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    Should pit bulls be banned?

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/boy-5-ma...resham/742220/

    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.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    I would like simple poll answers Yes, No, Maybe, Other added if possible.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

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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.
    I have known only few Pit Bulls. Let me say that they were all of fine character and reliable with kids.
    I have seen lots of oother dogs purebred and mut that were quite the opposite. All of these had one thing in common: Humans that should not have had them.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    I have known only few Pit Bulls. Let me say that they were all of fine character and reliable with kids.
    I have seen lots of oother dogs purebred and mut that were quite the opposite. All of these had one thing in common: Humans that should not have had them.
    Sometimes the worst treated dogs on the planet can turn out to be the best dogs in the world when handed over to the proper parent. As well, sometimes the best training in the world can't help a dog that is beyond any help.

    Most dogs are though. The fact that bad people seek out certain breeds such as pitbulls shouldn't deter one from owning one. However, it's always safe to assume you have bad people in your neighborhood or community, so even though your pitbull may and probably will turn out fine, you shouldn't trust other pitbulls unless you know the owner and are familiar with its temperament. And even then, ultimately a dog is a dog. You must always be careful around them.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by akrunner88 View Post
    Sometimes the worst treated dogs on the planet can turn out to be the best dogs in the world when handed over to the proper parent. As well, sometimes the best training in the world can't help a dog that is beyond any help.

    Most dogs are though. The fact that bad people seek out certain breeds such as pitbulls shouldn't deter one from owning one. However, it's always safe to assume you have bad people in your neighborhood or community, so even though your pitbull may and probably will turn out fine, you shouldn't trust other pitbulls unless you know the owner and are familiar with its temperament. And even then, ultimately a dog is a dog. You must always be careful around them.
    Oh. I think it smart to teach kids how to behave with animals. As pleasurable as they are, they can be dangerous and it is always good to keep in mind, when dealing with dogs you do not know.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Pit bulls are not a specific breed- they are a set of characteristics. You want to ban that?

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by akrunner88 View Post
    -- 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.

    -- snip --

    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 --
    I'm no lover of dogs but the crux of the problem is bad owners, this stands for any dog breed. My partner's sister lives in Switzerland and wanted a dog (the customary thing for many new mothers over here in the UK - you see them walking their babies in the pram, they're on their mobile phone while their terrier or staffie runs around doing whatever it wants to) but she was told she had to do compulsory training to be a dog owner. She realised she didn't have time as she would be back at work as well as nurturing a young child so gave up the idea.

    If people want dogs, they should be allowed but they should certainly have to be trained before they can own a dog - a dog remains a wild animal at heart and unless you know what you are doing, you simply create a danger to the public and sometimes your own kids.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by akrunner88 View Post
    I would like simple poll answers Yes, No, Maybe, Other added if possible.


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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Should people who abuse animals be banned?

    Would pit-bulls exist if people hadn't created them?

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