Are Pit Bulls Misunderstood?

Posted on Sep 29, 2018
Are Pit Bulls Misunderstood?

If you’ve never spent time with pit bulls, you may still have general assumptions about the breed. That they are dangerous. Mean. Shouldn’t be around children. And so many more stereotypes generally applied to all members of the breed. But where did those come from and are they fair?

 

October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month so Run Those Dogs is here to say we’ve met and cared for a whole lot of sweet, goofy, wonderful pit bulls that defy all the negative stereotypes.

 

As with any dog or animal you don’t know, use caution and avoid making them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. As with all breeds, socialization and training are of utmost importance to teach a dog how to safely interact with children and adults. Our hope is that by sharing this information about pits, you’ll do your best to keep an open mind about the breed.

 

Arin Greenwoods article about pit stereotypes points out that applying stereotypes to the entire breed has a real cost on the dogs themselves and their families. “Hundreds of jurisdictions across the country ban or otherwise restrict ownership of these dogs — which leads to dogs being taken away from their families for nothing more than their appearance, and families living in fear of losing their beloved pets.” She adds that even where ownership is legal, finding housing may be difficult. They are among the most common breeds in shelters with the longest stays and among the breeds most likely to be euthanized, perhaps more than 3000 per day in the U.S.

 

But where did Pit Bull’s bad rap come from?

As Roy Rivenberg wrote in his L.A. Times article, “Petey, the canine sidekick in the Little Rascals comedies, was a pit bull. So were the mascots for RCA Victor and Buster Brown shoes. Even the White House welcomed pit bull offshoots under Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.”

 

There are plenty of pit bull heroes as well who’ve saved people from fires, excelled as service animals for the disabled and in the military, and extended and brightened the lives of millions of pet parents. They just aren’t making headlines as often. So how did we come to present day where the breed is banned in some cities and counties?

 

Were they bred for violence? “Pit bull terriers are a cross between English bulldogs, which were bred in the 1800s to fight bulls and bears with tenacious bites to the snout, and terriers, known for speed and agility. The combination produced dogs that deliver a “crushing bite” and don’t let go,” explains Nicholas Dodman. He’s the director of the animal behavior clinic at Tufts University’s school of veterinary medicine and author of Dogs Behaving Badly in Rivenberg’s article.

 

In fact their rap has been made notorious by real, deadly attacks against toddlers and adults — including the fatal mauling of an Antelope Valley woman in 2013. But Rivenberg adds, “…numerous studies show pit bulls are no more likely to bite humans than other breeds.”

 

But just as we shouldn’t broadly believe stereotypes about humans, nor should we with pit bulls.

 

In fact members of the ‘pit bull’ label can encompass the Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and American pit bull terrier, among other breeds. As you might have guessed, individual dogs within a breed can vary widely in personality, temperament and a host of other traits. Just as widely as within any other breed.

 

Defenders blame bad owners for the negative headlines. Pit bulls have risen to the top as the breed symbolizing rebellion and toughness and some owners choose it for that reason.

 

 

But in fact, pit bulls haven’t always held this top spot in our shifting culture. “In the 1800s, bloodhounds were reportedly the most feared breed. In the 1970s, German shepherds ranked as dog-bite kings,” says Rivenberg. So wouldn’t these facts imply that as our companions (and weapons), its not the breed that is dangerous but the behaviors that we as humans choose to teach them?

 

Is their bad rap truly deserved? Maybe not. And more importantly can it be overcome with time, education, positive training and socialization? We think so.

 

Meet Run Those Dogs Client Jesse the Pit

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Jesse.

Jessie is a pure-bred pit. Her humans Greg and Danniell knew the moment they saw her as a puppy in 2009 that she was the one. While her brothers and sister ran back over to their mother, Jessie came right over with her tail in rapid fire mode. Her pet parents remember her as the cutest and most inquisitive, a trait that still (for better or worse) remains today.

 

Since she was a puppy, Jessie still spends most nights sharing the bed with their son. “People often ask if she is OK to have around a family. My youngest was five, and my oldest was seven when we got her, and there has never been a single instant during which she was anything other than their best friend and protector. She loves to be hugged and petted, and she often returns the favor with a well-placed tongue to the face,” explains Greg.

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Jesse and his buddy Rowdy.

 

Jessie is full of personality. “Over the years, her exuberance has never waned, and her love for her humans has only grown. I cannot tell you how many rough days at work have been instantly washed away by this beautiful, little girl presenting me with her favorite bone as I entered the door,” adds Greg. “She has a knack for detecting sadness or depression in her humans, and never lets it go unacknowledged.”

 

Run Those Dogs loves that we can support this family when they need it, feeding and playing with Jessie and her lab buddy Rowdy when their pet parents travel. They are such sweet hearts!

 

Jessie is more than a dog to Greg and Danniell. “You may have noticed that I don’t refer to her as our dog. We are her humans. She is a part of our family, and will always hold a cherished spot in our hearts.”

 

We hope you won’t generalize the reputation of a breed to every dog within it. And go one better. Be sure to acknowledge and spread the word when you meet a kind and lovable pit. They are out there. We’ve met quite a few and they deserve their chance at happiness.

234 Comments

  1. Ronda Driskell
    November 5, 2019

    Thank you for this story. I own two rescue pits and they are great dogs. Keep these stories coming.

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    • Jennifer
      November 5, 2019

      Thank you Ronda! I’ve owned a couple pitbulls as well. They’re the sweetest breed!! I appreciate your comment. 🙂

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      • Bob
        July 5, 2020

        If you don’t mind my asking what happened to the couple of Pit Bulls that you owned to what end did they meet with you

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        • Shelley
          August 5, 2020

          I have a Staffordshire terrior and got him at 4 months old. He is now 3 and he is a joy. He was taught as a puppy how to act around my grandson and they are best of friends. Of course always supervised. He goes everywhere i go in the car and my license plate says ‘pity luv!” He goes into lowes, home depot, family dollar, and tsc. He is my big goof ball and has many fans! He is also bullied by a Chihuahua and kitty.

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          • Jennifer
            August 6, 2020

            Shelley your dog sounds like a big sweetheart. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jake
      December 8, 2019

      Another pit bull propaganda story. These terrible dogs are estimated to be 6%of the dog population in the U.S. and are responsible for over 50% of bites and fatal maulings. A simple internet search reveals this. They need to be banned.

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      • Lorraine Wilde
        December 9, 2019

        Hi Jake,
        We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Internet searches aren’t evidence really. Because if you do a simple google search about how pitbulls are misunderstood, you’ll find just as much information debunking the idea. We need to have stiffer penalties for the humans who train them to be dangerous. Irresponsible owners are the problem, not the entire breed. Read the comments on this blog post to see how many members of the breed are sweet, loving dogs. The funny thing about propaganda is that there is propaganda on both sides. Please be sure your stats are coming from a reliable source and feel free to share the source.

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      • Lloyd Oliver
        December 10, 2019

        You are dead wrong.

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      • Mariah
        December 20, 2019

        Have you had a pitbull? Have you loved one? They are just like any other dog, but with a bite force that is much stronger and people who like to use that. I have a pitbull he loves kids, he loves animals, he tries to play with frogs and wont bite a puppy or a little dog when playing with them. When I play with him he nibbles like hes afraid hes gonna hurt me. There are so many youtube videos on how “vicious” these dogs are. Try watching pitbulls and parolees all those dogs have been through the worst and yet they are the most loving.

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        • Jennifer
          December 20, 2019

          Thank you for commenting Mariah. We agree!

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          • Michelle
            May 21, 2020

            Yes thank you! I wouldn’t own any other breed and I have had them in my life for over 20 years with no problems! Just be responsible! And that’s the problem nobody now a days wants to be a good role model for their own kids who are worse then these poor dogs!

          • Anita
            May 24, 2020

            We adopted a Pit Bull last month, and at 1st yes I was leery, but she is AMAZING! So loving and funny. She took the place of a dog we had that died unexpectedly back n Dec. And Mentally she has helped me in so many ways. It truly is HOW the dogs are raised. I’d get another pit bull in a heart beat.

          • Jennifer
            May 25, 2020

            Congratulations on your new baby. So glad you took a chance on this breed and will raise them responsibly.

        • Mario
          March 26, 2020

          I have had multiple pits during my time including know I personally would not own another breed they can be a little over protective it’s their nature you have to socialize them at a young age because once they give you their heart they will do anything for you so you have to be diligent and teach them by doing that you’re protecting them I don’t agree with a lot of people saying that they are lap dogs and their not I see a lot of people over feeding to try to get that energy out of them just take responsibility exercise them love them and all this stigma will go away and keep them out of bad peoples hands at all cost they really are a gem of a dog none better thanks.

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          • Jennifer
            March 27, 2020

            Thank you Mario for sharing!

          • Joyce
            May 29, 2020

            I cant say all pits are lap dogs, but my pocket pitty is. If she isnt in my lap, she has to be touching. She is one of the best dogs I’ve had.

          • Jennifer
            June 1, 2020

            She sounds wonderful Joyce. Thank you for commenting.

          • Denise
            June 18, 2020

            Never thought I would ever own pitties. Had a shep mix rotti, wolf akita, husky lab all at the same time. All were gtrea with people. and children. The rottie had some issues with other dogs so he didn’t go to dog park. Not all dogs HAVE to be dog park dogs. Had them all 17 yrs. When they passed away I was more than devastated. Then I rescued a 4 month old blue grey pit from a ? house then a staffie from street and 1 8 week old American pit. Nothing but love 54 all kind compassionate..loyal cannot picture my life without them..whatever they went through they forgive! One is not a dog park dog but that’s ok I understand.

          • Jennifer
            June 18, 2020

            Thanks for sharing your experience Denise!

        • Darlene hively
          May 7, 2020

          Amen brother I raised retwielers and shepards in the past some grew old and died I sure miss them so years later I ran on to this white brown spots stershire pitbull pup new born well took her home and it’s one of the best things I have ever done in my life she’s the best thing to ever happen to me she now is to years old beutiful I get told that all the time ppl turn there head to look at her she loves every thing and when a stink bug scares her to death she runs to mommy to perfect her she makes me laugh at the littlest things she truly is my best friend and I love pit bull and parolees should I ever hit the lottery I will have a place like pit bulls and parolees that I my pit aka winter his her name love u

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          • Jennifer
            May 7, 2020

            Thanks for sharing your positive story Darlene.

        • Tammy Francis
          May 24, 2020

          Good comment. I believe breed haters should all watch Pitbulls and Parolees. To have their eyes opened. To get woke, as they say.

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          • Jennifer
            May 25, 2020

            Such a great film! Thank you for suggesting it again!

        • key
          October 22, 2020

          not like any other dog they are so much better 🙂

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      • June Ann Bradford
        December 29, 2019

        95% of the general public can’t recognize a APBT. The majority of the dogs involved in these attacks are not pit bulls or even pit mixes which has been proven by DNA testing. Bans are being overturned kiddo ?

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      • Michelle
        December 30, 2019

        Thats a shame you feel that way. Should you ever be forunate enough to spend anytime with a pittie ill bet 10 to 1 youd change you view of them. They are the silliest goofest dogs as well as loyal, protective and oh such loves! So go ahead, i challenge you to see for yourself and if your experience doesnt change your mind ill pray for you!

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        • Jennifer
          January 4, 2020

          Thanks for commenting Michelle.

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        • Joyce
          May 29, 2020

          My pitty is like that scared of loud noises and such, bugs. Whatever
          I have other dogs from 8 pounds to 60 lbs. Pocket is 40 pounds at 3 years old. She is definitely a mammas girl. And I dont care. I love her to pieces

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          • Suzanne
            July 3, 2020

            I have always had them , fostered them and advocated for them. Everyone loves my dog and she loves them too. Especially kids

      • Jean Tinsworth
        January 15, 2020

        Jake. You really need to do much more research into the breed. Pitbulls are definitely no more aggressive than any other larger breed. I can attest to the fact that Labs, though thought to be very gentle, can and have been repsonsable for some serious attacks, my own chocolate lab included. I.bought.my college age grandson a staffordshire terrier pup last year. He is in college, plays basketball and lives off campus with the team. This little girl has become the team mascot. She’s gentle, extremely intelligent, and funny as can be. She is loved and she exudes love in return. I know all this because I puppysit her at least one to two days a week and after growing up with German Shepherds, raising my own kids with Golden Retrievers and Springer Spaniels and just putting down my aggresdive Lab 3 years ago at age 12, I can tell you this pitbull is the sweetest dog I’ve ever dealt with.

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        • Jennifer
          January 16, 2020

          What a great story! Thanks for sharing Jean and thanks for being a wonderful grandparent. This world needs them!

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      • Jessica
        February 20, 2020

        Your claim is false there are 4 different breeds included in the term pitbull and actually have less bite cases than labs.

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      • Amanda
        February 29, 2020

        My son was actually attacked yesterday by a Labrador. The “all American pet” when he was walking to the bus stop in our apartments. And we own a pit bull. Pet owners of many other breeds tend to let their dogs off leash which is very irritating and irresponsible. Generalized comments are very dangerous.

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        • Jennifer
          March 2, 2020

          So sorry to hear about your son Amanda. I hope he’s ok and that you reported it to local animal control. Thanks for sharing. It’s important for people to hear that these incidents are not breed-specific.

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      • Jeff
        March 10, 2020

        In the early 1900’s Pit Bulls were known as nanny dogs because people would get them to look after and protect their children being that Pit Bulls are very caring and protective of the children they love. You should actually research factual information and look at the author of so called propaganda. Humans are to blame for the bad reputation due to the fact that Pit Bulls are people pleasers. They are naturally animal aggressive, not human aggressive. That is taught by irresponsible pos owners. If you look at actual fact Put Bulls are the most commonly stolen dog in America because they are so human friendly.

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        • Jennifer
          March 11, 2020

          Thanks for commenting Jeff! It’s an excellent reminder and history can teach us a lot!

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        • Bob
          July 5, 2020

          Well before the 1900s almost every ship that sailed the Seas had the vicious Rat Terriers on board just ruthlessly hot down the rat viciously shake them tear apart killing shredding bread for that sort of thing. And by the way when was the last time you saw it down mation for sale is after the movie came out hundred thousands of people who have started adopting them realize they were little vicious as well and they’re biting and nipping at their kids so they’ve almost decimated the population and things in the country what do you think sup in line next for the Pitbull you know the pitbull that obviously you wouldn’t take off leash at a dog park but almost every other breed you could and be comfortable Mass pretty simple to me

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      • Lucy
        May 1, 2020

        Another misinformed individual. Tru the years our family had other type of breed. Our favorite is the Pittie cause the love till the end & will protect the family with their lives. Most of they are goofy and so funny or lest not forget very intelligent.

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        • Jennifer
          May 6, 2020

          Thanks for sharing Lucy.

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          • John W Soto
            September 22, 2020

            I had a Pit Lab mix he was one of the best dog’s I ever had. I trained him my self. By the time he was 6 months old. I didn’t have to have him on a leash, he stayed by my side. He was great with my son and when I took him out he never left my side unless I told him to go play, but he never lost Site of me. He got along great with other dogs and my cat. He was a great family dog.

          • Jennifer
            September 23, 2020

            Sounds like a wonderful dog John. Thanks for sharing.

      • Carol Tuftee
        May 12, 2020

        Jake I assume you have never owned a pitbull. I have owned several pits, and they are sweet and loving and playful and yes they are protective! Just like all dogs are even the smallest breeds! Please stop assuming what they are they are not mean dogs !

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        • Jennifer
          May 12, 2020

          Excellent point Carol. Thanks for sharing.

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        • Bob
          July 5, 2020

          Like the rat terrier most vicious dog on the planet was almost every sailing ship that ever sailed the Seas its job was to hunt out small rodents and rats and viciously attacked in kill them and eat their bread for it

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      • Edith Smith
        May 17, 2020

        I have been an ER nurse, 26yrs of my 30 yrs as a nurse. In a level one adult and pediatric trauma center. The other years were in the trauma ICU, and orthopedics. Again, the media only shares the portion of the stories they want people to know. I was involved in many cases that were in the media. The media never shared the circumstances that was in favor of the pit bull breed. Working specifically in the pediatric ER and forensic nursing for 21 yrs, the population of dog bites were outside of the pitbull breed. The worst facial injuries that I have ever seen, was by a labrador retriever….and we all know how family friendly they are. By no means do I want to disrespect the people that have been harmed by the breed, but banning all dogs within this breed is unfair, and against my first amendment rights. As a Pediatric nurse, I would encourage all parents to monitor their children with any dog breed. The training should start day one. In fact, with the way things are today, and my experience as an ER trauma, forensic nurse, makes me more scared to leave my child with humans than a pit!

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        • Jennifer
          May 18, 2020

          Wow, thank you for sharing your unique perspective Edith. No one else that has commented has seen it from your side of the attacks. Wonderful to hear our thoughts confirmed by first hand experience. We hope you’re staying safe and healthy now and always.

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      • Stephanie
        May 19, 2020

        Have you ever owned a Pit Bull or even met one?
        How many times have you been bitten, mauled or growled at by a Pit Bull?
        How long ago was it that the Rottweiler was at the top of that list? The Doberman? The German Shepherd?
        In fact one year when I checked those stats the Beagle was the top biter!
        As with everything, the circumstances and situations are the causes.
        An abused dog or person will either withdraw or attack. The big difference between the two is that dogs are much more forgiving. Even Pit Bulls!
        Don’t judge or “group” dogs, people or things . No dogs are born mean, wish I could say the same for people!

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        • Jennifer
          May 20, 2020

          You make a good point Stephanie. We’ve also heard from veterinary technicians that chihuahuas are the top biters in their offices! But some of them can also be the sweetest. It seems it all goes back to the old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

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        • Joyce
          May 29, 2020

          Woohoo. Totally agree. I like animals much better than most people.
          They’re honest and loyal and very loving

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      • Tammy Francis
        May 24, 2020

        “As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there were 38 dog bite-related fatalities in the US for 2018. In retrospect, there were 976 Unintentional Pedestrian Fatalities, 1,738 Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, and 3,710 Unintentional Fatalities from Drowning.”

        Let’s try keeping it in perspective. People are FAR more dangerous to their own children.

        If HUMANS didn’t do THIS….”It’s estimated that 78% of dogs are kept for GUARDING, FIGHTING, breeding, or IMAGE ENHANCEMENT.”

        In the 1980’s I personally witnessed many young men keeping tiny pitbull puppies, without a hint of love. “No petting allowed! I want him to be mean!” 6 week old puppies taken from the mom, and only shown anger from that day forward. Most of these guys sold drugs, or some other illegal activities, and wanted pitbulls for personal protection.

        “Unfortunately, many people keep dogs only for safety reasons, breeding, and sale. The CDC dog bite statistics from 2018 have revealed that chained and tethered dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite or attack. A lot of dogs live in unsuitable conditions. They are bred in inhumane puppy mills, where they are often neglected and abused.”

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        • Jennifer
          May 25, 2020

          Thank you for sharing your experience and these quotes. Its a good reminder about how statistics can be taken out of context and its really about how they are raised and trained.

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      • Amanda Everhart
        May 24, 2020

        Did you also look up Rottweiler’s, German Shepherds, Doberman pitchers, all of them are capable of biting, along with any other dog. Pitbulls are no different, people like you have put it in the heads of others that their a vicious breed. I have 6 kids, I have owned 2 pit bulls that have grown up around my children, NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER, have they ever tried to hurt my kids, people, or any other type of animal. Now my German Shepard has. So explain this to me. Quit discriminating against breeds and probably people for that matter.

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        • Jennifer
          May 25, 2020

          Thanks for sharing your experience Amanda. It is a good reminder that dogs of many other breeds are also capable of biting and violence so its not about any particular breed, but the individual members of the breed and how they are raised and trained.

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      • Casey
        May 25, 2020

        To be honest the breed isn’t the problem nor has it ever been. The problem lays inside the people who has bred certain lines to make a dog more muscular or have a different shaped head or just what ever you can think of. And another reason that this beautiful breed gets a very bad wrap is because people found out that a Pittie will not back down in the face of danger. They were bred to be that way when the first settlers came to this country. They were bred to watch over children and others were raised to be cattle dogs. And they excelled at both of those jobs. You can walk into any shelter that you want that has a Pittie and with a little time you will have a best friend and protector for the rest of there life. And people want to ban this great breed of dog for what reason? Just because they do not understand the breed? No it is pure ignorance and intolerance to understand. Doberman and Rottweiler are also talked about in maulings. But we do not see people saying that those two breeds need to be destroyed. I have a little Pittie that is the best friend that I have when it comes to helping me deal with my PTSD and Anxiety and Agoraphobia. She makes sure that I am alright and that I am going to be ok. And as mentioned in the article my little girl is the most friendly Pittie that I’ve met. When I got her as a puppy she all but leaped into my arms. So there is no need to ban or destroy a breed. What there is need for is education. I’ve found that if people are educated about a certain breed that they may or may not be scared of it can shed a light where there was none. Also the Pitbull breed is the very best in my personal opinion to be a ESA. The reason that I say this is because of there emotions. They are the most emotional breed I’ve ever been around. So please find someone that has a Pittie and ask if you can visit so that you may realize they are just over grown lap dogs. I have raised several breeds over the years and had a whole lot of luck with breeds that most people are scared of. But as I’ve said the hands down best breed if you are wanting a dog that will love hard and deep Ana’s care about you, then you need to find yourself a Pittie.

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        • Jennifer
          May 25, 2020

          Thanks for sharing your experience Casey!

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      • Drenda Kaye Kinney
        May 26, 2020

        The Pits I’ve been around have all been great, loving dogs any dog can be trained to attack you should judge the owners not the dogs the owners should b e banned not the dogs.

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        • Jennifer
          May 26, 2020

          Agreed! Thanks for commenting Drenda.

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      • Stacie
        May 28, 2020

        Came across this post and Jake its ignorant people like you with no facts that continue to give Pitbull’s a bad name they are just like kids it’s how you raise them. I have raised Pitbull’s my entire life and never once had an aggressive dog actually the very opposite all have been loving protective goofballs ,people like you need not judge before actually experiencing having a Pitbull before talking crap without knowing first hand

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        • Bob
          July 5, 2020

          Personally I’ll take Judge Judy’s advice as I totally concur with her

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      • Brenda
        June 4, 2020

        If you don’t know out own one you don’t know what you are t talking about. We have a 5 year old named Jax, he is the sweetest dog I have ever known. He has been a bed sleeper since he was 8 weeks old. Here is not just a dog he is a party of our family. He never meets a stranger and I have only seen one person he didn’t care for and I can only say they can smell bad just like other dog breeds. Here is truly my best friend. He stays by my side all day and night, where I go so does Jax. I love him so much. The only way he would hurt you is to jump on you and knock you down with excited to get hugs and love from you. I often get he will be stolen he is so friendly.
        Daughter has 3 of them and they are the same way. There is not a pitt bill breed. Staffordshire terrier, pitt terrier so many I can’t name all of them. I have only met one that growled at me and within a few hours we were best friends. Actually by bedtime we were bed ? buddies.
        I can only say the only say you never hear of a dog bite, unless it was a pit. Other breeds don’t get the notoriety just Pits.
        I challenge you to spend time with a puppy and watch him grow. Your mind will be changed forever.

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        • Jennifer
          June 4, 2020

          Thanks for sharing your experiences Brenda.

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        • Eddie
          June 30, 2020

          Actually, Brenda… The “American Pit Bull Terrier” is recognized by the AKC as an independently pure bred breed. There are four individual categories of the breed:
          1) The American Pit Bull Terrier
          2) The American Staffordshire Bull
          Terrier
          3) The English Staffordshire Terrier
          (AKA The Nanny Dog)
          4) The Bull Terrier (General George
          Patton’s dog and companion)
          FACT: Pit Bulls, regardless of their category, are no more vicious then what bad people make them.
          BTW… The English Staffordshire Terrier isn’t even on the list of the top twenty five vicious dog breeds.

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          • Jennifer
            July 1, 2020

            Thanks for clarifying!

          • Bob
            July 5, 2020

            What is the population of the town but you live in the county information for 4,000 people shut down 10 sound right to me

      • Jason
        June 24, 2020

        Poor Jake….. believing the internet and media so quickly. Try getting to know some pitbulls for yourself, you’ll see how loving they are. My two pits absolutely love my 6 grandchildren and vice-versa.

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      • Ken
        June 26, 2020

        You sir sound like a cat owner. As with ANY breed if you have owners who teach their dogs bad behaviours that what kind of dog you will get. If you have good owners who properly socialize their dogs you get a different type of dog. It is like owning a gun. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Dogs aren’t born bad they are taught it

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        • Jennifer
          June 26, 2020

          We agree that socialization and positive reinforcement training are necessary and that not everyone is cut out to own this breed. Thanks for commenting Ken.

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      • Jon
        June 27, 2020

        These terrible dogs? Have you even owned one? I have 2 with 5 children. And I’m not fearful at all of them being alone with them. And you say 6% of all dog bites.. but have you dug into those numbers and seen that the umbrella use of pitbull categorizes ever big headed muscular dog.. which could include, depending on the study, up to 15 dogs.. seems awfully unjustified to lump 15 specific breeds into one group rather than as the individual breed. If that were the case, I believe labs rank the highest in dog bites..

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        • Jennifer
          June 29, 2020

          Thanks for sharing Jon. You make a very good point!

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      • Beverly
        June 29, 2020

        It’s not the PITT BULL it’s the OWNER OR OWNER’S that give the BAD REPUTATION – THE PITT BULL was once known as the NANNY DOG ? ? ! ! ! BLAME THE OWNER NOT THE WONDERFUL ❣️ BREED THEY ARE ! Love and treat and train JUST LIKE A HUMAN CHILD – IF YOU CAN !

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        • Jennifer
          June 29, 2020

          “The Nanny Dog” is a great reminder. Thanks Beverly!

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      • Boogie
        July 1, 2020

        Have you seen how the few people that own Pits actually treat them?
        There clearly is no “management” from the owners. My Bolio potty has turned 17 in May and has never harmed a fly. In fact… Maximus actually took down another Pitbull who was set on a horse. Dog management my brother. It’s that easy. I don’t even have to shout at my boy.

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        • Bob
          July 5, 2020

          Burgundy Bob here agrees with you I would like to add I seriously doubt there any professional message top training or anyting natural that could or would modify the automatic and manual triggers that Renee release Attack Mode hormones what pitbull Bothell import a Labrador perhaps drugs sterilization letter copper bullets either way pretty frustrated with all the Pitbull stuff and try to find a mate for my purebred English Blockhead Labrador and it just sickens me show me the pet places Petfinder blah blah blah shelters are are trying to push off mixed Pitbull breeds as Labradors when we want to kill aphids we released thousands of ladybugs we want to take care of mice we were nice snakes somewhere along the line it’s gotten out of control is Judge Judy Sheindlin would say overwhelmingly vast majority any case that comes before her involving a pitbull that particular breed it’s going to be the one at fault

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      • Haleem
        July 27, 2020

        Sorry but you need to be banned for writing such comments, pitbulls or any other dog breed, they are not more or not less dangerous. It all depends on the training . Regards

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      • Kevin Hild
        July 29, 2020

        It always makes me very sad when ppl just throw out general statements ,such as yours. I’m 56 years old and my parents have always had pitbulls.
        I have 3 pitbulls that are rescues and I’ve never seen them be agressive towards anyone or anything . The same goes for my parents dogs as well. MTV, rap music, and Michael Vick have helped to give theses loyal , loving dogs a bad rep. It’s so sad …

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      • Kat
        July 31, 2020

        Like any dog if you teach them to be mean they will.
        I have owned many pitties not one of mine ever bit a human. They have been around new borns up to teenagers. Have you ever owned a pity or do you speak on this from what you read or see in the media.? I use to rescue pities have seen many abused by people. We had a story of 2 pit bulls attacking a person when I watched this story on the news and seen the dogs I had to question what breed they really was. I ended up at the pound with 2 pitties I had taken to get there shots so I had to see these 2 dogs myself. They was not pitties in fact they was labs. I asked the Dr why they was listed as pit bulls by the news. Quote It sells papers those dogs are not pitbulls* If you owned a pitty you would understand how they are a loyal loving dog.

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        • Jennifer
          August 3, 2020

          Thank you Kat! We appreciate hearing your story. They often get a bad rep but the entire breed doesn’t deserve it.

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      • Mark Schilling
        September 19, 2020

        I’ve had pit bulls my whole life and they are nothing but sweet loving intelligent dogs

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      • Linda
        October 3, 2020

        Its apparent Jake that you have never gotten to know these big sweet babies. I trust my pit King with my life and that of my grandsons as well

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    • David Aaron
      January 24, 2020

      Here, here!! Our rescue mixed breed Pittie is the love of our life! Can’t imagine not adopting these loving, caring sentient beings. They are our guardian angels!

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    • Yuri Liberman
      May 8, 2020

      I own rescue pitbull also. She is the greatest dog I ever met

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      • Jennifer
        May 8, 2020

        We too have met a lot of wonderful dogs with heritage in this breed group. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Bob
        July 5, 2020

        Have you ever seen the show Snapped I can tell you you should probably remain vigilant at least one of my strong restraint on your nice Pitbull just a matter of time

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    • Marc S.
      May 24, 2020

      Wow, what a great article and even more amazing, a fantastic discussion! It’s so funny, all you have to do is count the negative vs. the positive comments. There are 121 comments in this discussion and only 6 of them are negative ( most likely due to ignorance). Like many of the positive comments say, I will only own pits. I’ve always thought that there was something wrong with me because of the lack of emotion I feel when someone passes away, but when my dog Goose died at the vets office due to being poisoned by a criminal, the only thing that I could muster up and say (sobbing like a baby) was “thank you” over and over again. Goose had single handily changed my family and my way we looked at what “family “ means. Goose was the kindest, most gentle, loving creature I’ve ever known and I thanked him for changing my life forever. He was a “nanny” to my 3 year old son and the best friend I’ve ever had. So when I see all the ignorance and plain old insecurities of other people, it makes me want to give my testimony about this beautiful, loving, silly, gentle creature. And to all you negative Nellys, I sure hope you want to make owning a gun a criminal act because guns shoot and kill millions of people and the people who own the guns get off Scott free (cause that makes sense). And more specifically to the commenter who was crying about not being able to walk down the street out of fear of being murdered by a pitbull, instead of killing off an entire breed, why don’t you try not to be so insecure. I’m afraid that type of ignorant fear will lead to animal cruelty and ultimately kill off one of nature’s most loving gifts. Don’t judge a dog by the color of its fur but the content of its character.

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      • Jennifer
        May 25, 2020

        Hi Marc, Thank you for commenting. We don’t want to mislead you. The reason that only 6 of the comments are negative is because we did not approve any comment here that calls names or in any other way belittles other posters. So several comments on both sides of the argument have been trashed based on our community policy. That being said, most of the comments we’ve received on this post have been positive, agreeing with you that an entire breed should not be labeled as “bad” because there is lots of evidence, including the personal experiences shared here, that not all members of the breed are violent or dangerous. Those with positive reinforcement training have shown to be loyal protectors of their families, most of them sweet, loving and goofy. Our hope is that people will do as you suggested (and paraphrased from the famous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote) and not judge a dog by its breed, but by the content of its character.

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      • Bob
        July 5, 2020

        At least you had the wherewithal to look at some sort of rudimentary stats however take judge Judith Sheindlin Judge Judy for instance as she presides over dogfight/bite cases on a frequent and rountine basis for which she more often than not finds the Pitbull breed at the top of the list for getting itself in trouble attacks on other dogs, humans , livestock, Animal Control personnel and people who work in a professional capacity who are charged with wearing some sort of official uniform are even more susceptible to attack and really feel sorry for the postal workers, police, Animal Shelter staff…Babies, toddlers and the Young is what has really got my special attention. To those who would already fear this animal it’s fear pheromone receptors are heightened and more acute thus more efficiently designed for killing and they are truly dispatching machines, as their better equipped to tap and tune into their highly unpredictable triggers that are instinctual manual learned set a reminder whereas with most other common breeds and their triggers are somewhat 4 tolerable and manageable normal if you would, if your most recent project charges you with figuring out the ratios of who is causing the most of the problems in certain part of the country County or city just look at the ratio of its incarcerated the animal shelters Even in our own jails

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      • Bob
        July 5, 2020

        I’ve been trying to Enlighten you with some statistics but it it would seem to appear that like you said there so few naysayers because whoever the moderator is probably Jennifer almost completely taking out the naysayers during the process of moderation someone’s doing it not pretty not fair

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        • Jennifer
          July 8, 2020

          Hi Bob, we only block posts that include personal attacks on the poster (like calling them dumb, etc.). Or like some of your posts that included hyperbole and reference to rape. Everything else gets through.

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    • Charly L
      May 25, 2020

      One of the best decisions our family has ever made was our pit rescue. She is an amazing dog. It truly breaks my heart that anyone would look at her and immediately conclude that she is mean or dangerous.

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      • Jennifer
        May 26, 2020

        Agreed Charly. Just like people, dogs deserve a chance to show who they really are before they are judged by others.

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      • Bob
        July 5, 2020

        I certainly hope that covid-19 doesn’t starve us out of Starburst into our homes and that look you’re talking about at your Pitbull being construed as dangerous….just wait, when you starve people and your animals I think that’s the look that you will have on your face when you look at your Pitbull as he starts eyeballing your youngest as a source of food as your hunger gets worse along with your pitbulls highly unpredictable temperament… Good luck

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    • Tami
      July 14, 2020

      I think that it all depend on how dogs are raised. Do you beat them when they do wrong or show them and correct them. It’s like raising a child if you tell and treat them like they are bad they will act bad. If you don’t let them exercise they will act out. Other than that ya’ll need to get off pits. I was bit by a mutt dog I knew for 10 yrs,tore most my lip off and nose from my face .My pits anyone I had was nothing but sweet lap wanna be dogs. Shit. Ide tell ya be more cautious of my chiwawa then him. Sad Y’all wanna talk about racism about white black or other ethnicity on people but can’t treat dogs the same. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU THAT THINK THEY ARE THE BAD ONES. ITS THE OWNERS THAT DON’T RAISE THEM CORECTLY.

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      • Jennifer
        July 14, 2020

        We agree Tami that its all about using positive reinforcement training with all dogs to guide positive behaviors. Thanks for commenting.

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    • Adrienne
      July 31, 2020

      I had a blue pit bull, he was the most adorable, affectionate and intelligent dog. He was my baby. I’ve since got a brindle, ginger pit bull, she’s 3 months old, she the funniest dog ever. Please people, don’t be so negative about the Pitbull, they’re adorable and great companions.

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      • Jennifer
        August 3, 2020

        Both dogs sound wonderful. Thank you Adrienne!

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    • Violeta
      September 25, 2020

      Hello Ronda, I am literally fascinated with pit bulls but my question to you is this – if we get one from she shelter, how do we know we can handle it? We had a black labrador before but we had her since she was a puppy . How do we know it’s safe to get an adult pit bull? I heard that, if they sniff your fear , you’re done for the day… Thank you , Violeta

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  2. Evlyn Naidoo
    November 6, 2019

    I have a staffie and 2 pits, they are the most sweetest dogs ever

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    • Bob
      July 5, 2020

      You posted that on the 6th of November so seven eight months have passed just checking in to see the incidence started happening yet or if all is still well

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  3. Lorraine Wilde
    November 6, 2019

    I have a one-year-old half pit mix and she is a wonderful dog. The issues we’re working on with her are the same issues as other breeds: chewing my shoes, getting too excited about strange cats, being obsessed with tennis balls. But she is full of love, smart and a wonderful companion.

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    • Bob
      July 5, 2020

      Hi you posted it’s roughly eight months ago I don’t know if you’ve had the dog for year-and-a-half or you got them as a year-and-a-half-old in the last eight months is any issues rear their ugly head yet

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  4. Mark Sevens
    November 7, 2019

    Pit Bulls are now killing upwards of two dozen Americans per year and that number is growing. They are sending thousands of Americans to surgeons for reconstructive surgery every year to repair severely damaged faces, hands, legs, arms and feet, from attacks. There is no misunderstanding. What is actually happening is an increasing understanding based on now overwhelming evidence that pit bulls are a threat to the public. That is what is …actually …going on.

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    • Jennifer
      November 11, 2019

      We’ll have to agree to disagree Mark. Our team has met and interacted with over a hundred pit bulls over at least 20 years. Our first-hand experience shows that pit bulls aren’t born ready to hurt people, they are trained to do so by some irresponsible owners. We feel terrible about those that are harmed and advocate on many levels for responsible pet ownership. We hope that owners that train their dogs to behave that way are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for sharing your opinion.

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      • John
        November 18, 2019

        Thank you. Bless you.

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    • Charles Dastrup
      November 13, 2019

      Well Mark, you just might be the reason people are afraid of pitbulls. Have you ever met one or are you an armchair statistic spreader. Find someone who has a pitbull and get to know the breed before you judge them. Sorry you feel this way. By the way, all dogs have the potential to hurt people but must choose not to, to bad most people aren’t more like dogs.

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    • Jenifer
      November 16, 2019

      Mark I am curious where you get your facts from. Coming from someone who was an ER nurse for many years now working as a authorization nurse reviewer and I have cared for many dog bites victims and have authorized many treatments and procedures for after care and in my over 20 years expierience I have seen only 2. The most common has been Chihuahua and cocker spaniel. With small kids when crawling are eye level with these dogs and babies toddlers love to grab things and pull hair. Seniors seem to have small lap dogs more than big dogs and these pint size gorillas have attitudes and have no fear. Another reason why they are called ankle biters. Yes owners are the blame for the bad wrap of the different breeds over the years who get labeled Any dog has the potential to bite its how they are raised and trained. Oh have I mentioned that I have had pits my entire life not once have I had an issue. Currently have a handsome red nose named peanut who sleeps with my cat and loves all other animals, kids and adults. Twice he has been attacked by aggressive dogs un provoked that were not pits not on leashes and Peanut never even bit in defense…however he did pin one down and licked him until the owner came to get his dog. The other was a big dog and Peanut submitted and it was over. Peanut would rather play then anything else. Even with aggreasive dogs he will try to engage in play even give them a ball to play with. People need stop spreading urban legends tall tales and flat out lies it does no one any good just causes more problems for owners and the breed itself. Its like hating an entire race or culture because someone from that race or culture did something bad. Does not mean that everyone from the same group does bad things.

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      • Jennifer
        November 18, 2019

        Thank you for sharing your personal experience Jenifer. We agree that we must look at the causes of aggression in dogs, rather than assuming all members of a breed are the same.

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    • Al
      November 29, 2019

      You’re so wrong Mark.most of the dogs that attack people are not pitbulls.they are actually mixes,cross breeds,hybrids and bandogs..what you get out of that is an unstable dog that’s breed with no purpose..not socializing it and not proper training makes for a bad situation..Over half the dogs in shelters that are called pitbulls are not…its only 1 American pitbull terrier..and it’s not a staffie or American Staffordshire terrier, or a bully or an American bulldog..spend time with 1 for a week and youqillcjangetour mind..

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      • Jennifer
        December 2, 2019

        Thanks for pointing out that multiple breeds (and mixes) get lumped in together when we talk about pit bulls. You’re right that there are differences. We agree that socialization and positive reinforcement training help prevent these breeds from the behavior that gives them a bad reputation.

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      • June Ann Bradford
        December 29, 2019

        Finally someone with real knowledge on the breed. THANK YOU !

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    • John Timmins
      December 4, 2019

      Mark, you present numbers yet who kills more pit bulls or humans? In life it’s how they are raised. Before becoming a animal control officer I was guarded as I always heard they were killers. I knew I was very respectful approaching one. To my surprise they never attacked me and I have handled over 800 in my job field. To say the breed is bad is not at all fair to say. Humans are more of a danger then a dog. Some were trained by drug dealers some by thugs yet through it all. Some are therapy dogs police are using them your stats look at the one’s that are poorly trained is that fair no. Actually we train them to fight we train them to go at people then you come out with stats they are victims. What I would like to see is severe punishment go to humans that train them to attack people or dogs. It is so unfair not to go after humans for cruelty no then we act like the dog should be normal how sad. The four legged pits are kind have a heart and when raised with love are truly great dogs. As far as experience I am very credible on this topic.

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      • Jennifer
        December 4, 2019

        Thanks for sharing your experience John. Good to hear from folks that have experience with so many examples of the breed.

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    • Jimmie
      January 23, 2020

      No

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    • Stats?
      January 30, 2020

      I will always own a pit. We have a 5 year old pit and is so afraid of hurting anyone when playing. When he runs he will sometimes get my foot with his paw. If I say, “owe” he lowers his head, checks on me and then gives me lots of kisses. If your going to throw stats of ‘bar’ pit bulls, your opinion holds no weight if you do not provide resources. I can provide resources of a personal nature and have researched various sites. Any dog can be trained in such a way they bite and attack.

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    • Nickey Shaw
      February 26, 2020

      My pittie is a red nosed female pitt bull. 18 mos old. Sweetest baby ever. I have great grand children from 2 yrs up. They all love my Rosie. They play chase, wrestle, and sleep together. Rosie sleeps on my feet everynight. An awsome watchdog that loves everyone she meets. My daughter came over early one morning to tell me that my brother had just passed away. Rosie was at my feet in bed. I let out a whimper and sob.. Rosie sat up and howled. Then she laid over my legs and sobbed like a human until I comforted her and assured her it was ok. Once when I wasnt feeling well, Rosie then about 6 mos. old brought me a gift! A very dead freshly killed barn rat. I thanked her and disposed of her gift carefully concealing my disposal. I have 2 other larger dogs, mixed breeds , they have raised Rosie, loving her and teaching her all their bad habits. I love them all! They are family!

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      • Jennifer
        February 27, 2020

        Thank you for sharing Nickey. Rosie sounds like a delight.

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    • Bob
      July 5, 2020

      You might spend a few minutes and read some of my posts free FYI

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    • Bob
      July 5, 2020

      I concur with you and we’ll probably learn something from you so she has had to get your point across without the moderators killing your comments and posts Triple M to cm

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      • Jennifer
        July 8, 2020

        Hi Bob, we only block posts that include personal attacks on the poster (like calling them dumb, etc.). Or like some of your posts that included hyperbole and reference to rape. Everything else gets through.

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  5. Janice Campbell
    November 11, 2019

    I had a pit for 10 years. She was very loving and precious to me. She got cancer and I had to have her put to sleep. I miss my big girl Harley. It tore my heart out when I had to have her put to sleep

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    • Jennifer
      November 11, 2019

      We’re so sorry you and your baby had to go through cancer. But so glad you and Harley had 10 loving years together. Thanks so much for commenting.

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  6. Justin G
    November 13, 2019

    The most loyal, loving, honorable, respectful, very smart, great baby sitters, but sadly, the most misunderstood breed. I have shirts printed and large window decals with a pic of one of my PITS in the middle that reads, “EDUCATE=DON’T DISCRIMINATE”

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  7. Cheryl
    November 14, 2019

    My granddaughter moved in with us. She had a puppy pit bull. We have a choc lab 10 years old
    Of course the puppy wanted to play but our dog wasn’t having it
    After about 2 months the pit grab our lab by the throat and would let go. My granddaughter and husband were trying to separate them. I had to grab a broom and hit the pit in the head several times before she would let go, my husband was chocking the pit. The dog left that night. I can get the crying of our lab out of my head

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    • Jennifer
      November 15, 2019

      We’re so saddened to hear about your negative experience Cheryl. Sending you and your family lots of compassion. However, we’ve heard these kinds of stories happening in dogs of other breeds as well. So many factors go in to these scary moments that its difficult to filter out which are associated with the breed and which are circumstances. For example, unneutered male dogs are more aggressive on average than neutered ones. Some dogs are more reactive where food or toys are involved. And behavior in all dog breeds differ depending on the amount of positive reinforcement training they’ve had. While its difficult to know exactly what happened in your situation, we’re so sorry you had that experience that has made you feel that it must be due solely to the dog’s breed. We hope you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the sweet, loving adorable pit bulls that are out there, as we have. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  8. Vickie
    November 20, 2019

    My sympathies to those that have had such bad experiences with pit bulls. All my breeding life I have had these beautiful dogs. They are loyal, sweet, gentle, lovable and they love from the heart. My grandchildren played with them when they were in pampers… they still are protected by them as adults. People who have adopted my babies are very happy with them.

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    • Jennifer
      November 20, 2019

      Thanks for sharing Vickie! That has also been our experience.

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  9. tracy a williams
    November 23, 2019

    You should always research the history of a to be pet including its ancient history. You can’t raise a staffordshire the same way you raise a schitzu.

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  10. Spencer Cline
    November 24, 2019

    I have an american bully that we adopted from a shelter. And yes at first there were problems serious dog aggression always biting and nibbling to get what she wants. She’s 2 years old I’ve had her for 7 months. The biting and nibbling have stopped. So has the pushiness. However she is a bully and yes she has certain traits of that breed. All dogs have traits of their breed. As well as of their owners. These are all part of getting and having the rasponsibility of having a dog. Its a persons responsibility to understand the dog as its breed as well as its personality. With 7 kids in my life 4 of them being young still. I’ve never seen a dog any dog be more child aware then my pit bull or bully is. I’ll never own another kind of dog.

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    • Jennifer
      November 25, 2019

      Thank you for sharing your story Spencer. We’re thankful you’ve mostly had positive experiences with this breed.

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  11. Pamela Sprosty
    November 24, 2019

    I also would like to ask Mark where he got his information and prove his findings. I adopted a stray pibble about 4 years ago. He had been waiting in a cage for about 6 months before I adopted him. I have no idea what his life was like before, but I know he was not treated well. He’s scared of garbage bags, a broom and therefore vacuums. However, he learned his new name in 1 day, lifted his leg once and when corrected, he’s never done it since. At his last vet appointment, the vet sat on the floor, he walked over and with his paw pulled her arm away and sat in her lap, rolled over and wanted his tummy rubbed. Hes now in training to become a therapy dog. I am now retired but have been a licensed vet nurse for 30 years in NYC and upstate NY. In those years, I have seen lots of pits brought in who were bait dogs, but never any we had to pit down for aggression ! Other breeds, but no pits. Corky has been one of the sweetest dogs I have ever had the honor to share my bed. My only problem with him is moving him a little so I can sleep in the same bed!! A 40lb. dog becomes a 240lb. pet to move!

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    • Jennifer
      November 25, 2019

      Thank you for sharing your experience Pamela. We’ve heard similar positive stories about pit bull experiences.

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  12. William
    November 27, 2019

    I love this story. We adopted a rescue that was having trouble finding a forever home. She’s a handful but so funny and loving. No aggression at all. Loves every

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    • Jennifer
      December 2, 2019

      Thanks William for sharing and for adopting a rescue. I’m sure your dog is so happy to have you.

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  13. Ann Green
    November 28, 2019

    I own a spoil , loving , male that i will beat the breaks of of anyone who mistreats him or trys to take him .I’ve had him sence he was a baby and i love him very much , n yes like every pit he gets mad cause im not home n chew up my shoes and pull all of the covers off my bed .

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    • Jennifer
      December 2, 2019

      Haha, chewing shoes and pulling the covers off sounds so familiar! Thanks for sharing Ann.

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  14. Jason Link
    November 29, 2019

    They are very stereotyped and get a bad rep. A dog of ANY breed can be aggressive/mean, if raised by bad people. Just a few months ago, my American Pit, Boog passed away. He was 10yrs old. And easily the most caring, loving, funny, and SMART dog I’ve ever had! He was a perfect addition to the family. And was always so friendly to all that came to our home. He was like a 2nd son to me. My family and I have actually heard and seen signs that his spirit remains @ our home. In my (younger) life, I was bit twice by dogs. One was an Akita. The other time a German Shepard. But I know there are plenty of great dogs of those breeds. Just as there are some raised poorly.

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    • Jennifer
      December 2, 2019

      So sorry for your loss. Boog sounds like a wonderful dog. Sorry you were bitten before. That can be scary, but we’re glad you could see that it wasn’t the entire breed that has issues, but the individual dogs that needed support. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  15. Ann marie
    December 2, 2019

    I have two pit bulls one is a purple nose Staffordshire Terrier the other one is a Razor’s Edge Gotti and they both sleep in my king size bed along with two cats and my husband oh my gosh I get no room I end up sleeping in the front room my two pitbulls are the sweetest things you’d ever want to meet the razor’s Edge Gotti can be a little aggressive when he’s playing but he’s only two and I’m teach him how to be nicer he likes to try and fight it your face and that’s one thing we have to teach you not to do but other than that you can do anything you want to the dogs and they won’t care I love them and they love me they also like little dogs and all cats they have a Chihuahua friend that comes over that is so vicious and bites their face and their lips and tail and Maui and Fred that’s my dog they will just sit there and lift their heads up and flip them off when he’s biting and holding onto their lip it is so funny I wish I could send you a video of it

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    • Jennifer
      December 2, 2019

      That sounds funny Ann Marie. Must be a kick to see that. Thanks for sharing. Your dogs sound pretty wonderful.

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  16. Vikki Taylor
    December 2, 2019

    I have 2 rescue Bonnie and Clyde 2yrs old.Its all in how u raise them.Its just like kids it’s how u raise them what they grow up to be

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    • Jennifer
      December 2, 2019

      That’s a good analogy Vikki. Nurture plays a strong role. Thanks for commenting.

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    • June Ann Bradford
      December 29, 2019

      You are wrong.

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  17. Robert L Crawford
    December 2, 2019

    Why take a chance with the life of yourself or your children when there are other breeds available that are not known to have the biting power to challenge wild boars and bears! It’s just not worth the risk when there are so many other breeds available who DONT have the physical prowess or the unsavory reputation???? It makes no sense to adopt one of these bruts just to call oneself a social justice warrior for dogs. They aren’t people. They are subject to their breeding. Humans have freedom of will. Animals do not.

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    • Jennifer
      December 3, 2019

      Thank you for commenting Robert but we’ll have to agree to disagree. To many of us, animals are just as important as people. We like your phrase, “social justice warrior for dogs.” I’m sure some adopters do feel that way. Your argument has some elements of logic however, if you applied it to people, it doesn’t hold water. For example, there are Chinese and Russian orphans that people in the U.S. adopt every year even though there are U.S. children available. But we adopt them because they also need loving homes and for a lot of other complex reasons. It’s not black and white.

      Similarly, you could apply this argument to any breed but it wouldn’t hold water there either. Why would anyone adopt a Great Dane when there are smaller dogs available? Or a tea cup chihuahua when there are bigger dogs available? With this logic, you could say, why would anyone adopt a dog at all? They chew things, they require effort, they cost money, they get hair on everything, they ruin the yard and on and on. We adopt them because we love them and they love us back. The positives outweigh the negatives including their “unsavory reputation.” They make us happy, they make us feel safe at home, they get us out for exercise, they are our companions, they make our lives richer, lower our blood pressure, improve our immune systems and help us live longer. There are clear reasons humans domesticated dogs thousands of years ago that are still clear today. Even when applied to pit bulls.

      We’re thankful we live in a free country where we can choose to be social justice warriors for dogs if we like. If that is our passion or desire. Our hope is that people will socialize and train all dogs to be good citizens, including these pit bulls who are bred and adopted not as hunters of boar and bear but instead as a symbol of status, toughness or rebellion. They deserve love just as much as any other rescue dog.

      We respect your right not to choose to adopt this breed because not everyone is equipped or willing to properly train and socialize them. That’s why there are so many in need of adoption. But our experience has been that most that are socialized and trained are sweet, smart, joyfully athletic and loving, as you can see from the other comments on this post.

      We do appreciate your comment as it helps us understand other points of view more clearly. Thank you!

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    • Bob
      July 5, 2020

      Amen. You should read some of my posts if you get a chance

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  18. Lloyd Oliver
    December 10, 2019

    I have had the pleasure of living with seven different dogs in my life. From beagle mix to golden retriever mix. All were rescue dogs. I loved them all a great deal and felt their deaths deeply and sorrowfully. However, the sweetest dog that was my companion was a red-nosed pitbull by the name of Ruby. She had been left, along with he sister, in a dumpster in NYC, but she somehow made it out to the North Fork of Long Island where my spouse and I adopted her from the North Fork Animal Welfare League. Ruby was very young and an absolute dream. And cute as could be. She would more likely lick you into submission than anything else. She slept in my bed every night and was the sweetest dog, among many, that I had ever known.
    She was a joyous expression of both love and friendship. I can’t imagine a better friend.
    I cried bitterly when she didn’t survive an operation that was supposed to save her life.
    I still think of her with much love and always will. God bless you Ruby – I will l love and miss you forever.

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    • Jennifer
      December 12, 2019

      Ruby seems like a wonderful dog. We’re so glad you had those years with her.

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  19. Pagan.lady
    December 10, 2019

    The American Pit Bull Terrier, (the breed’s actual name, not “pit bull”, or “American pit bull terrier”) actually don’t have “crushing jaws”, that is a myth about the breed, they are just stubborn and don’t want to let go. Just like any bulldog and like any terrier. They are perfect with families, and with people with general. They have animal aggression, not people aggression. They were never meant to go after people, that has only been trained into them recently, (as of the 1980’s) from insecure sub Par “humans” who feel they need a big strong dog so they can feel big and strong themselves. The American Pit Bull Terrier, (or APBT for short), has one quality that makes them outshine all other breeds, but it is unfortunately also the most exploited: they love their human so much, they will do anything to please them. It is their shining star and their worst trait. They just want to make their human happy. And unfortunately that can be a good or a bad thing, all boils down to what owner you get. In the dog world. Pits are loving, intelligent, loyal, goofy, protective, fearless, curious, love people, and of course people pleasers.. It’s high time we blame the other end of the leash, no dog is inherently dangerous, it’s the humans that make a dog what it is….

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  20. Mark K
    December 20, 2019

    I have a Amstaff/neo mastiff mix rescue, smartest loving dog I’ve ever owned! Obviously people who leave negative comments about pit bull breads have never had one !

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    • Jennifer
      December 20, 2019

      Yes, we can understand people’s fear if they’ve never owned one but there are so many positive examples of the breed too! Thanks for commenting!

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  21. Milt Marhoffer
    December 25, 2019

    My ex-wife had a pit bull, “red”.that dog liked and obeyed commands from my niece and i better than he did from her!!!

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  22. Gilbert Nevarez
    January 7, 2020

    I have a blue nose pittie her name is Misty blue,we’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old. my wife and I have two grandchildren, one is 3 1/2 the other is almost one year old, my pittie is almost two, I’ve taught her to be good with the grandbabies, I make sure that she is not aggressive while she is eating, the babies love her and she loves them, she is a little rough with them but only plays with them, never biting or nibbling on them, just licking them as much as she can before I pull her off of them, my wife and I love her so much, she loves to be hugged and her tummy rubbed, she always greets us at the door when we get home from work, tail wagging a hundred miles a minute, she does not chew any of our things, we have her a lot of toys that she chews on, she is very smart, loving and a little spoiled, (alot) just wanted to share a little bit about my pittie, thanks…

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    • Jennifer
      January 8, 2020

      Thanks for sharing Gilbert. Sounds like a sweetheart!

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  23. Ken
    January 13, 2020

    I own a pitty. Great dog. Raise em like ur kids. Some folks r bad parents. Some are great parents. They totally rely on us, therefore they project us. Dont judge to u participate in raising one.

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    • Lorraine Wilde
      January 14, 2020

      Great advice. Thanks for commenting Ken.

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  24. Molly
    January 15, 2020

    It’s racism! And that sucks for everyone! Racism is alive and well when you condemn a whole breed because of some unfortunate incident. Dogs of all kinds, colors & breeds have all had their days of behaving badly probably due to man’s inability to read their body language or down right abuse of the animal. There are many reasons why tragedy may strike. & if you think you know why this happens, your probably wrong.
    Just as racism is a stain on our Society as we know it, so is it in the animal kingdom! Animals are innocent!! Pittbulls rule!!

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    • Lorraine Wilde
      January 15, 2020

      We can see the racism analogy Molly. A perspective not yet shared here. Thank you for your comment and enthusiasm.

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  25. Twerp
    January 22, 2020

    I know a lot of you love your dogs, I do too! We’ve had up to 7 rescues at the same time ranging from a sweet stray Chihuahua to a loving Rhodesia ridgeback, also a stray!! While taking a family in need some things they needed the Monday after Easter almost 3 years ago , their dog, an American pit that I had met 2 times before,attacked through the front door. I have never regained the full use of the hand and wrist he crushed, and the pain was absolutely unbearable. The dog was a sweetie until he wasn’t! So for all of us who have been victims of these “sweet dogs” I wish they were all humanely put down along with a couple other breeds. Once Cash started attacking people he didn’t stop, and after the 2nd attack. On a police officer he was put down after a quarantine period. I had huge medical bills due to co-pays, and suing them wasn’t an option they didn’t have a pot to pee in!! Luckily I do not remember the attack just what I’ve been told, but the aftermath was horrifically painful and long! I can’t imagine what a child would go through!! I was lucky they got him off me, others have not been so lucky! My question to all of you is why does your dog have more rights than I do!! They live in my city when I can’t even walk in my own neighborhood for fear of being attacked again! PTSD the Dr says!! I should have the right to walk without fear!! You can keep your kitties and bullies and whatever else you might call them!!! P.S. smaller dogs may bite like a poodle or a Chihuahua but they won’t kill you and that makes a HUGE difference in the breeds we should keep as pets!!! I’m afraid of most large breeds now, but I’m terrified of the breeds that make up the pit bull category!!! You should think about the human factor here rather than the canine!!! You can keep your kids!!!!!

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    • Jennifer
      January 22, 2020

      Hi Twerp. We are so very sad that you had to go through this terrible, terrible experience. That being said, the whole point of this blog was to assert that we shouldn’t judge an entire group of breeds, “pitbulls” based on one bad experience. We respect your right to your own opinion and we see how it could be very hard for you to ever trust a member of these breeds ever again, but we disagree that pitbulls shouldn’t be allowed to be pets. Your story doesn’t include the full picture of this dog’s life before the incident, nor whether or not the dog had had any training, or what method of training. While we are very sad that your life was so significantly and negatively affected by this dog, we know from personal experience with many, many dogs in the “pitbull” breeds that have been sweet, trainable and safe pets. Thank you for sharing your story and we wish you only the best in your future interactions with all animals.

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    • Seriously?
      May 12, 2020

      So for you to be comfy an entire breed or more needs to be killed? Some freaking ego right there.

      I have had 3 APBT (all passed away now) none of them ever hurt any living thing. My first actually held someone who broke into our house by their pant leg for 3 hours until we got home. The person was homeless and had seen me leave for work and i only came back because i had forgotten my phone and after calling the cops they checked his leg and there was not a scratch on him where as my dog was bruised head to toe and had a few cuts on his face and body from the horrendous beating the homeless man had given him in his attempt to break free. The homeless man told the cops my dog had growled any time he struck it but never actually bit him. When i got there my dog began growling until i told him to let go and then later told him “stop” to which he looked sad at my apparent rebuke but i patted him on the head as i had my fire arm in my other hand (not aimed at the homeless person but to keep him from doing anything further to my dog myself or my property) my dog laid at my feet as we waited for police always watching the homeless man but showing no further aggression towards him. My dog had been informally trained as a service animal by my cousin who is a service dog trainer to help my dad after he had his spine fused and had issues picking things up and bending over and the dog would pick up things on command and had figured out how to help my dad pull a t-shirt off my dad when he ended up with one stuck over his head one time which i believe was instrumental in the before described heroic action. If a pitbull were inherently bad this wouldn’t have been possible. I was incredibly grateful to find that my dog was okay after taking a trip to the vet with no broken bones or internal injuries (not that surprising as the homeless man was a skin and bones junkie) i gave my dog a very large rare steak over the course of the next week as a reward and as always tons of affection.

      This same dog was playing with my younger adopted sister (who was 4 or 5 at the time) in our front yard with my supervision (as young kids and front yards are potentially a bad mix) my sister fell asleep while laying across the dog who tried to slide out from under her but stopped while looking at her start to fall of of his side and instead laid there for the 20-30 minutes i waited before collecting her to take inside. This male APBT would slowly gently and carefully move around and play with kids, even when they pulled or twisted his ears or tail or poked his eyes, (as very young kids someyimes do) as well as moved slowly and carefully around the elderly but knew that me or my brother (teens and young adults at the time) he could play faster and harder though still was very careful not to allow his teeth to ever so much as make contact with us what so ever.

      Honestly the best treatment for you would be to find a good therapy trained APBT with an owner you trust and slowly and progressively acclimate to its presence and im sure someday you would feel differently about them.

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    • Bob
      July 5, 2020

      Amen. You should read some of my posts if you get a chance

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  26. Gail Grantham
    February 9, 2020

    I have an American red nose pitbull terrier, his name is Bruiser. I adopted him from Animal Care and protective services in Jacksonville, Florida He was 6 months old. He is now three and a half years old. He is a mama’s boy. He doesn’t like it if I get out of his sight. Like when I take him in the car with me? To go to the store. I go in the store and have to leave him in the car and he can’t see me. Soon as I get out of his sight he starts barking. And will not stop until he sees me come out of the store. He has never shown any aggression towards anyone. He is a sissy lala. LOL the reason I say this if I also have a Chihuahua shitzu mix and her name is BB. She is the boss of me and of him. He lays at the foot of my bed, and if he gets off of the bed, she will move into his spot on purpose. Then when he wants to get back up on the bed in his spot. He will not do it. He will stand there staring at me and whine and bark for me to pick her up and move her. Because As soon as he gets back on the bed She attacks him. He is scared of her and he is a good 80 lbs compared to her little 8.8 lbs. They do love each other. And follow each other everywhere and they both follow me everywhere. I just recently did an argumentative essay on breed specific legislation in my English composition 1 class. You cannot judge a dog by its breed or how it looks. Every dog is an individual. I am an advocate who is against breed specific legislation Any dog can bite. Punish the deed not the breed. I love my beautiful red nose pitbull. When people started fighting the pitbull terrier breeds against each other. in dog fighting .That was part of the reason people started stereotyping, saying that pit bulls are dangerous. People should not judge a book by its cover. Educate yourself , If you’ve never owned a pitbull, or have been in contact with one on a regular basis, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Me and my dogs are a pack for life. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    • Jennifer
      February 10, 2020

      Thanks for sharing your story Gail.

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  27. Neal Eiber
    February 19, 2020

    Roman is a 7 yo, 60# rescue. He is loyal, friendly, and better than a ring doorbell. He loves people, to play soccer, his treats, and to have his belly and ears rubbed. Yes he is spoiled. but he deserves it!

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    • Jennifer
      February 19, 2020

      He sounds like a sweetheart. Thank you for sharing Neal. Dogs like Roman will help drown out the misunderstanding of this group of breeds.

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      • Bob
        July 5, 2020

        This is kind of funny remind me the movie 101 Dalmatians tens of thousands of kids 102 Dalmatian so the Breeders went crazy and got to work and a staggering like 80% of them sent to rescue after the people discovered that there are a little on the Beast inside temperamental snapped a lot of kids did a lot of damage but what do we do when was the last time you seen a Dalmatian up for sale or adoption we thought they were dangerous so we evolved it cuz they’re all but not extinct just very few of running around the pitbulls three times bad do the math

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  28. Angela R Simpson
    February 21, 2020

    I am a Pit bull mother… I have had my Kingston for 1 year… He is the most loving and affectionate pup. I make sure he gets lost of hugs and kisses from me… The pit bull breed is truly misunderstood… Until you own one… Please be careful how you… Disrespect the … breed…. People have used these dogs to fight… And make them become beasts…pit bull are loving loyal and full of energy… Socialize your pup with people and other dogs and you will see the true love of the breed…
    Just saying Kingston mom

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    • Jennifer
      February 22, 2020

      Thanks for sharing your story Angela.

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  29. Deborah Murphy
    March 17, 2020

    I do on a rescue Pitbull she’s my everything. She’s not only my best friend but my service dog. The more I take her out around people the more they realize and understand what a good dogs they really are. Thank you for this story. For those of you that can give a pitbull a second chance and a home and a family. Pitbulls are just big fur babies. ❤️

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    • Jennifer
      March 25, 2020

      Thanks for commenting Deborah. Your dog sounds sweet. Glad she’s been a positive service dog for you and an example to others that these breeds are misunderstood by many.

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  30. Nikki Draeger
    April 26, 2020

    I love pitbulls pitbulls have been my favorite dog I own one and I love her to death she will do anything for me she loves people she Love’s everybody everybody from children to old people to wondering if you do notice middle-aged it doesn’t matter it does have something to do with the way that they’re socialized a pitbull if that’s not socialized with people will eventually be in solitude and backyard dog and and left alone and of course it’s any dog and any breed any dog will repel if it’s a backyard dog and hasn’t been socialized . Nikki

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    • Lorraine Wilde
      April 27, 2020

      Thanks for weighing in Nikki!

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  31. Lisa
    April 26, 2020

    I have been the proud mom of 3 rescues. My first was an APBT I adopted when he was about 2 years old. I had heard that inexperienced dog owners should not have one of these dogs. This dog was the best thing I have ever done for my family. He was just a great dog. He was so much a part of my family that when he passed, to honor his memory, I adopted an American Staffordshire Terrier and a year later, adopted another one. All of my dogs had been abused and these are the most easily rehabilitated dogs out of all the breeds. They score better than Golden Retrievers on the aggression scale. Are there bad. ones? Yes, just like any other breed or even humans. That is just how it goes. I have two Am Staffs and 3 cats. The cats rule the house. I get some people have had bad experiences but that should not shape your opinion of all of them. You are missing out on wonderful dogs if you close your mind to them.

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    • Lorraine Wilde
      April 27, 2020

      Thanks for commenting Lisa about your thoughts and experiences. It matters and helps! Have a great week.

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  32. Donna mcbee
    May 8, 2020

    I have a pit she is amazing the greatest dog ever she is great with my grandkids she is my shadow I love her sooo much she is my baby has such a since of humor and great personality and she loves my cat lol ?

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    • Jennifer
      May 9, 2020

      She sounds wonderful Donna. Thanks for posting.

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  33. Yvette
    May 11, 2020

    Pitbulls are beautiful dogs I have one and she is one of a kind she is loving. And sweet good natured

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  34. Diana Johmson
    May 19, 2020

    I own a pitbull named George and a Boston terrier pitbull mix named Puppie. I love them both the same and have never had an issue with either of them. Pitbulls have a bad rep because of the people that get them and train them to be vicious. Give a pitbull love and attention and train him RIGHT and they are as loving or more loving them any other need. Humans mess up EVERYTHING.

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    • Jennifer
      May 20, 2020

      It is frustrating Diana that human brains are “designed” to categorize everything. It’s only with experience and open-mindedness that we can see that there are SO MANY shades of gray.

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  35. terry meyer
    May 19, 2020

    I have known some friendly pitbulls and some monsters. My greyhounds on leash were attacked and badly bitten by pitbulls as well as myself. My thought is only certain owners who know how to control their pitbulls should be allowed to own them and they should take every safety precaution. Some owners do not know how to control these sometimes dangerous dogs amd should not own them.

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    • Jennifer
      May 20, 2020

      We’re so sorry to hear about your greyhounds being injured Terry. That would make anyone wary. We agree that these dogs, and other breeds that were bread to be watch dogs, should be properly socialized and given positive reinforcement training. Its a delicate balance between personal freedom and responsible pet ownership.

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  36. Beverly A Anderson
    May 21, 2020

    I have only recently become the owner of a 1yr. APBT. She had been owner surrendered because she is deaf. I’ve had dogs all my life, mostly small ones but a few larger breeds. She seems to be no different than any of my other babies. I already love her. She tries to get in my lap but I’m in a wheelchair so there’s no room. Fortunately my neighbors like her so she gets plenty of attention and petting. She’s also a couch potato. I wonder if her deafness contributes to that. I have to come down on the side of these babies. Mine is a pleasure.

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    • Jennifer
      May 21, 2020

      Oh Beverly, she sounds adorable. So sweet that she wants to sit with you. That has been our experience as well. Not sure about her deafness, but most of the APBT’s we know are big sloppy kissing couch potatoes. Thank you for chiming in!

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  37. Kendra Butler
    May 22, 2020

    Jake, pit bulls are reported every time there is an incident involving a bite or attack because of bans on them that will lead to some type of relief for the victim. The fact that 50 percent of attacks are reported as being by pit bulls is not the same as 50 percent of attacks are perpetrated by pit bulls. 50 percent of reports may be about pit bulls if your number is accurate, but that’s only the number of reports, which are often not backed up by proof of breed of the attacker…it’s the victim’s claim that it was a pit bull.

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    • Jennifer
      May 25, 2020

      You make a good points Kendra. Even “statistics” can be skewed depending on how the information is collected.

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  38. Zioni Desouza
    May 25, 2020

    I own two pit bulls of my own and I have to say they are just the sweetest. You can’t believe everything you see on Google or YouTube. And if you haven’t met one how would you know there traits. Every breed is different. The more bad news the more bans the more bans the more dogs without homes. You can’t blame the dogs blame the bad owners.

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    • Jennifer
      May 25, 2020

      We agree Zioni that every breed is different and this breed has been impacted by those that have chosen to use it as a fighting breed.

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  39. Rigoberto Rocha
    May 25, 2020

    I’m 58 Years old! I’ve have had Pitbulls since I was 6 years old. The only other breeds I’ve had was Rottweilers and a Jack russell terrier.
    Believe it or not, I was more afraid of my Jack Russell Terrier biting someone then any Pitbulls I’ve had.
    That’s 52 years of different Pitbulls I had in my family , 9 total and 2 rottweilers and 1 Jack Russell terrier.
    I still own one Pittie and a Rottie.
    None of my pitbulls ever attacked or hurt NOBODY! That is hogwash.
    There are a loyal dog that will give his life for you if he has to.

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    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2020

      That’s a lot of experience Rigoberto! Thank you for chiming in.

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  40. Dewayne
    May 25, 2020

    Awesome awesome story and I’m excited there are more comments than the length of the article. I was introduced to pitbulls 15 years ago and my mother gave me “absolute” hell on how bad it will turn out. Mom, was wrong and gave in to the loyalty and obedience. Now she talks about her grand dog. Raise one and see if they will not fill your life. And you didn’t know you were missing anything. 18 years later I have raised some of my best buddies ❤️.

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    • Jennifer
      May 26, 2020

      Best buddies indeed. Thanks for commenting Dewayne.

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  41. Charles
    May 26, 2020

    Have a pit. Love her to death. She is loving and spoiled of course. She is also registered as my ada dog and fully trained at such. Best breed my opinion loving and caring always brings me a one of her toys when I am feeling blue. Again its how you raise and care for them. They are not the problem it the humans that treat them so awful.

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  42. JULIE
    May 27, 2020

    I HAVE PITBULLS & HAVE HAD SEVERAL IN MY LIFE. THEY ARE THE GREATEST, MOST LOVING, AFFECTIONATE, SWEETEST, INTELLIGENT ANIMALS I HAVE EVER KNOWN!!
    I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GRT., POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT ALL MY BEAUTIFUL BABIES!! YES, THEY ARE FAMILY!!

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    • Jennifer
      June 1, 2020

      Family indeed. Thanks for commenting Julie.

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  43. jill shaver
    May 29, 2020

    Thank you for your story! I’ve never had a pitbull til I met my now husband. Her name is Princess but aka Prinny. She’s such a beautiful red nose. So loveable and everything. Our son has autism and she’s his certified service dog. Love pitbulls!!

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    • Jennifer
      June 1, 2020

      Prinny sounds wonderful and we’re so thankful your son has him by his side.

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  44. Anthony
    May 31, 2020

    Athena is my BANDOG. She is Neapolitan Mastiff, Mastiff, Cane Corso, and American Staffordshire Terrier. Which is a similar mix to pit bulls. She is the sweetest loving dog even though she was thrown at me the back of a Dodge Durango at 7 months and I am her third or fourth owner. She was scared at first but with real love, real care, real attention and most of all real training she IS PERFECT!!! I say this because no matter the animal or human how it is cared for and raised will determine how it will live. If you treat ANY dog like a monster it will be a monster. Treat it like a loved o

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    • Jennifer
      June 1, 2020

      Athena sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Sholeh
    June 11, 2020

    I had bad experience, 1 month ago my aunty in Denmark had pitbull dog and so loved her dog, her dog had 6 puppies, that had 5 weeks but police in Denmark took all of them and after injected poisoning they burned ,at present my aunty have deep depression ,please help me what can I do for my aunty in Denmark ,who can help me ??????????????????????????????

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    • Jennifer
      June 12, 2020

      We’re so sorry to hear of this Sholeh. In general it doesn’t sound like something Denmark police would do! So very sad.

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    • Eddie
      July 5, 2020

      Sholeh… My heart goes out to you and your aunty. Any government agency within the free world has someone to answer to and Denmark is no exception. The grief that comes from a tragedy such as this will not pass lightly if ever at all, however, you might consider contacting every animal activist group that you can find, for starters, and tell them what happened. Then, contact any reporters from the media (foreign and domestic) who will listen to your story. Some of them, you’ll find, are pet owners, as well, and will be sympathetic to the despicable behavior of the police who carried out this action. Collect names. Not just of the officers who carried out this barbarism, but, their superiors who sanctioned it; and, in turn, just keep working your way up the ladder as far as it will take you, collecting everyone’s name as you go along. If anyone gives you a hard time or refuses to give you their name, it will be because they are scared of you and the power of the press, in which case you tell them that you “will”, eventually, learn who they are and promise them that there their name will be featured prominently in the media. Take pictures of everyone “after” you’ve finished speaking with them. The only ones who may object to this will, usually, be the ones who have something to hide. Turn your grief into rage and create such a media firestorm, that there will be some vindication for those poor creatures and hope for those who you may be able to save in the future. Filing a lawsuit against those involved may seem absurd to some, but guaranteed, it will get their attention. Take it as far as it will go and keep pushing until it gives, but, most of all, do something. To do nothing without even raising a voice… well… you tell me.

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  46. Mary Conlin
    June 26, 2020

    I feel here in the South they are use as ornaments. And not given enough socialization. The head is massive, sometimes C sections are done to have birth. The way the head is shaped and the curvature of the teeth makes it hard to disengage. Any dog can become Ill or upset if it’s a pit bull it is bad because it’s is bred to nip bulls cattle. Bottom line fine for good people to have. Over bred and needs to be less populace. We have a massive amount and they get turned so at times only pit bulls are in the pound. Stop the over production of this dog which is bred for strength and biting holds and ripping.

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    • Jennifer
      June 26, 2020

      Yes, Mary, these breeds are also over represented here in the Pacific Northwest in shelters too. We are hoping first that animals will not be used as ornaments, but secondly that if people continue to have ornaments that they switch to breeds that are easier to train and socialize. Wouldn’t this problem be better if it were too many labradoodles instead of pit bulls? 🙂

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  47. Inge
    June 26, 2020

    Pit bulls killer more people than any of the other hundreds of dog breeds combined. What more do you need to know?

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    • Jennifer
      June 26, 2020

      I don’t think that statement is accurate Inge. Can you share a legitimate source to back up this claim?

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    • Eddie
      July 4, 2020

      That statement that you obviously just made up is not only a lie, but, it also demonstrates how ridiculously ignorant an idiot, like you, can be. And that makes you a fool!

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  48. Dave Ryan
    June 27, 2020

    Let Me tell You Of One Pit Bull Named Buckey or Buck . He was the Family member of A Biker Buddie of Mine. I was a Newly Discharged U.S. Army SF. Soldier in 1993 .and happened to Meet Buckey When I Started to Date a Lady that Lived at My Soon To Be Buddies Apt. With Him and His Girlfriend. He was Scarry To Me till He was introduced to Me. After that we Grew to be Friends and I would get Buckey to take dog Biskuits from My teeth. And Ox and Gail would Laugh. When Buckey got cancer and the Vet was called to the house He couldn’t understand why so many Bikers were there saying Goodbye to a Old Brother Buckey .He was Burried on Ox and Gail’s Land in Gail’s Cedar Hope Chest. (R.I.P. Buckey) SFC.D.L.RYAN 7TH SF.GROUP AIRBORNE RET.

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    • Jennifer
      June 29, 2020

      Buckey sounds like a wonderful dog. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  49. Carl Cote
    June 30, 2020

    I owned a pitbull and there wasn’t a sweeter, gentler breed of rather have…..It is how you treat and train any dog, pit bulls are no more dangerous than Shepards dobies, labs who are taught to bite….and that’s a fact,

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    • Jennifer
      July 1, 2020

      We agree. Thanks for commenting Carl.

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    • Bob
      July 5, 2020

      I also commented to Jennifer about this the movie 101 Dalmatians came out hundreds of thousands of kids one of them breeders went crazy trying to figure out a short order that their temperament was pretty short they were nipping it children this net so just those minor threats pretty much I haven’t seen it down Nation for adoption or sale in a very long time so funny we just got rid of it because they were dangerous and Lou the Pitbull is ten times that bad I don’t know pretty simple to me just do the math

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  50. Marlin Bell
    July 4, 2020

    I have owned and trained pit bulls since i was 9 years young. Never had one problem out of many pits I’ve owned. They are great family dogs with the biggest beautiful hearts you’ve ever seen.

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  51. Bob
    July 5, 2020

    Judge Judith Sheindlin adjudicates over dog bite incidences routinely and according to her overwhelmingly vast majority the problems involving a pitbull and any other breed point to the Pitbull dangerous they can spot a labrador limping just as fast as I can spot a Pitbull mixed breed in the dogs that everybody’s trying to push off as Labradors getting pretty sickening I think we need to do something about it by there any groups other than people who would have you try to believe that they’re just misunderstood

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  52. Bob
    July 5, 2020

    I concur with you and we’ll probably learn something from you so she has had to get your point across without the moderators killing your comments and posts Triple M to cm

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    • Jennifer
      July 8, 2020

      Hi Bob, we only block posts that include personal attacks on the poster (like calling them dumb, etc.). Or like some of your posts that included hyperbole and reference to rape. Everything else gets through.

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  53. Eddie
    July 8, 2020

    Sholeh… My heart goes out to you and your aunty. Any government agency within the free world has someone to answer to and Denmark is no exception. The grief that comes from a tragedy such as this will not pass lightly if ever at all, however, you might consider contacting every animal activist group that you can find, for starters, and tell them what happened. Then, contact any reporters from the media (foreign and domestic) who will listen to your story. Some of them, you’ll find, are pet owners, as well, and will be sympathetic to the despicable behavior of the police who carried out this action. Collect names. Not just of the officers who carried out this barbarism, but, their superiors who sanctioned it; and, in turn, just keep working your way up the ladder as far as it will take you, collecting everyone’s name as you go along. If anyone gives you a hard time or refuses to give you their name, it will be because they are scared of you and the power of the press, in which case you tell them that you “will”, eventually, learn who they are and promise them that there their name will be featured prominently in the media. Take pictures of everyone “after” you’ve finished speaking with them. The only ones who may object to this will, usually, be the ones who have something to hide. Turn your grief into rage and create such a media firestorm, that there will be some vindication for those poor creatures and hope for those who you may be able to save in the future. Filing a lawsuit against those involved may seem absurd to some, but guaranteed, it will get their attention. Take it as far as it will go and keep pushing until it gives, but, most of all, do something. To do nothing without even raising a voice… well… you tell me.

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  54. Ian
    July 11, 2020

    I had a pit-bull nothing wrong with them good house dog anyone he didn’t know he would be wary of them which is right his house is his territory. People go on if you do a quick internet search you will find out that are known for many mauling and bites. If you look for negative stuff you will find negative stuff. Any animal can be vicious if you push them to that limit where they snap. Same with humans. They got a bad name because of scum bags who train them to fight. My dog was soft as hell always wanted to play and cuddle up. I Wouldn’t have any other breed.

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    • Jennifer
      July 14, 2020

      Agree with you Ian, “If you look for negative stuff you will find negative stuff.” Thanks for posting.

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  55. Damon
    July 12, 2020

    We have 2 pitbulls and they are the smartest dogs we have ever owned. Great with children as well as adults. Great story: once I can home to my wife and my female pit, argueing on our bed, my pit, Mikah, got so upset at my wife, she squatted as if to pee on her pillow, my wife, playfully, loudly told her to get off the bed, Mikah then squat and urinated on her pillow and left the room, very calmly. I was laughing so hard I almost peed in my pants. The greatest dogs alive, thanks

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    • Jennifer
      July 14, 2020

      That is an unusual story Damon. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. Sarina
    August 2, 2020

    My Pitbull is my best friend I love him soooo much. Such a good fit he is part of the family and he’s got a lot of personality and such a kind loving nature. When I give him treats he gently takes it and slowly chews his food. He wants to be with us 100% of the day I sometimes wonder if he is truly a dog he even prefers to sleep with his head on a pillow. Best gift from my fiance ever! Anyone spending 5min with my Pitbull will agree he is as loving if not more than any other breed.

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    • Jennifer
      August 3, 2020

      Your dog sounds wonderful Sarina. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      • Brad
        August 17, 2020

        I have a Almost 5 year old Pit Sophia my oldest was 5 when we got her and my oldest son was 2 almost 3 I now have 4 kids and my youngest is 13 months my kids can do whatever they want to Sophia and she lays there and let’s them do what they want. Never has she snipped growled or even thought about hurting one of the kids. Im a month we are getting another pit she will be 8 weeks old when we get her. I will tell you right now that she will be the same way Sophia is and that if my kids are playing in the back yard and a stranger came down my drive way and tried coming threw the fence that Sophia would 100% bite you and not cause she’s mean because that’s her family and no one messes with her family. Pits are the most loyal loving family dog I have ever had and the next puppy will be my 3rd one.

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        • Jennifer
          August 21, 2020

          Thanks for commenting Brad. You must be so excited about your new puppy. Congratulations. Sophia sounds wonderful and I’m sure your new puppy will be too. Stay healthy!

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  57. Deborah
    September 3, 2020

    100%. Every year the body count rises, not to mention all the people disfigured, and de-limbed by blood sport dogs. Pandering to the multi- million dollar lobby that seeks to continue to endanger the public with false statistics, distactions (oh look over there! A poor abused pitbull puppy!) And outright lies, as well downplaying the truth. How many more Mothers will grieve their deceased, or broken, traumatised, and disfigured child?.

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    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2020

      Yes, Deborah. We agree there should be steep penalties for owners who train their dogs (of any breed) to be killers and then don’t ensure that no one is hurt by them. Please help us understand though. Who is behind the “multi-million dollar lobby” that you refer to? And what are they getting out of it? Please clear that up for us.

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  58. CASSANDRA M MALOON
    September 12, 2020

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/9L2Qcu7HatMZ32gh9. I have raised this big boy at 8 weeks old I would have it any other way he’s such a sweet heart and never once has bite or even growled at and one… He lets me know when someone pulls in the driveway that’s about it . Everyone that come over loves him and his affectionish ways.. He super smart he lays down rolls over sits handsome and gives both paws. Way before he was 6 months old that’s alot for a dog to learn in such short time and do it all the time . My pitbull is named Gunner . I got another pup when he was 3 years old Remington aka Remi Gunner has been such a good role model for him and has lots of patience with him since jack g a new Hyper pup was a big change when it was just him for 4 years they are the best of friends and when they are together they are one … I think its all in how the dogs are raised and how you handle the situation.. Gunner has is own space he can go to if he needs it but 9 times out of 10 he’s content with how his days are he plays so gentle but sounds so aggressive but that’s just him talking I feel when he wants to play he picks his ball up and barks at me under his breathe it’s quite sweet and now the other pup does it. Im never worried about Gunner and his ways I trust him and he trust me.. of I’m ok with what’s going on them he’s fine too.. again it’s how they are raised and how you react to the situation of there even is one I’ve been bitten by little dogs more than bigger dogs .. I hope people will stop with their ways and look at the bigger picture the human that only wants a pitbull for thier looks and not thier love …..

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    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020

      Thanks for sharing your experience with the breed Cassandra. Gunner sounds like a wonderful dog. What a cutie!

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  59. Nicole
    September 23, 2020

    I have a pitty as well and she is the sweetest thing ever.

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