25 dangerous dog breeds most likely to turn on their owners

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Start telling people their dogs are dangerous and you’re likely to begin an uproar; the fact is, however, dog attacks do occur and even against the dogs’ owners.

Many insurers will often not provide homeowner’s insurance coverage for several of the dog breeds listed below.

The following fifteen dogs are among the most dangerous breeds evidenced by statistics that include attacks on the owners.

1. American Pit Bull Terrier

These dogs repeatedly make headlines for attacking people. Their aggressive temperament matched with their strength historically saw them bred as fighting dogs. While dog fights are illegal, many of the dogs still exhibit the traits of fighters. These dogs were also used for baiting both bulls and bears so their genetic makeup is rather fierce.

Pit bulls have been known to attack children, the elderly, their owners – anyone that happens to be in their path. If the dog feels provoked or startled, it has been known to bite. Many owners swear that their pet would never attack them; however, this breed has led to more human fatalities than any other.

The sheer volume of Pit Bull attacks have prompted many insurers to deny coverage associated with homeowners insurance. Many owners have to seek a special policy for coverage liability protection where their pet is concerned. Of course, some don’t bother to tell their insurer about their new pet and this could lead to problems, especially if the dog does bite or injure someone.

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It’s essential for pet owners to understand the nature of the breed they choose to bring into their home. While it may be true, indeed, that many of these canines have become revered members of the family, it also cannot be denied that this particular breed is responsible for more fatalities than any other type of dog.

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Carol Geyer
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All I can say is, I am glad my dog is not a purebred dog. He is a walking marshmallow, who, over the last 6 years ( he was a full grown stray) has never even threatened anyone. He loves people and cats, and gets alonf with other dogs. He even puts up with my goofy Akita/Husky cross!Believe me that thakes patience!

Tamsyn Blackwell
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Tamsyn Blackwell

I have a purebred Malinois. Well-behaved and protective. He came from the pound. He’s perfect.

Erich Kartmann
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Erich Kartmann

Carol, muts are some of the best dogs in the world. They are much healthier and longer lived than purebreds too.

ukpittyluva86
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really??? so the fact that mongrels have issues in there genetics and can cause caner issues, join problems and serious health issues….COMPARED to a pure breed that has not been geneticly spliced with some other breed.

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QcontinuumIQ2006

Well you obviously don’t know much about “Purebreds” and what that even means.
So many “Purebreds” have been crossed with other breeds and inbred so much to obtain certain traits that people want to see in the breed that it’s causing major health issues in the breed.
Mutts choose who they mate with and then nature takes over and harvests the best qualities from each of the animals and that’s why people end up with extremely good animals that put “Purebreds” to shame in intelligence, loyalty, endurance, and health.
Humans aren’t qualified enough to be mixing breeds as compared to nature.

JK
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JK

Notice that they did not include any of the small breeds like chihuahuas. I have never been bitten or been afraid of any of these large breed animals, but my brother was mauled by a small breed mutt many years ago. All dogs can be aggressive if not raised and trained properly. I love pitties and if I could have dogs, I would have a Brindle Pit.

Cristina E Gonzalez
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Cristina E Gonzalez

I’ve had both small breeds, and pitbulls, and to tell you the truth, its the way you raise these dogs that make them the way they come out. If you socialize them at a young age they aren’t afraid of strangers. And the reason these small dog breeds attack is that we treat them more like babies then what they are. That’s most of the reason these small dog breeds attack all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always careful when it comes to my large breed dogs around small children, but the reason is not cause I was… Read more »

Hiram Belt
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Hiram Belt

I have Pit and a Chihuahua, and they sound just like yours. Even down to biting the muzzle with the Pit not responding with force.

K.L.G.
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K.L.G.

I totally agree! I have a small mutt (about 6 pounds) who is old and cranky and tends to attack my pit a LOT! My pit usually runs and hides from him until he calms down! People are so ignorant about ‘pit’ breeds! That is why PARMA still exists. ANY dog is going to be whatever you train it to be combined with their individual personality. And actually pits are very much conditioned to do anything to please their owner. So they are really one of the easiest dogs to train and have the most easy going personality with people.… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Pit is not a breed. American Staffordshire, American Bull Terrier, and others make up that slang “Pit” term.

G. R. Reese
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G. R. Reese

Its the practiced denial of pit-bull owners that I find so appalling.Your single sample evidence is utterly irrelevent in comparison to the massive scientific studies AND annecdotal evidence to the contrary. The “ignorance” here, K.L.G. I’m afraid is yours and that of your self-deluding ilk – ultimately putting yourselves and other at risk..

Mughal
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Mughal

Very useful article. Yesterday a cat was killed by 3 pit bull dogs. Cat was trying to save her 3 kittens . 4 weeks old kittens are saved.

GoneApe
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GoneApe

I don’t fear chihuahuas but I do fear Dobermans, Shepherds, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls, and other big and potentially aggressive dogs. It is best to have a gentle dog with good ears and do the protecting yourself with a firearm. (This is about the potential to be seriously harmed or killed by a dog and size does matter. You cannot predict animal behavior absolutely.)

PyjamaPanda
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PyjamaPanda

You’re sorely mistaken if you think those breeds cannot be gentle. I’ve got a mixed breed (Great Dane and Husky) and he is a gentle, laid back dog. By your thought process all ‘big people’ would be vicious killers, while smaller people would be labeled as demure and gentle. It doesn’t work that way. Every dog has an individual personality, and can be capable of aggression- regardless of what size they are. My mom has a 30lb Shetland Sheepdog that barks at everything and everyone, and will not hesitate to growl, snap, and bite if he feels so inclined— and… Read more »

mplo
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mplo

I have to openly differ here, PyjamaPanda. Unlike with pitt-bulls, I’ve never, ever heard/read about Great Dane, a Shetland Sheepdog, a Husky or a Basset Hound inflicting bites that go for the musculature, and causing death, permanent maiming and dismemberment of their victim(s).

Gene Vickery
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Gene Vickery

I’ve got a Boxer-Pitt mix who let’s my 3 year old granddaughter stand on his head while he’s laying down so she can smack at her grandma. The dog did nothing but look at my wife with pleading eyes to get the child off of him. He didn’t even so much as twitch an ear. 95% of an animal’s disposition is their upbringing and training. 4% is their own personality and 1% is their genetic background.

amyslays
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amyslays

Also have a boxer pit and hes an aloof sweet heart who plays like a wussy he would not get rough no matter how much we say is that all you got. When you say enough he stops immediately. People are stupid to believe that this behavior is innate. Because all pit bulls full breed or mix have the SAME personality…. that’s like saying all killers have the same personality characteristics sorry not all have the same mental illnesses. Ignorance is bliss.

S.T.
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So many pit bull attacks (maulings) were done by dogs whose owners claimed had never shown aggression and were good with kids and family, yet turned on them one day.

Bill Atnip
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Bill Atnip

I have heard of vampires doing the same thing.

Courtney Grimshaw
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“Big dog does not equal ‘potentially aggressive’- “Dog” means potentially aggressive.”

I freaking loved that statement haha — Well said!

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if trained properly and not abused, those dogs are gentle dogs as well.

all dogs, like all people, have the capacity to be gentle, unless they are trained otherwise or abused.

卌SOS Fam
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In my life, I’ve had MANY dogs. All of them, but two, were so-called “big and potentially aggressive dogs”. My favorite breed is Pitbull. The two that were small were a Chihuahua and a Cockapoo. The only dog I’ve ever had aggression problems with was Hershey, my Chihuahua. Don’t give me the strength/size argument! How a body is built doesn’t affect a personality. Hershey was scared of people, so he bit and jumped. The fact that a dog is small doesn’t change the fact that they could easily bite down hard. Have you ever been bit by a teething baby?… Read more »

OhSoRight
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OhSoRight

” How a body is built doesn’t affect a personality.”

However, it does affect the result when the dog decides to attack someone.

Would you rather be attacked by an angry chihuahua or an angry pit bull?

mplo
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mplo

If push came to shove and I had to absolutely make a choice, I’ll take an attack by an angry chichuahua over the angry pitt-bull, thank you!

mplo
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mplo

I disagree, cove2014. Pitt-bulls do much more horrific damage, and, unlike smaller dogs, are capable of dismembering, mauling, killing and permanently maiming their victims. Nobody says that the bites of smaller dogs can’t inflict a certain amount of damage, but smaller dogs such as the chichuahua don’t have either the physical, genetic or temperament capacity to inflict the kind of horrific damage that pitt-bulls inflict.

TLK
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TLK

Chihuahuas don’t have the muscle strength or jaw strength to cause the damage of a large dog, obviously. Temperament however, isn’t what causes damage. And yes, many Chihuahuas DO have the temperament for biting.

K.L.G.
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K.L.G.

Please check some facts regarding pit bulls temperment! They are genetically conditioned to ‘please the pack leader’ which means their alpha human. Therefore if they are not raised to be aggressive they are just genetically more inclined to be gentle and loving with people. Which is why for hundreds of years they were known as the ‘nanny dog’ until some scumbag humans thought they would fight them for their sick and perverted pleasure. And even those dogs that were fought their whole.lives or used as bait dogs CAN be reformed with proper intense training and a whole lot of love!

mplo
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mplo

Come on now! The strength/size/breed argument has lots of merit to it.

Unlike Pitt-bulls, Chihuahuas don’t inflict bites that penetrate deep into the musculature of their victim(s), kill, maul, permanently maim or dismember them.

mplo
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mplo

Good post, GoneApe. Size and breed really do matter, and some types of dogs are even more likely to kill, maul,maim and dismember their victim(s) more than other.

JK
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JK

I have never met a large dog that I was afraid of and we have had large dogs ever since I was a small girl. In fact, my first dog was a large male Doberman and he adored me and took good care of me. However, when my brother was about 7 years old, he was severely bitten by a little dog that was supposed to be “so friendly and loved kids, you can pet him”. My brother attempted to pet the dog with the owner right there and the dog bit him in the face in 2 spots and… Read more »

psd
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psd

cant trust gun nuts either

spt1988
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spt1988

Join the discussion That’s why I own many firearms!

Bill Atnip
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Bill Atnip

Cant predict animal behavior absolutely, same can be said about humans. So lets ban all humans over 90 pounds. See the idiocy in that.

Kat
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Yiu most certainly can predict behavior. I have 2 pitbulls. Both rescues. Both sweet as can be. I treat them as dogs. Not allowed on the bed or furniture. They know thier place in our pack. They are obedient nd loyal. Most of all they love children. Did u know pitbulls were bred to be nanny dogs for royalty? Did u know HOW a dog is raised and treated and trained has everything to do with how it acts? Everyone things labs are such great family.dogs. I have seen at least three AGGRESSIVE labs in the city I live in… Read more »

FullServiceSally
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FullServiceSally

Oh the good old “nanny dog” story again. Pitbulls were NOT bred to be nanny dogs, ever. Nor is there any valid proof of such a comical story. (For royalty? That’s a new twist on it) You Pitbull owners and your denial piss me the hell off! Every damn one of you always claim the same thing almost verbatim. “My pit is the sweetest” “my pit wouldn’t hurt a fly” “my pit lets my kids climb all over him” which just screams stupidity in the first place. Who in the hell let’s their kids stand on a dogs head!? That’s… Read more »

Jane madison
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Jane madison

My family sweetish pit bull would never hurt a fly turned into a killing machine she turned on one of our small dogs killing her she never showed aggressive behavior ever after that I wanted to get rid of her the problem she’s not my dog now I have to keep my little dogs locked up an beside me all the time my little ones left are traumatized they seen it happen so here’s to sweetish pit bull story’s pit bulls don’t like small dogs or small children this is a wake up for pit bull owners p.s she wasn’t… Read more »

old34
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old34

It is not how you raise them all of the time. You have dogs with different personalities just like people do. I happen to like huskies. My first husky was a gentle spirit. The husky that I own now has a nasty disposition with other people.

Kat
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Is the husky a rescue?

Amyslays
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Amyslays

Agreed. Much like most abused humans don’t report it so the statistics are only based on those that are reported which means statistics don’t count for the hundreds of people that are abused men and women as well as children. So who’s to say that other dog breeds don’t bite hard enough to potentially kill someone solely because its not reported. Education is the downfall of this country.

Amyslays
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Amyslays

Because “tiny babies” don’t count as people….that’s a moronic comment. Death is death, even if its a small dog attacking an infant/toddler and as a result they die.

JK
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JK

see my reply to the person above. I would trust a large dog over a small dog any day of the week.

JaneDoh
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JaneDoh

Any dog is capable of turning if not raised properly. Unfortunately for a lot of the bully breeds, try have become status symbols of our ghettos. They are over bred. Everyone wants a pittbull puppy, no one wants the unwanted adults that are euthanized daily.

TrueJustice
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Dear Jane I own a german shephard . He has never turned on me. I have owned two before him as well. However let someone break into my home when I am away . My dog will actually protect my home unlike a lab or poodle that will do nothing but hide or wish to be petted. My dog isn’t a bully. Dogs can sense intent, something we can not with eyes alone. Dog owners should however be required to own their property . Renters fit your description better than ghetto types. I’ve seen what you describe though far to… Read more »

Gary T
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Gary T

I agree that dogs, esp. in the case of German Shepherds can by and large sense peoples intentions, they still don’t always have perfect perception. I have a German Shepherd I got when he was about 2 years old. He immediately took to me from the moment we met, and he doesn’t really seem to mind most people he meets. It seems like he likes girls more often than not, he loves me and my father, yet some of the other men he sometimes comes into contact with tend to rile him up. His response is incessant barking. He is… Read more »

pbrower2a
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pbrower2a

A man’s home may be his castle — but it is his dog’s jungle, and he defends his jungle as ferociously as any great cat. A dog may be perfectly suited to a single-family house as its territory. Move that dog to a tiny apartment, and it may have an exaggerated idea of what is its territory. Think of animals similarly predatory and similarly built — and figure that getting into a dog’s territory is much like entering a zoo enclosure for one of the Big Cats. Dogs are slightly above us humans in the food chain. Good behavior is… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

How right you are. When I was born over 65 years ago, I came home to 2 GH and the female guarded over me. I cannot ever remember not having a GH in the house always more than one, up to 4. We always got them as puppies and trained them. The first thing my father taught me was to be the pack leader (not boss). I have always lived in a house with yard. They were taught first thing their boundries, not one of them went outside of their yard. When my sons were small, I would take them… Read more »

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disagree re renters – i used to be a home owner but due to economic problems (job loss, new job pays less) i had to sell the house and move to an apartment. i would of been heartbroken if i had to give my dog away to do so.

theres too many unwanted dogs already in the world, no need to add to the problem by requiring home ownership to own a dog. thats ridiculous.

Boxerlover
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Boxerlover

Really? All dog owners should own their own property? What a ridiculous thing to say. I rent because I am a 25 year old dental student and do not consider myself “ghetto.” My boxer is perfectly happy in our 2 bedroom apartment.

TrueJustice
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No offense meant. I refered to renters as the most problemed of pet owners . I know this from experience. Personally however as a non home owner if you lost your 2 bdrm apartment , what then? Be careful not to erode the enamel while getting your on the job training on those who you practice on.

mplo
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mplo

One must bear in mind, however, that German Shepherds are much more intelligent than pitt-bulls, which is why they’re often used as rescue dogs, police dogs, fire-dogs, and seeing-eye dogs. Pitt-bulls aren’t used for any of those things for obvious reasons; they have both the genetic and physical capacity, as well as the temperament to really kill, maul, maim and dismember their victim(s).

TrueJustice
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An educated and experienced individual. As well as a well deserved upvote . Mplo, I love my shephard for those reasons. Smarter than many and far more loyal. Much respect and honor too You mplo.

AJohnson
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AJohnson

Hmmm. My husband was attacked at the age of five by a German Shepherd. He required 135 stitches to his face. Any breed can attack.

Shelby Lynn
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Shelby Lynn

I work for a dog trainer that specializes in aggressive dogs and she as 4x as many small dogs as large. The reason small dogs are not on this list is because people hardly report small dog attacks. The dogs that live in my neighborhood are the same, I have been repeatedly chased or growled at from the small dogs but the large ones are fine including the Pitbull, Boxer, and Rottweiler I own. It is the owner not the dog, would you blame a 4 year old child if it has aggression issues or would you look at the… Read more »

kevin
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kevin

If there ordering a persons dog destroyed, there property they might as well. its an infringement on rights. now I’m not saying the owner shouldn’t have to quarantine the dog or keep away from small children/guests but guard dogs are very useful. p.s. pit bulls were once known as the nanny dog because the will protect those it cares about like it would its own pups.

FullServiceSally
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FullServiceSally

PPS: no they weren’t. Ever.

Cristina E Gonzalez
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Cristina E Gonzalez

Its true. no one ever seems to blame the owner, its never the dogs fault, its the owners. Also true what you said about the comment you made of the 4 year old. Its the same, when a child has problems they always look to the parents, cause the parents are the ones guiding this child, its the same way for a dog, just because the dog reaches full grown at a year old, doesn’t mean they are adults already, most vets say a one year old dog is mostly a 7 year old child. I don’t know if others… Read more »

Ashley Bopp Work
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Ashley Bopp Work

great danes are not dangerous i have one and she is such a sweetheart my husband and i love her. she is loving and caring and also a smart one.

Rob Huckfeldt
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Rob Huckfeldt

I have owned 2 black labs, 1 rottweiler, and 2 pit bulls. The best family dog was the female pit. She acted like we were all her young to protect and was the most loving towards all, even the children. The worst, however, was my 2nd male black lab! Supposedly one of the best breeds for families/children and he was just plain ornery to the kids. He had to go in a short order!

Steve Nickell
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Steve Nickell

That would be the mosquito, actually.

old34
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old34

Do you think that is because they are the most owned dogs? Just saying.

Sandy
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Sandy

Top 3 biters in order: Doxie, Chi, JR

Ragdoll Mommy
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Ragdoll Mommy

It depends on how the dog was raised as a puppy. Not all breeds of those listed are mean.

nadine
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nadine

I have a Dogo Argentino that I rescued when she was about 2 years old. She was 35 pounds under-weight and I thought she was a puppy. My vet had me put her on a high calorie diet ASAP and 16 years later she is still the best dog in the world. She allows my friends children to grab her and tug at her ears and mouth, and trust me I was really hesitant to let them rough house with her at first. She is the most patient dog with all the children she has encountered, including some that just… Read more »

Johanna
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Johanna

I have owned a pitbull mix for 13 years. Not once had I ever had to worry about him attacking someone. Sorry false statement there, I never had to worry about him aggressively attacking anyone, he just had a tendency to lick people to death. My family’s pug on the other hand, if you pet her when she doesn’t want to be pet she will bite you hard. When someone comes over we always tell them, don’t worry about the pit, worry about the pug, she is more likely to bite you than he is.

WCWard
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WCWard

The statement made about the American Bandogge says it all, “if it is poorly socialized or has suffered abuse”. There are no bad breeds of dogs, just bad dog owners.

MJ2079
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MJ2079

Only Humans are & will continue to be most dangerous not the dogs & till something is done about humans, these dogs will continue to suffer. I will bet my life that ” My Pitbulls” would never do what they say. To all you close minded, heartless, hateful people, I’d be more afraid of people like me, I’m capable of a lot worse than ” My Pitbulls” could ever do!

Tami Moneymaker
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Tami Moneymaker

they were once referred to as the nanny dog because they were good with kids………..the one who use them for fighting are what gives them a bad name, that and bad/stupid owners

nosmiley
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nosmiley

Thanks for mentioning that they can be nanny dogs. The author of “Little house on the prairie-” Laura Ingalls Wilder had pit bulls , as nanny dogs. The dog on “Little Rascals” “Petey” was a pit bull. I had a female, that was the sweetest dog I’ve had out of 4, other breeds. Allow her to smell you a minute, and she’ll jump in the car with you, and never look back. She loved riding. My sister had a toddler, and came to visit. She had heard all the bad talk about pit bulls, and was scared to death, for… Read more »

David Lowell
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David Lowell

I agree. Sounds like my pit. If they are aggressive most likely they are being used to protect drugs.

none of your business
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none of your business

That nana dog tale is nothing more than a myth created by neurotic childless women with an urgent insane need to save something, anything including pit bulls.

Moxie M
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Moxie M

So all the mentions of pits as “nanny dogs” during that time period, from multiple sourches, are just part of one big conspiracy…?
And Laura Ingalls Wilder, devoted mother, was a “neurotic childless woman”?

You sound like the sort of person that ignores facts in favour of your own bias. Just like people who claim black people are all violent because “look at how many are in prison,” or that cats are dangerous because they “suffocate babies” (both based on misinformation & bias).

Donna Lee Craig
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Donna Lee Craig

…no bad dogs, just bad owners…

Trish
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Trish

You don’t need “scientific evidence” for statistics and facts. Pits are still responsible for more human fatalities than any other breed, especially against children. Sure, much of a dog’s temperament (bit not all) is how they are raised. And with that being said, then why is it that more pit owners abuse or don’t train their dogs than any other breed owners? I do find it amusing that Chihuahuas are mentioned as aggressive. I’ve known MANY of this breed, my best friend raises them, and never once have I encountered any that were more than yippy and excitable, but would… Read more »

Tyler Peck
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Tyler Peck

Again, the reason why Pits are involved in a significant proportion of fatal bites is because, as you rightly pointed out, they are the most likely to be abused and mistreated, or owned by thugs, as any other breed. Other strong, “bad” breeds like rottweillers and dobies are in the same category. It is almost ALWAYS the owner, through either abuse, bad training, or bad breeding.

panzerakc
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panzerakc

Twenty years ago, all the dog bite/mauling stories were about Rottweilers. Twenty years before that, it was Dobermans. Twenty years before that, it was German Shepherds. Twenty years from now, it will be something besides pit bulls.

There will always be idiots who must have a big, bad dog, for whatever reason. Certain breeds get popular, and unscrupulous breeders breed anything that looks like whatever is popular, with no thought to health or temperament.

And in my not-so-humble opinion, there are people who should not own dogs.

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pbrower2a

A knockdown by a dog — any dog — is as dangerous as any slip-and-fall incident. Dogs are the strongest and most powerful mammals for their size (I would have expected the leopard), and they are extremely agile. Here’s a basic rule: in a fight between a human and a dog, the dog half the size of a human, the dog wins.

That’s before anyone mentions the teeth and claws. These animals are closer to being tigers than to being humans.

Stan Bryars
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Stan Bryars

Please show some sort of cite for those “facts”

The dog is not even close to the strongest mammal for it’s size, and you will have to show some sort of evidence for the comparison of a knock down to a slip and fall. I have a very hard time believing that the knock down form a shih tzu or even a cocker is all that dangerous

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I tripped over Zach, a short, 20lb, gentle cattle/ collie mix I was walking one day (he zigged when I’d expected him to zag), and the fall stunned me for several minutes – I was barely able to limp home (seriously!) I was in agony and might have put a hairline fracture somewhere. I was all alone and no cell phone in those days – So I ended up leaning down to counter-balance gingerly on the cooperative dog’s back. He understood my situation immediately (brilliant dog) and stayed right with me, off lead, under my flat hand, step by slow,… Read more »

FredC1968
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FredC1968

Great story

Bill Atnip
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Bill Atnip

I can show vast amounts of EVIDENCE some thing the article lacks. That ( using your example ) Humans are the most aggressive and dangerous animal.

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Unverified User

Chiuahahs are the number one in terms of biting humans. Bully breeds are generally towards the bottom of the list of attacking humans. If any of the ignorant people who wrote this P.O.S. did any research, they would have noticed that Bullys are not usually guard dogs, being as they were bred to be LOYAL to their human owners. Their aggression is geared towards other animals. And if anyone has ever read or seen a documentary on dog-fighting, owners can be in the pit, putting themselves in direct proximitey to the fighting dogs mouths, and still not even so much… Read more »

Jim Morrison
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Jim Morrison

My Shi Tzu is not as calm as my Chow Chow’s and a lovable sweet disposition I could not have imagined in my 2 Chow Chow’s. The Shi Tzu rules the roost with these Chow’s also. It comes down to breeding and socialization, with out these two components you will have an issue with just about any breed of dog.

Tammy
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Tammy

I’ve had a few different dogs and I have always found that if you Socialize them and give them plenty of love they will be more likely to listen to you when you train them, and not be aggressive unless they are protecting their family or domaine. I don’t care what type of animal you have, that works with cats too. You just have to gain their trust.

Erich Kartmann
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Erich Kartmann

In the case of German Shepherds, if they are poorly trained and socialized they definitely can bite and often do. But its very rare for someone to be mauled to death by one and I’ve only read of a few cases of them turning on their masters. They are the MOST loyal, most trainable, and most respectful of authority.

Erich Kartmann
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Erich Kartmann

Robert Butler, there is a mountain of statistical evidence that pitbulls are dangerous dogs who have caused hundreds of deaths and injuries. They are deliberately bred for aggression as they are used to this day as fighting dogs. HOWEVER, not all pitbulls are vicious killers! There are some nice ones and yes, some gentle ones, but with a breed like that you don’t really know what you’re getting. @Leigh: Michael Vick culled most of the pitbulls that weren’t mean enough before he was busted. And futhermore, I have heard of labrador retrievers attacking kids! Black labs are much more aggressive… Read more »

Jenn
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Jenn

you got that right about their tails. My Amstaff beats her tail against me when her daddy comes home because she is excited

Rob Huckfeldt
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Rob Huckfeldt

Careful there, that comment about certain Labs being more aggressive will get you labeled racist in this country!

Earl Kuon
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Earl Kuon

The success of the Vick dogs is probably the greatest proof that Pit Bulls are NOT disproportionately dangerous. It’s all about the way you treat them. These dogs were deliberately bred for agression, fought, definitely abused and still when taken out of that environment make great family pets and some became therapy dogs. So all you “backyard “animal behavior experts, how do you explain that ?

mplo
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mplo

I have to disagree with the notion that pitt-bulls aren’t dangerous. Their overall physique (EXTREMELY strong jaws, noses built back to enable them to breathe while suffocating/damaging their victim(s), being extremely muscular), and the fact that the DNA for fighting has been bred into them through cross-breeding of regular bull dogs (which were bred as work dogs), and terriers, and their combative temperament, all make for an especially dangerous and risky combination. I once watched an episode of “Sixty Minutes” on TV, where a family with a pitt-bull had raised their dog to be “very gentle” and affectionate towards everybody,… Read more »

Stan Bryars
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Stan Bryars

First off , there is no difference between a pits jaw and another large dogs jaw, their noses are not “built back” any more than any other dogs, less than many dog’s in fact. Yes they are muscular, but that doesn’t make them mean. I have had too many pits and been around way too many pits, well over 100, in my life to buy into this combative crap. Te meanest dogs I have ever encounters, well into the hundreds, have been Labs. People confuse raising a gentle dog with raising a well adjusted dog. I have seen many many… Read more »

mplo
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mplo

Unlike other dogs, including Labs and Retrievers, pitt-bulls are meant to fight and kill–through their DNA, their physique, and their temperament. Moreover, most dogs, including Labs and Retrievers, UNlike pitt-bulls, DON’T have the capacity to dismember or otherwise permanently cripple or kill another animal, or a human being. I also might add that, unlike most dogs, the bites of pitt-bulls go right for the musculature of their victim(s), causing even more extensive and more horrific damage with their bites than other dogs, not only because of their extremely strong jaws, but because pitt-bulls clamp down when they bite, and don’t… Read more »

jgh59
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jgh59

My male Chow is one of the nicest dogs I have ever owned. He was given to us at age 6 months by a woman in front of a Wal Mart. She was in tears because she said her husband was going to kill the dog if she brought it home. He was independent, more like a cat than a dog, but nothing in his behavior warranted a death sentence. I quickly determined that you don’t train Chows, you reach a mutual understanding. Once this respect was understood, he actually became more cooperative than many other breeds I have ever… Read more »

nosmiley
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nosmiley

Glad you understand your dog. Many Chows are “1 man” dogs. I did know one that approached people just to get to know them.. A vey nice male. He never approached with a wagging tail, so if you didn’t know him, you didn’t know what to expect. I always suspected if you started a bad situation with him, you might lose. If you were happy or neutral, you were OK

Randy
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Randy

I have a chow that is 13 years old now and has cancer. He always barks when someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the door. When they come in, he gives them a little growl just to let them know he see’s them. Then he walks back over to my chair and sits down beside me. He did break loose from me one day when I took him outside and I was walking him back to go inside the house, when a guy was running by with his dog and he broke loose from me and ran out and… Read more »

jgh59
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jgh59

Thanks for sharing Randy, my chow is eleven and getting the same way. He did the run away thing much more frequently when he was younger; the last time was last year and I almost lost him in a rough stretch of woods. Wild hair I guess. Please read my reply to Tia below. I hope you enjoy it.

Randy
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Randy

Thanks jgh59….at least some of us are human beings…Some in here, like Tia must not be much of one…At least they don’t act like one anyway,,,,But you know what they say,,,,,,You can’t fix stupid…..So I guess we understand Tia now anyway…

Super Hamster
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Super Hamster

Somebody must be since he got up votes all dogs are cool to me.

Pangur Ban
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Pangur Ban

🙁 very sorry about your friend.

Karen Quartzstone
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Karen Quartzstone

You probably are unknowingly poisoning your dog, with food and water if it’s tap or plastic bottled water.. check out information about common pet food, and real, organic, food that you could be feeding your dog instead. along with some other gifts from nature you could easily reverse the cancer. cancer is honestly simply just “poisoning”

Randy
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Randy

Believe me, I know a thing or 2 about cancer in humans and dogs. I am a 7 year survivor of type 3 lymphoma. I have studied the affects of different foods and how they affect the body. My Dr. couldn’t find out what was wrong with me for 10 months, so when I went to another Dr. in Omaha, Ne., he knew what it was within a few minutes. And as I said before, I have studied countless hours on the things that cause cancer and even different alternative medicines and the way they affect the body, whether in… Read more »

Karen Quartzstone
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Karen Quartzstone

If you really understood cancer you would be aware it’s really not a big deal, as long as you’re not poisoned and/or malnourished so nah I don’t believe you. I wasn’t accusing you anyway just stating a simple fact to help a person who I thought didn’t know, since you were complaining your dog had cancer n all. I’m glad you were able to realize your previous mistakes with your cancer and hopefully treat your dog with high quality organic food and pure water etc. along with some metaphysical healing to quicken transmutation

Courtney Grimshaw
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Good for you for having intelligence! It gives me more hope in humans; It especially helped after reading Karen’s comments haha

Courtney Grimshaw
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Seriously!! How can people be that uneducated???

Betty Geist
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Betty Geist

Can you please tell me what your feed your dog I would to more

morph2020
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morph2020

Sugar makes ALL cells grow like wildfire.

none of your business
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none of your business

Especially fat cells.

Jane Green
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Jane Green

So true, unfortunately.

morph2020
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morph2020

Karen, you seem to believe that “natural” stuff is gentler and safer, but then like a lot of people, you believe stuff that isn’t true. Rattlesnake venom is all natural; so is poison ivy. Being natural has nothing to do with being safer. Nature starts trying to kill us from the moment we are born. After that it’s a constant struggle to stay alive.

mplo
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mplo

Thanks for your points well taken, morph2020! Bravo!

Just because things are natural/organic doesn’t mean that they can’t be harmful.

dangkids
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dangkids

Um morph, I think she was talking about natural medications for human consumption.
BTW, the only way to get the anti-venon for a rattlesnake bite, If you can, is through the venon itself. So yes, it is natural and could save your life!
They make plenty of medicines out of nature, flowers, roots, plants, some tree barks, you would be amazed to know what some pharmecudicals companies use.

morph2020
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morph2020

Dangkids, I wouldn’t be surprised a bit. I have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from an internationally-recognized university. “Natural” substances cannot be readily distinguished from their synthetic counterparts. For identical compounds, the only difference will be in small levels of impurities, with more of them in the “natural” product.

TrueJustice
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May I add, what works for one animal or person may not work at all for another with the same diagnosis. Each may have an opposite effect , fact.

Moore2itthanthat
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Moore2itthanthat

The difference with Pits & other strong, muscular dogs is their ability to kill, not just injure. A smaller dog may be a biter, but his jaw pressure & tenacity will probably not equal that of the breeds listed here. Yes, owners can determine a dog’s behavior, but some dogs have temperaments that require more vigilance than others. Imbalanced dogs, like imbalanced people, cannot be relied upon for consistent behavior in varying circumstances. Dogs with aggressiveness bred into them need early, constant, multifaceted socialization with people & other animals. I have had many types of dogs in my lifetime, from… Read more »

Jason Rox
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Jason Rox

I disagree that “pits” or American Bull Terriers are inherently more dangerous than any other medium to large breed of dog. Any dog can become unpredictable and therefore dangerous if it’s abused or neglected. ABTs are not any more or less prone to this reality. The fact that many of them wind up with bad owners doesn’t automatically make them bad too; just unlucky.

none of your business
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none of your business

Nowdays pits end up with deluded liberal wimp owners who think they are “saving” a discriminated against breed. These owners couldn’t train the most docile collie or poodle let alone any aggressive breed. So now pit bulls need crates and jaw breaking sticks to prevent them from killing anyone.

Courtney Grimshaw
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Go easy on ’em, they haven’t even learned how to spell venom yet hah

ozrkmtndd
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ozrkmtndd

Rattlesnake anti-venom is made by injecting it into animals such as horses and letting them build an immunity. Very painful for the animal.

Eagle wolf
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Eagle wolf

I have a razor edge red nose. He had been rehomed twice all in one year! He is one of the best dogs I have had and I have owed or trained.I have had or help train most of the dogs on this list! My experience is that you can’t have discipline with out relationship!! With a dog or kids. Some people get a dog that needs love and they put in a kennel all day. Lets put a human in a bath room all day and see how u act. The founding fathers of the United states had pit… Read more »

Jane Green
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Jane Green

I agree with you. Dogs should be respected for what they are, not made into animal babies, no matter what size they are. Dogs are happy when people treat them like dogs, such as people being in charge and teaching them what is expected of them. Also giving them a job of some kind that is appropriate for them. They should be exercised, and should eat an appropriate amount of good for them food. Children should not be allowed to mistreat dogs in any way ever. All living beings want to belong, be useful, respected, and loved, dogs are no… Read more »

none of your business
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none of your business

Have you ever read the pit bull lover websites? Always have a really strong crate and keep the dog in it when you have people over. If you have more than one dog each needs its own crate in a room with a door basically a bedroom. Keep a strong jaw stick around at all times so if it bites on someone you can stick it in the dogs dog and break the bite. Then there are the extra strong collars and leashes. Why get that dog if it needs to be confined in a crate to keep it from… Read more »

Krystal Mansour
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Krystal Mansour

You could eat organic everything, drink the cleanest spring water or rainforest waterwater, you could stay away from every chemical possible buying all natural products for your body, skin, etc but everyone and a lot of animals including dogs have cancer cells in their body already. Whether they decide to grow into cancer itself is something you will never know. Most people die of cancer, that’s the number one cause, then heart disease heart attacks, strokes. You have less of a chance of getting cancer doing all that I mentioned above but it does not mean you can’t get it.… Read more »

none of your business
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none of your business

Ever heard of Adele Davis? She was one of the first health food propagandist. She made a fortune from her books going on and on about health food and organic food. She died of cancer in her early 50’s.

Petronius Arbiter II
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Petronius Arbiter II

Wrong, Adele Davis was 70 when she died.

Lindsay
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Lindsay

While it is true that contaminated water or poor quality food can be carcinogenic, switching to less-carcinogenic options will not cure cancer. There are also many more variables in our lives – carcinogens in the air, synthetic chemicals we come into contact with, radiation including that from medical and dental imaging, etc. that are potentially cancer-causing. Cancer is not simply poisoning, it is a warping of DNA that causes cells to rapidly multiply, and this cannot be cured by changing habits. You cannot reverse the DNA damage with a healthier diet or purer water. Your post gives the impression that… Read more »

Karen Quartzstone
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Karen Quartzstone

When the human or animal body is in homeostasis it can not be affected by disease or disorder. To get to homeostasis you have to detoxify previous poisoning and not add any in. Then you rejuvenate with a boatload of nature’s star players, and keep putting more positive things in and do extra healing techniques if you want (so many ways to heal, the body, the brain, all the senses heal, nature just even being in it is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and a number of other health benefits, we’re really spoiled and naturally awesome which is why… Read more »

none of your business
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none of your business

Almost all bottled water is tap water anyway.

Nilza Ivone
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Nilza Ivone

Tia Schmidt, you are a ice cold person, and I fell sorry for you, “who cares?” what happened if were someone close to you? would you say “Who cares? do you have any feelings at all?
talking about human and live animals, and a deadly disease, a slow killer and extremely painful at the end, shame on you!

Frances Bonner
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Frances Bonner

Maybe she said that because the dog breed stereotype has been debunked. We don”t believe it so why the article?

Krystal Mansour
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Krystal Mansour

Don’t listen to people like Karen! It’s not your fault your dog has cancer! I replied back to her and you should read what I said so I don’t have to type it again 🙂 don’t blame yourself. I feel horrible right now myself, my ferret has adrenal disease, insulinoma, and lymphoma and I feel that I contributed to her cancers. Unfortunately they ask die of these diseases no matter what you do. It is just life.

Devon Maxwell-Pierce
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Devon Maxwell-Pierce

As a trainer, I’ve been *seriously* bitten three times. By seriously, I mean requiring treatment. All three were chows or chow mixes. One chow took off part of a fellow trainer’s ear. My sister’s chow would kill cats like some dogs go after squeak toys. I don’t think all Chows are inherently bad and they do require a skilled hand and an independent owner in a lot of cases. But in my experience, the Chow is the only breed I’d call inherently aggressive. Wildly unpredictable. I’ve been bitten by other breeds, but most of those times I saw it coming… Read more »

Mongoose218
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Mongoose218

Our neighbors had a dog that was half Lab, half Chow….she had SUCH a high pain tolerance than their electric fence, which kept in their much bigger full blooded Lab, didn’t stop her for a minute. She would be out, chasing anyone who was even near her house/ yard….and snapping, growling, head down…she MEANT it…!
I was interested to read that the dog that attacked the four year old for no reason the other day, that was chased off by the boy’s cat, was also half lab and half chow.

catbell7cat
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catbell7cat

my friend up in MT had to put two electronic collars on their 150 lb lab to stop him at the electric fence in their front yard

wolfcat
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wolfcat

Why not just have a regular fence with all that effort? Sheesh. Electric fences are not dependable for big dogs.

wolfcat
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wolfcat

Electric fences are very recommended against for dogs. They are not safe at all. They don’t always keep dogs in, and they certainly don’t keep strangers out.

oohshinyobject
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oohshinyobject

Yikes! We had a half golden retriever, half chow for about 8 years until he died. He didn’t like dogs but wasn’t aggressive toward people, including the two kids we had shortly after rescuing him. I think we just got lucky– this time, no chow mixes.

Frances Bonner
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Frances Bonner

Well if I was kept in an electric fence I might get aggressive… too!

none of your business
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none of your business

So vicious dogs should be allowed to run through neighborhoods biting and mauling?

Jane Green
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Jane Green

That was amazing. I had a cat who guarded my son against dogs, and chased a neighbor’s German Shepard Dog all the way back to his house. She was tiny, the smallest cat i have ever had.

catbell7cat
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catbell7cat

I just don’t like to look at a dog or a cat’s ass — prefer those where the tail covers that up and feeding them probiotics helps with any ‘gas’ from veggies – my friend figured that out — their dog would eat veggies from their little one’s tossing them off his high chair and stink up their bedroom at night lol

Janet Diehl
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Janet Diehl

Devon – My experience for the past 10 years with my now 14 year old red Chow mix is very different than yours. I found her in a rescue shelter in Florida. Now we are in Wisconsin, she loves the snow!! My Rosie looks very Chowy , some wonder if she is full Chow. She is friendly very to humans of all ages and to most dogs. She won’t play with all dogs, but she does not attack them: she just ignores them. She loves to be petted & gently brushed, and accepts having a bath. She is relaxed and… Read more »

chris
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chris

I’ve heard similar things from others in rescue and training. But have also heard that chow mixes don’t have that issue – the unpredictability – wondered if you’d noticed any differences?

wolfcat
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wolfcat

I find that they do have clear body language, they just aren’t obvious. You have to be watching. They are not bred to be pack dogs like most others dogs. It’s generally written that they are an expert level dog and not an every day pet. Same as most more primitive mountain type dogs.

MerrySue
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MerrySue

I have had two vets and a groomer list chows as the breed (or one of the breeds) they’re most leery of. Unlikely the groomer was working with smooth coated dogs, though.

John Brown
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John Brown

You are right Chows are very protective of there people they oppose aggresive force and react to it.
When I got my First Chow I got him from my Friend She bit me because we were Horsing around and She didn’t know but after a Year as my Littleman she was a great Pet not just for me but my FRamily as well

Kaylee6
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Kaylee6

My family had a bad experience with a Chow, but I don’t think the dog had been socialized to be a family pet. For instance, my brother (11 or 12, so not a little kid) was sitting still, watching TV, and the dog came into the room and chomped on his arm. Dad took it right back to the guy he’d gotten the dog from and said “Nope.” I try really hard not to hold it against the breed as a whole…but it’s hard. And I admit it’s my own experience and prejudice. And in many ways, it’s completely irrational.… Read more »

morph2020
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morph2020

When I was a kid, my dad brought home a mixed-breed chow and German shepherd. She was impossible to socialize to humans.

morph2020
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morph2020

We’re not interested in vicious humans who have the ethics of an aggressive dog.

Danesha Williams
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Danesha Williams

OMG! The first dog that ever bit me was a dachshund. Crazy dog it was.

jgh59
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jgh59

Mine is so smart it is scary and he uses his intelligence for evil! He counters all suspicion with his incredible cuteness. Dachshunds are incredibly protective dogs that were originally bred to go into holes and fight badgers. A bad combination for the unsuspecting.

Gretchen1999
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Gretchen1999

The only dog that ever bit me was a chihuahua! I have a doberman (my second) that is a rescue, an Australian Shepherd-Catahoula mix, and an Italian greyhound-whippet mix. All are rescues and have been around my young granddaughters and other children. All are very good with children! My dobies were awesome with children – even if the babies touched their eyes, mouth, or tail! I would never leave a child alone with any dog, but my experience makes be skeptical about articles that generalize. Any dog (or animal) can bite. Humans are the most dangerous animals in the world!

Emily
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Emily

A Chihuahua is the only dog that I have ever been bitten by and I own Pit Bull. Sweetest dog alive. <3

Josh
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Josh

I also have a pitbull that just turned 5mos old. I’ve had him since he could fit in my hand, about 7wks old. I have 2 children in my home, one that’s 4,and one that’s almost 2. I sometimes worry about my lil guy around him as he can be quite rough, hitting him with toys, etc. I don’t leave them alone, but it’s amazing how much the puppy loves these kids! Even though my son can be mean, and does get corrected as I don’t approve of the behavior, my pup just goes along, wagging his tail and kindly… Read more »

jake
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jake

thats what they all say about their pit bulls. I work in an ED and have personally seen the family loving pit bull do very substantial damage to a little child. It is just dangerous keeping a pitbull in your home with kids that young. Say what you want, but that dog has it in its blood to do damage at a moments notice. stay safe

Lou
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Lou

I’m a firm believer that, genetics play a huge part with respect to a dogs temperament. Also, how the pooch is raised by it’s owner. I have had numerous dobermans without incident. Raised with lots of love and corrected with a firm, harsh voice rather than a slap with a hand. In essence, I believe dogs are what we make them and the vibes we gives off to them. If you are unsure, afraid of it or mean, your dog can sense it and like a child, with take advantage of your weaknesses. They are supposed to be “mans best… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

I have owned 2 dobies. Both great dogs and were wonderful with every one. Not an ounce of aggression in either. I am 71 years old.

fourscoreandseven
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fourscoreandseven

Nancy: Don’t you understand that your “personal opinion” is meaningless against statistics!

NOT EVERY DOG WILL BITE! (If they did, we would not have attempted to domesticate dogs 10,000 years ago!)

We are looking at AVERAGES which says that your dog is the 4th most likely to bite! And, your age has NOTHING to do with these dog statistics! Geez, take a class!

JRJ21
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JRJ21

Until you are very feeble and your dog challenges you and goes for your throat as you bled out wondering how little skippy could do this.IT’S A BEAST,NOT A HUMAN AND IT SEES YOU AS A BEAST.

Jamie Krasnoo
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Jamie Krasnoo

Chicken little much?

JimmyRotn
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JimmyRotn

You must be a cat person

panzerakc
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panzerakc

I don’t think cats would put up with that. 🙂

Janie
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Janie

I have to disagree The difference in owning a Pit and owning a Chihuahua is when a pit decides to go off there is no stopping it the same with a Rotti. I have owned all 3 breeds The Rotti was pro trained for obedience. She loved people. She got along very well with my other dog a mutt. She would drag you on your belly if she saw a cat and kill it. When she hit 2 She tried to kill our other dog the mutt. The training I paid for did not work. I wont go into details… Read more »

forgot
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forgot

A small child is not able to “read” a dog’s behavior to understand it’s intent. nor do they understand how to properly interact with Any dog. THAT is the responsibility of the OWNER! If a dog has not been properly socialized with small children, then, yes, keep the children away. Dogs don’t grasp “baby” the way humans do and will defend itself if it feels threatened or is hurt by a child.

Stubby's Heroes
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Stubby's Heroes

What’s dangerous is children not being supervised, with ANY breed. If you’re going to try to help, then tell how many parents were not present, and how many other dogs bite. Be fair, JAKE.

Tomme Liam Bradaigh
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Tomme Liam Bradaigh

Vociferous pitbull haters like Jake are never fair.

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

Pitbulls should all be euthanized. They ARE instinctly dangerous animals.

Pitrescuemom
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Pitrescuemom

You are definitely drifting, I would euthanize you before I would any one of my Pit bulls.

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

Wait until one of your pit bulls (loving animals) attacks and maims someone. We were close friends with a family whose 8 year old boy was attacked by grandpa’s three loving and adorable pit bulls. At last count, the little boy had experienced over ten surgeries and he looks like a freak due to the fact that these ‘wonderful’ animals tore his face to shreds. All three dogs that attacked him had never shown any sign of aggressiveness. You Pit bull lovers are delusional and ignore the facts about the records of vicious attacks that occur frequently. And don’t bother… Read more »

Fairisfair
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Fairisfair

Hell people do worse to each other everyday, and they do it for fun.

gdwn411
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gdwn411

That is a sad story but your brush paints a broad stroke. Just because you know of a handful of pit bull incidents because they are sensationalized does not make the entire species guilty. More often than not, dogs that bite are a direct result of irresponsible ownership. Pitbulls do need an experienced and responsible dog owner but so do many breeds. By your logic the human race should be destroyed because pound for pound the human species is far more vicious and aggressive than any dog that ever lived. How many humans attack and maim children and others every… Read more »

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

You delude yourself. Check the stats on numbers of fatalities caused by Pit bulls versus other breeds in the past years. They outnumber all other breeds combined. No vicious pit bull attacks aren’t rare.

limp nodes
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limp nodes

truth be told, the breeding comes into play, and that’s where the road gets rocky. any dog breed can become vicious, or turn on it’s owner if provoked. there are, i’m sure, also cases where the attacks are unprovoked–stands to reason that the inevitable will happen from time to time. but overbreeding–like why goldens now have such high cancer rates–breeds, or inbreeding them, especially the more naturally aggressive ones, well yeah, what does one expect? same things apply to humans…but fear is always the strongest emotion, so, people buy into the stats that reinforce that negativity. I’ve had a 180lb… Read more »

Anneisme
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Anneisme

When I used to have a couple of Rotties all the neighbor kids would come over to play with them. They didn’t like adults unless introduced or other dogs at all, but boy did they love kids. My male was 155 and my female was only 90lbs. I only had one issue and that was my ex handed me my male to help some neighbors when we were almost home and one of the kids rode by on his skates calling my male’s name and he got a scratch as I was not strong enough to hold him back when… Read more »

limp nodes
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limp nodes

dude….you ever try to shoot three moving targets, at speeds up to 30mph, moving in different directions at once? I think you would lose….gratifyingly so.

fourscoreandseven
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fourscoreandseven

You are a real PIP! Anyone dares to say something you don’t agree with and your response is to KILL THEM!

No wonder you worship “pit bulls;” you think you are tough, but you are a just a deformed pimple on the butt of society.

none of your business
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none of your business

Pit bull lovers think they are missionaries protecting some natives from the colonizers. Or they are total liberals who defend blacks who kill Whites with the difference that the pit bull lovers defend pit bulls who kill people.

Zouquette Senesi
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Zouquette Senesi

I hope one day you have the privilege of understanding and witnessing how amazing this breed truely is.

limp nodes
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limp nodes

well, at least vasectomize….

Sandra Schultz Hurt
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Sandra Schultz Hurt

It’s people like you that are dangerous!

Jazmine Davis
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Jazmine Davis

So we gonna say that about humans then?!? And every dog breed! God. Stop being judgmental. They are part of family’s and mean just as much as kids would. Humans kill humans everyday, so are we gonna euthanize everybody?!

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

Read the statistics about FATAL attacks by Pitbulls versus other breeds. No comparison. They are unstable vicious animals including those that attack people after never having shown aggressive tendencies. You sound like a liberal who ignores the facts.

Jazmine Davis
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Jazmine Davis

You don’t really know what goes on in the house hold. Owners say they never were aggressive to get heat off of their backs but not all of them are harmful. A German Shepard and a Lab is just has harmful as a pit bull would be.

Jessie Burgdolf
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Jessie Burgdolf

You want to talk about facts how about this fact who are you to condem an entire species of dogs when only three of them has hurt a loved one and yes those numbers are very high i know but you should be thankful that boy is still alive to see the light of day if the boy had died i know it would hurt but that does not include all the other pit bulls i have a friend who has ptsd and the only thing that keeps him from going into an attack is his pit bull

linda garris
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linda garris

amen. hes had his mind made up. and who knows if that dog was being trained to be viscious. ive seen people with kids training their pits to attack. im 100% sure that’s the case here. btw the whole ONE CASE.

limp nodes
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limp nodes

I was in an alley, in a bad section of a minority laden neighborhood–everyone had dogs of an aggressive nature in their yard, it was surreal. I was doing my job, when I noticed a female pit, of course on a chain, watching me intently. it was hot out, and I was suffering from the heat. can’t imagine what she felt like because she had no shade. I had water in my truck,so I took it to the fence, reached over and poured it in her bowl, which was adjacent to the fence. and watched as she came and slurped… Read more »

limp nodes
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limp nodes

there’s truth to that for sure. I mean, if you aren’t watching your dog interact with others’, or children, how do you know where the behavior will trend? personally, I watched my niece and my lab mix–and she’s a bull @ 95lbs–race around the house together, chasing each other. then, my niece(4yrs old btw) reversed direction to surprise my pup, and they both came from opposite corners, not able to see one another until it was too late….fortunately my lab mix loves my niece, and put her brakes to work, avoiding barreling my niece into the next life…

1652
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1652

You may have seen the damage, but do you know the history of the dog? You can’t claim that it is dangerous unless you do more research on how that dog is being brought up.

truth sucks
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truth sucks

Not true. A person who has seen a multitude of dog bites from different breeds doesn’t need to know the dogs history to see the damage done. He(unlike many of the commentor’s on here) has personally seen the difference between the bite(s) of a pit bull as opposed to say a retriever. Sure, some kids may get bitten by a retriever (I knew a guy who did) however, there is an obvious difference between the bite of a retriever and say a pit bull (also knew a guy who was bitten/attacked by one of those). The guy bitten by the… Read more »

panzerakc
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panzerakc

As I posted earlier, the woman who had the world’s first face transplant had her original face torn off by a lab mix. You know, a retriever? And since you’re big on what a dog was bred to do, I trust that you know that pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs? And that in a staged dog fight, a human handler was supposed to be able to separate the dogs unharmed? And that if one of those dogs attacked the handler, that dog was put down on the spot? Twenty years ago, all the dog mauling stories involved… Read more »

fourscoreandseven
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fourscoreandseven

panzer: Do your own research!

Go to the official lists of dogs, and dog bites, and dog mauls, and dog kills. LOOK AT OFFICIAL RECORDS!!!

Then compose an opinionated rant!

Jason
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Jason

Ya, because their” never WRONG.” Stop reading & experience “real life” you are the most stupidly spoken person I’ve ever seen.

makamae
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makamae

If you’re going to mock someone’s intelligence, you really should learn how to spell, proper grammar, and how to properly structure a sentence.

makamae
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makamae

Actually, your whole post isn’t true. In a study showing dog bites by breed from 1982 to 2013, we see that pit bulls are more than 5 TIMES the nearest “competitor” in the dog bite sweepstakes, which is Rottweilers. Some interesting notes from this study: “Even if the pit bull category was “split four ways,” attacks by pit bulls and their closest relatives would still outnumber attacks by any other breed. Pit bulls are noteworthy for attacking adults almost as frequently as children. This is a very rare pattern, only seen elsewhere in the bullmastiff/presa canario line. If a pit… Read more »

VoodooRon
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VoodooRon

Um..my 5presa canario have never attempted to harm anyone, not even the old pit bull I had that used to play with the pups. Btw, the only dog I have been bit by was a chihuahua.. So, I would like to know about this so called “pattern” of presas biting adults and children, because I have owned multiple presa canarios and “DOGO canarios, and that does not count the training and studying of the breed. Please educate yourself before educating others (it helps).

makamae
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makamae

Do your own research if you want to know about it.

I’m sure your dog never attempted to hurt anyone… that’s what ALL pit bull owners claim, when their dog kills someone else’s dog or mangles someone permanently.

You should educate YOUR self before throwing throwing out what is merely your own anecdotal personal experience, rather than looking at studies that cover the gamut of information available.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

Educate yourself. There was a woman mauled to death by 2 press canarios in her apt building hallway.
And, really, why do you need 5 such animals?

Bronwyn Marsh
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Bronwyn Marsh

No offence but every other dog but a pitbull bites multiple times. UNLESS TRAINED OTHERWISE pits bite and push to the ground and hold there. That’s how they were bred. Pits bite and hold. One bite. Your retriever is gonna bite and bite and bite. That is more likely to ‘rip off a face’ than a single bite and hold. Educate yourself before you make yourself look even more… Stupid. Please- for everyone’s sake- move away from you computer before you hurt yourself.

makamae
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makamae

That’s rubbish. Pit attacks are usually characterized by multiple bites that include massive trauma and tearing.

YOU should move away from your computer before your dogs hurt someone.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

Typical pit bull nutter. Always resorts to name calling instead of addressing the issues. And you are very wrong. Pits do bite more than once.

Felicia Luburich
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Oh really? Tell that to the jogger in NY that had his feet & lower legs so mauled by PBs amputations were needed. The state of PA has a web site that lists all PB bites in the state. It is a busy site. Bites are one thing, but maiming & killing are in another category. An owner can only speak for their own dogs & not the breed.

eddie
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eddie

Idiot. Number one dog for attacks in USA is the golden retriever and yellow lab.

Jeff
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Jeff

Yeah of course it is. It’s ANY dog but the pitbull. You people are so fing amazing with your denial. Pitbull were BRED to kick ass and they do EXTENSIVE damage when they decide to. A dachshund is not going to kill you. A pitbull will.

Cody Averesch
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Cody Averesch

Any dog will kill you bro if you’re saying they are doing it based on instinct that means a dog will grab your throat the moment they feel threatened… I will admit you’re right when this pit murder laying beside me turns over and knawls my face off until then educate yourself on what that was originally bred for and how many dog bites are reported but not made public because it wasn’t a pit… I’m saying check hospital records and stuff and you might be surprised to see that pits don’t do it all and all dogs bite. I… Read more »

zarnon
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zarnon

Until my personal experience matches the statistics I won’t believe them.

You must’ve been a wonder in school.

panzerakc
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panzerakc

So you’ve been killed by a pit bull?

Krzy Rebel
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Krzy Rebel

you tell them, I’ve had shepherds all my life have also fostered pits,dobies, and rotties and have never been bitten, but have been scratched a few times when playing with them but it was my fault not theirs.

Debbie Bell
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Debbie Bell

I’m okay with the consenting adult pit owner being maimed and killed, but if a neighbor or passerby, pet/person is mauled severely or killed, that is not acceptable. If a dog walking leashed down a sidewalk or sleeping in the sun in his own back yard is attacked and killed, it’s not an attack by the small dogs, it’s not the setter types, it’s a “good” pit doing exactly what makes pits THE dog fighters choice all across the USA and the UK. Good pits leave home and kill. That’s what they were created to do! The instinct to attack… Read more »

Rivka
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Rivka

The United Kennel Club very explicitly states that human-directed aggression is not characteristic of American Pitbull Terriers, but dog-directed aggression is.

panzerakc
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panzerakc

Don’t you ever worry about your pit licking you to death?

🙂

Xandersyaya
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Xandersyaya

My son has a 4 inch long by 1/2″ long scar on the top of his head from his cat. He was carrying it around in the yard when a dog started barking next door and scared her. The cat spun and dug it’s claws into my son’s chest then when he got on top of his head, she lost her footing as she jumped. Now has permanent part in his hair and “pox” marks on his chest. Mommy knows she didn’t mean it but she went be be after that because nobody his my baby. What dog do we… Read more »

none of your business
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none of your business

Hope the boxer genes conquer the pit genes. Most dogs love kids because kids are willing to wrestle with them for hours and play with them. Adults have work and houses to care for and don’t have the time.

makamae
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makamae

All your post indicates is that you’re an idiot. Cats don’t belong outside, especially in the arms of a child & especially if there’s a dog next door. On the other hand, if your pit bull mix has a bad moment like your cat, you’ll be likely to lose your child’s life or have him severely mauled.

Dean
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Dean

American Pit-Bull Terriers score the second highest on Temperament of all breeds of dog tested where the sample size is greater than four hundred dogs.
Also, Pitt-Bulls had nearly all human aggression bred out of them. While they do obviously have very high aggression to other animals, particularly other dogs, human aggression and dog aggression are two very different things. As is Prey Drive & Aggression.
No I don’t have any Pit-Bulls, and yes I do know what I’m talking about.

Debbie Bell
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Debbie Bell

The ATTS? True that pits pasd with an overall score of ,86%. But READ the test. It was created to weed out dogs not brave enough for police work. The dog that just killed the 59 year old grandmother would pass the ATTS. Read the test! There are no other dogs included in the test, like the sleeping dog lying on a lawn chair in it’s backyard, there are no senior citizens stepping out to pick up a newspaper, there are no children playing in their own front yard several doors away. All these are examples of victims of pitbull… Read more »

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
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Sarah Elizabeth Clark

Yes and a lot of people get attacked trying to prevent their own pet from being attacked. Pit bulls can be fine breeds but they should be acknowledged as dangerous because they are not a suitable pet for someone who wants to half ass their ownership. A dog is a privilege not a right.

panzerakc
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panzerakc

“Pit bulls can be fine breeds but they should be acknowledged as dangerous because they are not a suitable pet for someone who wants to half ass their ownership.”

A lot of dog breeds fit that description, not just pit bulls.

Dean
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Dean

Also, just as a bonus bit of information, not too many dog attacks get reported in the media if they aren’t breeds that can be demonized. Sometimes if you go looking you can find some things though. What about the Jack Russell that ripped a child’s whole bottom lip off?

fourscoreandseven
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fourscoreandseven

Dean: IF you had ever actually studied statistics, you would KNOW how to approach a topic. But, let me give you some quick updates and then you can go to work and do your own research. #1) No one “assigned” the title of “most dangerous biter” to the “pit bull” and THEN started reporting pit bull attacks. Yes, that is what you said, but that is not how “statistics” work. #2) Pit bull bites were reported FIRST and THEN the title of “most dangerous biter” was assigned to that dog. #3) Statistics are studied on a constant basis because anyone… Read more »

panzerakc
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panzerakc

Pit bulls were bred to kick another dog’s ass.

Dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers, fairly aggressive animals in their own right.

Bronwyn Marsh
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Bronwyn Marsh

Read up honey. They were bred NOT to harm humans… How about searching pitbull saves person on Google instead of pitbull is evil…you have no idea what is real and what is made up online…

Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
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Jeanne Dulaney Andrus

Why? Because there are more of them and they are considered so sweet that no one worries when Little Billy pulls their tails, rides on them, pokes them in the eye. In fact, they are laughing and filming when poor “Buddy” attacks the child after asking repeatedly to be left alone!

none of your business
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none of your business

So your dog is more important than your child.

Murray Guy
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Murray Guy

Idiot – the issue is the outcome of an attack, more so than the number of attacks!

Jenna Glover
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Jenna Glover

Truth!

Sean
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Sean

Moron. If there are 1million pit bulls and only 25% are agressive compared to 10 million Labradors and 6% aggressive. Then yes your statement makes since.

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
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Sarah Elizabeth Clark

Because they are more popular. Statistically a pit bull attack is more likely to be fatal because they are bred not to give up. I’m not okay with demonizing an entire breed but I’m also not okay with people buying animals without knowing what they are getting in to. Pit bulls can be safer than a retriever but they require more work because their natural disposition is not as calm. Humans actually put a lot of effort into breeding dogs to be exactly how they want them to, I find it funny that we downplay that success now when it… Read more »

none of your business
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none of your business

The problem is that so many dog owners don’t spend the time and do the work to train them.

fitz
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fitz

There is a difference between a nip and being torn apart.

none of your business
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none of your business

Relatives got a beautiful female golden lab 3 years ago from a rescue. She was about 2 at the time. She is the most evil rotten dog I have eve met in my 70 years. She really needs to be put down. She has bitten about 12 people including a city councilman. The post office refuses to deliver because of her. She bit the wealthy great aunt who promised to pay for college tuition. She has bitten neighbors. When taken on walks she lunges towards the front yards and doors of houses to attack neighbors. She wants to rule the… Read more »

Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
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Jeanne Dulaney Andrus

Maybe you shouldn’t keep children in a home with a pit bull (or any other dog for that matter). The truth of the matter is that it is almost always the child that is the “aggressor” – moving in to the dog’s space and “tormenting” it. If you don’t read the dog’s reaction and separate dog and child, trouble can follow, whether the dog is a teacup Yorkie or a pit bull.

goodandbad
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goodandbad

With a good dog you shouldn’t have to separate them, they should be smart enough to do that themselves. I grew up with dogs. We had a family of nine and we had mixed dogs all the time. We would take in others unwanted dogs. We had lots and lots of kids and always felt quite safe with them around the dogs. The dogs had a safe zone, an outdoor fenced area where no one but my mom was allowed to follow them. The dogs were smart enough to separate themselves when necessary. All except one, it so happens that… Read more »

fourscoreandseven
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fourscoreandseven

WHY are you picking on Jake? JOSH is the one who worships pit-bulls over his children and is putting them in harm’s way.

none of your business
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none of your business

Why should a parent have to keep an eye on the dog and the child at all times? I mean, we have yard work and housework and cooking and remodeling and home maintainence to do. Then the parents might like to sit down and actually talk to each other.

So if I have to cook a meal or wash the car the kids and dogs might get into it? Train the kid, train the dog.

the Truth
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the Truth

The difference is the amount of damage. Get hit by a Kid on a Bicycle not that big a deal. Get hit by a Mack Truck, you’re as good as dead. The lead in is “turn on their owners”…. While Dobermans & Chow’s do tend to suffer a type of senility that can make them aggressive in their later years: Dogs like Chihuahuas, Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians have been so ruined by humans & Disney that aggressiveness is the nature of way to many.

Tomme Liam Bradaigh
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Tomme Liam Bradaigh

Gee Jake, I’m almost 70 now and I’ve had pitbulls in all my homes since 1990 (that’s 24 years now), but I guess that I just missed all that violence that my pitbulls were initiating against little children, as well as other people. I had the insanely crazy idea that they were loving family members since they were so gentle with anyone with whom they met, especially with little children, exhibiting absolutely no aggression toward anyone whatsoever. But I’m sure that you know better than I, since you “work in an ED” and so you are quite obviously an expert… Read more »

Debbie Bell
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Debbie Bell

Yes and many drink drivers don’t kill anyone.

You’ve been lucky and your pits aren’t “good” pits. Good pits maim and kill.

Even Ted Bundy had his supporters. Ted Bundy didn’t kill thousands of people he met either, he only killed dozens.

limp nodes
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limp nodes

c’mon now, go gentle with ole Teddy…he and Jack Kevorkian were the same people, just used different methodologies, right? people are completely without blame in any of the listed stats, correct?

panzerakc
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panzerakc

Eh, your pits probably waited until you weren’t home to commit their violence.

And then cleaned up the mess before you got home. 😉

fourscoreandseven
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fourscoreandseven

My “pit bull expert” is my vet (who has owned his own practice for OVER 24 years) and his records do not reflect YOUR biased opinion. His records are the culmination of treating these horrid beasts and the dumbbells who need to own them. Your opinion is meaningless. You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit your butt. (Which it will; we just have to wait because we KNOW it will happen.) Denial is just silly from anyone and particularly silly when it’s from someone who keeps a dangerous dog. I refuse to visit the home of anyone who keeps… Read more »

limp nodes
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limp nodes

you are officially not welcome to visit my home…my lab mix may not bite you, but my Golden may just piss on your head…wtf-ever.

Jazmine Davis
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Jazmine Davis

YOUR opinion is meaningless. Its all about who raises them, any dog could turn and bite you in the butt thank you. LOOK UP YOUR RESEARCH!. I’ve met pits that we’re the sweetest dogs on earth. Its about what happened to the dog and how they are raised. Dont judge a dog just because of its ancestors, humans have a worse past so stop treating pits this way, that’s exactly why people fight them and mix treat them. Stop judging off of what you’ve read or ‘heard’. Thank You.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

Why are you so rude? he was giving facts as he sees them. I have seen a child that was mauled to death by a Pit Bull.
You obviously know better than anyone because you are old and have owned a few pit bulls.

Rivka
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Rivka

That was truly truly horrible. But I know of that happening with dogs of other breeds too.
An over emphasis on breed can lead to people neglecting safety around “safe” breeds. This is what led to the drastic increase in serious dog attacks in the UK in the years after 5 pitbull type dogs were banned there.

Sandy Klocinski
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Sandy Klocinski

Do you mean an ER? So you never see these pits do you? Before or after? How on earth would you know that the dog was a “family-loving” dog? Most owner’s of dogs that attack DO say “Oh, he was friendly and never bite.” Often that’s not true. They want to shift blame from themselves, and even in rare cases where the dog HASN’T displayed overtly vicious behavior in front of the owner, it’s usually because the dog is left tied to a tree or in the back-yard all day (this is neglect and creates an incredibly anxious and unsure… Read more »

Bronwyn Marsh
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Bronwyn Marsh

Well said.

fourscoreandseven
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fourscoreandseven

It was not “well said.” It was silly! “Pit Bulls” have been bred for hundreds of years. If Sandy thinks 50 years is the full extent of time, she is very young or very uninformed.

She would prefer to have a pit bull’s blood in her veins than human blood? You think that is “well said?”

“ED” is “ER.”
“warps the mind”

Sandy completely misquoted Jake. But, you think that was “well said.” BALONEY!!!!

Dean
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Dean

You very obviously know nothing about APBT’s. They had nearly all human aggression bred out of them. When trained to fight the handlers were in the “pit” with two dogs who wanted to kill each other. The last thing a handler wanted was to have an aggressive dog turn on them in the pit or anywhere else. They also score as the second highest rating for any dog with American Temperament Testing Association. So saying “it’s in their blood” is ridiculous. Can they do damage as you said, yes, but any dog can be like that. It’s breeding, socialization, and… Read more »

real life experience
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real life experience

Ahahaha! They had all the human aggression bred out of them?!?! Lol! Yeah, that’s why most people buy them for protection huh? I really love that line. I have a huge family and we all like dogs. Out of the 5 dog bites we have experienced, 1 was from a basset hound (barely broke the skin), 1 from a dachshund (left a hole in my shoe) and the rest were from pit bulls. The basset hound and daschund were dogs that were being protective of their homes and weren’t acquainted with the people they bit. That is totally understandable. One… Read more »

MYpitbull
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MYpitbull

If you get inside my house, my loving Pitbull will SMELL you to death, then go lay down. She only barks to let me know someone needs me. Ten years with her…she is much more loving than my two yellow labs were, rest their long-living souls.

none of your business
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none of your business

Apparently pits always wag their tails when starting an attack. In rural areas they have been known to hang around the school bus stops to attack children when the kids get off the bus.

TellNitStr8
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TellNitStr8

I’ve personally seen hundreds of bites by small breeds that required stitches (one by a chihuahua required my uncle to have his lip reattached) but none by a Pittie, Rottie, GSD, or Doberman. I have seen an Akita attack a small child, but it wasn’t the dog’s fault. The moron took his 10 month old puppy that was in chronic pain from Hip Dysplasia (too young for hip replacement yet) to a family reunion and then ignored the dog as it whined, tried to hide from all the children swarming it, and growled to try and warn them away. When… Read more »

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
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Sarah Elizabeth Clark

Yes, that’s exactly the point though. Educate people that their pet might be dangerous and to select a more manageable breed if they are incompetent to train them.

none of your business
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none of your business

I would say about 60 percent of dog owners don’t train their dogs other than housebreaking them. The dogs that are trained are either collies that herd sheep and cows or hunting dogs. Pet type dogs are seldom trained. I once saw a merle collie herd at least 80 cows across PCH in Marin county home to be milked all by him or herself. That was a trained dog. But most pets are not trained and not under control by their owners. Would you tolerate a 12 year old child jumping all over you and the dishes when you were… Read more »

Felicia Luburich
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Most of what the dog did was INHERITED by many generations of breeding only dogs with a high instinct to herd. The training part was to respond to whistles on which way to herd the sheep when they were first learning. Genetics is the final arbiter.

none of your business
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none of your business

you seem to like the dog better than the child it ravaged. But again, so many dog owners should not have dogs. I loathe people who drag their dogs to parties, camping and other people’s houses. Even the best behaved dogs are a disturbing influence as they need water bowls and are nervous or aggressive when they enter a new place.

Train your dogs and leave them at home.

Zlonewolf
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Zlonewolf

To say that a pit bull has bites is in the blood, then you’d have to say that all dogs have it in their blood. I work with animals for a living, i cant tell you how many times i have almost been bitten by smalls breeds like the Chi countless times. THE ONLY pits that i have had to euth were behavioral animals that WERE TAUGHT to bite people from the get go. Any animal can bite, its really all about the training. And FYI starticially shown you are more likely to get bite by a chihuahua or cocker… Read more »

meriah
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meriah

I have had pit bulls all my life. My kids were born with them in the house and not one got attacked. My dogs never got aggressive,bit,growled any of that. Not all pit bulls are bad. Any dog in the world can attack a person.

94SupraTT
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94SupraTT

Poor kids.

guest
Guest
guest

Poor Supra…

Fairisfair
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Fairisfair

Well thank you for your well informed opinion jake, Btw what Vet school did you attend?

Hannah
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Hannah

Exactly! It was bred to kill, not snuggle children. People just think THEIR pit bull would NEVER bite. And that will always be their downfall.

Felicia Luburich
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When PBs were bred by real breeders, dogs that bit people were shot. There were few, because the breeder would know or find out were the trait came from & remove all his animals that bore that dog or dogs in the pedigree OUT of the breeding program. Do any of you know what a Break Stick is ? If not all you say is opinion & not knowledge. You know what is said about opinions?
they are like bum holes. Everyone has one & they all stink.

markjd15
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markjd15

Thats just not true jake. If an unprovoked dog bites a child or anyone for that matter someone dropped the ball raising that dog. I kno what you’re saying being a wittness to an attack is good reason to be convinced of their agressive nature but id bet my life somewhere along the line the fault will lie with the owners shortcomings not the dogs natural temperment. I do agree no dog should be left unattended with a child particularly dogs with the strength of a pit. Better safe than sorry.

Jazmine Davis
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Jazmine Davis

Not just pits. Any dog could do damage. Just because of its pat does not mean anything. You never know what happened to that dog that day.

john
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john

My friends pitt bull killed two of his cats and is constantly looking to kill. A dachshund can’t do that. I think that’s the point of the article. The pit is a sweet dog but his ability to kill must be understood.

Dawn
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Dawn

Dachshunds were bred for killing badgers. Badgers are a heck of a lot more vicious than cats…

I have seen a dachshund kill an armadillo, and he would stalk and hunt them after that. Literally had to be drug away from trying to kill any armadillo he sniffed out.

forgot
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forgot

Any dog has the “Ability” to kill, regardless of breed or size! It Is ALL About Training!

disgustedreader
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disgustedreader

Any dog can kill prey. I work in a shelter with indoor/outdoor kennels…the Chihuahua’s bring down birds and lizards all the time. ALL DOG BREEDS are predators. Cats are prey, birds are prey, lizards and rodents are prey, small dogs are prey to smarter, faster, and bigger dogs. Especially to hunting dogs. Which terriers are, no matter what you call them i.e. pits. Dachshund’s are hunting dogs as well. and yes, they can and will bring down animals bigger and larger than themselves given the chance. Any responsible and knowledgable dog owner knows that and should act accordingly. Meaning, that… Read more »

Murray Guy
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Murray Guy

How many Chihuahua’s have seriously maimed, killed their owners?

JimmyRotn
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JimmyRotn

Good point! How many people die in car accidents every year, WE NEED TO BAN CARS!

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
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Sarah Elizabeth Clark

Yes. And we make people get licenses to drive and punish irresponsible idiots who get other people killed.

You sir, are deliberately missing the point or an idiot. I hope it’s the former.

Rivka
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Rivka

Obviously a large dog can caused more damage than a small dog. That goes for any breed of large dog.

But size doesn’t influence the dog’s predator instinct.

Andromeda Hadouken
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Andromeda Hadouken

Eh, in my opinion, little dogs would kill a lot more if they were capable of it. I have never been shown aggression by a pit bull, a rottie, or any other large breed. Little dogs bite me all the time. Sure, lots of little dogs are sweet, but plenty of them would kill if they could. And let’s not forget that babies have been killed by Pomeranians and other small breeds. :/ I’m not going to hate on large dogs just because they are CAPABLE of killing me. I’ll judge each on as an individual, as I do with… Read more »

zarnon
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zarnon

How many of your shelter animals are pit or pit mixes?

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
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Sarah Elizabeth Clark

Yes, that’s the point so I don’t understand your problem with the article. Some dogs are more likely to be predators than others. For example, I will probably never own another rabbit or guinea pig while I have my Jack Russell X. But that’s because I understand her nature. This article seeks to educate people about the nature of these animals so they can train them properly or select a more suitable companion.

Stubby's Heroes
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Stubby's Heroes

John, You do realize that several breeds have what is called “prey drive”? Look it up.

Zach
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Zach

All dogs have a prey drive.

Krissy
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Krissy

Dachshunds can easily kill cats, as can jack Russells and many other smaller breeds. Yes big dogs will typically do more damage, but they are Way less likely to bite than most small dogs. And don’t think that one or 2 small dogs couldn’t kill a baby or toddler….

Keshia
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Keshia

Any breed of dog had the ability to kill is what you must understand. Dogs are animals, every animal has the instinct to kill. Even humans. Dogs are pets that should be treated as so. Too many people treat their pet as a child which it is clearly unhealthy for the animal.

1256
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1256

It is not just going to kill out of the blue.

mollymac
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mollymac

A dachshund certainly can kill! They are the size they are for going down holes and rooting out their prey! Then the grab and shake. That’s why they were bred.

Felicia Luburich
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A Dachs can kill a Badger, but not a human except in extraordinary circumstances.

Jim Smith
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Jim Smith

Dachies were bred to have the same fearlessness and aggression as pit bulls. For the same reasons. Its job is to go into underground dens of badgers and drag them to the surface or kill them.
The AKC describes dachies as snippy and short tempered. and not safe around small kids.

Kaylee Pasuy
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Kaylee Pasuy

Dachsunds were bred to kill badgers they can easily kill as cat if they wanted to.

Loum
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Loum

You have obviously never worked with a dachshund. Although small, these dogs are bred to kill. My aunt kept one at her farm as a guard dog, and it managed to kill a boxer that walked past her property. Needless to say the dog was put down.

BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized
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BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized

Are you aware that dachshunds are bred to pull badgers from their dens? I would sooner tangle with two cats than one badger… you try and tell me what the results are…

james
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james

Hello fellow dog lover..ye won’t find a guy that luvs all types of dogs for many reasons.. please please my friend..never for any reason leave them unattended for even a sec..I had a wot I described as the most loyal loving amazing pit x staff..1day I was buisy on PC..2 secs later my 2 yr old wee baby boy was mauled..had to hav dog destroyed..small piece of me died that awfull day..my wee boy is now 15..and has the scars of that terrible day..I now work as a volunteer in animal shelter ..every single wk no exception I will see… Read more »

none of your business
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none of your business

Sounds like you are more upset about having to put the pit down than your baby almost killed. Dog lovers are insane needy people who have to project on the dog that the dog loves them, sort of like a stalker thinking a movie star loves them.

JRJ21
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JRJ21

You dog lovers never get it,NEVER.It’s in their genetics,read the damn article.Every thing can be peachy for years and then the beast can rare up and like the new mother who woke up to find her one year old pup eating her newborn,you can never undo this stupidity.Get a clue,even a small one.

Debbie Goldthwait Clemeno
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Debbie Goldthwait Clemeno

You sound so ignorant on this subject with no knowledge on dogs what so ever, just news clippings that you’ve read. You need to get a clue before you post.

sgsg
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sgsg

You get a clue. It’s not all genetics it’s training. If you knew anything about dogs!

none of your business
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none of your business

Sounds like you love your puppy more than you love your kids. Many lovingly raised and properly trained pit bulls have killed family members. It’s not the owner, it is the breed. There is also the strength. I was in England about 1990 and it was in the news that a small pit bull managed to drag down to the ground a police horse with its rider on it. I hope your children survive having a pit bull in the house. When it does kill one of your kids will you hire an attorney to defend it from the death… Read more »

limp nodes
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limp nodes

amen. enjoy that pup…
lol

Lori Lynn Christiansen
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Lori Lynn Christiansen

Chihuahuas don’t kill Gretchen. Pits do.Ugh, I am so tired of seeing that claim (excuse).

forgot
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forgot

It is hard for a 3 lb dog to kill Any Human simply because it Isn’t BIG Enough. However, Chihuahuas are FAR more Aggressive than most other breeds, regardless of size. If a Chihuahua was Larger, it WOULD Kill!

disgustedreader
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disgustedreader

Pit’s are terriers. Terriers are hunting breeds. Why do people forget that? And yes chihuahuas will kill. They will kill cats and birds, and lizards. They are a dog. Dogs are predators. Predators will hunt and given the chance…they will kill. Why do people forget that?

Murray Guy
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Murray Guy

The reason should be obvious. Most in society consider an attack on a human, with injury and death as an outcome more serious than an attack on a lizards! Jeez, you have to wonder …

AmySlays
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AmySlays

Aren’t humans hunters? Don’t they kill? If that’s the argument why are people breeding humans every day. I’m pretty sure more people kill people than pit bulls kill people. I’m pretty sure people kill more animals than pits attack people or other animals but it’s all about how you raise your children just like it is about how you raise your pets.

Katt
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Katt

Chihuahuas DO kill – my chihuahua would have taken on a bear if I hadn’t called her off. Chihuahuas are big dogs in a very small body. They do not understand that they aren’t as big as their attitude.

Stubby's Heroes
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Stubby's Heroes

Lori Mae Lynn, So explain to me then why the thousands of pit bull owners in our community have never been attacked by our dogs? I’ll wait while you come up with your answer

Radny Hecks
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Radny Hecks

Because you are lucky.

zarnon
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zarnon

Right. You went and interviewed every one of them. You might believe your BS but no one else does.

Jason Rox
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Jason Rox

Chihuahuas are more than capable of maiming a child. Ditto JRTs, not to mention dachshunds, terriers, retrievers, labs. Any medium to large breed dog can be neglected or abused into becoming a very dangerous animal. Singling out American Bull Terriers (and their similar looking cousins) as uniquely dangerous is misguided and not supported by empirical evidence.

1256
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1256

I’m tired of seeing the pitbulls kill claim. I have had more issues with “viscous” little yappy dogs than pitties. My neighbors chihuahua bit my dog for doing absolutely nothing. My sister inlaws chihuahua doesn’t like anyone or anything. My pittie has never been viscous and doesn’t hate anyone. All she wants is love.

Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
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Jeanne Dulaney Andrus

I keep my Lab away from yappy little dogs, because she has very little tolerance for them. And she has big teeth. But USUALLY, the small dog has bitten her first – but since their teeth are so small, no damage…

zarnon
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zarnon

It’s statistics duncelroy, not people’s opinions. Most. Fatalities. Of. All. Breeds.

Jane Green
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Jane Green

Besides all the training, socializing, and teaching one has to do, one always has to closely supervise all dogs around children, children under 7 years old in particular. Dogs expect people to read their body language, and they may be indicating eminent attack to a child who has no clue. So the dog attacks. But an adult could have stopped it if they were present. Dogs are not ready made pets. They need teaching and even then one should be sure by being present when children are there. Why risk your child’s health and your dog’s life? By the way,… Read more »

the Truth
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the Truth

Chihuahua should be #1 on the list. I have known Chihuahuas that attack Humans multiple times a day.

Murray Guy
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Murray Guy

Bloody amazing!
How many victims end up in hospital or worse following a Chihuahua attack?

Jenna Glover
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Jenna Glover

Same with me!! I have a chihuahua and a bully and my chi is ten times more aggressive than my “Bully”!

MAX
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MAX

I KNOW.I have a pittbull.I love HIM TO DEATH!

Kaylee6
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Kaylee6

When I worked in animal rescue, we had more problems with small breeds (under 20 pounds) biting volunteers and staff than with any of our big dogs. My theory is that a big dog knows it’s big, and has its size and vocalizations going for it. Little dogs, they don’t have much to defend themselves with except for their teeth.

Katt
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Katt

Thank you! My vet has also voiced he worries ‘about the little guys’, and not my bulldog mix.

MAX
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MAX

I Know thats right.

SK
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SK

That may be true, but many little dogs suffer from whats colloquially called “small dog syndrome.” When little dogs are treated like the kings and queens of the world, and picked up, and not told off for acting aggressive (because what’s the harm, right?), they begin to think they DO rule, and they may do whatever they please. Problem is, it IS harmful, both to the dog, and all the humans that must be around him/her.
Also, yes, they are probably more intimidated by us large humans.

Camille
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Camille

I do that to my dog! I’ve had him for almost 4 years now. He’s still friendly as always

TellNitStr8
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TellNitStr8

I think another, rather large part of it, is that people think small dogs are harmless and therefore it’s “cute” when the snarl and grows (just watch AFV) but we don’t (generally) tolerate that from bigger breeds. They also assume a pitbull will bite and a Labrador won’t so that play growling pittie must be vicious and that snarling labrador must be playing. It’s breed prejudice and misinformation that leads to many people being bitten.

FWIW, Chihuahuas are the #1 dog responsible for face and hand injuries requiring stitches.

Also, IIRC in LA, a Pomeranian killed a 6 week old baby.

panzerakc
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panzerakc

Do you remember the story about the woman who had the world’s first face transplant?

Her original face was torn up by a lab mix.

anony
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anony

panzerakc, the lab mix was a mix, not a pure lab. Most labs are great, but you don’t know what that lab was mixed with…it could have been a pit. Also, you don’t know how the dog was raised either.

limp nodes
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limp nodes

my lab is a mix, and she’s fine. she’s either mixed with pit or boxer, and she is completely social; however, she will defend the home. she plays with the local dogs, even “mothering” new puppies in the neighborhood. mostly its how dogs are raised, period. pits have the stigma attached to them because they are the most common dog used for dog fighting–and then bred for it as a result. so, the legend is self perpetuating, when in all actuality one of the biggest pit bulls ive ever come across was on his back, letting me rub his belly,… Read more »

Doobrywhatsit
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Doobrywhatsit

“she`s fine” Wait for it….” however, she will defend the home”.That means the postman,parcel delivery person etc,etc,etc may not be fine!

jp
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jp

I had a doxie mix that would defend our home too. If he didn’t like you – you better not mess with him or any of us. But at the same time he could be the sweetest and most loving little dog (16 lbs). He had a loud obnoxious bark that frightened some – but for the most part he was very gentle even with little kids. It’s all in the way dogs are raised – raise them to be gentle with love and kindness and respect and that is what you will get back 100 fold.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

and he was too little to maul anyone to death,

Brandon
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Brandon

I have two pits currently. Have raised 6. Never has one of my dogs bit anyone. I have had parties and up to 10 strangers in the home and dog freely roaming. Once I properly introduce a stranger and show him it is OK. Then you are forever welcome in his home even if I’m not there. You could rob me blind and he would just watch. However if you come in my home as a stranger without introduction (a burglar), I pity you. He will hurt you badly. Also I have a 7 month old baby that he cuddles… Read more »

Doobrywhatsit
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Doobrywhatsit

Very good.but you are a rare example.I have a list as long as my arm of types of dogs that have bitten people I know.Postmen&women I`ve spoken to over the years have had some horrible experiences.An ex copper I used to do a bit of work for had an Alsatian that was ok with me from the start and he treated it well.One day I asked him where was his dog and he said,dead.It went for him and he killed it immediately.Tooth abcess I reckon.I used to have very little fear of dogs.Once gave the chap I worked for a… Read more »

Deane Cooper
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Deane Cooper

He is not the rarity you would think sir. He is more on the norm than others are willing to admit. Because you have been bitten by a certain breed you are careful around others? That’s natural. Of course you will be careful, you probably should be. There are just some people that bring out the mean in a dog. Just like some people do to other people. We have pit bulls. They are the least thing I worry about.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

So the 3 year old I know who was mauled to death by pit bulls just brought the mean out in the dogs that killed him? Victim blaming and denial, and you sound like a lousy owner

steve
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steve

Why was a 3 year old left alone with any dog? Thats just stupid.

The Macho King
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The Macho King

sounds like bad parenting to me. who leaves a 3 year old alone around dogs ?

Lowne Wolfe
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Lowne Wolfe

and those dogs were in loving homes, not abused or mistreated? Highly doubtful…

The Macho King
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The Macho King

If you’ve been attacked or threatened by dogs multiple times then it could be you. Animals pick up vibes from people. At my buddies house if his dog doesn’t like you then you can’t come in.

Doobrywhatsit
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Doobrywhatsit

The Golden Retriever the other day was approaching me from thirty feet away with its female owner in gale force conditions,wind blowing towards me,so no smell of fear(which I didn`t have anyway).Previoulsy dog walked by with its male owner who it obeys and never a problem. It`s not just me who has been bitten/threatened by dogs in my area.Some people have been bitten by several dogs and some of those are dog owners. There`s been a shift in dog behaviour recently,don`t know what the petfood companies are adding to the dog and cat food nowadays,but their 5hit doesn`t degrade like… Read more »

steve
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steve

Whats changed is peoples attitudes. They don’t realize what they have to do to train the dogs and many dogs end up improperly trained. Puppy mills also contribute to the problem. Responsible breeders breeds for looks and temperament. Puppy mills only breed for numbers, which means you can end up with some pretty mentally unstable dog. Want to know more or less exactly what kind of a dog youre getting? Buy from a reputable breeder, not the sketchy hoodrat down the street.

Deane Cooper
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Deane Cooper

Thank you for your eloquent words. I posted more of a mad rant myself, but we are on exactly the same page when it comes to this breed.

James K
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James K

My boss has 4 rotties ever since little pups and had 4 young kids at the house.he showed the dogs he was master and to listen to everyone in house.most loyal protective dog ever.the dogs never bit anyone of the kids.I believe it’s the owners that put these dogs in situations to fail

lynnf1954
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lynnf1954

Well said! I have rescued and adopted pits and pit mixes for 30 years and never regretted it. My dogs were in the house as my children and foster children were growing up there, with their friends tromping in and out all day every day. We had a small house, multiple dogs, multiple cats, and whatever injured wild animal my kids brought home for me to doctor and we never had a bad incident. the 3 I have currently adore my grandchildren and herd the chickens and rabbits that free range on my little farm. We have not been bothered… Read more »

Elzeenor
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Elzeenor

Your personal experience accounts for very little. This can be contributed to you being a good dog owner, and have had decent pits. The fact of the matter is that pits worldwide are responsible for 75% of all attacks from fatal to minor. You can google news everyday for a dog attack and you will always have plenty of stories about pits attacking. There is a good reason they are banned in some 17 countries, weather a good pit owner vouched for them or not. What is ignorant are the people that think there average good dog makes up for… Read more »

iheartalldogs
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iheartalldogs

Actually, the first dog I was bit by was a Golden Retriever. And the dog I currently have is a beagle mix and she is one of the least friendly dogs, especially around strangers. But the Pit I had for years never EVER even growled at another dog much less a person. So just because you had a bad experience doesnt mean ALL dogs of that breed are dangerous. I worked at a boarding kennel for years and the meanest dogs were defintely the small dogs. Ive even known labs to bite, so please do your research and meet certain… Read more »

Doobrywhatsit
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Doobrywhatsit

I was bitten behind my knee by a Beagle and my leg still needs to be fixed….if indeed it can be.
Horrid creatures,bred to tear foxes to shreds.

Unkle Amurica
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Unkle Amurica

YOu were bitte because you are evil!

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

Read the statistics about Pit Bulls causing fatalities. Fatal pit bull attacks exceed the total of other breeds combined. The statistics are easily obtainable. The breed should be euthanized.

jrboss93
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jrboss93

Clearly you know nothing about statistics. Correlation does not equal causation. You could euthanize every pit bull on the planet, and the idiots who turn them into killers would find another breed to abuse.

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

BS…pal. The vast majority of fatalities caused by Pit Bulls occur to their owners. Many of which were raised as puppies in loving homes. Other than fighting or abused pits, the majority of the attacks are not the result of attacks by trained vicious dogs.

steve
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steve

how wrong you are is actually hilarious

Toby
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Toby

That is so incorrect! Show me these statistics that you are claiming! 99% of dog attacks are preventable. Please show me these Pit Bull attacks that you say the majority is on their owners. Lol You lost all credibility with that statement.

therealjanedoe
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therealjanedoe

You keeping throwing around the word “statistics,” yet do not include any which would support your stance on “the breed should be euthanized.” Sounds rather hysterical.

Lowne Wolfe
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Lowne Wolfe

really? Every attack I’ve seen the dog was abused, never seen one attack that came from a loving home. Please provide proof of your claim?

Rivka
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Rivka

Please research better. The most recent study by the American Veterinary Association, found that in 85% of dog-caused fatalities, the human was a stranger to the dog, and in 76% of such cases, the dog had been kept isolated from interactions or relationships with humans.

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

None of this removes the fact that Pit Bulls (which should be euthanized) are responsible for 66% of dog bit deaths. They are dangerous animals who often attack innocent people. I know that first hand. You pit bull lovers just ignore the facts.

mplo
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mplo

I don’t trust pitt-bulls either, HIgh Plains Drifter.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

But it would take them at least 20 years of selective breeding before they got anything near to a pit in temperament and physical ability. So we’d get that at least.

icorrosive
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icorrosive

0/10 dumber than a rock

Unkle Amurica
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Unkle Amurica

How do you know a rock is dumb? Has it ever answered any of your questions incorrectly or made any silly points? also….why are you talking to rocks????

steve
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steve

Fatal pit attack statistics also lump 4 breeds together, plus mixes, plus breeds that aren’t even pits, so they are extremely skewed.

Lowne Wolfe
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Lowne Wolfe

it’s not wonder they make up the majority of bite claims, considering there is NO PIT BULL BREED and SO many breeds are lumped in. But when you take into account total number of these breeds vs # of bites they are not worse than average, even for labs.

Dee Lafrance
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Dee Lafrance

High Plains Drifter, humans bite too, and their bites are lethal, should they be euthanized? Why don’t you drift away?

Lowne Wolfe
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Lowne Wolfe

your claims ignore the total number of pits, there are more so they do show up more in bits. When you take into account the total number of dogs called “pit bulls”…as pit bull isn’t actually a breed…vs their number of bites they tend to come out BELOW the normal. It’s pure ignorance to blame these dogs instead of their owners. In EVERY SINGLE attack there is abuse of the animal…not ONE dog from a loving home has attacked a non-intruder…”pit” haters always leave out those two key facts.

Andromeda Hadouken
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Andromeda Hadouken

But you do understand that what is labelled a pit bull is not just the APBT, right? It is also staffies, bull terriers and mixes of the lot. I’ve seen lab x mastiffs labelled pit bulls, when they have almost nothing in common with an APBT. Many of the dogs I’ve seen in ‘pit bull’ attacks are nothing but mutts. My pit bull is the sweetest, most loyal, most intelligent dog I have ever met, and you saying she should be euthanized based on her genetics is akin to racism in my opinion. She has done nothing but be a… Read more »

sksia
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sksia

I got bit by a golden retriever too. Now I have a beagle/dachshund mix. He’s incredibly loyal to me but will be a tad aggressive when provoked a lot .(my in laws son loves taunting him to the point where I get really mad. His mom will not do anything to stop her kid. I have to lock my dog up which he wines the entire time) I love him but his teeth are huge. I would not want to unleash them on anyone.

Rachel Fix
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Rachel Fix

People are the #1 reason for dog bites I think. We treat them like they are one of us, which they aren’t. We expect them to understand our language without us understanding theirs, and then they get in trouble when WE do not listen to their signals. I don’t think I would allow that kid into my house if he taunted my dogs ( I have 2 German Shepherds, best dogs ever). You are asking to get bit if you tease a dog. The average pet owner and population do not know how to read dogs. Do you expect every… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

No, what’s ignorant is bashing/ bannishing an entire breed from a few bad apples. Every country they’ve been banned in, the amount of dog bites have reported to increase annually in almost every spot. Damage and fatalities have not dwindled as expected, that’s why many countries are ridding BSL because it’s not working. Do your research before posting such ignorant non-sense.

The Good Fight
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The Good Fight

Hi Jason, while I don’t necessarily agree with out right bans I have to disagree with your information. Where BSL is enforced the targeted catastrophic attacks and deaths decrease dramatically. Actual bites remain static which is anticipated as BSL does is not designed to decrease bites. Typically the it is the laws attempt at being proactive instead of reactive.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

Wrong. The deaths and attacks have decreased by leaps and bounds.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

Which countries are ridding BSL? It’s still going strong in the UK, in fact they’re thinking of adding MORE breeds to it (all fighting breeds so don’t worry retriever owners).

The Macho King
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The Macho King

Do you have any sources to back these claims ?

jrboss93
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jrboss93

Actually yes, a “crappy” owner of a golden retriever could turn it into quite a vicious monster … they are just not a breed that the crappy owners tend to choose.

Elzeenor
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Elzeenor

So are you of the belief only good dog owners have golden retrievers? There are terrible dog owners of every breed, but it’s the pit who has violent stories behind it daily worldwide. A dog that can turn that easily is dangerous.

morph2020
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morph2020

Don’t you think a lot of the reason pits have such a bad reputation is that, in any conflict with a human, the pit will win unless the human is armed?

A mature pit bull can easily kill most adult humans in an unarmed conflict.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

Which is why the breed should be extinct. It’s too dangerous. It’s like keeping pet wolves, except pits aren’t afraid of people.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

Bullshit. There are plenty of crappy golden retriever owners. Most goldens don’t end up as monsters because they’ve been bred to be extremely docile. Some end up bad but you’re always going to get SOME puppies in a litter that don’t fit their breed description (hence why SOME pits are ok – these would be culled by dogmen as curs).

Billy Sellers
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Billy Sellers

I say if you as you put it ” put my dog down” that would be something you lived to regret. My dogs listen and are better behaved than most people’s children.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

Ridiculous statement. Pit Bulls, Rotties etc can kill. If some stranger pointed a gun at you, would you wait to see if he was serious before you defended yourself? That is the same as some stranger dog running towards a person, or their child.

morph2020
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morph2020

Maudelynn, you are so right. The basic problem with large and powerful dogs is that they are easily able to kill a human, especially a small, or weakened one. I don’t want a dog near me that could easily, and on a whim, become deadly. Pits, in my experience, have not been bad dogs, but they are much too powerful to have as pets. I wouldn’t want to keep a lion, either, for the same reason. If I am approached in a hostile way by either a lion or a pit bull, or even a human, I will use whatever… Read more »

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

And so should you.

A. Usher-Coleman
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A. Usher-Coleman

First, a lion is an apex predator so, no, one should never have that animal as a pet. A Pit Bull is not a predator. They do no “suddenly” or “on a whim” turn violent. They almost always display warning signs before becoming aggressive. Even those that were previously fight dogs don’t tend to be aggressive towards humans because they were specifically taught to be dog aggressive. Most aggressive pitbulls come from abusive homes and are actually fear aggressive. So yes, if you don’t respect them (as with any dog), you will suffer the consequences. Pitbulls raised from Pups rarely… Read more »

J9ssica
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J9ssica

happened to me two days ago,someone in my neighborhood let their pit bull lose,that scared the hell out of me,I was so shaken up.

BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized
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BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized

Okay… so you were scared… why? Did the “pit bull” bite you? Or was it your own biased ignorance that was truly the culprit of your fear?

J9ssica
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J9ssica

point is keep those ugly creatures on a leash

Rivka
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Rivka

That goes for any dog.

tony
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tony

Hi Maudelynne I rescued a full grown male Rottweiler that has a wonderful playful disposition and often take him to a off leash dog park . He lives with a male jack russell and often has a visitor male maltese we keep often for a friend. One day at the dog park a little maybe 3 year old strange boy ran toward my rottie and Duke licked him on his cheek and moved on to play with other dogs. I have never owned another dog with a disposition of this Rottie and for that matter I have been around 4… Read more »

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

Then train your dog not to run up to people – is that so hard?

Kaits
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Kaits

Actually we have a neighbor who has a golden retriever he lets run around the neighborhood that attacks other dogs (even a “vicious” pit bull who cowered while this dog was attacking it) and tries to bite anyone who comes near it. It came close to biting my husband while he was walking to his car, but he managed to get in the car before the dog caught up to him. I also worked at a vet and a pack of 3 labs attacked this pit bull that eventually died from his wounds. All the dog attacks I saw at… Read more »

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

That pit was a cur.

PitLover
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PitLover

Your ignorance is astonishing. Pit Bull Terriers have been around for many years. They were dubbed “the nanny dog” many years ago because of how trustworthy and docile they are around children. Their original purpose was to be farm dogs, herders and protectors. Not fighters. But the Pit has a specific anatomical trait that sets it apart from other breeds. Where most dogs have a jaw muscle similar to a humans’ that starts near the top of the jaw bone, the Pit has a muscle that starts at the top of it’s skull. This trait gives them one of the… Read more »

therealjanedoe
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therealjanedoe

I admire you and your post.

Laura Wright
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Laura Wright

I am in total agreement with your post. I have owned three pit bulls over the years, the first was a fighting dog that the owner was going to put down because she was too old at the age of 6 to fight, I found out about it and went and got the dog. She was the sweetest dog ever, once she was away from the idiot who was using her for fighting. She was very dog aggressive but people friendly. I had to keep her indoors away from other dogs, and always kept her leashed when taking her out.… Read more »

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

I didn’t even read your whole post because you started with “the nanny dog” myth.
It’s a myth. There is no such thing as a “nanny dog” except in peter pan (and that was a Newfoundland not a pit).

Pit bulls were bred for dog fighting, and before that, bull baiting (hence the “bull” in their name). There was never any such thing as a nanny dog and there never will be because you shouldn’t leave a child alone with a dog EVER.

steve
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steve

Well his personal experience seems to be the same kind of experience most other pit breed owners have. Your 75% statistic is incorrect because it takes any breeds that look like what you think a pitbull looks like and lumps them all together. I know for a fact it includes Pit mixes, staffordshire bull terriers, american staffordshire terriers, american pitbull terriers, and some breeds of bulldogs. Even if you don’t count the mix breeds and bulldogs, thats still 3 breeds that are being lumped together to come up with a number higher than the doberman (which is #2 on your… Read more »

morph2020
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morph2020

Steve, who gives a sh*t about being fair to pit bulls, or to any particular dog breed? I will defend against them, or any other hostile dog, regardless of breed. In any hostile encounter, nobody need consider fairness when being attacked. And, yes, I am nearly always exercising my right to be armed. Control your dogs, or lose them.

steve
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steve

That has absolutely NOTHING to do with what I said. I agree with you, control your dog or you shouldnt have one. I’m merely pointing out that people who say “Pitbulls are dangerous. Heres the statistic” are using a very skewed, biased, and, quite honestly, incorrect statistic. And actually, you should care about being fair to pit bulls. There are people that want to eradicate a great breed of dog all because people either don’t know how to handle a high energy dog or cant tell the difference between a pit bull breed and any other medium sized, athletic breed.

The Macho King
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The Macho King

You’re the kind of dumbass that caries a gun in the hopes that you have to use it aren’t you.

morph2020
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morph2020

AL, you are the kind of dumb ass that makes big ass assumptions. I have once only brandished a gun to avoid a 1:00 AM home invasion. No gunfire was needed, no blood was shed. The guy finally left after making one more exploratory trip around the house on the outside. I was just 13. I am now 72.

The Macho King
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The Macho King

Oh, i see. You’re just old. that actually makes more sense. Old people are usually more afraid of things like dogs and loud noises.

morph2020
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morph2020

You must not read very well. I was 13.

The Macho King
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The Macho King

I have no problem reading. You said you are now 72. I was refering to that and the comment “Steve, who gives a sh*t about being fair to pit bulls, or to any
particular dog breed? I will defend against them, or any other hostile
dog, regardless of breed”. How do you know a dog running towards you is being hostile ? I get it, old people are afraid of sudden movements. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.

theo samatidis
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theo samatidis

Although i have to say that people are the stupid ones… You mostly see huge dogs coming at you while having a playful attitude and you start running like a fool ! In the first place if you cant be around big dogs dont go to dog parks etc because your behavior will make a dog think that you are willing to play or that you are a suspicious person that will try to hurt its owner. Also Dobs are reaaaaaaaaly friendly and they have similar character with the Pits, both are being greatly misunderstood as fighters etc but why… Read more »

Toby
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Toby

There are millions of Pit Bulls in the world doing nothing, but showing love.

Craig McDonald
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Craig McDonald

You are wrong on so many levels. The ONLY reason that Pit Bulls are involved in attacks at ALL is that they are such loyal dogs that they are trained in dog fighting rings. And the reason why there are so many stories about them is that there is a prejudice against an absolutely fantastic breed of dog. A properly socialized pit would NEVER hurt your daughter (or you). However, if you and your daughter are at a park, and you hurt my pit bull, you’ll have a much bigger problem on your hands. My pit bull won’t fight, but… Read more »

AutismLover
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AutismLover

just last night a jrt attacked my neighbours dog lovely friendly dog labxdalmation aka the reverse dalmation
that same dog escapes his lead and has tried to bite me

roberta
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roberta

I have a friend who was hospitalized by a golden retriever who tried to kill her. THe dog was a stray that she took care of at the request of the police while the owner was located. She turned her back after feeding him and he attacked and continued to attack while she cowered on the ground. It did not make the news although it would have if the dog had been a pit. I have two rescued pits, one is 15 and one is 8, who I trust absolutely. Dogs are just dogs-not time bombs.

Dee Lafrance
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Dee Lafrance

Elzeenor, it better not be my dog you put down if it run towards you daughter, you will see the end result. That lady’s dog mauled you for a reason, you oozed evil and the dog smelled it.

morph2020
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morph2020

Dee, do you mean to say we should have dog-operated courts that decide which humans have to be put down? Can we put humans down for being stupid? Report to the doggy court for immediate judgment.

Shannon
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Shannon

Had a beagle attack us for no reason, especially when we were eating. My friend who owns beagles has never seen one like this one. We gave him to the pound.

Lowne Wolfe
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Lowne Wolfe

small breeds take ALL of the top positions in the list of breeds aggressive towards humans.

Unkle Amurica
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Unkle Amurica

If you were a dog you would be a labradoodle!

Bobbi Jo Gaestel
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Bobbi Jo Gaestel

For every ONE pitbull that bites there are over ELEVEN MILLION that don’t. Please tell me what that percentage is. Oh and golden retrievers have attacked and even killed children however those stories don’t get put on the news. I guess if all pitbulls are killers than all blacks are criminals and all Hispanics are in gangs and all middle easterners are terrorists and all whites are serial killers ooh and all ppl like you are ignorant!!!

CplHare
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CplHare

Pit Bulls are wonderful animals. In addition I have a GSD and he is awesome! Had Akita’s as well NEVER any issues. It is all in how they are treated, taught, and raised.

zipper
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zipper

It’s also in the breeding. Careful breeding can enhance or lessen certain characteristics, that’s why different breeds were developed in the first place.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

Exactly. Otherwise we’d be able to herd sheep with beagles and track scents with Pomeranians.

Unkle Amurica
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Unkle Amurica

So genetics counts for ABSOLUTELY nothing? NOTHING at all!!! You could raise a wolf as a hamster and it would think it was a hamster??

Rivka
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Rivka

The primary genetics that a dog has is species genetics, not breed genetics. The most important thing about a dog is that it is a dog, not that it’s a breed.

“Wolf” and “hamster” are species, not breeds.

jbwilson24
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jbwilson24

“The primary genetics that a dog has is species genetics, not breed genetics” So it just an accident that golden retrievers tend to give birth to golden retrievers. That hounds have strong tracking instincts, border collies have herding instincts, etc. Ridiculous. Selecting for particular traits is how breeds are formed. My Cane Corsos are large, powerful, protective dogs that enjoy play fighting and pretending to kill other animals. They were selected for that trait. To suggest that they are somehow similar in behaviour to a Pug is laughable. My dogs have little interest in retrieving, and a lot of interest… Read more »

Unkle Amurica
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Unkle Amurica

Exactly!

Unkle Amurica
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Unkle Amurica

what are you on about? Wolf and hamster and different animals!
Chimps are a species with different breeds. Different breeds = different genetics. Different genetics = different behavioural patterns.
Pit Bulls are far stronger and more dangerous than a chihuahua. The Chi chi choo choo might me an aggressive little kunt but i would still rather be attacked by 5 chiuhahawoo woos than 1 pitbill!
FOOL! i pity ya!

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

You need to go and learn what “selective breeding” is.

Dogs bred for herding herd, dog bred for tracking, track, and dogs bred for fighting, fight. It’s no surprise. Well except to the people who have no idea what selective breeding is.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

^ this.

Tessa Marie Weir
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Tessa Marie Weir

well genetics….or breeding does play some part in their natural temperments.
But those temperments can be altered if raised right….but for a wolf….that’s another story…. a dometic animal vs. wild animal…you get totally different outcomes…..

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

No it’s not. I don’t know how you can completely discount genetics when there is so much evidence that it plays a HUGE role in animal (and human) behavior.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

So you completely discount genetics then? Do you even understand what artificial selection / selective breeding is?

Guest
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Not really, but people, in their mistaken sense of loyalty to a breed, often preach this. Much better to face actual facts, and make informed decisions than to rely solely on emotion, especially when someone could be maimed or killed.

Deb
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Deb

Unfortunately this is not always true. I rescued a six week old rottie and socialized it with people, kids, cats and dogs. She was never comfortable with any one but us. After biting 3 people (luckily friends) at 1and 1/2 years old we had to put her down. One of the worst times in our life . We have owned rotties and labs and never had problems. Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how you raise your pups. I cringe every time I hear someone say it is how you raise them!!!

steve
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steve

The general rule is it is how you train and raise them. There will always be the exception to that rule. Just like how sometimes, people are born with a mental illness. Just because some people are born disturbed, does that mean all people are? No, Its the same with dogs. Sometimes, one is born with something wrong inside its head.

Rivka
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Rivka

I had a sheep with something wrong inside her head. It was her who was that way, not the majority of sheep.

Larry Jeannette
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Larry Jeannette

A lot could have happened in the 6 weeks before you rescued the pup. We ‘rescued’ our last Staphie at 8 weeks and she was awesome with other people, kids, cats and female dogs – but VERY aggressive towards male dogs. Most likely this was caused by her being present when her mother was attacked by the father while she was nursing the pups.

thefly
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thefly

And what if a stranger does come to your house? The mailman, a girl scout selling cookies, a neighborhood kid. And your pup you’re so proud of “hurts them badly”. Will you take responsibility? Or will you continue to defend your pet?

dingy
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dingy

You make a false assumption. Any dog, raised with affection, will greet all strangers with loud barking (to say hello), racing toward them to greet them, jump all over them with excitement and enthusiasm and affection. If you are afraid of my dogs, let me introduce you to them and explain their behavior. My first introduction to dogs was when I visited a young couple who had several. When I walked in, their boxer ran up to me, stood on his hind legs and placed his front paws on my chest. I asked, “Is it ok if I pet him?”… Read more »

PNUT1
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PNUT1

What a load of nonsense. Many dogs raised with love and affection will not let you in their yard or home. They are called guard dogs.

steve
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steve

None of the pits ive ever known would attack anyone. People go into my home all the time when I’m not there (my friends and family have keys) and my pit never bothers anyone. She just sits there on the couch and chews away at her bone. The other day, I got bit by another guys lab mix and my dog didn’t even react. She doesn’t know how to be angry. Even Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer, has a pit. That should say something about the misconception behind the pit breeds (of which there are more than one, btw)

Lowne Wolfe
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Lowne Wolfe

in the situations you list, a stranger is invading and I would praise the animal as it is doing it’s job protecting the home but they shouldn’t just attack. They should bark and warn off the INTRUDER, if the intruder comes over the fence (only irresponsible owners don’t fence in their dogs) the dog will actually run away, turn and bark again…if they persist the dog may then run at them but usually they will continue the retreat, turn, bark behavior. But if you jump someones fence and get attacked you shouldn’t have any legal recourse, you are an intruder…but… Read more »

Real
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Real

Pits! Bah! There are many other mastiff breeds that are superior!

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

Or just read all the statistics on how many fatalities they are involved in

steve
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steve

I love my pit. Shes a sweety. Crazy buff, but a terrible guard dog. Seriously. I got bit by another guys dog the other day on a walk. My pit just stood there looking at me with this expression on her face that just said “play time?”

LuvFunyuns
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LuvFunyuns

True to standard purebred pit bulls aren’t 80 pounds. They are 30-55 pounds and appear more like a mutt. Those large “pit bulls” are mixes. Do a DNA test on your dog and you will be surprised.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

“Never has another human been harmed” I notice you specifically mentioned only humans, how many cats and dogs have your pits mauled or killed then? Also why do you crop your dog’s ears? In my country that is considered abusive (mutilation). Is it because he is used for fighting? If not why bother to crop? And if you didn’t know; attributes like aggression are scientifically proven to have a genetic component in humans and dogs (actually all mammals, and probably most vertebrates). So it’s not all “how you raise them” even in humans which are much more able to think… Read more »

md
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md

My relatives has a Pit and the only thing she attacks is a ball. A stranger can enter the house and if they throw the ball she is your friend for life. Not a very good guard dog. When the UPS man comes to deliver packages ,He throws the ball and gives her treats, she thinks he is the best UPS guy ever, she will lick him and get in the truck with him. He is so great with all dogs.

limp nodes
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limp nodes

Means she notices what goes on at the house. Thats what they do. And if someone had ill intentions then she would act on that situation. And as of yet, no one has been maimed, bitten, injured, amazingly enough….but you can come over. Maybe then you can overcome your paranoia and stupidity.

Itbloo
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Itbloo

Just now noticed your screen name. As in “limp brain synopsis?” Whatever you meant, it gave me a grin.

jrboss93
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jrboss93

synopsis or synapses? …they are very different words.

Itbloo
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Itbloo

“synopsis or synapses? …they are very different words.”
Not if you’re 2/3ds tanked. I would be embarrassed, but I have a reason. No excuse, but a reason…

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

Stupidity and Paranoia? You give Pit Bulls and their owners, a bad name. I found what was left of a child I loved dearly that had been mauled by pit bulls. So I am stupid and paranoid because I am terrified of them now ? Piss Off.

BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized
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BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized

The pain from the loss you have suffered is nothing I wish on anyone, whether that be the loss of a child, or a friend – but you seem okay with wishing that on others saying it is okay to kill their pet (which is often a child and friend to those that love them). That is what BSL does, allows murder to be performed on even the innocent. It does not allow for each case to be judged on an individual basis with the ability to be innocent until proven guilty. If it had been a Hispanic male with… Read more »

Toby
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Toby

The majority of dogs will bark and be ready to protect their home. It don’t mean they are going to attack someone. People need to understand the body language and this includes the Police who are killing dogs for simple barking. Even a dog showing it’s teeth is just a warning.

Chris Zett
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Chris Zett

Well then they can wait at the front gate and push the door bell!! That is why my dogs are there to keep my family safe! But they are great around the kids and the etc,etc is what I want to keep OUT!!!

dingy
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dingy

We took a shelter pit bull. After 2 years – the length of time we give a dog to acclimate to us – he was the most affectionate dog, not just to us, but to everyone. Tough as nails and all muscle, but not a distrustful or aggressive bone in his body.

No Big Willie
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No Big Willie

Statistics are for our safety and security. Would you buy a vehicle that was known, statistically, for poor steering ability or stopping ability? Especially when your family was concerned?

steve
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steve

Statistics are stupid. Do you know how easy it is to skew statistics to prove a specific point? All I have to do is keep taking samples until I find the one sample, no matter how miniscule, that proves my point. For example, with pit breeds, do you know how they come up with that statistic? They take statistics from staffordshire bull terriers, american staffordshire terriers, american pit bull terriers, some leaner breeds of bull dogs, any mix that has pit in it, and even some mixes that don’t have any pit at all but are medium sized and muscular,… Read more »

morph2020
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morph2020

Steve, it is easy to lie with statistics, but a good statistician will catch the lie. Your resampling theory has surely been done here and there, but it is a wrongful use of statistics. I have an impression that no amount of statistical data will be convincing to you.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

The original breed purpose of the APBT was for dog fighting. Go further back to the bull dog and it was for baiting bulls (attacking and hanging off the nose of the bull for “entertainment”). They are the “most common dog used for dog fighting” because they were BRED for it. You cannot train a dog to ignore pain and keep attacking. Most breeds still have basic survival instincts built in that makes them run away when they get injured. A pit bull will keep attacking even when fatally wounded, until it dies. This is not because of “loyalty” it… Read more »

Guest
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Guest

You are simply wrong. Statistics prove that pitties and rotties account for most maiming and killing of humans, of all the breeds. And by a very wide margin. Those are just facts, and I love them as much as anybody does. However, I think it is crazy to have these breeds around children. There are many very suitable family pet breeds.

limp nodes
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limp nodes

Your opinion means nothing, certainly doesnt mean im wrong. Properly bred and raised, pits are fine, ignorance like yours notwithstanding. Perpetuating fear factors about any breed of dog only incites people without true knowledge of said breeds to fear them instinctively, causing their reactions to be extreme. Statistics are lovely tools, often misused by people such as yourself, to support a belief that is erroneous. You omit the mitigating factors that contribute to the statistics, rendering your opinion shortsighted and foolish. I now have a pit boxer mix in the fold, and the alpha dog is the lab. So take… Read more »

John Endsley
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John Endsley

The humane society america says it the majority of large breed attack are by labrador retriever and golden retrievers.

jrboss93
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jrboss93

Curious what the majority of all breed attacks are … probably chihuahuas. …and I’m guessing the stats you are looking it is raw number without including populations … given the popularity of retrievers it is not surprising they would have the majority of attack.

maudelynn13
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maudelynn13

They looked at fatal and critical attacks. When is the last time you heard about a chihuahua killing anyone?

steve
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steve

You’re more likely to get bitten by a chihuahua than a pit, but you probably won’t have to go to the hospital

Itbloo
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Itbloo

My sister and her husband have had a string of five Goldens. They were all sweethearts and male. I don’t know why this attack thing would be a stat, because I’ve known many other Goldens owned by many people, and the people have different personalities. I’ve seen low to higher anger issues in some owners, and I have never witnessed any aggression in their dogs. Every lab, no matter what color I’ve ever encountered has been an annoying bright kid, or so into themselves and their in-the-moment existence, they are as threatening as a curious child. If you want a… Read more »

Amanda
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Amanda

Excuse me I was raised with mostly pits and personally had an untrained pit and bloodhound mix. She was the sweetest animal as were the ones I was raised around. My grandmother trained them by herself in the backyard without any help or problems. The problems my family has had is with the little dogs. They’re mean and hateful and don’t seem to have as near of much a personality as big dogs. Which leads me to believe that little dogs are just stupid biters.

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

Read the stats about Pits turning on their owners. Including those raised in loving homes. Pits are a menace.

jrboss93
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jrboss93

I don’t particularly care for pits … I think their poker faces are scary good … but I also don’t think an entire breed should be condemned because of ignorance (mine or anyone elses).

High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter

If you took time to look at the stats, you would change your mind. Over 60% of all dog bite fatalities are caused by Pit Bulls (more than other breeds combined).

steve
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steve

because they take attack numbers from around 5 or 6 breeds and an unknown number of mixes and call them all “pit bulls”, which isn’t a breed, by the way. If you take 60% of dogs and call them all “pit bulls”, of course they are going to have 60% of attacks.

Hr
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Hr

Your ignorance is a menace

Unkle Amurica
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Unkle Amurica

Whatever! keep your pants on!

Toby
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Toby

It could have been a Pit? Just gotta three that out there don’t you?

annie
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annie

I will be 1st to say and you can ask any Vet over 50 about how americans have bred labs to be large rather than to keep their mellow personalities. English do try to keep the original breed size and personality so you have a very sweet not huge dog…great hunter as well as companion dogs.

John Miller
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John Miller

I actually have a traditional English Labrador. He’s crazy (as Labs tend to be) but I love him and he loves me. He loves mostly everyone he meets but there’s only been a few people he’s full-on growled at. I like to think that those were bad people that he sensed something was wrong with them.

jp
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jp

My doxie mix was the same. He could sense danger in people. He used to growl at a friend of my son’s and it wasn’t long until we found out why. This guy was totally bad news and ended up hurting my son. My Freddy knew it and was only doing his job to try and warn my son and us. That is a good dog.

Ograf
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Ograf

I totally can believe that tale. It seems as though dogs and small children have a knack for knowing who is good and who is a bad person. Even if the person pretends to be honorable the dog knows he is a faker. I can proudly say I’ve never been bitten by a dog, and this is after I unknowingly made friends with the boss’s pit bull who nobody else except the boss could get near. He was hooked up by the truck one day and I was told to check oil, water etc. I walked over Pit bull was… Read more »

Amanda
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Amanda

I get what you mean. I had a black tic hound. Cousin to the blue tic hound. And you would’ve thought he was stupid, but it was all an act. He was the kindest guy you’d have ever met, until one day a dog tried to attack me and he went from a sitting position to a standing position in the most ferocious demeanor I’ve ever seen in my life the other dog was shocked, his owner was shocked and so was I. Once I recovered though the even more shocking thing happened, I told him to heal, and he… Read more »

therealjanedoe
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therealjanedoe

Love that story.

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

Well done doggie 🙂

Derek James Chase
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Derek James Chase

my 2yr old rotti loves everyone and cats how ever now an again while out walking someone will be walking up to me to pass by she will turn round off lead come to me stand infront of me an growl at that person an stay by me an keep between me and that person when there gone shes back to playing round dogs have a 5th sense they know how you feel though s ppl are most likely annoyed over some thing an harmless but have a temper in side them the dog picks up on that an reads… Read more »

rocco
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rocco

be careful I had a 12 year rotti I just recently had to put down as I couldn’t trust him around my kids.
he was friendly loved everyone till he was around 2 years old then become very protective and eventually wanted to kill everyone.

Michelle
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Michelle

That was a training/socialization issue. The dog did not turn for no reason. You killed it because of ignorance.

Bleddyn
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Bleddyn

That could probably be said for all incidents regarding dog attacks. Put the dog down first then rationalize the ignorance later, I am tired of having to grab my dog up (on a leash) to protect it from dogs that escape their yards. All dogs eventually find a way to get free even from a leash. The response is very simple. Your dog attacks another human or another dog that is on a leash and it gets put down. Plain and simple. I have seen plenty of dogs that escape and then just run around all playful, not a problem… Read more »

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

I don’t think all dogs that “attack” other dogs should be put down. It should depend on the severity of the attack.

It’s natural for dogs to fight other dogs sometimes, two males cross paths and give each other funny looks and they might suddenly fight over it.
Sometimes two dogs who have been “friends” for ages will fight.
If the bites break the skin or the dog goes for the throat or shakes the other dog then yes, put them down. If it’s merely a scuffle that causes no injury then no, I don’t think it’s necessary.

dean
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dean

hey i’ve got an idea when kids at school get in a fight if there’s any blood let’s put them down to. you know as well i do that’s not right. if dog’s run loose thing’s will happen why not make owener’s more responsible where are dog catcher’s to get the stray’s and make owener’s keep dog’s in a fenced in area. let’s also thing about how or what the owener is keeping an aggressive dog’s for did they make it that way to protect something

Miss Cellany
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Miss Cellany

Do not try to equate dogs with children. Dogs are not children. A child doesn’t tear another child open and spill it’s guts on the ground, or pick up and shake another child until it’s neck breaks. Certain dog breeds are capable of this, and even medium sized dogs (i.e. border collies) can do this to small dogs. Lets get this straight – it’s not “normal” dog behaviour to try to kill another dog for no reason other than it happens to be there. That shows that the dog has not been properly socialized or has been bred for dog-specific… Read more »

Bleddyn
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Bleddyn

Agreed.

rocco
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rocco

another know it all im warning this guy so the same thing doesn’t happen with his dog