(Closed) “Pitbulls”- are you afraid?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Are you afraid of "pitbulls"?
    Yes- A very dangerous type of dog : (86 votes)
    22 %
    No- I have one! : (71 votes)
    18 %
    Yes- I'm generally afraid of dogs, though : (17 votes)
    4 %
    No- I've never met one : (14 votes)
    4 %
    Maybe- I've met just as many good as bad : (70 votes)
    18 %
    No- Why should I be? : (139 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Not an option, but I am not afraid of them.  I’ve come across several of them and my mom had a pit bull that a friend bought from someone who tried to train her for fighting.  Amber, the pit bull, wanted no part in fighting and was the most lovable dog ever.  She was very protective as well, but that’s part of her nature.  Unfortunately, my mom couldn’t keep her so I am hoping someone took good care of her.

    I would only be afraid to have a pit bull around a small animal such as a cat or even my dog – she’s a maltese.

    Post # 4
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I voted “Yes,” but it is more complicated than that.  I know pitbulls are absolutely wonderful dogs, but unfortunately a lot of people (in places I have lived) raise them to be mean.  That being said, when I see one, I watch out.

    Post # 5
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    1135 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    I didn’t vote because I’m not afraid of them, have met several, but don’t own one.  So there’s not really an option for me.  

    ETA: Thanks for the new poll option!

    Post # 6
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    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

     

    my brother has one and he is like the least scary dog i have ever spent time with. we have never heard him bark and he is such a cuddler. he just wants to be loved!! he is strong and wants to please but extremely smart.. if you train them right they are incredible pets… i plan to rescue my own this summer.

    Post # 7
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    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    also, they have the most human eyes and so much personality. when i still lived with my parents he was seriously my best friend. he slept, curled up in my arms every night 🙂

    Post # 8
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    1872 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I’m not afraid of any breeds. I’m afraid of certain individual dogs. 

    Post # 9
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    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I voted maybe.  I know they can be very nice dogs, but they also can be very aggressive.  It all depends on the owner, but if I met one in a dark alley, I would certainly be cautious. 

    Post # 10
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I actually do not have one, but you didn’t have a choice for not afraid and I think they are great dogs.  

    Any dog that bites is very likely to be called a “pitbull” by the new media whether or not it actually is.  I also think it is funny when the dog is described as a 80# pitbull, pits run about 35-45 pounds.  If it’s 80 pounds it ain’t a pitbull.

     

    I know of a vet who went to an investigation to ID the dog who “attacked”- a toddler ran up to a tied up dog, the dog jumped up in excitement and knocked the kid over.  The kid hit his head and was badly hurt, but there was not a mark on him from the dog.  The dog was a nice, hyper, retriever-type.  The police and the media described it as a pitbull who attacked a child.  Don’t believe everything you read.

    Post # 11
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    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m not afraid of them. I dont’ own one, but  I’m around them from time to time, I have friends that have them, and I show my dog so there are pit bulls (Am Staffs) at the dog shows.

    You never see the headline “champion show dog attacks” or “pit bull attack at agility competition”, etc. The dogs that attack are typically those that are poorly bred (bred in the “ghetto”), untrained, and unsocialized, and usually chained. That’s a recipe for disaster regardless of breed.

    There actually isn’t a breed “pit bull”. The term pit bull refers to a type of dog; including American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and anything that resembles being full or part of those breeds. So a boxer/lab mix? If it scares someone, it’s a “pit bull”.

    I hate when people think only thugs own pit bulls. This dog is considered a “pit bull”, I can guarentee that no thug or white trash owns it!

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    Here’s a good read for those scared of them “The Pitbull Placebo”.

    And a good video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9UCYoCzDoU

     

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    Post # 12
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    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Same as JennyW1….I’m not afraid of any particular breeds. I worked at dog kennels during and after my high school years and honestly, I came across nastier little dogs. I have a very sweet Cocker Spaniel, but boy did I meet some snappy Cockers. Lots of little terriers tried to bite my hand off, too. As far as the pits, dobies, rotties and shephards, I only met a few at the kennel that were a little “iffy”. Most were absolute sweethearts.

    I will admit that I live out in the suburbs and if I came across a pit bull in the city, I’d be more leary, for sure.

    Post # 13
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    301 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I have a pitbull and he is the most lovable thing ever! He’s such a big baby :”]] We also have a cat and little dogs and he is great with them. Pitbulls do seem to get a lot of attention on the news, but there are so many other breeds out there with a worse reputation that you never hear about

    Post # 14
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    48 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I have a pit bull.  We took her in after a friend couldn’t take care of her any more.  She was about four months old at the time and her name is Delilah. She’s seriously the sweetes dog I’ve ever had and she has soooo much personality its crazy.  She knows what she wants, when she wants it and if you don’t give it to her she practically talks to you like a child. She snuggles on the couch on a regular basis with my sisters cat, and plays tag with my grandmas little 5 pound dog. Hype on the dog is overrated.  Its the people who get their hands on them we should be worried about!

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    Post # 16
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am more afraid of mastiffs and bull dogs.

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