On Pit Bulls and opinions

It’s pretty obvious that I love dogs. I certainly haven’t hidden my passion for my two pooches. They are akitas, both adopted and both pure-breeds.

(credit: Dogtime)

When we were considering getting our dogs, we did what most people do and that’s research the breed. There is a lot of information about akitas online, some accurate and some not so accurate. Depending on what you read, akitas are wonderful dogs or dangerous predators.

(credit: Akita Association Of Ireland’s)

That was why, when I heard that Pit Bulls were dangerous, I wondered if they were simply misunderstood animals. Just yesterday, I watched a very interesting documentary by the Fifth State on banning Pit Bulls. Where I live, they are banned. You can own one but they have to be spayed and they must wear a muzzle. Should they be banned?

(credit:A Place For Pitbulls)

I think what surprised me most, was how passionately divided people are on the issue. The documentary website included comments but, “To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada’s online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.” Names or no names, the heat, anger and language in the comments made me stare in shock.

(credit:pinterest)

I don’t own a Pit Bull and I certainly don’t have the solution for this very divisive topic. I am pro the idea of informed, responsible ownership of dogs. I believe keeping an animal involves responsibility and one aspect of that is taking care of all its needs…

I’d still love to hear what you think. Speaking of which, does anyone know how to get a dog to eat their food without having to kiss her all the time?

12 thoughts on “On Pit Bulls and opinions

  1. I ❤ my American Staffordshire Terrier, Cleo and my mixed Terrier, Athena with all my heart!!! I have never had more loving, funny and all around great dogs before. Pitties need socialization work and mine love children and other dogs. It makes me so sad when people lump the breed all as one. I will never have any other dog than a rescued pittie from now on.

    • Thank you so much for your positive comment, Avonna. It sounds like Cleo and Athena were the very best of doggies. I am so glad you had such a positive experience. And thank you so much for sharing it on my blog!! I agree that information on the breed is key. Thank you for adding your experience and knowledge!

  2. I am a dog trainer and my last 3 dogs were all pit bull mixes. My current dog, Abby, is a Beagle/Bulldog, but I love pit bulls. I have worked with a variety of different dogs, and pit bulls want to please you and be with you. Now, regardless of the breed of dog, any dog can bite if he is not properly socialized, taken care of, and neglected. Let me give you an example: a sedentary pet parent gets a young, active, healthy pit bull, and such pet parent expects the dog to be a “good” dog. It will not happen because the needs of the dog are not fulfilled. I’ve seen pet parents with dogs that are amazing, but not suited for them and their lifestyle. Education is the key to start changing what people think of dogs in general. Also, we, humans, need to understand that living with a dog requires commitment to such dog.

  3. I love our Pit. He is the most loyal, sweet, kiss giving dog I have ever met! It’s true that it is all in how they are treated, but just because they may have been abused does not mean they will turn out mean, it does take a certain type of person to have one though. Be ready for lots of energy and play!

  4. I like Pit Bulls because Pit Bulls are calm, obedient, well natured and friendly dogs. If they are socialized from the earlier age they become very easy to go with other animals loves to hang out with children.They have a short and smooth coat which is easy to groom. Brushing should be done regularly and bathing is to be done when required. The breed is an average shedder.

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