Join Date: May 2008
Location: Jersey girl in Northern California
Pit bulls are animal aggressive. They are bred to be that way, and it is very difficult to train it out of them. They are known for killing livestock, small animals and other dogs. It is one of the only American breeds, and it doesn't surprise me that we started to breed such a controversial creature.
However, I have two pitbull mix companions. They are awesome dogs. I think blame for any pitbul attack remains on the owner. As much as your dog is a sweetheart and loves your baby, or loves your kitty, there is no way I would trust a pitbull around them. Pitbulls need to be leashed, behind a secure fence, and socialized under supervision. Just as people misread horse language, people misread dog language, and signs of aggression are obvious if you know what to look for.
I don't think any dog should be banned. The top dog on the "biting list", that I've seen, is the poodle (toy, standard, mini, whatever). I've never been bit by a big dog, just chihuahuas, min pins and poodles. Golden Retrievers are known for biting also. The difference with Pitbulls is that they are bred to MAUL, not just give a warning nip, like Cattle Dogs are Malamutes. They go in to finish the job. They don't have lock jaw, as many people think they do. They just don't mess around. People need to understand that.
Sorry for the rant. I'm passionate about the issue!
Horse whisperers don't whisper to the horse....they listen to the horses' whispers.