I have a love hate relationship with pitbulls. I actually think they're one of the most impressive dog breeds, certainly I think as dogs they have a lot of potential. I think one day I may even have to own one because when I see them, I feel in awe of the emotional connection they have with people (reminds me of Sammy) and I have seen what they are willing to do for their owners. I also love their muscle and physique (the traditional ones, not the butch ones with silly heads). I would fight though until blue in the face to keep them and protect them from BSL and it's not just because I'm worried that dobermans could be the next breed targeted. I think they have a lot to offer that really no other breed can and the dog world and the human world would be a much poorer place without them.
But Sammy has been attacked by bully type dogs 3 times - in fact it's the only type of dog he's ever been seriously attacked by. All 3 of those times I could tell the pit/amstaff/bully breed wanted to kill him. The owner would pull their dog off and Sammy would just stand next to me, happy the fight was over but the pit would be desperate to break free, desperate to finish the job. I still have nightmares about the time the owner had to lie on top of his dog because it was the only way he could stop it from attacking Sammy even though Sammy was in a down and wanted nothing more to do with it. I still remember when Sammy expressed his anal glands as a 10 week old puppy when a pitbull charged him and shook him by the neck. True to breed and luckily for us, none of these dogs were the slightest bit human aggressive. But they did want to kill other dogs. I can't lift Sammy up like I did when he was 10 weeks old. I feel powerless when I see one charging towards him because I know there's nothing I can do now. It's all up to him to evade until the other owner gets over to us and then hopefully together we can save Sammy. I can't even imagine what it must be like for people with less powerful breeds than a doberman - I know Sammy would still lose but his size and agility buy him some time at least (not to mention his long snout which the vet told is how his eye survived a particularly vicious attack).
I don't know. They're not dog park dogs and yet you can always find so many there. I used to go to dog parks all the time and there's only one reason I don't go now, I'm scared of bully type dogs when I'm with Sammy. I have personally been attacked by other breeds of dog - the worst was a boxer that bit my face as a small child and 2 labradors that chased my sister and I over a fence on our way to school one day. But I know these were bad examples examples of the breed, the result of no training and poor ownership - they were the exceptions and so I'm not worried about them as a breed. I just wish I knew then what I know now because I probably could have avoided the problems altogether. But bully breeds that attack other dogs are not always the result of poor training and I don't see them as the exception, they were bred to fight dogs and that has yet to be bred out of them. Thing is I don't think there's anything wrong with that, same as I like that Sammy is naturally protective and well you wouldn't break into my house because there's a good chance my dog might do something about it. I just think if you want a dog to play at the dog park buy a spaniel or hound or some sort of social breed - there are lots of options but bully breeds do not fit into that category.
I'm sure there are people here who have bully breeds that would be safe there, but it's like, when I owned a fox terrier cross I never left him alone with small animals - why risk it? I knew he respected me and was unlikely to do anything whilst I was watching, but I also knew how bad he wanted to. I made the mistake of not putting my mouse cage back properly one time and he pulled it apart and killed them all. He killed 4 rabbits one day at Centennial Park in Sydney - the dog was an amazing hunter. Dog breeds were bred for different purposes, I don't think you can love or hate a dog for doing what it was bred to do, you should just hate the owner for putting them in a situation that was inappropriate for that breed.