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Tina   Croswell, MI

6/22/2011 3:04:09 PM

I am the owner of a pit bull puppy. I would never have thought I would ever own this type of dog. I have to say Frank is the best dog I have ever had. He is easy to train, willing to learn, great with kids, loyal and happy. He does have a lot of energy and needed very little prompting on how to play fetch. I believe pet owners that are responsible don't get the recognition they deserve. I have always believed it is the human that makes or breaks the dog. Its hard to break a stigma, but it can be done. My family, many of whom were very skeptical of pit bulls, adores Frank, and that is proof enough for me.

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Linda   Fort Lauderdale, FL

6/1/2011 6:04:24 PM

I had a Lab./Retriever mix for 16 years and had to put her down due to old age and my daughter brought home a Blue Seal pit bull, a breed that I had never owned before or new nothing about. This is the most loveable dog I have ever owned, they are loyal, loveable and will kiss you senseless. My only problem with them are people. He loves them but people that are ignorant to the breed cause so many problems for them. My 2 dogs broke out of the fence and went over to the yacht club across the street from me, they were not gone 10 minutes and just because they were pit bulls a guy and girl shot at them with a gun and then called the police saying they were in danger for there lives. My babies did nothing wrong they were wagging there tails happy to see people and when the police came I had already put them away and they told me had they seen them before I put them away that they would have killed them because of the breed. Alot of this we can thank the news for and I believe that Ignorant people who are uneducated really need to read up on this breed so they can understand what wonderful animals the pit bulls are. They are the most loyal,friendly, outgoing, loveable, trusting animal that anyone could have. It usually is another dog that starts the fight and yes they will finish it not because they are aggresive but because they are very strong, they are all muscle. This breed of dog would give his life for It's owner and family members they are so loyal,loveable and are great family dogs but you need to train them right from wrong when they are puppies so by the time they are 6-8 months old you have a well behaved family member. These dogs need and deserve lots of love. The problem with these dogs is people that don't know the breed and hear all the bad that a few have caused but that's the case in any breed of dog you just don't hear about it because there not a pit bull,at the same time these dogs protect you they are extremely loyal and loveable I would never have any other breed again.

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Marv   Austin, TX

2/23/2011 11:02:29 PM

I was raised by Cocker Spaniel Boston Terrier mix which came out Pit Bull dog go figure! I've had 1 Pit Bull mix and 1 American Pit Bull Terrier that I'm told could have been registered and loved all 3. Nothing plays like a Bullie!

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amanda   shelbyville, IL

4/22/2010 9:04:36 AM

I adopted a 7mos male pit bull. He is loveable and friendly with me and my family. He has human aggression towards people he don't know and i was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to train him to get over this.

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Carrie   Charlotte, NC

2/7/2010 9:41:16 PM

I have a rescued APBT who went through hades and back before we found her. She is the most pleasant, loving, obedient dog I have ever owned. She loves everyone and has even changed some peoples views of the breed. She is great with the kids, and we have had her since our son was 10 months old (he is 7 now). These dogs deserve more than what the media gives them. They do deserve to be in loving, caring homes where the breed will be promoted in a positive way. I STRONGLY urge anyone interested in this breed to do your research and PLEASE check your local rescues and shelters. This dog is euthanized in astounding numbers every day.

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Mike   Los Angeles, CA

10/1/2009 2:33:36 PM

Having owned an American Staffordshire terrier for 14 years, I can only share from my experiences. I bought my dog, Tyson as a puppy from a breeder. Raising him from a puppy, I have experienced a lot of positives and some negatives. As far as the dog's interaction with family, friends and their children, my experiences were 99.9% very good. Tyson loved everyone and just wanted everyone to love him. He especially had a sense of calm around small children and smaller animals. One day our friend’s 10 month old crawled over to Tyson as he slept, grabbed Tyson’s tongue that was sticking out and started to yank on it!! Tyson woke up, just looked at the baby, yawned and went back to sleep. He was a 50 lb. baby, who just wanted to spend time with people and go for walks....Which leads me to some of the negatives. There are people out there who have no idea what Am. Staffs or APBT's are about and do judge based on media (I use the term loosely) reports and hearsay. Some people will judge you and your dog with no reason or proof of any wrong doing. So if you choose this breed be aware of this.


An example of this was years ago, my wife was walking Tyson ON A LEASH. As she was approaching a neighboring apartment, a man and his friends were in the front yard, preparing to leave. In the yard was his Aussie sheep dog NOT ON A LEASH. Before she could cross the street, the dog charged her and Tyson in an aggressive manner, snapping at Tyson's torso. From our apartment three apartments down I heard her screaming and ran because I knew it was her. As I arrived the owner of the Aussie was pulling Tyson of his dog's rear quarters, As he's doing so his elderly neighbor is yelling at my wife, (who is hysterical), "Your dog is evil and should be killed. Pit bulls are evil animals and they should all be killed." The owner of the other dog asked the elderly man to please leave. It all worked out in the end. The Aussie owner was very cool, his dog had a bite wound to the rear, we assisted with a portion the vet bills, but the owner realized it was his responsibility. But there were several other occasions with off the leash dogs, when we narrowly avoided serious
problems.

So to wrap up this novel, These are GREAT dogs with proper breeding, training, and supervision. Just be prepared for the other people who aren't educated and aren't being good owners. Because in the end you are the owner of the "Bad dog" and even if they do not start a fight, they will finish
it.
R.I.P. Tyson

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elizabeth   gouldsboro, PA

9/30/2009 8:27:43 PM

i have a american staffashire terri dog i love her to death shes my big baby she thinks she is a cat most of the time she is 8 years old and iv had her since she was 4 month old she grew up weth all my kids and grandchildern i have a big family she jazzmin is her name she loves people very much see great with babys my grandaughter rides her like a horse hif jazzmin get agatend she will move to the other room se has never hurt any body except once i was in a bad reliship with a guy and he abuse me and jazzmin would bite him cause she was preoted me .so if people say pitbulls are mean ya they can be it epends how they are brought up and my jazzmin has lots of loving and care with lots of treats and food and water i would just fall apieses if any thing happend to her she my baby.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

9/11/2009 4:43:09 AM

good article thanks

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Jessica   Bakersfield, VT

9/6/2009 10:44:54 AM

Yes! I would never own a different type of breed. They are such a great dog with the right owner.

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Jessica   Bakersfield, VT

9/6/2009 10:39:57 AM

Yes! I would never own a different type of breed. They are such a great dog with the right owner.

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Angel   alexander, NC

6/19/2009 1:00:00 PM

Yes. I have a pit that is very loving and kind. Not all pits are mean like everyone wants to think they are. People need to realize that all dogs can be mean!!!

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CYRUS   CHICAGO, IL

5/12/2009 10:42:52 PM

I think you guys hit then nail whith the hammer by pointing out key facts keep up the good work and lets save our APBT

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CYRUS   CHICAGO, IL

5/12/2009 10:41:28 PM

I think you guys hit then nail whith the hammer by pointing out key facts keep up the good work and lets save our APBT

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di   Anderson, IN

4/23/2009 12:29:56 PM

For those of you who are responsible pit owners...First of all GOD BLESS YOU! I am interested in adopting an adult pit (maybe 2-4 years old). I have never owned one before, but have owned rotties and currently own a German Shepherd (male). My question is: Are pits any more dog-aggressive with other dogs in the home than other "guardian breeds" such as dobies, rotties, etc. I know that personality plays the biggest part in whether or not dogs will get along. Thanks!

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Mandy   St Louis, MO

3/14/2009 10:23:53 PM

I love my baby girl Pit, she is the light in my day, it's interesting to me how all these people who have never owned a breed can bad mouth them and say false things on the news to boost ratings, I always say my pit is just like any other dog, she's just alittle bit more, meaning her energy level is high and if your a good dog owner you will know how to handle that. Its funny to me that Ive owned every kind of dog out there at one time or another in my life and I keep going back to these alleged killer breeds, and I'm still alive and so are the other thousands of happy responsible pitbull, Rottweiler, and "killer dog" breeds, I think the wrong end of the lease gets blamed when attacks happen dogs are not born evil they are made that way! Including improper breeding of poor stock. You get out of something what you put into it as with anything in life, if you work with your dog and you show it love and discipline the correct way you will have a best friend for life, although I will warn you pits will not only steal your heart, they like your spot on the couch as well haha

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Wendy   Sonerset, KY

3/10/2009 11:30:18 PM

Ihave owned three pits so far. My choice of a dog would be a pit. they are loving and very friendly dogs when your that way to them. pits have received such bad reputationsbut i belive its all about the way they are raised and treated.

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Selene   Cookeville, TN

2/8/2009 12:51:35 PM

I have always been afraid of pits, dobermans, etc because of all the bad publicity I've heard on them. Then, last year, I accidently became the rescurer of a 1yr old female red-nose colby pit and fell in love with her before I even realized it. She didn't look anything like those bad pits they show up on TV and had such a cheerful, grateful disposition that even my Mother fell in love with her. She is the best dog I've ever had the pleasure to play with and she is a cautious guard dog. She will growl to warn me of approaching company, but then waits to see if they are ok or not. Not what the usual nasty pit does on TV is it? When she lays her head in my lap at night and gives that deep long sigh of contentment, I'm thrilled she's mine and now I'm even inclined to think that even those other "mean" dogs may just be misunderstood because of their owners lack of training. What do you think?

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joyce   hammond, LA

1/28/2009 7:53:51 AM

i love my baby boy he is the best dog i could ever asked for he was a rescue dog when was a pup found him very thin clean him up and gave him the love he needs and he great with kids.i love the breed of dog ass long as the dog treted nice then the dog wont hert eneyone.but that goes for all dogs big are small

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Brandon   Adrian, MI

1/3/2009 7:38:50 PM

This article does make good oints on owning a pit bull terrier. You must be strong enough to secure your dog in case of a conflict with another. Though I love it bull terriers I will admit if they are challenged to an extent they will react with agression. These dogs are extremely territorial I cannot not press enough that they must be structualy sound before exploring at a young age. These dogs are that of major beauty and are feared because of cruel owners, if you think you are ready to own a pit bull terrier then go on ahead and if your sure, you should endup with a fine friend.

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