I knew an acquaintance that had three pit bulls. He used to fight them every
weekend. When anyone asked they were just "family pets" too.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Your aquaintance is a scum bag. The breed was originally developed to be
agressive to animals, but very people-friendly. In my research I read of how
owners of fighting dogs would regularly stay in the ring with their dogs,
get down beside them, and urge them on as they ripped each other apart.
So it is possible that his dogs were not a threat to you or to his family.
However he was participating in a criminal activity, and probably not
someone you would like to sit down and have a beer with.
In fact a fighting pit bull that showed aggressiveness towards humans was killed
out of hand.
The rules of American dog fighting require that the owners stay in the ring
while the dogs are fighting. Further, they have to wade in an separate their
dogs at the referee's command. They can't afford to have a dog which is
aggressive towards humans because they're the ones most likely to be bitten.
In fact you're less likely to be bitten by a pit bull in breaking up a dog fight
than just about any other breed. Which does not make it a good idea to try to do
People who fight dogs are a pretty low form of life. It's one of the things most
pit bull owners hate. Not that that stops the dog fighters.
(If you've ever seen the 'winner' of a tough dog fight you'll know why most pit
bull owners hate dog fights so much. A battle sick dog is an awful sight.)
Better neither. That's why you train your dog. The kid you save may be your
(According to the statistics family members are more likely to be harmed by
dogs than outsiders. The statistics also show that children are more likely
to be attacked than adults and in children most of the bites are to the
Reality check: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "DANGEROUS BREED" of dog. All
breeds of dogs are potentially dangerous and the danger increases in
proportion to their size and strength. This is not because larger dogs are
more aggressive. It is because they can do more damage.
"Snapped and went wild"? What utter nonsense! Absent psychosis, dogs simply
don't do that. Dog behavior is actually quite predictable, including a
potential attack, if you speak dog fluently enough.
One of the problem here is that dogs of any breed tend to behave differently
around their owners and families than they do around strangers or other dogs.
Most dog owners, unfortunately, are content if their dog is reasonably well
behaved around the family. And of course none of them will admit that their
dog had behavior problems after a dog bite incident.
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