The American Pitbull: The Most Loved and Hated Dog Breed

American Pitbull

When it comes to dog breeds there is one that often comes up as being the most dangerous.  You will often find negative articles written about these dogs.  But if that is what you are expecting you won’t find it here.  The American Pitbull is one of the most loved and hated dog breeds in the world.  There are countless stories about how these dogs are merciless killers out for blood. But are these dogs really evil? While there have been attacks perpetrated by these animals it doesn’t mean that all are bad. The fact is people are attacked every year by many different dog breeds and many of these stories never make it to the news.  But when an American Pitbull attacks someone you can bet on it that it will be reported.

This industry of fear does have some merit.  For many years these dogs have been forced to fight one another by people whose only interests are money.  Sadly these evil people have helped these dogs get a bad name.  They breed them for aggression and when they don’t show signs of this negative trait they often beat the animal until it attacks out of fear.  Sometimes when these dogs get loose they do attack people and these animals are the primary ones responsible for most American Pitbull incidents. So there really is a senseless fear of these animals and one day maybe the world will know the truth about them.

When properly breed and treated with love and affection these dogs make wonderful family pets.  They are very loyal dogs and are actually a very calm and controlled breed.  These canines are some of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet.  If brought up around children, they will make the perfect companion for your child and will keep a watchful eye over them.  While the media may depict these dogs as killer they often do well even with other pets; even cats.  While these are very powerful animals they rarely use their strength in a negative way.  So if you are thinking of getting a new family pet this year, why not get one of these animals?  They will fill your family with joy and happiness and help protect your home.  I for one would love one of these amazing dogs.

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  1. Really. I work for a City Fire Dept,I have seen first hand PitBull attacks leaving babies totally dismembered, adults killed in their sleep, toddlers ripped open and tossed around the yard like rag dolls, in my career maybe 12-15 pitbull attacks resulting in death. Also, in my career, no other dog have I seen kill or dismember and eat a child. Plenty of bites from poodles, danes, rots, shepherds, and chihuahuas, etc. but none have killed like the good old pit bull. And, the people who had these dogs, said the same thing, the dog was our family pet, now I have to bury my child.

    1. Man makes them mean, all you need to do is look at the standers for the APBT with AKC. That says it all, just like you can rehabilitate a fighting pit, I know I have done 8 of them. I will always have a pit in mylife.

      1. Big difference between the American pit bull and the street bred variety. But it’s still a pitbull. LAFD for 22 years. I remember a chimpanzee who ripped off a mans testicles with his teeth, chimps are cute, but still a wild animal. Pitbull puppies are cute. Grow up and develop animal instincts and they are animals, jack Russell terriers, cute, had purpose as fix hole dogs, but I can’t remember the last time a jack Russell drug a 3 year old out the bedroom window, ripped it’s arms off and ate out its throat and played with the body. Nope can’t recall any other dog than a pitbull providing that terrible moment for that family. I especially like the one where grandma was asleep on the couch and the family pitbull ate her hand off and when the officer arrived he shot the dog, grandma died because of the blood loss, but the family was upset at the officer. Classic.

        1. Go to the AKC standers on what a APBT is. It is not the breed, it is the people who train, dont have a clue on how to raise any dog. I have had fighting pits in my home to rehabilitate and even 5, 6, 7 years later they can be around any other animal. I have a beautiful pit right now 8 months, have had her a week now, and she is the perfect pup. Pits are nanny dogs, temperment of the Golden Retriever. There are far more good pits then bad. What breed will be the next marked breed, GSD, Doberman, Rottie. APBT. Who will be next?

          1. My son and I both have 8 month old blue pitbull puppies they are wonderful pets. Mine was a Christmas gift from my son and girlfriend , 9 months before I had to put my beloved pit down) after him being my services dog for 14 yrs. I miss and loved him with all my heart not a mean bone in his body in less you want to hurt his mommy.

          2. My heart goes out to you, 14 years you had the honor of having one of the best dogs. More people should look at the pitbull asa service animal. That would be a great way to get people to know how wonderful thet are.

    2. Show us the statistics and prove it. I don’t believe it. It is what is on the other end of the leash that makes a dog what it is. Regardless of breed unless it is a chihuahua. They need minimal provication. Your silly Jackdaniels. You need to quit sniffing that bottle cap. LOL.

  2. JackDaniels, good lord, where do you work? Where can I find the records for these attacks? Maimings, killings while sleeping, up to 15 deaths. Can you please send me links to where I can find the official records, perhaps from your Fire Dept.? What city?

  3. I am way more terrified of chihouas. They are born mean. I bet they bite more people every day than any other breed, it’s just not reported because less damage is done.

    1. I took a 100lb+ Mastiff bite to the hand and only needed 6 stitches to close it. It wasn’t malicious, the cat had scratched the dog’s face near his eye and the dog snapped but me being an idiot/animal lover shoved my hand into the mastiff’s mouth as fast as I could knowing the dog would let me go and be more worried about punishment than getting even with the cat. I assumed I’d get a few punctures but still jerked back when the dog’s mouth closed out of instinct or whatever and his incisor was still in my palm so the flesh tore…

      My daughter’s chihuahua though. That little jerk. I don’t know if it was his upbringing or if he was just inherently a little jerk but he used to sit in the doorway between the living room and my bedroom which you had to pass through to get to the bathroom. If you were anyone but my daughter he was attacking your feet and ankles. He was particularly Napoleonic one day and went after my ankles relentlessly. Even after I closed the door he waited for me to come out. My daughter was at baseball practice and my fiancee was scared to try to move him so when I came out, same attack. 17 stitches on the front of my ankle and up my shin. Little twerp.

  4. I have a 1year old pitt and he is my baby. I also have 4 children ages 3-8 and he has never shown agression toward any of them and they climb all over him and everything just last night my 7 year old decided to use him for a pillow and butch just layed there. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again just because there are a few bad seeds in a group doesn’t mean all of them are bad

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