Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
People are definitely more of a problem than the dogs themselves. Because pit bulls have been used as fighting dogs etc for so long, they have been given a bad rep. Do they fight because they want to? No. They fight because they'll die otherwise.
Adding on to that are the people that breed them. Pups that come from fighting dog bloodlines are known to be more dangerous, because it has been inherited. If, say, labradors were bred to be fighters, then they would have the rep. As it is, they are lucky enough to be bred as wonderful companions, so the chances of encountering a 'bad' one are slimmer.
But here's something interesting that some of you may not have ever noticed - when you hear of a dog attack, it will list the breed of dog if it was a rottweiler, pit bull, German shepherd etc. Otherwise, there will be no mention of a breed whatsoever. Can you imagine if the media sullied the name of precious little maltese terriers or the beloved labrador? Statistics actually show that, with population ratios taken into account, you are much more likely to be attacked by one of those breeds than a pit bull.
If there were more people out there dedicated to the breed, breeding from the right dogs with the right personality, I think they would be one of the most popular dogs around.