It depends on how the dog is raised it doesn't matter what type of dog it is.
I've met more well-behaved pits than not, the most recent a service dog for a disabled veteran. Sorry to hear about the attack though.
I have a friend with two pit bulls they are the friendliest dogs. I think it is how they are raised, just like people,
It's the OWNERS' fault. If you'll recall, on the Little Rascals (way back when), their dog "Petey" was a pitbull and never offered to bite anyone (even with all those kids around).
That was a terrier not a pitbull.
Pit bulls are terriers.
Pete the Pup, the dog that rose to popularity in "The Little Rascals" or "Our Gang" television series, was an American pit bull terrier; the original Pete was Pal the Wonder Dog, also an American pit bull terrier.
All dogs will bite given the right / wrong circumstances.
Personally, I think American Stafford Terriers [aka pit bulls] have been given a bad rap. There are dogs owners on the outer fringes of being human that have used the dogs to fight. Then, they take the dog home [if it lived through the fight] to be a house pet. Then if that same dog tragically mauls a child. Who is to blame?
'Pit Bulls', are like any other dog. They respond to their environment. Most often in my own experience, poor dog behavior can be traced to poor dog owner behavior with the dog. That being said, any dog has the potential to bite. If the dog is stressed, in an unusual situation, with strangers and a million other factors, the dog may bite. Dogs are living organisms, their behavior can not be predicted flawlessly.
I've seen it too many times..
After the dog attacks or bites someone, then the owner is saying "He's never done that before"..
When i use to do flooring work, i had to be around peoples dogs every day..
The first thing they would tell me when i get out and the dog comes walking up, is... "Don't worry about him, he doesn't bite".
All i can hear in my mind, is them later saying... He's never done that before".
As someone already said, how the dogs are raised has a lot of consequences on how hostile and dangerous they turn - and any dog can turn dangerous. The "dangerous races" are stereotypes - I've had a German Shepherd. She was a sweet thing, friendly. My old neighbour had a mix-breed (nothing in him of the dangerous dogs list), and the dog bit my young dalmatian out of nowhere, and almost took a piece of her meat.
I'm positive if you look at the number of pitbulls that exist versus the number of them that have attacked others, you'd find it's an enormous difference. The link is simply sensationalism for a slow news day. How many other dog breeds do you think attack toddlers and leave scars or kill? I'd bet it would be a similar number to how many pitbulls attack.
"In the 70s they blamed Dobermans, in the 80s they blamed German Shepherds, in the 90s they blamed Rottweilers. Now they blame the Pit Bull. When will they blame the humans?"
We've had 3 Rottweilers in the past 24 years. The current one just turned 1 year old. The ONLY time my dog ever bit anyone was when my son's friend, who was 17 at the time, decided to sneak up on Jasmine with a halloween monster mask and scare her. She bit him on the ass. Didn't even break the skin but thats something he'll probably never do to any dog again. He deserved it.
Dogs are so funny, they don't know the difference between real and play. I had a sweet dog would,'t hurt anything, but a friend and i both got to the dumpster at the same time and she waved an empty tube at me as if to hit. My dog groweled and got all defensive.
That's in your dogs job description. Protect.
I agree, Pit Bulls are extremely dangerous.
pitbulls have the angry genens even if they are usually nice -they could alwasy brain SNAP and hurt someone. Not a breed we need in our society.
Sorry, I trust dogs more than I do most people.
Exactly don't allow dangerous things to exist.
I don't care how safe the vast majority of dogs of whatever breed are, if the owner allows his dogs loose onto other people's property, he is responsible for whatever happens.
This owner is not going to be criminally charged, because there is no prior record, but he sure as heck is going to face a massive civil suit, and rightly so.
It's all based on how they are raised/ trained. There have been a few pits I've really loved. One ironically named "Killer". He thought he was a lap dog and was scared of his own shadow. :)
I had a Doberman,a pittbull, a Rottweiler,a chiwawa,a dashund and 2 shepards...all were trained and well cared for except that old chiwawa...that bastard hated everyone...took 2 years until that prick would let me pick him up....best dog I have ever had,even though he was an asshole
People kill more people than pit bulls do, let's ban the people instead
I have owned a couple of pit bulls before and in general they are loyal and loving dogs. My pits never bit my kids or any other kids before. They were raised with love in my home. I think it definitely depends on the owner and how well they are taken care of.