View Poll Results: Your immediate thoughts /response to hearing the words Pit Bulls .

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  • Media experience.

    18 26.87%
  • Research/Media experience.

    13 19.40%
  • Friends/Family experience

    8 11.94%
  • Personal experience.

    28 41.79%
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    Hey Chop

    I said research/media

    Media- I cringe as well over their info provided to the public and believe 5% of what they say whether it's dog related/other.

    Research- I love reading about diff. breeds, training etc, talking to people. Even as a kid I'd read dog reference books instead of novels. When I paint dog portraits for people I like to read about the breed, meet the dog where possible... helps me understand the subject better, makes it more personal in a way instead of it being just another dog.

    I have never owned a pitbull,
    but have met a couple.
    I think that they are stunning dogs, beautiful looking and the ones I've met were friendly.

    I have been told, read and seen that they are:
    -Loyal & affectionate
    -Good with kids
    -Urge to please & protect the owner/property ( just like many other breeds)
    -Can be aggressive towards other dogs/animals (just like many other breeds)
    -Need a firm hand/training (just like many other breeds)
    -They can be a powerful weapon in the wrong hands, and that's where most of the problem is. (just like many other breeds). I have been to a part of the world where these dogs (and others) are used as a weapon almost daily.

    I'm more cautious around tiny dogs, as they all love my ankles but seriously, have seen many little dogs with behavioral/aggression problems but they get away with it because they are small. Now! that makes me

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    I voted media. I haven't done any research on them and I have to admit that when I was thinking of a Pit Bull I always had a Bull Terrier in my head and vice versa.... Thanks aussiemyf7 for educating me!!
    Unfortunatly, I don't know any Pit personally but I think they are beautiful dogs! I don't believe that there are dangerous breeds around. It is individual dogs that can be dangerous no matter what breed (usually thanks to the owner ). The only dog I was ever bitten by was a dachshound which bit me in my leg without any warning .

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    Forgot to mention that I had a discussion with one of my colleagues about dangerous breeds/dogs a few weeks ago. It was unbelievable. For him Pits are all dangerous dogs, it is a breed thing (he never met one). And that came from a scientist.... It is crazy how the media influences people He doesn't own a dog but if he would he would have a staffie. He adores them. When I told him that we didn't wanted a staffie or staffie X when we were looking for a dog, because they are classified as fighting dogs in Germany and you are actually not allowed to import them into the country he didn't understand.
    I would bet that if I had this conversation with someone in Germany they would tell me exactely the same thing about staffies..

  4. #44

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    My experience with Pit Bulls is based on personal experience. I usually take media hype with a grain of salt.

    I was working in boarding at a time when the media was busy creating an irrational fear of the breed in the mind of the general public. Most boarding kennels refused to accept a Pitty. We actually had a staff meeting and by one vote decided to board the breed on a trial basis.

    I worked with the big dogs and the problem dogs so I was naturally given the Pit Bulls to care for. With only one exception the many Pitties I cared for were a pleasure to work with. The one exception was a crossbred - a Staffy x Pitty. He was great with people but would have torn another dog apart. I found out afterwards he even had to be taken to the Vet via the back entrance. A scary dog. He lived to kill.

    The other Pitties were lovely dogs. One little black girl had been used for fighting. She was pretty mangled after a fight and left to die. The young couple who rescued her and nursed her back to health were warned she could never be trusted with other dogs due to her history. We talked about it and they decided to try her with a Pit Bull puppy. The black girl and her new companion were soon inseperable. They became two of my favourite boarders over the 8 years I regularly cared for them.

    Another Pitty boarder belonged to a Vet nurse. He lived with an elderly Kelpie x and a bossy little white fluffy. Lovely natured dog, kept firmly in his place by the two girls.

    There were lots of others but these three were my favourites.

    The sad thing about Pit Bulls is that many people attracted to the breed are not the sort of people who should own any dog regardless of breed. You can't blame the breed for this.

    IMO the average Pitty is no better or worse than the average GSD, Labrador or whatever. They are a dog like any other. To those who have no first hand experience of the breed I would say: Forget the media hype and go and meet one for yourself. You might be pleasantly surprised.

    This is an excellent post.
    The last statement has also pretty much nailed my main raesons for putting this up.

    From what I've observed in the general public,it is those that have never laid eyes apon an APBT that are the ones most likely to have adverse reactions to them. They go on simply whatthe media has fed them,a very skewed,slanted view of a breed that is often used as the scapegoat.

    I also wanted to see just how many people had actually had personal experience with one.
    The majority so far have had personal experience with the breed and yet do not have one negative thing to say other than they are often targeted by th ewrong type of owner.

    At all times,it appears it is whats holding the leash rather than what is on the leash.

    This idiotic law has truley gotten them nowhere. The breed is still there.
    Of course there will be the fools cashing in on breeding badly bred/cross breds selling to whoevers pockets jingle.
    These type of people however are certainly not exclusive to this one breed.

    I was going to voice another question here but will start another thread for it because it is most certainly not exclusive to the APBT.

    Hippo ; Your last post is a classic example of what the media is capable of. It is a very powerful tool . A very dangerous tool in the wrong hands....sounds familiar....

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    I haven't owned a pitt bull, nor have any of my friends- not many of them own dogs anyway. I voted research/media. I think there is a lot of crap in the media, so I read about the dogs out of my own interest. Seem like lovely dogs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinaG View Post
    I haven't owned a pitt bull, nor have any of my friends- not many of them own dogs anyway. I voted research/media. I think there is a lot of crap in the media, so I read about the dogs out of my own interest. Seem like lovely dogs!
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    I just saw this article. Love how they say it's 'BELIEVED to be a pit bull'


    A man is expected to undergo surgery after being attacked by his dog, which bit him on his face, groin and leg.

    The 34-year-old man was attacked by his family dog, believed to be a pit-bull terrier, in the backyard of his Whitford Road home in Green Valley, in Sydney's west, about 10pm (AEST) on Sunday.

    Police believe the dog turned on the man when he tried to remove it from an enclosed pergola in the backyard.

    He was left with bites to his mouth, groin and left leg.

    His wife and six children, aged two to 13 years, were home at the time.

    The man managed to call emergency services and is expected to have surgery at Liverpool Hospital.

    The dog was removed from the home and will be destroyed, police said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren View Post
    I just saw this article. Love how they say it's 'BELIEVED to be a pit bull'


    A man is expected to undergo surgery after being attacked by his dog, which bit him on his face, groin and leg.

    The 34-year-old man was attacked by his family dog, believed to be a pit-bull terrier, in the backyard of his Whitford Road home in Green Valley, in Sydney's west, about 10pm (AEST) on Sunday.

    Police believe the dog turned on the man when he tried to remove it from an enclosed pergola in the backyard.

    He was left with bites to his mouth, groin and left leg.

    His wife and six children, aged two to 13 years, were home at the time.

    The man managed to call emergency services and is expected to have surgery at Liverpool Hospital.

    The dog was removed from the home and will be destroyed, police said.


    I too also read that news on NINEMSN online this morning...

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    What I know about Pit Bulls is from the Media. When we picked up Mimi at the age of 8 weeks from the RSPCA, we were told she was a boxer cross. When later on we looked a the paperwork given by the RSPCA, they had her listed as a Bull Terrier X Jack Russell. My heart sank at once... I immediately thought we had a dangerous dog on our hands. We loved her already so much and I was trying to think what I will have to endure (I am a natural worrier) with obedience courses, keep a watchful eye, be extra careful at the park.. around children, etc.
    As it turned out, our Vet thinks that she has no bull terrier in her at all. Her secondary gene in her DNA was that of a British bulldog but she looks more like a dalmatian/pointer than a bull terrier or a British Bulldog. However, just looking at her, she is very powerful although of medium size. BUT.. very affectionate, gentle and compassionate. Great with children - she loves them and is very protective of us and our house. She never growls at any of us and I can take a bone off her easily.
    If Mimi was a Pitt Bull Terrier, I would still love her the same but I am sorry to say that because of all the hype, I would not trust her alone with a child and would have to keep an eye on her all the time which I still do to some degree.

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    Sadly the media along with a few unqualified owners are responsible for most of the hysteria that unfairly surrounds the breed. As an example, someone above included an article about a pitbull that attacked their owner. No doubt the fact it is was a pitbull made it worthy of front page news. Not long ago here in Michigan USA, a man was mauled to death by three dogs. The headline simply read "Local man found in trailer dead". The smaller by-line read; "Mauled to death by three dogs". Just skimming the paper you would have missed it. I knew instantly that no "Pit Bulls" were involved, otherwise the Headline would have read "PitBulls Maul Local man to death" and the by-line would have been "local officials talk of Ban". I tried to locate the article that was in a small town newspaper and all I could find was some passing reference and can not find the article. I did though find this one that echos the same sentiments: KC DOG BLOG: Dog bite fatality story -- and a case for media bias


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