I've just resigned myself that most people are ignorant, love drama and are drawn to blood and guts ( Ever stop to think why traffic is so bad around a wreck when theres two wide open lanes? People stop to gape in hopes of seeing gorey stuff).
Anyway, sadly, many good breeds have been made into 'demons' by the media. Did you know in the early 1900's the Bloodhound was deemed vicious and blood thirsty? Then of course German Shepherds, Dobies, Rotties, and of course Pit Bulls.
Pit bulls are terriers, threfor they tend to be more 'scrapy' with other animals, but any terrier will do this.. yorkie, jack russel, airdale etc. There are however good examples of all breeds, just as there are bad ones. DOGS ARE INDIVIDUALS.. like humans. Yes, they may have certian characteristics, but are not all 'doomed' to the same mold. Some of it does indeed have to do with how the pet is raised, but that doesnt take into account the whole equation. Take for example the Michael Vick dogs.. all rescued have CGC ( canine good citizen) certificates, and have great homes, and some are even therapy dogs.
Dogs raised in great environments can also be not so great dogs. Bully breeds are popular so therefor overbred a lot and are prone to random breeding, genetic issues and of course people just breeding dogs because they look a certian way, rather than for temperment, soundness etc. Because they're in such demand, such good dogs can have major issues. This goes for any breed though. I have met a downright nasty golden retriever that was from a pet store ( who bought it from a puppy mill), and have met many not so nice Dalmations. Its the breeds popularity and the lack of proper breeding and screening that hurts the breed. Pit bull type dogs were not bred to be human agressive, the dogs that are are a result from criminal idiots who have taken human agressive dogs and bred the trait further, and of course usually beat the crap out of them and abuse them in an attempt to make them 'meaner'. Dogs tend to fight in the ring because as a breed they are extreame people pleasers and will do anything for their owner, even if that means getting eaten alive. Of course sadly people chose terriers for this.. they were ment to hunt tough vermin that could bite the crap out of them ( rats, badgers etc.)
They are not for everyone, and it takes the right owner. You would not want a border collie for a 30 story apartment, nor would you want a chihuaha for a sled dog or serious running partner. You could expect the Border Collie to turn destructive and potentially agressive if kept in a cage in a high rise apartment all day.. certainly doesnt mean all Border collies are bad.
BSL makes no sense.. when do criminals follow the law anyhow? if the media would stop giving them so much attention, maybe the 'bad people' would lose interest. To me its very similar to racism. I dont take the " but its a big strong dog' argument. Look at a great dane.. big strong dogs, bred for guarding/working.. very easily could hurt you if they wanted to.. and i'm sure theres been attacks, but since its not a 'pit bull no one cares or reports it to the media'. Not saying Great Danes are mean, just using for an example :)
Anyway, get to know one before you judge. You'd be surprized.
I love my pit mix. You dont have to want to own a pit, just dont lead into the hype and 'help' have thousands of dogs killed every day just because of how it looks..
Last edited by catmel; 03-05-2013 at 11:31 PM.