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Top Ten Reasons Why You Can’t Trust Pit Bulls

Top Ten Reasons Why You Can’t Trust Pit BullsPit Bull As A Pet

10. They will steal your spot on the couch while you are up getting a soda.
9. They will take the treat you give them and bury in the back yard… like they’re paranoid about something!
8. They will jump on your bed with muddy feet. Making you do the laundry… again!
7. They will lick visitors with an uncontrolled passion only they understand.
6. They will cause children to SMILE.
5. They will make you feel horrible for not walking them by looking at you with deep sad eyes.
4. They will look at you like you committed a crime against them if you don’t let them lick your ice cream bowl.
3. They will cause wide spread happiness in large group settings.
2. They will crack you up by shaking their butts so hard you think they are going to snap in half.
1. They will steal your heart like a thief in the night, showing you complete and pure love that only a Pit Bull can show.

If you know or own a pit bull – we know you can relate to this list prepared by – Jason Mann! To know a pit bull is to love a pit bull!

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  • adventck

    11. they’re always sleep so close to you, or flat out steal your bed

  • yeahnoIdontthinkso

    My brother lost a part of his ear to a pit bull, when he was 6.  We were walking to school and the owner didn’t have the damn thing on a leach.  It darted out into the road and tackled him to the ground.  I can’t stand pit bulls, not to mention they are disgusting looking dogs.

    • Jill

      I am so sorry to hear about your brother, but as you noted it was clearly an owner issue and not the dog’s issue. Clearly the owner was not a responsible owner and we can only imagine what type of life this dog had to do that kind of damage. While I understand the dislike of pit bulls when things like this happen, I wish people could be more open minded and reach out to the breed that are well trained and loved – then you can see what we see in them. And while there are breeds I am not fond of, I would never say any breed of dog is “disgusting looking” – would you say that about a person? I appreciate your views but hope in the future you can be more open minded. There is a good reason there are millions of pit bull lovers out there.

      • ginny

        We got our first pit bull in Jan. She is loving and everyone of that list is true about her. Agree with Jill re: bad owners and that can be true of almost any dog.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406994025 Chris

          the dog should not be uatntended no matter what. even if the dog is not a puppy, it can still get into trouble. u can watch the dog from, a nearby window. the time u leave the dog outside {supervised} should depend on the weather {if its cold have him out for a short time maybe 10-20 min u dont want him to suffer from frost-bite, if its warm have him out a medium time maybe 30-40 min, if its hot have him out for about 10-20 min u dont want him to suffer from a heat stroke}

      • http://arfsden.wordpress.com Rudi Feigllor

        I agree with Jill. Few years ago a couple of drug addicts had left their 6 year old daughter with their pit bull in closed room. Now I have to mention that the poor dog was raised and trained to fight in the dog fights. I don’t know what did the little girl to enrage the dog but I do know from the words of another neighbor that when the girl started to shout her mother didn’t move a finger. “She’s playing”, – she said. Yes, the dog had killed the girl and after this case the “Dangerous Breeds Ban” was accepted in our country causing a lot of grief and suffering to the innocent dogs who were abandoned by their coward owners. But who is to blame? The dog or his owners who drove him crazy because they needed money to buy drugs? I think that the only thing the dogs are really guilty of is that they are too much dependable on us humans and trust us too much.
        BTW, I was a cat lover before I’ve met Justina (our pit bull that my wife found dying on the street and brought home) and she had captured my heart in no time.

    • laura

      Your brother endured an awful event. I agree with Jill that this has a lot more to do with the owner than the dog. Pits are powerful dogs and it is important that they are trained correctly. I have a staffordshire bull terrier – related to a pit. He is the most affectionate dog in the world and I think he’s beautiful. I understand your feelings, but you might be surprised by what you find if you try to keep an open mind.

    • jaycee

      I have a dachshund who would not hesitate to run up to a kid who showed fear and bite them. dachshunds are known for not being kid friendly and being loyal to only one or two people. so its all dogs who have the capacity to attack.

      • Sarah

        Funny you say that. My uncle has 4 dachshunds that stare and growl and snarl at my younger kids if we visit. Needless to say, I’ve only been there a couple times in the last few years. The oldest male stands ready to pounce and doesn’t listen to them when they tell him to relax. However, I have a pit bull that is much more calm and attentive and that listens to us no matter what. I’ll take my one pit over a few dachshunds any day, lol.

      • floyd504

        Thanks for the reminder. Was visiting my youngest son and was bitten by his girlfriends mothers dog 4 times just trying to get in the house. Actually as many dogs as I have been around, the ones that have bitten me were the “ankle biters”, small,quick and mostly annoying. They have 2 dogs and were “sitting” for 3 others.

      • Dan

        In 51 years of being around dogs, the only one that has bitten me was a dachshund when I was about 10 years old. It wasn’t the dog’s fault. The owners kids got the dog so wound up that when they pushed me, the dog reacted. It was an inept owner’s poor control and training of the dog and his kids. Pretty much the same problem with any dog bite incident unless dealing with a truly brain damaged animal.

      • http://www.wienerwonderland.com Tamar

        Dachshunds are terrible dogs & total a-holes. No one should have one. They are #2 on the list of dogs most likely to bite. They pee all over the house, bark at strangers, try to attack other dogs and chew up the house.

        So why do I have six of them?????????

    • Abby

      Just wanted to add there are a lot of dogs that look like pit bulls, but are not pit bulls at all, i.e. Presa Canario. And I am sorry about your brother. But I agree with Jill. It was the owner. I heard on the news not to long ago about a Golden Retriever that killed its family’s baby. All dogs are animals and not one breed is better than the other. Like people, some can snap and can kill. Some get freaked and will try and protect themselves. Every dogs have a different personality, it’s up to the owner to make sure they understand their dog.

    • Charie

      I am sorry for your experience as well but I think perhaps you are blaming the wrong end of the leash. There are no bad dogs only bad owners. Statistically, chihuahuas bite more people every year and account for more dog related E.R. visits every year than any other dog in the U.S. but no one holds grudges or protests over them.

      • Sandra

        Chihuahuas are so angry because they’re actually Great Danes in tight clothing. Just kidding, I love my little dogs but yes they forget they are small or perhaps because they are small they feel insecure and feel the need to be ferocious. I keep them on a leash when walking and I put them in another room when small children are around. Any responsible owner should understand their pet’s natures.

    • Sara Ithinkso

      you come onto a Pit Bull enthusiast site, and then criticize the dogs they are creating an entire website for, and you feel this comment was IMPERATIVE to share?

      /applause

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406999287 Kiki

        Personally, I don’t think you can teach your dogs the difference betewen baby and dog toys because to him, toys are toys and they look the same. I would just keep the baby toys in one area and the dog toys in another. It may settle a little confusion. Sooner or later the dog will catch on: my toys are over here and the baby is over there playing with hers . Any time you see him trying to play with the baby’s toys, correct him. Hope i helped atleast a little. Also, you may want to let the dog/baby play at the same time but in different areas. This way the dog won’t take the baby’s toys and vise versa.

    • Dez

      The only people who think pit bulls are dangerous are the ones who have been brainwashed to believe a domesticated dog can have anger issues bred into it. You could use that same opinion to be racist, too.
      Just because a dog was raised by an idiot doesn’t mean the whole breed deserves to be treated like shit.

      =/ You should educate yourself.

    • Graw-_@

      The only problem with pitpulls, are the people who own pitbulls. Unfortunately, because of the way they look and their reputation, it tends to be the kind of people who shouldn’t own dogs in the first place. They’re the kind of people who have them as status symbols or guard dogs and train them to be vicious. I knew a fellow once who owned a rottweiller (another breed that gets a bad rep) who would walk his dog offleash and encourage it to attack other dogs. That poor dog was the sweetest thing you could possibly imagine before he began to mistreat it.

      It’s people like that that give pitbulls and other dog breeds a bad name. Any dog can be vicous. I’ve been attacked twice by German shepherds and know at least 2 others who have also. I have no extra trepidation around German shepherds. In all of these cases the dogs were owned by people who did not train or treat their dogs properly and that was the result.

      Every pitbull I’ve ever met, on the other hand, has been sweet and gentle and usually wanted nothing more than to play or have someone pet them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407011803 Flor

        Dogs have an emotional need to see a human and icnreatt with them on a daily basis. I hire a professional dog sitter who comes by, cleans the kennel, freshens food water and then walks the dog or plays with him. She gives us an hour for $ 16/day.I wouldn’t leave your dog alone for mroe than 24 hours.TX Mom

    • Maria

      So what?? Just because your brother was bitten by ONE Pit Bull you hate them all? That’s ridiculous. I was attacked by a Doberman when I was a teenager, but even though I was young I wasn’t dumb enough to think all Dobes are bad. Today I own, and have owned many, Dobermans and I thank doG that I wasn’t small minded and cowardly enough to hate them because of ONE lousy incident!!
      I also have 2 Pit Bulls and I love them to pieces! <3

    • Valerie

      My sisters dog ripped a guys ear off too! He tripped and fell startling the dog andover so fast my sister couldn’t stop the dog fast enough. The do was NOT a pit bull though. That is a dog thing. Has nothing to do with breed. I would be looking to the owner.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406998279 Adriana

        Depends on the dog and the actual coidntions being left in. What time of year and the region of the country should be taken into consideration. If it is during the cool or wet season be sure there is a place the dog can go to stay dry and warm like a dog house. For winter it would first depend on the breed of dog and if the dog has been spending hours outside already. Many breeds develope a winter coat naturally, just get your dog use to extended time alone. Look at it this way, how long can you stay out in the same whether with a light jacket, and use that as a gage

    • DAn

      Hey sorry bout your brothers ear, I was in a similar situation as a kid, I was helping my friend on his paper route and as he walked past a particular house a pit bull was in his yard and not on a leash and the dog charged and my friend ran newspapers flying, he did not get bit the dog backed down after several shouts. I own a pitbull i have 2 small children, the dog is a fixed female veyr well mannered and protective of the children I could not spank my children with the dog in the room. I have been bitten three times in my life german shepard, pomeranian, cockerspanial. I would trust my dog with my children also with protection of my home. I feel safe in my home without a gun. My dog knows who belongs and who does not. Moral of the story is I feel pitbulls just like any other breed must be socialized properly with children and other animals and strange people. They must be respected and kept away from agression and never praised for it. AND SPAY AND NEUTER creates a much more docile animal

    • Melissa

      I’m so sorry about what happened to your brother and I’m sure that was traumatizing!

      BUT, when I was very young also I was attacked by a poodle mix TWICE and it was very traumatizing as well. Now, little dogs scare me a bit.

      My very OWN dog growing up was a Shepherd/Husky mix that attacked my brother’s friend… TWICE!! That was very bad as well.

      My point is that just because your brother was bitten by a pit bull, it does not mean that all pit bulls will do this. More often than not a pit bull, like any other dog, will not do that. You only hear of the cases in the media more because of the stereotyping.

      I suggest you go and meet some.

    • Leila

      A Golden Retriever attacked my sister on her 8th birthday. It ripped off chunks of her face and lip which required plastic surgery to somewhat repair. She still has scars… I still love ALL dogs.

    • http://n/a Tomiko Race

      Okay here goes was that dog a rescue? was that dog “if a rescue” abused in any way, or even maybe rescued from a fighting ring “in which someone was trying to train him”, did it come to the conclusion that they owner didn’t properly get his dog out or was the dog used as home security. Now here is other questions have you seen the statistics that their are more dog bites caused by dalmations, or chihuahuas. You need to realize to stop judging animals, I was bit by a dog before, but I don’t hate that breed. Remember dogs are more afraid of your and being that they are defenseless, they have to protect themselves. I am sorry for your brother but it is time to forgive and forget, if you don’t like the breed then don’t, but keep your comments about not liking them and again maybe you need to do some research and learn alittle bit more, instead of being so naive. BTW, I have never owned a Pit bull but I would in a flat second, I however do have two English Bulldogs and mind that they are loving and cute and goofy looking at times, they also bite so are you going to start hating English Bulldogs. Maybe you need to open your eyes and stop blaiming a majority for a minority,

    • yvonne

      I have a beautiful pitt and she always cheers me up, they have lost of love to give, unfortunately its human error, no animal is born bad.

    • BJ

      My daughter had her nose ripped off by a pitbull! Trust me…..it wasn’t the dogs fault! That dog was abused from a puppy and the owner was always kicking him around! I now own a pitbull of my own and I raised her from the time she hit the floor during birth! My daughter also loves her to death and we wouldn’t trade her for the world!! If they are raised right and treated with the respect that any living being is supposed to be, they are your best friends! They are more than lovable and give respect back! I’m sorry you and your sister had a bad experience, but that was just one dog and any breed can be that way, it all depends on the owner and how the dog is treated. You give respect and love, you will receive respect and love. You give mean and intolerable abuse and you will receive the same! Karma not only goes for humans, it goes for animals as well!

    • Jenn G.

      You’re naïve & misinformed if you think for a second that it couldn’t have just as easily been a lab or even a Chihuahua.

    • Ampitk9

      Your ignorance does not warrant a response from informed educated K9 trainers and/or owners. Enough said!

    • sherry

      You need to blame the owner, not the dog for biting your brother. You are one of the people who perpetuate hatred and distrust in one of the most beautiful, loyal dogs around. I will be the first to admit there are bad dogs out there of all breeds but 99% of the reason for a bad dog is its owner. Dogs do not have the mentality to think, I am going to run out there and bite that human, place the blame where it really belongs…..on the owner.

  • Tricia

    Many pit bulls can say they have had their ears cut up by humans, there are many disgusting humans out there. The more people I meet, the more I love my dog, she’s a pit bull. <3

    • bett

      =) dogs are the best, cutting ears and tails is barbaric.

  • jr whitlock

    I total am a pit lover there is one thing people need ta understand mean dogs aren’t born they r made I hav a 135 pound American red nose that thinks he’s a lap dog & me & my 3 kids love him like no other he is the sweetest most loving pit I have ever owned his only problem is when he sees him self n the mirror he runs if he knew what he was he’d b scared of him self lol point bein u treat Ur pit like he’s family instead of like a animal he will act like family instead of a animal pitty owner till the end

  • Paul B. Paine

    Pitbulls used to be used as nannies for rich people’s children. The only thing wrong with some pitbulls is some of their owners!! Some owners should be put down.
    Paul B. Paine from Victoria, BC

    • ryan

      Pitbulls were breed for fighting

      • Ociefus Bain

        And again, your wrong. They were bred for initially for hunting and herding. The emphasis of the breed was placed on muscularity not for fighting other dogs but for helping hold down large animals. Similar in nature to the Labrador which was bred to retrieve game birds for the hunter. The pit bull breed was bred to assist hunters and butchers control large animals…not to kill them…to hold them. They actually have one of the best temperaments of any dog and have the patience of Job when it comes to being poked and pestered. This is the primary reason why they were used as Nanny Dogs. They had the protective instincts to keep children safe and the patience to tolerate child behavior. Again, try using facts and logic rather than idiotic assertions.

        • Chihuahuaking

          Pit Bull Terrier
          The Pit Bull Terrier was created by breeding Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs together to produce a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the bulldog.[6] These dogs were bred in England, and arrived in the United States where they became the direct ancestors of the American Pitbull Terrier. In the United Kingdom pit bulls were used in bloodsports such as bull baiting, bear baiting and cock fighting.

      • Tyler Smart

        You dumbass. Do research. I hate you

  • Paul B. Paine

    In the sixties German Shepards were the most evil dogs this side of hell, in the seventies dobermans were the devil dogs of choice, in the nineties it was the Rotties, you could find horror stories about every big dog breed in the world

    • ryan

      More deaths by pitbulls then any of those dogs combined

      • mrs.vice

        People like u are the reason the world is the way it is. OK dude your right and everyone is wrong. Your misinformation has you lost. How bout do a little research before commenting on something you know nothing about.

        • intrepid277

          Actually.. on this point he’s right. Pitbulls ARE in fact responsible for 93% of deaths resulting from dog bites.

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all pits are terrible and evil, and those that are were probably made that way by people, but the fact Ryan stated is, in reality, a fact.

          • Critter70

            If you are going to give numbers like that you need to tell us what study it is from. From what I have found it looks like you just pulled it out your arce.

          • Suzi Owens

            No it is not a fact. Those stats come from dogsbite.org. They cite numbers based on incorrect reports and media hype.

          • Suzi Owens

            And they are not even ‘stats.’

      • Critter70

        Show me where you get your facts. What study? Acording to who?

      • Ociefus Bain

        Congratulations you have managed to use statistics to selectively prove your point. The reasons for those statistics have nothing to do with the dog being “evil” it has to do with the popularity of the breed. There are more pitbulls then all of those dogs combined. That would be as idiotic as saying most fatalities in the U.S. are White people so clearly white people must be prone to more life threatening issues. Statistics without contextual research are meaningless. Another way to look at it is this. There are liars, Damn Liars, and Statisticians.

      • alex

        Saying “pitbulls were bred for fighting” over and over while people present FACTS to you doesn’t make you right. It makes you look like am uneducated moron.

        • Chihuahuaking

          Pit Bull Terrier
          The Pit Bull Terrier was created by breeding Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs together to produce a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the bulldog.[6] These dogs were bred in England, and arrived in the United States where they became the direct ancestors of the American Pitbull Terrier. In the United Kingdom pit bulls were used in bloodsports such as bull baiting, bear baiting and cock fighting. THERE IS SOME FACTS FOR YOU FROM WIKIPEDIA.

          • Lisa

            Wikipedia is your source? Wikipedia? Here is a direct “citation” from Wikipedia: Wikipedia is not considered a credible source. Wikipedia is increasingly used by people in the academic community, from freshman students to professors, as an easily accessible tertiary source for information about anything and everything. However, citation of Wikipedia in research papers may be considered unacceptable, because Wikipedia is not considered a credible or authoritative source.
            This is especially true considering anyone can edit the information given at any time:

          • hannahbobanna89

            From Wikipedia? ! Anyone, including dumbasses, can post on Wikipedia. Do some real research that involves you to do more than use a Google search bar, and you may get people to listen. Until then, keep wasting your breath with opinions of what other people have posted.

      • Elaine Dean Smith

        Well the way I see it is more death by man than all the dogs combined…. Animals act according to the way they are taught…. That’s my story and I`m sticking to it..

  • Rachel

    To the folk who have some bloody sob story about ‘how I got attacked by a pit/rott/Dobie’, cry me a damn river. You want to know how often I get bit by the freaking ankle biters? I work with pits and numerous other ‘dangerous’ breeds because I’ve worked at an animal shelter for nearly 5 years. Yeah, a few of the ‘dangerous’ breeds have tried to bite too. You want to know why? Because jackasses decide to over breed them (as well as inbreeding), breed them for the aggression, or will beat them to show them ‘who’s dominant’. News flash, when you beat a dog for for that your only teaching them to stop giving warning. The only reason it’s a big damn deal that the bully breeds have bit is because it hurts, but I can garentee more Chihuahuas, yorkies, and other ankle biters have bit than the big dogs. The worst thing a pit has ever done to me was knock me on my ass because it was so happy to be let out of the kennel.

    • uoflfan

      I adored my Pit, Lori, who passed away a few years ago at the age of 15. She was the calmest and easiest to train of any of my many canine companions. My cousins’ damn Chihuahuas were the meanest dogs I’ve come across and bit me regularly.

  • Jay

    #12. At any given point they are known, more than any other breed of dog, in spite of whether they’re bred to be mean or the sweetest dog ever, to revert to their primal instincts and rip your child apart, or tear off a body part, so much that insurance companies will cancel your policy if they find out you have one, due to an excessive amount of multi-million dollar lawsuits against property owners for owning such a dangerous animal after their pit bull injured someone…

    Oh but it’s cool, I’m sure yours won’t ever do that…I’d bet some child’s life or your entire livelihood on it…

    • Jay

      Oh, and I’d also create a website obviously touting the people whose lives have been affected or ruined by such a common occurrence to react, making light of a real, known issue, making fun of the people who don’t trust the breed because they lost a child, or in yeahidontthinkso’s case, whose brothers life was affected by an attack at the age of 6, and then belittle their experiences by telling them to have an open mind. I’m sure your response is going to have the guy immediately reconsider his understandable outlook and go dangle his baby in front of a pit bull.

      • http://facebook.com/etherslumber Michelle Holley

        And you are the type of person who raise a dog to be full of hate. Dogs can sense and will simulate their humans state. Please, never get any type of dog. You would ruin them.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407024295 John

          Please don’t start the dog vs. baby war already.You are tknailg about a DOG he has no way of knowing that toys he can get at are not for him why would he?You need to keep your baby’s toys where your dogs can’t get to them, not start a problem of dog vs. baby (one of the biggest reasons dogs get dumped when the new baby arrives).Not the dog’s responsibility, it’s yours. Please think this through and don’t make an issue where there is none just keep the baby toys out of reach, you should be monitoring the dogs with the baby at all times anyway and it’s not exactly sanitary to have the baby and his toys where the dogs can lick either.

      • Ampitk9

        You need to educate your dumbass on statistics and quit talking out of your ass my friend!

    • Toby

      That is the biggest load of crap. Everything you just said sounds like the same tired lies I’ve heard from everyone else who has zero pit bull experience or knowledge. In fact, it is the exact OPPOSITE of what you’re saying. They are well known (among those who know what they’re talking about) to have been bred for extreme obedience and loyalty to people. If they were unpredictable with people as a breed, how would the loser thugs who fight them, be able to control them?

    • Jenn

      John,
      Do you have some facts, please? Some links to back up your ridiculous claim that “they are known, more than any other breed of dog…revert to their primal instincts and rip your child apart”.

  • Lauren

    All of the pitbulls I have met in my life have always been extremely sweet. Any problems that involve pitbulls are the owners fault because they didn’t train them properly. They could own a dog that is known for having a very calm, sweet temperment, but if they don’t train them right, the same problems can happen. Don’t blame the dog.

  • Van S

    I love pit bulls…They get a bad rap because of their owners. Any dog can be made into a vicious beast……

  • http://northierthanthou.com northierthanthou

    They will jump on the couch when you leave the house!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407022543 Werique

      then your dog will be fine. At this time of year just check to be sure they don’t get too cold, and a good thing to do in a run if they do get cold is to get a tunnel mtohued igloo house or make a long narrow wooden dog house and put in a thick layer of cedar shavings around the edges of the bed. This will keep them cozy even in some of the really cold weather. An adult dog will be content as long as you make sure that everyday they get plenty of exercise, mental stimulation/training, and quality time with you. Just be careful if your dog is not spayed or neutered as dogs will climb 8 foot fences and in rare cases mate through chain-link. So if your dog is not altered you would need a top and some sort of barrier around the bottom couple of feet.

  • http://www.michellelovesdogs.com Michelle McGuckin

    I love this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • http://www.itssmokeandmirrors.blogspot.com Jana

    As a huge animal advocate, I find it incredibly insensitive of people to assume that because a particular breed did something ungraceful, that the entire breed is bound to that behavior. Here’s a little story: Two years ago I was viciously mauled by a dog I was fostering. I had over 75 bites and 27 “significant” injuries. Care to know the breed? It’s everybody’s new favorite: The Labordoodle. I don’t know what horrible things happened to that animal before he came to our pack. And I was heartbroken to learn after the fact that I was not his first victim; thus, the authorities insisted he be put down. We are guardians, all of us, of our packs and as such we are solely responsible for what they learn and how they socialize. Don’t blame the breed – blame the Guardian.

    • ryan

      If it comes from inbreeding and an aggressive backround then sometimes u can’t train them to be trusting

  • Ivonne hdez

    My pitbull she is in the heaven….she loved to lick my soks until make a hole…she ate my food in 30 sec…i just answered the phone, i came back and no more food and she had a smile… i miss her

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407021043 Ela

      I would never leave my dogs outside udttaenned. However, if you must, you need to have someone check on the dog frequently to make sure they are still in there, have not knocked over their water, have not attracted rodents with the kibble being outside, etc. I personally would never go over 8-9 hours.p.s. I am assuming this is a breed that can even be outside and enjoy it and assuming the weather is appropriate for the breed of dog that is being left outside. If the dog is an akita, then I would not call animal control as quickly as if I saw a min pin outside for more than a few min. udttaenned.

  • http://facebook darlene heaberlin

    hey jay,..slow ya roll!! I was bit at the age of 6 by a doberman pincher that had only 1 eye! Im a pitbull mommy and love my dog as if he was my child,..everyones experience with dogs in general are unique and not like any other,..my point is yes its horrible when people die or get severely hurt by a dog,..but its not only pitbulls,trust & believe that! My dog now is our 6th pitbull weve owned and he is the sweetest lil guy you wld ever meet.I was dragged and bit by tht doberman at age 6, so I know how traumatic it can be FACT! BUT i do NOT hate dogs or think dobermans are bad dogs,..my neighbor has one and she plays with my dog daily,..as both of these lrg breeds play,..they also play with a little boston terrier,..whoem is my dogs best friend!Im sorry shit happens with dogs & people get hurt or die BUT that is plain ignorance…point blank period!!! So lets say u had a friend of an ethnic background and he murdered someone,..does that mean all people of the ethnic heritage are bad & will murder people???? NO!!! it doesnt…same freaking thing for dogs! I respect everyones opinions,..this happens to be mine and u have urs..opinions are like assholes,..everyone has one!! I get it,..& to the person whos brother got part of his ear bit off by a pitbull,..sorry for ya and ya brother,..BUT fall back with all that pitbulls are ugly shit cause really they are 1 of the most beautiful animals inside and out,how wld u like someone saying ur child is disgusting looking!!?? Not so much huuh??…all im saying is dnt be a band wagon jumper and go on ur own experiences,..NOT what someone tells u or u hear,..this breed is very loving loyal and very much a family dog,..ohh and if the dog bit ur brother cause he was runnin rampid all over without a leash,..well then wht tht tells me is he obv was NOT raised right,..cause NO way in hell wld my pitbull be off a leash running rampid,..thts called a responsible parent!& clearly who evers dog tht was were clearly not,..and prolly shldnt of even had the dog to begin with! A pitbull does NOT become a beast until its “master” makes it one!…and fyi…i get snipped at growled at barked at and even bit from a neighbors dog,..idk wht kind it is but its small like a apsolapso or wht ever,..and my dog has never so much as done any of those things to any other animal or human! ok lol im done now

  • http://facebook.com/etherslumber Michelle Holley

    Love this. So true. My baby girl is six years old now. She is my heart. They make great therapy dogs. Roxy can sense when I am on the verge of a panic attack and helps me through it with lots of hugs and kisses.

  • Diana

    LOL Loved it .. but ya know that explains my dog too and she’s not a PB.
    All dogs can be that way if they are brought up/ or rescued (such as mine) and shown love, compassion, patience, trust and respect as they live in the moment. Not yesterday or tomorrow or even an hour from now; but they remember if they are treated with disrespect like an elephant will they remember. I see those dogs on those tv commercials and I cry, hug my dog and thank goodness I have her in my life !!

    Thanks for sharing the top 10 and the laughs !!

  • John

    When you think of Pitbulls, you think of a dog that is aggressive and moody. Well, I’ve met multiple pitbulls who were not even close to it. People ostracize the breed, due to the sterotype that they will hurt and harm you and your family.. It’s not the dogs fault that they were raised poorly. For example; you can’t blame a kid who never learned against doing bad things, it’s the parents fault alone. Owners are at fault, dogs can be aggressive when threatened.

  • http://yodathepitbull.blogspot.ca Yoda the Pitbull

    AWWWWW yeah! this is SOO good!!!! I am so going to have to reference this one day!

  • Laura

    I’ve been attacked by a dog once. It wasn’t too bad, I only had some bruises. But it was a Chow, which, to this day, are my favorite breed.

    In high school, my friend had a Chow. Her family had kind of a hard time controlling him, though he was generally a good dog, and gentle around younger kids. The first time I went over to her house to hang out, he postured and refused to let me into the house (understandable, I was a stranger, after all), even after his family told him to back down. I stood my ground (I owned a pack of 8 mutts at that time in my life), and when he advanced, I tackled him, threw him onto his back and bit his throat. Like, literally, I put my teeth to his skin. He cowered away from me after that and I was the only one who could get him to do certain things, even though they’d owned him for at least a decade by that point. I told them that the reason he misbehaved so much is that they were subconsciously afraid of him, and I wasn’t.

    I might be leery of dogs, but I am never afraid of them.

    That said, I have never met a mean Pit Bull.

  • nemefeme

    Most loyal dog in the world. That’s why their rep is so bad. They’re tirelessly loyal to their human; and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what human owns them. But no dog will love you like a pit bull.

  • Brian

    I disagree with this, yes alot has to do with the owner……..BUT a PIT BULL was bread for one thing, fighting and killing!!!! It is in the name PEOPLE!!!! Stop trying to protect these dogs with pitty parties. Also yes many dogs bite but these dogs tear maim and dont listen to commands to stop or release their victims. Even beating it with a stick or bat wont get it off its intended victim. Im sure there are some good pits out there but most are unstable. My friend had a pitbull treated it great and trained as a family dog, one day it decided to attack the owners wife and himself so he himself had to slice the dogs throat in his home. These dogs are cross bread over and over and over with its brothers or sisters etc to get the ultimate fighting strong ruthless pitbull. It is unfortunate this has become like this and you can thank all those dog fighting people and stupid gangster owners for ruining this dog. It is also unfortunate that the bad apples from these dogs end up in public hands to unknowing owners. Instead of getting a pitbull get the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Its time to phase out Pitbulls for good

    • Jenn

      A Staffordshire Bull Terrier IS a ‘pit bull’. http://www.bulladelphia.org/understandabull.aspx

    • Kim

      Alright so, Brian, I’d like to start off with this…

      Bread: a kind of food made of flour or meal that has been mixed with milk or water, made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or other leavening agent, and baked.

      Bred: the past-tense of breed.

      I’d also like to say that the term “pitbull” refers to many different dogs (as does the term retriever), but I believe you’re speaking about the American Pit Bull Terrier or the American Staffordshire Terrier. With that being said, the “Pit Bull Terrier” wasn’t actually “bred” for fighting and killing. The first fighting breed was actually the beloved Bull Terrier (ya know, Spudz McKenzie? You mention a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in your post, is that what you’re attempting to refer to? The Spudz dog? Because the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is, in fact, classified as a Pit Bull). American Pit Bull Terriers were actually known as the first nanny dogs, used by families to keep their children safe. They were also used to lure bulls away from fighters. They were actually bred as farm-hands, and great farm-hands they were, seeing as they’re very obedient (so much so that DBs can easily USE them for fighting), and truly love to work for their owners. Where you’re correct is that Pitbulls are in fact cross-bred, although I believe the term you mean is inbred (not bread, as cross-bread may be something like pumpernickel, which I believe is some type of rye mix), as are way too many of the dogs in today’s world, due to irresponsible breeders, and by no fault of the dogs’. I mean, hell, the rescue I volunteer with recently adopted out a group of “Morkies” who were the result of an intact father with an intact daughter. In conclusion, I’d like to say that any breed can attack, at any time. Not sure if you saw the recent article about the collie that has permanently disfigured a small child, the grandson of the collie’s owners. Don’t be so quick to judge a certain breed – as a trainer I try to think of them just as dogs, not as breeds.

      • Ampitk9

        Kim, you are sooo cool!

      • DJS

        Are you single? I think I love you

      • Becki Keener

        Kim i would just like to say that was the BEST thing that i have ever read!!! You are amazing!!

      • mainer_d

        I absolutely adore you for this comment.

    • Rose

      You are very misinformed brian, pitbulls were not bred for fighting, they were bred as working dogs and nanny dogs, I too at 1 time would not think of ever owning a pitbull or rot, but a mixed pit/rot changed my mind and I now own 2 pure bred ,pits and I wouldn’t change them for anything in the world, they love my children and my grandchildren, they protect my grandchildren all the time, so why don’t you get educated about them instead of believing all the bad things you hear, because any dog can bite someone

    • Nichole

      Before you JUDGE the breed for that attack, look at your bloodlines….the dog was probably inbred somewhere down the line, hence causing the brain to “snap” in this instance….Its still not the dogs fault…These dogs were NOT ” BREAD” as you so illiterately put it! Do your research! They were bred to be family protecting, children loving family dogs back in the day, presidents and heads of state have owned them and they were put in charge helping keep an eye on the children and their safety as well as protection! They were Nanny dogs. Leave it up to Ignorant wanna be thugs to tarnish their reputation. Blame them and the millions of Backyard breeders who dont care that their dam n sire are RELATED!!! Inbreeding causes instability in genetics!

    • Michelle Beasley Dunbar

      Brian you are an idiot for All dogs you have to look at the breeding as well as the training inbreeding can cause problems like you stated above BUT THAT IS ANY DOG I dont care if its a Chihuahua or a Great Dane or a Pit Bull. I have a Pit and a Chihuahua and I tell people be more leary of the dern Chihuahua cause he is the one thats gonna bite and he has nipped at people and we have had both of them since pups and they were raised the same the Chihuahua tried to bite my Pit tried to give them kisses

      • http://charitypaws.com/ Jill Caren – CharityPaws

        LOL! Chihuahas are one dog I am personally afraid of! :-) Curious, we have had an awful lot of visitors to Goodpit.com today — where did you see this posted — we can tell it was from Facebook, but would like to personally thank the person that shared our link! THANK YOU for your comment and love of the pitties!

    • Musked

      Plus they’re bloodless money grubbing freaks that own all the banks! Sieg Heil!

    • Joseph Michaud

      I can’t believe such an ignorant response. Obviously you did no research whatsoever on the breed. Dachshunds bite more people per year than any other breed. It’s just that people don’t usually report bites from small dogs. Especially their own dogs. Of course, Pits, Rotties, Dobermans, Mastiffs, etc. have a higher bite fatality rate! They are dogs bred for strength & guardianship. However, you are wrong about them being bred for killing. Only ignorant, cruel people who have no hearts do that. They were originally bred to herd cattle. Google something. It doesn’t take long. I am the proud owner of a 7 month old, 70 lb, male Pit Bull, named Zeus. He’s the best dog I’ve ever owned, & doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He let’s the cat & the Pomeranian put him in his place. All he wants is loving, & to love, & he’s great around kids. Judge the deed, not the breed. ANY dog can be mean, if trained to be. It’s all in how you raise them. By the way, MY Pit Bull, Zeus, is a registered therapy dog in the state of Vermont.

    • bran

      actually do some more research the term “pit bull” was originally coined when people brought the Stafforshire terrier here from england and put them in rings or “pits” to chase and fight rodents originally. People then realized how they could change the dogs behavior to fight other dogs. And your friend obviously didn’t do something right, I have personally rehabilitated hundreds of dogs in my long career in the shelters and vet offices and as a dog trainer. The term “pit bull” also encompasses a number of different breeds including the Staffordshire terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, as well as most Mastiffs. More Chihuahuas, Rat terriers, Yorkies, Pomeranians, etc little dogs, have attacked people, but b/c the “Pit bull” can do more damage they are more commenly in the news. Just 2 years ago, in our community there was a Jack Russell Terrier that attacked and killed a 6 DAY OLD baby, and for some odd reason that wasn’t plastered all over the news like a “pit bull” attack would have been. The name doesn’t mean a thing. The dogs are wonderful and can be rehibilated if you have the time and patience to work through their problems.

    • Ociefus Bain

      Any attempt to “phase out” my pitbull will uncover the truth about the breed. There is FAR more to fear from the owner then the dog.

  • KMAC

    I have known a few really nice pit bulls, and I was always the first to stick up for them. I have never lived in a City with a lot of pits before now, but in the past two years my dog and I have been attacked by several pits completely unprovoked. My little mini pinscher ( very well socialized and not aggressive at all) was attacked a couple times at the dog park while sniffing unleashed pits (off leash is supposed to mean friendly), and two time in one day he was sound asleep in the sunshine in the doorway at my work and a leased pit bull broke away from its owners and attacked him, chasing him into my store. I had to go into the middle of them to grab my dog and hide in the dressing room. If min-pins weren’t such quick little guys who knows what would have happened. Both times the owners were nice normal people who couldn’t understand what happened because there dog is always gentle and had never done something like that before. I grew up with German Shepard, and I am not afraid of big dogs, but after my experiences I just don’t trust any pits. If I see one, I immediately pick up my dog and move to the other side of the street. I’m sure they aren’t all bad, but too many of them are for my comfort.

  • ElBie

    It is a COMPLETE misconception that pitbulls were bred for fighting. As stated above, they were bred as working dogs, and largely nanny dogs- i.e.) to watch over and protect their families. Just because people started using the bully breeds for dog fighting- which is a disgusting abomination, by the way- doesn’t mean that they were “bred” for it.

    I was attacked by a german shepherd when I was young. I was bitten in the face and left with permanent scarring, although thanks to an amazing doctor it’s not easily visible. I would never in a million years assume that ALL german shepherds are bad because of my incident. If anything, it’s made me even more passionate in my belief that, in general, the OWNER is the problem. NOT the dog.

    It never ceases to break my heart when I see people being so hateful towards a living creature for how they were born, be it a dog or a human or a cockatiel.

    • Helene Shepsky

      Pitts are the most gentle, mind, loving and loyal dogs I have ever had. Hate that because some really evil, greedy men have taken thes dogs and tortured them and made them fight to the death. They weeren’t given a choice. Men like Michael Vick who admitted to torturing, electrocuting, hanging and drowning 64 dogs because they didn’t fight hard enough for him. He didn’t spend a single day in jail for that horrific act. His money and noteriety got him a plea deal. Now he has a new sportswear line coming out called “V7″. Please boycott the stores who sell this line of clothing. Maybe through his pocket we can make him pay for what he did to those beautiful loving animals.

      • Will Bredlau

        He spent 2 years in federal prison he was found guilty. The men that where apart of the ring took plea deals for house arrest. He was wrong and has admitted being wrong and now works with the ASPCA to raise awareness with inner city youth to help prevent it from happening in the future

        • Carl P.

          That doesn’t bring the dogs back.

        • Cheri Dixie Chieffo

          No….he only spent a year in prison and due to a plea deal he spent no time for the crime of dog fighting. His sentence was for federal tax evasion. He did One small deal with the aspca as a part if the plea deal. He has shown no recourse for what he did and attempted to get out of paying the miniscule amount he did for the care of the dogs he tried to destroy.

          • Critter70

            No…. He spent 21 months in prison and 2 months house arrest. Don’t kid your self he went to jail for dog fighting, they can call it what they want, no dog fighting no jail.

          • maxiemom

            He went to jail on RICO charges for setting up and running an interstate gambling ring involving thousands of dollars per, multiple states, and many people – he didn’t do a single day for dog fighting, nor did he pay one single dime for it.

            He was let off COMPLETELY on dog fighting charges, which were state charges then, only doing federal time per a plea deal or he would have been in jail for YEARS where he belonged, unable to play football. The only people who paid anything for dogfighting were his co-conspirators and, in reality, the dogs he killed.

            Stop kidding yourself. He did no time for the dogs– RICO charges are not the same thing.

            Geez…..

          • Deven Johnston

            Of course he went to jail on Rico charges, what he was doing qualified as an ongoing criminal enterprise. However, you don’t just charge someone with Rico. There has to be a crime, such as dog fighting

          • maxiemom

            Wow, how dense are you? The criminal enterprise they charged him with was setting up a GAMBLING ENTERPRISE THAT EXTENDED OVER INTERSTATE LINES INVOLVING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, ,which is a RICO charge.

            They did NOT charge him with dogfighting. He did not serve one single day for ANYTHING connected to what he did to those dogs, only for SETTING UP A COMPLICATED, ILLEGAL GAMBLING ENTERPRISE.

        • jj

          He can never pay enough for what he did.

          • D Tension

            Vick pleaded guilty to “Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture”. He admitted to providing most of the financing for the operation and to participating directly in several dog fights in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. He admitted to sharing in the proceeds from these dog fights. He further admitted that he knew his colleagues killed several dogs who did not perform well. He admitted to being involved in the destruction of 6–8 dogs, by hanging or drowning. The “victimization and killing of pit bulls” was considered an aggravating circumstance, allowing prosecutors to exceed the federal sentencing guidelines for the charge. Vick denied placing any side bets on the dogfights.[87] On August 27, U.S. District JudgeHenry E. Hudson accepted Vick’s guilty plea, but reminded Vick that he (Hudson) was under no obligation to accept the prosecution’s recommendation of a reduced sentence.

        • rovers14

          People don’t kill animals like that for years and all the sudden turn a new leaf because they got caught, if it was legal he would still do it. I can almost guarantee you the ASPCA thing was for publicity, and he probably hated every minute he was doing it.

          • RJ

            What’s your point? You can’t punish someone for thoughts…

      • blutopluto

        Vick spent years in prison

      • Cincy_Herd

        Not to defend Mike Vick’s actions, but when you grow up in urban Newport News, VA and witness dog fighting at a young age as an acceptable and “fun” activity such as Mike Vick did, that has an impact on your life and opinions of said activity. It is no doubt unfortunate these precious animals perished, but understand the person first. After serving 21 months in federal prison and another 2 months of house arrest, coupled with the subsequent release from the Atlanta Falcons and suspension without pay from the NFL, there is no doubt in my mind that Vick has learned his lesson. The man committed the crime, did his time, and had to file bankruptcy because of it, let him be. Boycott his sponsors if you must, but Vick has done everything asked of him and then some.

        • maxiemom

          Do you know anything about Newport News or the surrounding area? Are you familiar with Virginia or that part of Virginia in ANY way? It doesn’t sound like it.

          Are you even aware that Newport News is part of the Newport News / Virginia Beach / Norfolk area of our state, dominated by the US Navy, beach, etc? Give me a break! Vick enablers and excusers would have you believe it’s the ghetto and a hell on earth, but look it up. The reality is very different.

          Vick also had opportunities others didn’t in ‘urban Newport News, VA’ even if he came from the wrong side of the tracks. I worked with someone who went to high school with him. Because he had such great talent as a football player, he was accepted by everyone, including those on the ‘right’ side of the tracks, money and all. He was invited everywhere and had opportunities others in his neighborhood didn’t. He CHOSE his path.

          Same thing in college. He bought his first pit bull while in college. He didn’t fight her, but he bred her REPEATEDLY and created fighting stock from her (she was rescued). How many dogfighters do you think he ran across at Virginia Tech? Don’t you think he had an opportunity to turn his life around then? What about seeing the right and wrong of it? He, once again, CHOSE evil: no one forced him. He didn’t care. He’s a sociopath. He could have changed his way while away in college: I saw many people do just that while I was in college. Not him.

          As for his paying for what he did: RICO charges, or federal charges for setting up an interstate gambling enterprise, does NOT equal justice for what he did to those dogs. The DOGS paid with their lives. Going in front of an audience and saying ‘don’t do it, you’ll get caught and go to jail like I did’, especially after he’s ADMITTED that the only thing he’s sorry for is getting caught and doing time in jail, is NOT, again, justice, nor is it “everything asked of him and more”.

          Now, I’m going to give you a link to an article from The Smoking Gun (yes, I know, but it’s the only place I could get the links). The article is not important. What IS important is that it has photostats (or links to the photostats) of the legal documents including Vick’s indictment, his plea deal, and, most importantly, the link to the Department of Agriculture’s investigation into Bad Newz Kennels (don’t forget, kennels are under the purview of the agriculture department).

          This is the one that every single Vick defender and apologizer should read:
          http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/more-michael-vick-barbarism-bared

          http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/michael-vick-indicted

          Just read the links to the documents. Then tell us how he paid the proper penalty for his vile deeds, ESPECIALLY after you read the investigation’s report and his confession.

          • Anita

            Your hatred for Mike Vick is beyond rational thinking. Examine yourself, it appears you are hating a stereotype and have anassumption because of his notoriety that he was given preferential treatment. There are men who kill teenage boys and don’t spend a day in prison

          • maxiemom

            “Beyond rational thinking”?

            That’s your own way of saying that YOU have no concept of the area he lived in, either, nor do you have any intention of reading the evidence against him, the indictment, his confession, nor the plea bargain. It isn’t hatred, you dolt, it’s the fact that Vick wasn’t convicted for what amounts to many violent crimes too numerous and heinous to name, and idiots like you whitewash them with a flick of the wrist. BTW— just what do you think Vick did? He killed HUNDREDS of innocent dogs who couldn’t fight back, and demanded that even the ones his fellow co-conspirators wanted to sell or adopt be killed rather than go to homes. They STOLE family pets to use as bait, and Vick even watched, and enjoyed, pets of people he KNEW torn apart as bait. He paid for white collar crime, not violent felonies. There is a HUGE difference. It’s not hate: those dogs have not had once ounce of justice, and it’s disgusting..

          • Dog trainer

            you are starting to sound more like someone who is worse than Vick. So shut your trap and get a life!!!!!!!!

          • maxiemom

            Really? You are sounding like someone who refuses to read and learn a few facts.

            Ah,,, that makes perfect sense. Look what you’re defending, a****t. And YOU have the nerve to tell me to get a life. At least I not only have a life, but I actually care about the lives of others, which is more than I can say about the likes of you.

        • PinkCamo

          Wow…that’s laughable…by your reasoning if a person grows up being abused or molested and commits the same crimes we should be understanding and accept that he did it. And…he did all that was asked of him… Please….you mean what he was court ordered to do!

        • ka

          People dont fight dogs for FUN. They fight dogs for money, which Mike Vick had plenty of. Dog fighting is only for profit not fun. Mike Vic was earning millions and still fighting dogs. He wasnt fighting dogs to support his family and get out of the ghetto. Dog fighting and animal abuse is brutal and disgusting. Anyone who can actually watch a dog fight and

          • ka

            Just the fact that you think people fight dogs for fun is laughable. If you kept your mouth shut you might come across as smart

      • Shaun VP

        you’re still mad and mike vick but wont say a thing to a neighbor or stranger you suspect of doing this in your own town. you’re still mad at mike vick but would gladly take your kids to a seaworld park in florida whom has done 20x worse over decades of animal cruelty and captivity … but i guess you hypocrites like when orcas wave and walruses do push up. smfh

      • Cindy_L_Z

        Tell that to the parents of a child who was killed by a Pitbull with their large jaws….

        • steiney

          I’d be happy to!

      • Deven Johnston

        64? He admitted to killing 6-8. Obviously that’s still terrible but you’re playing fast and loose with facts

    • ryan

      Actually they were 100 percent breed for fighting do more research

      • bran

        I think maybe you should do some more research, “pit bulls” are a mix of several different breeds and the top 2 breeds of “pit bulls”, the staffordshire terrier and the american staffordshire terrier were in fact originally bread to be nanny dogs. People only started fighting them in the 20th century and more so in the 1980s-through today.

      • Ociefus Bain

        Actually…you’re wrong. They were originally bred in england as part of the buldog line for controling large game and livestock…..i.e. WORKING DOGS! The fact that they were so muscular led them to be misused for the purpose of blood sport. The breed is extremely loyal and fiercely protective. These traits led them to be used as nanny dogs meant to protect the children of affluent families particularly from pests such as rats. Any jackass can make an assertion, perhaps you should try gathering facts with your imagined research.

      • justin

        pitts were bred for hunting

      • Mike Perez

        You should do more research my friend. The dogs were bred to catch cattle (bulls) by the nose hence the name , “bulldog”……aka a working dog.

        • Chihuahuaking

          Ding ding we have a winner ^^^

          • Chihuahuaking

            This is the argument of every single pit owner. “It’s how you raise them” like no one knows how to treat a animal but some special breed of people lol. Listen the facts are they not only lead America in most attacks against humans but also lead Canada. You can say I am wrong all you want but the proof is there just google it. They were breed to bring down BULLS. Google it you have no excuse for making up the nanny claim. Only people who are in denial keep saying that. GOOGLE is your friend.

          • Sandy

            Do you believe everything on the internet? They were nanny dog’s. Bad people plus the media has given them a bad name.

          • Kylie S

            Lol actually Golden Retrievers and German shepherds lead the US in dog bites per capita.

          • Jake Butler

            My pit..so ferocious

          • GabrielandValli Lane Garza

            So precious!

          • ka

            Golden retrievers dont go for your throat nor do they have the bite capacity of a pit.

          • Debbie Handley

            no but they could still kill a child. have you seen the scars they can leave on a childs face when they have been bitten? i have and it makes no difference whether its a pit or a jack russell, but it doesn’t mean the whole breed should be blamed

          • Robert E.

            And you learned this where? Study animal behavior r learn from
            someone who has. Any dog that is capable, and in defense or attack mode
            naturally will go for the throat , same a sa puma, a lion, wolves
            (ancestors of ALL dogs).

            This is common knowledge for most anyone who knows dogs or animal behavior.

            There are also more attacks on humans by Dalmations (another high strung breed unlike pits) than pits.

            They also go for the throat same as ANY dog in the world naturally would
            do if under the right circumstances. The propaganda on this site
            sickens me.

            My mother is missing much of her upper lip from a Dalmation.

            Your bite capacity statement has downs syndrome to say the least;

            do you also believe that a 38 special is a much safer gun to be shot
            in the throat with than a 44 magnum? Same brainwashed logic…

            If you get bitten in the throat by any canine of a decent size, good luck with your beliefs.

            And I;d love to see anyone disprove actual written records of breeding
            for fighting that date clear back to the 1800s n the U.S. alone.

            That’s one of the things that made them the nanny dog to begin with, as
            in their loyalty to him,ans and not attacking the handlers even when
            they were fighting.

            Had pits for years, been around well over a half century myself, and
            love them, and to see ne being fought or taght to be aggressive towards
            humans, or other dogs is just sick.

            And as well, I don’t care who;’s died this goes to or is for, I;m
            against dog fighting and ca’t say what I;lve done to someone I;ve
            caught… and took their dog, but, it is true that kids ( at least some
            my age grew up in cities , (not the ghettos either) and it was very
            common in the 60′s and early 70′s in some ares and many won’t admit it,
            but it was common to fight their dogs for “fun”, when the neighborhoods
            grew up with it and everyone knew who had the most animalistic dogs in
            the neighborhood.

            many pits are naturally animal aggressve, and peple who always claim
            they are not are brainwashhed or plain ignorant or too lazy to go learn
            about them.

            It depends on the individual dog. People, stupidly make them people
            aggressive, and the ones that are aloready animal aggressive they make
            even worse.

            Some are born animal aggressive, as our current one. Loves every himan i
            the world and wouldn’t be any good to guard anythig unless we were
            maybe physically attacked, but still pretty sure they’d get licked and
            invited right in if there were an intruder.

            But another dogm cat , rabbit, you name it and she wants to hunt/kill / eat them all.

            I was a non beliver in this for some years (stupidly) after rescuing a
            red pit from certai deah in the fight scenes. She had injuries and
            scares etc. Horrible treatment, never saw the ground , lived in a cage,
            would only ride on the floor of a car for years due to traveling the
            fight circuit, scared to death of scissors due to cropping ove and over
            almost gone , the ears after fights that damaged them.

            That dog the fightig killing machine she was, would tear through a door
            to get at another animal, and within 6 months became what she was born
            as; a dog that would and did lay down within inches of wild rabbitts
            here , every summer and cats and other dogs, and never was aggressive
            towards any living thing ever again until the day she died.

            “Other one raised from a pup , but with Colby bloodlines , dating to pre
            1890 or so, can;’t be near another animal in any way at all, and she’s
            never been abused or trained to do anything aggressive, in fact exactly
            the opposite for years, and as I learned the hard way as many other pit
            owners waiting for an accident to happen with another animal that is,
            (not a human unless an idiot owns and trains one wrong same as with a
            Dalmatian, Shepard, Doberman, Rottie , etc., etc.).

            If you don’t really learn the truth about pits enough to be responsible
            for a dog that is a working dog , that WAS bred to fight et. (hence it
            is the only breed of a dog alive other than a wolf to my knowledge that
            is smart enough to literally fake submission to another canine, by
            owning it’s head as if submitting and then launch an attack on the other
            dog/canine.

            They are a dog that requires knowledge and responsibility to learn how
            animal aggressive of a pit you may have, before you own one.

            Most peple just like us, don’t believe that natural aggression thing towards animals until we learn the hard way.

            I was warned by experienced pit owners for years befoe we got our last
            one and she was that one in a hundred or whatever the number is that was
            just born to be naturally animal aggressive.

            Seen other breeds like this once in awhile as well, like high strung
            Dalmatians for example, Yorkshre Terriors wil attack anythig , anyone
            any size. Our pit naled two of them that charged her in our own yard.
            Neighbors (one local drunk anyway) insists it’s the pits fault because
            she is a pit, but any breed unless it is small, scared etc., is going to
            fight back when charged by another animal in their own yard /territory.

            Both times it was Yorkies that charged our dog (as well as us several
            times), now although small, an hosest person will admit that they are
            naturally much more aggressive than any pit and will go after basically
            anything, if they feel like it.

            I can admit and back up my knwoldge and research.

            And s I said the false hoods and propaganda and misinformation by word of mouth / grapevine is sickening.

            It’s everywhere ad anyone who’s worked with animals knows what we do here.

            You don’t find that many people knowledgable enough to own a pit based
            on the lack of research one does before obtaining one, and so when one
            coes along that is naturally animal aggressive but still the most
            lovable family dog, licks everyone to death, and another dog comes along
            that pushes the wrong button, the pit gets the blame for not putting up
            with it or naturally being a “gamey” dog.

            You do research before you handl a snake , a saw, a hammer , a gun , unless you like surprises, why not your animals?

            The misinformation is almost as bad as the brainwashing against pits
            here. I don’t know which is worse , but I certainly dslike the false
            propaganda about them being the only ones to go for the throat as any
            animal has programmed in them that is a carnivore to begin with in do r
            die situations (or what they think is do or die).

            We could have bred and sold tons of pure red pits , same as the one we
            have now of the Colby line, but spayed both of those females the rescued
            fighter turned docile enough to lay with rabbits dogs , babies etc, and
            the one born animal aggressive as well.

            At 55 years I still know only about 5 peple responsible and intelligent
            enough to do the rsearch and , work involved in ownng a pit, (due to the
            chance of it being animal aggressive and how to handle ones in the
            middle etc. and how to keep them from eating your neighbor’s dog when
            that neighbors dog comes chargng at your pit (or Rot, or Shepard, Dobie,
            Dalmation, etc., etc., etc. All capable of animal aggression every one,
            pits are just known to be that way every so many you come across any
            trainer knows this fact. Ask around and you will learn, if you toss away
            what you WANT to belive, aand think, for what you need to learn to
            believe and know as facts, hat can and evetually will be proven to many
            more to come..

            I would love to still believe it;s all the owners and how they are
            raised as I use to argue for years, due to our converted Red pit, for so
            many years, but there are always gong to be some that are just animal
            aggressive. Some have been known to be so animalistic they couldn’t keep
            a litter of pups due to eatig them. It’s really rare but some ,
            probably lived on a chain I;d wager, but just still most won’t kll their
            pups and to be fair manyother breeds also have these occasional
            oddballs.

            Do WAY MORE research EVERYONE, PLEASE !!!

          • Terry Shapiro

            actually, if you look at more recent statistics, pitbulls are only one of the breeds in that category. and german shepherds are actually the leading biter in the US, not the pitbull. I DO stand by the reasoning that it IS the owner- when improperly trained, any dog, but especially the bigger breeds, can be unpredictable and dangerous. every dog needs to be trained and socialized, and if they are not, it is the owner’s fault. just like parent who raise asshole kids.

          • Suzi Owens

            I have been attacked by two different German Shephards, but never a Pitbull. I have also been a rescue volunteer for two decades and have worked with and owned pitbulls. Never met a mean one. And even though I was viciously attacked by those two GSDs, I don’t stereotype and hate them.

          • Cindy_L_Z

            Thank God you were not attacked by a Pitbull. Tell that to the numerous parents of kids that were killed by Pitbulls with their large jaws.

          • Suzi Owens

            Large jaws? As in Alligator jaws? As in jaws of steel? All of that crap is myth based.

          • steiney

            unsubsribe

          • Robert E.

            First provide your sources please by all means. Wpuld love tp see where your info came from so I can prove some things to you and put yu in touch with some pope that have worked with animals all of their lives, from wolves to chimpanzees (And what do you suggest we tell the parents of kids killed by St. Bernards, Rotties, Shepherds, Dalmatians, Dobermans, and yes even Golden retrievers on occsasion??
            large jaws my ass. How old are yu anyway?
            Ther is no sense in that statement period.
            If there is more damage it;s from the psi of the bite and the manner in which they bite. Do your research and stop chanting the moronic propaganda.
            Can you comprehend misguided propaganda of any kind yet?
            If I can be honest abut all i have said , you could be honest and learn the actual facts before spreading lies s you literally are.

          • Cindy_L_Z

            I don’t have to provide you with anything, you are blind to the facts.

          • ka

            A dog is a dog. Just because you kiss it and let it sleep in your bed does not mean you can ignore its instinct.

          • hannahbobanna89

            ThE fact that you’re treating Google as law shows your lack of knowledge. They were in fact bred as nannies. Also, the stats on dog bites are skewed. People don’t report your obviously preferred breed (chihuahua) bites because they are smaller and do less damage. Which proves nothing on the subject of them being more aggressive or being responsible for more actual bites. They may be responsible for more damaging bites but not overall bites.

          • reiface

            they were actually bred to be ridden like horses by pygmies.

      • Nick

        Stop feeding the troll

      • jj

        Actually, you’re 100% wrong.

      • Pamela Antrup-Compton

        Nothing or no one is BRED for fighting! Pit are working dogs. Fighting is something that is taught. They learn it just like humans learn . YOU need to do the research as I have and learn the breed. After owning one I will probably not have another breed. She passed in January at the age of six from kidney disease and tried to the very end not to go but the disease took it’s course. I miss her and shame on you!

      • Lee Marie

        Omg you are so completely ignorant it makes me sick! They were NOT bred for fighting, it is people who make them this way! If they we r bred or fight, then there would not be any pit bulls with a sweet demeanor like my Allie, they would naturally be aggressive. It is purely and solely the fault of the individuals who own these dogs because THEY TRAIN them to fight! It is sick and disgusting and the people who are involved need to have the same thing happen to them… they need to know what it feels like to fight for your food, your shelter, and your life, and then maybe the pain from that fight will make people think twice before they do that to their dogs.

        • Gaye Durst

          Omg who cares?
          We know they are capable of both actions. I think you may all be right to a degree so there is no reason to be snarky with ach other.

          • Terry Shapiro

            i care, and so do the thousands and thousands of people who work tirelessly everyday through rescue and adoption to show how sweet, loving and wonderful pitties are. and no, people who say they were bred for fighting are not right ‘to a degree’, they are completely wrong and so are you. they were bred as working dogs and as guard dogs. dogs actions are a direct result of their owner training or not training them- blame the owner, not the dog. you obviously think it doesn’t matter so do pitties and their supporters a favor- stay out of a conversation if you don’t care. be part of the solution, or don’t take part at all.

        • ka

          They are working dogs which need exercise that most people do not give them.. They are territorial and you cant trust them with outsiders. You have to work a working dog or they get aggressive. Pits dont attack their family members. It’s other people and other dogs.

      • Terry Shapiro

        they were not. but you, apparently, were bred to be 100% moron.

        • Michelle Cofg

          I heard they were once know as the “Nanny” dog. Often the children would be outside playing and they would protect them from any wild animals that may want to make an easy dinner out of one of the kids while their parents were working the fields and taking care of the homestead.

          Oh I see Sandy above said the same thing.

          I had two pit bulls and they are naturally aggressive toward animals… not people.

      • maxiemom

        No, they weren’t.

        You’re the one who needs to do the research because you obviously know nothing, as proven by your ridiculous statement.

    • Kevin

      I agree with you! It’s not the breed, it’s the way they’re raised. My brother has 3 pit bulls that are the calmest dogs I think I have ever seen. Furthermore, I was attacked by a bloodhound hunting dog when I was 2 years old. Apparently, I tried to pet it when it was eating and it attacked me. I received over 100 stiches in my face from that attack.

      • s dubbya

        Yes, dogs behave how they are taught to behave.

      • Schari Tice

        I once agreed with that statement that it was how they were raised. That is until my son was mauled by my in-laws “gentle” pit bull. I don’t think the breed is vicious, they just don’t know their own strength. They were playing together as they had since she was a puppy. My son grabbed her toy and was playing tug of war with her. She then, I assume, treated him as one of the pack and bit and scratched him to get to the toy he had rolled over on. I don’t hate them, but i don’t trust them.

    • Obama Zombie Killer

      Sorry EIBie but you’re incorrect that APBT weren’t bred or used for fighting. Its simply a fact that bully breed have been bred and used for dog fighting for centuries. I’ve owned and bred many over the years, and the certainly an entire breed is not deserving of condemnation, but it irresponsibly naive to pretend that APBT aren’t being bred to fight (now and in the past).

  • Jaime McCord

    my cousin had a cocker spaniel when I was a kid that was the meanest damn thing you ever saw but even then I could go inside the kennel with him and he never offered to bite me but if you were outside the kennel and stuck your hand in there it may very well get bit. DOGS are territorial animals anyway you look at it and are very good judges of character so if you’re a shady person or you show that animal that you’re afraid of them then they may show aggression to prove they’re the one in control. I own 2 pitbull dogs one is male and the other a female they’re brother and sister from different litters and they play with numerous foods of allbbreeds and sizes and very seldom do they ever try to harm each other or anyone unless a random dog comes into the yard and tries to show aggression towards them. I love my pits to death and they love me even more so before you judge a breed of animal try getting to know one.

  • Robert Fischer

    FREAKING THIEFS!!! thats why i hate this breed with everything i love…

    its horrible…
    ;)

  • Sawyer

    I have four pits of my own. I grew up with them, & I can say the ten reasons you can’t trust them, to me, are the only reasons you can’t trust them. They’re cuddly, loving, loyal, and just big sweethearts. I couldn’t picture myself with any other breed, love pits with all my heart <3!!

  • Terri Lynn Wright

    They are what you make them if you love them they are the best caring,loving companion you can have.

  • phreaktor

    I’ll stick to a breed that doesn’t require so much special attention to be trustworthy. Stereotypes are based in truth and if you ignore the propensities of the breed, you could be in big trouble one day.

  • Nick Helsel

    Triggers triggers triggers. It’s the same as a beagle that is triggered to chase after a squirrel when it sees one, there are things that triggers a pit bull to attack. Not saying it happens to all of them.

  • Itsallaboutthedog

    Ugh, I’m sooooooooo tired of the foamers ranting about how dangerous pitties are! First of all, as some of you pointed out, the Pit Bull is NOT an actual breed but rather a name for a group of dogs that have certain characteristics. Secondly, for all of you that believe the pit bull is an inherently dangerous dog, I say BULLSHIT! As a long time volunteer for a shelter and life long owner of various dog breeds, I feel that I’m qualified to tell you that ANY breed of dog can bite. The difference in the findings is that the pit bull type dogs can do more damage because of their size. I will continue to state that if ALL dog bites, regardless of breed, were actually reported, the statistics would greatly differ on what breed of dog is more dangerous based on fact. The worst part is ANY dog getting a bad rap because of their IRRESPONSIBLE owners! Unfortunately, there will ALWAYS be abusers, dog fighters and uneducated morons out there who will continue to perpetuate the sad misconception that any type of dog is “dangerous”. Before you bring home any animal, please do your research and make sure you make an educated choice as to what type of dog is best suited to your lifestyle! ADOPT, DON’T SHOP

    • http://charitypaws.com/ Jill Caren – CharityPaws

      Well said — and being someone who works in the rescue world, I can attest to just how many dog bites occur that are NEVER reported. A Jack Russell who caused a child to require over 20 stitches in his face, a husky that killed a 2 year old…those are just 2 off the top of my head. Never went viral like the pitties do…..it is disheartening and frustrating.

  • AwfulAlyssa

    My boyfriend was attacked by a lab. We have both been around plenty of pits in our life and never have felt un-safe. We have a black mouth cur and she’s the sweetest most gentle dog ever (She’s actually licking my face as I type!) However, I brought home another cur mix a month back and within the first 24 hours it viciously attacked and killed my 11 year old cat. Therefore I am positive it is not the breed but the owner before me that was responsible for this incident. Also, just cause,here’s a pic of my beautiful black mouth cur making my little brother feel better after his dog accidentally clawed his face.

  • Reno Ludeman

    The original Pitt bull was used to drag bulls hints the name as a work horse not fighting I have two of the smartest and will put them against any dog for intelligence

  • dmm41690@Hotmail.com

    Hahaha every single one of these is true especially #4,5,6. Lol I love my pit bulls and I will never own another breed. I have a 2 yo baby and these dogs are AMAZING with him, I’ve never seen any animal with the heart and soul and amazing intelligence like a pitbull. Surely a gift from God, or Buddha or whatever you preference is, they are undeniably a special gift.

  • ZhyKitty

    I sometimes volunteer to work the recovery room at the local low cost spay neuter clinic….so I get to be with all kinds of doggies!
    Pitties are the sweetest babies in the world! On a day when we get in a cry baby, it’s almost always a pittie…they tend to start crying for mama or daddy the minute they’re dropped off, and then they start again as soon as they wake up after surgery. It usually doesn’t stop until mama or daddy comes back for them.
    As soon as they hear their voices though, the crying stops…
    I have never had one try to bite me or even growl at me. Not once…and when I’m dealing with them, they’re in a stressful, unfamiliar environment, and they’re in pain, since I’m getting them post op. This doesn’t bring out the best in anyone, not even humans are at their best when we have surgery…so you’d think if there was going to be aggression, it would be in that situation…but in all these years, I’ve never once had a pittie be anything other than good….and we see a lot of them.
    You know who freaks out and bites? The little bitty ladies and gentlemen…chihuahuas, especially! lol
    I’ve been nipped by more of them than I could possibly count!
    I have 6 rescue dogs myself – two of them are pit-bulls….both came from horribly abusive situations and yet they’re the sweetest and most loving, loyal girls in the world. I wouldn’t take anything for them.
    The only thing they’re guilty of is snoring like bears and taking up the whole bed…but of course…anyone would be hard pressed to have enough leg room for themselves when sleeping with 6 dogs. lol

  • Ron Orton

    My pit has grown up with my grandchildren laying on her, trying to ride her, playing pull the rope or actually pull the kids that are holding the rope. She knows when I’m not well and crawls into my lap or lays beside me and becomes very still to comfort me, during this time she is not expecting petting. She loves everyone and especially smaller dogs, she is a true friend.

  • Arzurama

    Love these guys! A neighbor down the hall has a giant pit named Deacon, with whom I share the elevator every morning. He kick-starts my day on just the right note with this smile and love.

  • Mike Grenon

    Lol perfect

  • Tait Torkelson

    I work at an upscale dog daycare. The first dog I ever had to turn away was a long haired Chihuahua who could not be handled by our staff. He was aggressive and attempted to bit myself and our manager when I had to call her in to the play park to get him out. We had not even introduced another dog because he was so unruly. We have since had to turn down several chihuahua’s, a ridgeback, and a mutt. The one pitty we disjoined was poorly adjusted at the owners fault and dog aggressive. People affect the dog more than the animals nature. Overhandling by one person is one of the leading causes of these aggressive little dogs! Just like mishandling a bully breed could lead to a bully. I have not met a mean dog who did not have an indiffrent or uneducated parent.

  • bran

    I have worked with dogs and other animals my whole life. I am a Vet Tech now and I can tell you that the #1 biters are little dogs that are babied too much and cats. I love dogs and cats and have been attacked several times in different situations, but in all my years I have never been attacked by a “pit bull” type dog. And by the way there are several breeds that get labeled “pit bull” that aren’t. If you are going to come on “pit bull” fan site, (RYAN) you should do as much research as possible b/c you only make yourself look more ignorant when you try to tell people “facts” that aren’t really true. ANY dog can bite at any age, its not how you raise them, it’s how you treat them. I have an 8yr “pit bull” who was labeled cage aggressive and sometimes dog aggressive at the humane society I worked at years ago. He was 1 year old when I met him and all it took was a little time to realize he wasn’t aggressive, he was scared and once I built his trust up in people and other dogs, he loves everyone he meets. I found out he had been shot and hated guns, so I guess thats why he didnt trust people at 1st. He has been with me through marriage and now 3 pregnancies. He followed anybody that held my newborns around the house to make sure they were ok. He even sat in front of the door if somebody was walking around our house with a baby. He came running to find me everytime one of the kids were crying and continued running between us until I went to check on that child. He takes turns sleeping with my oldest kids every night and I have caught him curled up with the cat when we return home. He has been an ambassador for the breed in our community and has many Pit bull haters love the breed including my father, who told me “you better not have that dog around my baby” until he met Gremlin. Now he has a big beautiful pitty and loves the breed also. Its b/c of ignorance and misinformation that has lead to the breed being bashed so hard. In the 60′s it was Germen shephards, the 70′s dobermans and rottweilers, from the 80′s on it has unfairly been the pit bull breed. My point being ANY DOG CAN BITE! You need to inform yourself and your family how to properly meet a new dog, they give you signs to let you know how they are feeling and if you are approaching them the wrong way. LONG LIVE THE “PIT BULL”.

  • Ashleigh

    I never jump into group discussions, but I feel a need to on this one. Any dog can become aggressive, abused or not… they can be triggered by things that annoy them just like us humans can. Knowing that pit bulls are extremely strong, and knowing what they are capable of I don’t have much trust having them around my small children. Is that me hating the breed? No. That’s just me having knowledge about dogs in general and knowing how several dogs are both territorial and food aggressive. Im sure if faced with the situation I wouldn’t let my kids too close to Rottweilers, Dobermans, chows, etc. It has nothing to do with hate. I love dogs and before I became a mom I rescued several pitbulls off the street, and only one was aggressive to me and almost took my hand off.

  • Terry

    I have had dogs all my life and after having to put the last one down, my husband and I said we can’t take the heartache anymore of losing them. My son decided to surprise us one dog with a dog, to our surpries she is a Pit Bull. I have loved all my dogs, however this one is something else. I have never had a dog that has so much love to give, it never ends. She’s beautiful, has a personality that I can’t even begin to describe, loves everyone and thinks they should love her back!! So is so gentle with little kids and babies, gets upset when they cry. As fasr as we are concerned there is no other dog like them! It is jut so upsetting to hear people’s remarks and putting them down. The are the best by far, loving, loyal, protective of their family and property plus beautiful and smart!! Every home should have one!!

  • greaterfiend

    As someone who doesn’t even like dogs, I will still call bullshit on what some are saying here about pit bulls. I have personally heard about more attacks by rottweilers and german shepards, in fact I’ve never even heard any cases with pit bulls, and in EVERY one of those cases, the owner of the dog was a MONSTER. I have personally seen a rottweiler that was in this category, who had actually killed several people. He had many scabs and scars, and part of his coat was so scarred the hair would not grow back. He was able to be rehabilitated, and his owner actually went to prison. This was almost 10 years ago, and I believe the guy is still there. Dogs are very loyal, and would do anything for those who treat them right, whether they are the owner or not. You can’t breed for fighting, that’s something you train for. What you can breed for is loyalty. No dog will ever attack anyone without a GOOD reason, usually because they feel their life is threatened. If you beat your dog incessantly, then that feeling will come a lot sooner than if they are treated with kindness and love. As I said before, I am saying this as someone who doesn’t even like dogs. (I don’t hate them either, they just lick me WAY too much, and that’s it.)

  • yuletonya

    I love my pit she is the sweetest pit…pits are what u make them…she only get upset when my man an i argue..an of course she get between us an look at my man an bark at him till he shut up..gotta love her she the only one that can shut that man up…lmbo

  • joshua

    Ok for one I have read to much of all of your guys argumenents about this dog if you dont own one and dont know first hand at how they are then be so nice and shut the f up ok all dogs no matter what breed os raised how the owner raises them so if you as re a piece of crap person and you raise yoir dog to fight f9r you because you are to big of a sissy to fight your own battles then do the reat of the nation a davor and get rid of your anamials because a dog will act how his or her owner wanta them to act I have 13 different dogs at my hoiae and they are all great 3 of them have pit bull blood in them and they arnt all wanting to rip somones head off in leas I aay something because they protect there house and there family

  • Duchess

    I have a friend with a pit and he is the most gorgeous big BABY LOL He is strong so when he comes to me I gotta brace myself lol, but all he wants is petting, loving and to show love. GREAT dog! You can tell how a pit is raised by looking at the owner. If they are a puffed up jerk head then I don’t acknowledge but if the owner looks and seems friendly I will look at the dog, acknowledge it and smile. I used to have a doberman growing up (once the feared breed of the day), sweetest thing EVER but she once perceived a threat to my sister and bit a friend. The friend and my sister were playing and going for the same chair, our sweet Abby saw someone going after one her girls so she reacted. It wasn’t vicious and she didn’t tear back and forth, she bit him and when she was called off, she let go and retreated as she saw we were ok. EVERY dog has the protection instinct..as do humans, but if you treat them with hate they will become hateful.

  • carre

    The pit bull’s ancestors hail from England and were brought to North
    America by English immigrants. These descendants were bred from the
    bulldog, which some breed historians believe originally served as a
    “gripping dog” for hunters of large game. (The term “bulldog” does not
    refer to the American Kennel Club’s English Bulldog. This more recently
    developed breed serves as a loyal companion rather than a working dog.)
    Later, bulldogs were likely used as butcher’s dogs and helped control
    large livestock. Eventually, these dogs were bred to participate in an
    inhumane blood sport called “baiting.” Spectators found it highly
    entertaining to watch bulldogs pitted against bulls, bears and other
    large animals. During these violent events, one or more dogs were
    expected to attack another animal, biting it around the face and head.
    The dogs usually maintained their grip until the animal became exhausted
    from fighting and loss of blood. After animal baiting was banned in the
    early 1800s, people began pitting dogs against each other, and the
    cruel sport of dog fighting was born. As it grew in popularity,
    enthusiasts developed a lighter, more agile dog for the fighting ring.
    Some people bred their bulldogs with black and tan terriers, creating
    dogs who were only 25 to 30 pounds. Others may have simply selected
    smaller bulldogs for breeding purposes. These dogs were the forebears of
    the present-day pit bull.

  • Chris Taylor

    Perfect! Every one of them is true!

  • pit bullssuck

    http://www.dogsbite.org/ Full of facts about pitbulls. Stop sugar coating these killers.

  • Lori Zurat Wolfe

    Actually the pit bull was bred for cattle that’s how it got it name they were trained to steer them in to the pits for the ranchers an if the bulls didn’t follow them they would jump on there backs an bite them in the fat part on the back of the neck. Which is why they have strong jaws and no they don’t lock their jaws either. The real dog that was bred to fight is yhe Chinese shar pei these are fighters but just like the pits have been good family dogs also my sister has 2 shar pei an I have 3 American Stratford terriers hate when their classified as pit bulls or red nose or blue nose there is no such thing as to these that’s just color as we are black an white. As for celebrity terriers there is so many from spuds McKenzie to the rascals to even more. The terrier group is so big from your little jack russells to rat terrier all the wsy to the Stratford an American Stratford so before you judge these dogs look at the pets your around everyday because one might just be a terrier relative. .

  • Jennifer Kralick Bouchard

    They give a “mean” hug too!!

  • Marcynda Knapp

    A Family Pit Bull Viciously Attacked And Mauled My Cat With No Provocation. It Resulted In Him Losing His Life. I Used To Love Pits, Now, I Will Never Allow My Children Near One And I Sure As Hell Won’t Allow One In My Home Again.

  • Jack

    i am a delivery driver. the kind that wears brown and brings your parcels to your front door. i absolutely love dogs, pretty much all breeds but it depends on the dogs personality. while at work i’ve been barked at, and approached by all kinds of dogs. it kinda comes with the territory of the job, i’ve only really been scared and chased out of a yard a couple times, and both times it was a pit bull. i don’t really care about all the arguments about what these dogs were bred for, or that its not the dogs its the owners. blah blah blah, its all somewhat correct anyways. but here’s my take on pits, i like them, a lot. well, most of them, like i said about the personality thing, and quite a few of the pits that i have met are a bit neurotic and unreadable. And all the talk about how loyal and protective pits are is completely true, but that however is also why they can be so dangerous, i mean it makes sense that when someone approaches your house your dog wants to protect it and it’s family, but maybe, and this is just my opinion, they’re a bit overprotective, and over-enthusiastic and that is probably why they’re the leading dogs for bites right now. think about it.

  • Chihuahuaking

    Pit Bull Terrier
    The Pit Bull Terrier was created by breeding Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs together to produce a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the bulldog.[6] These dogs were bred in England, and arrived in the United States where they became the direct ancestors of the American Pitbull Terrier. In the United Kingdom pit bulls were used in bloodsports such as bull baiting, bear baiting and cock fighting.

  • Pit fools

    Good grief you all are annoying. Want to know the most annoying dog owner? A pit bull dog owner. They feel the need to crusade about telling everyone how great and harmless they are. Personally I don’t care how “harmless” they are, their owners are douche-nozzels. Now THAT’S a stereotype we can all support.

  • Jackie Miller Thomas

    I had a pit, he was rescued and WAS dangerous at one time. but sent him to school and became the one of the best dogs I ever had and very very protective over me. But because of what happened to him before I got him he didn’t like men all that much. there were a few exceptions. When I was a child my sister and I was bit by a Police German Shepherd. I ended up getting a Shephard several years ago and trained her to be very protective over my daughter. My husband went to spank her on her butt and the shepherd grabbed his arm. Didn’t bite him but grabbed his arm. I will be getting me a Shepherd in the near future. I would get a pit but because of all the regulations and fees I can’t afford it and my homeowners insurance would go up which is totally unfair.

  • Will Sauls

    To be honest they were bread as game dogs. They were use to bait wild bear and boar until game baiting was made illegal. Then they were used as pit dogs because of their determination and high tolerance for pain. It doesn’t help these animals to bicker about what one person did that was wrong. Support the breeds future so it’s grizzly past can die and open way for a brighter future for these dogs.

  • mike u

    I think the breed needs to be phased out. Yes every dog has it in it to freak out and bite people, pits however are just so damn good at it. Brian and Ryan are correct they were bred for fighting, even the good ones normal people have that they claim would never hurt a fly…until they unexpectedly maul a child to death. I feel justified saying they need to be phased out because most pit bulls end up with owners who cant keep them properly and control them and tnat hair trigger gets pulled in their brain and tragedy ensues, and its never the irresponsible owner who gets hurt its always an innocent human. Also a dog kept properly can never be 100% controlled and with pit bulls they were bred to be powerful, dangerous killers its just to big a risk. One more thing if I may, a lot of people claim they were not bred for fighting, but if thats so, why is that their claim to fame? Why do the dog fighters usethem for that? Time to face the truth.

    • Phylicia

      Any dog can snap. A German Shepard, a chihuahua..any. Pits just get a bad name because of bad people. I think closed minded people like you should be phased out.

    • Alex Upshaw

      You do realize that German shepherds, Chows, and Labs are more known for biting people than Pitbulls? You do also realize that the reason pits have the “fighting claim to fame” is they have a high pain tolerance and bad people exploited that fact? Pitbulls also have a genetic disposition that makes them want to please their owner more than anything. Other than spouting off the same ole mindless dribble that most media brainwashed clowns resort to, do some research and come back when you have actual facts not just hear say.

      The truth is you don’t have an actual opinion on the matter of you own that is based upon knowledge.

  • kry

    They weren’t originally bred for fighting but they were used for bloodsport because they r so loyal to there owners and what people fail to realize is if a fighting pit is aggressive to humans they will actually kill it because it is No good a fighting pit is only aggressive towards other animals or dogs do ur research that is why a fighting pit can be rehebilitated because they r not human aggressive! And in the early 17 -1800s they were called the nanny dog because of the patience they have for people and children and their protective nature and also it isn’t how u raise them it is how u train them but No dog is born aggressive just like No human is born aggressive or a killer! I work in pit bull rescue and I have done my research and know just about all their is to know about them I won’t claim to know it all because No one does!

  • Cherubella J. Elliott

    I own three pitties and every one of these reasons is very true! If you can’t handle or return unconditional love that knows no bounds DON’T own a pit bull

  • Noel

    Our pit was a mix .He was the most loving dog.
    He took a bullet when I was home sick from work .Someome (two men) broke into my home with a shotgun. They came in and my dog bit one of them as they entered and the second guy shot my dog. Although my dog was seriously injured he chased the two out .
    The guys jumped over thr fence to flee.My dog was hurt and couldn’t jump the fence. He tried
    To dig under…I owe my life to him.
    On the softer side. I took care of an infant for a friend who was a single father.
    At night I would have her in the bassinet while I fell asleep on the couch. When the baby would wake up for a bottle My fog would whimper. As I got up to make her bottle my dog got up on the couch and put his paw into the bassinet and licked her till I came back with her bottle. My dog was a loving loyal dog for 15years. RIP BONES
    I WILL MISS FOREVER

  • MikeeK

    For all you Michael Vick haters, the guy now does admit that what he did was horribly wrong. There is no longer any PR benefit for it but he is still talking to inner city kids about how horrible dog fighting is. The ASCPA thinks his turnaround is legit.

    I wonder if you think there is any possibility for redemption in life for people or just for dogs? Do you really want to live in a world where 10 years later people only ever remember you for one chapter in your life that you now regret?

  • Robert Amo

    Well said :) here’s my baby

  • Robert Amo

    :)

  • Nancy Tobias

    11. They will turn on a family that has raised them with kindness, caring and love, when they least expect it!! That’s also a sad fact!

    • eric

      No its not. My golden retriever is more unpredictable than my pit bull.

  • cozmo

    Idc what Michael Vick spent in jail or paid for outside of it.. he should not be a aspca rep. ever. any human who thinks its ok to treat any animal this way , is nothing but a sick twisted, f$*&!!!! He’s not sorry. he’s still trying to make $$$ From it….not cool.

  • Sharon Chaffee

    So what have we as human beings learned from all this ‘debating’? Really, the only thing that matters is what is in your heart and how you treat all living things. It’s so easy. Work for the love, not the hate.

  • ka

    I love dogs and I do understand that pitbulls are very loyal family dogs and that they have a bad rap due to shitty owners. However, they are territorial dogs and although they may be great with the family that they are raised around they are not the same way around outsiders. Just because your pitbull is wonderful to your children does not mean that they will be the same with your neighbors kids as with any dog. My neighbor had a black lab that played with the pitbull across the street. Both dogs played with her kids in her yard and got along fine. One day she took her dog over to the neighbors for some reason or other and the pit bull came out onto the porch sniffed her dog and went straight for its throat and killed her dog. These two dogs got along fine until the lab was on the pitbulls territory and then things changed. I dont blame the breed I blame the owners of the dogs for their utter lack of understanding of the temperment of the breed and for being so naive in their thinking that any dog (not just a pit bull) would have the same trust towards outsiders as they do the family they are raised in. Dogs are not people, they don’t rationalize and think. They are animals and operate on instinct. Hound dogs hunt, Terriers kill small vermin, they do what they have been bread to do for centuries and you cant breed the territorial part out of a pit. Pitbulls were bred to protect the family and that is what they do. They will not react the same to others as they do to you. Just because you pitbull and your bulldog get along doesnt mean that you can bring your friends dog over to the house to play. A dog bred to protect does not understand when your friends or their kids come over. Any dog can bite and dogs bite people all of the time the problem is that a bite from a pit is deadly. A bite from a lab might rip your face off but a bite from a pit will rip your head off. The strength of the breed and its jaw power is insane and deadly compared to your average dog. I had a pitbull and it was the sweetest meat head dog ever, and super gentle. She loved cats, kids, my friends dogs, strangers, etc and then another dog got in my yard and she shreaded it. It’s the job of a dog owner to protect their dog from harm and from doing harm. Understand the breed of dog you have and dont set the dog up for failure. Of all the reports of pitbull attacks they are never towards the member of their family they are always attacks on someone else. A dog should never be left alone unsupervised with children anyway. In order to be a good dog owner people need to realize that dogs are not people.

  • Drew Stewart

    Actually…they were indeed primarily bred for blood sports and pit fighting. Although I agree if raised properly as with any dog breed they are sweet, loyal and loving dogs. Their history is what it is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_bull

  • Amanda Dixon

    If it ain’t pit it ain’t shit so glad more people are finally catching on and BSL will go down if we keep fighting and getting the word out about how pttys really are.

  • Hannah Case

    OMG stop arguing who CARES they are precious, sweet, HIGH energy, cuddle bugs, loyal to the end, and HAVE to lick your face no matter what. WHO cares about the rest stop arguing you all sound like your in a pissing contest, seeing who’s penis is bigger. LMAO grow up!!!

  • Catherine Jennings

    The top 10 reasons are so correct. We have 2 pits, one is 7 and the other 4. The 7 year old will lick you to death and the 4 year old has earned the nickname “Mr Wiggles” because he wiggles so hard. Our first pit was a big baby also, but when he was 5, he was diagnosed with cancer & in 2 months time, he was gone. I LOVE pits and with me being disabled, I still would have them.

  • steiney

    Oh, man! That list really made me smile and giggle, thinking about my little Pitty B. He’s passed now, but he definitely fit all ten points!

  • ToniaMc

    I know, I shouldn’t get into this, but, here’s the truth. All dog breeds have the potential to have a ‘killer’ instinct. I called it seeing red when it happened with our Daisy, who was part pit, but mostly had spent her early years as an outdoor dog. She was generally calm and well behaved, but she was horribly aggressive towards Cocker Spaniels and once she started attacking, could not stop herself. Responsible dog breeders test puppies for this tendency and cull puppies who exhibit it. However, since pit bulls became the breed for dog fighting, they were not culled for this. In addition, like some other breeds, when they became popular a lot of folks who were NOT responsible breeders started breeding pit bulls and didn’t even know to watch for this type of aggressiveness. The result is that, while most pit bulls are very sweet, loving, loyal pets, they do have a higher than average risk of having that killer instinct. We watched Daisy shake my mother’s dog by the neck until she was dead. Like so many other people, we ignored the warning signs of a serious problem until another pet was killed. If you choose to take a pit bull or any dog into your home, you need to learn the warning signs of unrestrainable aggression and always be careful when introducing new people or animals to your dog. Never force contact if the dog or the person seem uncomfortable. It’s also very important that a pit bull live indoors and be included in the daily life of the family. Pits who live indoors are not much more likely to bite than any dog. Most pit bull attacks involve dogs who live outside on a chain or in a kennel. I don’t know why this is, but if you’re looking for an outdoor dog, a pit bull is probably not a good choice.

  • Jazzi Abear

    It’s completely true! I have one, he’s an awesome dog! He has his own couch and his best friend is a Siamese cat!

  • Jim Discount

    I am seriously sick and tired of this propaganda constantly being spouted that Pitbulls are a safe breed and it is always their owners fault when attacks happen.
    Dogs of all breeds, and dispositions attack for seemingly no reason sometimes.

    It just so happens that when a Pitbull attacks is significantly more dangerous and aggressive than a Collie.
    Last year I saw an otherwise calm Golden Labrador bite someone out of the blue, I’ve never seen that dog do that before, he is otherwise a super chill dog.
    Dogs are unpredictable, you can train a pitbull all you want but you can’t say it will “NEVER” attack someone.

    I am not opposed to people owning these dogs, but I think there needs to be a procedure, the person needs to be licensed, there needs to be certified training, and the dog needs to be muzzled in public.

    • eric

      You’re talking out of your ass.

      Many dogs can be significantly more dangerous and many pit bulls aren’t nearly the same size and shape as others.

      Your statements are rooted in ignorance, plain and simple. Anyone who knows dogs knows what you said is dumb as hell. I just wish you could comprehend how stupid you are, because you would hide yourself in shame and never post on the internet again.

  • Megan

    Mine is a.) afraid of the dark so when I take him out at night I have to stay near the house so I can jump up and down like an idiot when the motion sensor light goes off, just to turn it on again – b.) he chases flashlights and laser pointers – and c.) our other dog is the size of a football with legs and they play together all the time.

  • susan

    To be owned by, and to love a pitbull is to be with the BEST canine possible.

  • Lea Roberts

    Mine is the biggest baby shes bigger then my boxer mix and my boxer whoops her all day long. I ask my pit to wake the baby she goes to my daughter an licks her facr til she gets up. The dog cather put my dog back in the yard an guess what with no catch pole. Just dog treats lol its all about how u raise em. Raise em like kids an raise em good an u got great protective loyal to the bone babies.

  • Amanda Sager

    I have a pitbull. He is the best with my children. I couldn’t ask for a better dog.

  • sara

    Excellent description. They will also save your life if your house catches fire. M girls have three. Couldn’t ask for better dogs. They are wonderful.

  • Kareem J. Lanier

    Why are we talking about Mike Vick? Did you know that teenagers are being sold into prostitution in this country? Or that people get beaten and then their video is plastered all over Facebook? Really people.

  • Cheyenne Sedlacek

    I clicked on this thinking I was going to get a bunch of stereotypes, but silly me! I started reading them and everyone of them sounds like my 3 girls.