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March 04, 2005

Interesting Pit Bull Myths

"Pit Bulls have locking jaws."- There is nothing about a Pit Bull's jaws that would greatly distinguish them from the jaws of any other breed. The breed's jaws can't lock any more than a Poodle's can. Pit Bulls do have a lot of jaw-strength, however. The wide jaws allow them to hold onto an object, even dangling mid-air. This is a trait that comes from the bulldog ancestors of the breed. Jaw strength was needed in order for a dog to be proficient at bullbaiting, in which the dog would grab the bull by the nose and hang on until the enraged animal was subdued.

Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia: "The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier."

"Pit Bulls can hold on with their front teeth while chewing with their back teeth." Another physical impossibility. Pit Bull jaws are constructed in the same way any other breed's jaws are.

"All Pit Bulls are vicious", or "Pit Bulls are born mean". No one breed as a whole is bad, the same as no one race of humans is bad. Much has to do with the individual, it's genes, upbringing, and training. In the case of Pit Bulls, a breed that was created to be especially gentle with people, all of the human aggressive dogs are victims of one or more of the following: poor breeding, bad training, or irresponsible upbringing. There are thousands upon thousands of Pit Bulls that are loving, loyal, safe pets, who will live and die without ever having bitten a human. They are the proof that this "born bad" idea is fiction, pure and simple.

"Pit Bulls have more jaw strength per square inch (psi) than any other breed." This is pure speculation, as there is no reliable way to test psi jaw pressure. In testing, many variables come into play (what is driving the dog to bite, how motivated is the dog, etc ), and it also has a lot to do with the individual dog, itself. The results vary greatly.

"Dogs that are aggressive towards other animals are automatically aggressive towards people." Human aggression in dogs is entirely different than aggression directed at other animals. Aggression towards animals is a natural trait of the breed (as it is in many terrier breeds, among others). Historically, humans were always in the pit, handling fighting dogs closely, while the animals were in full fight drive. A dog that was a danger to people and prone to biting was not feasible, and therefore carefully selected against.

"Pit Bulls attack more people than any other breed." (Also, please see Breed ID) Bite statistics actually show otherwise. More popular breeds that are generally considered to be "nice dogs" top the majority of lists. It may seem to the general public who is constantly bombarded with disturbing reports on Pit Bull attacks that this is the only breed that harms humans with any great regularity. However, the fact remains that Pit Bulls are hot news items. Dogs of all breeds and mixes bite and attack people all the time, but it is mainly the Pit Bull bites that get sensationalized. A report about the local Golden Retriever that attacks and maims a child isn't considered newsworthy. No one wants to believe that any dogs--even the fuzzy, cute, popular ones--are capable of biting. It's much easier to blow up and sensationalize a story about a vicious dog when it's a member of a breed who's reputation preceeds it. Pit Bulls are already considered the demons. All the reporters have to do is stand in front of the camera, look horrified, and say, "A Pit Bull did it".

"The only people that own Pit Bulls are criminals, and the only thing the breed is good for is dog fighting." The majority of Pit Bulls are owned by normal dog-loving folk. Pit Bulls are kept as companions; they're used as working dogs involved in search and rescue, therapy, and police service; they compete in obedience, conformation, agility, tracking, and schutzhund; the list goes on and on. The breed is very versitile, due to the fact that the traits that make a good fighting dog also make for a good [insert your activity here] dog. Plus, although pit fighting was the main activity the breed was originally created for and involved in, there were also many other functions the breed was used for during it's developement. This breed is truly a jack-of-all-trades.

"Red or blue nose dogs are: a special type of Pit Bull / rare / worth more than black nose dogs": The answer to all of the above is: FALSE!!!


**WARNING: VIDEO IS GRAPHIC**
The Pit Bull Problem Video

Posted by BabyLady at March 4, 2005 09:31 AM

Comments

I have two pit bulls and there really great with us and some of the people that come into my house,one sleeps with me all the time I would like to invest in a blue eyed pit bull but don't know where to look.

Posted by: Shannon at May 5, 2005 12:18 PM

yeah, I have a 4 month old male pit bull and so far he has done great with my 9 month old son. I never had a full bred pit before, I once had 2 pit mixes though and I loved them!

Posted by: baby lady at May 9, 2005 03:40 PM

I just had a litter of puppys and all but one has blue eyes...
there are three boys and three girls.

Posted by: Leresa at May 10, 2005 10:57 AM

aw, thats awesome. My female pit mix I had had puppies, they were SO cute but they were a hand full!

Posted by: baby lady at May 10, 2005 04:34 PM

I own a pitt bull he is a red nose. He is absolutely the best dog, I have owned or have been in contact with. I purchased him after my divorce for protection in case, God forbid, I was to be faced with a dangerous situation. He truely has amazed me, from his ability to learn,to train, to obey and to offer me friendship with his loyality. Pitt bulls are truely a great breed of dogs.

Posted by: Shannon at May 30, 2005 12:25 AM

I had a beautiful pit named Deziel. He was a red-nose with baby blue eyes. He was the sweetest dog on earth! But since they have a bad reputation, someone in my neighborhood posioned him....I guess they thought they would get him before he got to big or something, (not sure. When I am ready for another dog I will definately get another pitt..hopefully I can find one with blue eyes and a heart as big as Deziel's was.

Posted by: CwGrL at June 20, 2005 04:22 PM

I have a pitt bull and my home insurance is telling me that I have to get rid of him because he is an agressive breed. People need to understand that big scary looking dogs are no more dangerous than big fluffy dogs(like a st. bernard or a golden retriever).Is there an insurance company that is competitive and one that will allow me to keep my dog? Any help would be appritiated.

Posted by: Peter at June 29, 2005 01:17 AM

I have an american bulldog and we have allstate homeowners insurance. They didn't even ask me if I had a dog....

Posted by: chris at July 1, 2005 11:55 AM

I think pitt bulls should all be killed. I was attacked on 07-28-05. I work for a utility company and was attacked from behind for no reason. they do have great jaw strength. Im 6ft 5in 250lbs. and was drug like a rag doll.

Posted by: billy at July 29, 2005 11:41 PM

I have owned pit bulls for the past 6 years. I believe that a dog acts and reacts by the way they are raised and treated. It's their name that gives them a bad rap and all the people out there that have them for the wrong reasons. Personally, I will never own another type of dog. They are wonderful companions. I was attacked by a chow over 10 years ago and I dont wish them all dead. The owners trained the dog to attack anyone and anything. If you are so narrow minded to think that they should all be killed, then so be it. Thats your opinion but maybe you should get to know a pit, you are probably meaner then they are.

Posted by: Nikki at August 11, 2005 02:47 PM

I own 2 pitt bulls one is 4 years old red nose and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. She is a great dog and has never show agression towards anybody. I have a 9 week old blue pitt and he is great as well. They are extremely smart and are a pleasure to have. I would not own any other dog breed.

Posted by: Monica at August 11, 2005 08:37 PM

State Farm declined coverage of my pit bull, but allowed me to keep my homeowners insurance thru them. I got $100,000 liability insurance for $485 (6 month premium) or 647.00 (1 yr premium). Of course I did ask for a $10,000 deductible (lower premium cost) because I am sure my dog will not bite anyone. Good luck and love your dog!!!!
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Posted by: Cleopatra at August 31, 2005 09:47 AM

i think that all doggs are how you raise them.im trying to get a pit bull for the first time but im kinda scared cus i have a chow and a husky and i dont want it to attack my doogs but reading all this makes me feel more comfadent in geting one.

Posted by: amanda at September 27, 2005 05:05 PM

Hey,
I am the proud owner of a 9 month old pitt bull, his name is J.C. My son Justin passed away at the age of sixteen and my dad, Charles passed away 3 years ago. Justin and my Dad's birthdays were Dec. 29th. J.C. was born on Dec. 29th and he is named after my son and my dad. He loves people and I can never see him being aggresive. You can make any dog anything you want it to be. If you show him love, he will return it. J.C. is a very handsome pitt bull. He looks just like the RCA recoed dog.

Posted by: mike at October 10, 2005 10:05 AM

JUST BOUGHT A 4 MO. OLD FEMALE PITT. SHE IS A LITTLE HYPER BUT NOT THAT BAD, THIS IS MY FIRST. HOW BAD IS IT GONNA B?

Posted by: MIKE99M at October 13, 2005 10:55 PM

:) It shouldnt be that bad as long as you discipline and train them the way they need to be trained. Well, I hope you enjoy him since he is your first!

Posted by: baby lady at October 14, 2005 04:24 PM

i had two bridle pit bull/bull mastiff mix puppies. i loved them so much and they are great dogs. unfortunately i had to give them away because i got pregnant with our second child and got very sick. i had no time for them. but they live right next door to me now and have gotten huge. they are not aggressive what so ever. ( a little hyper but they ARE still puppies) and they even play with our white kitten. i was attacked by a german shepard when i was little and was terrified of them for a while. almost hated the breed. until just a few months back my husbands mother own a purebred german shepard named emitt and i fell inlove with this dog. goes to show u any breed can attack but not every dog of that breed is a bad dog.

Posted by: kat at October 22, 2005 08:21 PM

I'm going to show this article to my family and friends. They are all afraid of our 8 month old pit. They all believe the hype about them. We have 3 dogs, a black lab, a blonde collie and our brindle pit, and the other 2 are so much more aggressive. I had a cat but she died in the house with the dogs and now everyone thinks the pit did it. (Which I don't believe) I feel a lot more comfortable and safe after reading your article. Thank You!

Posted by: Kera at October 24, 2005 02:49 PM

My son recently got a pit bull. He is a very nice dog, but Im not shure on the true facts of the breed, please send this via email to me if possible. "here u go mom, the true facts"

Posted by: susan milhoan at October 28, 2005 04:55 AM

do you know where to get that kind of breed

Posted by: simon at November 10, 2005 01:43 AM

I think all people should be killed. I was attacked on 07/23/2004. I work for the post office and some guy attacked me from behind for no reason. They really do kick you in the head when you're down. I am 6'2" 215lbs and he beat me like a bowl of waffle batter.

Pitbull Terriers are the best dogs I've ever been around or owned. Most are even unlikely to bite a stranger entering your house at night, as they are so gentle towards people. Bad people make them mean.

Posted by: Adam at November 11, 2005 12:56 AM

applaud to Adam

Posted by: baby lady at November 11, 2005 05:07 PM

Is there anything wrong with a blue eye pit

Posted by: Darrell at November 16, 2005 10:48 AM

i own a blue nose american pitbull. the color of my dog is brindle blue with blue eyes. pitbulls are bred for fighting. the same way rottweillers enjoy working and sheep dogs enjoy herding sheep pits enjoy fighting. so if anyone stops the breed fighting i believe it is wrong. people like you are destroying the breed

Posted by: iby at November 18, 2005 06:43 AM

iby, sorry to break the news to you but its 2005! We arent back in history were dogs were bred for fighting, it is actually illegal now to fight dogs and any other animals if you havent noticed. I think people like you who believe in fighting are the ones to point the finger at for destroying this breed.

Posted by: baby lady at November 18, 2005 08:20 AM

i live in australia and own a red nose they are illeagle here but she is my best freind i would gladly take a bullet 4 her so how could the breed be evil if they r such loving companions

Posted by: eddie castro at November 21, 2005 10:56 PM

Just figured I would add my 2 cents,I have never owned a pit,and yes I am afraid of them but I have never been attacked by one,I was however attacked by a poodle when I was very young.
This poodle bit a hole through my lip and scratched up both sides of my face pretty badly.I have been aroud pits and never had an incident go figure.
Any dog is capable of attacking ,has nothing to do with the breed.I think it is very unfortunate that pitts have a bad rap and especially that so many of thier lives are destroyed because of the people that choose to fight them.
Every animal has the right to a healthy loving environment,and any owner that chooses to put thier pet in that kind of violent situation should truly be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: bev at November 22, 2005 10:20 PM

i think it is stupid that a lot of people hate pit bulls i think that they are freakin' awsome. i'm thinkig about getting one when i get older. pit bulls are not very aggressive. they only attack if u bother them a lot. when i worked at my local animal shelter. i worked with pit bulls all the time and i was not attack by one. not once. i was taking care of one his name was Rusty i was in his cage feeding him when he saw another pit bull. he was trying to attack the other pit bull. but he did not turn on me. he had me backed in a corner. so i didn't get near him or the other pit bull. so to me i think they are one of the sweetest breeds. i don't understand why everyone hates them so much

Posted by: Katelyn Johnson at November 28, 2005 07:02 PM

WELL WHERE TO START.... MY 14 YEAR OLD CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL TODAY STATING THAT HER TEACHER INFORMED THE CLASS THAT PIT BULLS AND OTHER DOG SUCH AS BULL DOGS, ECT. HAVE LOCKING JAWS AND ARE TO MEAN TO BE A FAMILY PET AND ARE ONLY OWNED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FIGHT THEM. MY DAUGHTER SAID NOTHING IN HER DOGS DEFENCE (AS SHE SAID SHE WOULD NOT ARGUE WITH THE TEACHER) (WE HAVE AN AMERICAN BULLDOG WHO IS THE LOVE OF OUR LIFE AND IS MISTAKEN FOR A PIT ALL THE TIME. PEOPLE WILL ACUALLY CROSS THE STREET TO AVOID HER WHEN I AM WALKING HER IT MAKES ME ILL)WELL WHEN IT COMES TO MY DOG I WILL TELL YOU IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT YOUR A FRIGEN A@@HOLE AND SHOULD KEEP YOU JACK JAW SHUT IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I GOT LETTERS FROM MY VET, MY DOG TRAINER, ARTICALS FROM THE NET,AND MAGS. I GOT A HUGE FOLDER OF INFO AND WENT TO TOWN ON THAT TEACHER BY THE TIME I WAS DONE WITH HER THE NEXT CLASS SHE EXPLAINED SHE WAS WRONG AND APPOLIGIZED. I EXPLAINED THAT MY DOG LILLIE IS A WELL TRAINED WATCH DOG AND WOULD LAY HER LIFE DOWN FOR MY CHILDREN OR MYSELF. I ALSO EXPLAINED THAT LILLIE WILL ATTACK ONLY ON COMMAND (WHICH I HOPE I NEVER HAVE TO GIVE) AND LILLIE IS 100% TRAINED. SHE IS KIND TO ALL ANIMALS AND FRIENDS THAT ENTER OUR HOME. SHE LOVES MY 2 YR OLD NIECE WHO PLAYS WITH HER ALL THE TIME AND I AS WELL AS MY SISTER TRUST LILLIE WITH THE BABY 100%. I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER BREAD OF DOG AND FYI THE LAST DOG I HAD WAS A $900.00 BLACK LAB WHO I HAD PUT DOWN BECAUSE HE WENT AFTER MY 9 YR OLD SO MAYBE WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT THOSE TERRIABLE, vicious, AND aggressive DOGS. EVERY BREED HAS A BAD EGG. THANK YOU

Posted by: sally at November 29, 2005 05:18 PM

I have a six year old fawn pit bull who we took in when she was two years old. She is really well behaved around people and loves to cuddle on the couch! I can't say I wasn't nervous the first time she was around children, but once she figured out what they were (after a few sniffs and kisses), she even "stood guard" while they played. They are judged unfairly and have enough battles with the government and don't need ignorant people trying to profile them! For those who would like to check out pit bull charities to help promote the healthy treatment of all animals check out www.pbrc.net

Posted by: Amber at November 30, 2005 11:32 PM

As Al Franken's SNL character, AA booster Smalley often said; "Denial is not just a river in Egypt." And, there's no doubt in my mind that most pit bull fanciers are suffering from terminal denial about the true nature of the breed.If you want just a small sampling of the carnage being inflicted upon America by these beasts, do a Goggle search for "2005 pit bull attacks." Page upon page of examples of a bad breed run amok.Denver and Ottowa now have bans, and San francisco is seriously considering one.I intend to spearhead an effort in Washington state to make it very difficult and expensive to keep this breed.I know all of the defenses. It's bad owners and not the breed,it's impossible to tell if the dog is a pit bull or not,careless breeding produces bad dogs, etc.Hogwash.They're dangerous animals genetically selected to attack and kill. Theoretically they do not transfer this aggression and killing power to humans, but that's where theory and reality part company.If you love these animmals so much, what do you propose doing now, to significantly reduce the danger they pose to society? I've seen quotes from owners of an attacking dog to the effect; "but he was raised with love and caring, and he always loved people. I can't understand why or how he could have turned into a killer just like that." It's the dog lady, it's the breed.

Posted by: ted at November 30, 2005 11:55 PM

As Al Franken's SNL character, AA booster Smalley often said; "Denial is not just a river in Egypt." And, there's no doubt in my mind that most pit bull fanciers are suffering from terminal denial about the true nature of the breed.If you want just a small sampling of the carnage being inflicted upon America by these beasts, do a Goggle search for "2005 pit bull attacks." Page upon page of examples of a bad breed run amok.Denver and Ottowa now have bans, and San francisco is seriously considering one.I intend to spearhead an effort in Washington state to make it very difficult and expensive to keep this breed.I know all of the defenses. It's bad owners and not the breed,it's impossible to tell if the dog is a pit bull or not,careless breeding produces bad dogs, etc.Hogwash.They're dangerous animals genetically selected to attack and kill. Theoretically they do not transfer this aggression and killing power to humans, but that's where theory and reality part company.If you love these animmals so much, what do you propose doing now, to significantly reduce the danger they pose to society? I've seen quotes from owners of an attacking dog to the effect; "but he was raised with love and caring, and he always loved people. I can't understand why or how he could have turned into a killer just like that." It's the dog lady, it's the breed.

Posted by: ted at November 30, 2005 11:58 PM

Ted: You sound like every other brainwashed motherfucker in my area. Congratulations!

Posted by: chris at December 2, 2005 02:50 AM

It is truely amazeing to me how many people out there stick their head in the sand to the realities of what pit bulls can be like!!! If pitbulls are such wonderfull pets then why is there such an overwelming number of deaths and serious injurys from them all over the net and the news!!! Just take a good look at the news on the tv and net at how many of these familys insisted their pitbull was such a nice dog,never hurt a fly, and suddenly something triggers them to snap and hell brakes loose!! Yes many different breeds of dogs bite people, for many different reasons, but!! and here is the difference,how many other breeds of dogs are in the news that was so called,really nice, and suddenly snap and not just bite someone, but RIP THIER THROUT OUT OR TEAR THEIR ARE OFF!!!Very few!! Pit bulls on the other hand are known for this,so,you want a family pet that might bite someone if provoked? or do you want a pitbull that might not ever bite anyone, but if it does, you are so screwed and will be lucky to servive and even more fortunate not to loose an arm. Read up on where they came from!! They were breed to fight!! duhhh!!

Posted by: lorne at December 4, 2005 09:04 PM

i jus wana say pitbulls are bred or fighting and if u take that away they no longer a pitbull. jus read th word pit-bull. pitt as in a fighting duh!! i own a blue nose and i cant wait to put it in 4 a fight to test its gameness. its only 5 mnths at the moment and he is showing true pitbull nature by disliking other dogs.if it wasnt for people who made the breed fight in the first place there wud be no pibull.

Posted by: iby at December 6, 2005 10:21 AM

i jus wana say pitbulls are bred or fighting and if u take that away they no longer a pitbull. jus read th word pit-bull. pitt as in a fighting duh!! i own a blue nose and i cant wait to put it in 4 a fight to test its gameness. its only 5 mnths at the moment and he is showing true pitbull nature by disliking other dogs.if it wasnt for people who made the breed fight in the first place there wud be no pibull.

Posted by: iby at December 6, 2005 10:21 AM

that doesnt mean that they are killer dogs and they atack people for no reason. If you research fighting dogs, you will see that they were actually trained to work very closely with humans while training for fights/fighting.

Posted by: chris at December 6, 2005 03:44 PM

I agree with Chris above and yes they were bred to fight in the 1800's , but again it is 2005! Dog fighting is NO LONGER LEGAL. I truely feel sorry for your dog for having such an Incompetent owner and the destruction you are about to put him through. If you want to know the truth/reality of dog fighting go here http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/sadreality2.html

Posted by: baby lady at December 6, 2005 04:22 PM

Most of the "Pit bulls" in the news are not. Try this test to see if you can identify a pit bull

http://www.mnp13.com/FindThePitBull/FindThePitBull.aspx

Posted by: Frank Provasek at December 9, 2005 06:42 PM

pitbulls are ment to guard houses not to pick up a random fight with anyone it wants or you want.pittbulls are loyal dogs and do whatever its told, if the master tells it to bite someone it will because the master him/her todo it.

Posted by: luis at December 15, 2005 05:14 PM

"Posted by: chris at July 1, 2005 11:55 AM

I think pitt bulls should all be killed. I was attacked on 07-28-05. I work for a utility company and was attacked from behind for no reason. they do have great jaw strength. Im 6ft 5in 250lbs. and was drug like a rag doll."

Liar! Look at the date you were attacked and then look at the date you posted. You're 6'5", 250 and was dragged like a rag doll. Bull frickin' crap. Lies, lies and more lies. It's people like you who give Pits a bad name.

Posted by: natedogg at January 1, 2006 06:09 PM

I have a really dumb question. I have a 10 month old blue pit bull who is the love of my life, but I am not sure how you know it she is a blue nose or red nose. Her nose is both colors, equally. What does that mean? Am I going about this all wrong?? Please help!!

Posted by: Christy at January 8, 2006 05:46 AM

red nose: http://www.pbrc.net/pictures15/dante2007.jpg
blue nose: http://www.pitprintsrescue.com/html/adoptabulls/bblue.html
I'm not really sure what you mean as a mixture of blue and red? The only thing that comes to mind is the dogs blood lines that may have caused the coloration of his nose?

Posted by: baby lady at January 9, 2006 09:21 AM

The best answer I can give you is to ask your Veterinarian.

Posted by: baby lady at January 9, 2006 09:25 AM

try going to a pit bull message boarad and posting a picture there. someone there should be able to answer your question

Posted by: chris at January 9, 2006 09:39 AM

I have owned over 7 rottweilers, over 10 boxer, and 3 bulldogs, over the last ten years. I just recently invested in two blue nose pit bull. Of all the dogs i've owned two female boxers i had were the most aggresive of any. It is all about how you raised you dog, and what you expose the dog to.GOTTA LOVE THE BULLY BREEDS

Posted by: capone at January 10, 2006 09:40 PM

I was actually looking to find information on red and blue nose pit bulls, and the difference, and found myself reading the comments. I am truly amazed at how much ignorance was displayed.

For those of you who say that pit bulls are only bred to fight, then how do you explain the fact that they were once used as nannies, and were considered to do a pretty good job at it? I was going to post a certain website that stated this, but just do it yourself. Type in " pit bull" and "nanny" and be amazed. Pit bulls are also excellent work dogs. Just go to http://www.theunexpectedpitbull.com/pitbull_resources.html. AN ENTIRE SITE ON THE SUBJECT!

Second of all, to all those who think that they are a dangerous breed. Let's look at some statistic, shall we?

American Pit Bull Terrier- http://www.atts.org/stats1.html

German Shepherd Dog- http://www.atts.org/stats4.html

Golden Retriever-
http://www.atts.org/stats4.html

I, of course, could post other breeds statistics, but I think I proved my point.

Now for the truth about pit bulls and how often they really do attack.

http://www.understand-a-bull.com/BSL/MistakenIdentity/WrongId.htm

I bet that 90% of the people which took the pit bull identification test would fail. I failed the test, and I am very knowledgable of the breed, as opposed to the average person, at any rate.

So, basically, many of you made yourselves look like ignorant asses, for no apparent reason. Any little bit of research, or just experiences with properly socialized and cared for pit bulls, will show you the truth. Yes, I own a pit bull. Yes, my opinion is completely biased. But, it doesn't help when people are attacking my preferred breed with bullshit reasons. All I ask is that you give me something that I will not be able to throw back in your face as a lie. Like your mother told you "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".

Posted by: Marta at January 13, 2006 09:20 AM

I have to say, VERY well said Marta. It makes me feel good to see there are more and more people sticking up for this breed and acknowledging these dogs for the intelligent, sweet natured creatures they are.

Posted by: baby lady at January 13, 2006 04:42 PM

Thank you. I just hope that it will at least open one person's mind to the facts.

Posted by: Marta at January 15, 2006 01:24 PM

I have a pit bull and most people immediatly are afraid, but they shouldn't be because my pit bull is not vicious. Pit bulls are missunderstood. I LOVE MY PIT BULL.

Posted by: Sarah at January 16, 2006 03:59 PM

Yes I just wanted to say our family had a pit bull as a pet for three years that we loved very very much. we had him sense he was 6 weeks old and Dec. 18 2005 he attack my husband for no reason he had to go to the hospital.He was ok we kept the dog because my son & husband loved him so much well then he got my son & then his girlfriend and then just this pasted week he turned on for no reason and then we ended up putting him down and this has upset our family so much and my husband treated this dog better than me we never ever mistreated this dog he was part of this family we have no idea why he did this we don't understand this reaction out of this dog at all. It hurts us badly. Thank you

Posted by: Debbie Conyers at January 23, 2006 02:25 PM

Well, most dogs dont just attack others for no apparent reason especially one who hasnt revealed this behavior the whole 3 years that you have had it, at least that is what your implying.

The pit bull breed is not for everyone, Like the Pit Bull Blog says "They are great dogs for people with the time, passion, strength and heart to raise, train, and stand up for them and for themselves when the time arises."
Maybe you didnt have those characteristics to raise your dog?

Posted by: baby lady at January 23, 2006 03:54 PM

ok well, Miss baby lady I'll be honest with you I didn't want the damn dog in the first place my nephew had and wanted us to have so we bought the thing against my wishes that was my husbands and son's baby. When we first got him he was a tiny thing he fit right in my son's little hands William was 18 that dog slept with him every night then when his girlfriend moved in the three of them all slept togetter he stayed in the most of the time exspecially when it was cold.My brothers all have pit bulls my nephews have pit bulls yeah they can be mean but we treated ours like another person like a guest.My husband would come from work and go out back to check on our dog first before me. We spoiled this dog Bought him toys he would play with cool thing we would put a dog bisquit in our mouth and wouldn't let him have it until we said ok it was cool. I even allowed my grandson which is 4 to it we trusted that dog that much he had no problems with the kids or us ever until NOW something snappedI mean the day he turned against me I was petting him and loving him I let him on my bed for the first every thing was good. It was 29 degrees outside so I told my son to bring him in my husband was a sleep I felt sorry for the dog. So we did filled his bowl up with food got him some waterI was standing by the table reading a paper I guess he looked at me and thought well I haven't got her yet so he jumped on me bit my right breast which is now black and purple he bit my left arm which is really sore and then we decided to put him down we have kids around here plus are grandchildren can't take a chance on a dog you no longer trust no matter what you think we did that dog right.

Posted by: Debbie Conyers at January 23, 2006 11:43 PM

I don't know why in denver and aurora have a pitbull ban when the people who got attacked were irresponsible plus I hav a pitbull dalmation.

Posted by: PJ Wagoner at January 25, 2006 07:21 PM

I don't know what you are leaving out Mrs. Conyers, but that is not all that there is to the story. Dogs do not attack for no apparent reason. Pit bull or not, every dog has a reason for their actions. Besides, as nicely as you speak about the "damn dog", it makes me wonder if the treatment, on your behalf, was a great as you say. You know, dogs can sense things, don't you? But, even if you beat him everyday, or didn't feed him, I still don't understand why the dog would attack you for no reason. Pit bulls were bred specifically to NOT be human aggresive. Your story doesn't add up. I find it hard to believe the dog just snapped, for no reason. Besides, all the things that you mentioned about how well you treated the dog...that is what you are suppose to do for your pet. You didn't do anything special. It is also just common sense to bring a dog in when it is below freezing, Pit bulls, specially. Their coat is very short, and not at all intended to be outside at cold temperatures. Ugh...

Posted by: Marta at January 26, 2006 09:27 AM

I just rescued a blue brindle 6 week old puppy. I have three small dogs and a cat. I am a little nervous about animal aggression that can occur when they hit puberty. I have evey intention of nutering my boy but really am having second thoughts that maybe I am not ready for this type of dog. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Amy at January 29, 2006 01:01 AM

Amy,
You have every right to have second thoughts, but you need to understand a few things. Not every pit bull is going to be the same. Yes, they are known to be animal agressive, but that is not the case every time. Pit bulls usually mature around 3 or 4 years old, and this is when they are known to show their true colors, if they are indeed animal aggressive. On the other hand, many people are successful at keeping all kinds of animals, and pit bulls, peacefully in one household. If you really feel uncomfortable than you should act as a responsible owner, and give him to someone. Also, I would like to add, dogs that are rescued are often the most loveable. Pit bulls are very loyal dogs. They will return the love 10 times, that is shown to them. I would stray from leaving the puppy alone, for extended periods of time, with the other pets. It would be the thing to do, as a "responsible owner". You do need to teach him, at an early age, what behavior is acceptable. I personally keep my American Pit Bull puppy along with my mix breed. They get a long fine. But, this could change, and I am not afraid to acknowledge the facts. When I leave she is in her cage, and that is that. You should probably do research of your own, though. Anyway, if the puppy is raised in a loving home (which I am assuming you are going to provide) I see no reason why he should become aggresive towards your pets. Here are some websites, and if you have any questions, I am try to help you as much as possible.


http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/dogbreeds/americanpitbullterriers.html

http://www.apbtconformation.com/

http://www.goodpooch.com/MediaBriefs/GPpitbulls.htm
http://www.pitbulllovers.com/fighting-pit-bull-dog-fighting.html

http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/training.html

http://understand-a-bull.com/

Posted by: Marta at January 29, 2006 10:35 PM

I have 3 Pit Bulls at present time. I have had 2 others in the past. This is the only breed of dog that i have ever cared to own. Not only are they EXTREMELY loyal, and playful. They are also VERY loving. They are great with children (I have three). But this breed is not for everyone. I agree with Marta......Mrs Covers isnt telling the whole truth. Dogs, nomatter what the breed, dont bite for "no reason". To the utility man that was "attacked for no reason"....that wasnt your yard. You didnt belong there in that dogs mind. Over two thousand years ago, Plato extolled a basic
understanding of canine behavior when he wrote "the disposition of noble dogs is
to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they
don’t know...." Recently, this fundamental principal of canine behavior
seems to elude many people as parents allow their children to be
unsupervised with unfamiliar dogs and lawmakers clamor to declare certain dogs
as dangerous in response to an attack.

Posted by: Jessie at February 4, 2006 12:45 PM

Thank you so much for your advice. I really love this puppy but feel that it is best for him to have a home that has more time to work with my little Goose. I am being selective and right now we are working on not snapping at me or other people when not getting his way. At 7 weeks he is a handful but very smart and figuring out that I am the boss. I pray he makes a wonderful pet and companion for someone! Someday I will own a pit when I have the time to provide him! Keep up the great work on educating people on this wonderful breed!

Posted by: Amy at February 4, 2006 05:00 PM

me and my husband recently brought a blue nose pitbull(male)from a breeder. he's 6 weeks old.we plan on house breaking him and turning him into a house dog. we also have a cat that is 3 months old. will we have any problems having the cat and our pitbull under the same roof?

Posted by: angie at February 9, 2006 07:41 PM

Ummm...pit bulls are..house dogs, usually. They have short hair, generally prefer the inside. It depends on the dog, how it will get along with other animals. Just watch each of the animal's behaviors, and don't leave them alone unsupervised. If they play fight too rough, seperate them, don't punish the dog, or it will think it's the cat's fault.

Posted by: Marta at February 13, 2006 10:23 PM

I have a red nose pitbull and an american bulldog/pitbull mix and they are truley the best dogs I've ever had. I also have a 3 month old son and they are very protective of him. A couple of weeks ago I had him on the floor and all of a sudden my dogs were going nuts! I ran into the room and there was a wasp just inches from my baby.
The whole pitbulls only bite thing is crazy! I was bite by a golden retriver when I was 2 and had to have 32 stiches in my face!Unless the dog is brought to be mean and bite people I believe they have a reason if they bite. Like in my case, I wouldnt stop pulling on the dogs ears and tail.
He immeditaly started to whimper and like my face because he knew he hurt me.
So if your dog does bite ask yourself if you did something to upset it. It would be no differant if someone pissed you off.

Posted by: Tamara at February 19, 2006 12:54 PM

I have two pittmixes, I would stake my life on the soundness of my dogs. I took my older one (4 now)Oscar from a post he was bungiecorded to with a rope in his neck (he still does not have hair there). I could not leave him I knew in my heart he would have been used as bait due to the people in the areas reputation for fighting dogs. He was around 5-6 months old and is the sweetest dog in the world. My younger pitt was brought into a Petsmart by a boy when he around 6-8 weeks old, the boy said he found him in the snow. I think the boy saved him from a bad fate. People need to stand up for this breed. I have four large dogs and they get along with each other and love people. Any person can be taught to hate, the same goes for an animal.

Posted by: Alicia at February 20, 2006 11:15 AM

It is not necessary to breed these dogs, unless you are licensed breeder, and from your approach, I am going to assume you aren't. Besides, there are enough pit bulls that needs homes, as is.

Posted by: Marta at February 24, 2006 11:53 AM

I own a pit and black lab mix named dice. He is 1 year and the love of the family with more pesonality than anyone I know. He looks like a pure pit, but is not. Most people are afraid of him and argue that we shouldn't have him around our children. However they over look our one year old shepard mix who by far is most aggressive though she appears shy. My 7 and 8 year old loves our dogs as does my wife. I believe it's the genes and how the animal is raised that will determine its tempement.

Posted by: dee at February 25, 2006 01:12 AM

I have a purebred pit (1 yr) and a pit mix(1&1/2yr). They play so well with my cat. They know when to be gentle. The cat scares them off more than the dogs do to the cat. Every breed can play fight and get a little agrivated with each other. Did you not fight with your siblings? It doesn't mean the want to hurt each other. I have never had any problems with my dogs. In fact they are very spoiled and very loved. I support changing the pitbull image. They are great dogs!

Posted by: Sheena at February 28, 2006 01:28 AM

Breeding is one of the main problems of this breed, we are over populated with them as it is.

Posted by: baby lady at February 28, 2006 08:54 AM

I love seeing other happy pit bull owners! I absolutely love my dog, and wouldn't trade her for any dog, of any breed.

Baby Lady, I hope you don't mind me posting as often as I do. I seem to have made a habit out of it, heh.

Posted by: Marta at February 28, 2006 09:36 AM

No worries, I dont mind at all. You give good advice to those who need it, plus I'm a little slow when it comes to reading notes and commenting. So post away.... ;)

Posted by: baby lady at March 2, 2006 08:27 AM

I've owned a brindle pit several years back, and he was truly a loving pet. I am looking forward to owning another pit sometime in the Fall of 2006, preferably a red nose because I really like the look. As stated in other comments I truly believe it is how you raise your pet.

Posted by: Charles E. Turner at March 2, 2006 02:28 PM

For everyone whos worried about having a pit around other amiamals. My experence is when your dog is a pup. Introduce your pit to as many different smaller animals and children as you can. I have a sugar glider and I exposed my roomates pit to him when hes a pup and now the glider gets free rides on his neck.

Posted by: Tony at March 6, 2006 01:56 AM

Well, some dogs will accept other animals, and others won't. My sister's pit bulls were exposed to her cats since they were all about 8 weeks old, and they still killed her cats. I think, regardless of how animals are, they should always be supervised. It is better to be safe than sorry. I love pit bulls, but as an owner, I have to acknowledge that their animal aggression IS an issue. Everyone likes to think that their dogs won't hurt a fly, but if it has been put into their brain for centuries, you can't just expect to take it out over 1 dogs life span. I'm not saying it is impossible for a pit bull and other animals to get along. I am saying that you should not put so much faith into an animal whose ancestors have been trained to fight other animals.

Posted by: Marta at March 6, 2006 01:15 PM

While a pit bull is chewing on a bone, do the eyes wonder from side to side? Almost like there is a muscle weakness. Has anyone ever heard or experienced this with a pit bull?

Posted by: Bobbi at March 7, 2006 06:21 PM

After all my research and experience...I can honestly say I have no clue what you are talking about. My puppy just stares at the object she is chewing on...

Posted by: Marta at March 8, 2006 06:25 PM

I got into an enormous argument with someone about MANY of the myths you listed here... Having worked at an animal shelter for a lengthy period, and having had dogs (including a pitt) my whole life, my statements directly reflect EVERYTHING you wrote about here in terms of disproving these myths. The news media and mass information we receieve turns people against a valuable and often gentle and sweet breed! It's upbringing, and individualism that determines how a dog reacts, not breed. Great blog. Wish more people could see it.

Posted by: Regina at March 16, 2006 03:05 PM

Bravo... I have raised pitbulls and amstaffs for 13 years and have NEVER had one act agressively towards a person OR another dog, I have an amstaff now that takes my sons Mini rex rabbitt around like a pup and cleans it, the rabbit thinks it's a dog. reading some of these posts brought a few things to mind..1. buy or get a pit because of temperment Not color. 2. get a vet reference whether buying or selling. 3.Puppy obedience class is a must..great for training and social skills 4. EXERCISE at least 30-60 min a day 5. pit bulls, amstaffs, pretty much all terrier breeds are very social Ya leave them in the yard or on a chain and they go literally insane. 6. it's cute to have the dog "mouth" you when it's a pup, do not allow this, as with any "pack" you have to be the leader...only allow the dog to do what you want it to do not the other way around.. oh and for the lady asking about blue eyes..not acceptable by akc-amstaff or ukc -pits, blue eyed dogs are proven to have more neuro problems, solid white, pink nose, blue eyes are more prone to deafness in many breeds ask your vet about this or look up health problems related to breed types. I really enjoy the site. check your local shelters and not for profit agencies like the aspca, I have seen some wonderful pits and amstaffs that need homes, In the past 5 years I have rescued 18 and found them homes. FYI, if your dog is temperment tested and abedience trained your insurance costs for homeowners can be significantly lower, check with each individual one. Ya'll have a great day.

Posted by: Denise at March 17, 2006 11:55 PM

Weeeeeell...

I'm not sure I am going to agree with the puppy obedience class being a must. My puppy is going to be 8 months on the 14 of April, and she behaves excellently. Dare I say she behaves better than 1+ year old dogs who have been through obedience? I have also done my fair share of socializing her. For the first 6 months, I took her everywhere that it was possible to take her. This resulted in her now being able to go to another house where there are dogs, o into stores where other dogs may be, and she still behaves wonderfully. She also willingly accepts other dogs coming into her house.

Of course, not everyone gets the opportunity to spend entire days with their puppy's, and this is where I lucked out. It enabled me to be more consistent with enforcing the rules she had to follow, and gave me the ability to give her the attention she needed.

People are alays impressed with her. Just today I took her to my best friends house (where there are 2 dogs, and 2 cats) and her fiance noted how well behaved she was.

I honestly think that if the owner puts in enough work and creates the necessary bond with their dog that it will be 100 times better than any class available. Unfortunately, most people just can't spend that kind of time with their dog...

Posted by: Marta at March 27, 2006 11:00 PM

I've never met one Pit Bull that was agressive, I;ve met several agressive labs,german sheperds,and all sorts of other dog breeds as I bring my dog(Australian Sheperd) to the dog park on a regular basis. When I found out about what people are saying about Pit Bulls, and the Breed Specific Legislation I told my brother and he just said "SO?" I wanted to cry. Too bad ignorance isn't painfull.

Posted by: Gabrielle at March 28, 2006 08:44 PM

BSL is the most useless thing ever thought up by human beings. How can people determine that one breed is more dangerous than another? is that also true with nationalities? I don't think so. Anyway, I do wish ignorance WAS paintful.

Posted by: Marta at March 28, 2006 09:29 PM

I am purchasing an all white female and a solid blue female with a white stripe going down the middle of her face I plan to search for a black and white pitbull with blue eyes if possible. I believe that time and patience and an understanding of your dogs breed will benefit you and will show you how to raise it correctly. Your dog knows what it is taught and knows when it is being praised or abused and there are all types not just physical...It also feeds off of you- dogs sense all of your emotions even towards it. As much as they are breeded and as much as it's a demand for them that same effort should be put into caring for them or you should not have this kind of breed and that goes for any animal.

Posted by: Rosalind at March 29, 2006 12:49 PM

There is so much information. I mean you can look up the number of attacks by pit bulls vs. other breeds and see that there are less pit bull attacks. What more proof do you want? I think it has to do more with what the dog is associated with rather than the breed itself. Not just fighting, you see some idiot rapper holding his vicious pit ball as he's dancing with "hoes" I mean I was attacked by a damn collie who's owners were friends of the family. I knew the dog for 4 years. I dont own a pit bull yet. I'm researching them, but they are getting a bum rap. People fear what they dont understand. They're ignorant.

Posted by: Eric at March 29, 2006 02:29 PM

pit bulls were actually bred to pin bulls into the pits. That is where the name came from....not to fight.That came later. And also, bad people don't make aggressive pit bulls, i have 2, a girl and a boy. My girl is sooo sweet and my boy is sweet to me, but that is about it. I noticed that most of you on here own puppies, don't speak until they get older because you never know if they will be good or bad. Good luck to you all.Study up on pits, their heritage and behavior before you post things that aren't true.

Posted by: kristy at May 16, 2006 04:50 PM

hi,
I read a lot of commments and i feel a lot better about my blue eyed pit .I have a three year old that loves dogs and i hate to have to give the dog away. He is cute and smart we don't know how old he is yet but he is a puppy

Posted by: sunnshinne at May 18, 2006 08:38 PM

i have a pitt bull and i love her to death she is the most smart and loyal dog i have ever owned and i just want to say that for those people who hate pit bulls take a look in the mirror.
Most people dont like to get STEREO TYPED well we should do that to them eiether each dog, person and object are different lets remeber that!

Posted by: emy at May 22, 2006 07:20 PM

I HAVE A PITT AND ALL MY NEIGHBORS WERE SCARED OF HIM WHEN I FIRST MOVED HERE. NOW THEY KNOW THAT HE IS THE MOST GENTLE LOVABLE DOG ON OUR BLOCK I HAVE A CAT ALSO AND THE PIT IS THE ONLY THING SHE LETS NEAR HER KITTENS HE LIES ON THE FLOOR AND THE KITTENS CLIMB ALL OVER HIM. OH AND BY THE WAY HE IS SCARED OF MY IRONING BOARD LOL I THINK IT IS THE NOISE IT MAKES WHEN I OPEN IT I OWNED A ROTTIE BEFORE HIM AND HE WAS ALSO A VERY GENTLE DOG IT HOW YOU RAISE THEM LOVE THEM AND THEY LOVE YOU BACK RESPECT THEM AND THEY WILL RETURN IT

Posted by: HELEN at May 22, 2006 10:59 PM

hey im a 17 year old teenager, I got a red nosed Pit Bull and a Brown Pit they are the nicest dogs ever, its pisses me off the way people mis treat them. They are the funniest dogs ever too. I love Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.

Posted by: Gabe at May 25, 2006 07:20 PM

I love pit bulls best dog

Posted by: dre at May 26, 2006 04:46 PM

DO U EVEN KNW WHAT A PITBULL LOOKS LIKE? CHECK IT OUT! I BET U wont GET IT! http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html

Posted by: SHANNON at May 30, 2006 03:53 PM

PIT BULLS ARE LOVING, FRIEDLY DOGS. IF YOU'VE HAD A BAD EXPERience, IT WAS WITH A MEAN OR MISTREATED DOG, NOT A PIT BULL. IVE DONE SO MUCH RESEARCH THERES NOTHING LEFT TO FIND OUT.
PIT BULLS LIKE ANY DOG CAN BE VICIOUS. COMPARED TO THE GOLDEN RETREIVER I GREW UP WITH MY PB IS WAY MORE FRIENDLY AND FUN!
DONT HATE THE LOVERS!

Posted by: SHANNON at May 30, 2006 04:14 PM

i have a beautiful american pit bull terrier,
named spike. hes 7 months old . beige and white colors, and a beige patch around one eye. his eyes are hazel green. is this full breed characteristic?

Posted by: pauline at June 24, 2006 10:41 PM

i have a beautiful american pit bull terrier,
named spike. hes 7 months old . beige and white colors, and a beige patch around one eye. his eyes are hazel green. is this full breed characteristic?

Posted by: pauline at June 24, 2006 10:42 PM

I dont' see why it is not, Paulie. My sister in law has a dog that sounds very similar to yours. He is definitely full pit. Your dogs soudns beautiful.

Posted by: Marta at July 2, 2006 06:45 PM

I have a blue nose pit and i want to know what to feed him

Posted by: Quent at July 21, 2006 05:52 PM

I have 3 wonderful pitts. One male that is white with a brindle patch over his left eye(just like petey from the little rascals), a female brindle(pups due any day from these two), and a blue brindle female. They are 3,2, and 7 months old. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. In mu opinion you don't know doggy love till you have a big harted pitt love you.

Posted by: Terri at July 26, 2006 10:18 AM

hello i have 2 male and female bull dogs for sale there 1y old there are lovly and familier with other pets get back if interested .

Posted by: calvinndonwie at July 29, 2006 09:58 AM

Quent, I feel my dog Kasco puppy food. It's wonderfull for Pitties because of the high protein level. most foods do not have it that high. My dog is a very beautiful looking dog, and I think teh food your feed your dog contributes a lot to what your dog ends up looking like. She is going to be a year old this month on the 14th. That is about a month ago, or two. Here is a pic...hope you don't mind BabyLady...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v258/Jalelia/savanmomdaypark059.jpg

Posted by: Marta at August 6, 2006 07:36 PM

i hate, TRULY HATE, dog fighters. do yall realize what you are doing to a great breed? if you like the thrill of a fight watch the UFC!! if you think bc you hav a mean or mean looking dog that makes you cool or bad, you obviously are half retarded and need to go c a therapist. i have a female pit that is the most playful to my 3 boxers and loves my 2 cats also, shes hyper but not aggressive. still hatin stupid people!!

Posted by: justin at August 7, 2006 03:35 PM

I just adopted a pit bull mix - she is white with brown markings - brown patch over one eye - and both of her eyes are intense, crystal, baby blue. The shelter told me she was mixed with Aussie Shepherd and that pitties "can't have blue eyes."
Is this true?

Posted by: Susan at August 31, 2006 04:27 AM

Pitties CAN have blue eyes. I've seen it before, and I can assure the pup was full pit. All white, with a black spot on his nose, and very beautiful crystal blue eyes :).

Posted by: Marta at September 4, 2006 12:30 AM

I have a loving pitt named Ike (yeah go figure Mike and Ike)ha ha , anyway he is the best blue nose pitt ever, I was injured over 3 years ago and was in a wheel chair for awhile, at that time my good buddy gave me Ike that was just a puppy, you can say he gave me the companionship and loyalty that was needed to get better and move forward, he knows how I feel and is their for me at my beck and call. I have a 9 and 10 yr old and when I got Ike obviously they were a few years younger, my wife was nervous about a pitt in the home but we find comfort in his ever ending loyalty, he loves the family and is always here to greet us and will proctect without a doubt, he is the kindest dog ever and has NEVER hurt anyone with kids always around our home....

Posted by: Duce at September 5, 2006 09:47 PM

I have a loving pitt named Ike (yeah go figure Mike and Ike)ha ha , anyway he is the best blue nose pitt ever, I was injured over 3 years ago and was in a wheel chair for awhile, at that time my good buddy gave me Ike that was just a puppy, you can say he gave me the companionship and loyalty that was needed to get better and move forward, he knows how I feel and is their for me at my beck and call. I have a 9 and 10 yr old and when I got Ike obviously they were a few years younger, my wife was nervous about a pitt in the home but we find comfort in his ever ending loyalty, he loves the family and is always here to greet us and will proctect without a doubt, he is the kindest dog ever and has NEVER hurt anyone with kids always around our home....

Posted by: Duce at September 5, 2006 09:50 PM

I have a red noised pitbull, and I love her to death she sleeps in my bed every night and cuddles with me. She is a very adorable dog, she even sleeps with my 14 week old cat, and plays with her as well. She is very well behavied and when the cat is doing something she is not supposed to she is always right there stoping the cat. My dog has only been in two fights, The first she was protecting me from a preditor, and the second a dog was off its lesh and attacked her, so out of natual instincs she protected us. My dog is a very sweet dog and would never do anything to hurt someone with out a very justifiable reason. all in all pits are very good dogs if brought up right.

Posted by: Heather at September 9, 2006 03:50 PM

Ok. I'm a senior in high school and I'm doing an essay on Nature Vs. Nurture. I think ALL of you should research that. NOW! For all you who think pit bulls are 'naturally' aggressive, you need to do EXTRA research. I do not understand how people, most likely OLDER than me, can be so damn ignorant. You just can't get it through your head...ever since the BEGINNING pit bulls were RAISED (KEY WORD BEING RAISED)a certain way. The dog itself isn't like that, most dogs aren't. It's the TRAINING...and hey kids, who does the training?? HUMANS! Well, well, well. Would you look at whose the root of the "evilness".

PEACE!

Posted by: Brittany at October 2, 2006 01:51 AM

My husband and I have been selectively breeding pitbulls for the past 3yrs. Yes, at first like most people I was scared to death. After the first 2 I was fine. We spend many hours during the week, feeding training and just playing catch with our pits. I myself would rather have a pit in my house than a gun!!!!!
We have a 9yr. daughter, a 6mth. old daughter, 5lbs. Miniture Pinscher and a cat that all seem to get along very well with our pits. Needless to say I have more trouble out of my Min. Pin. than I do any of my pits.
Question: I have been looking at padderdales. Does anyone out there have any exsperience with them, or any advice???

Posted by: Missy at October 9, 2006 05:06 PM

I love dogs!!! I think they can be a best friend when you dont have anyone. I have a boxer named Lady shes my baby lol.

Posted by: Babygirl at October 23, 2006 02:48 PM

We have a 2 1/2 year old beautiful blue eye blonde hair pit. "American Shaffy breed" He is a very well trained and lovable dog. He has a personality of his own and keeps us smiling all the time. I was worried of owning one.I would not trade him for no other dog. Everyday we hear of people saying horrible thing about the breed especially older people in the neighborhood. People need to do more reading on dog bites before opening their mouth. But not all older people see them as evil or bad dog. It's not the dog it's the owner reponsibilty to train them and love them, just to abuse them will make them mean. A lady down the street from us, every time we take him for his walk, she calls him old blue eyes after Frank Sinatra. She tell us every time how good looking he is.

Posted by: Chelsie at October 29, 2006 12:37 PM

TED U ARE A REAL PEICE OF WORK YOU ARE JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER FUCING PIECES OF SHIT AND THERE LABRADOODLES THAT CAN THE MEANEST DOGS GOING I OWN 2 PITTBULLS 1 TEXAS RED NOSE AND 1 AMERICAN PITT AND THEY ARE THE BEST DOGS OUT THERE NEVER BEEN MEAN UNLESS TEASED BY KIDS ON THE OUT SIDE OF THE FENCE AND THAT IS USALLY THE CASE SOME PUNK KID THINK HE IS KEWL AND TEASE THE DOG UNTILL THE DOG GETS OUT AND THEN WHAt ,! WHAT WOULD YOU DO WALK UP AND MAKE FREINDS LIKE FUC YOU WOULD YOU PIECE OF WORK I WILL STAND BEHIND MY DOGS TILL THE END. AND WE WILL PUT DOWN FUCERS LIKE YOU THANX ASSHOLE DAVE

Posted by: Dave at November 28, 2006 04:23 AM

I have a female brindle pit and my seven year old son plays with her all the time and not once has he ever complained about her biting him. I am raisng her to be a family dog. She is the most loveable animal i ever had. I hope some day all the narrow minded people will scre wtheir heads on straight and realize that a dog is a dog is a dog, no matter what the breed

Posted by: Rich at December 10, 2006 09:46 PM

I think these puppys r soooooo Cute!!!!!

Luv,
Ariel

Posted by: ariel at December 11, 2006 05:19 PM

I think these puppys r soooooo Cute!!!!!

Luv,
Ariel

Posted by: ariel at December 11, 2006 05:20 PM

my parents got a pit bull when i was borne. i played with that dog for 15 years i would even ride it as a horse. when i was old enough to gop to school the would walk me to school and he would also be waiting for me after school to walk me home. i would even remove meet from its mouth when he was eating, the dog never grouled at anyone frome my familly when we would do that.
after this doga past away we have allways had pits in our familly, and they are the only dogs who can actually play all day with kids and not go tired.

Posted by: LUIS at December 12, 2006 05:53 PM

I currently have a beautiful red nose pit,whose going on 8 weeks.But just wondering if it's normal for it to bite and growl at the same time,cause he's still wagging his tale but sounds angry.He stops when I clap my hands and says no.very obediant.Very sweet most of the time,he sleeps with me and follows me every where I go.Dose that mean Im not training him well?

Posted by: Jazmine at December 24, 2006 06:20 AM

I have a year and a half old male bluenose and he has been a wonderful dog since the day i got him he is nice and and listens to every command i give him i recently brought him to my moms house and he even gets along with my moms male jack russell and to all you fags like ted SUCK ME FROM THE BACK BICTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BRANDON at January 8, 2007 11:30 PM

I have a 1 year old ,beautiful, brindle male pitbull named Scrappee. He's the most lovable kind dog you would ever meet. When we take him out for walks and other things, people are scared when they see him or pick their children up and caryy them because they think he will hurt them. But everybody that now knows him, other than my family, was terrifyed of him until they got to know him. Now if he's out with us everyone comes to see him, even the kids who are pretty little. And if he gets loose by rare accident he goes to this older lady's house and she gives him a treat and he play's with her dog, until we catch up with him. So don't beleive the stories you hear because there are two pits who act the same way. My neighbor's pit bull Ruby and my dog Scrappee. They make great pets and are really good with kids. As long as you treat them right and treat them with as much respect as you would your best friend because if you do so the will become your best friend trust me. Theank-You Cheiser_Cat_Girl.

Posted by: Cheiser_Cat_Girl at February 17, 2007 03:12 PM

And I forgot to add that I'm Thirteen and that Scrappe is the kindest dog ever and he's way stronger than me and I'm the only one in my house who can handle him on a leash. He's always stuck to me like glue and so I have to Take him on walks and stuff. So if a Thirteen year old thinks that pits are nice and has no problem handling one than none of you should have a prob. He loves all of the other kids around my house and my older sister and my younger brother. there was one boy and his sister who ran when they first saw him but now they love him to death so if you have a prob. with pits than you need to GET OVER YOURSELF AND GROW UP. So thanks for reading this and Bye

Posted by: Cheiser_Cat_Girl at February 17, 2007 03:23 PM

Jamine, no you don't seem to be doing anything wrong, but all you need to do is to tell him no,gently but firm, when he tries to bite or growl, if he's not just playing. My pit used to do the samething but not anymore.And NEVER EVER hit him just spray him with a water bottle and tell him NO, so he doesn't get aggressive thinking that you're going to hurt him. Trust me, even thought you may not think I know what i'm talking about because i do, they hate the water when they get sprayed. A friend who has pits told me this and it really works.Just remember not to ever hit him, no matter what he does!
Cheiser_Cat_Girl

Posted by: Cheiser_Cat_Girl at February 17, 2007 03:35 PM

TO TRAIN YOUR PITBULL NOT TO BITE YOU: WHEN THEY BITE YOU AGAIN, PUSH THERE 2 FANGS IN THE FRONT OF THERE MOUTH AND PUSH THEM IN UNTIL THEY CRY, THEN FIRMLY TELL THEM "NO BITE"!!!

Posted by: Redd at February 20, 2007 02:23 PM

Hi, I have 1 full blood brindle pitt male who is 5, he has never bitten anyone or any other animal. He even lets squirrells eat out of his food bowl when he is outside. When he was a puppy everyone was kinda scared of him because he was a pitt and already huge with a massive head, now noone fears him. We recently added onto the house and there were about 10-15 guys in and out of the house throught the days and he not once growled, barked or even slightly thought of attacking anyone. I got him my senior year in h.s. when i was 18 and my mom made me do a TON of research before i could get any dog... she wanted me to get a rottweiler over the pitt until i showed her my research. Also we live in the city kind of but own 20 acres with TONS of wildlife and stray dogs which frequently come "visit" hercules and he has always been kind and shared his food. today a chocholate lab came to visit and hercules greated him to lunch:-). And to top that off when he plays with my dads shepard husky mix she will put his head in her mouth playing and he will just pull it out and nudge her but never open his mouth to her. I also have a 3 year old female which is believed to be a pure pitt. my girlfriend found her in a cemetary when she was about 1 and after no one responded to our ads and posters we decided to keep her. Her eyes are blue and turn red in the light at night which was kinda creapy since she was found in a cemetary but she plays great with the other dogs and animals as well. I also have an almost 8 month old pitt/ boxer mix and my dad has her sister. They are both extremely playful and loving. mine is actually cuddled up sleeping with my girlfriend right now lol. SO FOR ALL YOU DUMB F*CKS THAT THINK PITTS ARE BAD YOU ARE A MORON AND NEED TO DO SOME SERIOUS RESEARCH. YOU PROBABLY DONT EVEN OWN A DOG, AND IF YOU DO ITS PROBABLY ONE THAT IS MORE LIKELY TO ATTACK THEN ANY PROPERLY RAISED PITT OUT THERE, I'd be willing to bet that none of the "haters" actually know that labs and golden retrievers are #1 and #2 for dog bite cases out of the 100 most popular dogs in the U.S. pitts are actually #84. I also live in an area where pit fights are often held and there are tons of pitts in the area as pets as well and we have never heard of a "pitt attack" however last summer a golden strangled (to death) a 3 yr old child while playing together unattended. ITS NOT THE DOG ITS THE OWNERS WHO F*CK OVER GOOD DOGS. I would recommend a dog to anyone no matter what breed I love all dogs, but make sure its the right breed for you and your lifestyle and home. If you dont like all dogs DONT OWN ANY DOG. sorry this is so long but stupid people piss me off... HAVE A GREAT DAY :-)

Posted by: Chris at February 21, 2007 12:26 AM

Also my cousin breeds pitts and he has never to our knowledge have a pup from any litter that has bitten or attacked anyone other then his female who broke the 1st layer of glass in his pitcher window when a would be intruder tried breaking into his home (more then likely trying to steal a pup due to recent litter and a guy acting very suspispitious and angry 2 days b4 incident because my cousin wouldnt sell to him because he admitted he just lost a dog to a fight)... GOOD RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS NEVER EVER EVER SELL TO A DOG FIGHTER!!!

Posted by: Chris at February 21, 2007 12:31 AM

screw pitbull haters


i have a 4 month old blue nose pit and he has never bit any one and his been around lillte kid .. but i was one bit by a golden retriver and he was supoosely nice and the best dog breed in the world screw that pits rule there great and they will show u love if u show them love

Posted by: sais at February 22, 2007 09:49 PM

i have a 6 month old blue nose pitbull the nicest thing to ppl but doesnt like other dogs or animals...his hair stands up and he growls at other dogs...he is very skitish around noises because i believe he was beat b4 i had him (he was 4 months wehn i got him)...will he ever get rid of this skitishness of the noises??

Posted by: babyboy at March 1, 2007 02:42 PM

i have a red nose pit bull its about 4 months old how is the proper way to raise them so they wont be agressive against humans or any other dogs she is a very hyper dog wen i take her out of the kennel and while im walkin sh starts nippin at my feet is that agression or just being playfull i dont really like that because im scared im going to step on her

Posted by: aldo at March 6, 2007 09:38 PM

i think the reason why people only see the viciousness of a pit bull is because that is what makes an interesting story in the news. who wants to read about a poodle or a seemingly nice dog biting a child? no one. it seems more interesting if you tape it to the head of the dog that is already known by people to be aggressive. i personally think that this is a bunch of crap. the pit bull has a bad rep because some people want it to. i have never owned a pit bull, but i will be picking my first one up next weekend. i am very excited about it because i know with right training i can have a new best friend.

Posted by: brittany at March 8, 2007 02:32 PM

I am 13years old i own seven (pittbulls) and they're bred from some of the best lines. They don't have kennel registration but are great dogs.

Posted by: jay at March 16, 2007 10:19 PM

I don't own a pittbull, but my neighbor across the street has one. I love that dog, it's amazing looking. It muscles ontop of muscles. My parents as I was growing up always made me believe that they were such dangerous dogs. Not true at all. My friend had a pitbull and I used to get chased by her on my back and when she would catch me she'd grab my foot, but barely just to play. Really, it's the news and articles that play it up. If you think about they just want to basically sell to you or make you watch there station. And what sells better, a lab biting a human or a big strong pitbull. I have been bitten by a lot of things (chihuahua, german sheperd, python, chameleon, parrot, tucan, cat, etc.), but i've never been bitten by a pit bull or even had one growl at me. I also agree with the fact that breeds are like races. I have a fred who is of a certain race and is in a gang. He's had guns pointed at his head and had to watch his cousin get shot in the face on his knees. He's like that because that's how his family is. But I also have another friend of the same race who was raised basically the opposite. It's the same with the breed, it depends on how you raise the individual dog. And to all those people who think that they were attacked for no reason, they don't know anything about animals. Even wild animals attack with reason. I have a parrot that will bite me if he gets to close to any other person when i'm holding him, but I can always tell how he's acting. People really need to be able to know there animals or else you can expect something to happen. Basically, I think pittbulls are great dogs and they are just singled out because they were used to fight and they're often big muscular dogs and look like they could do some damage. I just hope that I own one someday soon.

Posted by: chris at March 17, 2007 05:57 AM

We just recently got a 7 week old Blue pitbull. I was kinda worried when we got him because I didn't know how he would act around My 4 year old. They have such a bad reputation and I was afraid of them. Needless to say he is great with kids he loves my daughter and follows her everywhere We just took him to the park and he was playing with all the kids. I've only heard him bark once and that was because he was too scared to jump of the bed. We had a mix labrador and dalmation who was 4 months old when my daughter was only a year and half and she use to grab him and hold him she didn't know any better but we did try to let her know when it wasn't okay we tought everything was okay until a couple of months later he jumped on my daughter and started to scratch her on her face we had to give him away in fear that he was going to do it again. I didn't blame the dog at all my daughter was just too small to understand how to treat him. So if you have younger kids be care full and watch them because ANY dog can attack and we had got a labrador thinking that he was "Great" with kids That goes to show that you never know. BUt so far so good with this one. AND TO ALDO,
OUR PUPPY STARTED DOING THAT TOO. I DON'T THINK IT'S AGRESSION AT ALL ALL PUPPIES ARE VERY PLAYFULL AND IT'S HARD TO NOT STEP ON THEM BUT MY DOG DOES THE SAME THING MY DAUGHER ACTUALLY TRIPPED TODAY TRYING NOT TO STEP ON HIM WHEN THEY WHERE PLAYING OUTSIDE AND SHE GOT A REALLY GOOD SCRAPE ON HER NOSE, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN I DON'T THINK IT WAS HIM BEING AGRESSIVE AT ALL THEYRE DOGS AND THEY LOVE ATTENTION THEYRE LIKE KIDS THEY LOVE TO PLAY.

Posted by: Gloria at March 17, 2007 04:37 PM

question:i bought a male brindel pitbull puppy and later found out that the mom and dad are mother and son does that effect him in any way does it make a bum litter?

Posted by: pat at March 17, 2007 10:34 PM

We are the "proud" owners of Katrina, a 3yr old female pitbull/boxer mix. We adopted her from a no kill shelter when she was a year. They saved her a day from her being put down due to her "breed". She was abused, as you can still see some scars on her head from where her previous owners put cigaretts out on her. She was beat and had her first litter before the age of one. We took her in and did not hesitate once about it. We have three children as well, all under the age of ten. They love her and she loves them back even more. We have had no problems with her whatsoever, and would not think to give her up to anyone. She has even helped raise two cats we got when they were three weeks old. Now she is helping us with a 4 week old pitbull that the mother has refused. Out of all the breeds of dogs I have had through the years (still have a scar above my lip from when our daschund attacked me when I was four) the pitbull is the best.

Posted by: John at March 18, 2007 05:37 PM

I have a pit bull puupy that is 9 weeks old and he does not like to be loved on and he is always biting any and everything he can get his mouth on including me I asked the vet way I should do they say to get a newspaper to scare him with but it will work a little while and then he is back making loud noises and biting. what should I do I love this puppy and I have already been out of a lot of money on him I just feel like sooner or later before he gets of age I am going to have to give him to someone else I feel bad.

Posted by: Rena at April 12, 2007 01:40 AM

I had a pitbull and her name was chelsea she was the best dog I have ever had she was only 4 years old when she died of heart worms. She was the friendliest dog I've ever known.She was around children all the time even very young toddlers and never even looked at them like she didnt like them. Everyday when we got home from school we would walk in the house and she would be sitting there with a big smile on her face. She was the best!!! It really pisses me off that everyone has something bad to say about pitbulls. I had a yellow lab also never showed agresstion ever and one day my 3 year old was just sitting on the couch petting him and I was sitting next to her and he was waging his tail and looked happy then out of no where he attacked her in the face. Now you tell me whose the bad guy. Cause i will never own another lab. I dont dislike them i just like pitbulls alot better and never had a problem with them. I about to get an american bulldog/pit mix.

Posted by: Sara at April 17, 2007 03:28 PM

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