let me ask something? what is the biggest "media monster"? "Pit Bulls"... thats it... "pit bulls". where does this come from? People... pit bulls arent born with the thought process to "Kill, or attack" a person... A truely open minded person would do their research.. some of the greatest dog hero's are "pit Bulls".. (I use quotations for the ignarant of the bunch who doesnt know any better, for the rest of you, we know our babys at American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and even sometimes the Bull Terrier). For those still uneasy about the "pit bull" ask yourself this, if crime was committed predominatly by one race, whether it be whites, blacks, orientals, hispanics, or whoever, does that mean that "race" should be eliminated? should they be banned from cities, or immediately euthanized when they are sent to jail or prison because of their race, like "pit bulls" are in so many shelters? i think not. The sad thing is... in reality, people who are sent to prison, or jail, 9 times out of 10, its because they did something wrong, and are being punished for such things... with "pit bulls" the are being punished for being born something they didnt ask to be born as. I work animal control, and trust me... i see so many bite and attack cases from small breeds of dogs, and far more than just "pit bulls." Take it from a mother of 6 (4 of which are American Pit Bull Terriers) i have 2 small children, a four year old and a 2 year old, and i have never in my life seen dogs that are greater, and more protective of my children than Punk, Primus, Mrs Pretty, and even little Pride. They are a god send, and i would never own any other breed again. I will end this with these statements... i really am sorry for those of you who are too close minded and ignorant to make your own decision, and not just from what you hear in the news... do your research; do a google search about "pit bull" heros, and see what comes up.. or look up these web addresses... but when you watch the video, i hope that you dont feel as uneducated afterwards....http://media.putfi
or www.sorryagain.com or http://gprime.net/flash.php/thepitbullproblem or http://www.pitbulllovers.
|Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Sep 29th, 2006 12:03 PM
|Some breeds of dogs are more disposed to aggression than others - each breed has its own characteristics including temprament type. |
You may regard this breed as safe, but it's best not to get into sentimental anthropomorphism as, at the end of the day, dogs are animals with animal instincts. ↑
|Name: tyler | Date: Oct 13th, 2006 2:44 PM
|is pet bull good pets to have around kides ↑|
|Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Oct 13th, 2006 4:12 PM
|Name: Randi | Date: Oct 13th, 2006 4:48 PM
|I think all dogs have potential to be dangerous. They are all derived from wild animals and with improper handling they can be dangerous. Just because you seem to be a responsible owner and love them doesn't mean you should not watch what you say. Someone may read what you have written and aquire one and not know how to handle them. Sure you say most dog bites are from little dogs, but they do far less damage. Pit bulls are wonderful dogs, but they do have the locking jaw and they are bred for fighting. I am an owner of large breed dogs, and I have people who fear them, so I understand what you are saying but I don't push it on other people because I know that they are not for everyone. If you love pit bulls, then love them but don't feel the need to justify it...let them see how wonderful your dogs are. ↑|
|Name: Terri | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 4:30 AM
|Where did you hear that pit bulls have LOCK JAW???|
Pit bulls do NOT have locking jaws. No dog of any breed has ever been found to possess a mechanism in their jaw which would allow them to "lock" their top and bottom jaw together. There is no such thing as a locking jaw!
I have a pitbull myself and now that I have one I wouldn't get any other breed. They are amazing! Toby has the best personality, he loves children, and is VERY smart. My sister in-law was nervous because she was pregnant and has a pitbull/mastiff mix. Once she had her baby she introduced diapers and the babys clothing to her dog.. HE LOVES THE BABY. If the baby is in the swing, and the swing has stopped moving the dog will go upto it and nudge it with his nose to rock it again.
People need to give pitbulls a chance! Most of the time pitbull attacks aren't even pitbulls. The two "pitbulls" that killed the lady in New York were Cane Corsos.
I work at a vets office and I see TONS of dogs everyday. Trust me the meanest dogs that come in there are NOT pitbulls. I don't even know of a mean pitbull that comes in there. They are all sweet and intellegent and just want to be treated like every other dog.
I was bit in the face by an australian shepherd, I was also bit on my hand by a border collie. A co-worker was bit by a Scottie. So don't just focus on pitbulls. You should always be cautious around ANY dog around a child not just a pit bull.
Thank you ↑
|Name: Randi | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 3:36 PM
|I never said there was a mechanism which causes their jaws to lock. In pit bulls when they latch on they are not likely to let go. That is where the whole locking jaw thing comes from. I also said in my post earlier that all dogs can be dangerous. I think it is really immature for you to say that all pit bulls are sweet and just want to be loved. Everyone says that about the breed they have chosen. Im sure the scotties owner thinks that they wouldnt hurt anyone, but they are one of the strongest dogs for their size. ↑|
|Name: staceykelley | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 3:59 PM
|i have 2 pit bulls and they are old men 14 and 13 i have two children one with special needs my dogs are loveing and gentle they have never been aggressive in any way i grew up with my dogs and now my kids are my mom got them when i was 11 and when my mom passed i got them they are the sweetest creatures yes they are animals but do people need to be so judgemental its almost a control thing i love all animals well most but every animal has there own personality just as humens do so why judge all on the bad personalities some may have i understand we need to keep our children safe and i would never put them in harms way but no matter what kind of dog or cat or hamster you might have if they feel the need to bite they are gonna do it no body writes about the hamster that bit off a persons finger ↑|
|Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 6:38 PM
|Hamsters don't kill people - dogs do. ↑|
|Name: staceykelley | Date: Oct 14th, 2006 8:35 PM
|did i say hampsters kill people u people need to honestly quit being judgemental my god how old are we different people have different pets its our choice what we have and my dogs are awsome as are many other peoples dogs quit being so judgemental never mind what everybody else is doing in there life and focus on yours ↑|
|Name: Hiddy | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 12:00 AM
|Pit Bulls are an aggressive breed, they have been bred for aggression, its a fact. This combined with their strength and powerful jaws (which can lock), and their wide mouths and oversized teeth, makes them a dangerous breed.|
Why own one? When there are hundreds of other breeds out there to choose from? Dogs do nothing for the environment, We could breed them out of exsistance if we wanted to. There is no reason to keep such a breed on this earth. The only thing stopping this is people who irresponsibly continue to have these dogs and fight to keep such a breed alive.
To the breeders who sing their praises for these dogs, you have no idea HOW these dogs are treated and what they are bred with when they leave your businesses (studs) You might not condone such behaviour in an animal, but you can NOT screen the people who buy them or what they are going to do with them.
For goodness sake, stop breeding the things take responsiblity and realise that YOU are part of the chain in these attacks.
Anyone here can look up the statistics and see how many attacks pitbulls are responsible for- its frightening
These are the facts. I do not need to quote anyone, Ive studied
it in animal behavioural sciences. Thank you
A Sincere Dog Lover ↑
|Name: Hiddy | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 12:14 AM
Stop getting your information on "Locking Jaws" from Pit Bull breeding websites. Get a book on dog physiology and look it up. Pit Bulls do not have a mechanism that allows their Jaws to lock, the same as people....But people still lock their Jaws dont they? In many attacks the Pit Bull becomes so aggressive and its bite is so hard, along with the shaking of the head, causes the dogs jaw to lock. So their Jaws CAN LOCK. It doesnt mean they have some groove in their Jaw Bone that just slides in when they feel the need. But their Jaws CAN and DO often LOCK. ↑
|Name: Terri | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 2:39 AM
Name: Hiddy • Date: 10/14/2006 21:04:26
Staffies were bred for fighting. BUT, because of their popularity over the years as a loyal companion the aggressive gene has become a lot less previlant in the breed. They have been bred as pets far more often than a dog to be used as a guard dog.
I dont know whether you have noticed or not, but the breed has also become smaller. I have also noticed that a lot of Staffies are now treated like Lap Dogs. lol
I think they are becoming a beautiful breed. I have a friend that has a little female and she goes everywhere with him, like a child...lol I think they are nice dogs, they are definately getting better = ↑
|Name: Join a Rescue Help all dogs! | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 3:45 AM
|The American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier differ slightly in their build and size, but are collectively called pit bulls. There is also a sub breed called the red nose pit bull which is prized by many breeders. The red nose pit bull is an American pit bull terrier that has a red, instead of black, nose and a solid red coat.|
Pit bulls are very muscular dogs, ranging in weight from about 35 to 85 lbs (about 16 to 39 kg). Pit bulls have very short hair that is seen in a variety of colors and markings. A pit bull characteristically has a large square head with a very defined jaw. Pit bulls naturally have short floppy ears, but they are commonly cut even shorter so that they stand straight and pointy. The practice of cutting the ears is unfortunately used by dog fighters to help prevent wounds if the ear happens to be bitten by another dog.
Over the years, pit bulls have acquired a bad reputation for being aggressive, vicious and dangerous to people and other animals. However, the temperament associated with dangerous pit bulls is the result of irresponsible ownership and the use of pit bulls in fighting rings. Because pit bulls are strong, easy to train and eager to please, they have become a favorite breed for illegal activities. Sadly, many pit bulls fall victim to abuse by the training methods employed by dog fighters and in the fighting ring. Thousands of pit bulls are discarded daily because they end up in the wrong hands, are not aggressive enough for their owners or lose dog fights, rendering them useless to dog fighters.
The myths and stereotypes that surround pit bulls and their owners make up a very small percentage of the millions of dogs that are called pit bulls. One commonly held belief about pit bulls is that they have locking jaws. This belief is always false. It is physically impossible for a dog’s jaw to lock. However, pit bulls have very strong jaws which can be clenched stubbornly, making it difficult for a person or animal to free itself in the event of a bite.
By nature, pit bulls are very gentle, affectionate and trustworthy dogs. They follow commands willingly and are loyal, family dogs that love children. It is extremely rare for a well treated pit bull to attack without serious provocation. Pit bulls are very intelligent and make great companions and guard dogs.
Despite their great temperament, pit bulls are not for everyone. Pit bulls require a lot of exercise and they are very energetic. Someone considering owning a pit bull should be able to make a commitment to obedience training. An untrained pit bull can be strong, very energetic and mischievous, making it a difficult dog to handle. ↑
|Name: lindalu | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 3:48 AM
|Name: Kitana | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 12:32 PM
|Yes Tyler "pittys" are great around children. You need to get a puppy from a reputable breeder not a puppy mill or BYB. Start training early, make sure to crate train properly, instil the NILF program, socialize, and get it's CGC award asap.|
APBT have almost limitless amounts of energy and excell in almost any sport or activity (which is one reason why so many law enforcement agencies use them in service). They will need a minimum of 2 hrs daily exercise, and at least a 1-2 mile walk daily.
A well trained, tired puppy is a happy, healthy puppy! =D ↑
|Name: susan | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 5:50 PM
|wrong again. the jaws do not lock, moron. it is their determination to hold on which stops them from letting go. mine are playing tug of war behind me right now. get a clue before you start typing. ↑|
|Name: Tiffany | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 6:51 PM
Once again I'd like to point out that, yes, pitbulls today can be aggressive. However, it is more for the reason that they are being bred for the wrong purposes by many. If you carefully choose your pet there is less of a chance in any breed that it will become aggressive. And no, pitbulls that are properly bred are NOT more apt to be aggressive than most breeds. ↑
|Name: Tiffany | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 6:52 PM
I am a pre-vet major. I have access to more accurate information on animal psychology than you probably do. Pitbulls cannot lock their jaws. Period. ↑
|Name: k | Date: Oct 20th, 2006 12:31 AM
|Question for people who think that pits lock there jaws.......If they really do lock then how did the first pitbull unlock to breed? ↑|
|Name: Hiddy | Date: Oct 20th, 2006 12:41 AM
|Dear Miss Pre-vet|
Pitbulls have a wide mouth, they have ample room at the back end of their molars. When you see a pitbull snort, seeming to get a better grip. They are actually gathering fleash at the back of their mouths to get a better hold. Because their mouths are so wide, they are the only breeds capable of doing this.
They might not have locking jaws....but the DO LOCK ON ↑
|Name: lindalu | Date: Oct 20th, 2006 12:56 AM
|Yes Hidy you are rite about them beeing able to lock on! They where at one time used for bull bating, they had the abillity to take the bulls snout in to thier mouth and pull it to the ground. If they feel need they do have the abbility to take a good bite. ↑|
|Name: LadyB | Date: Oct 22nd, 2006 9:59 PM
|Once again, they have strong jaws. They do NOT lock. They are game...they hold on, but don't lock. Did I mention that their jaws don't lock. Jackass. ↑|
|Name: lol | Date: Oct 26th, 2006 1:46 PM
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|Name: Shelley | Date: Oct 31st, 2006 4:13 PM
|I agree that I'm sure it's not the dogs fault for attacking Adults and kids also i'm sure if dogs where in heat because I have a pitbull named moocher he also likes to bite people but he knows better to bite adults or kids. ↑|
|Name: T-rabbit | Date: Oct 31st, 2006 7:48 PM
|First off it takes more than one dog to bring a bull to the ground. You people make it sound like the pit bull has super powers. Have you ever seen a bull baited? No probably not! It is just like bore hunting, several|
dogs are turned lose not all being pit bulls! Every dog is cabable of holding on, despite human effort to get them off. Play tug a war with a small dog that likes to play even they will let you lift them up and refuse to release. ↑
|Name: jay | Date: Nov 3rd, 2006 12:55 AM
|i have a question. How old do my pitbulls have to be before i can cut their ears and tail? ↑|
|Name: T-rabbit | Date: Nov 3rd, 2006 1:00 AM
|Name: Bethany | Date: Nov 3rd, 2006 4:23 AM
Why do you want to crop/dock your pit's ears and tails? For one thing, tail docking is incorrect for breed standards, not to mention it is very painful. Secondly, a bad ear crop can ruin a dog's look. I've seen too many gorgeous dogs turn ugly because the wrong person did the crop.
If you do decide to go through with it, make sure you go to the vet, and DON'T do it yourself ↑
|Name: T-rabbit | Date: Nov 3rd, 2006 6:07 PM
|A lot of real fighters doc the tail to keep it from getting crushed.|
JAY YOU SOUND YOUNG IF THIS IS WHY YOU ARE ASKING LOOK UP _YOU TUBE PIT BULL OATH_ Is this how you treat someone who loves you? If you cant take care of him right get rid of him. ↑
|Name: LadyB | Date: Nov 4th, 2006 5:51 PM
Cropping and docking are unnecessary practices. It benefits very few dogs. It has turned into a cosmetic practice. If your dog is just a pet, then there is absolutely NO need for it. Even show rings aren't requiring ear crops on breeds that historically have always been cropped. Seriously, don't put your dog through an unnecessary cosmetic procedure...all it does is cause needless pain. ↑
|Name: nita | Date: Nov 6th, 2006 7:08 PM