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Pit bulls absolutely make good pets, provided that you're willing and able to care for them properly.

Pit bulls have a bad reputation, and many cities have ordinances banning them or requiring owners to obtain special licenses or insurance. These "breed-specific" laws are highly controversial, but when digging into the statistics, it's easy to see why people would think pit bulls are inherently dangerous.

One five-year review of dog bite injuries reported in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that about 51 percent of serious dog attacks were from pit bulls. Another 6 percent were from pit bull/Rottweiler mixes. Additionally, a 2000 study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that pit bull types and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of the 27 reported dog-bite attack deaths from 1997 to 1998.

The latter study is frequently cited by pit bull opponents; however, the study's authors note that "other breeds may bite and cause fatalities at higher rates," as several key issues might cloud their statistics--the authors, in fact, specifically guided against breed-specific laws.

Those issues include breed-identification errors (victims might erroneously identify their attackers as pit bulls due to their bad reputation) and potential underreporting of non-pit bull attacks (the researchers estimated that they found only 72 percent of fatal dog attacks). Further, socioeconomic factors influence dog-bite statistics: A 2008 study by Carrie M. Shuler, et al, found that "biting dogs were more likely than non-biting dogs to live in neighborhoods where the residents' median incomes were less than the county median income value."

In other words, biting dogs are more likely to come from poor households, where they're less likely to be neutered or to receive proper training. So it doesn't seem to be the dogs' fault, but how they're raised--when pit bulls are banned from communities, bite statistics for other dog breeds usually increase, according to the ASPCA.

Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, told National Geographic that pit bull statistics are frequently exaggerated and misreported.

"A study on fatalities between 2000-2009 in the journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that in over 80 percent of those cases there were four or more significant factors related to the care and control of the dog," Dickey said. "These were dogs that had not been socialized; were large and sexually intact; and had no relationship to the person who was killed. In other words, perfect storm of factor upon factor."

Furthermore, "pit bull" is not really a breed, per se. It's a generic term to describe various terrier and bulldog breeds, including the American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier, the American pit bull terrier, and the American bully, along with various others. Many pit breeds have positive temperament qualities that make them ideal companions; American pit bull terriers, for instance, are typically affectionate, kid-friendly dogs that learn quickly. They require plenty of exercise, but they're not inherently dangerous--although they do have a decent prey drive, and they can be territorial.

So, what can pit bull owners (or any dog owner, for that matter) do to reduce their animals' aggressive tendencies? For starters, they can follow game show host Bob Barker's advice: Spay and neuter their pets. Unneutered male dogs are 2.6 times more likely to bite than neutered dogs, per the ASPCA, while unspayed females are likely to attract unneutered males, raising the risks for nearby humans.

Dogs are also much more likely to bite if they haven't been properly trained. If you're considering a pit bull, look for dog-training classes in your area. You might also speak with your veterinarian to find low-cost options if you can't afford professional training (although, if that's the case, remember that dogs can be expensive; PetFinder estimates that the first-year costs of bringing home a new puppy range from $395-2,455).

You'll also want to make sure that you've got time to exercise your dog properly, as pit bulls can be destructive when left alone for hours on end (that's true of just about every dog). As they're muscular dogs, they can be a handful, so if you live a sedentary lifestyle, you might want to consider another breed.

With all of that said, responsible owners love their pits, and for good reason; the dogs make wonderful pets when properly trained and cared for. If you're willing to do the work, there's no reason to avoid pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
There will be several opnions on this question I am sure. Pitbulls can be very safe and friendly pets, if the dogs family tree properly branches. Inbreeding of the breed to retain specific deminsions and traits has caused mental disorders with the breed. They can be VERY tempermental and have been known to attack their owners without provacation. They can also develope a highly territorial sense and attack, maime or even kill another pet or person. It all comes down to the pits bloodline and raising!

What is a Pit Bull?

American Pit Bull Terriers, also known as American Pit Bulls, are a pure breed of dog (one of the earliest registered) which has been used for many different uses over the years. They were originally bred to work closely with humans to control large animals, such as bulls, and to hunt bears, boar, a ( Full Answer )

What is a good name for a red nose pit bull?

Answer . rudolph!. i named my red nose female. Nia ........ I try to pick a name according to the personality of the dog verse the breed of the dog.. - new answer -. A guy named his red nose pitbull "Red Rocky". I like that name.

What kind of pit bull is the target pit bull?

The Target dog is a Bull Terrier. Ignore other users who would forewarn you of the bully breeds, such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. To blame an entire breed on a few bad owners who cannot control or train their dogs is just li ( Full Answer )

Are colby pit bull dogs good with kids?

yes, but you need to care for this dog. I encourage training it and teaching it the does and the don't s. If there are young kids around the dog make sure they know not to hit pull the ears or tail of the dog Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are pit bulls good with newborn babies?

It all depends on how you raised it... i recently had a baby but i also have 2 older kids, my kids are 12, 10 and 8 months old now.. my pit is 5 yrs old so shes been around kids her whole life and i couldn't ask for a better dog around my kids.. she will lay down and let my little one crawl all over ( Full Answer )

Do pit bulls make good family pets?

There will be several opnions on this question I am sure. Pitbulls can be very safe and friendly pets, if the dogs family tree properly branches. Inbreeding of the breed to retain specific deminsions and traits has caused mental disorders with the breed. They can be VERY tempermental and have been k ( Full Answer )

Are pit bulls good dogs?

Yes! But they are not recommended for novice dog owners. American Pit Bull Terriers require intensive obedience training and lots and lots of exercise. Due to their breed standard and history, they are high strung, strong willed, and very intelligent. With all that intelligence and willpower comes a ( Full Answer )

Do Pit Bull mixes make good pets Even if they just have a little pit bull in them plus they are a female?

Hi: I have my second pitbull, Paula. She is a four year old female. I've had her since she was about 8-12 months old. We found her roaming the streets (in the country in PA) and made our best efforts to find her owner, to no avail. She is sweet, smart, clever and very cute and endearing. She arrived ( Full Answer )

Are pit bull terriers good with kids?

Pit Bulls are absolutely wonderful people dogs. In fact, it appears to be the family breed of choice for the "Dog Whisperer". It is only when the Michael Vick's of the world ruin them that they become unstable.. I agree all the way!!! my pit bull chow chow mix is the BEST with kids!!! he seems kind ( Full Answer )

I'm writing an essay on the misconception of pit bulls and need help... What are good pit bull advocacy or very reliable and citable informational websites?,, and also are all good sites. I think there is a game on understand-a-bull you can play that shows how MOST of the "pit bull" attacks are actually done by dogs other than the Pit Bull Terrier, and that most people can't ( Full Answer )

What is the difference between a pit bull and a pit bull terrrier?

theres a little difference. , pit bull, pit bull terrier, staffordshire terrier, and sometimes bull terrier. the staffordshire terrier is English bred. There is no difference. "Pit Bull" is just a shortened name for the American Pit Bull Terrier. All "pit bulls" are terriers. Just depends on if ( Full Answer )

Are English bull terriers a good family pet?

The Bull Terrier was originally developed in the 19th century as a fighting dog and, later, a fashionable companion for gentlemen, but these days he's a family companion and show dog. He's distinguished by his long, egg-shaped head. Here's more info.

Do pit bull make good guard dogs?

Pit bulls were actually bred to be hunting dogs in the old country to take down big prey as in lions, bears, tigers and so on. They do not make good guard dogs at all because of their need to be with humans. However if you want to make them into a guard dog they might turn on you because of lack of ( Full Answer )

Are pitt bulls good pets?

YES!. Pitt Bulls are very good pets. They are also good companions for people between the ages two and up. Pitt Bulls can last in the cold weather and are also loving and loyal. If trained right they can even protect your household. This is coming from a person with experience with Pitt Bulls. Pitt ( Full Answer )

Is a bar bull a pit bull?

I'm assuming that you are referring to the Boerboel, or African Boerboel. It is NOT a pit bull. It is a guard/watch dog developed in South Africa .

Is goat milk good for pit bull puppies?

yes! .goat milk are the best for all dog puppies! why? becuase it is low in fat and higher on calcium formula. Making the bone of a puppy stronger is like making the foundations of a building a long lasting stand. SO make sure to be sure. ehehhe

Is a bull terrier a good family pet?

not if you have small children, but okay with teenagers. they get jealous very easily, that is why no young kids. other than that perfect dog!!

What is a bull-pit?

Not sure if you're asking about the breed, the Pit Bull, or the name given to the area/space that is made where dogs are fought, a.k.a. "pitted" against each other. If asking about the "pit" or area used, it is a make shift area that is made into an arena where people gather and place bets against t ( Full Answer )

Are gator mouth pit bulls good with children?

Pit Bulls should never be allowed near children See the attached links. The authors seem to think they make great family pets, including families with children.

Do female pit bulls make good mothers for baby pit bulls?

Whether or not a female dog makes a good mother is based on the individual dog. However, in most cases if the dog is fully mature (at least one year of age), healthy and well adjusted, then she should do just fine with her babies. I have had two Pit Bulls have puppies, and both were excellent Mother ( Full Answer )

Are pit bulls good with children?

Yes, they are good with children it mostly depends on who you got them from. like if you got them from a pound they are good but like if you got them from a friend or somewhere else bring them to the vet or somewhere where they will train them not to be bad/ really bad. they don't bite that much unl ( Full Answer )

Are blue pit bulls good with children?

Anyone who has any legitimate knowledge of dog breeds knows that pit bulls are usually great with kids. It is just plain common sense not to leave any dog alone with small children but pit bulls are certainly not bad with children compared to most other dog breeds. Historically pit bulls have been ( Full Answer )

Are razor edge pit bulls good with kids?

NO pibulls are bad with kids.Dont be ignorant,don't listen to the media and ignorant people.They were bred for dog aggression but if any pit bull bit their owner or showed aggression they would be killed or put out of breeding programs. hey you just sound like the media they are only aggressive i ( Full Answer )

Were pit bulls used for anything good?

Not all pits were bred for fighting, there were some responsible breeders who bred them for shows, competitions or family dogs. Pit bulls are known as "nanny dogs" because they are one of the most child tolerant breeds.

Are pit bulls good guard dogs?

Yes, but almost any medium or large-breed dog can be trained toprotect your home and/or family.

Are bully's pit-bull and gottiline pit-bull are the same?

Yes, they are the same. Gotti is a Bloodline of the American Bully. Razor Edge & Gotti are the 1st 2 Am Bullies Created. Actually they are not the same and they are also not the first two bloodlines created as "Am Bullies" the name was never officially changed to "American Bullies" and the two Bl ( Full Answer )

Are pit bulls and labs a good mix?

I just got a lab/pitbullmix puppy and she seems so friendly and affectionate. Will she ever be a mean fighting dog with the pit in her? I recommend not to mix pit bulls with any kindof dogs.

When is a good age to sell your pit bull puppies?

4 months is a good age. After you give the first combination shot, you will sell a good puppy. I never sold one before giving the shot first and no puppy of mine died of bad health.

Is a pit bull a good companion for a German shepherd?

Pitbulls, as with any dog can be good or bad companions. I have owned two and both have been around other dogs with no problems. My roommates had a black lab and the other was a rotweiler. We never had any problems or fights with them but again it all goes back to how the owner raised the dog. Mine ( Full Answer )

What kind of pit bull is a Camelot pit bull?

A Camelot Pit Bull are a mixed bred American Staffordshire Terrier/Molosser, typically bred to have a red coat. They'll weight around 60-80 pounds if they're in shape. They are larger than the APBT and Amstaff, and are stronger and position in a larger weight class, however, they aren't good in agil ( Full Answer )

Are pit bulls good or bad dogs?

Pit bulls are wonderful dogs. Just because of their bad reputation doesn't mean they are mean and fighters. It is the way they are trained, not the breed. If they are brought up right, they will be lovely dogs. You could train a chihuahua to be a fighter. Also, you are more likely to be struck by li ( Full Answer )

Is it good to in breed pit bulls?

No i would not recommend inbreeding pit bulls. Not unless u want a really crazy dog that fights anything it comes in contact with.

What would be a good summary fr the conclusion on pit bulls?

Like any normal dog, Pit Bulls can be the most loving and gentle animal if trained and brought up correctly. The breed certainly has a reputation for being fearless and aggressive but this is as a result of the idiots who train or treat their dogs to be so. As a Ranger for the past 20 years I have c ( Full Answer )

Are Pit Bulls good at Flyball?

They can be! :) Any breeds can do flyball. Small, tall, big, short, slow, fast, old, young. C8

What makes a better pet a bull terrier or pit bull?

Bull terriers have a higher rate of human aggression and a much higher bite rate than pit bull terriers. They are more unpredictable around children as well. In my opinion, I would choose an American Pit Bull Terrier over a Bull Terrier. Check out and research which breeds pass the standard ( Full Answer )

Where can you get a pit bull from?

You can get them from most animal rescues, local animal shelters, and professional breeders. Try

Is a pit bull a bull dog?

A pit bull is a descendant of a 50/50 cross between an Olde Bulldog and a terrier of unknown variety, most likely an old terrier breed such as the Fox Terrier or Parsons Russell Terrier. The original name of the pit bull terrier breed was the Bull And Terrier, eluding to his origins as a cross betwe ( Full Answer )

How did pit bull dogs get their name pit bull?

Pit bulls were originally bred for bull baiting in the 1800s where the name bull comes from. the pit part comes from pit bulls being put in so many dog fights in pits.

Are pit bulls good trackers?

Pit bulls exceed other dogs in their areas. These dogs can swim better that the dogs that are known as swimming dogs. Pit bulls were put against tracking and pit bull did run faster until getting the game and not only that, the pit bulls got the game and killed it. Tracking dogs don't do that.

Why do pit bulls have pit in there name?

They have "pit" in their name because modern day American PitBull Terriers were bred for bear baiting, and later used for dogfighting and rat baiting, all of which take place in a pit.