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    I don't like labs or drooly breeds much.

    I don't there should be a law banning them.

    I only get scared of dogs showing aggressive behaviours.

    And I'm not sure I'd know a pitbull if I saw one. Of the dogs I've met that look a bit like them - all but one have been well behaved. And the one - and it's equally nasty malamute friend - don't come to the park any more.

    Of the Labs I meet - I would say about 8 out of ten are obnoxious and rude and prone to knocking people over. The better behaved ones have owners who train them and stop them from being rude.

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    A true to type American Pitbull Terrier should look like this
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    Proportionate, athletic, lean muscle.

    The dogs Jadie posted look more like Amstaff's to me.

    But in this day and age breeders are breeding all over the shop and still calling their dogs APBT.

    I obviously voted No.

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    Sorry, I did a search and all these pretty Pitties came up I had to post their photos. Swoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    My first exposure to pitbulls was quite frightening. I was walking my dogs on the beach when I noticed up ahead some young guys dressed in black with their dogs with the big studded collars taking a dip in the ocean on a section of beach I needed to pass on my way home. One of the younger ones came up to me and told me to turn back or the dogs which he told me were pits may rip mine to pieces. They had stationed a young guy on each side to keep people away.

    I needed to pass that way so I skirted around half up the sand dunes. Next moment I had this dog bearing down flat out on me and my dogs, fortunately one of the young guys managed to intercept it and shouted at me to get away and I had to scramble through the sand dunes just to get home. It was quite terrifying and people were turning back with their dogs and fleeing into the sand dunes.

    A couple of years later I met a friend who had the most beautiful natured pit bull and that changed my thoughts somewhat on pitbulls, she was such a beautiful gentle dog that had been raised and bred right. It would be outrageous to think of her being seized and PTS.


    I think the problem is in many instances their owners. If the beach experience had been the only exposure I had had to pitties I would definitely be somewhat nervous of them. They are not a common breed where this happened and I bet most of the people on that beach that day probably had a bad experience that stayed with them.

    These guys wernt locals, they were just passing through so fortunately never saw them again, but goodness knows what damage they wreaked on the breed.
    I havent read the rest of the thread yet, but im inclined to think these two guys werent bad owners.

    Sure they probably shouldnt have had DA dogs at the beach of lead, but it sounds to me like they were taking some action to prevent anything bad happening.

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    I have only ever been truly scared of 2 dogs. A cocker spaniel and a blue heeler or whatever the hell he was.

    I used to do a paper run and this black cocker spaniel used to charge me every bloody day snapping and snarling, I was 12-14 while this happened. It was always a race to get back on my bike and gone before he got to me. Id be shaking and everything. Then one day, the gravel on the driveway made me wheel slip out from under me and I went down. Herbie (his name) got to me, jumped on me and started licking the hell out of my face. I stopped being scared after that.

    And my mates dog Shadow. Hes odd. Hes not friendly at all. He scares the shit out of me quite frankly. Not me for myself, I will go up and pat him etc. But he is most definitely the type of dog who WANTS to bite someone...anyone LOL.

    I am not "scared" of any breeds, but I am most definitely "wary" of ANY breed where I dont personally knwo the dog. I dont just assume all dogs are going to be friendly and cuddly and like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post
    I have never had any exposure to a pitbull except via the media, so I must admit that I do have a certain fear - one of the unknown I guess, but certainly not of 'the dog' itself. All dogs have the capability to burt, maim and kill, it is the nurture of the animal that dictates the outcome - however, some breeds, including pitbulls, have a greater capability for harm than other breeds, simply as a result of their physicality.

    Which is all fine and dandy to know, until you {the general, all encompassing 'you'} encounter one, get nervous because of the media's beat-ups, and the dog feeds on that energy, becomes hyper/excited/manic... and fulfills the expectation of being an 'agreesive' creature - when in fact, had you expected a normal dog, that is what you would have encountered... and that is MY fear... that when I do, one day, get to have a person-to-dog encounter with a pittie, I too shall provide that excitable energy that is of no use to a dog already feared by the masses, and result in a self-fulfilled prophecy.

    Clear as mud?

    Lol.

    So, I won't be answering that poll, because I'm actually not sure whether I am afraid of the dog, the breed, or the 'expected outcome' - none of which are helpful - so I shall wait to give an opinion until I can actually say, "I've met a pittie, and no, I'm not afraid".
    I have to agree with Pinkest...I haven't ever had a bad experience with a pitbull only through media, so I am not going to vote, because I can't talk from experience.

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    I have never had any bad dog experiences. I guess i am lucky. But i disagree with the whole it's the dog thing, definitely the dog owners fault. Couldn't vote because i think the poll is closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    Yeh no worries I will tomorrow when I'm on pc not iPad as no good at copying and pasting.
    You could even google it yourself it you weren't in denial.
    Hey Peter, still waiting!

    oh and as for my denial i'm pretty sure that the correct proportions for a proper APBT have been shown by other posters(and most certainly not those showing american bullies)

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    Here is a page with winners from the national by year (in America).

    It's amazing to see how much they have changed over the years, they used to be strong looking, well muscled dogs and now they are more athletic looking.

    National Champion Winners

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    I havent read the rest of the thread yet, but im inclined to think these two guys werent bad owners.

    Sure they probably shouldnt have had DA dogs at the beach of lead, but it sounds to me like they were taking some action to prevent anything bad happening.
    I needed to pass that way so I skirted around half up the sand dunes. Next moment I had this dog bearing down flat out on me and my dogs, fortunately one of the young guys managed to intercept it and shouted at me to get away and I had to scramble through the sand dunes just to get home. It was quite terrifying and people were turning back with their dogs and fleeing into the sand dunes.

    I dont agree with you there Lala, she was VERY LUCKY the guy managed to intercept the dog before it reached her. Anyone would have been scared to death, and everyone has a right to walk there dogs and [B]feel safe[/B.

    DA dogs should NEVER be out among the public and other dogs unrestrained. That is responsible ownership of a DA DOG and the burden you bear if you own one...whatever breed it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Here is a page with winners from the national by year (in America).

    It's amazing to see how much they have changed over the years, they used to be strong looking, well muscled dogs and now they are more athletic looking.

    National Champion Winners
    and they should be strong, well muscled dogs ... what they shouldn't be is stupidly muscled such that it would inhibit their agility. A proper APBT can leap from a standstill to close to 6ft off the ground or more, imagine one of those american bullies doing that!

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