I have so many things to say I dont even know where to start. This is a very passionate topic of mine.
First off, im sorry you are the 'black sheep' of your family, I know how it feels! My family thinks im crazy for keeping my pets in the house, they think im crazy because I took my Collie pup to the vet because of an injured leg and they think im even crazier because I spent a huge amount of money on my mothers dog because of a head injury. They think I am a stuck up because I want to send my baby boy to a private school because I dont want him waisting away in one of these public schools. But I dont mind
But back to the topic on hand, I think that statement is really unfair. Yes, there are people who have big huge dogs as a power status, who train them to be mean and even fight them, but that isnt the norm. Alot of people think it is because one bad story will ruin everything, and the media over exaggerates and make it seem like its always happening (APBT attacks etc.)
Also, people are very misinformed about breeds. Pit bulls were bred to fight. Fight other DOGS. They were bred to be dog agressive but never human agressive. A human agressive pit bull was not accepted, because the handler needed to be able to get to the dog if it was injured, or seperate them in a fight.
APBT's are choice in bad neighborhoods because they are so tough looking. But I believe they can all be big sweeties on the inside. My father owned a female pit bull for I dont know how many years. She was huge, chocolate and white white huge green eyes and cropped ears. I would play 'horsie' with her as a little kid (never putting full weight) and she would wiggle so hard she'd knock me off and then jump on me and slobber my face. She lived with my teeny tiny Shih Tzu, and they played like crazies. She was the absolute best dog ever, and the only thing she ever did wrong was take a huge piece of steak of the kitchen table.
But because of the prejudice, the people in our neighborhood went as far as calling Animal Control and saying she was terrorizing the children, and running loose. We almost got a huge fine, but luckily no one step forward to back up that horrible lie.
Originally Posted by lionessrampant
I think it has everything to do with the dog, not the breed. The issue DOES exist thatbecause of their breeding, APBT's can physically do more damage with that jaw when they ARE mistreated or neglected into become vicious. I will give the breed-banning people that one, but all that means is that adopters need a lot of resources so that their dog will be well-adjusted and trained and happy, and the families need to commit to this every single day, no matter WHAT kind of dog they have.
I just wanted to comment on the whole jaw thing. I believe this is the biggest myth ever to hit the pit bull breed. They are NOT super dog. They are not freaks of nature. They do not have an ultra powerful 'locking' jaw. Pit bulls CAN sometimes do more damage, but its not because of their 'locking' jaw or their 'vicious' nature, but simply because they are terriers and they have TENACITY. They are stubborn things when they put their mind to it, and that attitude in an agressive dog can result in disaster.
As for BSL, I think that would be one of our biggest mistakes. The way I see it, if we ban Pits, Rotties, Mastiffs, Dobies, Staffies etc, we are having our rights taken away. After all these breeds are done being banned, people will move onto Presa Canarios, Filas, Neos, Goldens, Labs, etc. It will get to a point where we wont be able to own any breed of dog... Then the thugs will start to train attack cats LOL
BSL isnt the answer. I mean didnt Ontario ban Pits? Now they put up a proposal on wanting to ban LABRADORS. The guy said 'They would ban any dangerous breed' There is no dangerous breed!!!