21 Dog Breeds That Have A Bad Reputation

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Have you ever seen a dog unleashed in the park and became nervous that you may be attacked? What about if you were on your daily morning walk and a dog came running towards you? Would you be afraid? I’m sure a lot of you would say that it depends on the breed whether you get scared or not.

If a Chihuahua or Pekingese came running towards you, you most likely wouldn’t be afraid. There are some breeds that unjustly have bad reputations, but are actually some of the best dogs if they’re trained right.

1. Pit Bulls

Pit bulls are probably the most feared dogs in the US because of their bad reputation that’s not true at all. If pit bulls are brought up the right way, they’re incredibly loyal and loving dogs.In fact, pit bulls are known for their lovingly protective and gentle ways even with young babies and toddlers.
The problem with these dogs is that they are very strong and they can be good fighters, if they are brought up that way. Some people abuse this feature of pit bulls and train them to attack other dogs, even other people.

The sad thing is that they do it by hurting and torturing the dogs so they become defensive and aggressive in order to protect themselves.
The important thing is to raise awareness about the abuse of pit bulls so this breed can get the appreciation, care and love it deserves.

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  • Karin Morrison

    “There are some breeds that unjustly have bad reputations, but are actually some of the best dogs if they’re trained right.”

    I wish people would understand that the training is not always good for dogs. It depends who and how it is done. Dogs can think for themselves, reason and sometimes becomes aggressive just because the trainer is to harsh, to pushy, to mean. Take any dog as a young dog, treat it as a family member, let it know that you care, that it can count on you to feed and water it, praise the animal, speak softly when it does good and use a different tone of voice when it does something it is not supposed to do. Animals are more sensitive, more willing to learn and to please, than humans ever will be. Spend time with them … love them!

  • kiwizer

    The bigger the mouth, the bigger the bite. Just look at the pounds pressure a pit bull has vs. a lab. They are dogs – if you scare them while sleeping, the dog will bite. The problem is the pit bulls are bred to hold on to their prey and not let go as they have been bred by picking the puppy that holds on to the mothers teat the longest. With their teeth and pressure of their bite, there is no outcome except severe injury to the human.

  • Sean

    We get it. You are a pit bull owner, so you wanted to write an article because you feel it’s unfair that a breed has the reputation it deserves. Get over it and deal with reality. You own a nice/good pit-bull. I own a wonderful gentle loving cat who I think would never hurt a living thing, and who sent my new room mate to the ER after being put in a new situation. We don’t need your bias to replace facts. It’s not going to change anyone’s opinions; People can make their own observations and in the end, facts stand and articles like these waste (They are nothing new, pitbull owners have been writing them for years)..

  • Carol Santos

    Sean, I know that ANY animal can get frustrated in a new or confusing situation. Most other people, however, never take that into consideration. I had a female pitbull who was the most loving and loyal dog, and loved everyone. I would never have put her in a position where she may have been fearful. lHowever, the unexpected happened. The only time I had a problem with her was one evening, as I left my house, an unleashed and unaccompanied Chow came flying around the corner of my house wanting to “investigate” my dog. I immediately gently turned her around to go back into the house, when my well-meaning teenage daughter came out of the house and decided to step in between the two dogs. She was bit (by my dog) who had now been placed in the position of trying to protect my daughter from the chow. If the dog’s owner knows enough to pay attention, then these dogs can be the best breed ever owned. If the owners are aware, or taught, not to place their animals in such a situation as I found myself in, then there should be no problem. And people who do NOT know an animal, should always be cautious, even if it is a rabbit!

  • Inga Turner

    You’re right about pounds per square inch of bite pressure, but truly, that can apply to any dog. I think the article was commenting more on the psychological disposition of the dogs. For instance, German Shepherds have powerful bites and can be vicious when attacking, but I grew up with one and she was my babysitter when my parents went out. That dog had a sweet disposition and was the gentlest creature I’ve ever known. I also grew up with a pit bull and he was a big, happy, loving goofball. He didn’t have a vicious bone in his body. Neither does the one I have now, which can be described the same way. She never met anyone she didn’t instantly love.

  • Mike Stein

    For the sake of clarification, you do realize that labs and pit bulls actually have very similar bite force, right? I recall reading that pit bulls (speaking purely of the APBT) can bite with 235 pounds of pressure, while labs bite with 230.

  • Todd Williams At Magnolia

    I work with shelter animals multiple times per week. To say a dogs demeanor is dependent on how it is raised is a disservice to the abused dog. I prefer hard case dogs because the rewards are so much greater. I worked with greyhounds before turning my time and love to the much maligned pit bull type dog. It was the best decision I have ever made to give these loving animals a chance to know love rather than fear mongering hate.

    They are not the dog for everyone – nor is a lab for the same reasons.

  • Todd Williams At Magnolia

    Pit bulls are bred for color, conformation to desired build, and love able disposition far more than tenacity of hold. That is simply incorrect in its reasoning. Not every dog is bred by criminals hell bent on animal abuse.

  • Kongfish

    Oh the pit Bull thing is so incredibly Ignorant.
    Let’s see, i personally know of 3 stories 1, a cashier at a local Mexican Restaurant, that said that she owned her pit bull since it was 6 weeks old & is 3 yrs old now. She was a beautiful girl, she said she was sitting on the floor, her loving, sweet incredibly gentle, kind, docile, well behaved pit bull walked up to her, sat down, looked at her, and proceeded to rip her face off. The day i first saw her after it happened. I walked in the restaurant one night to get a togo order, turned the corner, and almost threw up. That girls face looked like, ground up ,pounded, rotten hamburger. I was just stopped dead in my tracks & just froze. Her face looked like a Tim Burton character out of make up. I asked if she had him put down. “Her reply”
    HELL NO’ I did it myself.

  • Kongfish

    What Pit Bull Owners DON’T KNOW.
    They own an animal that was created by being breed very carefully to remove the certain gene from their DNA that allows the pain receptors in the dogs brain.
    So without that 1 gene, the dog
    Feels no pain,
    No fear of death,
    it doesn’t understand the difference between a flea & a elephant, a baby human, a dog, or anything else.
    It was breed for the sole purpose of killing from aggression, whatever was put in front of it. Over the years & generations of recent years not all of them have been used to fight, so that the full kill instinct is diminished ever so slightly with each new generation of dog being raised as pets. Example: take the breed of dog ” the pointer,” that breed was bread to point at birds, & by freezing, & lifting a leg once they see the bird. Now most of them that are not trained still do the same pointing at false events. But with just a little bit of training, that inbreed gene would come right to the surface.
    Pit Bulls are the same way. I would not dare write” what you do” to get the killing instinct in a pitbull to surface but, its there, in the dog and will never not be. All the love & training in the world will not make a pitbull less of a killer. You don’t have to be mean, nasty, & scary to kill. You just have to want to kill, & act on the thought.
    Luckly theres been some random unknown cross breeding that has knocked the instinct down a bit, and if you own a Pit Bull and say, “my sugarbear wouldn’t harm a flea, Really” then lets see you try to piss him off at you one time” let me know how that works out for you. What pit bull owners fail to see is that they are always giving positive emotional actions to their killing machine, try going negative one time, but have .357 in one hand when you do it.

  • Kongfish

    Training has 0% to do with PitBulls, training until the son don’t shine’ won’t make 1 ounce of difference on a TRUE FULL BLOODED PIT BULL. It was cross bread to create the perfect killing machine
    The GENE in the dogs DNA that controls the dogs ability to feel pain, was removed
    It was replaced with aggression, & the d fear.
    It has no genes in its dogs DNA to train.
    I tell you what , try pissing it off one day, see what all that training did for you.
    Just make sure you have a .357 in the other hand,

  • Pomegranite

    I wish the picture of the dog owner whose mixed bred beast killed my German Shepherd in the dog park would be shown above.

  • Michelle Keller

    your comment about how she looked was very rude. seriously could have described it without saying you almost threw up.

  • Botswana Jones

    Toughen up. He was honest.

  • Jacob

    Wow, you put a lot of time into trying to convince people you hate pit bulls. What? Were you attacked?

  • Pitrock

    The most aggressive dog in the world is the lab. Just look at published bite stats. Its a no brainer.

  • Rock

    Labs are the worst dogs onearth

  • CaseyLee

    It’s forbidden (morally, but not legally unfortunately) to breed a Siberian Husky that shows any aggression to humans and other dogs. They’re meant to be a team member and not a guard dog. In fact, the Chukchi people, whom developed the breed, used them to babysit the children in their tribes. I’ve talked with people who had huskies that would grab kids gently by the arm and keep them from what they perceived as “danger” or just to feel like they were being a good babysitter.

  • Tonka tajsa

    You are outrageous …. I have read very briefly and I am absolutely appalled by the fact your rambling something you obviously have no knowledge, experience or even common sense about. I mean your ignorance is truly hilarious. It is almost as if a cave man compiled words LOL. DNA and genes. You have not the slightest clue what those are I am sure.
    Those “killers ” as you say LOL.
    Actually originated from cattle dogs.

    “Bull”dog. Duh. They have powerful jaws for herding bulls. You know boy cows LOL. Just trying to keep it on your level.
    Bulls are big and powerful. They had bull rings and the dog would grab it “lock down” and maneuver the bull as it was told.

    I could go on and on but I suggest you do your research Your embarrassing yourself

  • Tigergee3

    So far thats just one story. Please go on, you’re just a wonderful story teller.

  • Big Al

    “…and a dog came running towards you? Would you be afraid?”
    “If pit bulls are brought up the right way…”
    So, I guess your point is that there is nothing to be afraid of since there is a 100% assurance that the dog chasing you was brought up right.

  • JosieJ

    Shut up. He was rude!

  • Al

    So these breeds are actually docile and harmless. I suppose the compilations of data that indicate certain breeds have a tendency in their genes to be more agressive should be discarded? Insurance companies have it all wrong…. Any breed is the same as another? What is this egalitarian beliefs transposed on the animal kingdom? LOL

  • THE RIDDLER

    For al you ignorant Pit Bull Experts who have nothing but bad things to say about this breed, wonder why they call them the Nanny Dog ? Also for you bonafied idiots that think you know all about the Pit Bull, have you ever heard of a Pit called Sgt. Stubby? What was the breed of dog in the Little Rascals called Petey? What was the breed used by Buster Brown Shoe company in it’s logo? Ignorant all of you.

  • Gail F

    I’ve been in parks where Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, and other dogs approach my dog and I off-leash – many times. When I see any off-leash dog come towards us (and usually my dog is off-leash too at the parks we visit), I evaluate the situation by the approaching dog’s breed/mix, body language, gender and whether or not (if male) it is intact, and the attitude of its owner (attentive to the dog or off chatting with other dog owners or on a cellphone, looking like a responsible dog owner or some kind of swaggering young idiot of either gender), not to mention my own dog’s reaction to the oncoming dog.

    Yes, I take the dog’s breed into account; but it is far from the only factor. My dog has socialized with countless Pit Bulls/Pit Bull types; the only one that ever initiated even a slightly hostile move was a middle-aged female who snapped at my dog, did not connect, and was instantly moved away (on leash) by her watchful owner. The only dogs who ever held a grudge against my dog and went after him (thankfully with no actual harm, since the fights were quickly stopped ) were, on different occasions, a Portuguese Water Dog and a Saint Bernard. And we’ve also met other dogs of both breeds (and all the breeds mentioned in this article except for wolf hybrids and Caucasian Ovcharkas) who were either fine (most of them) or appropriately controlled by their owners. Every situation is different.

    In the past, with another dog, I have been in a situation where I feared an oncoming off-leash dog. Not just because it was a Rottweiler, but because it was an adult intact male Rottweiler (my dog at that time was intact and did not always appreciate other intact males, I’d leashed him) who was coming towards us with an alert, heads-up manner rather than more friendly/welcoming; and most of all because its idiot owner stood there and did nothing, did not call the dog back or say anything. The Rottweiler kept coming (as I was yelling at his owner to call his dog); finally, I looked directly at the dog and told him to ‘Go Home!’; in a firm, stern voice (which may not have been the best thing to do). The Rottweiler immediately turned around and trotted back to his idiot owner. I did not blame the dog at all, but still remember the owner with anger; he did nothing to avert a potentially dangerous conflict between his dog and mine. And I have not had any other similar instances with other Rottweilers; we see far more Pit Bull/Pit Bull types at the dog parks nowadays. The biggest worry I have with most Pit Bulls, is that they will accidentally knock me down because they are so muscular and energetic and enthusiastic in their play with other dogs (same concern I have with Boxers and some Labs and Lab-mixes).

    It is good to be cautious with breeds of dogs that are notable, or supposedly notable, for incidences of aggression; but I firmly believe in judging dogs and their owners as individuals. What’s even more important than the breed of the approaching dog (unless your own dog has a specific dislike or fear of that breed) is, in my opinion, its attitude/body language and its owner’s attitude as well as one’s own dog’s reaction.

  • Jessica Lopez

    Leave the Dogs alone and mind your damn business. Dogs – if trained properly and treated with warmth and kindness are very, very good companions and trustworthy little creatures. THE PROBLEMS ARE HUMANS. Go to any big city, walk the streets and observe the mutants who show off their dogs for a macho display of virility and intimidation. These mutants have the IQ’s of plants, never read books or newspapers, and don’t know anything about current events. They are the low-info creeps who are multiplying in geometric progression. They are here, there and everywhere. I would choose any one of these 15 dogs over these worthless rags IN A NANO SECOND and I resent these talking heads placing DOGS on a No, No list when they should be calibrating their lists with the trash they call humans. GIVE ME A DOG ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

  • cozmofox

    There are crazy dogs in every breed, the difference being that most dogs can’t do much damage. But a pit can destroy your life in seconds. It can kill your other pets or your child in seconds.

  • rubagreta

    The reputation of pit bulls is not deserved. In fact, if raised the way labs are raised, they are the least likely breed to be aggressive toward humans. They really love people!

  • rubagreta

    You are a complete, well I won’t say it. Get educated and grow up!

  • Edward Davis

    Someone should put you and your negative false comments down with a bat. I go door to door for work all over the US , met many people with PitBulls , only time I saw one that was aggresive was when the owner wanted it to, worst dog the stupid chuchau,little devils,small dogs should be called something else. You must live in drug house to have that opinion. Dumbass yea you

  • dchachachick1

    i totally agree.I am a veterinarian that deals with rescue dogs. The majority of these animals have been pit bulls.I have seen extreme abuse placed on these sweet animals that you wouldn’t believe.Two dogs were used as bait dogs.One had her 2 front legs tied up and dogs almost tore her bottom jaw off.We rehabilitated her and she is the sweetest dog.That being said, I would not let her go around other dogs. Is this her fault?most of the male pit bulls have not been neutered and not been socialized.The creeps that fight these dogs are the worst losers.I would love to put them in a ring with a big brown bear and see how tough and macho they really are.

  • Ray Holmes

    Never get a damn Huskie! Without a doubt, the sorriest dog I”ve ever had.

  • lab lover <3

    my lab is the sweetest and smartest dog i have ever owned!!

  • zestyguy87

    No, he did his research and was honest. Big difference.

  • zestyguy87

    FInally, an insightful and honest answer.

  • Pat

    They are all extremely loyal—-yes, to their owners! But just let them think they or their owners are in danger it will be a different story.

  • Pat

    So how many ripped up people do you need before you think a breed is dangerous?

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  • Tigergee3

    Nothing will convince me a whole breed is dangerous. The owner is responsible for the dog. I’ve been attacked 3 times in my life by loose dogs and all 3 were little foo foo breeds.

  • Tigergee3

    That’s not spelling that’s grammar. Fail.

  • Tigergee3

    They’re suppose to be loyal to their owners. Whats the point in having a dog with strong protective instincts if it won’t protect you?

  • Tigergee3

    I was playing catch with my friend in the front yard and a huge muscular pitbull came jogging towards us and was about to cross the street. We saw that there was also a van coming down the street. So it was either watch the dog get hit or try to stop it from running across the street and potentially get mauled . I took a risk and stopped the dog from crossing the street towards us.all it did was try to lick me.Not all pits are bad.

  • Randy DeVinney

    The idea that pit bulls are safe if brought up in a loving manner is an urban legend. Even when brought up gently in a loving household they are more likely to bite a child in the face when he gets face-to-face with them. They are also more likely to run in a pack when they get loose (ALL dogs get loose occasionally) and to run down and kill other animals who run in fear, including humans. Do an image search on pit bull attacks. The most dangerous pit bull is the loving family pet who is mistakenly trusted because of misinformation like this article.

  • Randy DeVinney

    There are more labs in the US than any other breed but they make up only a tiny percentage of attacks on humans. Pit bulls make up by far the most attacks, the most serious injuries and the most fatalities. Most pit bull attacks are by loving family pets, not the ones who are abused or trained to kill.

  • Crazy080

    You have a very twisted idea of “insight”

  • Crazy080

    Ugh, all the comments on pitbulls are reminiscent of the homophobic and racist comments I’ve seen on other posts. That bull about the DNA just doesn’t make sense – an inability to feel pain would coincide with an extremely high mortality rate for pitbulls (not related to their euthanasia rates in shelters due to misguided owners) since they wouldn’t be able to feel..oh, walking on glass, or pepper, or walking through a barbed wire fence.

    Pitties are a powerful dog and if they’re lacking a responsible owner to train and socialize them, then they can cause a lot of damage. I’ve met a number of territorial, mean chihuahuas that lacked training – could you imagine if those chihuahuas were big and muscular? A lot of irresponsible people bite off more than they can chew when it comes to picking a dog – they go for looks or reputation instead of what they can handle. Anytime I see a pitbull, I assess if the owner comes off as responsible. That’s what you gotta watch out for.

  • Crazy080

    Given that it seems it only takes one for you, do you think labs are dangerous? One ripped the leg off a newborn yet they’re still the most popular breed in the US.

  • Crazy080

    Recall that insurance companies also have an incentive to raise premiums in any and every way they can

  • Mego

    Interesting post, somewhat detailed and implies a passionate perspective. Just wondering, but where did you hear about the breed’s history? Not saying you’re right or wrong, I just wanted to know if there was a website or article you learned this from or if it is from solely personal experience. This reply isn’t intended to come across as condescending or mocking, by the way… it’s just curiosity.

  • Mego

    That’s great! I imagine that sort of work is very rewarding and it takes a lot of compassion to carry out. And I agree, they certainly aren’t a breed meant for everyone… the same could be said of almost every pet breed to be honest.

  • Mego

    Well… didn’t take long to see the polarization in opinions between those who love or hate the pit bull breed, though the answers on both side seem relatively consistent. I see both sides of the argument, though just to throw in my own experience in having owned one of them, in addition to other various breeds throughout the year, I don’t agree with their characterization as a violent breed as a whole. Before anyone jumps to name-calling or rhetoric clearly stated earlier, keep in mind this is based on my own experience as well as friends who have owned pits as well as other breeds.

    I’ve noted comments that are quick to point out the breed’s lack of self control and predictability. True, there are more than a fair share of attacks, both provoked and seemingly random. Though when it comes to animals, it is generally the result of irresponsible owners/breeders, abuse or neglect, or a combination of the two. Now there are a few (less than what people might think) where an incident occurred out of nowhere. Personally, I don’t believe animals just randomly attack… rather that animals have instincts and impulses that no amount of training or affection will placate. Ultimately, dogs are subject to aggression for any number of reasons ranging from territorial (both with humans and another animals) to stress-related to dominance. No studies indicate pit bulls are more likely to display such aggression more than another other breed, but it does happen sadly. Instead of crucifying a single breed, it might prove to be more productive to emphasize how to handle yourself if you find yourself in that situation (not just for the sake of the dog, but yourself, and most importantly, children). For the sake of clarity, I’m not suggesting someone just wait around for a dog to supposedly snap but rather educate people on the facts, especially if they’re wanting to own one.

    Like I said, I have owned a pit bull. No, I’m no expert but I have enough experience to see both sides. The one I owned I had for years since he was five weeks old. Aside from the teething phase from hell, he was a fairly good dog. No special training, just love. He never displayed any signs of aggression most would expect based on reputation, but I’m not ignorant enough to deny he was territorial and pretty quick to make it clear the backyard and all chewtoys/ bones within it were his. That said, he only showed that behavior to our other dogs, never to people. And with three other dogs, all male, two unfixed including him, anyone who has ever owned a dog knows territory and dominance is something of a priority to canines. My pit was a great dog, and any aggression I witnessed was what could be expected from any breed. Yes, a jaw as powerful as his, could do damage. I have a few 2x4s he nibbled on that used to be a part of the backporch that will prove it. But my family has always owned dogs, for as long as I remember, and really all it takes is levels of understanding and patience that vary from dog to dog individually, not solely breed to breed. Not everyone is capable of properly taking care of just any breed, which is why people need to be well informed before getting a pet, regardless of breed.

    Honestly, I never meant to write this much. I’m not really one to go into explosive rants, because I’m not particularly confrontational. My apologies for rambling on, this is really just a comment based from my own experience and not really a rebuttal to any post specifically. It’s just one of those times where you’re writing and the words keep flowing, lol. But I’ll stop myself here before boring people to death!

  • Mego

    It’s true, pit bulls have attacked with seemingly little to no provocation, but they’re no more likely to do so than any other breed simply because it’s in their nature. Most injuries inflicted by the dog on someone living in the household are generally believed to be the result of the owner’s irresponsibility. Not to say it’s from abuse or neglect all the time, because there are plenty of incidents where owners do genuinely love the dog but simply lack the ability to properly keep it. I do believe that articles like these are quick to point out how prejudice against the breed, and that does inspire a lot of sympathy from readers. That sympathy leads them to adopt breeds, whether from a breeder or shelter/humane society and it’s done out of sincere compassion. Some even rescue formerly abused dogs. One problem that seems to be recurring is that there are a few people adopt in a misguided attempt to help them, but then they properly care for them or have no experience. I think in addition to these types of articles, they should emphasize the skills to take care of them. It’s still no guarantee there won’t be incidents, but that’s common sense with any animal, but it would help people to become more informed before making such an important choice

  • AQ

    Pit bulls are bred to kill and mame. It’s in their genes. You can try to train them into sweet adorable family pets but watch out, you never know what will set them off and chomp down on your child’s arm or cat. It’s not worth the risk around family’s and their kids and pets. Buy a. Standard Poodle or German Shepard .

  • Neelie

    It’s NEVER the breed. It’s always the owner. The dog just follows the owners lead. Bad dog = bad owner. I’ve seem some really horrible, nasty Jack Russells.

  • Fabi Campos

    Your comment and “research” is one of the most ignorant comments that I have ever read. Any dog you piss off will bite you as hard as possible because they are trying to defend themselves. They won’t also care whether it’s a flea, elephant, human, whatever. Did you not read about the man who was killed by his cocker spaniel, yes cocker spaniel, and boxer. His wife was seriously injured but I guess since they’re not the “killing” machine you say pit bulls are then that attack doesn’t count. About the missing gene that is a new dumb comment that I have read from people who don’t know the breed. This and lock jaw have to be on the top go my list – totally laughable. You honestly need to spend time around dogs to know what the heck you’re saying! You sound nothing but foolish.

  • Fabi Campos

    Thank you for your great work helping heal these poor animals!

  • Oh.Y.Not

    I think it is very telling that most of the dogs listed you conclude by saying “With proper training, blah blah.”

    The problem is that many owners of these dangerous breeds do not or fail to train them. A chihuahua can also be very aggressive, but a chihuahua that is not well trained is annoying at its worst. The vast numbers of poorly trained aggressive big dogs are why we hear news of pit bulls and such maiming and killing people.

    Most family will be well served by breeds such as golden retriever, etc. Leave aggressive breeds to the well qualified family/individuals.

  • James Shelton

    Any dog that hurts a newborn baby is not a good dog at all.

  • How true that is. I personally could not live with a herding dog ! I know any that love them and I love watching them perform…. But an hour of herding the cat and coffee table sends me to bed for pit snuggles.

  • Gormenghastly

    The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the “Nanny breed”, NOT the Pit Bull. Get your facts straight.

  • Aroreiel

    It’s human beings that have done this to dogs. The breeding, re-breeding, in-breeding to change characteristics, looks etc, to create variety and use them for specific purposes. A pitbull is one of the most unfortunate results of the process.

  • Wowza

    Hi. I am a genetic biochemist. Could you please tell me which gene you are referring to? I don’t see any specification, but would like to know, if that is actually the case.

  • Aroreiel

    Public Enemy #1 at the moment is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They are the new “weapon of choice” with idiots training and using them as status dogs. Shameful. Our neighbour has a Staffie who has a loveliest temperament, as soft as butter. It mainly comes down to the owner, and their responsibilty and treatment of the dog and, in all cases, knowledge of the breed.

  • Snark

    Thank you. While the idea that pit bulls are “inherently” dangerous in the sense that is propagated so often is nonsense (there are countless contributing factors- perhaps most notably that bad people tend to really like them), as with ANY big, powerful breed, one should not keep one without knowledge, experience, and dedication to making the dog a model citizen.

    I would certainly not recommend a Pit Bull as a first dog, not because they are BAD dogs, but because they are high-drive, high-energy dogs (just like a GSD), and must be stimulated. INCREDIBLY intelligent, and with an experienced and knowledgeable owner can be absolutely charming members of the family.

    Strength does not confer viciousness. Not all MMA fighters are bad people- of course not! But I wouldn’t recommend picking a fight with one, either. In the same way, it would be stupid to get a Pit Bull (or a GSD, or a Rottie, or even a LABORADOR for that matter) if you aren’t willing to dedicate the time and energy to make it a good dog and respect the fact that ANY large dog can be dangerous in the wrong circumstances.

  • Snark

    Many people say the same things about German Shepards… The fact is, you never know when it comes to ANY dog. There are cases of Laboradors flipping out and killing kids. With ANY dog, you must be responsible and consciencious about possible triggering situations, and should never take on a dog that you can’t handle.

    In fact, my mother, who has been a Veterinarian, Show Judge, and Dog Trainer for years always said she feared GSD’s more than Pit Bulls because they give relatively little warning when they feel cornered. Worked with Pit Bulls for many years without incident.

    Also, I would never recommend BUYING a Pit Bull (or any breed!!) go out and rescue one in need. Many Pit Bull owners didn’t BUY their dogs, they found one who didn’t have a loving past and gave it a good home. Why can’t we all be a little more considerate, and realize that everything operates on an individual basis?

  • Snark

    Been there, done that. (Both the Pit Bull and the verbose writing). Hey, when it flows, you just gotta let it out.

    At least it’s someone who has a clue what they’re talking about and a relatively objective perspective. Neither extreme is positive. OF COURSE there are stories of “Pit Bull killings”. Likewise, they are disproportionately abused. Guaranteed- Pit Bulls are by far the most abused breed around. Terrible people like big, scary-looking dogs (or fighting dogs). Then how can we be shocked when they are disproportionately in the news for aggression?

  • Snark

    AMEN! So many of these comments ring of the same broad generalizations that “support” racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and… well, fear in general.

    Very similar line of argument run against the Jews in the 30’s. “They’re genetically inclined to be terrible people. If we just kill them off, the world would be a better place.” Seriously. Now we think that’s crazy, but it’s the same freaking EXACT line of (non)reason!

  • Snark

    In general, nothing, EVER should be regarded as “universally safe”. There is only “safer”. Even the darling goldendoodle, in the right circumstances could “flip a switch” and kill. Pit Bulls more likely? Well, that’s up for debate (unfortunately stats are pretty messy to deal with at a higher level), but even granted, I wouldn’t encourage ANY dog owner (or gun owner, or car owner, or… person walking on the sidewalk) to disregard always being aware.

    However, having been in the dog world all of my life, it’s just not rational to claim that ALL Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous any more than to claim that all Goldens are inherently good. There are some amazing examples in both categories that TRULY would never hurt a fly, and some that are just off their rocker!!

    The problem with “dangerous breed” propaganda is that it encourages people to be mindless of dog behavior in lieu of considering each dog as an individual. I will trust a Pit Bull at the park with a docile demeanor than a pointer displaying aggressive traits. And behavior, not breed, is universally a much better indicator of whether a dog will flip out, but as an owner, you must be tuned into how dogs act/react and displays of warning, etc.

  • Snark

    Do you know which gene he is referring to? I’m serious. Chemist, here, and I would genuinely like to know, if this is true.

  • Snark

    Yup. Chow chow left scars on my face from when I was a toddler. But the scientist in me says the stats just don’t support the argument. They look scary, yes… but when you look closely, they are highly ambiguous for a number of causal factors.

  • Snark

    Amen! That’s what I’ve been saying! Generalizing against any breed makes people think of other breeds “well, it’s a lab, so it MUST be safe, because it’s not a (pit bull/GSD/Rottweiler/insert)”. That is more dangerous than anything!

    Always be careful around any animal, and judge them individually… even around bunnies indeed! 🙂

  • Here is the thing with pit bulls. ANY dog can be raised to be vicious and ANY dog can be raised to be sweet. But no matter how you raise a dog, its attack style doesn’t change. A poodle will bite once and run away. A pit bull will attack until you are unconscious or dead. It’s just a type of dog with a type of behavior. Dog owners will say (regardless of the breed) “my dog won’t bite.” If a dog has teeth, it is capable of biting, no matter how it was raised. If any dog feels threatened ( and you can’t know for sure what will set it off) it will bite. The pit bull ATTACKS. I am not saying they are bad dogs, and I am not saying they can’t be loyal and good pets. I am just saying they have a “bad reputation” for a reason and people shouldn’t forget what they are capable of.

    P.S. It’s called a Doberman PINSCHER

  • kamwick

    They also have statistics that seem to imply that pits and others are a greater risk. Some won’t insure folks with Chihuahuas for the same reason.

  • kamwick

    You make great points, but why in the heck did you not neuter your dogs? In this day and age?

  • kamwick

    The pack mentality killed an elderly woman just down the street from the school at which I worked. Two women next door were breeding them, they got into the neighbor’s yard as a “pack” and tore off her arm. She died soon after. I shudder to think of the kids walking down the street on a daily basis.

    Rescue pits, don’t breed them.

  • Snark

    Thank you for giving a reasonable balanced response.

    However, I don’t think the term Pinscher indicates what you think it does:

    “The American Heritage Dictionary describes pinscher as being a German word, but from the English word pinch, referring to the ear cropping that was traditionally done to this dog type.”

  • Bejeweled

    I have myself owned a herding dog and despite never seeing sheep or being trained she would try to herd whatever was available. It is a result of breeding. This is why I must disagree with you about Pitt Bulls. These dogs have been bred to be aggressive over many generations and in an unfamiliar situation they will almost always revert to that breeding. Who is really the culprit here?? Humans!! We have bred them for aggression as we have breed other dogs for other traits and though definitely not responsible for this the Pitt bull nonetheless is the victim. Even today we see Pitt bull fighting going on in the US. Remember Michael Vick? The football player who pleaded guilty to Pitt Bull fighting. Sick, just sick. While I feel for Pitt bulls and condemn the vicious and sad breeding that caused these traits I would never dream of owning one or being foolish enough to recommend them to anyone.

  • Bejeweled

    Yes they are. The statistics are concrete and you can’t change that with words. If you want to help Pitt bulls than start a breeding program that reverses the aggression and maybe in 200 years you’ll have that sweet Pitt you long for. But meanwhile face reality and don’t talk bull.

  • Bejeweled

    Yes. Sad but true assessment. The statistics don’t lie. Humans have bred them for this aggression over many, many generations. Sham on us. But words and good intentions won’t change the reality. They are unpredictable and dangerous. Period. Too bad. Only a serious effort over several generations could begin to change it.

  • Bubbalicious

    I have had many different kinds of dogs over the years. From German shepards to Jack Russell’s. I now know better and now only owned pit bulls. The only time my pits are scary is when you don’t know any better. They have never turned on me, or my children. And in all the years, I watched my pit put 1 stranger in a corner, and I promptly asked the man to leave. Society needs to grow up. Any animal will fight if that is all they know. Any animal will defend themselves against an abuser. To say a pit bull is he #1 dog to run away from is ignorant.

  • Kathy Simmons

    Perpetuating this myth is a disservice to the breed and potential victims. This is the mantra that started with the people who do the worst with them and profit substantially from their bodies. All mammals can be loving, but these dogs can and do snap with tragic results even when raised in the most loving of homes. Unfortunately many of their owners refuse to believe it until it actually happens to them and only if they survive.

  • pismopal

    Pit Bulls were bred to fight other dogs and to kill if possible. Why would anyone want a dog with that inbred instinct? Mostly inner city ghetto types who find the pit bull more closely matching their own life style. Pit Bulls should be neutered at birth until they no longer exist.

  • Anne

    There is no way to accurately determine whether the dog attacked you was a pit bull or not. First, “pit bull” is not a breed of dog. The term pit bull has been used to refer to the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier. It is not uncommon to see American Bulldogs and Dogo Argentinos referred to as “pit bulls” as well. In many dog bite cases around the country, what was originally reported to be a pit bull wasn’t one of the four breeds listed above at all. In the case of Diane Whipple, people originally believed that she was mauled by pit bulls. As we now know, the two dogs were Presa Canarios, a type of mastiff. Many people see a large dog with a large, square head and think its a pit bull. People even thought the Mountain Cur I fostered was a pit bull. Now, image accurately labeling a dog after you’ve been attacked or have witnessed an attack. Traumatic events can and often do impair memory.

    Also, The National Canine Research Council has found that 97% of dogs involved in fatal attacks were not spayed or neutered and 78% were not kept as pets, but as guard, breeding or yard dogs.

    Not only that, in August of 2007, The National Canine Research Council did a report on media coverage for dog bites and attacks over a 4 day period. Their findings:

    “On day one, a Labrador mix attacked an elderly man, sending him to the hospital. News stories of his attack appeared in one article in the local paper.

    On day two, a mixed–breed dog fatally injured a child. The local paper ran two stories.

    On day three, a mixed–breed dog attacked a child, sending him to the hospital. One article ran in the local paper.

    On day four, two pit bulls that broke off their chains attacked a woman trying to protect her small dog. She was hospitalized. Her dog was uninjured. This attack was reported in more than 230 articles in national and international newspapers and on the major cable news networks.”

  • Jake Lakota

    We acquired a 4 month old pit bull/boxer puppy last year. She will lick you to death, it takes 10 minutes to get her to calm down when we get home from work EVERYDAY and she is incredibly smart. She barks at strangers and accepts anybody into the house with kisses. She never leaves my side and she does not like it when the family argues. She also lives with our three cats. And plays with the youngest who is her age. You are a racist asshole. You know nothing about people and less about dogs. I guarantee if you or any of your ilk try and harm a PB when I am around you will be begging you didn’t go there. Now, why don’t you get back to mommy, I bet she has a burlap bag of puppies to drown you prick.

  • Slategaga

    Anyone who thinks pitbulls are good family pets is not living in the real world.
    My daughter’s beautiful and very, very sweet 17 lb Shiba Inu was killed in her own backyard by a loose pitbull who broke into the yard thru a 7foot privacy fence and attacked her this past fall. The vets could not save her – her injuries to her neck & abdomen were too severe. This is not “just another pitbull story.” When something like this happens to your own much-loved pet, grandchild or relative you begin to realize the statistics on vicious breeds are based on harsh realities.

  • Brixtony

    I’ve never owned a pitbull, but I spend about an hour a day in a dog park in Brooklyn NY – 3 acres of dogs – sometimes as many as 20 or more running around. My 35 lb border collie seems to love them because they are easily intimidated by her stare and herding posture. However, the only time she was bitten (not just nipped) was when a pit, with whom she had been playing for 30 minutes, turned on her and was shaking her by the scruff of her neck. Fortunately I got there in time to (the owner was throwing out a poop bag) punch it in the eyes until it let go and was able to grab its hind legs and subdue it until the owner took over. He was extremely apologetic and offered to pay for the vet (ultimately not needed) and I never saw them again. Pits have such powerful jaws that if they get a grip, it’s hard to undo. Having said this, there are probably 50 others that Izzy’s played with since then, including two yesterday.

  • Mike Lazar

    Chihuahuas are known to be aggresive dogs and I was bitten by one. I was also bitten by a Pitt Bull. Believe me there is a huge difference in pain an blood. As for research, it is not rocket science. Just search for
    “dog attacks” in any search engine an Pitt Bulls will pop

  • Mike Lazar

    Pit Bulls are often associated with words like “sweet”, ‘loyal”‘ “protective”, “good with kids” and such. There are some words missing from these diatribes: “from their pack”. These killing machines are protecting thieir pack and in the process they are by breed attacking what they sense a threat to their family. They are not the Einstein of the specie, they are the Mike Tysons

  • Mike Lazar

    US Army joined this world wide conspiracy. Check the ‘US Army and dogs’ Pit Bulls are banned in most US Army camps

  • Mike Lazar

    Just for a few killings? Come on, they were just kids. How does feel to kill a child? Not by your hands, but by your beloved Pit Bull?

  • Kayla

    Saying they have been bred for aggression is a complete myth. These dogs have been around for a long time and the focus on the aggression has only existed since the early 80’s. Are they used for dog fighting? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that all pit bulls are. These dogs are very smart, strong, and eager to please which becomes a perfect combination for dog fighters. Raised right with proper training and tons of love, these dogs are simply incredible. I also take offense to you saying it’s foolish to recommend them to someone. My Pit Bull is the best dog I have ever had and we’ve had him for 11 years. He gets along with any human big or small, dogs and is best friends with my two cats. I would have a hard time recommending any other type of dog.

  • Kayla

    How about you do the same. A Pit Bull is not an actual breed of dog but an umbrella term for many breeds INCLUDING the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

  • LP

    Alaskan Malamutes –

    “No, it’s not the Siberian Husky, even though they are related.” – No, they are not. They are from two separate continents and evolved alongside each other along two separate DNA paths. They are no more related to each other than they are a pekingese.

    “Alaskan Malamutes are known for their strong urge for independence so they are quite difficult to train, and tend to be unreliable as watchdogs.” – Because they are not bred and not recommended for use as watchdogs. They were bred for pulling sleds and keeping children warm. They are too friendly and interested in meeting humans to be effective as a watchdog.

    “They require daily exercise in order to release their high energy otherwise they can become rebellious and destructive.” Surely the fact a dog requires daily exercise is normal?!

  • Heather J. Pinske

    That is mostly because people will automatically categorize a dog who looks similar to a Pittie, AS a Pittie. I worked as a groomer and we had a BOUVIER in our shop one day, who was shaved. EVERY single person who came in there questioned me about allowing “That Pit Bull” on the floor with the other dogs. Just because the attacks you find online are claimed to be caused by a Pit, doesn’t mean it was ACTUALLY a Pit that attacked.

  • Blankfrak

    “…..if they’re trained right.”, well that’s problem right there isn’t it. A lot of people who have these dogs are low browed neanderthals looking for a status symbol. Rarely are they well trained in my experience.

  • Dirtdiver826

    There is a reason Michael Vick was killing so many dogs – because they wouldn’t fight! They were the nanny dog before they were known as the fighting dog. Pitbulls simply are not an aggressive breed. Research it.

  • Jayprime

    Dobes ‘huge, muscular and tough’?
    What absolute bullshit!
    My female Dobe is taller than her mother but is still smaller (slimmer) and lighter than many Labrador Retrievers that we meet.
    She is a complete softie, loves kids (although we have none of our own) and is adored by most kids, and many adults that we meet.
    At least once a week we take her to a local ‘park’ where they get parties of Primary school children and they clamour to be allowed to stroke her, and she adores it.
    Properly brought up and socialised they make wonderful family animals.
    If you avoid the ‘American’ obsession with mutilating the ears and tail they are also fantastically expressive in communicating with their family.
    If you dock the ears, so the dog looks ‘fiercer’, then you prevent it telling you when it is not happy. In which case don’t be surprised if it gets frustrated and upset!
    Treat the dog well, don’t try to surgically make it something it’s not, and enjoy its love and company.

  • panzerakc

    Do you remember the story about the woman who had the world’s first face transplant?

    Her original face was mauled by her own lab mix.

  • panzerakc

    Yes, all the dog mauling/killing articles nowadays involve pit bulls.

    But 20 – 25 years ago, all those articles were about Rottweilers. Twenty years before that it was Dobermans. And twenty years before that, it was German Shepherds. Twenty years from now, it will be something else. Because there will always be people, whether for nefarious reasons or image problems, want a bad ass dog. Thing is, what constitutes a bad ass changes over time.

    And if problems with dogs aggression are all attributable to the breed, how is it the same breed can demonstrate the temperament necessary for police/military work, and yet still be used as a gentle guide for the blind?

    That would be the German Shepherd.

  • panzerakc

    She sounds like a sweetheart.

  • panzerakc

    Exactly!

  • Ashley

    I’m a volunteer at an animal shelter where majority of dogs that are brought in are Pit Bulls and Chihuahua. The shelter does get other breeds, including some rare ones like Italian Greyhounds, Akitas, and Saint Bernards. But Pit Bulls fill up the kennels and it’s do to either foreclosures, owner-surrenders, or because of the stipulation of pit bulls being a fighting dog. The time I spent at the shelter, I get that time to walk pit bulls and a lot of them are very sweet nature dogs, not fighters or wanting to be fought. What disgust me the most and a pet-peeve is seeing a pit bull with cropped ears, who has ended up in a shelter. Cosmetic procedures are best left for those who prefer to experiment on themselves and not on an animal.

  • Aurelas

    Have you ever looked up why they are called pit bulls? If you do, you will understand why people say they were bred for aggression: they really were. It is a horrific story.

  • Joe Bloggs

    The snag with German Shepherds is their relatively short life-span. I knew a person who had had several and all of them died at about nine years of age. Just what that is in dog-years I don’t know but some dog breeds seem to age faster than others.

  • Dinosaur Pete

    I honestly believe that there’s no such thing as a “bad” dog. It’s the owners who are bad because they have no idea how to bring a dog up – attitude, training etc. Dogs pick up the attitude of the owner and if that owner has an aggressive temperament who swaggers around hiding his face in a “hoody” then a dog will adopt the same attitude.
    Sadly dogs can’t understand that with most of these owners it’s just a front to hide their insecurity.

  • stephen

    the only dogs i’ve ever had to keep an eye on were dogs that were either kept to the owners home and walks never being socialised with other dogs or people in the mistaken belief it makes thier dog more loyal or those that take a breed on built for work and stimulation then only take the dog out to a front area to do its buisness then back inside… que aggressive fear reactive dogs..regardless of shape or size or history and dogs that are so bored they go a little crazy

  • stephen

    spot on..dont buy a wee bundle of life to start chopping bits off it

  • stephen

    Ive just adopted a staff/boxer mix, dogs been with me two days and has played with every dog in the area and greeted every person.. admittedly he’s looking for biscuits but still…

  • Jim Spillings

    There is no such thing as a bad dog just bad owners. A dog is a creature of habit created by experience. If it is not socialised with other dogs and humans of all sizes from a very young age situations which lead to problems will happen. I personally believe that British people are extremely breed prejudiced which is sad. Parents in the UK instil in their children fear of dogs from an early age which traumatises and leads to ‘problems’. Dogs sense fear and their primitive instincts act accordingly. Strangely, kids from eastern European countries do not have this installed fear factor. I ‘own’ (its probably the other way around!) a Rottie who is exceptionally well trained and we experience people’s misplaced fear on a regular basis. It makes me very sad as he really is such a big teddy bear.

  • Rhiannon

    I’ve owned boxers all my life, they’re loving, loyal, dopey, smart, funny and great with kids, they’d sooner lick, drool and play with you rather than be aggressive (brought up properly with lots of love of course). They’re great at protecting your house and family members, and amazing company; my boxer Silas knows when I’m not feeling great, he’ll sit on the sofa with me all cuddled up just to cheer me up 🙂

  • Mr Cheerful

    Did you seriously just compare the Dangerous Dogs Act to the Holocaust? Are you really that soul-crushingly stupid?

    I guess you are.

  • Mr Cheerful

    You are ignorant. “Pit bulls” are illegal in the UK (you know, that place where Staffordshire is). The Staffie, on the other hand, is very much legal. Ergo, one is not the other, as demonstrated by law.

  • cat

    all dogs are bad news ,get rid of all of them

  • sallly

    Pitbulls are a highly aggressive breed, they were never known as nanny dogs, and Vick’s dogs would fight. They just wouldn’t win against better pit bulls. He killed dogs because a) he was evil, b) he was too cheap to invest in “good” fighting bloodlines and c) people who breed animals for specific traits never have 100% success and usually have a fairly low success rate and have to dispose of their failures. Thoroughbred racehorse breeders produce millions of foals every year; most end up dead before the age of 5, sold to slaughter after proving too slow to win. People breeding dogs for AKC shows end up with plenty of “pet quality” puppies that couldn’t win in the ring.Vick, being a vicious POS, disposed of his failures by torturing them to death.

    Pit bulls – every bulldog breed – come from one basic source, the bull-baiting dogs that entertained people by killing bulls, grabbing them by the nose and dragging them down to the ground. This was not, obviously, the 1980s but the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. As the world became more urban and particularly when bull-baiting was outlawed in the late 19th century, the same dogs were turned on each other. The pit bull was never a companion and a nanny dog; it was a competitor in a blood sport for its entire history. That’s not the pit bull’s fault, but it’s also not the fault of the many people and dogs that have been mauled by pit bulls.

  • Ploughboy

    You shouLd never run away from any dog.. That will encourage them to attack…

  • AJ

    First I would like to know if anyone read the whole 15 list since it seems you started with number 1 and did not move beyond that list. Dobermans are number 2, German Shepard’s, are number 3 or 4. Small minded is what you are being. These dogs have a bad reputation it does not make them a bad breed. I know people who have owned at least one of these breeds on this list. I myself own one. Does it take work? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. IF you are not prepared to own one of these or any breed for that matter and take them time then do not buy one. They need attention, exercise, training, love, caring, compassion. You may have kids…are all kids bad because some take guns to school and shoot other people?

  • AJ

    I am curious if you were bit by both of them it makes me wonder if it is the dog or you. I have only met a few people who have been bit by more than what dog and I am going with it was them then.

  • Shunkadog

    Kayla people that dont know them dont know what there talking about like the guy below Kongfish what a asshole

  • Bill

    This is so right!!! I have a westie and a labradoodle, all my family friends think that my doodle is the naughtiest dog ever but really, it is just because he is bigger. People don’t notice when my westie jumps up at them- or they just think its cute, but when my doodle does (we’re now training it out of him because of this) they think he’s the devil dog.

  • jan

    pit bull a known as a nanny dog what the hell you been reading … the mastiff and the staffordshire bull terrior has the only honor for that title

  • pitlover

    Your a fucking retard

  • Kali Ghoulish

    Dobermans are some beautiful and smart dogs, and make great pets.
    The ones I’ve known have been great big babies.
    So, the article is misleading.

  • Kali Ghoulish

    I looooved my Rotties.
    Super sweet.

  • Kali Ghoulish

    I loved my Chows…kinda like cats…quiet; don’t yap a lot; don’t go up to just anybody; not attentionhos; come by get petted and are on their way; passive-agressive; and make great watch dogs.
    Need to keep them groomed.
    Beautiful animals…great pets.

  • Laurie Conway

    *You’re*

  • jay

    That is very true, I worked in the insurance business for years, and it is strictly a numbers or statistics thing I can tell you, many or dog bites by many other breeds, but there are only a few breeds that aim for the throat, to kill. Pit bulls are very loyal, that is one of the reasons people like them. But if you have friends over or your child does and they get into a fight over something what do you think the dog will do. People just don’t think…it is not pleasant to think about possible worst case senarios but a dog is and should be a very thoughtful decision.

  • harryf200

    Boxers can also be playful and mischievous. A previous girlfriend had one. His idea of fun was to run off may 200 yards away then sprint at me as fast as he could, leap into the air and punch me in the chest, knocking me off my feet! He would then dance around my winded body, licking my face and gentle tugging at my clothes to encourage me to get back on my feet. And as soon as I got up, off he’d go for another 200 yards sprint! Oh, what fun … well, *he* thought it was.

  • sinorden

    Breed for aggression means inbred. They inbreed to keep blood lines pure. I have an 80 lb. pitt who thinks he a lap dog.oves everybody. I recommend them IF they come from a respectable breeder.

  • Aurelas

    Your well-reasoned and eloquently worded argument somehow fails to win me to your point of view.

  • Aurelas

    I know that in my area many people own pit bulls, and of course many of them are terrible owners. But while many dogs of all sorts of breeds attack, we have had more kids killed by pit bulls than by any other breed. We had a case last year in which a little boy was mauled to death by his neighbor’s pit bulls who actually went into the little boy’s yard and ripped his throat out, completely unprovoked and out of the blue. These dogs had been reported multiple times but the owner was just fined until they actually killed this poor kid. This is just one extreme case, but I know of many more. I am not saying that all pit bulls will do this, just that they have been bred to fight and those who deal with the aftermath of situations like this say that they are more likely to go in for the kill rather than just bite. I don’t believe they are evil dogs–I have met many that were very sweet, just that they need to be kept out of the wrong hands and that all owners need to keep an eye on them. People seem to think that dogs need to be vicious in order to be good guard dogs, but that isn’t the case. lol we had a collie that was an amazing guard dog without being vicious at all. I guess I’m saying education is the key here, but by overlooking the fact that pit bulls were created for the purpose of dog fighting, hence their name, we are ignoring an important part of their nature and that is just asking for trouble. We need to understand any dog breed before choosing it–my parents just had to find a new home for their rat/Jack Russell terrier mix, for example, because it suddenly started trying to kill the cat. That instinct to hunt and kill smaller furry animals kicked in. Terriers were bred to do that. Will all of them kill cats? Of course not. But it’s worth taking into consideration when you have other pets. Again, education, not ignorance or blind devotion to a breed, is the key here.

  • Melissa Haas

    you my friend, do not know about pitbulls, they WERE called the nanny dog, people left their children with the dogs while they worked, read up, and you will find this out, before you make you’re biased opinion

  • Melissa Moreno

    Mr Cheerful if you can look past your own self-righteous indignation you can observe that Snark’s comment was not at all saying that the two issues are somehow on the same side of the spectrum. He was merely referring to the moronic comments and arguments that ignorant people regurgitate, in defense of their narrow-minded views. Try to keep up, Mr Cheerful.

  • bjderb

    I had an Irish Staffie , so-called because it was pit-bull / Staffie crossed . He was the most lovable dog you could wish for . He use to lie on the inside of the windows , when next door cat use jump onto the outside window sill they use to kiss each other thro` the glass . Still miss him so much .

  • Littlegrayman

    A boxer will delight in hitting you behind the knee and when you go down will slobber all over you.

  • Andy

    we had 2 Doberman dogs and they were the softest most loyal pair you could ask for sure they let it known when they didn’t like someone when I was little or with other family members they did nothing to threaten us or people who they depicted to be nice which was 99.9% of the time. my golden retriever does exactly the same thing so its nothing to worry about

  • Elizabeth Shoup

    I rescue Pit Bulls and have been around them and other big dogs since I was a baby and have never once had even a snarl misdirected but I’ve been attacked by a Chihuahua. There are so many misconceptions out there about small dogs, that’s what this article REALLY should have been about. I instantly get anxious around Chihuahuas and other small dogs because they are always barking and growling while going crazy on one of the highly dangerous retractable leashes and owner thinks it’s “cute” or “funny” and doesn’t do anything to stop it other than to give me and my 3 very well-trained pits dirty looks.

  • Tish

    What a wonderful world it would be if every cat and it’s owners just up and disappeared .

  • Elizabeth Shoup

    You know what’s a horrific story? The same story that’s full of lies and ignorance told over and over again and is the cause of so many deaths within shelters. The stories where these poor, sweet pit bulls are abused severely and forced to fight, used as bait dogs, used as punching bags, left alone chained up outside with no food, shelter, or interaction. Have you ever heard the story about Clyde the Wonder Pit? Probably not, so let me tell you. One day a man was driving down the road behind a minivan when he witnessed a Pit Bull being thrown from the moving vehicle and then be drug down the road behind the van because his leash and collar were attached to the back bumper. This poor dog was pulled this way for around 5 minutes until they hit a red light and the man behind the van got out, freed him, and took him to the local SPCA. Now once Clyde was there, they discovered how beaten and scarred up he was. He had battery acid poured all over his face and in his ears and was almost blind and deaf as a result. This dog had burn marks, bites, cuts, you name it all over him and was used as a bait dog in disgusting, evil dog-fighting rings that were run by people like you who believe these dogs aren’t amazing, sweet, wonderful, loving giant babies and instead think they are meant to not be loved or cared for, but instead used and abused for their own sick, personal entertainment and to pay their rent. Now, Clyde is living it up with a very kind woman and her doting son and has done nothing but lick and cuddle them to death with love and every single day since.

  • Elizabeth Shoup

    Breeding actually doesn’t have much to do with it at all and this common misconception is exactly why shelters are full of pit bulls. No matter the breed, any dog’s behavior, obedience, and temperament is based on pack structure and training within the household.

  • smartmind

    Funny, I thought pitlover’s argument was well reasoned and eloquently showed him to be what he actually is : a retard! [Not sure about the f*cking bit, he may be a bit deprived in that area, hence his rage!].

  • smartmind

    Grammar is probably the least of pitlover’s worries!

  • smartmind

    He actually is saying just that. Melissa it is you that needs to keep up!

  • Shasta1

    Tired of people who pass themselves off as experts. We work with shelter dogs. Walk thru a city or county dog shelter sometime and look at all the “vicious pit bulls” waiting to be euthanized. It is people like you that have so badly maligned this breed.

  • Shasta1

    No matter how well-worded your post sounds, you lack real knowledge. To those of us who work with dogs and have a true understanding and knowledge of particular dog breeds, the pit bull is a maligned, abused, and misused dog. The breed originally hailed from England. Like most English dogs, it was breed for the hunt.

  • Shasta1

    In the early part of the 1900’s, the Pit Bull Dog was known as the Nanny Dog. If you wanted to keep your children safe, the pit bull was the mot faithful and loving of any dog breed, especially with children. They were strong and loyal and loved children. Ironically enough, it is the wonderful qualities of the pit bull that have attracted it to the “criminal element.” The Pit Bull breed is strong and very intelligent. They are loyal and courageous. Their main goal is to please their owner.

  • beth

    That’s a funny looking Neapolitan Mastiff…

  • DogeLover

    Or your own backwards logic based on one experience you had?

  • macruic

    What you fail to understand when you write about the dog/wolf hybrid is that dogs and wolves are the same species. Dogs are wolves humans have tamed and bred for our own use. Humans are doing a disservice to the natural world by removing these creatures from the wild in order for them to become subservient to our wills. Cute or not, it’s the truth.

  • macruic

    NEApolitan Mastiff (not NEOpolitan) – you know, Neapolitan means “from Naples”. And here’s you lecturing us on how cute and safe dogs are. Yeah, we know our dogs. Sure we do.

  • Sarah Hindmarsh

    It is a little worrying that people seem to think that temperament and behaviour are due to how a dog is raised alone. This mentality is just as dangerous as those who deliberately goad them to aggression. Understanding the behaviours a dog is pre-programmed to be predisposed to by its genetics is extremely important in ensuring you raise a well-balanced and “safe” dog.

  • ExTaxpayer

    Thats right, if someone disagrees with you, just attack them

    and slag them off as eloquently as possible. You have just proved yourself to be a MORON!

  • animal lover

    Boy oh boy, Catnap. Did you ever say a mouthful about those who use animals as “proxies”! The miserable hoard who do such by dog fighting is the most primitive of all.

  • Shannon :)

    People run away from them because they are too cute to look at 😉

  • Anna

    You do realise only a 1/4 of dogs thought to be pit bulls by look are actually genetically pit bulls.

  • Anna

    That’s not necessarily true. As horrific as it is, sometimes it’s because of the dog being territorial as it’s a new person coming into the house and it can be because the owner didn’t introduce them properly. Both can lead to problems.

  • Anna

    I have to disagree with your statement “A pit bull will attack until you are unconscious or dead.” due to personal experience. Whenever my pit bull has been attacked or threatened by another dog he would not fight back. Instead he ran away. On one occasion he was physically being mauled and almost died, he bit ONCE just to give him an opportunity to run and after that one quick bite he did run. He didn’t hold on, repeatedly bite or attack until “unconscious or dead”.

  • Anna

    I don’t know what data you’re referring to but it is a fact that no dog is more likely to be aggressive than the next, regardless of the breed.

  • Pitty Momma

    I have disagree, I have 2 Chihuahuas and a big loveable red nosed pit bull; I think that if you are thinking of buying a dog of any breed, do your homework and learn about them. Pit-Bulls are brave, loyal and sweet to their pack(family) and have served in several War times. They were also once called the Nanny dogs because they’re great with children, unfortunately this breed and the Stafford shire terriers have over breed for the worst reasons. If you were chained up out side starved, beaten, and neve given attention, except to be used in in human ways you would aggressive too. By the way my four pound tea-cup Chihuahua is the boss in the house.”

  • Pam Morgan

    I agree with the statement that these dogs are what their owners make them. I have had pitt bulls, english pit mixed, and just english and everyone that I had, I hap from the time they were able to leave their moms. Not one of these dogs were EVER aggressive. They were big babies.. When they got older and had health issues( issues that caused suffering) I had to have them put to sleep and it broke my heart. My next dog of choice was the Rottweiler and I did have 4, but one died(like to have killed me) I still have 3 Rottweilers and they get a bad rap,people say they are mean aggressive dogs,they don’t know s***…Mine think they are poodles. They try to get up in our laps to love on us and when they do you can’t even see who they are sitting on. I have all females and 2 wiegh right at 128 pounds and the other weighs about 110(i call hher my pocket rottie) These dogs are like kids to us. They listen, they are always glad to see us, they never ask for money…lol…All they want is love and affection and they get it. My vet told me one time that dogs(every dog) just wants to please their masters and would walk through fire for their masters, I believe it!!! The ONLY TIME one of my Rottweilers would attack anybody is If someone tried to hurt one of us(especially our 4 granddaughters) But dogs(any dogs) need love and attention. It really makes me mad to see somebody get a dog and NEVER pay the dog ANY attention or affection. Neglect can cause social problems in ANY DOG!!! I would much rather have my rottie girls than a chihuahua or pekingese.. I am glad to see other people that agree w/me on this issue. I LOVE MY DOGS!!!!

  • Pam Morgan

    To all the employee’s of shelters that I have seen post on here”Thanks for what you do” I think it is GREAT to have people like you to help care for and show love to these poor dogs..When anything EVER happens to my Rotties I plan on going to a shelter and adopting my next dog and hopefully save them from being put down for NO reason.Thanks again for what you do!!!!!

  • Gormenghastly

    Not according to the UKC, the largest dog breed registration group in the world [founded in 1898]. You wouldn’t know a fact if it came up and bit you in the ass.
    Also, anyone who would say the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is under the “umbrella” of “pit bull” is either American, stupid or both. It existed long before APBTs or AmStaffs, both of which are American mutations of the original Staffie. It’s an English breed and you can keep your delusions to yourself.

  • G.poynter

    Petey , from little rascals,,,,,,pit bull

  • Gpoynter

    I’m sorry you feel that way,our family pet is a pit bull and a boston terrier,they absolutely love each other.our pit goes with us everywhere,he’s very freindly,knows no strangers,very smart,loving and obediant. I have to disagree with you,it is all about how they are raised and trained.

  • G.poynter

    I got mine from the shelter when he was 12 weeks old, he also thinks he’s a lap dog, he is now 1 yr old, and is very loyal and obedient. he will bark and run to anyone who comes in the house only in hopes that they will scratch his head and rub his belly, he is such a big baby

  • Fredo

    Aurelas. You have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve had plenty of them. All kind loving dogs.

  • SSJWZ

    Some dogs are good judges of character.

  • Alec Ramsay

    I have a 10 month old lurcher puppy should i be worried about him

  • ray

    According to the American Temperament Test Society (2010-2011), 804 American Pit Bull Terriers were tested and 695 passed. This means that 86.4% of Pit Bulls tested by the ATTS had a good temperament. Pit Bulls pass rating was above 121 other breeds of dogs, including Golden Retrievers!
    Golden Retriever = 84.9%
    Beagle =80.6%
    Bichon Frise =76.7%
    Chihuahua =71.1%
    Cocker Spaniel =81.9%
    Labrador Retriever = 92.4%
    Lhasa Apso = 70.4%
    Shih Tzu = 78%
    Yorkshire Terrier 82.5%

  • Sally

    I’ve known nice Chows, but I’d take a pit bull over a chow because I’ve known more owners bitten by their own chows than any other dog. Vet calls them fear biters.

  • Carol Geyer

    Dalmations? Really? I took one in as a starved stray, and he liked everyone. He was shy around other dogs, but loved my cat. Children he didn’t know could walk up to him and hug him. He would growl at me, but I realized he wasn’t being aggressive. That was just his way of talking to me. He had the fastest tail wag I have ever seen.

  • Carol Geyer

    From what I undersatand, Akitas were originally used in pairs as bear hunters in Japan. Years ago, my cousin and her husband became the proud owners of an Akita. He was a wonderful, obedient and well-behaved dog. Apparently, breeders owners, and “trainers” have screwed up yet another great dog. Personally, I have met some really nice Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and a couple of Great Danes. I prefer them over most small dogs, as they sem to have more presence and mellow personality. My #2 favorite dog, however, is the dog my deceased fiance loved, a bit hairy bear-like dog. My other favorite is my Akita/Husky cross. I love them both very much.

  • Carol Geyer

    I have read reports like that, too. Pretty scsary, especially when you consider how many of the frequent biters are supposed tom be great with kids! Of course, any animal can be dangerous if you don’t take proper csre of him, and train him well. See, I didn’t say anything nasty about Pit bulls.I think some of them are the prettiest dogs I have ever seen.

  • Carol Geyer

    That is true, people forget Bulldogs were meant to be agressive at one time.

  • Carol Geyer

    I am always glad to hear a feel good storyabout a rescued dog. Thank God someone loved him ands gave him another chance at life.

  • Carol Geyer

    Yeah, if a dog bites someone, especially a kid, people always seem to feel sorry for the kid. But what about the dog? What about those crazy women who murder their own children, and are still being fed and sheltered? If my dog killed someone, she would have been shot, and I would probably be in jail, even if it wasn’t mine or the dog’s fault.

  • Carol Geyer

    My male big hairy male mutt dog ( yes, mutt and I am proud of it!) acted as if he been beaten when we adopted him, but now he grins and rubs against me, and love to get hugs. I had to work with him, though, as he was afraid at first, not aggressive.

  • richard bowen

    I agree 100 %!

  • Lou Gibbons

    You are full of $hit about Pit Bulls. maybe you don’t want to offend any pit bull owners but get a life and follow the news about these creatures. I have had two friends in the past whose Pit bulls were SHOT by people protecting themselves or others from vicious unprovoked attacks by these monsters. One victim was a child who was viciously mauled.
    How it is raised, does that make a difference ? My good friend, John, bought a pit puppy from a dealer. He adored that dog and pampered him it a child. When he brought it to my house it would jump on my lap and lick my face like I was it’s father.
    When it was about two years old he took it to Oklahoma to see his family. While there he was walking the dog on the sidewalk with a strong leash and as they passed a house an occupant came out and was about to sit down on a porch chair and read his paper. No words were exchanged at all but the dog went crazy. John is about 6’4″ and about 260 but the dog tore the leash from his hands and went after the man on the porch. The man saw him coming and ran into the house and closed what was a flimsy old storm door. John came up to the dog, grabbed the leash and tried to pull the dog away, but he couldn’t. By that time the dog had pushed in the aluminum bottom of the door about half way and was about to enter the house. Fortunately the man had a hunting rifle and shot the dog through the door twice, killing it.
    There are two morals to this story. The first is that anyone that tells you Pit Bulls are just like any other dog if raised properly is an idiot and has some neurotic need to posses a dangerous animal or they write about dogs and are afraid to tell the truth for fear of offending someone that is dumb enough to have one of these animals. Secondly, it is further proof that anti gun people live in a world where oxygen has been replaced by by some brain melting drug.
    BTW, a woman across the street called the police while he attack was taking place. It took 25 minutes for them to arrive. Good luck with that.

  • Lou Gibbons

    Ignorant, aggressive, uneducated, probably jobless, nasty rude, crude, and an IQ your belt size, about 55.
    I would bet that your Pit is about the only friend you have. If he is anything like you he is probably as miserable as you. Please keep him chained in the basement to protect the neighbors.

  • Lou Gibbons

    Cockers are bitters also. But NEITHER OF THEM KILL PEOPLE OR…….CHILDREN!!

  • Lou Gibbons

    Now that’s funny. And probably very true.

  • Lou Gibbons

    They only killed dogs that lost not because they wouldn’t fight.

  • Lou Gibbons

    …..and killed by pit bulls.

  • janchup

    you are wrong

  • judy powers

    this dog looks like a greyhound or a whippet

  • Karen K

    Sorry, but it’s not “all in how you raise them”, it’s also in how they’ve been BRED. Pit bulls can be great dogs, but you can’t completely trust them– they can “go off” on you without warning. And Dobermans, in my experience, have unfriendly dispositions. My neighbors had one, and she was pretty mean… I suspect she killed our cat.

  • Earl Kuon

    Lou please list your credentials, professional training that qualify you as an expert on animal behavior.

  • Earl Kuon

    My Pit Bull is afraid of my neighbors cats.

  • Earl Kuon

    Thank you for posting Ashley

  • Earl Kuon

    Bethany please list your credentials that qualify you as an expert on animal behavior

  • Earl Kuon

    You are wrong. Did you read the book “The Lost Dogs ? You are wrong, dogs that didn’t want to fight were killed.

  • Earl Kuon

    Good one catnap, these haters are unable to provide any scientific evidence to support their opinions. And that’s all it is their opinions.

  • Earl Kuon

    Can you provide a link to support your statement please.

    “Most pit bull attacks are by loving family pets, not the ones who are abused or trained to kill.”

  • Earl Kuon

    Can you provide any scientific evidence for your claims ?

  • Earl Kuon

    I am pretty sure that he is not a geneticist.

  • Earl Kuon

    And how is the US Army qualified as experts on animal behavior.

  • Randy DeVinney

    Just look up every pit bull attack article. I have personal experience with pit bull attacks as well.

  • Earl Kuon

    The haters have no scientific evidence to back up their claims. Therefore they have zero credibility.

  • Earl Kuon

    What professional training/experience have you had that qualifies you as an expert on animal behavior .

  • chato

    i own a pit( 5yrs old, a german shepard (10 yrs old) and they get along with each other just fine. the one dog that is a bully is my 8 pound terrier.

  • Peace

    Sally what are you one of those women that own 10 cats and purchases books at garage sales??? LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peace

    Get a life we are on our second Bull Terrier and have grandchildren and friends over all the time, my sister’s Chi Wawa is the dog that bit someone…People like you Aurelas are back seat drivers, get off your arsh and get a dog…

  • jaykprime

    Actually it was bred for Bull baiting!

  • jaykprime

    My dog – a seven year old Doberman – has NEVER attacked another dog.
    She has, however, been attacked by several dogs, of various breeds, including a Border Collie and a Chihuahua!
    Fortunately the vicious bl~~dy Chihuahua couldn’t open its mouth wide enough!
    Sorry but many small dogs are more aggressive than most so-called ‘dangerous’ breeds that have been correctly trained and socialised!
    I’d trust any Dobe or Rottie before any Chihuahua or Jack Russel!

  • jaykprime

    You do pitlover a disservice by comparing his IQ to his belt size!
    More likely his shoe size!

  • Lou

    And you are psychotic.

  • Lou

    And killed by pit bulls.

  • Earl Kuon

    That’s not what the experts say…

  • Doglover

    A child is more important than a dog, and kids don’t know better when they are small. Most of the children killed are very young. Also, I adopted a pit and had to return him because he tried to kill my other dog. The rescue group claimed this dog was well socialized and loved all dogs. They were wrong. It broke my heart to return him, but I can’t have a dog I can’t trust.

  • Paul Bogart

    There are two pits in my family, they are very sweet loveable dogs. But they are also very protective of their owners and property. I wouldn’t be fool enough to try anything around them until a word from their owner makes it ok. Then the play is on. As far as I’m concerned the bad reputation they have is caused by people who have no business with a pet of any kind. Put the blame where it belongs.