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Old 10-09-02, 10:00 PM   #19 (permalink)
Grant vg
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I should have clarified myself.....or maybe i should have worded it differently....

I didn't mean it neccesarily as towards humans....
Most pits, unless totally screwed up by there owners, dont show aggression to humans.

Many pits are also ok on there leash.
But in the park, when interacting with other dogs. From what i have witnessed, the amount of aggressive pits far outways normally behaved pits.
I have rarely ever witnessed a "purebred" APBT off leash and interacting with other dogs properly (other dogs, being first time interactions).
Not saying that these dogs cant have other doggy friends, because mine have a few favorites they love to play with and have no problems.
But when it comes down to it, most pits are very dominant, and when it comes time to interact with unknown dogs in the park, this breed, in general, has a tendency to show this dominance in an unacceptable manner.

You have seen my pups, they look and act like the sweetest little things.
But did u know that the older one has attacked numerous dogs, to the point where i was considering giving him up?
And has even gone as far as attacking an owner of another dog when she tried to break up a fight?

There is an uncontrollable aspect of many pits. U dont neccessarily know when its going to happen. They were bred for fighting, and is clearly visible why.

However, i have noticed that my Tash, can be agreesive towards a dog, and within a few interactions be ok. many other dog owners do u know that would give my pits a secong, third and forth chance in the park??
Not many, ive only met one.
But i have met a ton of others that will literally, pick there dogs up, and walk to the other end of the park with a group of others.

When im in my building lobby, any dog that walks in there gets a serious harrassment from my dog.
They dominate any path, area, place, that they frequent.
This is one of the main characteristics of this breed. along with being one of the best family dogs, etc... go

There are just not enough ppl with there heads on straight that keep pits, and those who are Ambassadors for the breed make themselves known. But this is only a small precent of the overall owners.
I have known ppl for years and one day find out they had a pit.
The fact is, the majority of ppl dont feel so strongly about animals as we do. And have an animal that they dont really care about.
We are a HUGE minority, and will continue to be so.
I walk through neighbourhoods, and rarely see any dogs being walked, but if u go into there backyards, sure enough theres a pit or shepperd on a chain, with a kennel outside.
The majority being ppl who were not born in this country and do not have the same cultural outlook on animals like us.
They want something cheap, and something for protection.
And with the increasing amount of ppl immigrating here, the higher the percentage of pits wont get the proper socialization that they NEED.

I read somewhere that a good % of pits have been to a pound atleast once. more then any other breed.
How many of those have been euthanized??? dont really know, but lately it has been increasing alot. So maybe my statistics on aggressive to non-agressive pits is outdated because so many of them have been killed.
Pits can be broken, VERY EASILY, but they can also be wisked off there feet just as easy.
But i stand behind when i say most pits shouldn't be let off a leash once they reach sexual maturity. at least not around dogs they dont know.
In many cases they are unpredictable.
And anyone who has one that is fine off a leash, in any circumstance, Cherish that dog forever, because it is a very special dog.

I wish mine were like that, but i have no problem takin em on rollerblades/bike give them exercise.

Anywayz, another long rant . all my opinion.

Grant van Gameren
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