The reason for the insurance issues on these breeds has nothing to do with how friendly they are vs other breeds, it has to do with the "if." If a Pit bites, it doesn't let go, if a German Shephard bites same thing...if a chihuahua bites (I'm a vet tech of 15 years in a high Pit area, I've been bit by many chihuahua and no Pits) it's annoying, not fatal. I would never own a pit with my daughter because I do not trust her, but I personally would have one if it were just me. People who say things against certain breeds are not educated in the breeds or had a really scary experience with them. My husband is afraid of labs because he was bit by one as a child. The key is education for both the skeptics and for the supporters on why the skeptics are skeptics.
Tell the woman you mistakenly call it a pitbull when it's acturally a Staffordshire. They are almost identical but the Staffie, altho originally bred for bull fighting, was then bred to be loving family pets, tough enough to tussle with kids, short easy to maintain coat and they were bred for this for generations. It was long after the breed had been in the US that some fools decided to get the fighting temperment back into them. Of course this wasn't acceptable to the Staffie Registry so the dog became known as the American PitBull.
Hm, that is very interesting!
Anyway, although I am no fan of either... I saw this this morning on the web, and thought of all of you :)