Originally Posted by hollywoodveg
Nope, just Pitts actually.
You must be privvy to the fact many people breed Pitts so they will fight each other, no? Sure you can argue they do this with other breeds, but anyone involved in animal rescue knows this happens primarily with Pitts and this has caused the breed to turn very aggressive.
sighhhh...... for starters though I do not condone nor have I ever participated in dog fighting; pit dogs are not breed to be human aggressive. Prior to a fight (at least back in the day) the owners/handlers would take the opposing dog and bathe it to check for weapons and such. Any sign of human aggression and the dog would be disqualified from the fight and in all likelihood taken out and put down.
Fighting dogs were not bred for human aggression and a well bred pit should not be human aggressive. What we are seeing today is the intentional mistreatment of a bred of dog to bring out it's worst characteristics.
Banning pit bulls will not stop the problem only make those that would abuse the breed move on to another breed such as the Caine Corso, GSDs, Dobbies.
What Wolfie was trying to express to you was in the past there have been other breeds of dog with very bad reputations: Dobermans in particular were known to turn on their owners and were considered viscious dogs, in the 70's James Garner played a sherrif in a movie titled "They Only Kill Their Masters" (maybe owners) in which a doberman was being blamed for the death of its owner.
Kids get bit because their parents don't train them how to properly interact with dogs; almost everytime we meet new kids it turns into a training lesson for both kids and parents........ as an example explaining to mom not to let her kids hug dogs since dogs are apt to take it as a challenge, and numerous other things kids do such as pulling tails, ears, poking and hitting, etc.......
I truly am sorry you only see the worst of a breed, not sure what exactly you expected to see in a shelter, most are after all not exactly on their best behavior, and probably scared witless.