posted on Mar, 29 2013 @ 10:51 AM
reply to post by abeverage
As I own pitbulls I will answer your questions. I would never train a pitbull to fight, or any other breed of dog. Fighting dogs is abuse, plain
and simple. I believe you should train your dogs to behave properly and to follow basic commands- that applies to all breeds. I do not compare any dog
to a loaded gun- dogs have a mind of their own and even with the best training can misbehave as they are only animals after all.
Yes, some bloodlines of certain breeds of dogs are specifically bred to have a killer instinct, pitbulls being one of them. Dog owners definitely ARE
responsible for their dog's behavior and for spotting aggressive behaviors in their dog. Some dog owners are complete idiots and try to blame the
dog's instinct when tragedies occur- but if they had controlled their pets these tragedies would not occur. If your dog is not inside, fenced in, on
a leash or restricted and it attacks someone it is your fault!
Some breeds of dogs are more aggressive even in their play. I love my pitbulls and my grandchild rides my grown one like a pony- but I would never for
an instant leave any child alone with ANY dog. Even if a dog is very loving it could injure a child accidentally just by trying to play with the child
or give the child some love. An animal is just that- an animal, and while you may love and trust your pet a child's safety comes before all else!
I have owned many pitbulls and have always raised them to be very loving, but sometimes natural agression cannot be curbed when there has been too
much inbreeding in a particular bloodline. When choosing your dog you must be sure that the breeder has not bred back into the same bloodline too many
times as that makes for a more aggressive dog. I once had a pitbull that I raised from a small pup that showed signs of being aggressive early on.
When he snapped at a teenager while it broke my heart I put him down. Pitbulls are a strong breed and it is better to be safe than sorry. Problem is a
lot of dummies get pitbulls specifically to make them mean- they think it makes them cool. To me this is animal abuse.
As far as mixing breeds, I have found that usually pure bred dogs behave much better than mixed breeds when it comes to such breeds as pitbulls,
dobermans, rottweillers, etc. Other dogs of mixed breeds can actually make for a less aggressive dog but when mixing breeds it is kind of like a
roulette wheel- no matter which breed the dog resembles physically you do not know which breed will dominate instinct wise.
I do think it is a problem that just anyone can own a dog. Just as hunters must take a hunter's safety course before receiving their hunting license
and one must take a course before receiving a concealed carry permit I think if you wish to own a dog that is considered a "dangerous breed" you
should have to take a dog ownership safety course. I may get flamed for that, but there are too many irresponsible dog owners and if you truly love
the breed and are a serious dog owner you WANT to have as much knowledge about your dog as you can.
Hope I have answered your questions to your satisfaction!