Post # 16
While I do agree that every dog can bite, I do believe certain breeds are much more prone to being aggressive (pitbulls, rottweilers, Doberman etc) hence why those are the dogs people typically use as guard dogs or for fight (I find it hard to believe anyone would train a golden retriever or yorkie to fight). With that being said I do believe these breeds can be magnificent companions. I personally would never own one nor do I think people with small children should either.
Post # 17
I have a pit bull mix. I also have a 6 month old. The pitbull is definitely the bigger baby. 🙂
I believe that no matter what breed you own, it is imperative to teach children to respect their pets. I also believe that all owners should train their dogs.
My dog is properly trained and I feel 100% safe with my son around him. I don’t leave them alone together for long periods of time, but I wouldn’t leave my son alone for long periods of time at this point, so it’s not because of the breed. My biggest concern is that my dog thinks he is a lap dog and doesn’t realize his size (again, most big dogs are the same) and his head is SO hard! it hurts me if we bump heads, so I’m aware of that with the baby.
Post # 18
MrsAtlantis : I completely understand your fear. As I mentioned, we have several friends who have/had very sweet pit bulls. However, one of my other friends has a male, unaltered pitbull who does make me uncomfortable. Over the years, I have been to this friend’s house several times, with her dog trying to completely mount me each time. He will jump up on me, wrap his front legs around my legs/butt, and literally try to get me down on the floor to hump me! He never is violent or aggressive, but obviously this behavior is an issue. And apparently he only does it to me.
This is not a pitbull problem, but rather a lack of training problem.
Post # 19
kawood0618 : I would adopt a pitbull if s/he was the right dog for us. I would never adopt a pet off of a website without meeting it first though. Breed does not define temperament. I know some wonderful pitbulls and one that’s in desperate need of better training (she was abused and then “rescued” by friends who have never had a dog before and they are in way over their head even though their hearts are in the right place). I was attacked, unprovoked, by a beagle once. My dog was once attacked by a chiuahua and the owner was saying it wasn’t possible for her dog to attack mine since he was about 50 pounds at the time – well if mine wasn’t such a giant baby and realized he was stronger than her dog that might be true, but he was tail between the legs, cowering, trying to hide and crying! Any dog has the potential to be an asshole if it isn’t properly socialized and trained. I always feel bad for those dogs though – they got stuck with crappy owners.
Post # 20
I don’t trust them at all and I kind of like dogs….
Post # 21
Pit bulls are wonderful, loyal, big goofy companions who get a bad reputation through the misdeeds of a few bad owners who have made their dogs aggressive. When treated with love and care pit bulls are excellent dogs.
Dogs are a lot like people. Some are good, some are bad. Doesn’t make all people bad though!
ETA: My sister is a pitbull advocate who has worked extensively in the pet industry as a vet, trainer and now full time upscale pet salon owner. She has always had wonderful pibbles who are gentle, kind and full of love. Her two pit bulls live with her french bull dog and two persian cats and are by far the sweetest animals out of the bunch she owns and wouldn’t dream of harming the smaller animal companions in their home.
Post # 22
futuremrssquiggs : That’s very responsible of you. All of the maulings you hear about always begin with “The child was left unsupervised with the pitbulls for (blank) minutes…”. I do not think that any dog should be left alone with babies/young children, regardless of breed.
Post # 23
MrsAtlantis : I own a pitbull and I am STILL nervous when I see another one on the street. Mine is mixed, so it doesn’t have that muscle look to it, but they are big and can be scary looking!
Post # 25
kawood0618 : TLDR: I’m in the “blame the trainer, not the dog” camp.
Every single dog has the potential of being aggressive – it’s an animal, you can’t reason with it. It’s up to the human to train it properly and behave accordingly! I’m completely passionate about dogs and dog behaviour/psychology, and I’d like to think that my guys are trained pretty well, but I still recognize that a dog is an animal, and if I don’t want to risk my (future) baby getting hurt by the dog, then it’s probably not a good idea to leave the baby alone with the dog (whether it’s a pittbull, german shepherd, poodle or a chihuahua). You can never be too careful!
Right now it’s Pittbulls, but it used to be Rottweilers, Doberman, German Shepherds. People just adopt/buy dogs for their looks and don’t take on the responsibility of training them and socializing them well.
German Shepherds are my happy place – there are 4 on our street and 3 of them are ALWAYS BARKING. They’re either chained or behind an electric fence – meanwhile my guy is a huge ball of love and joy because we worked a LOT on socializing him and drilling respect into his cute fuzzy head!
Sorry that got really long hahah, I’m passionate about the subject!
Post # 26
I grew up with pits. We trained them pretty strictly- set a lot of boundaries and made sure they knew who was “in charge” of the household. That being said, we loved them, spoiled them, showed them affection, and let them know they could trust us. We had them spayed very young- both the males and females- and gave them plenty of exercise. They were great around children, loyal, funny, and very affectionate. Never had a problem because we trained them appropriately, had them “fixed” on time, and loved them endlessly. Love pits. Would get one again if I could. <3
To add to this, my dad’s 2 pit bulls and my miniature dachshund are great friends and love to snuggle.
Post # 27
I’ve been attacked by waaaay more chihuahuas than I have pit bulls. Little assholes.
But even then, its never stopped me from owning chihuahuas.
Post # 28
futuremrssquiggs : thanks for sharing! I’ll keep that in mind next time I walk past a pit mix 🙂 I’ve met some pit mixes like yours that are very sweet and loyal dogs! Some pits really give the whole breed a strong reputation.
kawood0618 : I think if you are confident in your abilities to care for a pit rescue and you find the right one, you already know the answer then 🙂 I hope you find the perfect rescue pups for your family!
Post # 29
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kawood0618 : I rescued a pitbull and she was the best dog. She was very loving and sweet mannered. She never bit or attempted to attack anyone. The only thing she wanted to do was lick your face! She was a muscular dog as most pitbulls are, but she was very good. She was obedient and just a great all-around dog! I think it’s a shame that people give the breed a bad name. There are penty of iother dog types that attack other dogs and people, but there’s a stigma around pitbulls which is why you hear about them more often. It doesn’t necesarily mean they attack the most. My sweet girl is now resting in doggie heaven, but she LOVED kids! She was would stand guard next to my nephew as a baby and if he would cry she would look at him then bark or paw one of us as to inform us the baby needed something. She would let kids play with her and pet her and she was super genlte. I would get another pit bull with no hesitation. I know many people who have pit bulls and there have never been any incidents with them, but there have been incidents in my neighborhood with mini pinchers, chihuahuas, german shepherds, labs, and a few other types of dogs over the years, but never once a pitbull.
Post # 30
All dogs bite or have the potential to bite. Even the best trained dog could bite if it feels scared or threatend enough or whatever. Some breeds do more damage than others. I would rather be bitten by a beagle than a pit bull. While I have met lots of really sweet pit bulls, I would never own one myself.