• Yes, they ARE dangerous, especially to inexperienced owners!

    Was at a campground one time. A horse campground-so lots of horses tied up, and lots of kids running around. I was off riding, but my mom took my infant brother in a stroller and my golden retriever for a walk around the campground. Rules at the campground state dogs MUST be leashed. My golden is an obedience champion and therapy dog-the thought of biting would never cross her mind. She was snapped at by an Aussie once and just rolled over on the ground to avoid a fight. Well anyway, my mom is walking and from out of nowhere and completely un-provoked, an unleashed pitbull came and latched itself onto my golden's neck-mere inches from my infant brother's head! The presumed owner came and pulled the dog off, saying sorry it was a friend's dog (yeah right, just didn't want to admit she had a dangerous dog running lose in a campground full of kids.) MY mom walked back to our campsite and told my dad what happened and by the time he got to the place the pitbull was, it was already gone-we never saw it again that whole weekend.

    I also work at a vet clinic as a groomer-see lots of really aggressive Pitts and Rottweilers. Would never trust either breed. Course, I'm starting to put Labs in that list too, they are being so poorly bred that I won't trust Labs anymore either.

    People who own these breeds are just so blind and in such denial about their breeds aggressive tendencies! Do you really think a breed bred for fighting is not going to be dangerous? 74% off all fatal dog bites are Rotts and Pitts. Many of them are dogs who have turned on their owners. Don't give me the whole "bad owners" argument either. The fact is these aggressive breeds are simply not meant to be family pets-they do not belong in homes where they will be the owner's first dog either. They require a firm, experienced handler who will train and socialize them from puppyhood and nip any bad/aggressive behaviours in the bud! Even then, they've been known to attack out of the blue. I do not trust these dogs, and nothing anybody will say will change my mind-I'm an experienced dog handler and I've just experienced too many bad Pitts to ever be able to see them the way their naive defenders see them. Time to wake up to the truth folks-some dogs are just inherently aggressive.

  • Frowned upon?? We need to ban Pitbulls!

    Pitbulls kill children. Pitbulls need to be banned. Children are much more important than Pitbulls. Any animal that poses a significant threat to humans needs to be banned. Get a grip, people. Pitbulls account for 6% of the dog population, and are responsible for almost 80% of dog attack fatalities in 2013! A Pitbull ban is common sense. Sometimes I think Pitbull supporters are as dumb as the animals they are lobbying for.

  • Dangerous dogs - Two of the Most Dangerous - Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers

    The American Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler along with a number other potentially aggressive breeds with unpredictable dispositions were not meant to be home pets. They were bred to fight, hunt dangerous animals and to provide protection. They are considered dangerous dogs.

    Pitt Bull Terriers and Rottweilers accounted for 73% of the total recorded fatal attacks for an 8-year period from 2005 to 2012. The attacks by pit bulls and their mixes were more than double the attacks inflicted by rottweilers.

    Fighting dog breeds, which were historically bred either to serve as war dogs, property guardians and for the hunting of dangerous game should not be kept as home pets. Many of these dogs are the most primitive dog breeds on earth.

    These dogs should never be left alone with children or old people without the owner/trainer present.

    Breeds with High Potential for Aggression – these dogs are powerful enough to knock down an average size adult. When agitated they can cause harm with their sharp teeth and powerful jaws.

    1. American Pit Bull Terrier (Pit Bulls)

    2. Rottweiler – very aggressive dog by breeding with and high drive and dominance need.

    3. German Shepherd – responsible for more reported bites than any other breed in USA.

    4. Boxer – can become very aggressive and kill other dogs, by nature they are aggressive or vicious.

    5. Huskies – Husky bites are quite common in U.S.

    6. Doberman Pinschers – tend to be extremely loyal to owners; However, Doberman Pinschers tend to show a degree of possessiveness for their owners and have an uncalled-for aggressive attitude towards strangers.

    7. Chow Chow – very aggressive and unpredictable.

    8. Bullmastiff – very powerful dog that should not be supervised by an experienced dog person because of its powerful structure. It is normally quiet and docile; unless it thinks someone is threatening you or your family. It will attack that person, even if that person is a child.

    9. Argentinian Mastiff

    10. French Mastiff, (Bordeaux Bulldog)

    11. Italian Mastif

    12. Doberman

    13. Rottweiler – very aggressive dog by breeding with and high drive and dominance need.

    14. French Mastiff, (Bordeaux Bulldog)

    15. Thai Ridgeback – can become very aggressive and is extremely fierce.

  • This is a media made frenzy

    Between the media and bad , irresponsible owners, they have made these household pets out to be a terror. Pit bulls through the ages have been loyal family pets and nanny dogs ( even featured in a popular kids show as a trusted friend- petey- Little Rascals). Add a bunch of gang bangers and an over paid football star that should never have been able to play again and we have a media frenzy against a dog. How about Michael Vick suffering the consequences for his actions and lose his ability to play football and make millions (if the NFL stood up for what is right, he d have been bared from the sport ). How about putting these gang bangers under the jail so they cant shoot babies in they re strollers or terrorize our neighborhoods, maybe they should have had someone spank their rear ends as kids and they d show a little respect for everyone's life including their own. No these wonderful animals should not be frowned upon, they just want to be loved. BAN STUPID PEOPLE not the dogs

  • It's just a dog.

    It is a dog that has been given a stereotype. It doesn't have a voice of its own. Someone else has to take care of it. And it is the people who have clearly put them in a bad situation. Not all dogs are bad like that so calm down people.

  • I have an American Pit Bull male who is a big baby

    Loves people. Good with kids. Good with our other dog. Never has bitten anyone. Just wants attention from people. Likes his chest scratched. Sleeps with his "daddy" every night. Has a new buddy in our other dog a yellow lab. Never barks at strangers unless he is provoked like a dumbass mailman I had

  • No, they shouldn't.

    No, I do not think that pit bulls should be so frowned upon. While I realize that many pit bulls can be very dangerous, some of them can be very kind and loving dogs. This is a case of certain dogs being discriminated against because of their breed, and I think that is wrong.

  • Why punished these dogs?

    Pitbulls are not bad dogs people just say they are I have a pitbull and she has never did anything wrong to anybody. I mean come on these dogs deserve a chance because not every dog is bad. No pitbull is bad it's there owner and how there trained. Just think about that for a second.

  • Might As Well Ban All Dogs While We're At It . Hell , Lets Ban All Pets With Teeth .

    Any of God's creatures can and will bite you. If any creature is threatened or assaulted , it will either fight or flee. If you, as human, are threatened or assaulted, you will either fight or flee. The same goes with small dogs, big dogs, cats, birds and etcetera. Now if there's a bad owner training a dog to bite anyone that passes, that person should be banned, not the dog.

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GWL-CPA says2013-09-07T18:50:08.147
Pitt Bulls and Rottweilers are responsible for the most human deaths and serious injuries out of all the dog breeds.

Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada,
September 1982 to December 31, 2012

By compiling U.S. And Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2012, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

The combination of large molosser breeds, including pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, and their mixes:
79% of attacks that induce bodily harm
72% of attacks to children
85% of attack to adults
69% of attacks that result in fatalities
77% that result in maiming
Read study highlights »
Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006
to December 2008

A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.Org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in a recent 3-year period. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%.

Of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.Org, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. Citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period.
The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).
Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada,
September 1982 to December 31, 2012

The Breeds Most Likely to Kill

As of May 25, 2013, the USA death count from dogs in 2013 is 14. Of these, 13 people were killed by pit bulls. In recent years, the dogs responsible for the bulk of the homicides are pit bulls and Rottweilers:

"Studies indicate that pit bull-type dogs were involved in approximately a third of human DBRF (i.E., dog bite related fatalities) reported during the 12-year period from 1981 through1992, and Rottweilers were responsible for about half of human DBRF reported during the 4 years from 1993 through 1996....[T]he data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998. It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities." (Sacks JJ, Sinclair L, Gilchrist J, Golab GC, Lockwood R. Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998. JAVMA 2000;217:836-840.)

The Clifton study of attacks from 1982 through 2006 produced similar results. According to Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes were responsible for 65% of the canine homicides that occurred during a period of 24 years in the USA. (Clifton, Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006; click here to read it.)

Other breeds were also responsible for homicides, but to a much lesser extent. A 1997 study of dog bite fatalities in the years 1979 through 1996 revealed that the following breeds had killed one or more persons: pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Doberman pinschers, chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Akitas. (Dog Bite Related Fatalities," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 30, 1997, Vol. 46, No. 21, pp. 463 et. Seq.) Since 1975, fatal attacks have been attributed to dogs from at least 30 breeds.

Many states have passed pit bull ordinances or "Dangerous dog ordinances." E.G., in Arkansas there are over 20 cities that have banned pit bulls.

Breed-specific laws state-by-state

Over 600 U.S. Cities have enacted breed-specific laws (BSL). Cities, such as Denver, that reside within a state containing an "anti-BSL clause" have effectively implemented them as well.
Municipalities with BSL
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia
District of Columbia
Indian Reservations

States with constitutionally upheld BSL
Appellate courts in twelve U.S. States, as well as the District of Columbia, have upheld the constitutionality of breed-specific pit bull laws. Learn more in constitutionality.
New Mexico
West Virginia
District of Columbia

Many other countries have breed-specific laws, e.G., Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, etc.

Most Veterinarians, if they are honest, will tell you that pit bulls, Rottweilers, and most other large molosser breeds should not be owned as pets, especially if you have children.

It has nothing to do with the owners; these are breeds that were meant to hunt and kill and be guard dogs; they are not meant for anything else, especially being family dogs.

They are very dangerous animals regardless of who owns them. They can turn on you as an owner or anyone else around you in a heart-beat. They should be watched or chained at all times.

Only macho morons like these dog for pets or to guard their dope, or for dog fighting.

These folks are immature morons; they should get a Lhasa Apso.