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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Why should I?
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    Pit Bull is one of the most loyal kind dog....

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by edward222 View Post
    Why should I?
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    The rapper should be banned for giving dogs a bad name.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Yes... they should. At the same time people that live in projects, ghettos or trailer parks should not be allowed to own dogs.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    It is also a matter of their anatomy. Pits don't attack more often than the rest of the breeds. But WHEN they attack, because of the way their jaws lock, they do much worse damage than other, even larger, breeds.

    But no, they shouldn't be banned. I worked in the kennel of a vet clinic through highschool and college and dealt with many pits. Every one of them was sweet. Of course, the type of owner who brings their pit to a vet is usually a loving owner.

    Don't get me started on Chows, though. Most of them that came in were mean (in that particular environment at least), regardless of how nice the owners were. But I don't think they should be banned either.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    No they should not.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Emphatically no to banning pits.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by akrunner88 View Post
    James Nevils, 5, mauled to death by dog in Gresham; dog killed | abc7chicago.com

    Another day, another life lost due to irresponsible pet ownership.

    The question I pose today is: Should we ban "dangerous" breeds of dogs, and in particular the pit bull (a term encompassing several breeds of dogs)?

    Let me preface my opinion with the fact that I am a pit bull/Labrador mix and pit bull owner. They are the sweetest dogs on the planet and get along with people, dogs, cats, children, etc.

    When discussing pitbulls and breed specifics, excluding the very valid statistics involving incidents of bites, maulings, unpredictable behavior, etc, it is my personal opinion that pits are like any other dog in their instincts, their loyalty to their owners, their response to firm pack leadership, their intelligence, etc. Anyone who has ever came across a pitbull owned by a responsible dog owner knows they can be great family dogs capable of much love and affection.

    The issue with pitbulls, and I'm sure this will be debated, is not the breed itself, and not even good/bad owners, but the types of people attracted to pitbulls in the first place. They are seen as a status dog, much like Rottweilers and other larger, stronger, more brutish, intimidating looking animals. And for that reason, many people seek them out and own them for the wrong reasons.

    Any dog can have a good/bad owner. Bad ownership usually implies a lack of understanding towards the establishment of a pack leader, not honing in and nipping negative traits while fostering positive traits (laziness), not exercising the dog enough, allowing aggressive behaviors to manifest without addressing them, not taking advantage of puppyhood to socialize and train them, etc.

    However, most people don't SEEK to be bad owners. They just don't understand or take in all the responsibilities that owning a dog entails.

    Pitbull owners in many communities across the country SEEK to have a badass, intimidating dog. That's why their associated with ghetto black and white trash communities (coincidentally where pit attacks happen most). You don't hear of cocker spaniel maulings or maulings from many other breeds to often because these dogs aren't sought out as a status symbol. These maulings usually come from bad pet ownership because of the reasons listed above. Pitbulls have a bad wrap because of the types of owners they attract.

    Are pitbulls dangerous? Like other large breed dogs, they are more muscular, heavier, and can inflict much more harm to someone than a Yorker terrier. In this regard, all large dog breeds are dangerous.

    It's people that are dangerous. Irresponsible, stupid people who don't take their role as a pet owner serious enough. And for that reason, pitbulls suffer from unfair criticism and stigmatism in this country. Pit owners like myself face apartment discrimination all the time, and have to deal with negative perceptions (quite deserved) from people who don't understand the breed.

    So to sum up - should pitbulls be banned? My answer is neither yes nor no. I think enough irresponsible people out there in the world seek out pitbulls that it's to be expected that I may have a tougher time having certain communities accept my dogs. With owning a pitbull comes different sets of challenges, mainly public perception that you must be willing to accept and deal with. And that perception is definitely justified, though unfair to the breed as a whole.
    There is no such thing as a dangerous breed of dog.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerBob View Post
    It is also a matter of their anatomy. Pits don't attack more often than the rest of the breeds. But WHEN they attack, because of the way their jaws lock, they do much worse damage than other, even larger, breeds.

    But no, they shouldn't be banned. I worked in the kennel of a vet clinic through highschool and college and dealt with many pits. Every one of them was sweet. Of course, the type of owner who brings their pit to a vet is usually a loving owner.

    Don't get me started on Chows, though. Most of them that came in were mean (in that particular environment at least), regardless of how nice the owners were. But I don't think they should be banned either.
    Chows are one of the few breeds that identify the alpha and are loyal to him and only him.

    By the way Chihuahuas bite more often than other dogs.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Pit bulls don't kill people. People kill people.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    I have literally petted thousands of dogs. I have never had a pit bull bite me or snap at me. However, I assess the dog and the owner first to see how the dog is treated and if he seems afraid or aggressive. In my experience, pit bulls are friendlier to strangers than most breeds. (only boxers and labradors are as friendly) I have experienced small poodles and other smaller dogs trying to bite me. (and attack my mid-sized dog) Pits are riskier because of their strong jaws, so they are not a good idea for families with kids under six years old because kids can do things to provoke any dog. I also think it is best to avoid having more than two pits in one household because the human might not be the leader of the pack. But there is no need to ban pits.

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