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I don't have one. I have two very naughty 2 yr old terriers and a gentle 16 yr old Sheltie mix. However, a friend of my daughter's needed a place for her Pit puppy to stay for a couple of weeks. He was a cutie, for sure. Very uncoordinated and totally oblivious that my terriers hated his guts. He thought that they were playing chase when in actuality they were running after him with their teeth blaring. He was very well trained as far as being house broken and barking. The worst thing he did was drag tree bark from outside to chew on. Solved this with some chew toys.

I hear lots of stories about Pit bulls and I was wondering what everyone thinks. My friend has a huge one. He's not ferocious at all. How can he be? His name is Scooby. He might lick you to death... Another friend has a Pit bull puppy that apparently nipped a child while they were playing chase with him and it turned into this huge ordeal with the authorities and animal control.

My daughter, of course, now wants one. Right now we have enough animals at our house. We have two cats too. So the answer is no way. But it got me thinking. Are they inherently bad and it is just a matter of time before they crack? Or is it the media that targets isolated events and sensationalizes the stories?

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I personally would be somewhat concerned, although so much depends on how the dog was raised. I know you were speaking of a pit bull, but there was just recently a tragedy that involved a rottweiler; which is a similar breed. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700015542/Aggression-in-dogs-can-lead-to-tragedy.html

Here is a comparison between the pitbull and the rottweiler. http://www.pitbullvsrottweiler.com/

I know there are very many well behaved pit bulls out there. In fact, I stopped and bought some lemonade from three cute little girls the other day who were accompanied by a pit bull. I believed the oldest when she told me "he won't bite" and scratched him behind the ears with only the slightest trepidation.

But if I were going to own a big dog, it would be a black lab. I have never heard of a black lab killing or maiming a child. With a black lab and small children it's the ever wagging tail you need to worry about, not their teeth. :)

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It's not so much the dog as it is the owner. Any dog needs to be trained properly, and it seems that stories about pits behaving badly are rather sensationalized. My sister has a pit bull/ lab mix, and he is the sweetest, wimpiest dog I know. He'd lick you to death before he'd physically harm you. He has killed a rabbit in the yard a time or two, but almost any breed of dog will do that.

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Most of the pit bulls I've known over the years wouldn't hurt their own fleas. SO much depends on how they're raised. If they are handled gently, socialized early, and taught manners, they make wonderful, affectionate pets.....although unlike most, they can eat rocks and make hash out of the kids' Frisbees!:)

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I personally would be somewhat concerned, although so much depends on how the dog was raised. I know you were speaking of a pit bull, but there was just recently a tragedy that involved a rottweiler; which is a similar breed. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700015542/Aggression-in-dogs-can-lead-to-tragedy.html

Here is a comparison between the pitbull and the rottweiler. http://www.pitbullvsrottweiler.com/

I know there are very many well behaved pit bulls out there. In fact, I stopped and bought some lemonade from three cute little girls the other day who were accompanied by a pit bull. I believed the oldest when she told me "he won't bite" and scratched him behind the ears with only the slightest trepidation.

But if I were going to own a big dog, it would be a black lab. I have never heard of a black lab killing or maiming a child. With a black lab and small children it's the ever wagging tail you need to worry about, not their teeth. :)

I think I'm siding with Kolohe here . . the potential for harm is too great for me to get one if I have small children around.

One of my patients has a Pit Bull and he is very sweet and gentle - he is actually a handsome dog and I don't think Pit Bulls or Rottweilers are nice looking usually.

However, they have a 3 year old grandson who manhandles the dog - the child doesn't know any better. It makes me very nervous as the jaw of that dog could easily lock down on the poor child.

It just isn't worth it to me to take that chance when there are other breeds that are proven to be a safer choice.

steph

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Agreed, Steph. I don't trust even my own dog around my grandchildren---he bit Eli last summer after being mauled around one too many times, and he's just a little ten-pound Mini-Pin/doxie mix. I wouldn't want to have a pit bull or any other dog around little kids who haven't yet learned how to treat them.

That said---and if I didn't have little ones around now and then---I would buy a pit bull as a pet dog, as long as it comes from a reputable person and has been socialized well since birth.

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Agreed, Steph. I don't trust even my own dog around my grandchildren---he bit Eli last summer after being mauled around one too many times, and he's just a little ten-pound Mini-Pin/doxie mix. I wouldn't want to have a pit bull or any other dog around little kids who haven't yet learned how to treat them.

That said---and if I didn't have little ones around now and then---I would buy a pit bull as a pet dog, as long as it comes from a reputable person and has been socialized well since birth.

I've gone from loving my labs to loving my mini-doxies. PLUS . . their poop isn't very big!! ;)

Poop and pee . . .we are on a roll tonight as nurses! :D

steph

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That's true.......their poop looks like a couple of large Tootsie Rolls laying on the floor---oops, I meant in the grass.

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I considered adopting a pit bull after making several visits to my local animal shelter looking for my own lost dog. There were soooooo many pits (adults and puppies) there it just made me sad. These animals didn't choose the life they were given and it really pulled on my heartstrings. There were only a couple that I saw that I would say definitely were vicious. They were the stereotypical big blocky-headed, broad-shouldered pits that bared their teeth and growled and barked at me when I stopped by their kennel to say hello. Most just seemed starved for attention and leaned against the kennel gate for a scratch behind the ears.

However, I have two children, two small dogs, and two cats, and when it came down to it I couldn't take the chance. I thought about the stories where the pit is the loving family pet that suddenly turns on it's family and I didn't want to end up as one of those.

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I considered adopting a pit bull after making several visits to my local animal shelter looking for my own lost dog. There were soooooo many pits (adults and puppies) there it just made me sad. These animals didn't choose the life they were given and it really pulled on my heartstrings. There were only a couple that I saw that I would say definitely were vicious. They were the stereotypical big blocky-headed, broad-shouldered pits that bared their teeth and growled and barked at me when I stopped by their kennel to say hello. Most just seemed starved for attention and leaned against the kennel gate for a scratch behind the ears.

However, I have two children, two small dogs, and two cats, and when it came down to it I couldn't take the chance. I thought about the stories where the pit is the loving family pet that suddenly turns on it's family and I didn't want to end up as one of those.

It's just disturbing that there are so many irresponsible owners who train their dogs to be vicious and/or let them breed without consideration about what happens to the puppies. I think a pit bull puppy probably can be a wonderful pet if it's brought up correctly and NEUTERED or SPAYED as soon as possible. I would also be very hesitant to adopt a pit bull from a shelter, especially if I didn't know its history.

BTW, chows can be nasty as well. Beautiful dogs but even if they are properly trained, they can turn on their owners without warning. I think a lot of people don't understand how dangerous chows can be, especially since they look so fluffy and sweet.

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That's true.......their poop looks like a couple of large Tootsie Rolls laying on the floor---oops, I meant in the grass.

Thank you so much for that, uh, "appetizing" visual. :lol2:

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