been banned in 12 countries.
Here’s my take: I believe my husband and I would be open to adopting a pit bull from a shelter in the future. We recently lost our baby boy to cancer after having him in our lives for 12 precious years, so emotionally we are no where near ready to adopt again. However, we do talk about potentially adopting a bonded pair once I’m finished with my PhD and law school, mainly to provide a loving home for some pups that are unlikely to be adopted. And if we came across a bonded pair that consisted of either one or two pitbulls, I do not think we would discriminate based on breed. However, we will not be having human children (I refer to Boomer (my angel boy) as our son, which is why I clarified “human” children lol), so I think our home would be a more suitable place for pitbulls since there won’t be small children. I have known many people who have had pitbulls in homes with their new born children without any issues. However, you always hear about the family pitbull that mauls the new baby to death.
Which leads me to my next train of thought: I can’t help but wonder if we only hear about pitbull attacks, and not all of the other dog attacks. Personally, I was brutally attacked by a Jack Russel Terrier when I was 5 years old. The attack was completely unprovoked, and the dog was always very nice to me previously. I received about 25 stitches on my scalp, face and eye, and would have lost my eye if I hadn’t closed my eyes so tightly. I also had black eyes and busted lips from the attack, and still have scars on my eye and bald spots on my scalp. I am very lucky it was a small JRT as opposed to a larger dog. However, I do not dislike all JRTs because of this, and I certainly do not dislike all dogs. I believe that dogs should be judged on their personal character/behavior as opposed to their breed.
So in short – I personally would be open to adopting pitbulls, and I hope they do not become banned. What about you?
I hope this thread doesn’t become heated…I’m just curious about how other Bees feel.
Post # 2
Pitbulls are like many other dog breeds – if well trained and well treated, they can be wonderful companions. And, like any breed, some of them can be dangerous even in those circumstances.
I personally would hesitate to adopt an adult pitbull from a shelter because it’s rare to know the animal’s background in full, and unfortunately, many pitbulls are owned and trained (or not trained) by people who want them to behave in dangerous ways.
I would be comfortable with a pitbull puppy that we had the raising and training of, but just not one that I cannot be 100% sure was trained to behave safety around people.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I think they are great dogs that have gotten a bad reputation by bad people that abuse the breed.
Post # 4
Blame the owner or breeder, not the breed. Any dog has the potential to bite, attack, etc if raised in that manner.
However, because of the reputation, things like housing (if you rent), renters/homeowners insurance is likely to be higher. Is it fair? Nope. But does it happen, yes.
and yes, my friend has a rescue pit with 2 small children, including a newborn. The pics she posts are adorable and her dog is perfect, and at the same time, her children are also raised how to properly treat a dog. If the dog suffers from teasing, pulling, riding, etc, yes, ANY dog may react. Any shelter or rescue worth anything should let you have a trial period if they can’t personally attest to temperment.
Post # 5
a few years ago my dog was attaked by a pitbull, the dog broke off his leash and went right for my dog’s throat, nearly killing him.
i also have a friend who is involved with pitbull rescue and has 2 of the most well behaved dogs i’ve ever seen.
however, i am not comfortable with pitbulls and would not own one myself.
Post # 6
I think they’re extremely scary. I wouldn’t want to adopt one.
ETA: Didn’t a baby in Nevada just die after being attacked by a pitbull? It had been the family dog for like 9 years
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
My boxer was attacked by a pitbull too. 1/4″ lower and she would have lost her eye. The family that owned the dog used it for fighting, so no surprise there 🙁
My friend found an abandoned pit puppy and she bottle fed her and raised her. She now has 2 children under 3, and Annie, her pit, is a wonderful family dog.
I’m in the same camp as you. I’d never own one myself (I’m biased towards a particular breed anyways). I’ve witnessed the destruction that they can cause first hand and how dangerous they can be. But I still feel that it’s more “nuture” than “nature” that causes them to be reactive in those damaging ways.
Post # 8
I LOVE pitbulls and their big, dopey heads!
I think there are some bad people in the world and a pitbull *can* be a tough guy status symbol for some. And then some of those tough guys are not so nice guys and teach them to be aggressive.
Post # 9
I am a major dog lover but I wouldn’t want ANY dog or animal ( mastiff, pit bull, cane corso) that I could not physically restrain or fight off if need be.
Post # 10
Thanks for all of the replies! It’s interesting to know everyone’s perspective on this topic.
Post # 11
Pit bulls are wonderful dogs, in the hands of a good owner. They are just like any breed, in a loving home and well trained they are wonderful dogs. They can, however, be agressive when in the hands of someone with those intentions.
I dont think you can look at a breed as a whole, and pass judgement. For example, Labs are considered one of the sweetest and gentlest breeds out there. I have a lab, he is extremely sweet, loves snuggles, and is all around a wonderful dog. We are always complimented on his good behavior and demeanor.
Now I need to tell you another story. Myself, Fiance, our friends (Call them Couple A) and their friends who we had never met (Call them Couple B) went waterfowl hunting last year. All 3 couples each have a dog, We have our Lab (male), Couple A has a German Shorthair Pointer (female), and Couple B has a Lab (female). Couple B claimed that their dog was well trained as a hunting dog, and was non-agressive. I noticed that Couple B’s dog did not listen well to commands, and she would occasionally growl at Couple A’s dog. We have reached the end of our hunt that day, and we start to pack up our gear and head back to the trucks. My dog is with me while me Fiance starts picking up gear, and Couple A’s dog is next to Husband A. Suddenly, all I can hear is a deep growl, barking and yelping. I look over to see Husband A and my Fiance prying Couple B’s Dog’s jaws off of Couple A’s dog. My Fiance had to pound her head and forcibly pry her off Couple A’s dog. Couple A’s dog ended up with a terrible infection and stitches. This was a lab, not a pit bull, not a GSD, not a doberman, a LAB. In the hands of someone who does not take the time and effort to train the dog and get it acclimated to other people and dogs, any dog can be agressive and dangerous.
Post # 12
I kind of felt bad for the breed and gave them the benefit of the doubt, until my dog was attacked by one also. Our town does not have a leash law and pretty much everyone lets their dog roam freely. Dogs from half mile or so down the street will soemtimes wander into our yard and play in ours or just trot around. When we walk our dog though, he’s on leash though and this dog ran out of his yard and went straight in for the attack out of no where even though we were across the street. The owner was shocked… his father, a vet, and everone in their office was shocked that this sweet dog would attack another. But my dog sure had the hole in his neck from the bite and stitches to prove it. They said they would build a fence, and keep the dog at their parents house until then. But since then, they’ve had a baby, and still no fence and the dog hasn’t returned. My guess is they didn’t want their “sweet” dog back with the baby knowing what it was capable of and how little power they had to stop the attack once it’d started.
I’m sure they can be a great dog. Another one of my friends has one and is pregnant and I’m sure she is not getting rid of the dog. But for me, no… it’s not a dog I woud choose to have.
Post # 13
My best friend owns a pit bull who is the biggest dopey sweetheart. There is a great one who lives in our neighborhood as well. Pit bulls can be wonderful dogs. That being said, I doubt I would ever own one because I prefer smaller dogs (we have a cocker spaniel). So in my case it’s a just a breed/size preference, not fear or discrimination against them.
Post # 14
I’m an animal lover, but I personally am really scared of Pitbulls. I freeze when I walk past pits and pit mixes on the street. I know logically they can be loyal pets, but it still doesn’t stop that fear. I would not want to live near one personally and would feel more strongly about that after having kids.
Post # 15
I agree about not passing judgement on an entire breed. I think each situation is different.