[QUOTE=ecofarm;1059803059].Due to original breeding purpose and subsequent inbreeding, PBs and dobermans are inherently unstable
I would say very, very few dogs are inherently unstable irrespective of breed type. As has been pointed out a true PB should most definitely NOT show aggression to humans. A 'game-bred' Pitbull should show no sign of aggression when his handler has to apply medical attention (usually with next to no anesthetic or pain relief). The trouble with the American Pit bull is actually most are nothing like the original. Its gone away from the true characteristics and has morphed (with many out-crosses) into some grotesque 'big-heavily over muscled' machine.
As you rightly say education is the key. Many owners buy into a breed not knowing the first thing about 'dogs' let alone breeds that have certain characteristics. I am a firm believer in 'horses for courses'. If you buy a Doberman' its far more inclined to have in its DNA traits conducive to guarding/protecting (not all but most). So to expect this new 8-week old bundle of fun to become a well behaved, obedient dog without the correct training is, in my opinion, to have a weapon with the safety catch broken.No other breed has anywhere near the history of snapping (mentally) and attacking their owner and family. The ban on them in Miami is justified. Sure, a good owner can keep one and never have a problem, but most people are not ideal owners and it simply is not worth the risk given the average owner's training, education and ability.
As an owner of two American Bulldogs both weighing in at around 80pounds i know full well the obligation i am under. Fortunately my dogs not only are family pets/guardians but form an integral part of my hobby. I attend quite a few field trials entering them in activities ranging from 'Weight-pulling' to 'hardest hitting' (which is sleeve work).
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Last edited by gunner; 09-17-11 at 01:12 PM.
Europe is in the midst of disaster, only, they do not realize.
my neighbor has a couple of pits and neither one of them has ever shown any signs of aggression, towards either other dogs or humans. they routine come into my yard to play with our dogs and in the 5-6 years he's had them there has never been a single fight. my younger kids have tried to ride them like a pony with no issues.
I, on the other hand, have a 2 inch scar on my right hand from where my friend's beagle bit me when I was 11.
I don't favor an outright ban. Just strict liability for the owner. If your dog is leashed in the yard and taunted by kids, where are YOU?
I think owning an animal large and powerful enough to kill a human carries with it some responsibility.
If you ban the pit bull, people wanting to get dogs to fight will will either go underground with their pitts or just get more aggressive breeds like the German Shepherd, Rottweiler, or Husky, who were not bred for fighting and will not handle the training as comparatively well as pitbulls do. Which is to way, they will be even worse than fight-trained pitts.
Regarding a ban, I not only favor fairly strict liability, I would be in favor of stricter licensing. Potential dog owners should be required to undergo some form of education about both dog care in general, as well as education about the traits of the breed that they are going to own. Even a small dog can kill (a very small person, like a baby) Unfortunately, with so many orphaned dogs, it's unlikely there will be any such requirements anytime soon