(Closed) “Pitbulls”- are you afraid?

posted 11 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Are you afraid of "pitbulls"?

    Yes- A very dangerous type of dog

    No- I have one!

    Yes- I'm generally afraid of dogs, though

    No- I've never met one

    Maybe- I've met just as many good as bad

    No- Why should I be?

  • Post # 167
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Like I’ve seen so many times on here already and is so true.. most people don’t even know what a real pit bull is.  When they were introduced into America, the Pit Bull wasn’t larger than 30 pounds or so.  But now we have 60 to 80 pound dogs that people are calling Pit Bulls when its completely untrue.  My brindle girl Delilah was bred by someone who didn’t know what they were doing.  The lady had a “pitbull” and her son’s girlfriend had a “pitbull” so they decided to breed them.  NO research, nothing done in an effort to make sure they were doing things right.  My girl is called a Pit Bull, but she’s 75 pounds and only 9 months old.  Fiance and I joke all the time that she’s our little inbred… but the sad part is that she probably is. There is definitely some larger dog breeds somewhere along the line in her, but the lady who bred her maintains that she is “healthy” stock because she is so big…. If only she really knew!

    Post # 168
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    748 posts
    Busy bee

    @abbyful:

    Yes, the dog was extremely aggressive. I have lived and worked with dogs all my life. This was at a pet store, but before working there I had taken animal behavior classes at college and worked with dogs professionally in training. I have worked with countless “aggressive” dogs who just needed to be trained properly and given time to adjust socially. When I say a dog is truly aggressive, I mean the dog is aggressive despite how old it is.

    I don’t believe the stigma attached to pitbulls and knew the dog when it was 8 weeks old. She was the sweetest thing as a puppy. Unfortunately, besides keeping the dog locked up in a small apartment all day with no social interaction, the guy’s son would constantly provoke it and encourage its aggressive behavior. I told the owner that he needed to do something immediately to save the dog. With the right trainer, the dog would undoubtably be the sweet girl she was the first time I met her.

     

    EDIT: I’m so glad you’ve provided all this great information to the thread! It’s all too common that people see a “bully breed” and immediately assume they want to eat their children. It’s a real shame because they are naturally so gentle and loving.

    Post # 170
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    Busy bee

    Hahaha, It’s true! I have an 80lb square faced mutt that people clutch their children away from. He’s such a big baby and cuddle bug though. Any dog that looks remotely like the bullies get the same reactions (BLOOD THIRSTY MONSTER!). It’s awful!

    Post # 172
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    4211 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @helenberrycrunch: Im happy a lot of people love their bully breed dog, but at the same time Im sad that so many people have the opinion of “theyre illegal for a reason”. Yeah, they are illegal in some places because people are ignorant and close-minded!!

    Post # 173
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    748 posts
    Busy bee

    Well, if you don’t mind…..

     

    here’s my baby boy.

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    Post # 174
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    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m not afraid of pit bulls per say, but I am afraid of any dog who has been trained to be aggressive, or whose owner is not supervising it. There are people in our neighborhood who walk their dogs off the leash, and I worry about each and every dog I see like that – I don’t know what they could do to me or my dog.

    I have to admit that I have been hurt by a pit bull I know. She is very sweet and well-intentioned, but doesn’t know her own strength. She gets mouthy sometimes when playing, and she has so much muscle that when she steps or jumps on me, she knocks me over. That could be easily fixed with training, though, and is more a reflection on her owners IMO.

    Post # 175
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    248 posts
    Helper bee

    I had to share this one. This is what I saw when I woke up this morning ๐Ÿ™‚ The two loves of my life!!

     

    Post # 176
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    699 posts
    Busy bee

    @SBourgeous: awwww sweet face! she is adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 178
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    495 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I don’t really like dogs in general, and I’m only ok with being around certain breeds. I was attacked by a german shepard when I was a kid, and I don’t like large dogs at all, not even labs. Pit bulls look very menacing, and they have a bad reputation for a reason.

    I’m not saying that they’re all vicious and that they can’t be trained, or that your dog is dangerous, but when people in my apartment complex walk their pit bulls or other large dogs and I don’t want their dog sniffing my leg or getting near me, I get some weird looks and people act as though I’m scared of nothing. (Pit bulls and other larger dogs aren’t even ALLOWED in my complex, but people keep them anyway.)

    I guess all I can say is please keep your dog on a leash and don’t act all miffed if I don’t want to pet your dog or have anything to do with it.

    Post # 179
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    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I equate the popular “fear” of a pit bull attack with the “fear” many parents have about their children being abducted by strangers. Both are very rare, unlikely events, but they invoke such hysteria and finger-pointing when they do happen that you would think they are far more common occurences.

    I have an 85-lab mix who has the sweetest, dumbest expression on his face and Yoda-like ears. He adores people, but does NOT get along with other dogs. We have taken him to training and had him evaluated, and he is an alpha male who doesn’t want to share his territory with other dogs, especially when confined on his leash. We have only successfully socialized him with one other dog–my parents’–which we were able to spend hours and days initializing.

    So we have the opposite problem of pit bull owners–everyone “knows” that all labs are friendly, so they march their dogs over to mine without asking and I have to get stern and keep repeating, “he’s NOT friendly with other dogs–PLEASE keep your distance!” So in this case, my dog’s breed puts us at risk because others assume he is harmless and wants to play with their dog. Meanwhile, the gorgeous, well-behaved neighborhood Akita has people crossing the streets to get away from him.

    There is a pit bull that lives in our building, and I was one of those people who couldn’t identify him right away. My fiance mentioned what a sweet PB he was, and I said “I just rode in the elevator with a Pit Bull?? No way!” So I consider myself schooled. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 180
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    1668 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @bellenga: daddy!! he was my fav :'(

    Post # 181
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    748 posts
    Busy bee

    @runnerbeez:

    Oh my gosh! That is so sweet. I get a very similar scene when I wake up and FH is snuggling with our American Eskimo ๐Ÿ™‚

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