I personally have owned multiple pitbulls, my family has had one since I was 4yrs old and I absolutely love them to bits! I have two at the moment one is a full blooded rednose the other is a mix, I find them to b the most affectionate and loyal dog I've ever met and my big boy is over 100 lbs and I knew his parents and knew the people who raised him until he was 1 1/2 and he was raised around kids and loves my nephew who is 6. He lets my smaller labx beat the crap out of him and never even growls or anything. The ones I find to be more agreesive are the pit mixes which I have one as well and she was a rescue which she has attacked both of my other dogs before and we have had her with the other two dogs for 4yrs and have never had a problem till one day she snapped and freaked out. I do believe they are not a good first dog to have, nor are they good for someone who is timid bc they are a breed that needs to be put in their place and reminded of that. Once you show them you are alpha, there are rarely any problems unless its a certain line, bc they were bred more for fighting recently in the years that have come, there are certain lines that tend to b more agressive esp toward other animals, but rarely toward people. They are very good guard dogs esp bc of the fact they look scary and if they think you are scared, theyre not going to let you in their house/yard. I love my pit and I will always have one even around my kids but only as long as I know how it was bred and where it came from.
I've also learned esp since they are so loyal and loving, u'll see the articles on tv where the dog has attacked the kid or the parent or whatever and its bc theyve had the dog before the child and once the child came into the parents life the dog became jealous, when the dog attacked it was trying to show it was jealous and wanted more love. Or its the instance where the owner was not being as dominant as they should have been and the dog was trying to challenge to be alpha.
I believe there should be tougher consquences on people when it comes to these types of things bc its never the dogs fault, its just like a gun doesnt kill someone, you have to pick it up to do so. Like I said some of them can be agressive depending on circumstances but you should know all about them and know a trainer or something to help you when owning one to avoid any mishaps regarding these types of instances. By no means are they an easy dog to own, but there are multiple breeds that arent easy to own, the only reason pits get a bad rap is bc when they bite, they always do damage.
I speak of all of this from first hand experience and I have a very good friend who is a UKC pitbull breeder and my other friend was a vet and I have always had a trainer, one that specialized in pits and pit rescues.
Sorry it is so long but this is something I feel very passionate about, thank you Lonestar22 for starting the thread.
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