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How many people in the US have pit bulls?
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What is the badest pitbull in the US?
there is no bad pit bulls i have one it is so nice people think they are mean because people fight them .Well people can make any dog mean and fight them. They are nice and fun to play with and i have to kittens and she is pretty gentle with them pit bulls are sweet and protective they look scary but they are like big Babbies.
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How many pitbulls has there been injured in pitbull fights?
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In what states in the US are pitbulls banded?
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Pitbull attacks in the US?
Probably not NEARLY as many as you would think. They are great, loyal, friendly dogs when they are in the right hands but the media only talks about the aggressive pit bulls that who have irresponsible and even cruel owners. I'll put things in perspective for you: Average People killed by: Cigarettes-440,000 Automobiles- 42,366 2nd hand smoke- 29338 Other people(2008 statistic)-16,272 Pit bulls- 3 Aren't there better things to ban?
Do you have to register pit bulls and get liability insurance all over the US or is it just in certain areas?
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How can you make a pit bulls muscles bigger?
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What dog breed has most reported bites in US?
It is very difficult to get an accurate count in dog bite statistics because most of the time they are not reported and if they are reported it is often not known what the breed of dog is. However, the statistics that are available do not show pit bulls as most likely to bite. In fact, when tests were conducted by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), Pit Bulls received a passing score better than some breeds who are considered nice dogs, such as Beagles and Golden Retrievers! Also, as stated above, there are several dog breeds commonly referred to as pit bulls. So, based on that alone, they are much more likely to be blamed for an attack than other breeds because the number of dogs called pit bulls is skewed far higher than the actual number of American Pit Bulls Terriers there really are
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What about blue buffalo for pit bulls?
Awesome food. My pits did wonderful on it. I like it because it's all human grade, made and sourced in US (with the exception of their new zealand lamb) and better cooking procedures that maintain nutrient quality. There regular food is great, and they also offer a high protein grain free that many pit people at the pet store I work at swear by.
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What is a pit bull life expectations?
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What kind of dog bit the most people in 2008?
Pitbull. You may not believe me but pitbulls are highly lethal. So stay away! ________________________________________________________ Dog bite deaths and maimings US and Canada (1982-2007) By compiling US and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2007, Animal People News determined the types of breeds most responsible for death and serious injury. The combination of pit bulls, rottweilers and wolf hybrids: 77% of attacks that induce bodily harm 73% of attacks to children 83% of attack to adults 70% of attacks that result in fatalities 77% that result in maiming Interesting fact about pit bulls: Pit bulls attack adults nearly as often as they attack children, a characteristic not found in any other breed. Dog bite fatalites in the US (1979-1998) Researchers reviewed a 20-year period from 1979 to 1998 to determine the types of breeds most responsible for US dog bite fatalities. At least 25 breeds of dogs were involved in 238 human dog bite related fatalities during this time span. Pit bulls and rottweilers were involved in over half of these fatalities and from 1997-1998, over 60%. Researchers note that it is extremely unlikely that pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 60% of dogs in US households during this period thus, there appeared to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities. Which dogs bite? The city of Denver did a study that focused on the type of dog most likely to bite. Pit bulls were not included in the report. In the city of Denver pit bulls are banned. Biters are 6.2 times as likely to be male than female Biters are 2.6 times as likely to be intact than neutered Biters are 2.8 times as likely to be chained as unchained although pitbulls head the list, the bytes are allmost allways owner negligence and not related to their fighiting other dogs capabilities.
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Are American pit bulls illegal?
No. The Pit Bull is a recognized breed in the U.S. Due to their mis-handling, mis-use and mis-training by some people and the unfortunate reputation the breed has received in the media, they have received 'bad press' all out of proportion to their real threat to the general population. SOME jurisdictions DO have laws that apply to the breed but they are not universal, and the breed is legal in the US.
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What dog is smarter rottweiler or pit-bull?
Historically pit bulls have been a favorite companion and friend to children and tend to like the excitement of being with kids. As long as they are socialized and trained properly, pit bulls are the perfect dog breed to withstand the rough play of kids. A pit bull named Dakota is a search and rescue dog that searched for the remains of the astronauts who lost their lives in explosion of the space shuttle Columbia and the fact that a rescued pit bull in South Los Angeles was County Fire Station 14′s mascot for years tell us how smart they are. A Pit Bull named Weela saved 30 people, several dogs, horses and a cat during a flood in Southern California. After a dam broke on the Tijuana River stranding several dogs and a cat on an island, Weela crossed the river to take food to them for an entire month until they could be rescued. She also led a rescue team to a bunch of stranded horses and ran back and forth barking to warn a group of 30 people of the deep water they were attempting to cross. For her bravery, Weela was award the Ken-L-Ration Dog Hero of the Year in 1993. The faithful dog on the TV show "The Little Rascals" was a Pit Bull named Petey. He spent countless hours with children day after day on the set of the show. It has been said that he was one of the most intelligent dogs in Hollywood. Pit Bulls have also been in many other television shows, movies, and music videos over the years. The first official war dog in the United States was a Pit Bull named Stubby. He served in World War I and was honored with medals and even got to visit the White House. He then went on to inspire the United States Military K-9 Corp. Pit Bulls have long served as therapy dogs for people in need. In fact, Helen Keller had a Pit Bull for her canine helper. Organizations such as the Chako Rescue Association have Pit Bull therapy dogs all across the country.
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What is special bout the pit bull ruffian bloodline?
Do not get caught up in bloodlines. Many owners of pit bulls do not even know how to read pedigrees, and they make up stuff to try to impress someone into buying their dog. A bloodline is the kennel that a dog came from. An Americah Pit Bull Terrier is an American Pit Bull Terrier no matter what bloodline he/she came from.If a dog is 50% Razor's Edge then 50% of that dogs ancestors came from Razor's Edge Kennels. It is important, especially if you may want to show a dog, to pay close attention to pedigrees but do not base your purchase on someone telling you all the different bloodlines of a pit bull. I have listed our dogs bloodlines above if you are interested but that is not why I want someone to purchase our dogs. I want people to buy from us for the quality of our dogs.
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Why do you fight are pit bull dogs?
Training Dogs to Fight Please note that dog fighting and the training of any breed of dog to fight is illegal in all 50 US states, and in many other developed countries around the world. Dogs that have been bred for hundreds of years for a single purpose know what to when the time comes. professionals of the sport do not 'train' them to fight. the dogs are pre-programmed and know what they are doing. dog fighter can 'condition' a dog FOR a fight, but that's about it. Answer You don't train any dogs to fight, it is an ability stores in their genes to be enhanced by owners like bird dogs, they have it in them, most will, but some won't, all must be treated with respect and trained to enhance abilities. Think about all the categories in dog shows (sporting and herding group); show group all of these dogs in these groups had the abilities by genes to put them in their categories enhanced by owners to compete in competitions. HISTORY OF THE PIT BULL The Pit Bull came from the bull dogs and terriers of England. In the Elizabethan England Pit Bull's were used as 'blood sport' and fought with others of their own breed, also paced against bulls or bears. This act of cruelty was abolished in 1835. These dogs were brought in by the Celts and bred to have a strong muscular body as well as holding on to their subject such as a bull or bear. They were trained for farming purposes to bring in the bulls for castration. The Pit Bull would latch onto the nose of the bull until it relented. This was a more efficient and safe way for the owner of bulls. The Pit Bull was also trained for battle (war) and during WWI there was a propaganda poster in the United States depicting a Pit Bull. The sport of dog fighting became more popular. Since the Bull Dog was uninterested in dog fighting they were crossed Between English White and Black/Tan Terriers and bred to be intelligent and level headed during fights and remain non aggressive towards their owners. The owner was able to walk into the ring and able to break the death grip from his dog without injury to himself. During the mid 1800s immigration allowed these breeds into America from Ireland and England and most of these breeds went mainly to Boston where they were bred to be larger and more muscular so they could work farms in the West and also be used as fighting dogs (gambling) in the city. The Pit Bull became popular as family pets and in the early 1900s these dogs began to appear in movies such as 'Pete the Pup' from 'Our Gang.' The Pit Bull is the only dog to have appeared on the cover of Life Magazine three times in a row. Dog Bites by Pit Bulls vs Humans: A study was compiled by the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine in September 2000 (20 year study .. 1979 - 1998.) Pit Bull 'type' dogs and Rottweilers were involved in one half of approximately 300 dog bites in the U.S. Yet another study of American and Canadian dog bit fatalities from 1982 - 2006 revealed the same results and that Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes were responsible for 65% of fatal attacks. It was highly noted that Pit Bulls were high on the list for attacking adults as frequently as they attacked children. The brunt of the responsibility of the Pit Bull breeds should go towards the breeder (who should know better) and, also the owner should know their history of the Pit Bull. In the U.S. and Canada dog shelters are over run with Pit Bulls and some have to be put to death due to the stigma associated with the breed or overcrowding. Are Pit Bulls Suitable For Family Pets? Pit Bulls that are well bred and the owners are trained along with their their family pet find that these breeds make wonderful pets. The American Temperament Testing Society gives the American Pit Bull 84.1% (the average of all breeds being 81.5%.) However 100% of the responsibility of this breed is up to the owner by having the dog well trained, socialized with humans and other dogs and to bring the dog up with love and attention and not used as guard dogs, dog fighting and these breeds do not do well when neglected. It is the owner who is responsible for the attacks by this breed. You just 'don't buy' a cute Pit Bull and think all the love you give them is enough. It is imperative these dogs are well-trained along with the owner and a professional trainer. If this is not done then these dogs can become extremely dangerous and will attack humans, children or other dogs. No owner of any breed can vouch for their dogs behavior 100% and the owner should be on the alert for the signs of aggression in their dog (even small dogs.) Many countries have banned Pit Bulls and in Canada some Provinces, while other Provinces in Canada will allow Pit Bulls only if they are spayed or neutered and are leashed as well as muzzled. Not all States in America have banned Pit Bulls and there is 'the great debate' as to what to do about banning laws. However, many towns in the U.S. have banned Pit Bulls. If you ban Pit Bulls then you are also banning other breeds of Terriers as well as Dobermans, etc. The Veterinary Assoc., feels that the responsibility should fall on the owner of their Pit Bull or an owner of any breed who has a pet that has aggressive tendencies. MYTHS REGARDING PIT BULL Locking jaw.' Dr. I. Brisbin has studied the skull, most specifically the jaw area and of course the teeth and came to the conclusion that Pit Bulls were no different than many other larger breeds. He said the Pit Bull was doing what it was trained to do (remember herding of bulls.) However, police officers disagree and have had many encounters with Pit Bulls 'gone wild' and say that once the dog has a grip on something even after it has been 'darted to sedate' or shot it refuses to let go. Pit Bulls DO feel pain and have the same nervous system as any other breed, but, the Pit Bull has the tolerance to ignore the pain to continue on with the task at hand. The ignoring of pain can also be proven regarding many herding dogs and it's been seen where herding dogs that have broken a leg will continue to herd. Pit Bulls are not affected by pepper spray. This is true, but also Bull Mastiffs, Rottweilers, German Shepherds (also including Police K-9s.) It's a myth that a Pit Bull is the only dog that will continue to attack after a fatal gunshot wound, but Rottweilers, Mastiffs and German Shepherds have the same capacity. INSURANCE PROBLEMS IF YOU OWN CERTAIN AGGRESSIVE BREEDS: Many Insurance Companies are reluctant in the U.S., to give owners of dogs that considered a dangerous breed any insurance. Allstate (depending on the State) may not insure homes with Pit Bulls, Boxers, Akita's, Chow Chows, Dobermans, Rottweilers or Wolfe hybrids. The Automobile Club of Southern California refuse to insure the homeowner if the dog even resembles a Pit Bull. If a Pit Bull or other large aggressive dogs have received the 'Canine Good Citizen award some insurance companies will waiver 'no insurance laws' and not see the breed as a risk. The CDC estimates 368,245 person were treated in U.S. hospitals for nonfatal dog bites in 2001 and 2% of the U.S. population is attacked by dogs per year. Most attacks occur on the owner's property. If one has an aggressive dog then they should be kept indoors. There is the mailman, or possibly guests coming that may provoke an aggressive dog. Also, it is to be noted that owners should watch out for children poking sticks through the fence to provoke the dog, or, some children love dogs and will 'walk in' to your yard to 'pet the puppy' even if it is an adult dog. Most breeds of dogs are very protective of their owners and any property such as land, vehicles, etc. Some breeds just give warnings, while a great many larger dogs will attack and the outcome can sometimes be fatal or the homeowner is faced with a large law suit not to mention hospital bills for the injured party or, having to put their beloved pet down through court order. Constitutional challenges re Pit Bull legislation in the U.S. In 1991 Colorado Supreme Court case outlines the basic arguments against Pit Bull specific legislation. It incorporated cases from Arkansas, Ohio, New Mexico, Florida, etc., and several federal district courts, which upheld similar statutes. Basically they are asking the United Kennel Club to define the characteristics of the breed. NOTE: A fine point to make in regards to banning a particular breed of dog is the fact the owner is irresponsible and the Pit Bull although not inherently dangerous, the owner definitely needs knowledge and a committed handler to work along with them, as well as other breeds that have a tendency to attack or even bite. Muzzle laws should be put into effect even if 'our cute Daisy would never bite.' Never say never! No owner knows their dog 100%. This also includes smaller breeds. I own a Cockapoo (part Cocker Spaniel) who is neutered, but true to his Spaniel nature he can be aggressive towards dogs of any size. I see this an one dangerous sign and so my husband and I are cooperating with a professional trainer to break our pet of this. It is OUR duty to control this behavior in our pet (and we treat our pets like children!) PIT BULL DOG FIGHTS Unfortunately, the most popular breed for dog fighting is the Pit Bull due to their strength, toleration of pain and courage. Dog fighting is illegal in the U.S., but still practiced and almost always includes gambling. The laws against this if caught vary from State to State. PROS FOR OWNING A PIT BULL Pit Bulls have an abundance of energy and nonviolent athletics such as weight pulling competitions or obedience competitions help this breed to excel in a more positive way. Some Pit Bulls work in hospital and care facilities as certified therapy dogs. They are often well loved family pets. They have been noted for saving people's lives (not taking lives.) In Feb. 2007 a Pit Bull named 'Chief' rescued it's owners from a spitting cobra by taking the deadly bite itself and unfortunately died from the venom 30 minutes later. Pit Bulls are used as rescue animals. 'Dakota' was one of the most active search and rescue dogs in the country as was on the search for the missing Laci Peterson and also was involved in the search for the remains of the astronauts who lost their lives in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia. 'Nevil' is a Pit Bull and trained as a police dog. They are trained and employed by U.S. Customs as police k9s. Example: A rescued Pit Bull called 'Popsicle' in the U.S. is a Customs dog and famous for sniffing out one of the biggest cocaine busts in history. Some reports have shown that Pit Bulls will often adopt another specie of animals such as a squirrel, kitten and the Pit Bull has been given the nickname of 'nanny dog.' If well trained the Pit Bull has a great love for children. Although I would never own a Pit Bull and simply don't trust certain breeds because I always study the history of certain breeds before I obtain a pet, but do feel high priority should be put on the breeders of Pit Bulls as well as high fines and prison time for those that breed Pit Bulls from their home without proper papers as to whom the parents are. Their should be leash laws and a muzzle should be put on the Pit Bull (or any aggressive breed) while walking your pet. I must admit I have come across some very nice Pit Bulls, but, I wouldn't turn my back on them. The are very protective of family so one false step from someone else touching a family member could set aggressive breeds off. I do not believe Pit Bulls should be the ones to get the brunt of being poorly treated or abused in any way by an owner. It is renowned in British Columbia, Canada that drug dealers and grow ops often use Pit Bulls to protect the property and many of these dogs either are shot by the police or are at the SPCA to be euthanized. What a waste of a beautiful dog!
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How can pit bulls be the most biting dog breed if German shepperds bites people the most it says it right at the bottom of this page?
Pit bulls tend to have a bad name especially when it comes to the media. I have never met a Pit that has bitten someone without some form of self defense or abuse involved. For the most part, they are very loyal dogs and will only lash out when they are neglected. My brother breeds Pit bulls and has been for 17 years now. Not once has any of his dogs bit someone unless they felt forced. There are a few breeders out there that have pit mixes that they sell as pure breds. You can tell by their size and shape that they are not pits. Pits range from 50-80 pounds and are usually not aggressive whatsoever. When you mix a pit with any type of dog, especially another dog that has a tendency to attack, can make it ten times worse. Any pit with the proper training and the right amount of love (whether it's a mix or not) won't attack unless protecting it's owner. Every Pit is different but they all have the same amount of loyalty, love and trust for their owners. Once the trust is broken, so is the love and loyalty and that's what leads them to attack. Next time you hear about a Pit bull biting someone, think about what the owner is doing to it. I've heard a lot of stories about Pit bull attacks and when you talk to the neighbors, a lot of them will say that they've seen the dog being mistreated. My brother once told me that he had a friend that trained his Pit to fight by locking it in a closet for weeks. He said that the guy only let the dog out to go to the bathroom and put the food and water right in the closet with it. A Pit cannot be locked up like that. They can't even be chained up for too long unless it's a long chain where they can roam almost freely. They need to be walked or taken for a run for at least a half a mile to a mile every day. They need love and affection. That's how a lot of these Pit bulls became aggressive, they weren't being taken care of correctly. Nowadays, there's a lot of people who don't buy Pits for who they are but for what they are. People want to look tough and so they buy a pit. There's also a lot of us Pit owners who love the breed for who they are and try to let everyone know AND see that the breed is in fact a beautiful breed to have. REMEMBER, any dog that is mistreated will eventually lash out, the Pit Bull breed just won't put up with it for very long. read it through and take note on the end of it. Hope this answered your question :)