“THank you! Exactly bosd, there are many look-a-like breeds out there and some of them are the ones doing this damage. Such as that dog that was 115lbs that was supposedly a pit. Pits do not get that big, but like you said I think people see something that looks like a pit so they assume it's a pit. Just like people assume oh that person looks Muslim so they must be Muslim, therefore they are a terrorist. I know it's an extreme example but my point is stop making assumptions people before you know the facts.”
“I would like to share with all of you out there that I was attacked by my family dog twice at the age of 4 and 5. I had to have surgery on my face the second time around when the dog bit my face. That dog wasn't a pitbull or a large or medium breed, it was a jack russel terrier. Now I'm 26 and I volunteer at animal shelters. I don't hold a grudge towards the dog, or any animal. They like humans act out, and like humans some have behavioral issues. When you get a dog you HAVE to train them, not matter what breed they are. If you don't train them that is when you can have issues that lead to attacks.
Pitbulls get a bad rap because they seem to be the only attacks reported, people get attacked by other breeds but people don't always report the attacks.
I've worked and have known pitbulls and they are very sweet dogs. They actually score higher in temperament than a lab or golden retriever! I'm sorry to say but those out there that hate this breed have no idea what you're talking about. Any breed can attack you, heck my parents have a Pomeranian right now and he tries to bite people all the time and has. Just trying to say it's not one particular breed that does this, any breed has the capability to attack a human.”
Hobay on Oct 28, 2011 at 09:32:34
“If you are alive to report a dog attack: "Thank a Pitbull for not killing you."”
TaurusRose on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:25:22
“Thanks for the share. I've had just about every breed, and the most affectionate and loving was our 75 pound Doberman.
It sounds to me like your parents have some issues with keeping nasty dogs.”
Dee Amschler on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:13:56
“All very good points. The only times I've been bitten were little dogs. Two were pomeranians. I can't remember what the third dog was. I've *never* been bitten by a larger dog.
Another point for people to remember about media reports is that often any time ANY dog bites, it gets reported as a pit bull - unless it's known to be one of the other "problem" breeds. It's as if labradors or golden retrievers or whatever other "family dog" breed just doesn't have the genetic capability to bite. However they can - and they DO.
I have an Akita right now as a service dog. He's one of the most gentle dogs I've ever had - and supposedly they're another "dangerous breed". His most aggressive thing to animals or people is to pat people with his paw if he wants them to continue/resume petting him. However, he's been attacked by small dogs (often chihuahuas) and their humans in some cases have screamed at me for "taking a dangerous dog in public" when reality is that he's looking at me for help with their dog holding on to his fur and no feet on the ground. BTW, the dog in training to take his place as he retires is a rottie mix. She's even more gentle than he is.
Aggressive dogs are a people problem - not a dog problem or a breed problem. If people don't socialize and train their dogs - they can and often DO become aggressive”