Are Pit Bulls Naturally Mean?

Updated on April 4, 2017
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The Misconception of Pit Bull Demeanor

Due to the negative media surrounding pit bull dogs, they are often portrayed as being naturally mean. Unfortunately, this makes many people afraid the breed. In fact, I must confess that I was scared of them until I had Natalya (pictured below) and Pyro (above) came into my life. Like the caption says, Natalya only wants to love you; and Pyro is as soft as the picture, he just likes you to touch him so he can sleep.

Actually years before that, my girlfriend had a pit bull and from what I can remember, he just wanted to be near you in some way. He often just slept with me on the couch. And that seems to be a common theme with this breed, a need to be near humans, always seeking the attention.

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What is a Pit Bull?

Pit bulls are actually a mixed-breed dog. A pit bull dog can be any combination between the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrior, American Staffordshire bull terriror and the American bulldog. Some states also consider other breeds to be part of the pit bull family.

I am unhappy to say that the pit bulls are sometimes bred for dog fighting because of there toughness and ability to finish a fight. But most are just loving family dogs who have never been exposed to dog fighting or aggressiveness.

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What do Pit Bulls Look Like?

Bearing in mind that a terrier pit bull mix can be a combination of many different dog types of, they vary in size from 30 to 120 pounds. Therefore, you cannot characterize one certain look for them. They may be black, brown tan or white or anything in between. Most all dogs of the bull terrier pit mix have a strong muscular build. After you get to know the personality of pit bulls, you will think they are just powder puffs with muscles.

Fatal Attacks by Pit Bulls Reported by the Media

Year
No. of Pit Bull Attacks
1988
0
2001
1
2001
2
2002
0
2003
0
2004
2
2005
13
2006
12
2007
15
2008
11
2009
11
2010
18
2011
11
2012
18
2013
25
2014
27
2015
28
2016
14

Are Pit Bulls Dangerous Dogs?

In conducting research for this article, since I am obviously, a pit bull lover, it was my intension to report statistics stating that Pit Bulls did not bite, kill or maim more often than other breeds. Unfortunately, I did not find statistics to support that statement. But I will invite you to read the statistics for yourself on Wikipedia, with my one editorial note, before 2004, there were almost no fatal Pit Bull attacks recorded by news organizations. Now doesn't it seem strange that the negativity surrounding Pit Bulls started rising when the news media begun to sensationalize pit bull attacks.

About Pit Bull Behavior

Is a Pit Bull Naturally Aggressive or Mean?

When the average person thinks of Pit Bulls, they assume the breed is naturally aggressive and mean. If you speak with an owner of a pit bull, they will comment that their dog will only lick you to death. So which is it? Are they naturally mean and aggressive or can they just trained or raised to be that way (for fighting purposes)? The simple answer is to say that Pit Bulls respond only to the way they are treated as with most breeds of dogs. But in my extensive and personal research on this subject, I finally understand it. Let me further explain by the difference between aggression toward humans verses aggression toward other dogs. Then you may reach your own conclusions.

Pyro greeting me at the door.
Pyro greeting me at the door. | Source

Pit Bull Aggression Toward Humans

Over and over in my research and talking to my fiends who are pit bull owners, two themes kept emerging, "Pit Bulls are wonderful family dogs. They play with and watch over my children." And, "No I cannot trust my pit bull to watch my home, because he only wants to play with and kiss the people who come to my house." And to further prove the point, the United Kennel Club claims pit bulls are “extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed.”

Pit Bull Aggression With Dogs

Pit Bulls are considered to be dog aggressive. They are known to turn on other dogs and animals even ones that they are raised with. Experts attribute this negative trait to years of interbreeding the most aggressive dogs for dog fighting. If you are they owner of a Pit Bull, there are certain steps you can take to prevent this aggressive behavior from happening:

  1. When walking a Pit, always keep it on a leash. Never let it run free in public parks.
  2. Never allow the Pit Bulls to be alone with other dogs in the household.
  3. Supervise all play between dogs and never let it get too rough. Just like children never allow the behavior to get out of control.
  4. When you do socialize your adult pit bull with other dogs always keep a special watch for aggressive behavior. Stop it before it gets out of hand.
  5. Do not rough house with pit bulls. This encourages aggressive behaviors.

Who could not love this face?
Who could not love this face? | Source

Conclusion - Why Are Pit Bulls Misunderstood?

Most people who are not dog owners have no idea of what pit bulls are like. There are still some dog owners who are wary of the breed. This conclusion is based upon ignorance since it is based upon a sensationalized media portrayal. In fact these dogs are very affectionate toward humans and often just silly, fun-loving dogs. It is truly sad to judge this entire breed on the negative deeds of some pit bulls. When in reality these pit bulls were raised by humans with negative personalities with bad intensions.

Pit bull demeanor is not always bad. I know that Natalya and Pyro only want to please me. Please get to know the dog before you judge it. And more importantly, understand the breed before you start raising one.

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      • Lipnancy profile imageAUTHOR

        Nancy Yager 

        3 days ago from Hamburg, New York

        Yes, they can be dog aggressive as explained above. Thanks for they insightful comment.

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        Mandy 

        4 days ago

        From experience every single pit bull I have encountered have been dangerously aggressive. I don't want to think of them that way. But they've come from very loving families and they don't really attack people (the ones I've been around)but when they are around other dogs they are extremely vicious. We go to different dog parks often and there is always a story about pit bulls attacking another dog. My dog personally has been attached to the point where he was bleeding all over the place. (He didn't fight back) some dog had to go to the emergency vet because they were just walking past a pit and it attacked. And almost blinded the dog permanently. And one broke another dogs leg after they were just playing for a few minutes. The reason I know some of them is because I have family members who have multiple dogs and they treat them equal but the have to separate them because the pit has attacked the others terribly. They love on that dog terribly and so do visitors. But that doesn't mean they won't turn if another dog is around. That's why I would completely avoid ever being around them with my dog or ever get one. I always give then the benefit of the doubt but everytime I risk being around them something terrible happens. I've tried countless times. And every single time a dog was badly injured. I'm glad not everyone has had the same experience as me but I will leave at the sight of them now.

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        vishu boy 

        9 months ago

        My choice is pittbull dogs

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        Nancy Yager 

        12 months ago from Hamburg, New York

        They are truly the most loving dogs that you will ever own.

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        mark 

        12 months ago

        I'm impressed with this article. In fact the best one yet. I adopted a brindle pitbull. He is 15 monthes old. Had no training no nothing. He was growly sassy the hole nine yards. I can say now that with training an patients undersanding. It will be the best dog u ever own.I say it is the best breed i have work a lot dogs over the year's. No doubt the best breed..............Love the bullies :)

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        Nancy Yager 

        17 months ago from Hamburg, New York

        Oh so do I, so many people only accept what is said in the media.

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        winter matthews 

        17 months ago

        i have three pit bulls they are so calm and sweet i hate that people think all are bad when they dont know how they were trained

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        Nancy Yager 

        2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        I so agree that it is how you raise them.

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        Mel Carriere 

        2 years ago from San Diego California

        As a letter carrier I have run across pit bulls both good and bad, and have written a couple hubs on the subject. I actually did find some research that put the Pit Bull way down on the aggression list, much lower than the Chihuahua, which was near the top of the heap. When a Chihuahua bites a human, however, it is rarely serious, whereas a Pit Bull attack can be deadly. Unfortunately, there is a criminal sub element that deliberately raises Pit Bulls to be extremely aggressive, and these are the ones responsible for human attacks. I wholeheartedly agree with your conclusions that they can be sweet and wonderful dogs if socialized properly. Great hub.

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        Nancy Yager 

        2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        I really think that they are reported more in the media. It is the popular thing to report which creates more fear in turn more fatal attacks occur.

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        James 

        2 years ago from The Eastern Bypass

        It seems like the number of fatal attacks by pitbulls keep on rising. What could be the reason behind this? Is it that they are also increasing in number?

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        Nancy Yager 

        2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        I am so sorry that you had trouble with German Shepherds. I hope your cousin is feeling well after such a bad experience.

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        Nancy Yager 

        2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        They truly just want attention. We had a big 80 pound pit bull, all he wanted to do be touched. He used to sleep at my feet for hours.

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        moonlake 

        2 years ago from America

        I wouldn't own a Pit Bull, sorry. My cousin was walking her two German Shepherds last week a pit bull knocked her down went after one of her Shepherds. The other Shepherd stood over the top of her protecting her. When someone finally came to get the Pit Bull her dog was hurt and had to go to the vet. I also don't like Shepherds I had two friends each one had Shepherds. I stop going to their homes. One Shepherd tried to get me when I was heading for the car I closed the door just in time, he hit his nose on the door.

        My granddaughter worked for a vet she said they rarely had trouble with Pit Bulls but did have problems with Shepherds.

        I have owned big dogs, Great Danes, Newfoundlanders, Labs and Springers.

        Now I only have Chihuahuas.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Thank you for creating this hub. The only pit bull that I know is one owned by a colleague of mine. She occasionally brings her dog to work. The dog is so friendly and well behaved! I'm always happy to see her.

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        Nancy Yager 

        2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        For sure. I had one of those when I was a kid. The little thing terrorized my poor brother.

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        Laura 

        2 years ago from Bucharest

        Sometimes I think there's more aggressiveness in a Chihuahua than a Pit Bull lol

        I like your article Nancy, thanks for the info :)

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        Nancy Yager 

        2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        At this point I really don't know.

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        David 

        2 years ago from Birmingham, UK

        Sorry to hear that. Do you intend to get some more?

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        Nancy Yager 

        2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        Oh you would love them, unfortunately both of ours have passed on.

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        David 

        2 years ago from Birmingham, UK

        Great hub; guess I misunderstood Pit Bulls too, but this article has helped me get a clearer perspective.

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        Sheila Brown 

        5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

        I too was afraid of pit bulls at one time. Our daughter and her husband got a pit bull a few years ago and I was just furious! They had a new baby and a 5 year old at the time. However, "Lola", turned out to be one of the best dogs I have ever known. She has always been very careful and protective around the kids and plays very well with the little Boston terrier they have. I too wrote an article on the pit bull, which was once know as the "nanny" dog. This is a very informative hub. Voted up and interesting! :)

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        collegedad 

        5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

        20 years ago I became the accidental owner of a Pit Bull. It was abused and skinny and I had no idea what it was. Turned out to be one of the best dogs I ever had. Loved to eat 2" x 4"'s, broom sticks, and the back pockets off my jeans. I miss that dog..............

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @MichaelJohnMele So happy to hear that. I makes writing worth while.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @midget38 Thanks for you important input.

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        Michael John Mele 

        5 years ago from Seffner, Florida

        Great hub...very informative and has helped me see that I was wrong about them.

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        Michelle Liew 

        5 years ago from Singapore

        Coming in to say that although some dogs have the predisposition for being a bit more aggressive, any dog can have a wonderful temperament when properly socialized, like your pits. Thanks for sharing!

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Mary615 That is too funny. I guess the little dogs feel like they need to make up for their small size.

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        Mary Hyatt 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I enjoyed reading about your sweet, lovable pits. When I go on a walk with my little schnauzer, if I see a Pit even on a leash, I have to admit, I will walk my dog to the other side of the street.. She doesn't like big dogs; she thinks she is a German Shepherd and would fight the big dog!

        The Pit probably wouldn't hurt a fly...

        I voted this UP, etc.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @jeolmoz2 The media just has to be right and do anything to get the latest story.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @lindalou1963 I actually owned a chihuahua and they are very mean and aggressive compared to Pyro (brown dog the picture) who barely raises an eye brow when I walk in the house.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @midget38 Yes they are sweet animals.

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        Julio E Olmo Sr 

        5 years ago from Florida, USA

        Yeap! The Media has really done a # on their rep...my sister has one & surprise!...she's a great pet!

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        Linda 

        5 years ago from Texas

        I am a pit bull pet parent. I have found pits to be the most gentle loving dogs. I wrote a story about ours, its call 'silly spoily pets'... please read it!! No, pits are not naturally aggressive... no dog is. Aggression comes from environment.

        Where we used to live, our pit was attacked by a chihuahua. We demanded that the owner put the dog on a leash (ours was) so our dog did not have to suffer the consequences when she defended herself. Thankfully that never came about .

        Thanks for a great hub. voted up and shared

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        Michelle Liew 

        5 years ago from Singapore

        Sharing this again......pitbulls will only get aggressive, like other dogs, if provoked. Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @yanjiaren5 Thanks for your beautiful comment.

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        yanjiaren5 

        5 years ago

        I really enjoyed your post Nancy and will definitely recommend it to my Friends to read as well. My sisters both have dogs so this is a great insight for dog owners and those of us who don't have them as pets. Dogs are beautiful creatures and should be given the respect they deserve in our ecosystem.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Olde Cashmere So glad that you stopped by. Thanks for your positive comment.

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        Olde Cashmere 

        5 years ago

        We used to have a pitbull and he was an awesome dog. Built like a tank but he was a giant teddy bear. Voting this up and rating interesting :)

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @TTombs08 I agree, it is a shame. They are very loving animals.

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        Terrye Toombs 

        5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

        I hate the bad reputation that pit bulls have acquired due to the idiotic actions of some abusive people. Thank you for writing this and putting the truth about a wonderful, loving, intelligent and loyal breed out there.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @ billybuc That is what it is all about. A little bit of knowledge can change a life.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Interesting and valuable information. I admit to having no knowledge about this breed, other than what I occasionally read in the papers. I also admit to being afraid of them generally, and I am not normally afraid of dogs. Fear almost always comes from a lack of information and a lack of understanding. You have helped greatly with this Hub.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Suhail and my dog Thank you for your insight. I could not agree with you more.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @LisaKoski It is a shame that come people have to buy into the fear factor. I like the "slobbering beast" observation, it describes the brown dog in the pictures exactly. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

        I would like to add my two bits again. It is proven that it is how we raise a puppy for the first 8 weeks of its life that is going to decide whether he / she will be friendly, dominant or fear aggressive.

        This is why it is important that puppies be left with their mother and litter mates for the first 8 weeks with a gradual increase of human socialization till it reaches a max from 6 to 8 weeks. If a puppy is adopted by humans before 8 weeks, there is a likelihood that it will grow thinking it is a human and will be aggressive towards other dogs. If its interaction with humans between 6-8 weeks is less than positive then it will be fear aggressive.

        Pit bulls are trained for fighting using their natural prey, fight, defense, and rank drives.

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        Lisa 

        5 years ago from WA

        I've never owned a Pit Bull and probably never will because I don't like really big dogs but I've known a few people with Pit Bulls and never once have they had any major problems, except for the treatment they and their dogs receive just because they have a dog that most people tend to fear. It's unfortunate, because these dogs, in my own experience with them, were just big old slobbery teddy bears.

        A neighbor I had at my previous residence was actually banned from walking his dog through a nearby apartment complex because they were afraid of his Pit Bull. The dog never showed aggression, was always kept on a leash, and actually had a brain tumor that made him ridiculously timid even though he was more aggressive in his younger years but they didn't care about that. The guy had walked that dog through that same neighborhood for over a decade with no problems until one or two people complained.

        Like you say here, I believe it is definitely a lot about the way that they are raised. It's best for people to ask how to treat someone else's dog before approaching it because they may be a little aggressive to strangers but that doesn't mean it's some scary flesh-eating beast that should be banned. Great hub!

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @daholand Yes, I agree with you. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @vespawoolf Thanks for all your kind words.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Just Ask Susan I agree with you. And in my opinion, there is never a good reason to mistreat an animal.

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        Don A. Hoglund 

        5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

        I have never had any contact with Pit Bulls but I do not think any dogs are prone to meanness. Many dogs were originally bred for fighting. the bulldog being bred to fight bulls and it is body characteristics are for survival in the bull ring. Some of this fighting might have been related to hunting activities at one time as the dog might have been used to help the human hunter to capture an kill the animal it needed for food.Anyhow, I think nurture trumps nature in this matter.

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        vespawoolf 

        5 years ago from Peru, South America

        What adorable pooches! We loved our Staffordshire Terrier, Molly. She was the sweetest girl and did anything we wanted her to. I think that's the issue with pitbulls. They're very eager to please their owners and some use that against the dog by training it to fight. I agree it's all up to the owner to raise the dog right and to socialize it with other dogs at an early age. Raised the right way pitbulls are lovable, intelligent, hardy dogs that make great pets. This is a great hub...voted up and shared.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Great hub! You can take any dog and turn it into a killing machine. Rottweilers and Dobermans had the "Bad Dog" status before the Pit Bulls did. It's all how they're bred and treated. The only way to get a dog to be mean is for a human to teach it. It's not the dogs fault it's the humans.

        Your dogs are beautiful.

        Voting +++ and sharing.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Michele Travis Yes, our pit bulls just like to be touched. And the 80-pound Pyro has occasionally decided that he should sit on my lap. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Michele Travis 

        5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

        Any dog can become aggressive if abused by a horrible person. I have a friend with a Pit Bull that loves to sit on people's laps. She also lets my daughter put her head on her ( the Pitt Bull's stomach). Basically the Pit Bull is a big sweet dog. But, if you scratch her tummy watch out, your hand might get numb. She loves that!

        Thank you for writing this hub. I hope more people read it, then watching the idiotic television shows.

        Voted up.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Procrastinista Don't get me excited about the media. Anything for a rating!

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Scribenet They do seem to love people and almost crave their affections. Yes I agree, it is often the owners that do not know how to handle a dog.

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        Kiley 

        5 years ago from her computer chair

        Great hub. The Pit Bulls sensationalized in the media as aggressive or evil are usually only that way because their owners trained them to be vicious... a bad owner makes a bad dog. Raise your Pit Bull right and he can be a real sweetie. :)

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        Scribenet 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I have had a dog that was half pit bull and she was amazing, smart and well behaved...the best! Everyone that met her loved her because she also loved people! However I never let her near small children for everyone's peace of mind only because she was too exuburant!

        She was excitable so I imagine much of the problem with the breed are the owners! I say watch the owners rather than the dogs...they are the hazardous part of the combination...the owner has to know how to handle and control their pet...and that applies to every breed!

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @ignugent17 So glad that you enjoyed.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @fresh2def05 So glad that you liked it. It was difficult to research and see all the bad stories.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Unknownspy Thanks your opinion means a lot to me.

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        ignugent17 

        5 years ago

        It is good to know something new about about this breed. I am always afraid of dogs if it is not our pet. Not I am learning to love all of them.

        Voted up and useful. :-)

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        fresh2def05 

        5 years ago from Louisville, Ky

        I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. Pit Bull are constantly being judged. I've owned two and they are great family dogs but you're right. Certain measures should be taken to ensure safety for the dogs and the family. Excellent hub. Voted up.

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        IAmForbidden 

        5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

        you really know your subject Nancy. I'm impressed. shared

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Suhail and my dog Thanks your input is most welcomed.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @mvillecat That is wonderful to hear. Pyro the chocolate dog in the pictures often sleeps at our feet.

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

        I will not keep brachiocephalic dog breeds as pets, but I do love them all - pit bull, cane corso, fila brasiliero, bully kutta, boerbol, tosa inu, presa canario, etc. appear vicious from their looks and are great guard dogs, but more importantly, great companion dogs too.

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        Catherine Dean 

        5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

        I am writing this as my Pit Chance is sleeping at my feet on my bed. I have had many different breeds in my life and I can tell you that Pits are one of the most wonderful dogs. I support Pit rescue groups and hope to own one for the rest of my life.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @vibsites Yes unfortunately they are bred for dog fighting and there is a whole culture of people who see nothing wrong with this. It is hard to change our ways of thinking and doing things. I am way to soft-hearted to see a dog fight.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @rustcliving Thank you so much for the wonderful words. I like to hear from real pit bull who love and treat their pets with respect.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        Thank you so much. They are very loving dogs.

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        vibesites 

        5 years ago from United States

        It's only humans who train them to be mean, especially dogs who are trained for pitbull fights. It's now illegal in many countries but sadly there are still some who covertly practice this sport and use these dogs just for fun and money.

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        Elizabeth Rayen 

        5 years ago from California

        Excellent Hub. I have owned 3 pit bulls in my life and my baby I have now is a Dalmation and Pit Bull Mix. They are highly intelligent, very loving, and very devoted to their families. The same myths ring true for doberman pinchers: Agressive, mean, vicious, etc. Where there are certain attributes each breed are born and bred with, the underlying factor is that the training and love falls upon the owner. Like a living plant, show the love, feed it, water it, give it sunshine, it lives and gives you beauty and pleasure, starve it (of food and love) it will eventually turn and die. Isn't human nature fascinating? I learn from my dog every day. :) Thumbs up and shared! Lisa

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        Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

        5 years ago from USA

        Thanks for debunking the myth that pit bulls are mean and providing clear, insights and research. I love pits and I hope more people realize how loving they can be. Too bad, too many irresponsible owners have caused these dogs to get a bad rep:(

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @rcrumble I think you said it best, "responsible pet ownership". Letting any dog run wild is not responsible pet ownership. I am very saddened and sorry for your loss.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @midget38 Thanks for the compliment. I will admit that it did take me a while to write and present facts not just based on personal feelings.

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        Rich 

        5 years ago from Kentucky

        Before last week, I would have been on the side of Pit Bulls as I am always standing up for animals. However, Saturday morning, my daughter's beagle was attacked and killed by three of them, belonging to a new neighbor of theirs. The police say there's no pet law in the county, so the dogs can continue to run wild. My daughter is completely afraid to let the kids play in the yard now. Their other neighbors are getting ready for a hunting party, since the Pit's owners has basically said, "So what" to the whole affair. If they don't want to be responsible owners, they probably won't have any dogs to worry about before long. It sounds harsh, but if one had seen how the beagle had been ripped apart, another attitude might prevail. We can't blame the entire breed for this act, but we can blame the guilty.

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        Michelle Liew 

        5 years ago from Singapore

        Wow, Nancy, a very comprehensive hub on the pitbull! You are right, they are just gentle dogs who love the family. I would like to see others have a deeper understanding of this breed, so I am definitely sharing your detailed and well written hub!!

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @Ruchira Like I said they scared me too until I got to know a few loving pit bulls.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        @suzzycue That could very well be. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Ruchira 

        5 years ago from United States

        Interesting facts about pit bull.

        I have. Ever been a fan of dogs but this species scared me but not anymore:)

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        Susan Britton 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Lipnancy your dogs are cute but don't you think pit bulls are sort of a one person dog so they are over protective of that person. I also agree it is how you treat a dog, is how it reacts and you can sure tell who your friends are by how they react to a person. I strongly believe this.

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        Nancy Yager 

        5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

        Thanks Carol. I am glad you enjoyed.

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        carol stanley 

        5 years ago from Arizona

        I have often wondered about this..Now I have some good reference. Most dogs can turn dangerous under the right conditions. Great hub and voting up.

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