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Pitbulls have got a lot of bad press in the past. With all the hype surrounding this breed, how do you sort the facts from the myths - are Pitbulls dangerous or not?

When someone mentions the word Pitbull, what pops into your mind? Do you envision a friendly dog with a wagging tail or a vicious animal with snapping jaws and murder in its eyes? The sad truth is that many people falsely assume that Pitbulls are dangerous because of stories about dog fighting and dog bites that are blown out of proportion by the media. In this article you will learn the basics about Pitbulls including why they have gained such a nasty reputation and what the real truth is.
Why do People Think Pitbulls Are Dangerous?

Read the full article here at Petguide.com.
 

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As odd as it sounds, the thing that pops first in my head is peoples' reactions to the word. I'm not afraid of the breed at all as I'm sure everyone here is not either. But thanks to the good folks at the media, now most of the uneducated public now has the stigma.

But keep in mind, the bad rap isn't always necessarily bad. Let's say an unwanted solicitor comes knocking which they do in my neighborhood from time to time. They hear the barking of a couple of "dangerous" pitbulls, that's enough to make them turn & leave rather quickly.
 

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i just read the article.
it does not address any myths or state any facts concerning aggression. such as breed temperament rating. or statistics related to frequency of dog bites/attacks.
while i appreciate advocacy for the breed. i would much rather see a well-researched, educated article from a person who has first hand experience. the fear of bull breeds is irrational and based on the human emotional response. a rational and logical explanation is the only way to dispel myths and change stereotypes.

from the article
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
how is this author an authority on bull breeds? how is she qualified to write and share "what the real truth is"?
 

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Good points Joe. I wonder that as well. What are the qualifications that deem her able to tell her "truth"
 

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I have to admit that I used to be "one of those people" who were swayed by the bad publicity about pitbull. But when my boyfriend introduced me to the breed, I've come to love them ever since. I am glad that more and more people are being educated about pitbulls.
 

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You can teach any breed to be 'bad'.
But all that does is reflect on the owner....
Be proud of your pet, have it be an honor,
For you to be able to take them with you, with no worries...
 
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