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    Pit bull puppy ???

    My DD and SIL have just adopted a six week old pit bull puppy. My heart did flips when she told us that. I'm afraid my brain did a quick flash back of the stories of pit bull attacks. Those of you who have pit bulls .... would you please give me some input in their aggressiveness or lack of?

    Right now I am hearing all the cute puppy stories....but still am anxious. They have no children and this is their new 'baby'.

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    The "bully" breeds are called that because of the most aggressive of their breed. That said, Pits do seem to be in the news for suddenly turning and eating infants. Some think that it is the in-breeding and the goal to make this a dog fighting breed that makes it not only unpredictable, but also deadly. That said, I think any breed, from the ankle biter to the Pit, needs to have a strong leader...or they will fill that space. I know plenty of Pits who are family dogs that wouldn't ever think of doing anything other than protecting their humans and some who have no direction and I also know of LOTS of ankle biters who reign in terror but are "just sooooo cute." I wonder at the Pits who "uncharacteristically" suddenly attack and what their "pack" is like because a dog with a leader defers to that leader unless it is "sick." I hope they take their big dog seriously and learn what they need to do for their big dog to ensure he is a member of their family. Any dog can be a terror but when we choose to have these dogs as a part of our family, it is also our responsibility and obligation to foster the living conditions they need with us.
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    If they don't have children it should be fine. All breeds have the potential for violence especially when a baby is introduced into the pack/family.

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    Pits are wonderful dogs

    The are strong powerful animals and when there is a problem it's dangerous so we hear about it. When I was a kid German Shepherd were the big scary dogs. They got a bad rap because they were inbred and trained to protect by people who had no idea what they were doing. Then rottweiler were the big bad dog more inbreeding and stupid owners. I would hope that they are looking for a family pet not a guard dog if that's the case and the train their new adorable puppy to be part of the family and what his place in the family is. As we. Should all dogs, he will be a wonderful pet

    I have been around many pits and if I had another dog I would have a pit in a heartbeat. .
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    CurliQ, Tartan and Billi.............thanks for your replies. My daughter was able to meet the owner as well as the mom and dad of their puppy at the shelter. The parents of the puppy were pit bulls and very friendly even when folks came around their little family of pups.....which indicates to me that the mom and dad have been raised in a loving home.

    Daisy, the new family member, is being trained very well and with lots of love. She will be in obedience school when she is old enough. The other pet of my daughter and SIL passed away last December of old age - he was 17 yo. He had been trained by them and was so loved.

    All that said to thank you for your replies and assure you that what you have suggested is already being done. There will no be small infants in their home (maybe another pup at some point) and they are loving and enjoying Daisy. I hope I get to meet her while she is still in the puppy stage. Although I have heard that pit bulls are like active loving puppies all the time. Thanks again


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    I would never own a Pit Bull or allow my children to play in a home that had a Pit bull. I'm sure it's true that not all pit bulls are bad, but whenever something bad happens, it usually involves a pit bull. (Bad dog accidents, that is).

    That said, I am personally afraid of most aggressive type dogs like Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Rotweillers, Dobermans, etc. My brother was attacked by a large mixed bred aggressive dog when we were kids and my dad severely injured when he tried to free my brother. So I'm a Shih Tzu fan!
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    When my oldest son was about 8 months old. His Grampa got a pit bull, that dog grew up with my son. I never had to worry about anyone coming up in the yard if that dog was out there with my son.

    Pit Bull is used as a catch all phrase when it comes to a mixed breed dog. Any dog can snap and attack even the most gentle loving one. Even cats lately have been flipping out on their humans.

    The dog isn't bad, it's bad training.
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    I have a pit bull/chow mix and she's a big sweetheart, loves everyone, except the vet. LOL I still say that the problem with "aggressive" dogs, isn't the dog, it's the owners and how it's raised. I've owned Chows, pits, etc., and have never had anything but compliments on them.

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    It all comes down to how they are raised. I showed some property couple months back. Pitbulls were in their kennels and only woofed to let you know of their presence. They sat in their kennels and just happily wagged their tails. They woofed when we left. The house also did not smell of pet.
    Yet in the news yesterday a young man was attacked by 5 and luckily a passing motorist yelled for him to get into his car. He got 14 stitches and scratches. The owner was tracked down, dogs confiscated and will be quarantined. The owner's backyard showed evidence of fighting rings. One dog was put down at the pound because he became so aggressive with the employees and actually bit and bent one of the doors of the kennels. All boils down to how they are raised. Any pet for that manner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billi View Post
    Pits are wonderful dogs

    The are strong powerful animals and when there is a problem it's dangerous so we hear about it. When I was a kid German Shepherd were the big scary dogs. They got a bad rap because they were inbred and trained to protect by people who had no idea what they were doing. Then rottweiler were the big bad dog more inbreeding and stupid owners. I would hope that they are looking for a family pet not a guard dog if that's the case and the train their new adorable puppy to be part of the family and what his place in the family is. As we. Should all dogs, he will be a wonderful pet

    I have been around many pits and if I had another dog I would have a pit in a heartbeat. .
    due to bladder infection in my kitties i have spent nearly every day sitting in vet office waiting for shots or exams since last september. the reservation where the vet office is has to be the pitbull capital of the world. i have, over the months of sitting there visiting w pit owners & breeders, recieved quite an education. we moved here few years ago. news full of vicious pit attacks. most horrifying was a 4 yo child that was nearly dismembered by a pack of strays the childs grmother had been feeding.

    that was my only experience w pits --news stories like the child (who lived, has had numerous surgeries, permanent nerve damage & news stories vicious idiot humans like michael vic)

    this is what i have learned. pit bulls are members of huge dog species -Terrier Breeds. look them up ..this post will be too long if i name even half the breeds that are terriers. pitbulls come in sizes from miniatures to giants called XL. really! i have met 4 mo old puppies that exceeded 100#'s. acting like puppies. adorable. this breed is intelligent, & like ANY breed of dog w/o proper socialization & training can become a vicious animal. my kennel/groomer had an employee who had her lower lip bitten off (small flap of skin left only) by a little bitty chiuahua. any breed of dog can be dangerous.

    learn about pits ..they are beautiful, loyal, loving and one of the best breeds to own ...as a family pet. i don't have one, but i would if opportunity arose.

    i have a German Wirehaired Terrier - another breed known for agressiveness ..my love baby, all he wants to do is sit in my lap.
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    My son & daughter in law have a wonderful pit bull (baby) she is I think almost 6 years old now and one of the sweetest dogs I have been around. Of course since they decided to have her instead of any children they do love and spoil her. She is well behaved and quite the * cuddle puppy* -- a total joy to be around. When my granddaughters visit they love playing with her, she is gentle and loving
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    The only dog that's ever bitten anybody in my family was a Golden Retriever that suddenly snapped and attacked my sister and my mom. I witnessed the whole thing - my sister was 9 years old, laying on the floor next to the dog in the morning, petting the dog and talking to him very sweetly and suddenly he turned his head, bit her twice on the face, then jumped up and bit my mom several times on the legs and arm as she tried to pull him away from my sister. We had no warning, no indications this would happen. My sister wasn't threatening him or hurting him; she was laying on the floor. He didn't growl or snarl or anything, he just...started attacking. He was a stray we had recently adopted and apparently was not quite right in the head. He was tested and didn't have any diseases (no rabies); the only conclusion we've been able to come to was that he must have been abused previously. They had to put him down. Thankfully the bites my sister suffered were minor, she has no scarring left. Mom didn't get off as lucky and lost part of the muscle in her leg and has a pretty significant scar.

    ANY dog, of ANY breed can be dangerous if they are raised improperly or treated poorly. I've even read stories of household CATS freaking out and attacking people.

    I've owned a pit bull mix and he was the biggest sweetheart. We got him as a puppy and raised him properly. We were told over and over how dangerous he was, how he would "eat" our cats and kill us in our sleep. His best friend was a feral kitten we adopted around the same time we got him, the two of them were best buddies and would sleep all curled up together. He never, EVER did anything aggressive. Most aggressive he got was barking when someone knocked. Most dangerous thing about him was his habit of whipping you with his tail, he had a bony tail that moved like lightning! He eventually passed away from cancer and DH & I still miss him terribly. All our other dogs get compared to our pitty mix; he was the BEST dog.

    I would not hesitate to have another pitty in the family as long as I got them as a pup. Ditto for Rotties, Dobe's, ...etc. I WOULD hesitate to adopt any dog as an adult (especially a larger breed), unless I knew the dog's history. You just never know what's in that dog's head, sadly. Dogs can be crazy too, just like people.

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    My husband was an insurance broker, and the company he repped wouldn't cover homes if the owner had a dog of certain breeds, pit bull included. It was a big shock for some people who already had such a dog. It might be something to quietly look into, so there are no surprises down the road...
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    I adopted my Pit from an animal shelter when he was somewhere between 1 and 2 yrs. If anyone had told me I would adopt a Pit I would have said they were crazy. The shelter he came from spends a lot of time evaluating their animals for behavior problems. Long story short, he is the most loving and affectionate dog I've ever owned. He literally loves everyone. After he came to live with me I started doing research because my personal experience was so out of sinc with their press. Well according to statistics the Pit breed is no where near the top in dog bite instances. I always watch and supervise all my dogs when new or small humans come to visit, I never want to be responsible for damage done to any person. To repeat an often said statement, 99% of the time its not the breed its the human.

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    I have a pit bull and he is the sweetest, most loving dog I have ever had. He is is sweet and loving around everyone. I have had two other breeds in my life that I have had to turn over to animal rescue because of their aggressiveness. (I will not mention the breeds because I don't want to take away from this thread) My pit bull was a rescue dog. He was starved and beaten by his previous owner. We took him in and have given him lots of love and attention and he is an amazing member of our family. I am sorry that others can't see these are wonderful dogs when taken care of properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icul8rg8r View Post
    I would never own a Pit Bull or allow my children to play in a home that had a Pit bull. I'm sure it's true that not all pit bulls are bad, but whenever something bad happens, it usually involves a pit bull. (Bad dog accidents, that is).

    That said, I am personally afraid of most aggressive type dogs like Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Rotweillers, Dobermans, etc. My brother was attacked by a large mixed bred aggressive dog when we were kids and my dad severely injured when he tried to free my brother. So I'm a Shih Tzu fan!
    I'm sure it's true that all pit bulls are not bad. Problem is, how do you know for sure which one you have?

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    I watched this video by Cesar Milan a few days ago. Maybe it will soothe your fears:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANpMApPnWCM

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    I think pits have a bad rap. The ones I've known had wonderful temperments. Any dog can bite. And it's not just how they're raised or what background they have. I've known people who were bit by all kinds of non-pit bull dogs. One example, someone I worked with was visiting a relative with their toddler. The relatives had an older beagle who was a friendly dog and, I guess, considered itself dominant. When the visitors came with their toddler, the dog bit her really bad in the face when she reached for something inside the suitcase. They think it was a territorial thing.

    I wouldn't trust the small granddog with little children. He's fearfully aggressive and for some reason he doesn't like children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    My husband was an insurance broker, and the company he repped wouldn't cover homes if the owner had a dog of certain breeds, pit bull included. It was a big shock for some people who already had such a dog. It might be something to quietly look into, so there are no surprises down the road...
    I was going to comment about the same thing.

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    Loved the Milan video, thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma;6825389
    ANY dog, of ANY breed can be dangerous if they are raised improperly or treated poorly. I've even read stories of household CATS freaking out and attacking people.

    I've owned a pit bull mix and he was the biggest sweetheart. We got him as a puppy and raised him properly. We were told over and over how dangerous he was, how he would "eat" our cats and kill us in our sleep. His best friend was a feral kitten we adopted around the same time we got him, the two of them were best buddies and would sleep all curled up together. He never, EVER did anything aggressive. Most aggressive he got was barking when someone knocked. Most dangerous thing about him was his habit of whipping you with his tail, he had a bony tail that moved like lightning! He eventually passed away from cancer and DH & I still miss him terribly. All our other dogs get compared to our pitty mix; he was the BEST dog.

    I would not hesitate to have another pitty in the family as long as I got them as a pup. Ditto for Rotties, Dobe's, ...etc. I WOULD hesitate to adopt [U
    any[/U] dog as an adult (especially a larger breed), unless I knew the dog's history. You just never know what's in that dog's head, sadly. Dogs can be crazy too, just like people.
    i agree w everything you say. especially about cats. but my agressive kitty was rescued and brought to me when he was only a few hours old. he attacked dogs that attacked my dog, he didn't like men..tho he loved my ex, he attacked a couple of our male friends & while dating my second husband, Chaucer would force himself between us on the couch. hubby still tells the story even tho it was over 35 yrs ago

    you nearly brought me to tears w your telling of your pit mix. i had a high content wolfdog for 11 short years. lost her to cancer 2 yrs ago. i read all i could find on the internet, and borrowed books fr friend from whom i was to acquire my choice or "pick of the litter". i wanted to learn how to raise, train & love my expected new arrival. i read about wolfdogs unreliable, don't trust them - they can be playing w you one minute then attack you in the next. don't allow around small children & animals. keisha had babies ..every abandoned kitten i fostered & finally kept. her favorite, Sherman, she would pull over to her, wrap her long wolfy neck around him & give him hugs. i had had her spayed before she had first heat (wolves only go into heat twice a year) and i have wondered if her kitties were her "forever" puppies. she adored my two grdaughters. was hugged, crawled over and snuggled by the oldest from the time she was born. grbaby would start her wolf howls as soon as they topped the ridge and she saw the valley where we live spread out below. that was before she learned to speak - human --but wolf she had down. and both girls loved Keisha.

    not all the scary intimidating "facts" relating to what to expect from some breeds can be believed. it is the human & canine/feline relationship during formative youth of the animal that determines the peraonality of the pet.
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    Every few years a different dog hits the top of the 'vicious' dog list. A few yrs ago it was the Rottie. Before that I believe it was the German Shepard. Every dog can be dangerous. I would worry about cats that like to cuddle-they've been known to smother a baby from time to time.
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    I want to thank all of my QB buddies for their responses. The video was so good to watch. I will have to believe that a 'good' dog is the product of good owners and the good training they give to the pup. You have helped to ease my anxiety over my kids choice of pups......now to make the trip to meet the newest member of our family.


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    I do not like to hear a dog called a pit bull - that is a term used for pit fighting. I call the owners of the dogs pit bulls - the dogs are Staffordshire Terriers or other mix breed of terrier. We have a neighbor who has a Terrier, sweetest dog. When my husband had surgery, a guy brought a terrier into the waiting room. The dog laid on his back and was so comforting to the people who were waiting for their loved ones. And by the same - I have also seen "people" walking their terriers with heavy chains wrapped around the dog's body to "strengthen" them. Bull-loney!!!!!!!! The owners are the pit bulls - not the dog. I really take exception to a dog being called a pit bull. It is an insult to the dog. In my humble opinion. Edie
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    I've been babysitting one while looking for a new owner as previous owner died...this puppy who's gigantic now is really good, practically deaf and will bark at stranger (mostly men) but seems to be a very good watch dog. I do believe it's the way they're raised to determine their outcome, any dogs in my opinion . He's now with two ladies with a little girl and all seems good.
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