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The facts can not be ignored:

Less than 2% of all dog attacks are from Pit Bulls. Pyscho is right. The media just blows things way out of proportion and focuses in on Pits alone, even if the dog is not a Pit, they will sometimes call it a Pit.

Yes there is a big problem with irresponsible people getting their hands on Pits for the wrong purposes. Its not the Pits fault that they are highly desired for illegal purposes such as illegal dog fighting, drug running & irresponsible people who want to mimic their hip hop idols when they have no clue what it takes to raise a dog properly. The reason they are desired is because Pits are one of the easiest dogs to train, they want to satisfy their owner with all their heart and they have a better tempermant than most dogs which allows them to be manipulated for the wrong purposes where as a majority of other dogs will not be manipulated as easy.

Did you ever notice how many Pits are used for TV shows, commercials, movies and magazine ads? There are more Pits used in this type of stuff than any other dog because they are so easy to deal with and have a very good temperment and again are very easily trained due to their eager need to satisfy their masters. They are also being used more and more by the military, police agencies and rescue groups across the country.

Pits score higher on obedience tests then 95% of other dogs, they have even scored the highest in some years. This is just a fact.

Steve, that is only one of the videos, I know which one your talking about, I haven't pulled it up yet, I'll see if I can find it this morning. Catch you guys later!

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Steve, here is a couple more videos, I dont' think these are the ones your referring to but check them out anyways:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpt25-H0k3Q

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3005330557814464020&q=American+...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QN_-pSiUI

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OK gentlemen. I didn't get a response on the first question.
I'll try another.
What was the primary purpose the Pit Bull was developed for?

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fuzzybear wrote:
OK gentlemen. I didn't get a response on the first question.
I'll try another.
What was the primary purpose the Pit Bull was developed for?

History/Origin:

His ancestors were brought to the Unites States in the mid - 1800's by Boston-Irish immigrants. Originally bred from a variety of bulldogs and terriers, American breeders increased his weight and gave him a more powerful head. A forbearer to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, they were originally bred to be a fighting dog. Bull baiting was banned in England in 1835 and these dogs are no longer been bred to fights. There is some complication in registries of this breed. The AKC considers the American Staffordshire Terrier as separate and distinct from the American Pit Bull Terrier, yet the UKC will register both as American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs).

In America, the Pit Bull flourished. It was one of the most popular breeds, highly prized by a wide variety of people. The Pit Bull was used to represent the US in WW1 artwork; popular companies like RCA and the Buster Brown Shoe Company used the breed as their mascots. A Pit Bull named Petie starred in the popular children's television series, Our Gang; a Pit Bull mix named Stubby became a decorated WW1 hero. Pit Bulls accompanied pioneer familes on their explorations. Laura Ingalls Wilder of the popular Little House books owned a working Pit Bulldog named Jack. Famous individuals like Theodore Roosevelt and Helen Keller owned the breed. It was during this time that the Pit Bull truly became America?s sweetheart breed, admired, respected and loved.

In 1898 the United Kennel Club was formed with the express intent of providing registration and fighting guidelines for the now officially-named American Pit Bull Terrier. Later, those who wished to distance themselves from the fighting aspect of the breed petitioned the American Kennel Club for recognition of the Pit Bull so that it would be eligible for dog shows and other performance events. The AKC conceded in 1936 but only under the stipulation that the dogs registered with them be called "Staffordshire Terriers", the name of the province in England the breed supposedly originated in. Upon acceptance of the breed, many people dual-registered their dogs with both the AKC and the UKC. Lucenay's Peter (the dog that starred in the Our Gang series) was the first dual-registered Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier. The UKC evolved, eventually beginning to register other working-type breeds, and later holding shows similar to those of the AKC. Currently, the UKC is the second largest purebred dog registry in the United States, complete with strict bylaws that ban anyone who is convicted of dog fighting. The American Dog Breeders Association was formed in 1909 because of certain fanciers' opinions that the UKC was not doing it's job protecting and preserving the Pit Bull breed as they felt it should be preserved. The ADBA's goal is the same now is at was then: to register, promote and preserve the original American Pit Bull Terrier fighting-type dog.

The AKC eventually closed it's studbooks to American Pit Bull Terriers. They allowed registration only to those dogs with parents registered as Staffordshire Terriers. For a short period in the 1970's, the AKC reopened its studbooks to American Pit Bull Terriers. In 1973 the AKC added the prefix "American" to the breed's name in an effort to distinguish it from the newly recognized Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Today, only those dogs with AmStaff parents are eligible for registration. Both the UKC and the ADBA allow registration of AmStaffs, but in these organizations the dogs carry the original name, "American Pit Bull Terrier."

Today the Pit Bull has evolved into a marvelous working and companion dog, used for purposes as varied as those it originally performed. Pit Bulls are employed as police/armed services dogs, search and rescuers, therapy animals, and livestock workers. They compete in all manner of organized dog sports, from herding to agility to conformation to obedience and the bite sports like Schutzhund and French Ring. They make loving pets for children and seniors, and everyone in between. The are indeed one of the most versatile breeds on the planet. Much of this is owed to the activities it once performed. The harshness and physical demands of the activities molded a strong, healthy, stable animal, one anyone should be proud to own.

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fuzzybear wrote:
I never heard of an incident where a Chihuahua or a Poodle killed a human being.

Maybe not an adult, but they have mauled and killed kids and babies... Again, get the facts before you blurt!

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StruttinAnRuttin wrote:
Today the Pit Bull has evolved into a marvelous working and companion dog, used for purposes as varied as those it originally performed. Pit Bulls are employed as police/armed services dogs, search and rescuers, therapy animals, and livestock workers. They compete in all manner of organized dog sports, from herding to agility to conformation to obedience and the bite sports like Schutzhund and French Ring. They make loving pets for children and seniors, and everyone in between. The are indeed one of the most versatile breeds on the planet. Much of this is owed to the activities it once performed. The harshness and physical demands of the activities molded a strong, healthy, stable animal, one anyone should be proud to own.

That right there is the part people ignore and cast them into the shadows...

That is a great paragraph!

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Where's a good place to find the facts? Every search I do turns up showing the pitbull at the top of the list for maulings, kills, and attacks. I realize this is a touchy subject with much controversy, so let me say I'm just looking for info so don't get defensive yet
Every dog has the ability to be trained correctly and Kudos to you guys that do it right, but like you say to many are neglected and trained incorrectly. Those are the ones I worry about. When it comes to my kids being around a dog I don't trust any of them. Seen to many dogs not relate well with a strange small person around them. Even sweet cuddly family dogs that do well around the family will turn on a stranger if he's in the wrong mood. Personally I don't have a problem with any dog, I make sure to give any dog the space and respect when first approaching them. It's always the small furry dog that seems to be the fiestiest, but I'd still rather be bit by the small furry runt than the more aggressive jaws of an ill-trained Rott, Pit, or German Shepard.

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There is nothing being cast, denied or anything else.

You like to use the word fact.
The fact you want to discuss is the qualities of the Pit Bull Terrier. What has the Chihuahua or the Poodle got to do with the qualities of a Pit Bull Terrier.
There again, I've never heard of a Chihuahua or a poodle killing a human being and i have seen what a Pit Bull Terrier can do. Read about what Pit Bull Terriers have done.

I never owned one but have been around a many of them. Some were pets and some were working dogs that were used to hunt ferrel hogs.
I am amazed with there agility.
Many years ago I shared a house with a guy that had a small, maybe 40lb., female. I physically saw this dog jump up on the top of a six foot fence and run down the top of the fence after a squirrel that was in her yard.
I also know of a person that had a Pit and a Scottish Terrier. These two dog lived under the same roof for better than 6 years. One day upon returning from shopping. They found their Scotty spead all over the living room. This very same dog in another incident. Hopped their 4' fence and literally ripped a poodle out of a womans arms and bit complete through it. I quess that Poodle wasn't as tough as you comparatively claim.

I'm not denying that there are similar incidents with other breeds. We are discussing the qualities of the Pit Bull in this thread.

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Those who are against will never be for, until you have personally owned one.

My mom thought I was stupid for getting a pitbull, because of all the BS you see in the news.. Well, little did she know, she was gonna fall in love with my dog and loves that dog more than any other we have ever had.

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psychowolverine:
Well since you want to converse on the arrogant and ignorant side to forum members, lets look at this.
Why would you want to make an attempt to support the nice pitbull theory and at the same time have: EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFENDER etched in your signature. To me that tells volumes
And since you like the name calling,and a little sarcasm here's one for just YOU

" Before you can teach the dog, you have to kmow more than the dog, at least the dog will eventually grow up and stop the whining:"

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