Pitbulls and Children

Kelly - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 933 moms have responded )

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I just wanted to see what everyones opinions were on having a pitbull around children?

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Felicia - posted on 03/02/2009

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one thing that people get wrong about pit bulls is that they are great dogs.. what gets them a bad rep is there owners...pittbull as a breed want to please there masters..they will do anything their master says if they think it will please them.. so if pits a brought up in a good home around children as a puppy i wouldnt be worried about it.but before i got a puppy i would look into and research breeders and make sure that the puppy wasnt exposed to anything bad beofre you go it..i would not get a pitbull if they are over 14 weeks or so if you have children ...

Ruth - posted on 03/02/2009

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Any dog no matter what it is if it treated badly will be aggresaive if you treat it kindly it will be friendly. Just ask a vet Duh!

Emily - posted on 03/02/2009

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I would say you just have to know your dog...his personality and everything. But I would say having a pit around kids is totally fine. My sister-in-law has two girls, 5 and 2, and they had a pit since before the kids were born. Everyone told them they would have to get rid of the dog before the first was born, but they didn't, and he's great with the girls. They both learned to walk by pulling up on him, and it doesn't phase him. Obviously some dogs get aggressive, I won't deny that. But I do believe that most dogs understand kids in a way that we as humans can't really grasp. I say go for it.

Melissa - posted on 03/02/2009

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I personally have had 2 pitbulls and I think they are wonderful dogs. Just as with ANY breed there is to be caution around children. If trained properly and bought from a good breeder. Just as with any aggressive breed dog breed I do not recommend then with families that are not used to bigger and stronger dogs. I do not recommend them for first time dog owners. But a family that has done the research and is used to big bull dog type breeds this is a wonderful addition to the family.

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I grew up with pitbulls and believe its all in how they are raised. I love pitbulls. Now when it comes to Chows I wouldn't bring them around kids. Every Chow I have been around has been untrustworthy. They can be quite and snap out of nowhere.

Kimberlee - posted on 03/02/2009

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A dog is a dog in my opinion. Even a small dog can turn on a child. I believe that it is generally all in how you raise the animal to be. I think that if you are looking into having a pitbull start with a puppy and have your kids interact with it on a daily basis. I have seen many pitbulls that are absolute saps and have never hurt a child. My little sister is expecting and she has a rotwiler and he is the most docile dog that I have ever seen! My aunt also had a rotwiler that was exceptionally mellow and loved kids. Never attacked one once!

Jenny - posted on 03/02/2009

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Do you think you don't hear about other breed attacks on the news because there aren't any? Of course not. Don't let the media make up your mind for you.



Here's a challenge for all of you. Ask five friends if they have been bit by a dog and what breed. I asked a few of my friends and the answers were 3 German Shepard bites, 2 Lab bites, 1 Chihuahua bite, 1 Mixed Breed and a Wiener Dog.



Another thing is if a Lab/Pitbull cross bites is it the Lab part or Pitbull part doing the biting? I think we all know which breed will take the blame.

Lisa - posted on 03/02/2009

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No I don't think it is safe.  Just turn on the news and listen to all the pitbull attacks.  Yeah I know any breed can attack, but pitbulls are the ones you always hear about.  You can do whatever you feel comfortable with, but I for one would NEVER even take a chance. 






I second this!, its your choice but you never hear on the news about a shit-zu attack!,I have a 10 month old and we have a pom-chi she is very loving to our daughter and whenever our daughter gets to touchy feely with her the dog gets up and walks away..

Stephanie - posted on 03/02/2009

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i think it depends on your circumstances. when my daughter was born me and my partner had a pitbull cross. he had had it from a pup and it was 17 when she was born. the dog had a kind,good nature despite its breed and was great with her. he was very protective of her and me when i was pregnant and would always be beside her guarding her crib/chair. as she got older he even tollerated the ear and fur pulling etc.



i dont think any breed is bad 2 have around children, it how they are brought up that is the problem!

User - posted on 03/02/2009

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I  have 2 children 5  & 2. I also have a 10 year old pitbull who has been nothing but good with them. Pitbulls get a bad rap. but with any animal you can not trust them  there is always a chance of biting or scratching. it could be a cat or a dog or even a rabbit. but just as along as you teach your children how to behave around a dog and train your pet. I believe any animal is going to be fine just as long as you watch them. If you can't do that you should not have an animal.

Kristin - posted on 03/02/2009

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I am a vet. tech. and my thought is that they are great. I would get a puppy so that you know the history. They are very loyal dogs. Wonderful family dogs. And you can read that in all dog books about pit bulls. Its so sad that they have such a bad name from all the stupied people that raise them to fight. Its all in how the owners train the dog. But they are nice dogs.  Well let me know if you need anymore input.  Good luck. Kristin.

Rebecca - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have 3 pitbulls and 2 kids and they are great with each other. My pitbulls wouldnt ever let anything  happen to my kids. They all play in the yard togeather like one big family. My dogs would lick you to death before they would ever think of bitting anyone. My kids and dogs have been raised togeather from birth and from 7 week old puppies and both of my kids cando any thing to my dogs lay on them jump on them pull there tails and they still wont bit them. And by the way so can any other kid that comes to my house to play with my kids. The thing with pitbulls is how they are raised just like any dog if it is raised to be mean its going to be. Just like people if they are abused growing up they arent allways going to be normal when they are adults. I wish people would just leave the pitbulls alone and go after the peole that abuse the animals

Ursula - posted on 03/02/2009

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For me personally I wouldn't have any dog around small children.  Only recently in the UK press there was the story of the 3 month old baby who was mauled to death by a rotweiler and a jack russell.  So it's obviously not just big dogs that can turn.



I'd love to have a family dog but we've decided we'll wait until our kids (now 4 and 3) are about 7 & 8 years old before we get one, and besides it's a better age for teaching them responsibility so it's not just Mummy's job to feed, walk and care for the dog!

Natosha - posted on 03/02/2009

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If you actually read the history of the pitbull it was a breed that was oftentimes left behind to watch over the children and wife when the husband went away for hunting and to work in fields...I really think that dogs are a reflection of their owners, just as children are a reflection of who raises them. I was raised with Chows (another known to be aggresive) and never had any issues. My friend has had a pitbull for 7 years and never known her to be mean. I have an american bulldog and a chihuahua now..and my chihuahua is much more angsty than the bulldog any day of the week. You just have to have a strong sense of self to own a pitbull, you don't want them to think they are alpha.

Donita - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have had several dogs, cockers..ugh the groomers! I now have a pit bull. Very very protective over my only child! Makes me finaly sleep because we have major issues with her father, The pitbull does like to chew and I do buy a lot of bones but she is young, The best I mean in over a year never had a accident in the house! This dog would cross her legs and do the pee pee dance before she would pee on the floor unlike my cocker spaniel! Also she rides great in the car!

Lindsay - posted on 03/02/2009

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I think it is fine I have had pitbulls around all of my kids. It is all about how you raise them. I have a great dane, a boxer, and a english bulldog. I have a 9 year old and a 5 year old and 1year old and a 2 week old. It is all about how you raise them. Trust me all my dogs will let the kids just sit on them play with them and they will just lay there with them they don't bite or grawl and none of them.. Dogs are a good experince with kids.

Lindsay - posted on 03/02/2009

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I think it is fine I have had pitbulls around all of my kids. It is all about how you raise them. I have a great dane, a boxer, and a english bulldog. I have a 9 year old and a 5 year old and 1year old and a 2 week old. It is all about how you raise them. Trust me all my dogs will let the kids just sit on them play with them and they will just lay there with them they don't bite or grawl and none of them.. Dogs are a good experince with kids.

Diane - posted on 03/01/2009

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My brother has a pit with 3 small boys. They have never had a problem with Lucy. She's a good dog. However, I know that once a pit bites onto something it's jaw locks and it is unable to release voluntarily. Even an accidental bite from a well mannered dog can turn ugly in such case. I wouldn't do it, though Alicia Harper makes a good argument. :-)

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I have been around dogs all of my life...The breed is great and a VERY LOVING ONE TO....The only problem you may have is getting this animal to let people around your kids. If the dog and your kids are close or give off a vibe that there uneasy then this dog will guard. This dog was made to guard and protect and you will find they LOVE KIDS !!!!!



                                           GOOD LUCK TO YOU

Heather - posted on 03/01/2009

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Hey there :) This is my opinion by experience...... I'm not looking for any debate on it either ;-)



I have a Pit who is 5 this March and I have a Rot/Lab mix who is aprox 8! Before having my daughter I "NEVER" had any issues with either dog. I raised them both from 8 weeks old. They get to go to dog parks, dog beaches, walks, in the car etc! Both of my dogs were raised to be gentle, loving, good mannered dogs. They were my "first" kids. My daughter is now 14 months (crawling/walking/into everything) and my two dogs are still the best loving, caring, gentle dogs ever! My daughter loves giving both dogs "loves" and they give her lot's of kisses back. If either of them get annoyed of her crawling on them or what not, they simply get up from the area and move. I can not wait to watch all three of them grow up together! I personally believe that it's how the dog is raised #1, especially if you get them as puppies. If you get them from a shelter, you never know how their previous family treated them (abused, starved, neglected, made to fight etc) (which goes for ANY shelter dog) and yes, I would be VERY watchful for any signs if I had a shelter dog (pit or any other). I still supervise my child while she plays with the dogs or is around them (because you should do that with any) and I know in my heart that all 3 of them will be the best of buds.



Sorry so long but this is usually a tough subject for me..... I have done my research on Pit's and I LOVE them.... along with many other breeds!



Thanks for listening and good luck with your decision :) Heather

Sonya - posted on 03/01/2009

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We have a 9 yr old pitbull and she has never done anything to my daughters or my 2 nieces and nephew. My pit has been around all the children since they were babies, who now range from ages 4-9 yrs old. She even sat with me and my sister every time we were pregnant. It really bothers me when people like Michael Vick raise these dogs to be so aggressive. It pains me to the point of tears. It's wrong to raise a child to be violent and aggressive, why is it so easy to do it to animals.

User - posted on 03/01/2009

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We had two very sweet pit bulls that we raised from puppies before we had our daughter.  They were older by the time our daughter was born but were always so great with her.  Very patient old girls.  Both passed away in the last 2 years.



 



That being said, they are animals and I wouldn't leave a child unattended in a room with ANY animal regardless of the breed.

Laura - posted on 03/01/2009

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Its not the breed of a dog, its who breeded it and who mistreated the animal. All the pit bulls Ive known have been super sweet. If buying pure-bred check the breeder and make sure there is no known history of disorders in the dogs being bred.

Kristin - posted on 03/01/2009

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Its all on how you raise a dog. What you hear on the news is only what they want you to hear. The ones that do the attacking have a poor living environment, among many issues. My suggestion to you, is that if you like that breed of dog, do some good research on breeders and go that way, esc. if you are concerned about how everyone is telling you no. If you raise it to be a good dog, it will. But just remember that if you get it from a pup, it is no different than raising a baby. You have to teach it what it should and shouldn't do, and the way you teach it (just like your kid) will determine how its behavior is.

Cassondra - posted on 03/01/2009

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I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 3 year old Pitbull mix. He loves her. It's all about how they are raised. In my opinion, female dogs are way better than boys, unless you get them fixed. Another thing, fixing them is better. Pitbulls are so stereotyped, its ri-godamn-diculous. I have heard stories about a parent leaving a kid home alone with 3 trained-attack Pitbulls and when the father came home, his kid was in pieces. Obviously multiple trained attack dogs mixed with children isn't a good idea. Raise them right and you will have one of the most loyal companions ever.

Michele - posted on 03/01/2009

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I would not recommend having them around small children who don't know how to behave around dogs.  Since pit bulls are such powerful animals, they could accidently injure a small child even without meaning to.  Around older children, they can be loyal, affectionate, extremely loving companions, as long as everyone know's who's boss, and as long as the dogs have been raised appropriately.

Ashley - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Becky:



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Well if you read the replies you will see the people who say no don't own a pitbull and make many references to sterotypes and media which makes it clear they don't know what they are talking about.
















The people who say yes actually own the breed and have children so are speaking from direct experience. Don't believe the hype, the American Pitbull Terrier is a fabulous breed of dog as evidenced by the many stories in this very thread.






















How can you say people who do not own a pitbull dont know what there talking about. What gives you the right ? Just because some people do not want to put there children in that 50-50 chance where a dog any dog could hurt or even kill does not mean we do not know what we are talking about. And there is so much hype because it HAPPENS why put your kids at risk when your job as a parent is to keep your kids from harm.



















I so agree with you on this! I wouldn't even risk it! My kids are my life and how would I EVER live with myself if my dog killed my baby? Pits bites are by far worse than any breed and they can cause a lot of damage. Do your homework and read about pit attacks.
















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i dont agree.  any dog can bite. pits are not the only breeds that bite, they are not the only ones who attack.
what about  boxers, or dauschunds, or chihuahuas, or any other breed of dog? i have a pit and a dauschund  and my dauschand is more aggresive then my pit.








 so i think you need to do more homework and not just attack the pit breed!









If you read again what i put i did say ANY DOG can hurt or kill i do not need to do any homework thankyou. I know a dog can be loveing but if a dog is unwell it can make them change and they can attack. So because i do not want to my 3 boys in that 50-50 chance where they could get attacked by a dog does not mean am wrong or need to do homework on dogs.






you're kidding me right? a boxer? they are probably one of the BEST dogs for little children and families. oh, and by the way, the topic was about Pitbulls and Children.

Ashley - posted on 03/01/2009

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Well, I have 3 pitbull's and they all are the best dogs you could ever imagine having. One is 9 years old, and the other 2 are about a month old. All you have to do is make sure you treat them right and you train them to be well. The only reason that people don't like pitbull's is because they hear stories about how a pitbull hurt a kid today or a pitbull got lose a bit a adult. You wanna know what? The only reason they would ever do anything like that is if you were to train them to be that way. Like idiodick (SP?) people that fight them. I hate people that fight any dogs period. Another reason I stand up for pitbull's all over is because I bread and train them with my mother. We have trained hundreds of pitbulls, and i'm only 17. :]





-Ashley

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Hello, your topic caught my eye so I thought I would give my opinion on it if that is ok.  We have owned about 7 pit bulls while our children were growing up as well as, german shepherds and a various number of hunting dogs.  We personally have had not one incident with any of our pets.  My first son was born in 1984 and we got our first pit as a baby that year also and they grew up together.  I was the manager of a public swimming pool and it was adjacent to a small park so there was people constantly around them with never a problem.  I currently have one that is a couple years old and he is an inside.  He is very calm around children.  My youngest son is almost 22 and still to this date we have no problem with them, they are my favorite breed of dog.  It is how they are bred and raised.  The bad thing is when they are trained to be aggressive and to fight, they are good at what they do when taught to be like that.  I have a picture of mine on my page is you want to see him. 

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Quoting Nicole:



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Well if you read the replies you will see the people who say no don't own a pitbull and make many references to sterotypes and media which makes it clear they don't know what they are talking about.














The people who say yes actually own the breed and have children so are speaking from direct experience. Don't believe the hype, the American Pitbull Terrier is a fabulous breed of dog as evidenced by the many stories in this very thread.



















How can you say people who do not own a pitbull dont know what there talking about. What gives you the right ? Just because some people do not want to put there children in that 50-50 chance where a dog any dog could hurt or even kill does not mean we do not know what we are talking about. And there is so much hype because it HAPPENS why put your kids at risk when your job as a parent is to keep your kids from harm.
















I so agree with you on this! I wouldn't even risk it! My kids are my life and how would I EVER live with myself if my dog killed my baby? Pits bites are by far worse than any breed and they can cause a lot of damage. Do your homework and read about pit attacks.













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i dont agree.  any dog can bite. pits are not the only breeds that bite, they are not the only ones who attack.
what about  boxers, or dauschunds, or chihuahuas, or any other breed of dog? i have a pit and a dauschund  and my dauschand is more aggresive then my pit.






 so i think you need to do more homework and not just attack the pit breed!





If you read again what i put i did say ANY DOG can hurt or kill i do not need to do any homework thankyou. I know a dog can be loveing but if a dog is unwell it can make them change and they can attack. So because i do not want to my 3 boys in that 50-50 chance where they could get attacked by a dog does not mean am wrong or need to do homework on dogs.

Chelsea - posted on 03/01/2009

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People who own working breeds (like myself) should understand the Breed before owning one.. (period)



I have Dobermans who live happily with my kids because not only have i trained my dogs well i have "trained" my children better!



Blame the DEED not the BREED! I have seen some little dogs that i wouldnt allow anywhere near my children.. I dont look at the breed i look at the owner and decide.. but one thing i never do is leave my small children unattended around ANY animal..



Just like Children a well raised dog will be a very important part of a childs upbringing no matter the breed.. PITBULLS love people.. the agressive side can be used to the owners advantage if done properly but the most important thing is they are given a good outlet to "let of steam"



NEVER allow young children and animals to play unsupervised for both of their sakes, but i personaly believe Pitbulls (or any animal for that matter) can be a wonderful adition to a kids childhood.

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Pit bull owners or lovers seem to defend the fact that you read every day - they are bred for battle. Why take a chance? These are your kids.. read the news... most dogs can be trained properly but they have it in them. WHY take a chance..??






Mostly because they are not "bred for battle."  There are three sorts of pitbulls, most of which were bred for dog fighting originally.  Dog agressiveness is completely different than people agressiveness-animals *do* know the difference.  I'm not neccessarily a "pitbull lover."  I've known some great ones, but I would not own one personally, not because I am afraid of them but because I feel they are a breed that requires more work than I am willing to give-they need massive amounts of exercise and play because they have a lot of energy, and they need a very firm hand because they can be stubborn, and they need much more room than I have right now.  I am simply a dog enthusiast all the way around, who hates to see any breed villified because of media.  The news reports attacks that are often not actually pit bulls-people confuse pit bulls with several other breeds, including boxers, English bulldogs, and mixed breeds-and no one ever bothers to correct their mistake.  Absolutely any dog can attack if provoked, and they are very likely to if they haven't been properly trained and socialized, or if a person invades the animal's boundaries in some way and then ignores signs that the dog is uncomfortable-growling, backing away, or raised hackles.  Often, in fact, smaller dogs are more likely to be snappy, but their bite pressure isn't as strong, so their bites don't rate media attention, even if they're reported to the authorities.  So long as a person does their homework and makes sure the dog breed they have chosen fits their life style, is willing to do the work required to train the dog and the family, properly socialize the animal, and supervise children until they are old enough to know and respect the boundaries that animals have, then absolutely any breed can make a good pet.

User - posted on 03/01/2009

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It is all how the dog is trained. I have friends who have a pit and she is the most gentle dog with their 14 month old son.

Shawna - posted on 03/01/2009

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i had a pitbull that i raised from a pup, she is full blood red nose pit. she was around me the entire time i was pregnant, and used to sit by my feet and protect me if any one she didnt know came near me, she would stand her ground until i told her it was ok. then when the baby was born, she started protecting us both. my son is now three, and our pit has never ever even growled at him, even when he went through his terrible 2's stage. i think they are only a threat if they have been raised wrong

Doreen - posted on 03/01/2009

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okay first off I would never leave a child unattended around any breed of dog. Pitbulls are a wonderful dog but they have to have a responsible owner as with any dog. You really can't be breed specific as every dog is different just as people are.

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I have 2 pitbulls and a baby and they love her to bits!! They have always been around kids, have been ridden by my nieces and nephews many times and we have never had any problems. Its so sad all these dog attacks on children, but the owners are as much to blame, if not more than, the dogs. Im so sick of people looking at me as though i'm a bad mother because of the sort of dog i decide to own. But i guess there's alot of judgemental, ignorant people out there! My sister has a jack russell x rotty x (strange i know) that has to be put away when children are around because she's a bite risk. Funnily enough people don't seem to judge her...

Shanon - posted on 03/01/2009

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I'm sure this has been stated many times in the posts (there are too many for me to read all), but it is not the breed that is the problem, it is the owners that do not probably raise, socialize, and train their dogs. 



Pitbulls are a breed that is owned partly by people who need their egos boosted.  Everyone forgets that back when dog fighting was legal, all pits needed to be able to be pulled from the ring by their owners during a fight.  If a dog bit a person or handler it was not used.  Thus, creating a GREAT people friendly dog.  



Now a days the ignorant people fighting pits illegally only care about the fiight in the dog not the temperment. 



A well breed pit that is properly raised, socialized, and trained is a Great family dog. 



But at the end of the day a dog is a dog and you are a very ignorant person if you EVER leave your dog (golden retriever, pug, labadoodle or whatever) alone with any age child. 



 

Kristy - posted on 03/01/2009

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Don't!!! Pitts have a nature like no other dog. They can be fun, good with the kids and then turn on them. Recently on Judge Judy there was a case such as this. The pitt turned on the father and tore part of his head out and other maiming. The pitt had never done this before. Also, if it attacks another, you are responsible!! (p.s. the pitt had been chained and got loose) you have cute kids, you want them to stay that way. Sadly my daughter had a pitt and I had to put him to sleep. It tore my heart and still does. Good luck





Judge Judy????Come on now!! I know someone personall who was on judge judy and a lot of that stuff is staged and written in for them and they have to goa long with script in order to get on the show free of charge!! How old and how gullable are you?? Once again, quoting several, don't believe everything you hear about pit bulls!!!!





I agree, that stuff is staged.  Also... chaining a dog up is one the WORST ways to keep them.  That in itself can make a dog aggressive, as everything is perceived as a threat since the dog cannot truly "get away" from anything or anyone. You should never chain up a dog. The should have a spacious fenced area to roam and play in.

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Quoting Furaha:

Don't!!! Pitts have a nature like no other dog. They can be fun, good with the kids and then turn on them. Recently on Judge Judy there was a case such as this. The pitt turned on the father and tore part of his head out and other maiming. The pitt had never done this before. Also, if it attacks another, you are responsible!! (p.s. the pitt had been chained and got loose) you have cute kids, you want them to stay that way. Sadly my daughter had a pitt and I had to put him to sleep. It tore my heart and still does. Good luck


Judge Judy????Come on now!! I know someone personall who was on judge judy and a lot of that stuff is staged and written in for them and they have to goa long with script in order to get on the show free of charge!! How old and how gullable are you?? Once again, quoting several, don't believe everything you hear about pit bulls!!!!

Taylana - posted on 03/01/2009

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Pitbulls are great dogs if you already had an existing family. We got a pit right after my first daughter was born and the pit adored her they were the best of chums. Then i got pregnant with my second daughter and the dog went through a false pregnancy the entire nine months i was pregnant. This wasn't the problem it was after my newborn came home. The dog i think felt threatned. But to make a long story short the dog hated her she growled everytime the baby was in the room and to make matters worse i woke up one night feeling somthing was wrong and i found the dog rolling on top of my baby trying to smother her. Needless to say we put her to sleep.

User - posted on 03/01/2009

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I've bred and raised them and they are wonderful loyal family pets. They are so smart and intelligent. They would do anything for you. I had them around my son growing up and never had a problem. It's so sad how society has stereotyped them as this mean, ferocious animal. It is true that any and all animals are unpredictable. Any and all animals can "snap." Definitely NOT just "Pitbulls"!

Billie - posted on 03/01/2009

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A friend of mine has a pitbull... her name is Molly and she's about 2ish. I have 2 small children, ages 6 and 2, and Molly is SOOOOO good with my kids!! She will lay in the floor and let the kids roll all over her. She has never growled or snapped at anyone, much less the kids. First thing she does when she comes in the house is find them and lick and roll all over them. Only thing aggressive or scary about her is her tail!!! Stay out of it's path when she's excited! It's all in how the dogs are raised and handled and it's not just with pitbulls, it's any dog, large or small.  My friend's parents have a Shih Tzu that has been around kids her whole life and she'd bite the kids before the pit would.

Angie - posted on 03/01/2009

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I have a pitbull mix and I must say she's very protective of the boys.  However, as with any dog, you have to be attentive and alert when around the children.  Any dog will bite regardless of size or breed.  Pitbulls seem to get the worst wrap.  Research about pitbulls on the internet.  You'll find them to be very family friendly.  They are highly intelligent and full of energy.  I wouldn't give my pitbull up for the world.  She keeps me on my toes.  :o)

Amanda - posted on 03/01/2009

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As a CVT I have to say that any dog can be raised to be gentle, sweet ect.  With that being said any dog can also be raised the opposite.  Therefore it should be placed in the parents hands to supervise their children with dogs of any breed.  I personally have a "zoo" at my house (being a vet tech usually works that way) but I always supervise ALL my animals with my children.  You never know when something may set off a pet. Yes there are certain breeds that "tend" to be biters than others if you want to say that, but  I also would have to say that even the sweetest dogs could potentially bite if the circumstances are right.  Thats why the parents should just always supervise pets and children.

Lori - posted on 02/28/2009

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We have a pit bull and two boys. She is great with kids of all ages. The only thing I will say is that she is very protective of my children. She will stay between my boys and anyone she is not familiar with until she is told it is ok. She is wonderful and we all love her lots. If you train them right you will be fine!

Jen - posted on 02/28/2009

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As with any dog..it depends on the dog and the kids. Pitbulls are wonderful family pets as long as they are raised properly. In my opinion..you should not get a pitbull if he/she isn't still a pup or if you don't know the dogs personal history. Pitbulls have gotten a bad rap due to the fact that they are very powerful animals. They have more strength then most dogs of equal size, so when there is a case of an agressive pit, it can do much more damage then say a..spaniel or retriever.

Jen - posted on 02/28/2009

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As with any dog..it depends on the dog and the kids. Pitbulls are wonderful family pets as long as they are raised properly. In my opinion..you should not get a pitbull if he/she isn't still a pup or if you don't know the dogs personal history. Pitbulls have gotten a bad rap due to the fact that they are very powerful animals. They have more strength then most dogs of equal size, so when there is a case of an agressive pit, it can do much more damage then say a..spaniel or retriever.

Jen - posted on 02/28/2009

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As with any dog..it depends on the dog and the kids. Pitbulls are wonderful family pets as long as they are raised properly. In my opinion..you should not get a pitbull if he/she isn't still a pup or if you don't know the dogs personal history. Pitbulls have gotten a bad rap due to the fact that they are very powerful animals. They have more strength then most dogs of equal size, so when there is a case of an agressive pit, it can do much more damage then say a..spaniel or retriever.

Darlene - posted on 02/28/2009

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Pit bull owners or lovers seem to defend the fact that you read every day - they are bred for battle. Why take a chance? These are your kids.. read the news... most dogs can be trained properly but they have it in them. WHY take a chance..??

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