Why is it that pit bulls are so controversial?

Not sure why, but any discussion on our website that deals with pit bulls always ends up being one of the most heated topics. We currently have another discussion regarding pit bulls now, Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas
It seems people either hate them or love them and not much in the middle. With two small kids I would never own one. Too many stories about them attacking not only other dogs and strangers but often their own family members. Any dog breed has a propensity to bite. Contrary to what some people think, dogs are animals and not humans. Animals are unpredictable. Sometimes for whatever reason dogs snap. The issue with this particular breed of dog is what happens when it does snap? The damage is often very bad and sometimes fatal. The question seems to be is it a problem with the breed or is it just bad owners? Why are these dogs the breed of choice for dog fighters?

In the past year just in the Elk Grove area alone we have had at least 4 stories of pit bulls attacking someone or something. One involved the EGPD shooting a pit bull when it charged officers who were called in because two of the dogs were loose. In the past few weeks there was an incident in Laguna where a homeowner shot a pit bull that was loose in the neighborhood. The same general vicinity also had two other instances where loose pit bulls attacked other dogs in the neighborhood. You can Google pit bulls attacks and you will get a long list of stories about it.

Should there be a ban or some type of restriction on owning them? Or do we wait until there is some horrific incident and a child is mauled or killed before something is done?

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3 Responses to Why is it that pit bulls are so controversial?

  1. Tracy Kings says:

    Pit bull attacks on children are really horrific. They can even leave permanent physical impairments and scars to a small child who will certainly be traumatized by their experience.

    I hope owners will recognize the dog’s aggressive behavior and observe preventive measures.

  2. Chris Patterson says:

    6 Reasons Pit Bulls Make Great Pets
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    20You are considering adopting or buying a dog, and one breed you are considering is a Pit Bull Terrier, or one of several breeds that are closely related to this breed. It is important that before you take any steps towards becoming an owner that you thoroughly research the breed so that you understand the challenges of owning this loyal, yet controversial breed.

    99% of issues that arise with pit bulls have to do with owners who are idiots. The truth is that this breed has many good traits. A super-dog, if you will. And although the media focuses on the negative aspects, in reality they can be awesome pets for the smart owner. Here are six reasons why:

    1. Pit Bulls are Affectionate Companions
    Pitbulls are wiggly, cuddly, affectionate dogs. If you don’t like dog kisses then consider another breed, because most pitbulls love licking. The same goes if you have children and you don’t want them to be a regular target for face washes.

    Pitbulls are not aloof – they like to remind you regularly of how they feel about you, and in general this means a lot of tail wagging and kissing.

    2. Generally Healthy and Easy to Care For
    Yes, pit bulls require a reasonable amount of attention. They do not, however, need a lot of care. They have short coats and are normal shedders, and only need to be brushed semi-regularly.

    They don’t tend toward genetic disorders like some other breeds, although they should be inspected at puppyhood for signs of hip dysplasia, but this is a good idea for most medium to large breeds anyway. Most pit bulls do not get larger than 50 to 60 pounds, although there are some larger sub-breeds.

    And as long as you exercise the dog regularly, a pitbull can be very comfortable in a small dwelling.

    3. People-Orientated, When Socialized Properly
    Pitbulls love people. Although this breed frequently gets a bad rap in the media, if you have ever met a pitbull that was raised by a loving, conscientious family then you will understand how much they like to be with people.

    The downside of this personality trait is that they can get overexcited when they meet new people, which is something that needs to be addressed through training and positive reinforcement.

    4. Pit Bulls are Loyal to their Owners
    Your pit bull will be you and your family’s best friend from the day you take them home to the day they pass away. While they will be naturally protective of their family and their property, because pitbulls are so people-orientated they do not make good guard dogs.

    Unless you just want them to smother intruders with hugs and kisses.

    5. Eager to Please
    A pitbull will always do it’s best to make you happy, as long as you are clear about what you expect from them. Many people will mention the fact that this breed is notoriously stubborn, but once they realize that you are the boss, they will work hard to ensure that you were happy with them.

    This breed can be challenging, and is not recommended for first time dog owners as you need to be comfortable and confident that you can handle the breed, otherwise they will pick upon the fact that you are less than sure of yourself.

    6. High Tolerance for Pain
    Sometimes presented as a negative trait, the fact that pitbulls have a high pain tolerance makes them exceptional family dogs. They easily (and happily) put up with the rough play of children without reacting. At the same time, pitbull owners may have to invest in prong collars, as the shoulder and neck strength of the pitbull means that sometimes an average collar will not do.

    It is important that when considering a pitbull as a pet that you carefully screen all puppies and adult dogs to ensure that they respond positively. Dogs of any breed that show fearfulness or aggression towards people or other dogs should be avoided, particularly as a family pet, unless you are willing to put in a lot of extra time and money into behavioural training.

    To be a successful and responsible pitbull owner you need to at all times have your pet under control. Dogs should never be left unsupervised with other dogs or children, and should never be allowed to roam off leash except in controlled dog-friendly spaces. Remember that as a pitbull owner you are charged with showing the positive side of this breed, so make sure that you always have a friendly and well behaved pet.
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  3. Reblogged this on elkgrovelaguna and commented:

    It seems that this is a story that just won’t go away. Every day there are stories somewhere about a pit bull attack on someone. Here is our latest discussion where we have quite a few examples including a woman being mauled to death and that’s just the tip of the ice berg.
    http://www.elkgrove-laguna.net/forums/showthread.php?5408-Pit-Bull-Sterilization-ordinance

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