Ive grown up with pitbulls my entire life, i even volunteer at my local animal shelter and we mainly have pitbulls puppies or adults in there, and i keep seeing to get the people that always have something negetive to say about the breed. society has made a sterotype of pits that they are aggressive mean dogs and there not, they are actually very smart, sweet and easiest(personally) dogs to train, just want to see what my fellow animal lovers think about this or what things have you heard about this beautiful breed =]
I completely agree-I’ve got many friends and relatives with pitbulls, and they’re some of the most loving animals I’ve met- and a friend of a friend’s dachshund, supposedly a ‘cute, harmless little breed’ bit through my pants and into my leg last month upon my mere entering her house…the stereotypes placed on certain breeds is horrendous. Hopefully people’s attitudes will change once more and more people begin to realize that the breed is not at fault for its reputation, but the people fostering that reputation. Though there certainly are those dogs who just aren’t the friendliest, a little common sense can spare us a majority of the self-defense lash outs many animals exhibit on those who mock them. A little positive media could be exactly what they need to boost the awareness of these reeds’ capacity for kjndness…maybe Disney or the likes could whip out a little ‘Lovable, Teary-Eyed Rottweiler Looking for an Adoring Companion Home’ flick. Either way, these supposedly violent breeds deserve a chance to be recognized for their sweet attributes!
I would say 98% of the dog attacks are provoked in some way but many people just don’t spot the signs. Of course, there’s the 2% of attacks that are just random and couldn’t have been prevented at all.
Unfortunately people who want violent ‘status’ dogs are the ones that cause breeds to get and keep bad reputations 🙁
I grew up with a pitbull for 14 years of my life. She was the sweetest dog I’ve ever had 🙂 Granted, she did attack a few animals, but I feel like that could happen with any breed of dog. I think the reason people are so afraid of pitbulls is because of all the negative things the media has to say about this specific breed and the fact that they so seldom see how wonderful pitbulls can be 🙂
I’m very sorry to hear that, that must have been very traumatizing 🙁
I hope I didn’t offend you. I didn’t mean to suggest that -all- dog attacks are provoked, I know in some cases it is spontaneous – I just meant to say that of all the cases reported of random dog attacks, it is very unlikely that they were -all- random, and also that breed has very little to do with it.
Styna…. in response to you saying “we hear stories all the time of rotts and pitbulls randomly attacking “for no reason”. Family dogs that just -decided- one day to eat a kids face.
I CALL SHENANIGANS!” me and my partner had an american bulldog not too long ago whilst we lived with his mum an sister… and the dog nearly killed her. She was in hospital for ages and needed over 100 stitches…. She had never done a wrong thing to that dog, in fact she loved it to bits and wouldn’t hear a bad word said about it when it barked at 4am… but it just got it in its mind one day to rip her head off and it damn near managed it. She wasn’t arguing with anyone, she wasn’t eating (someone suggested food might have caused it to attack) she was just sat reading a book. I can think of no reason (and believe me I have spent a long time thinking) why that dog would try and kill my sister…. but it did. I don’t agree that every supposed “no reason” attack happens for no reason, but I do believe that sometimes, it genuinely does.