Originally Posted by bjc1050
Just wanted to make a note that while yes, pits, by human creation, have the tendancy to be dog agressive, it's really the owners that are responsible. My bf and I just recently got a pit puppy and are working diligently on getting him socialized and properly trained.
If the dogs owner doesn't take proper care, and pits need more care around other dogs than most dogs, it's not the dogs fault.
Honestly what makes me angry is that not very many people take into consideration any realistic topics when they buy pets. There is a problem with Pitts and the problem is that humans have been breeding the most vicious dogs to each other for too many years. Yes, you can get a perfectly great dog and how you raise it makes a big difference. But if you are buying from a breeder that does not have their own lineage of dogs going back many years, it is just as easy to get a dog that has been bred for all the worst qualities. And I'm not sure it matters whether the dog is at fault or the owner is at fault when someone ends up maimed or dead.
Breeders are just like any other professional. If they are legitimate, then they have had many litters and will supply you with all the references you want. You call other people who have had their dogs, and you find out what to expect. It just makes me mad that people don't do their homework. I also think that there is a difference between bringing a small dog into your home and a large dog. Any dog can go bad, but the worst I can expect from my chihuahua is a bleeding ankle. A pitt bull can kill you.
Okay, enough ranting. :-)