LOL Thank you for stopping in and commenting. I really started doing some research about the pitt bull dog and really learned a lot. Again the only answer is “Those who are so blind that they refuse to see the truth.”. The pit is victimized first by owners who leverage their strength for evil purposes, then by mis-informed folks who feel every pit is a danger to life and limb of all around them. Robert Mc Dowell from Puyallup, WA on April 10, 2013: Well, I could say more but I won't, but I do wish you the best. How animals are treated tremendously impacts the level of trust they place in humans and how they view the broader world. Ok to the guy who is in martial arts and was attacked by two pitbulls...I'm so sorry for you!! It seems those are the only dog owners who guarantee their dog won't do harm. I was quite amazed at his temperament. There is no such breed as a pit bull. I have a German shepherd and once I took him to my grandpa farm, in the moment he saw the sheeps he ran towards them trying to get them together. :), Hello FreezeFrame34! Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 06, 2012: Hi Eddy! So before you judge a dog by its looks or breed, maybe you should judge its owner instead! At first I was very leery of her because of her breed but oh how I was wrong. They really are a wonderful dog breed. On the other hand, my neighbor had a pit/lab mix named Juliet and she was a sweetheart. I really believe that dogs understand and appreciate the fact that they have been rescued. But sh** happens when you don't expected so at least be vigilant and hopefully your dog won't kill you when you get home and feed them like hers did. I have met the good, bad and ugly of quite a few breeds and truly believe that most issues dogs have, come from their environment and the people that raise them. Red was mine and he was a gentle giant .. very loving towards me but protective too. The Myth: To explain vintage black and white photographs that depicted children and pit bulls together, a story was created that back in the Victorian age the pit bull was the “nanny dog”. Are you're thinking of adopting a Pit Bull? (The answer is no!). May Galnou from Melbourne, Australia on February 07, 2013: Hi sgbrown. Pit bulls have a disproportionately high rate of attacks compared to other dogs. The saying “Those who are so blind that they refuse to see the truth,” fits 100% the attitude of people that think Pit bulls are harmless adorable creatures. :). Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on February 08, 2013: I had a pit bull named jake before I split up with my ex and he took him, he wasthe best dog ever and great with the kids. You cannot predict every reaction of an animal, even if they are nanny dogs usually well-suited to interacting with children. I have two "pit bulls" type dogs, and they are very very good family dogs. My dog was a rescue. (My ex-husband now houses her.) Myth #4: Fatal attack statistics about pit bulls are false. She wouldn't let anyone near the baby. I sure questioned my daughter when she got Lola, but all turned out well! Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 23, 2013: Hello Valerie! Actually, I'm not sure I could be that cruel. :). Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! I never expected that to happen to me either. They are a unique breed and I think really misunderstood. It's not a fabrication or a need to 'prop up' the image of the breed, as prior to the introduction of pit-bulls to the criminal element in the inner-cities, their sterling reputation was well-documented. You can ask any specialist, when you buy a pure breed dog, the first sign that he is in fact pure will be when the dog starts to show some instincts that are natural to his breed. I'm glad to had such a wonderful pit bull dog as a pet. Give me a break. You are right, the rottweiler, German shepherd, and the doberman pinchers at one time or another were all labeled as overly aggressive dogs. It would be nice if you learned that Pit Bull is not a breed, that's where a lot of the backlash comes in. Myth #3: Pitbulls were once nanny dogs. :). This doesn't even mean intentionally hurting a child. To read more about Pit Bulls, their reputation and the facts, take a look at this article on different Pit Bull breeds and types. Some claim that the nickname or label of ‘Nanny Dog’ was first given to Pit Bull Terriers in the United States at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. They later became the symbol of American strength and courage during World War I. Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on February 11, 2013: We were given a puppy that was supposedly a yellow lab mix by a friend of my son's. Maybe they are here to teach us something important about being more accepting. The American Pit Bull Terrier is the second calmest dog after the Golden Retriever[5]. It was after they came to the US that they were referred to as the Pit Bull and are only recognized by the AKC as the American Staffordshire Terrier. :). ANSWER: Myth #3: Pitbulls were once nanny dogs. Pitbulls definitely have a bad rap but with hubs like this hopefully it can change. So to get your APBT registered they called them The American Staffordshire Terrier. They are being taught to be aggressive. 1. i have two Pitt bulls one is a female blue nose and the other is her son and hes a black brindle. There are many pictures of aristocratic or well-to-do families with photos of young children and Pit Bull type dogs. Thank you for your kind comment. As far as my research on this subject I can say this is a bit overstatement. He did have a problem with them wandering off and getting in fights. a dog that is good with children. Back then, they were viewed as the perfect companion for children and families. I didn't know pits used to be "nanny" dogs. She can sleep on him, jump on him anything short of hurting his special area, then he moans, whines or cries out and walks away from her after giving her a dirty look like, "Why?". According to the American Temperament Test Society there are several dog breeds that are more aggressive, by nature, than the pit bull. If they are shown the right amount of love and proof that they can TRUST us as their owners/superiors, then they will be the most wonderful man's best friend you could ask for and will follow you to the end of the earth! She is a good protector! Hello Jmillis! He didn't know his name and didn't respond to verbal commands for the first three months we had him. Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on April 02, 2013: Great info. Do some research. I actually don't think they are 'trained' to be aggressive, I think they are traumatised, because when they are rescued and given time to recover, they'd rather do anything than fight. I appreciate your visit as well as your vote! I wanted to share some positives! I too, hope that someday people again refer to them as the Nanny Dog. In the early 1900s, pit bulls were given the title of “Nanny Dog." He lets her do almost anything to him and not even care that she kicks him out of his own 'room' cage. :). How many here realize that the wide, blue dog with white markings in this article (the dog above the pic. I'm sure there are dangerous pit bulls out there, but only because they have been bred and trained to be that way. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 10, 2013: Hello aikikenjitsu. This has made people wary of their temperament, but neither of these statements are true. They are also given smaller dogs to practice fighting with. He is the sweetest, most loving pooch. An important factor with any dog is properly socializing them so they have nothing to fear. She could jump a 5 foot fence too it was pretty impressive. Can you leave a young child alone with a Pit Bull? Have a great day! Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a nice comment, it is always appreciated! He submits to her demands and does not take a treat unless she approves. Today, many associations and animal rights associations are debating the stereotypes about this loyal pet. My dad had a box that was just amazingly smart. I did not realize the pit bull dog was once called the Nanny Dog either until I started doing some research on them. The criminal type of people are going to have to stop abusing and training these dogs to be aggressive. Have a great day and welcome to HubPages! Which, was never a problem in the first place. I just hope more people get educated about pitbulls and realize they’re not the evil monster dogs that people have made them out to be. You sound like a lying cop. Completely true. We took his phone #, and a week later, became the owner of a male pit, which we named Chaz. When you beat and starve a dog before throwing it a "snack," what do you think it is going to do? What is the Difference Between an Ox and a Bull. Pit bulls are most frequently put down in shelters, because they are more frequently given up by owners who become fearful of their own safety, and the safety of their families due to the unpredictable natures of pit bulls. Voted up and awesome! While pitbull-type dogs have been enjoyed by families for generations in both English and United States history, there's no evidence that they actually cared for children like nannies. They are the most loving kind dogs. I believe that Pitt Bulls are a big strong dog that will do anything to please their families. Any dog can become aggressive or fearful. Pit bulls are not inherently bad, they aren't predisposed to negative or bad temperament. A person does need to check the background of a dog before they bring it home, but as a rule, the dog will treat their owners as their owners treat them. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 15, 2012: Hi Dasha! As stated above, Pit Bulls are abused regularly, potentially more than most other breeds. Very helpful. I used to only blame the owner and not the dog but if any other dog can snap without warning, so can pits. dreads seeing walking through their doors the most. We rescue only pits and our biggest fear is that ... when they get into the bed ... they are major real estate hogs. Have a great day! However, this can happen with any dog, regardless of breed. Our article on names for Pit Bull dogs will help if you do want to adopt. I voted up! If Michael Vick's can be rehabilitated and adopted out, it's not far fetched to think that a dog can snap with no warning, but they can. Hello Grinning Gremlin! They are dogs who are scared of everything and that bond they have with their humans is warped by evil people to make them put aside thousands of years of evolution, because all dogs are pack animals, who cooperate. Pitbulls; The Nanny Dog. Before you approve of breed bans (BSL) keep in mind that the more popular a breed, the more people who jump on the bandwagon to breed for money. Although played by a man in a costume, this dog was intended to be a Newfoundland. The Pit Bull Terrier - an excellent family dog. I have also been chased my two German shepherds that were like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, teeth gnarling and slobbering as they chased my back into my house. But anyway. Thank you for your great comment! One named Jr. and one named Daddy. Please find it in your heart to forgive those animals and let that hate go. 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