Pit bulls and other controversial dogs

Rory17

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There is no such thing as an all-dangerous/all-aggressive breed/type of dog. There is good and bad in everyone, and there are good and bad in every group, including not just human groups, but also other species/subspecies and particular breeds/types. It’s unfair to generalise all dogs of any particular breed or type as aggressive or dangerous.
Yes, it is true (and unfortunate) that pit bulls were originally bred to fight, but, since then, they have been bred for other purposes, for hunting, as “status dogs” (unfortunately) and just as companion dogs. Also, apparently, (this is according to the ASPCA website) any fighting dog that showed aggression to a human would be killed. This may not have always been the case, but it probably was the case for at least some fighting dogs.
The average, companion pit bull, Staffie, Rottweiler, Doberman walking down the road is not necessarily any more of a threat than any other dog.
Also, just because a dog is of a so-called “nice” breed doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t dangerous. Most dogs do have the physical potential to be dangerous, and attacks and aggression in Labradors and retrievers are not unheard of.
The media and society have unfairly stigmatised pit bulls, Staffies, Rottweilers, Dobermans and bully breed type dogs.
Yes, a dog’s genetics does play a role in determining his/her behaviour, but there are other factors as well, such as the dog’s upbringing, training and socialisation (or lack thereof), experiences and just that individual dog’s personality/temperament.
Please, don’t judge a book by its cover. Next time you see a Doberman/pit bull/Staffie/Rottweiler/bully breed/any other controversial dog breed/type, don’t automatically assume that that dog is dangerous or aggressive.
There is no such thing as an aggressive breed.
Pit bulls and other such controversial dogs can be just as loving, friendly, kind, playful and goofy as any other dog. Many pitties get along just fine with kids, other dogs and even other animals. Some pitties have even saved the lives of people and other animals.
Pit bulls have worked as search-and-rescue dogs, therapy dogs, assistance dogs, (probably) emotional support dogs and actors in movies and TV, even starring alongside children!
Even dogs who have been horrifically abused can sometimes be rehabilitated with love and care and become loving, friendly dogs. Dogs with behavioural issues because of their past sometimes just need more love, patience, compassion, kindness, understanding as well as knowledgeable, loving people with big hearts and enough knowledge on how to solve behavioural problems in dogs and how to help them overcome their issues.
Many pit bulls, Staffies, Rottweilers, Dobermans, bully breeds and other controversial dogs would much rather lick you and be friendly than maul or bite you!
Of course, it is important to always ask kindly before stroking any strange dog (much less hugging any strange dog), but don’t just assume that a dog is dangerous or aggressive just because of their breed/type.
Also, breed bans don’t work. Breed bans just unfairly target all dogs of a particular breed/s/type/s/appearance. Breed bans result in innocent dogs being taken away, locked up, distressed and pining for their people and (maybe) their homes, seized and killed. Breed bans result in people being devastated and heartbroken after having their beloved dogs taken away and killed for no good reason. What could potentially be a much more effective approach would be to implement laws requiring that all schoolchildren be educated about how to behave around dogs, how to treat dogs, how to approach dogs and how to respect dogs (and all animals, and people!) and how to treat them kindly, and why it is always important to do so. Another strategy that could potentially greatly reduce the number of dog attacks on people would be to legally require all new dog carers to take their dogs (whether puppies or adult dogs) to socialisation classes and humane, positive reinforcement training classes, and to also train and socialise their dogs themselves, outside of the classes.
Please, don’t be prejudiced or discriminate against any sentient being/s based on their appearance, breed, type, species, subspecies, genetics, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, disability, neurological condition, sex, sexuality, religion, faith, culture, lifestyle, beliefs, the colour of their skin, their eye colour, hair colour or any other difference. We are all sentient beings, and we all matter!
 

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While dog breeds do have intrinsic characteristics, a dog's personality is determined by its human's personality. An idiot human will have an idiot dog. Any dog can be trained to be an idiot.

Pit bulls (and AmStaffs and other aliases) were bred to be big and strong and loyal. Because they are loyal, they are very good with kids that they know and family. The loyalty can be used to make them aggressive towards people they don't know. When they bite, they can do a lot of damage because they are big and strong. If their training is traumatic or if they are used for fighting, they can have PTSD. Some can never be rehabilitated. On the other hand, one that is trained to be a loving pet will be the best pet imaginable.

My wife and I had a doberman quite a few years ago. Dobies are her favourite breed, and she had a couple of others before we met. Dobermans are real sweetheart couch-potatoes. They have a reputation as guard dogs because they are big and strong and athletic, and the cropped ears (now banned in many places) make them look fierce. Like any dog, they can be trained to be idiots.

On most top-ten lists, chihuahuas rank ahead of pit bulls and dobermans for frequency of biting. Of course, a pit bull bite can do a lot more damage than a chihuahua bite. So the pitties get more bad press than the chihuahuas, which means they get more attention, a vicious circle.
 

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I heard someone once say that the domestication of dogs was the best deal we ever made with the animal kingdom....and I have agree! I love all dogs! I've pretty much had a dog most of my life. Man's best friend after all.

I really haven't met a dog I don't like. I wish I could say the same about the owners. Pit bulls in particular have a bad reputation, but are one of the most affectionate breeds I've ever had, myself.

The truth here is that dogs are getting a bad reputation because of bad owners. I have always maintained complete control over my dogs and have never once had an issue. After all it's my responsibility to keep them safe, as well as the people we encounter, whether on walks or when visiting my house.

You can't blame the dog, unless it's feral, which isn't a thing in this country. I will say that much like people, dogs have personalities. Also, much like people, there can be the odd bad apple. There are many reasons why a dog might attack a person. Nonetheless, it is 100 percent on the owner to protect the dog and people it encounters. Don't blame an untrained or trained attack dog because it has an irresponsible owner.

I've heard of drug dealers training pit bulls and rottweilers to guard their premises. I don't want to stereotype, as there are many other people that might want to train their dogs to be aggressive and protective, but these breeds are not bad until they are trained that way. Sure, some can be very protective of their owners, but again, it is all on you, the owner, to keep them under control and safe.

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On the one side, there have been a number of articles about pit bulls being overly aggressive and hurting people. Those articles usually mention that pit bulls are descended from British military attack dogs. I had a coworker with 9 dogs ( could not turn down a rescue ) who as a dog trainer had the *personal* opinion that the breed is dangerous.

On the other side, I have come across a chorus of anecdotal accounts from pit bull owners claiming that the breed is maligned, the the stories were about mistreated dogs who as a result of being mistreated became aggressive.

My sister had a pitbull. It had an excellent temperament. It was very, very, muscular and I could see that its jaw was immensely powerful. I would rather not be around pit bulls.

In an ideal world pit bulls would be sterilized to let the breed gracefully disappear and people would stop making special dog breeds, letting dogs go back to a more ancestral morphology ( dingo-like, wolf-like, etc ). There are so many breeds where bad physical health and suffering are in-born to the dog. It is sick. All dogs can love, there is no reason to make mutant breeds.