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        03-19-2013, 07:38 PM
      #11
    Cat
    Green Broke
    I typically have problems with boxers (two different irresponsible homes own them in the neighborhood) or mutts with my horses - but I don't blame the breed but rather the owners.

    And I it is amazing how many people really don't know what a pit bull looks like.

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        03-19-2013, 09:05 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Two of the best dogs I have ever been around have been pits, the best dog I have ever owned has been a pit, and my current dog who is amazing is a pit mix. I would not hesitate a second to own another and in the future I plan on having another pit bull. They are one of my favorite breeds :)

    I don't like the negative connotations that go along with the breed and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Of course if an owner does not properly socialize their dog or abuses them then the likelihood for the animal to be dangerous increases. Regardless of breed, species, etc.

    I have had more problems with the terrier breeds or the smaller dogs than any large dog. But I have never really liked small dogs so I might be a little biased haha.
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        03-19-2013, 10:02 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I'm not a dog hater...I have owned German Shepards but I have heard way too many stories about pit bulls turning on other dogs, people, & children. Would never want to own one or even live next door to one.
         
        03-20-2013, 07:56 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I like bully breeds just like any breed. More so for herding and working breeds but pit bull terriers are just fine, even know a couple that are service dogs for physically disabled. I've seen a lot of badly bred dogs, labs that bite, reteivers that don't fetch, collies who don't herd, the sad part is pit bulls were bred for bull baiting. A good breeder is aiming for a family pet, they should also be very careful on who gets a pup and to lessen the protectivness of the breed.

    Pit bulls use to be one of north america's number one family breeds until storys came out. I could tell you some horror stories about lots of breeds and show you the scars on my arm and finger from a small dog attacking me. All dogs have the potential to be aggressive, guard, and nervous. Some dogs don't read other dogs signals right, or dogs don't give the right signals lead to fights, it all depends on socialization if not done young it's difficult later on.

    Don't judge a dog until you know the whole background.
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        03-21-2013, 10:36 AM
      #15
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    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Haileyyy    
    I have had more problems with the terrier breeds or the smaller dogs than any large dog. But I have never really liked small dogs so I might be a little biased haha.
    Ummm...You do know pit bulls are a terrier breed, right?
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        03-21-2013, 10:57 AM
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    "Pit Bulls" do have a higher risk of becoming Dog Aggressive (also towards other small animals) and that is fact. I love them, I work with many at the vets office and kennel, but it's just fact. HOWEVER, there are always exceptions and every dog is an individual.

    These dogs were bred to have DA and small animal aggression. However, they should NEVER have human aggression. They were bred to be loving and gentle with people, and a HA "pit bull" is a poorly bred one.

    Great dogs for ge right person, but no, not for everyone. But neither is a Rotteeiker, it Border Collie, or Husky, etc. They are JUST dogs, people, doing what they were bred to do. They are terriers after all.
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        03-21-2013, 10:59 AM
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    Please excuse the typos, on my phone! :)
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        03-22-2013, 06:57 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cat    
    Ummm...You do know pit bulls are a terrier breed, right?
    American Pit Bull Terrier, lol yeah but it completely escaped my mind while typing. I was referring to the Jack Russell Terriers and the smaller dogs like that who seem to make up a majority of the horse industries dogs.
         
        03-22-2013, 07:35 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    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.
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        03-22-2013, 08:52 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Some dogs are genetically predisposed to certain traits, especially if they are not reared or trained right.

    Personally I wouldn't be offended by higher taxation on these breeds as my dog and I were once attacked by two pitbulls while walking on a public road. They had somehow gotten out of their property. It was impossible to get them to stop biting my dog, who was an older Airdale Terrier, once they locked their jaws, and even kicking them full force in the noses wouldn't make them let go. I feel a little shaky even just thinking about it. My dog never fully recovered the use of one of her hind legs after that.

    They attacked us out of nowhere, we didn't see them coming, and my dog had not even glanced or growled in their direction at all. I've had bad experiences with Staffies and Mastiffs too, so I would never ever have one, and I don't want them around me. Just my 2 cents.
    And did the owner of the dogs pay for the medical bills? Nope. He was an ******* about it. If he were taxed for those dogs I would maybe have felt a little better about the damage they caused.
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