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The Pit Bull Dog - Once Known as the Nanny Dog - What Happened?

Updated on April 15, 2016

The Nanny Dog

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History

In the early part of the 1900’s, the Pit Bull Dog was known as the “Nanny Dog”. Why, you ask? If you wanted to keep your children safe, the pit bull was the most faithful and loving dog of any dog breed, especially with children. They were strong and loyal and loved children. If your child had a pit bull dog as a pet, you felt that they were safe. So what happened?

Ironically enough it is the wonderful qualities of the pit bull that have attracted it to the “criminal element”, which have victimized this wonderful breed of dog. The Pit Bull breed is strong, and very intelligent. They are loyal and courageous. Their main goal is to please their owner. Yes, they look tough, but they have not been referred to as the “Nanny Dog” for almost 100 years for nothing! At one time the pit bull dogs were the most beloved dogs in England and the United States.



Boston Terrier and Pit Bull

Lola and her best friend, Audi
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Lola

Our daughter, Jenna and her husband Josh, have a pit bull, her name is Lola. I was afraid of Lola to start with, just because she is a pit bull. I was actually furious with them for getting this dog. However, was I wrong! This is the sweetest dog you could ever want. She loves everyone and her best friend is Audi. Audi is a little boston terrier less than half her size. Jenna and Josh have 2 small children and we never worry about the dog being with the kids. Lola is actually very protective of them. Here is a little information about the American Pit Bull Dog that was once known as the “Nanny Dog”. Hopefully this information will dispel the bad reputation that all pit bulls have acquired.


American Pit Bull Terrier

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Pit Bull Breed

The most common breed referred to as the pit bull dog is the American Pit Bull Terrier. It is actually a cross between terriers and a breed of bulldog. These Pit Bull Terriers were first brought to the United States in the late 1800’s from Staffordshire, England, where they were initially bred. There are actually two strains of this breed. The first strain was originaly used as guard dogs and for dog fighting. They were bred for stronger and stockier bodies. When they were brought to the United States and dog fighting became banned, there was another strain of the pit bull dog developed. It is a more mild mannered, smaller framed dog and was used to hunt, drive livestock and as family pets. The pit bull was actually the symbol of American strength and courage during World War I!

Unfortunately the wrong kind of people are still finding the first strain of the pit bull dog attractive as guard dogs for illegal activities. They are stout built dogs with square heads and firms jaw lines and a very ominous appearance. In the wrong hands, the pit bulls are trained to protect their owners during illegal activities such as drug deals. They are trained not to let ANYONE come near their owners or their property. Many of them are not being trained to warn their owner or to keep the stranger at bay, they are being trained to attack and kill whoever or whatever comes near. They are being trained to be aggressive.


Severely Abused Pit Bull Dog

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Abuse

The methods by which some people are training their pit bulls dog are deplorable! They are chained up, taunted, beaten and starved. You can only abuse an animal for so long before you do manage to change their personality. They are being trained by using other people’s pets as bait. Cats, small dogs, rabbits, etc. are being given to them as bait. When you have beaten and starved a dog down and then throw him a rabbit or a cat, what do you think he is going to do! They are being taught to fight other dogs and given smaller dogs as practice. If they don’t kill their opponent, they are beaten severely.


Lola Playing with Garfield the Cat

Lola playing with Garfield, the cat.
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Temperance

One of the most tolerant, patient, gentle breed of dogs is now being portrayed as the most dangerous. Because of this bad reputation, at least 6,000 pit bulls are put to death every day, by far the highest number of any other breed. Before the pit bulls were being notarized as the most aggressive dog breed, it was the Rottweiler, before that, it was the Doberman and the German Shepherd. Each time, people wanted to enforce laws to ban these dogs. Each time, this notoriety was proven wrong. It’s the same with the American Pit Bull.

In temperance tests, given by the American Temperance Test Society, the pit bull rated as the second MOST TOLERANT. The most tolerant dog breed was the Golden Retriever. The least tolerant was the Chihuahua. It has been said that the pit bull’s jaws will lock on and won't turn loose. It has also been stated that the have the most powerful bite among dog breeds. Neither one of these statement are true. Pit Bull’s jaws do not lock and the dog with the most powerful bite is actually proven to be the Rottweiler.


Conclusion

I hate to see anyone or anything get a bad rap for no good reason. Pit bulls are terribly misunderstood and I just want to give everyone the real facts about a wonderful dog breed. So before you judge a dog by it’s looks or it’s breed, maybe you should judge the dog by it’s owner!


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      Robert Ruedisueli 3 weeks ago

      I believe that Pitt Bulls are a big strong dog that will do anything to please their families.

      This is all very good most of the time.

      Obviously this is really bad in cases of dogs being trained to attack or fight.

      However, there is an additional issue. Dogs are trained by their family whether or not the family is intending to train the dog.

      If a family member frequently shows pleasure at violence, or regularly acts violent in front of the dog, that dog could easily pick up the same behavior.

      This is why viscous dog laws should focus on several points, none of which are Breed.

      1. Size of the dog: Large strong dogs do more harm when they bite. Pit Bulls are large, strong, dogs.

      2. History of the dog: Sadly, like humans, dogs subject to severe psychological harm may never recover. Simply put, such dogs cannot safely be kept in an urban or suburban environment.

      3. History of the Owner/Family: This is one few laws have been made based on, despite it's importance. Lawmakers seem very reluctant to pass laws based on this, despite how much it influences dog behavior.

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      MikeC711 3 months ago

      The pit is victimized first by owners who leverage their strength for evil purposes, then by mis-informed folks who feel every pit is a danger to life and limb of all around them. 86% of all fatal dog attacks are by non-neutered males. Pits are found to be more tolerant of mis-treatment (before resorting to attack to defend themselves) than every dog except the Irish Setter. We rescue only pits and our biggest fear is that ... when they get into the bed ... they are major real estate hogs.

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      Lam Phan 5 months ago

      Back then folks my country rejected German Shepherd because "they kill"(for it was quite common to spot GPD in dog fights) while I had one at home and he was the most lovable. After all, it's irresponsible and abusive owners that give the breed bad names.

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      hulkfan63 12 months ago

      "jd" is an ignorant, uninformed individual. I can show, IN PRINT, several references prior to 1960, of the bully breed being referred to as a "nanny dog". It's not a fabrication or a need to 'prop up' the image of the breed, as prior to the introduction of pit-bulls to the criminal element in the inner-cities, their sterling reputation was well-documented. Several notable people owned, and sang the praises of, pitties-including Helen Keller, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt. Petey the pit-bull, of "Our Gang" & "Little Rascals" fame, was required to perform in films, taking direction while surrounded by many children, of which any viewer can plainly see that he enjoyed immensely. Get your facts together 'jd', and perform the due diligence before making statements of pure conjecture without being able to support them with substantiated truth.

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      Anna 15 months ago

      I actually don't think they are 'trained' to be aggressive, I think they are traumatised, because when they are rescued and given time to recover, they'd rather do anything than fight. They are dogs who are scared of everything and that bond they have with their humans is warped by evil people to make them put aside thousands of years of evolution, because all dogs are pack animals, who cooperate.

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      Tammy Stewart 16 months ago

      Another thing, pit bulls don't just "turn," as some people say (no dog does). Many people haven't a clue how to read a dog's body language and there are subtle cues those in the know can pick up on, but the majority of people can't. These dogs were probably giving cues the owners didn't know how to recognize and due to that it went from subtle cues to an outright attack.

      Even many professionals cannot determine what an American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) looks like. How many here realize that the wide, blue dog with white markings in this article (the dog above the pic. of the white dog), below where it says "American Pit Bull Terrier," is not an APBT, it's an American Bully?

      Now yes, pit bulls can be dog aggressive, but APBT's and many breeds that fall under the pit bull umbrella are terriers and a good portion of terriers can be dog aggressive. Dog aggressive does not equal human aggressive however.

      For those of you who believe pit bulls are all dangerous, speak to your veterinarians about it. I can guarantee you that they're not the dogs your vet. dreads seeing walking through their doors the most.

      As far as breed bans, there is much money to be made there. Stereotyped breeds also make headlines...same thing, money to be made. It's been proven that in many areas where pit bulls were banned, dog attacks did not go down. Before you approve of breed bans (BSL) keep in mind that the more popular a breed, the more people who jump on the bandwagon to breed for money. Now we have once sweet breeds like Labs and Golden Retrievers who are getting high bite rates due to indiscriminate breeding. Hollywood is also responsible...Cocker Spaniel temperaments declined after Lady and the Tramp, Dalmation temperaments declined after 101 Dalmations, Collie temperaments declined after Lassie, etc. Your beloved breed may be next when it comes to bans. Besides, there are FAR more sweet pit bulls than not, figuring the numbers of them across the world.

      Dogs are what you make of them. I have owned many breeds, pit bulls included...it's wise to always do your homework. Get a dog from a reputable source (if you rescue a dog, try to rescue from an organization that does temperament testing or offer to foster the dog and have it temperament tested before adopting...train yourself as well and this will help a lot too), train your dogs properly, never leave ANY breed alone with a young child (even small dogs have maimed and killed children!), learn canine body language and watch for cues (learn those subtle ones!), understand that not all dogs like other dogs (and that goes for any breed) so they're not abnormal if they don't want "doggie friends," be a responsible owner...make sure your dog is properly contained - and leashed if it's out and about with you, put your dog through a canine good citizen training course, keep your dog under control (if you can't, don't ignore it, seek help), don't let your dog roam, neuter and spay your dogs, if you have a dog that's aggressive with you or strangers (ANY breed...seek the help of a professional and keep that dog away from people), if you have a dog that's a problem with aggression with other dogs - keep it away from other dogs, muzzle it when you're out with it and see if a trainer can help (with some dogs it's so ingrained in their breeding it can only be managed) and realize, if you have a dog that doesn't have it's wires crossed right (is badly bred) it may not be able to be rehabilitated (and as I said, this goes for ANY breed, or mix for that matter) and you must do the responsible thing. Bottom line is that problems with dogs usually has more to do with the owner/s than the dog itself.

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      Tammy Stewart 16 months ago

      I don't know where people get their info. from that pit bulls were not nanny dogs. Yes they were. Pit bull is a blanket term. Staffordshire Bull Terriers were considered nanny dogs, as well as American Pit Bull Terriers. And no, pit bulls were not originally bred to only fight...they had MANY uses.

      As far as them being deemed vicious with people, they're not naturally so. People who use them to look bad take uneven tempered dogs and breed them with uneven tempered dogs, thus resulting in dogs that are nasty with humans. This can be done with ANY breed however. Throughout history there have always been "bad" dogs...once goofy Bloodhounds were said to be vicious. In my time it's been German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers and now pit bulls.

      The media pushes this stereotype, but what they don't tell you is that there are many breeds mistaken for pit bulls that were not pit bulls at all. There are also many breeds that look like pit bulls. There are tests online you can take to prove just this fact.

      I have been a groomer, a vet's assistant, a trainer and a kennel manager...pit bulls were not the dogs I had most issues with.

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      Becky 3 years ago

      It would be nice if you learned that Pit Bull is not a breed, that's where a lot of the backlash comes in. Pit Bull is a blanket term for dogs that share the same characteristics The only dog that should be referred to as a Pit is the American Pit Bull Terrier Once people like you understand that it will be easier for Bully Breed owners like myself

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      Alysha 3 years ago

      There is no such breed as a pit bull. It is a term used to describe various breeds, most commonly the APBT. But please, stop referring to it as a breed. I agree with all your comments re dogs being a product of their owner, and am a bit Stafford lover. In fact, I'm fairly sure it's English staffies that were the breed referred to as the nanny dog (and yeah, I guess some ignorant people may group English Staffords into the pit bull category). But anyway. Appreciate you may have done some research, but they are most definitely not a 'breed' as such.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      This is really an interesting hub and the comments are almost as interesting.

      I think all breeds of dogs are here for us humans to have companions or pets or both.

      voted up ++ and shared.

      Shyron

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Flourish! It is so true that how animals are treated impacts the level of trust they have in humans. It is so sad anytime an animal is mistreated by humans. The "tough" looking dogs are the ones that the criminal elements want to corrupt. It has been the same in the past with German shepherds, Dobermen pinshers, rotweillers and others. Someday there will probably be another breed adopted by the unsavory people in this world and done the same way. You would laugh until your sides hurt if you could see Lola and Audi playing together, they are quite the odd couple! Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and votes, it is always appreciated! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I didn't know pits used to be "nanny" dogs. How animals are treated tremendously impacts the level of trust they place in humans and how they view the broader world. It's so sad that the criminal element has corrupted these poor dogs' reputations. I love the pictures of Lola, Audi, and Garfield snuggling. Voted up and awesome!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Raine! I wish I could see your sweet pit dog too! They can be such good dogs with children. Our daughter's dog is just the best around the kids. She is very protective and tolerant too. Thank you for your kind comment! Have a great day! :)

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      RaineP 4 years ago

      My baby is the sweetest baby and most protective dog I've ever met. I wish I could submit a photo of my pit and my 3 year old. He lets her do almost anything to him and not even care that she kicks him out of his own 'room' cage. She can sleep on him, jump on him anything short of hurting his special area, then he moans, whines or cries out and walks away from her after giving her a dirty look like, "Why?".

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      Robert Mc Dowell 4 years ago from Puyallup, WA

      Well, I could say more but I won't, but I do wish you the best. Take care.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello aikikenjitsu. Unless someone's comment is hateful or nasty, I will approve it. Everyone has their own opinion and I value them all. What the "truth" is to you, may not be what the "truth" is to all, but it is your right to say what you think.

      I have done much research on the pit bull breed as well as other breeds. I have spoken to many people who have owned pit bulls and well as some that have been "confronted" by them. I, myself, would have been attacked by a pit bull had it not been for the chain that kept him mere inches away from me. Unbeknown to me, I was in "his" territory and he had been taught to be aggressive. Yes, that scared the hell out of me! I have also been chased my two German shepherds that were like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, teeth gnarling and slobbering as they chased my back into my house. There was no reason for them to do this as I had simply walked out the door of my house and they climbed a wooden fence from across the street to attack me. Luckily, I had not walked very far from the door and was able to get back inside quickly. To find out later, they too had been trained as attack dogs by their owner. I have also been chased and bitten by a boxer. One of my sons was attacked by a dalmation, for no apparent reason.

      I understand that some dog breeds are more aggressive than others. Thank God the Chihuahua is a small dog! According to the American Temperament Test Society there are several dog breeds that are more aggressive, by nature, than the pit bull. After all my research, I believe that there are so many undesirable people who want to be "bad asses" and the pit bull is a "badass" looking dog. We know that drugs are running rampant in this country, there are so many drug dealers and users. These are usually the type of people that own the pit bulls that are trained to be aggressive. The more of these types of people there are, the more of the aggressive pit bulls there are and the more news there is about them. This is just my opinion. Everyone has their own opinion and I welcome any and all reasonable comments. Thank you for yours! :)

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      Robert Mc Dowell 4 years ago from Puyallup, WA

      I doubt if you will place this on your site. I’m sure you do not want the uneducated public (what few that are left) to read it for the truth. But you have read it and that’s important because it may get you on the road to real deep truthful research.

      The saying “Those who are so blind that they refuse to see the truth,” fits 100% the attitude of people that think Pit bulls are harmless adorable creatures. There are pages and pages of negative truthful information on Pit bulls, in every media possible, but only for those who wish to truly see.

      But I will only say one truthful statement here. The only defense owners of Pit bulls have is that Pit bulls, like vampires, “Turn” only when the owners miss treat them. The only thing you can say there is---horse manure! I’ve spent enough time researching that notion till I had convinced myself beyond any doubt wht-so-ever, that was not true. My Pekinese and I were attacked by two Pit bulls and I’ve never been so frighten in all my life. I’m a martial artist and have lived 70 years with many life experiences, but there is nothing so terrifying as having two Pit bulls climbing a cyclone fence at a park to get at you. They had unbelievable ferociousness, like Sci-Fi creatures coming for you. Pit bulls are owned by all kinds of people: mean people, nice people, loving people, people that treat and care for Pit pulls as newborns as would a loving parent, loving seniors---yet 65% of them still “Turn,” sometime in their lives. They could “Turn” at one year or ten years or they may be in the 35% where they will never “Turn.” But the chances of them “Turning” is so high, why even consider having an extremely possible liability such as a Pit Bull?! There are a thousand breeds of dogs to pick from, why pick an animal that really is not from the canine breed, an animal that is more like a, or can be like a, vicious hyena?? Again the only answer is “Those who are so blind that they refuse to see the truth.”

      One more truth: Many states are pushing to have a bill enacted to out law Pit bulls and many municipalities already have prohibited people from owning Pit bulls or if they do, they are charged up to $500.00 a year to keep the potential vicious animal.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Eddy! Thank you for your kind comment. I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Scribenet! Your right, any dog can become vicious if mistreated. Pit bulls have become popular with "bad" people who are training them to become "bad" dogs. The same has been done in the past with dobermans, rottweilers and German shepherds too. There is just more of the criminal element out there these days with the drug traffic being on the rise and more media coverage. I agree, this is a sad statement about people and not the dogs! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello, the girls! Many dogs will attack viciously when provoked. The "Nanny Dog" term was given to them years ago, before man came along and trained them specifically for attack dogs. They are very loyal and protective, that was part of their popularity, even back then. I'm glad found my hub informative and interesting. Thank you for stopping by to comment and vote, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub on a wonderful breed of dog. Thank you for sharing this gem which leaves much food for thought.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great info. Having owned and loved an half pit Bull mix who loved people and especially children I do feel the breed has a bad rap because of the reasons stated. Any dog can become vicious if mistreated. That is a sad statement about people....not their dog.

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      the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I am surprised that Pitbull's were considered as nanny dogs before. I used to be an owner several years back. I have first hand experience that they have distinct character to attack viciously when provoked. But they are true and loyal to the master. They will protect you, especially when they are trained to "guard". Informative and interesting article, voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Lauren! It is a shame that due to the laziness and mistreatment of these dogs, it has lead to them having a terrible reputation. There are so many great pit bulls out there. I also wrote a hub on Pit Bull Heroes, you might enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Blake! It's a terrible shame that there are people out there who can mistreat and abuse dogs in such a way. That can teach us the abuse and trauma can damage and change personalities. I'm sure it is true with human abuse as well. That is probably how most serial killers evolved. Thank you for your kind comment, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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      Blake Flannery 4 years ago from United States

      I love your last line. It is pretty amazing how much dogs love people and attention for people. Dogs seem to be put here on Earth as a great companion for us. Maybe they are here to teach us something important about being more accepting. Maybe they can teach us something about the way abuse and trauma can damage anyone. Engaging writing!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Ruth! I am tired of seeing all the negatives about the pit bull. I wanted to share some positives! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always appreciated! :)

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      Ruth Lanham 4 years ago

      I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for your defense of a good dog.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Chalva24. You are right, the rottweiler, German shepherd, and the doberman pinchers at one time or another were all labeled as overly aggressive dogs. I think this will too pass, but it is going to take much time. The criminal type of people are going to have to stop abusing and training these dogs to be aggressive. I don't know how we can stop that. Thank you for your wonderful comment! Have a great day! :)

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      Chalva24 4 years ago

      Dogs... of ANY breed are all the same.. they all have their own personality and their own quirks.. I have been attacked by more little dogs than I care to admit and never by a pitbull. On the same note what happed to rottweiler's being terrible dogs? My sister has 3 kids and 2 rottweilers.. sweetest dogs in the world that always looked out to make sure they didn't knock the kids down. This Pitbull bashing will soon go away just like it did with rottweilers and it will be a happier day. Unfortunately we will still never be able to live in a rented place with one.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Kathleen! I'm so sorry about you dog! The only thing I can think of is maybe the neighbor was a little "too comfortable" around the dog. The dog knew you weren't home and thought he was protecting the house. Pit bulls are very protective. Again, that is so sad that they put the dog down. I'm so sorry! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me with your story.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      We were given a puppy that was supposedly a yellow lab mix by a friend of my son's. We were the dog's one and only owners and treated him with the love and care we showed all our pets over the years. Turned out he was a pit bull. A more loyal, easily trained dog we never had - until he bit our neighbor who had come to feed him while we were away. He knew the neighbor and had seen him in our yard many times. The neighbor required stitches and the police report from the ER reached our homeowner's insurance. They threatened to cancel our policy because of the dog bite. Animal control also came to check on the health of the dog because of the police report and of course the dog bit the stranger. Because of the two incidents the county put the dog down. I don't know how to explain the dog's behavior, at least with the neighbor, except for his breeding.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello DRockell! I am hearing so many wonderful stories about pit bulls, I wish I could share them all. They really are a wonderful dog breed. I too, hope that someday people again refer to them as the Nanny Dog. Thank you for your wonderful comment! Have a great day and welcome to HubPages! :)

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      DRockell 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thank you for this awesome hub! I've known a truly loving pit bull myself and I hate that they have this bad rap about them. It's how they are raised that forms their personalities, not their breed. They aren't vicious dogs at heart and I can't wait for the day where they'll earn back the Nanny Dog title again.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Jmillis! I'm sorry you had to give up your pit bull. Pit bulls can be just as good as any other dog as long as they are treated right. I am hearing more and more stories about what good pets they are. It's just a shame that some of them have been mistreated and abused to the point that they are no longer good. Thank you for stopping in and the kind comment and vote, it is always appreciated! :)

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I had a pit bull named jake before I split up with my ex and he took him, he wasthe best dog ever and great with the kids. Great hub voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you so much MayG! I really appreciate you letting me know! :)

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      May Galnou 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hi sgbrown. I really enjoyed your hub - very interesting. You don't have to post my comment, because I just wanted to point out that your title says 'Once Knows as the Nanny dog" instead of "Once Known as the Nanny Dog" and it seemed a shame for such a well-written hub to have a typo.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Grinning Gremlin! Yes, you're correct. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was a cross between the Old English Terrier and English Bull Dog breeds. It was after they came to the US that they were referred to as the Pit Bull and are only recognized by the AKC as the American Staffordshire Terrier.

      I am so happy to hear that you have rescued one of these dogs and given him a good home. His story is so sad. There are so many pit bulls still out there that need help. I really believe that dogs understand and appreciate the fact that they have been rescued. I'm very glad to hear that your dog, (I wish I knew his name), is doing so well. Pit bulls are wonderful dogs if treated right.

      Thank you for such a wonderful comment. I appreciate your input and don't consider it "nitpickng". Thank you for your kind words and welcome to HubPages! :)

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      Grinning Gremlin 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm nitpicking here, but technically the epithet of "Nanny Dog" was applied to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, not specifically the pit bull. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, often called the "Staffy" is the breed of dogs from which pit bulls originated. Having owned both, I can say that there is very little to differentiate the two, outside of the difference in size. Staffies are smaller, pit bulls larger. Temperament the same, same levels of exuberant affection.

      As I write this my nine year old pit bull rescue is sleeping in my lap. It's become trite to say it at this point, but its how the dog is raised that has a huge effect on how the dog acts. Any dog can become aggressive or fearful.

      My dog was a rescue. When we got him, he was emaciated - we could count each individual vertebrae in his spine. The people before him has neglected and tethered him. He had never been for a walk, so we had to teach him how to walk on a leash. He didn't know his name and didn't respond to verbal commands for the first three months we had him.

      Also, because of the way he was tethered (with a pinch collar around his throat, if you can believe it) when we got him from the pound his neck was infected and covered with sores. So we had him on antibiotics and painkillers for months, and couldn' teach him how to walk with a collar -- instead we had to use a chest harness. Meaning that he pulled. A lot. He was high, in pain, and had no training at all. He was terrified of bicycles, skateboards, and trailers.

      Four years, and a lot of time and effort later, he walks by my side, response to commands, and is still by far the most affectionate dog I've ever had. Which, was never a problem in the first place. Even when he was sick in the pound he was incredibly affectionate.

      TLDR: Pit bulls are great dogs, get a bad rap because of imbeciles who don't treat them with the love and respect that any animal deserves. Good job presenting some information here.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Nathan! I have to agree somewhat on the boxer being a super great breed. My dad had a box that was just amazingly smart. One of my sons has had 2 boxers now and we loved them dearly. He did have a problem with them wandering off and getting in fights. I appreciate your great comment and I hope that I can dispel some of the bad rep the pit bull has. It really is undeserved. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Nathan Orf 4 years ago

      To me, no breed is greater than a boxer. But I have fond memories of my own concerning a pit bull named Simpson. When I was eleven years old, I would meet him every day when I went to see my friend, Leslie. It seemed that this dogs greatest ambition was to either lay in a batch of sunlight and snooze, or to follow us around hoping for a game of some sort (usually tug-of-war or catch.) Never once did I or any one of my other friends who spent time around Simpson ever feel unsafe around this dog.

      Thank you for trying to dispel the misconceptions and paranoia surrounding pit bulls. They are a wonderful breed.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello elderadvisor! It saddens me too when an animals gets a bad reputation that it really doesn't deserve. Pit bull dogs can be wonderful, loveable animals as long as they are treated right. They are a "bad a**" looking dog, so it seems the "bad a**es of the world want to try them to be just that. It's really a shame. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Alicia Foley 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Pit bulls are a misunderstood and tortured breed. I have owned 3 Pits and they were all such little lovers. It saddens me to see when they or any animal for that matter are abused and are bought because they are a status symbol or popular in media culture. I appreciate you writing the noble history of this beautiful animal.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Valerie! Welcome to HubPages! I'm so sorry your dad got rid of Red. Our dogs will kill our chickens too, they are a husky and a lab. Most dogs will chase and kill chickens, it's just their nature. I think you are smart in waiting until you get a more permanent residence and not so cold, they are short haired dogs. Thanks for stopping in! I appreciate your visit as well as your vote! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Valerie Tapia 4 years ago from Nashua, NH

      I grew up with Pit Bulls, we had 3. Angel, Lady and Red. Red was mine and he was a gentle giant .. very loving towards me but protective too. I was such a little shrimp back then that I could ride on his back with no problem lol! The only thing was he loved to kill my dads chickens so my dad eventually gave him away to a friend. I still haven't forgave him for that. I have thought about getting a baby pit and continue that tradition of growing up with a pit, my son is now 4 but I think I'll wait til we get back home first. New England is super cold and I rather raise a pup to know his surrounding and home. This is not our home just a temporary one, can't wait to get back to Texas! Nice Hub Voted Up!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome. Have a prosperous 2013, too. :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you gail641! I agree that the pit bull has been a reputation it doesn't deserve. I'm sure there are dangerous pit bulls out there, but only because they have been bred and trained to be that way. The breeders and trainers of these poor dogs should be locked away before they do any more harm. Thank you for you comment and vote! Have a prosperous 2013! :)

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      I really enjoyed reading your hub. Its good to read true things about pit bulls, rather than things that aren't true. They sound like a real interesting breed of dog. There sure have been a lot of stories about them in the news for years. Criminals should be judged--I agree--and not the dog, which is mistreated to begin with. I voted up!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Dasha! Any breed of dog is likely to bit when they are scared. I am assuming it was just a nip. The dog was basically giving the child a warning to leave him alone. My yellow lab snapped at one of my grandchildren one time because he made her nervous. You see that the female pit is more protective. Anytime you have a animal that is not used to children, you should take extra precaution. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! You are your pits, have a great day! :)

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      Dasha Henley 4 years ago

      i have two Pitt bulls one is a female blue nose and the other is her son and hes a black brindle. one day my niece came over and we were all in the same room with the male Pitt bit her on her tummy because she made him nervous, the female Pitt came in and jumped on him for being mean to her. two weeks before the incident i had said that the female would protect any child from harm and then she proved me right. Pitt bulls are sweet as long as you teach the children and dog to be calm because the male dint know her and she was scared.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Tailer! I agree, as long as they are treated right, they are great pets. Thank you for your great comment! :)

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      Tailer 4 years ago

      I have had pit bulls for most of my early life...they were the most loving and devoted dogs I have ever had...great dogs for the family!!!!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Chata's owner! I too was worried about our daughter and her husband having a pit bull around our little granddaughter. Lola, the pit bull dog, is just the best dog, so sweet and gentle with children. A person does need to check the background of a dog before they bring it home, but as a rule, the dog will treat their owners as their owners treat them. Thank you for your wonderful comment! :)

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      Chata's owner 4 years ago

      We adopted a beautiful 3 month old white spotted pitbull female fdom the shelter a month before we found out I was pregnant with our son. Everyone was very concerned especially my parents. That was 2 and a half years ago. Chata has grown into a sweet and affectionate dog who loves our son. We have taught him to be gentle with her and our cat which is important with all animals. An important factor with any dog is properly socializing them so they have nothing to fear. I'm so glad to have her in our lives.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi YogaKat! I sure questioned my daughter when she got Lola, but all turned out well! I really started doing some research about the pitt bull dog and really learned a lot. Our yellow lab, Sadie, she goes every where we go around the "farm". She definitely thinks she is protecting us, she has stopped me from stepping on a rattlesnake before. She will play with other dogs that come around until hubby or I step out the door, then she has to jump on them and run them off! She is a good protector! :) Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a wonderful comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      YogaKat 4 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Great hub. I took in a large, male pit bull mix stray and have never regretted it. I have a few friends and neighbors who questioned my sanity. George is gentle with children, babies, cats, puppies and people. Other dogs . . . bigger ones in particular, bring out the beast in him. Perhaps he thinks he is protecting me. I do an awful lot of crossing the street to avoid other dogs.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello trish! I'm with you! I would love to see these horrible owners get the same fate as they have imposed on their poor dogs. Actually, I'm not sure I could be that cruel. I'm glad to had such a wonderful pit bull dog as a pet. Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a wonderful comment. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello FreezeFrame34! It is so sad that pit bulls are so mis-understood. People need to understand that it is the owners that are what they need to be concerned with. If they have a good owner, they will be a good dog. Thank you for your great comment and opinion. It is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      trish1048 4 years ago

      My grown daughter talked me into getting a pit. We were at a fleamarket one Saturday and a guy was selling pit puppies. We took his phone #, and a week later, became the owner of a male pit, which we named Chaz. He was a funny and very sweet dog! I was quite amazed at his temperament.

      Any dog, purebred or mixed, can be trained to be aggressive. It is beyond horrible that there are people out there who own pets just so they can use and abuse them. I would love to see them suffer the same fate they impose on poor, innocent animals.

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      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      Great, informative hub! I couldn't agree with you more about the sad fact that the breed of Pit Bulls are greatly misunderstood. I used to have a pit bull, and some people would grab their children and run away if they say me walking him down the streets on a leash! He LOVED playing with children; he was never once aggressive, and it was sad to see people not want to even get near him because of their misconceptions.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi KCap! I'm sorry to hear that your roommate and your neighbor had a bad experience with their pit bulls. Pit bulls are the second most tolerant of the dog breeds. It makes you wonder if more aggressive traits are being passed down in breeding the aggressive dogs. I hope not! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Kelly Capozzi 4 years ago

      I do love pit bulls but I have seen both sides of it. One of my room mates used to have a pit named Buck. He was a great job in the house. He was very loving too. But he could not be around any other dogs. I saw him attack several dogs. Once he had a job by the neck, his owner picked him up and was punching him to try to get him off but he would not release. It wasn't until they plugged his nostrils that he let the other dog go. My room mate eventually had to get rid of him.

      On the other hand, my neighbor had a pit/lab mix named Juliet and she was a sweetheart. She was fast but she wasn't aggressive. She could jump a 5 foot fence too it was pretty impressive. She was fine around other dogs unless they were aggressive towards her (which is true of most dogs). Unfortunately, he owners had to get rid of her too. After they had a baby, she was a nervous ninny. If the baby cried she would go crazy. She wouldn't let anyone near the baby. She was very over protective and they were afraid she would accidentally hurt the baby.

      They are a unique breed and I think really misunderstood. They are Caesar the Dog Trainers favorite breed. I think if they are trained correctly they can be really great dogs.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Carrie! Sometimes "rescued" dogs are the best! They seem to really appreciate being rescued. Pit bulls really can be the best dogs! It is a shame that their breed has been chosed by so many bad people who mis-treat and mis-use them. Thank you for such a wonderful comment! I hope you and Lady and a wonderful day! :)

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      Carrie Jones 4 years ago from Georgia

      I too am an owner of an amazing rescue red nose Pitbull and she is hands down the best dog! At first I was very leery of her because of her breed but oh how I was wrong. We have three children and Lady (our Pitbull) has never been aggressive or temperamental towards them or anyone. She actually is submissive to our cat! The cat rules the house :) Lady just whimpers and whines hoping the cat will play with her! As Turtlewoman stated, our dog too is not a guard dog but she will bark to let you know someone is there.

      Thank you for a great and informative hub! Pitbulls definitely have a bad rap but with hubs like this hopefully it can change.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Raza Khan! I will check out the link. Have a great day!

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      Raza Khan 5 years ago

      great information just like the previous blog http://dogbreedportal.blogspot.com/2012/02/summary...

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      Dori Ball 5 years ago from Safety Harbor, Florida

      Thank you for writing this piece. I have worked with a variety of dogs for many years. I have met the good, bad and ugly of quite a few breeds and truly believe that most issues dogs have, come from their environment and the people that raise them. I have suffered a couple of bites and neither were from Pits; one was a Chihuahua and the other a Golden Retriever.

      People need to do their due diligence before adopting or purchasing a dog to make sure they choose the right pet for them. They also need to be responsible in the training and care for the animal.

      Awareness is the key... thank you for bringing some much needed light to this wonderful breed.

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      John 5 years ago

      Guys,

      The point is that science and studies shows us that education and discipline plays an important role, but genetics plays a big one as well. In certain breeds, genetics are so strong that you cannot manipulate the dogs behavior. We, humans, have created breeds for certain activities like proteging property, hunting, and etc. I have a German shepherd and once I took him to my grandpa farm, in the moment he saw the sheeps he ran towards them trying to get them together. Nobody has never taught my dog to do that, but it was in his genes. You can ask any specialist, when you buy a pure breed dog, the first sign that he is in fact pure will be when the dog starts to show some instincts that are natural to his breed. Purebred Labradors will naturally chase down and kill chickens, despite the fact that nobody taught them to do that. Pure breed Miniature schnauzers will be very alert and energetic, even thou nobody trained them to be so.

      The point is that you can train your pure breed German shepherd to just do nothing when around sheeps or cows, but remember, you did not have to teach him to get the sheep together, it was in his genes.

      So folks, when you say that your pitbull pet is very docile I do believe you, he is like that because you gave him love, not aggression. However, genes are the explanation why some people die by the jaws of their own pit bull pets, even thou the pets were created only with love. Pitbulls created with aggression and Pitbulls created only with love have both been the villains in dog attacks, killing strangers or their own owners, always with no warning, no barking, just run and kill. That's genes.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello mvillecat! PIt bulls can be just as good a dog as any other. They sure don't deserve the bad reputation they have. My daughter's dog, Lola, is so patient the kids and the other little dog, Audie and Audie is such a little brat. LOL Thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I too am a pitty owner and we love him so very much. He is the sweetest, most loving pooch. The 40lb mixed mutt rules him with an iron paw. He submits to her demands and does not take a treat unless she approves. He is very protective of his family but is sweet to kind strangers. Thanks for the hub!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Eddy! Staffies and English Bulls are both such good dog, and they are so cute. I love the English Bull Dog puppies, OMGosh, there is nothing cuter! Pit Bulls are good dog too, as long as they are not abused or trained to be aggressive. Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a nice comment, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

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      DMVmimay 5 years ago

      it reminds me on Daddy, my all time favorite pitbull... (Cesar Milan's dog) very amazing dog miss him so much... i hope you know her Ma'am sgbrown (i can't find your name.. HAHAHA) , he's a model to all the dogs out there.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh what a wonderful story ;we have had a Staffie and English Bulls in the family and they were both amazing dogs.

      Thanks for sharing and here's to so many more to come.

      Eddy.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello mythbuster! Thankyou. I did not realize the pit bull dog was once called the Nanny Dog either until I started doing some research on them. I found that fact very interesting. I too hope people will become more educated on these dogs and disspell some of the bad reputation they have. Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great day!

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      mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Great information here! Although I agree and believe dogs are mostly trained to be aggressive, I didn't know the pit bull breed was once considered the "Nanny Dog." Thanks for writing this hub. I hope many will read and change their minds about pit bulls!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Munin! Pit bull dog can make very good pets and I would agree that a pit-lab mix would make an excellent pet too. We have a yellow lab and she is such a good dog. I think people need to understand that the reason the pit bull is gettig such a bad reputation is not the dogs fault. It is the horrible people that are training them to be aggressive. My daughter's pit bull is just a big baby! Thank you so much for you wonderful comment, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Cassandra McKenzie 5 years ago from Michigan

      Pit-bulls can make amazing pets. I'm especially fond of pit-lab mixes -- two great breeds rolled into one dog. It's sad how much people rely on stereotype, rather than fact, to make their decisions/opinions for them; understandable, but still sad. Good hub.

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      tigresosal 5 years ago

      A very powerful advocacy hub. Yes it is true that people train their dogs to be aggressive and dangerous. Although your hub is on pitbulls, it is generally true for all the pets. If we give them love, we get the same in return. I enjoyed reading your hub with great pleasure.

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      cfin 5 years ago from The World we live in

      Indeed. The most amazing thing is, the golden, and black an tan German shepherds I owned as a kid, were the most beautiful creatures, and we're indeed, my nanny dogs :). It seems to have only affected every white shepherd I am aware of. You have a great day too.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello cfin. Lets hope that the abuse and mis-treatment of the pit bill stops before that happens. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a great day!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Au fait! I was afraid of all pit bull dogs until my daughter got one. I was really upset to start with as she has 2 little girls. Once I "met" her pit bull, Lola, I completely changed my attitude. You still need to be aware, of any dog, but pit bulls seem to be the favorite of criminals and dog abusers. At least irresponsible owners are being held more accountable these days. Thank you for stopping in, commenting and voting. I always enjoy hearing from you! Have wonderful day! :)

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      cfin 5 years ago from The World we live in

      Unfortunately, just like white German shepherds, the temperament can be bred into them over the generations. The white GS were rounded up and used as attack dogs during many wars at the beginning of the 1900s.

      Bad owners mean, only the roughest of their species has survived. Those survivors have been used for the worst of sports and recreations, leaving the gene pool rotten and the killer instinct being passed down.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Never knew it was once a 'nanny dog.' Agree that almost any dog can be trained to be vicious and mean, and irresponsible owners are often the cause.

      Interesting hub. Voting you up and informative! ;) Will share.

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      Christian Amog 5 years ago

      I'm a 19 year old turning 20 on August 15th and I have a 7 month old pure bred blue nose pit bull named Hugo. I've had him since he was 8 weeks old where he was rescued froma very dangerous situation. He has never shown any aggression and is the sweetest dog alive but I live with a foster family with 4 very young foster brothers and 1 foster sister, they are all in loe with the dog and it's never worrisome leaving Hugo alone with them. But the social worker came to check up one day and because of pit bulls bad reputations she says the dog must go or the kids go. I love this dog very much and for my birthday all I would want is to keep him, please if there is anything you can do I would be forever in your debt. I've done much research where they used to be considered a nanny dog and are even one of the best temperamental dogs around. I've seen nothing but these statements be proven to be true! But my parents are too ignorant to listen to reason or me and just want me to get rid of it, please contact me if you're willing to help me find a way to change my parents and social workers minds or if there is a way. The social worker hasn't even met the dog and just heard it was a pitbulls and wants it gone. Please help my birthday wish come true by letting me keep my best friend. Please spread this message around and contact me at Christian.amog@live.ca

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've never had contact with a pit bull, but I think most breeds have the potential to be good citizens or not depending on treatment they have had.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Peter! Neutered and locked away sounds like a great idea to me! Thank you for stopping in. I appreciate your comment! Have a wonderful day!

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear sgbrown

      The pit bull and staffie are excellent loyal and intelligent animals. The morons that train them to be aggressive just for their own street credibility are the ones that should be neutered and locked away.

      Animals give unconditional love and to twist this for your own ends or amusement is disgraceful.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      That is the best pit bull story I have ever heard! I love it! I hope it took a really long time for them to get home! I bet he was so scared. LOL Pit bulls are great dogs as long as they are treated right. Any dog can be trained to be mean. I hope to make at least a few people understand that meaness is not their nature. Thank you for such a great comment and story! Have a wonderful day!

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      Elise-Loyacano 5 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      Pit Bulls are indeed loyal. I know someone who had a Pit Bull mix. One day, she left her house, and a neighbor sneaked in. The Pit Bull hopped out from under a table, grabbed onto his ankle, and would not let him go until after his owner had come home and the police came. (He didn't do the intruder any real harm. He just kept him in his grips.) Perhaps Pit Bulls don't have the strongest bite, but their loyalty and desire to protect make up for it. Here's to hoping that people's misconceptions of Pit Bulls clear up.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Cindee! I agree, any dog is a good dog, it just depends on how they are treated. I think the people that abused animals should be treated the same way as their punishment...ooops, that in-humane! Thank you for stopping in and commenting on my article. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      thanks for the hub. OMG. that picture of the abused dog is awful! Some people really have no soul! the poor thing.

      Personally, i think any dog is capable of being sweet or vicious. It depends on how they were raised and trained. I don't get why certain dogs have require home insurance to own as they're considered a liability. If trained properly with enough social skills, any dog can be a good protective, sweet companion. And if reversed, any dog can be a little, or big, demon.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you soooo much billips! I was afraid of pit bulls until my daughter and her husband got one and I saw just how loveable they really can be. I started doing some research on them and realized what a bad reputation they have just because there are horrible people out there who use these wonderful dogs for their own ugly purposes. My daughter had a neighbor that said they would shoot Lola if she ever got out. That is just horrible! Lola might lick them to death, but would never hurt anyone! Thank you for your wonderful comment, I appreciate it and hope to spread the word. Have a wonderful day!

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      billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

      I'm so glad you wrote this article SgBrown - it is time we shone a bright light on these wonderful dogs and a brighter light on the owners who use and abuse them - dogs have breed-specific characteristics such as herding and guarding instincts - no breed is genetically predisposed to be vicious -it's about time we put the blame where it is due, squarely on the owners, who buy them for all the wrong reasons and fail to train and socialize them - Cesar Milan is the ideal spokesman for this great breed - anyone who has ever seen his pit bull 'Daddy' knows what a normal pit bull is like - sweet, loving, loyal, calm, and even-tempered - great hub - regards - B.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Dancing Water! I completely agree. These people should be treated just like they treated their dogs. (I hope God doesn't get me for that!) I do also agree that we need stiffer penalties for animal cruelty. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, it is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I am so sorry about Lennox. This is a true travisty ! What the heck are these people thinking! I would not hesitate to own a pit bull myself, but huskys have always been our choice in dogs. My daughter's dog, Lola, is a wonderful, loving dog and great with the kids. Thank you so much for your comment and updating me on poor Lennox.

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      Dancing Water 5 years ago

      Thank you for your enlightening and informed hub about Pit Bull doggies! The people who "train" these fur babies to fight should be put through what these poor dogs have to endure, and see what it feels like to be starved, beaten, and brutalized. Then we might consider euthanizing them__the humans, that is. Just a wicked fantasy of mine... But I digress. Again, thank you for your wonderful article! We humans must stand up for all creatures great and small who are mistreated, and the humans involved in animal cruelty need to face much stiffer penalties than exist today. Bless you for standing up, sgbrown!

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      Ana 5 years ago

      I just read the article where the Belfast City Council actually did put Lennox to death. My whole family is outraged at this. My fiancé and I fully plan on having a pit bull around our future children. I've had a pit bull before and they were one of the best dog that I ever had. Thank you so much for this article. More people need to do their research on what dogs are really like.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello eddierr. I was a little worried when my daughter and her husband got their pit bull, Lola. She has turned out to be the best dog and is very protective of the children. Thank you for your comment, it is always appreciated. Have a great day!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Blair! Thank you for your wonderful comment. Pit Bulls are naturally very good natured, loving dogs. It is a shame that so many of them are being mis-treated and mis-used. I appreciate your comment. Have a wonderful day!