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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Heather - posted on 02/27/2009

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Okay, so many many people are not going to agree with me or like my opnion, but its just that, my opnion. I see no problem with it. As long as you know what the attitude and disposition is on the dog first. I have an almost three year old son, and I've had three pits myself. One male, Capone, and two females, Pheonix and Isabelle. Izzy was half pit half boxer. Pheonix had some problems and we got her a new home. She just didn't want to potty train and things like that, so she needed to be somewhere that she could be outside more, and I was preg with my son, so I could not clean up her messes all the time. However, my Izzy was with us for a long time, she now has a new home only because I had to move in to an apt and it was unfair to lock her up in that little place. But she was amazing. She was always by my sons side, at the time he was very sick, and she always let me know when he was crying or had gotten sick. When he had his tummy time on the floor, she would go lay down near where he was playing, without messing with any of his toys. When he learned to crawl she would lay there and let him crawl to her, he would lay down on her and fall asleep, and she would curl up around him so he didn't fall. She didn't have a mean bone in her body. She was a rescue dog, had been beaten and they were breeding her for fighting pit babies. But she loved everyone. I even had a joke that she listened to the news because they had said that in case of a tornado go in the bathroom, after that every storm that came through she went and hid in the bathroom!! But she was amazing with me and my son, and he loved her very much. She had a LOT to do with him learning to crawl early, because he wanted to be near her....

Now I know not ALL pits are that amazing, and some do in fact have problems. However, they are NOT all bad and I don't feel they should be feared or hated JUST because of what they are or what stupid people do to them.....

Again, only my opnion.

Jennifer - posted on 02/27/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

Pitbulls and Children

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


 

Heather - posted on 02/27/2009

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Okay, so many many people are not going to agree with me or like my opnion, but its just that, my opnion. I see no problem with it. As long as you know what the attitude and disposition is on the dog first. I have an almost three year old son, and I've had three pits myself. One male, Capone, and two females, Pheonix and Isabelle. Izzy was half pit half boxer. Pheonix had some problems and we got her a new home. She just didn't want to potty train and things like that, so she needed to be somewhere that she could be outside more, and I was preg with my son, so I could not clean up her messes all the time. However, my Izzy was with us for a long time, she now has a new home only because I had to move in to an apt and it was unfair to lock her up in that little place. But she was amazing. She was always by my sons side, at the time he was very sick, and she always let me know when he was crying or had gotten sick. When he had his tummy time on the floor, she would go lay down near where he was playing, without messing with any of his toys. When he learned to crawl she would lay there and let him crawl to her, he would lay down on her and fall asleep, and she would curl up around him so he didn't fall. She didn't have a mean bone in her body. She was a rescue dog, had been beaten and they were breeding her for fighting pit babies. But she loved everyone. I even had a joke that she listened to the news because they had said that in case of a tornado go in the bathroom, after that every storm that came through she went and hid in the bathroom!! But she was amazing with me and my son, and he loved her very much. She had a LOT to do with him learning to crawl early, because he wanted to be near her....

Now I know not ALL pits are that amazing, and some do in fact have problems. However, they are NOT all bad and I don't feel they should be feared or hated JUST because of what they are or what stupid people do to them.....

Again, only my opnion.

Heather - posted on 02/27/2009

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I am a strong beliver that there is no bad dogs just BAD Ownerns. Yes some pitbulls are not the best with children but all goes back to the blood lines of that dog. If the history of that dog is agressive then the dog will more than lickly be aggressive. On the other hand if the blood line is on the sensitive side the dog itself will be more than lickly a good dog. A good freind of mine had a pitbull and this dog literally let someone break into her house. The dog was wonderful with children so there is a possibliity that your pitbull could be good for your house. Good luck

Heather - posted on 02/27/2009

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I am a strong beliver that there is no bad dogs just BAD Ownerns. Yes some pitbulls are not the best with children but all goes back to the blood lines of that dog. If the history of that dog is agressive then the dog will more than lickly be aggressive. On the other hand if the blood line is on the sensitive side the dog itself will be more than lickly a good dog. A good freind of mine had a pitbull and this dog literally let someone break into her house. The dog was wonderful with children so there is a possibliity that your pitbull could be good for your house. Good luck

Nichole - posted on 02/27/2009

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I would NEVER trust a pit with my kids(even w/me right there) . I've heard waaaay too many stories of pits attacking kids or even their own owners who treat them great. I think they are just bred to be that way. I've read that Golden Retrievers are the best family dog. I probably would still never leave me little ones alone just because of the fact that all dogs can bite and cause a lot of damage.



 



http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg... read it all

Rachel - posted on 02/27/2009

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It truely depends on the parent of the pup. Pitbulls can be very sweet animals, but they are also a creature of habit. If one of the parents has been mistreated, then that pup is likely to show signs of aggrestion.



So do your research and check out the parents - BOTH parents before you purchase.



Now in my opion, Goldens are the best dogs for childern. I have 1 and will never own another type of dog. They truely are the best.

Kate - posted on 02/27/2009

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Quoting Stacy:



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. 






the only reason the news always has pitbull attacks on there is cos of their breed they to it bout staffs to they want these dogs banned and on the dangerous dogs act. we never hear about any other dogs attackin (even tho they do) cos they want to make out its always a dog witha lock jaw.



i also agree that it is how the dog is brought up.



my staffie is very good round my children and other peoples children, but the way the news is broadcastin the ones who have been brought up in the wrong environment they are trying to get them banned which is wrong.



they banned the pitbull over here but people the ones who treat there dogs wrong get them here still and treat them wrong then they attack, they are the ones who should be done for it as they are abusing there dogs by makin them viscious. but the dog is always blamed and never the owner and until the owner is blamed these dogs will always have a name thay people fear, even tho there is no need to

Maureen - posted on 02/27/2009

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I had a pitbull that was one month older than my daughter, they were raised together. I also come from a family that has always had pitbulls. My dog was wonderful, I also did daycare for 7 years. Pig that was his name, never showed aggression towards any of the children, they pulled on his ears, treated him like he was a horse and nothing this dog wouldnt even play tough of war with the kids. It is all in how these dogs are raised like any other breed. Just make sure that you are getting a dog from a repuitable breeder. A lot of pitbulls are inbred which leads to the aggression. I would definetly own another one.

Maureen - posted on 02/27/2009

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I had a pitbull that was one month older than my daughter, they were raised together. I also come from a family that has always had pitbulls. My dog was wonderful, I also did daycare for 7 years. Pig that was his name, never showed aggression towards any of the children, they pulled on his ears, treated him like he was a horse and nothing this dog wouldnt even play tough of war with the kids. It is all in how these dogs are raised like any other breed. Just make sure that you are getting a dog from a repuitable breeder. A lot of pitbulls are inbred which leads to the aggression. I would definetly own another one.

Rae - posted on 02/27/2009

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I am a pit bull lover. i have had two pitbulls in my last 8 years. I love the dogs that I had. They were two totally different personalities.  One a pure breed and one two tpes of pitbull combined. The mix bree waa a much better tender and loving dog. I trusted tha dog with all my heart. However; my children are all grown up and the dog is not around children. PLEASE........ take this well meant warning, Do not trust the child, children with the dog. I love the breed, but have seen the best pitbull pet, turn on a child that did nothing but climb into the very highchair the dog was just yelled at for getting up on and licking the tray. He crushed the bones in her leg and hip and the child was in a body cast for months. We were right there and it was so fast and he let her go right away, but the damage was done and we could not stop it from 2 feet away. I swear this to be true and scarey as hell to me to see. Like I said, I love the dogs, they really do not mean to hurt anyone, they are too strong for thier own good. If the dog is a part of the family already, There are precautions to take to keep the child from the dog, but not always fool proof. There are also several pitbull rescue places if this situation gets to be difficult to deal with. Pits are a very possesive breed. They really do love children, but the breed has been so altered the snap judgement on thier part is fast and directed.Good luck and God Bless.

Emily - posted on 02/27/2009

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A pitbull just like ANY other type of dog can be a wrong choice if it was mistreated. But brought up right it should be just fine!!!!

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have a 6 year old pit and 2 kids. My kids are 4 and 6, and the pit is the BEST guardian I could wish for. I hate that pits have gotten the wrap that they have, but you must also be cautious. I had a discussion with my vet that if I ever become fearful of him, I would have him put down immediately. But the are the most loyal dogs and great with the kids. Mine hates when people he doesn't know start playing with the kids...he stays right there to make sure nothing is going wrong.

Msamyschmidt - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have a staffordshire bull terrier (very similar to a pit bull) and three children. Our dog has been wonderful with the kids but we don't leave her alone in a room with them or allow them to jump at her or hold her neck. With any breed, you have to make sure the dog has a "safe place" like a crate or bed that the kids are not allowed to touch.



Hope this helps.

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

Pitbulls and Children

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



We have some in our family. It all depends on the dog its self. Some have good deminer and others do not.

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My boyfriends sister has pitbulls and english bulldogs with all her children.  In fact the youngest is two and they are very affectionate and loving towards her.  If someone they didn't know comes into the yard and tries to harm her or the older kids they would protect them till they die!  These kinds of breeds are great with children but they have to be brought up with alot of respect and gentle raising!

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had a pittbull for 7 years and all of the sudden she turned on my daughter!

A little over 2 years ago we had a 7 year old pit. She was so nice never any problems. At the time my daughter was 3 and every night my daughter would go around to all of the animals that we have and say good night before bed. And out of no where she turned on my daughter! Completely snapped! We rushed my daughter to the hospital, she wound up getting 5 stitches in her face! My father took the dog to the SPCA to put her down. I could have this happen again. I feel terrible that we had to do that to the dog, but I wouldn't want that to happen again to my child or anyone else.Still to this day my daughter brings it up. She is completely scarred for the rest of her life because of this incident. I understand that it could be any breed of dog, but from my experience I would not recommend it to anyone!

Jenny - posted on 02/26/2009

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No... just like rots, dobermen pinchers, boxers are okay but none of the ones that have anger issues. Wolf breeds as well aren't such a great idea.  But keep in mind chihuahuas and tiny dogs are just as bad. My old dog ( a pomeranian) bit my son and my grandmother. Little dogs lash out when they get scared. Kids are scary to them.






Anger issues? Are you kidding? Don't personify dogs please. They do not think the same way as we do.



Do some studying on pack mentality and proper dog training and you will probably find out why your pom behaved the way he did too. Yes, a dog can lash out when scared, that is why we need to raise confident, well adjusted dogs.



Once again I will make the point that the people on this thread saying no to pitbulls have no experience with them and are relying on media stories. Thier opinion is based on nothing but fear. So how many Cocker Spaniel attack stories have you heard on the news? They are the #1 breed for biting yet you rarely hear it on the news. Stop using mass media for your education and think for yourselves people!



 

Tina - posted on 02/26/2009

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We got our pitbull when my oldest was born. Darby died two years ago of old age. He was 13yrs old. Almost everyone we know told us it was a bad idea to have him around the baby. My daughter was born early and spent 3 months in the NICU. We would bring home her little t-shirts and have Darby sniff them so he would get used to her sent. When we brought her home he would sleep by her bassinet. He would keep his eyes on anyone that held her. When she learned to stand she used him to steady herself and he didn't move a muscle until she let go. He did the same with the next three children. He survived ear tugs and having his tail pulled. He shared his food with curious toddlers and loved when the children hugged him. He was part of our family and we really miss him.....I know that is way more info than you needed but I think pitbull are great family dogs. It is too bad that the media and irresponsible owners give them such a bad reputation. They are loving and loyal companions.They just need a lot of love and attention.

Jeanne - posted on 02/26/2009

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as i rwad all the negative coming from people i have to say...go to any pitbull web site and read for your self....they are not the top of the list on being mean.my pit is 2 yrs old and over 100lbs...he is in fact a lap dog. his job is to protect and he doese that well. id never put my kids in harms way. i didnt crop his ears for that simple reason...people are negtive about them. he is very smart as all pits are. we gave him my sons shirt and had my son go around the block with my husband. i called zeus over and had him smell my sons shirt and gave the command to find the baby... and he led me right to my son. what most people dont know is that they are great tracking dogs and are very loving. for those who bash the breed i say do some reading. most of the pits that bite are mixed and they are taught to be that way. my dog knows his place and we all are in command of that dog.

Rawah - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have a red nose pit bull and have 3 beautiful children, our dog Jade is extremley protective of them..but needless to say I would never leave them unsupervised with her.

Sunny - posted on 02/26/2009

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I work at a Animal Hospital, and at one time I was scared of pit bulls. Now I love the breed!! I think that if you have not been around them you have no room to talk, and that you should give them a chance. BTW I've been bitting by many breeds NEVER a pittbull.

Dina - posted on 02/26/2009

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i have a rott and she is the best dog ever around my 4 year old and my 9 month old I would definately get another rott they are wonderful family dogs and my kids love them

Jeanne - posted on 02/26/2009

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i have a pitbull and we got him when my son was3. we did as the vet recamended...we fixed him which will calm down a male dog.He is wonderfull with my son id have no other breed.He is very protectfull with all of us.

Julie - posted on 02/26/2009

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well personally i absolutley HATE PITBULLS!!!! and think they shouldnt even exsisted on the planet so i absolutley dont think that it is ok for them to be around kids. even if you think you have raised them right they are still bound to snap, and i wouldnt want to be the kid around when it happens!!



 

Dina - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have a 4 year old and a 9 month old. I have one rottweiler who is 9 and an english mastiff who is 2. my rott is the best dog around children i dont care what anyone says rotts are great family dogs! no one will ever come near my children they are very protective but really loving to my kids. it doesnt matter what breed of dog you get just know there history and raise them around children and you will be good!

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi! I can speak from personal experiance that you should not have a pit around children. When I was 18 months old I was mauled by our pit bull. It was a family dog that had been around since I was born. Very friendly, never had a problem until one day when I was outside. The dog attacked me and if it wasn't for our other family dog, i would be dead. My mother could stick her fist *palm down* inside my skull. I had pucture wounds in my cheek and my nose had to be reconstructed. I had 138 stiches from the top of my head to my forhead. It DOES NOT matter how they are trained. They are an aggressive breed of dog and not worth it. Luckly, I came out okay - some kids do not.

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have two pit bulls... one who is two years old and his daughter who is five months. I have a nine month old daughter and have so many people tell me that I am wrong for this. I have done a lot of research and found that pit bulls were originally breed to be "nanny dogs" because they are so wonderful with children. My daughter loves my dogs and crawls all over the older one. He loves her in return and lays quietly next to her while she pulls his ears and his tail and beats on him with her toys, he would never think of hurting her and even wants to share his bones and toys with her. He is a genrally excitable puppy but around my baby he is so calm and gentle!

Natisha - posted on 02/26/2009

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No... just like rots, dobermen pinchers, boxers are okay but none of the ones that have anger issues. Wolf breeds as well aren't such a great idea.  But keep in mind chihuahuas and tiny dogs are just as bad. My old dog ( a pomeranian) bit my son and my grandmother. Little dogs lash out when they get scared. Kids are scary to them.

Michelle - posted on 02/26/2009

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I think that any kind of breed of dog is fine around children as long as it is trained well. I have a 2 year old and a great dog that is a mix of German Shepherd, pitbull and chow. Our dog is perfectly fine with my son and i never worry, but on the other hand i have a friend who has a lab and i wouldn't trust that dog alone with my child.

Catherine - posted on 02/26/2009

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it ALL depends on the dogs temperment and training. Any dog that is well trained, socialized and has a good genetic temperment CAN be fine with children. I would make sure he has taken training classes and has been around kids before and you have never had any issues with him.

Angela - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi there



My girlfriend has 2 pitbulls and a husky and they are the gentlest dogs I have ever seen. SO safe in fact that when my kids go over there, I NEVER worry about their safety around them because they have been so well trained. If you are thinking of getting a pit, I would say this though, get the dog as a puppy from a reputable breeder if possible, ask to see the parents and check the environment. If the breeder doesn't allow you to do a home visit then I would steer clear as there is NO telling what that puppy would be capable of doing. If you train the puppy yourself you know whether you will be able to trust the dog.



 



Since ANY dog is capable of biting if it is in any way mistreated or abused, i'd recommend going the puppy route, seeing the parents, checking out the home environment where he's coming from, that way you will have an idea of what the dog is like. You don't know what the dog is like if you get him from a shelter.



Best of luck to whatever you decide.

Terry - posted on 02/26/2009

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I don't think it's a good idea at all !! those dogs tend to turn on people, they are may to agressive. you should really do your homework on a dog before getting one with kids.

Regina - posted on 02/26/2009

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I would say NO. The reason is this. Your child is here and here for a reason why risk your child getting hurt. Get a different type of a dog. If there is a slightest chance that something could possibly hurt your child that you brought into this world and your their mother the person that is suppose to make the decisions for them that they cannot make for themselves. Don’t make it a stupid political or your right I’m wrong argument. Think about your women’s intuition and if you feel the slightest bit uncomfortable that there could be a problem that is out of your control with this dog don’t have them around your kids. They are your kids if something happened you would never forgive yourself. If something happened you can’t take it back. You make the decision you know what’s good for your kids your a good mom.

Melinda - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have a pitbull at home. I have had many dogs and he is the most loving I have ever had. I have 3 children and many small nieces, nephews and cousins who are around him often. He is a 80 lbs lap dog who wants to be higged and kissed all the time. It is all in how you raise them AND their blood line. Our Pitbull came from an outstanding bloodline. The mother was a show dog and the father was a working Pitbull (cart puller). Training is very important (as with ANY breed of dog) when you have children. My kids helped in training my dogs. Both my Pitbull & my Rott/Lab mix are excellent protectors of my children. They warn me if anything is in my yard, at my front door or even pulling up to the driveway. I too had reservations about getting a pitbull, but I did my research in breed, training and responsiblities. After I had all my information I decided to get one and I will always have a Pitbull in my house. Just please be a responsible Pittbull owner and spay/neutor your dog.

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Although I am an animal lover, I have a harsh opinion about Pit Bulls; I believe that any animal of this breed should be fixed!!! Yes, dogs of all breeds bite, but what other domesticated animal mauls, maims, and even kills as often as the Pit Bul!?



If you've ever watched the news when one of these attacks occurs, the dog has often had no prior history of attacking people. The owner always replies, "But he was the sweetest dog!" Most dogs that bite do just that; they bite and have shown their dominance. Pit Bulls, by the very nature of their breeding, attack until the "opponent" is dead.



I know it is not the fault of the dogs, that humans have imposed these traits onto these animals, but just the same, the Pit Bull population needs to contained, and these dogs should NEVER be around children!!!

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I think it's fine if you train them from puppyhood. I know many pitbulls that trained properly are fine aroud children. There are some better breeds of dogs for children for instance labs and golden retrievers. But any dogs trained properly from pups should behave just fine around children.

Donna - posted on 02/26/2009

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Unfortunately, most dogs get a bad rep...and that is mainly the fault of the owners. My neighbors have 2 wonderful pitbulls that were only a year old when they met my 5 yr old daughter and my 2 older kids (8&13). They told me that they purposely socialized them from puppies so that they would make great companions. And they are well behaved and trained. I went into the situation with a positive attitude (because like Cesar Milan says...a dog can attune itself to your energy) and my daughter is now their best buddy. If she falls asleep on the couch, the male and/or the female will crawl up there and sleep with her, and they'll even let her fall asleep on them as a pillow. Now I'm not saying that all pitbulls can behave in this manner, but that they can if properly trained and loved. And as Sandra had posted, any dog from small to large can bite a child. Believe it or not, my niece got bit in the head and face by a golden retriever ( a breed that is supposed to be tolerable of children!!...he was startled by her). So children and pets are a hit and miss game. It's all up to good breeding and good training for the pet and it's new family.

Christina - posted on 02/26/2009

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I think that any dog can become aggressive, based on the owner.  The pitbulls that I have been around are great dogs, docile, fun, full of personality.  I have owned many dogs over the years.  Our last two were a Dalmatian and a Bordie Collie/Newfie mix, great dogs, while walking them one day two dogs from down the road (a lab and shepherd), while on a lead, attached my dal and he ended up with 100 internal stiches and more external.  These dogs used to play with mine, but we found out that one of the owners had started really abusing the dogs.  I realize a pitbull attack is in the media more, because of their attacks, they probably cause more damage, due to their strength.  So many attacks are just not reported because the damage is not as significant as the pitbull, but statically, they don't have more attacks.



Any dogs temperment is due to the owner, kids should learn to respect the animals and shouldn't be left alone with any pets.  Even small guinea pigs can bit if handled too hard, we need to respect them and they'll do the same back.



 



Good luck, and I hope that all the negativity doesn't deter you from the breed.

Suzanne - posted on 02/26/2009

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Pit Bulls are wonderful dogs. One of my dogs is half Pit. He has two jobs....love the family and protect the family. He does both great. He is a love that snuggles and kisses. He also lets us know about any little noise. He was only agressive once in seven years. ( It was to a drunk adult at a dinner we were at that smacked him. My dog was actually invited to the outdoor picnic but, this adult decided he was too close to the table and decided to smack him. My dog has never forgotten him. Anytime he comes to the house my dog growls. ( I think with good reason. If someone smacked me, I would growl too). But, to make a long story short, Pits are wonderful and have received a bad rap. They are as good as their owners. Treat anyone or any dog with love and they will return it. Treat them with anger and aggression and you will get that in return.

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I think it depends on your knowledge on the breed and how comfortable you are with it and how well you know the dog....I have 2 pitbulls, no children. I have been a nanny for over 10 years and have 7 nieces and nephews that are still small and do come visit me as well as my friends kids. I have also brought them to daycares to teach kids about canines and show off their tricks. The kids pulled there ears and tails and my dogs didn't even flinch because they were used to it, having always been around children from the time they were puppies. My family was very much against pitbulls due to their reputations until getting to know mine which have changed their minds completely. Pitbulls are the most loyal family dogs there are and only want to please their owner in any way possible, they are the fastest learners of all breeds and extremely smart. While there may be some that are just naturally aggressive, most are very lovable and affectionate with kids.Some do however become over protective which may cause problems down the road, just something to think about. There are many sites you can go to that show pits with children and how wonderful their relationship is. So I guess it depends on your situation, do you already own a pit and are planning on having a child or do you already have children and are planning on getting a pit? If you already have children, bringing the dog in will be a simple transition, if you already have the dog and are bringing children in, you may have to get the dog used to the idea first. Good luck! Pitbulls are the greatest dogs ever and you'll never know what you're missing out on until you own one yourself! Research them and you'll see how great they really are....unfortunately a lot of times its only the bad stuff that gets media attention....a poodle can bite some one 100 times and no one pays attention but a pit does once and its news worthy. 60 out of 63 of Michael Vics dogs were saved and given to good homes after being abused and tortured....normally a pit would be put down without a second thought but they could see what good natured dogs they really were, all they needed was a loving home.

Julie - posted on 02/26/2009

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The only thing that would worry me is that pitbulls can go from normal dog to bite mode with no warning. They were bred that way and it can happen regardless of the temperment or training of the dog. My clinic's former owner (we're bpth vets) came in crying one day b/c he had to put down his PB. The dog had been great with the kids until one day he bit with no warning. I temperarily housed a very nice young female, she was playing with my dog and she attacked without provacation (possibly over a toy). I'm glad my dog rolls submissive at the drop of a hat or else I'm sure I'd have been cleaning up someone's blood. Most dogs will warn with growls or body posture, but you can't trust a pit (and some other breeds to do so). THAT is the part that scares me, not the breed, as I have also met some very nice ones.



As far as I'm concerned, NO DOG (or cat, for that matter) is safe enough to be left alone with small childrem. Little kids are just too unpredictable and pets cannot readily figure them out. Small children are unable to pick up cues older children and adults can that tell them to leave the pet alone for a while.



BTW I have a hound mix (the one who was with the PB) and a rottweiler. Both are great with my baby, but they are never left alone with him.

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if you are confident as an owner of a pit bull, understand the breed, and understand your dog, then no problem! we've had 2 of them, the first was a sweet older dog who had been abused, she would have been great with kids. the second was a young adolescent with a spotty background who became over protective. we had to make the VERY difficult decision to put her down because she had bitten someone (who had let herself into our house, stupid idea people), we couldn't insure she would go to someone who knew enough about them, and we were having our first child soon . . . 2 very different situations with 2 very different dogs.



yes, you hear about them attacking all the time because the public are poorly informed and often the dog is mis-identified. to 80% of people a pit bull is ANY medium sized dog with a larger head and shorter hair.



what experts recommend is that ANY dog be monitored when its around children. even a family dog you've had for years who has done well with children in the past. there was recently a 3 month old child killed by a grandmother's family dog in england. she had said that the dog was just fine around the child on previous occasions, and NO, it wasn't a pit bull (they are illegal in england) . . . this just shows that there should ALWAYS be an adult supervising children with dogs, just think of it like you child in a bathtub.



i sound passionate about it because thousands of pit bulls are poorly bread and sold for a quick buck (like our first dog), thousands are misunderstood and poorly brought up (like our second dog), therefor thousands are put down every year whatever their temperament, just because they're "pit bulls."



finally, i think a responsible owner of ANY pet should understand that particular pet, or not own it.

Autumne - posted on 02/26/2009

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Our pitbill was our first baby. Then we started having real babies and he was the best dog that anyone could ask for. He was protective of them and let them play all over him. He never gave us any concerns. After 12 years of loyal service we had to lay him down because of health reasons. Me and my children cried for weeks and still get teary when we think of him. I believe that any dog can bite or be mean it is all in the way that the owner raises them. I hear people say things about pitbulls being mean but it was one of those small yappy dogs that ended up biting my kid so what does that say......

Victoria - posted on 02/26/2009

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I trained dog for 9 years before I had children. I never once met a vicious pit bull or Rottweiler. Yes, those are powerful breeds, but they have to be taught to be vicious. I believe that people are ignorant while discriminating those breeds. I have met ALOT of wonderful pitbulls, that I would trust around my kids. I have a german shepard and a english mastiff now, but I used to own a Rottweiler for 9 yrs, she was wonderful with the kids in my family.



This is how you need to approach adding a dog to your family. You need to research the breed itself. jack Russells are one of my least favorite dogs, because of their personalitlies. Mastiffs were breed to protect families. You just need to find a breed that fits your lifestyle and family orientated. Talk to the breeders, make sure their has been no behavior issues with the parents. Also, once you do get a dog.....TRAIN IT!



And you also need to remember that dogs are not babysitters, dont leave your children unattended with any dog! My mastiff can knock over my 1.5 yr old and really hurt him..she is 125#.



But in conclusion, no... pitbills are not bad dogs, even some of Micheal Vicks fighting dogs were rehabilitated and put into families. Dogs are taught to be mean, you can also teach them to be very loyal to your family, and they will. Hope that helps.

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there is only 1 question.is it worh it,i have a phobia of dogs around my children with all the horror storys,last horror story was a jack russel killed a baby.no way it isnt worth it,we r here 2 protect our kids and we cant predict what any breed of dog will do.so much better 2 b safe as u just never know

Amy - posted on 02/26/2009

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Personally i dont think it's a good idea! It's lovely for children to grow up with pets but i don't think any dog can be fully trusted. It doesn't matter how they've been trained, all it takes is for a child to accidently hurt the dog and the dog might snap. It's just not worth the risk! If i left my daughter around an animal and something terrible happened i would never forgive myself! Your child is the most important thing and after all the horrendus stories you hear on the news about little kids being savaged by pitbulls or rottweilers i just wouldn't take the risk.

Meghan - posted on 02/25/2009

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I absolutely love my pit!!!  He is 4 and is great with both of my boys and everyone else's kids also.  We had a Black Lab and had to have her put down after she tried to bite my husband and youngest son.  That right there says it's not the breed but the individual dog!  



Good luck!!!

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