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I have always thought Pits are the most beautiful dogs ever! It has always saddened me to hear only negative things about their breed...several years ago I decided that I wanted adopt/purchase a pit as my family pet... I found one online and purchased him...HE WAS THE BEST DOG EVER! He loved my children and my grandson...He was the smartest sweetest dog I have ever owned...He was the most loyal dog ever!!! It makes me sad to say he became extremely aggressive! But only towards animals...please tell me that "they aren't all like that".
 

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They aren't all like that. I have seen many pit bull and pit bull mixes that like other animals as well as humans. Mine gets along with cats but not other dogs. Each is an individual.
 

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Pit bulls are commonly dog/animal aggressive. That doesn't make them bad dogs, and it's not something you should be sad about. No, not all Pit Bulls/mixes become dog aggressive, but it's something to take into consideration before owning one because they aren't the dogs for everyone.
 

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I agree OP. I cringe when people say pit bulls are dog aggressive. Or pit bulls hate other animals. Any dog could have animal aggression. Any dog can not like other animals. Lots of breeds are known for not liking other dogs. Sure pit bulls have aggression "more" but IMO that's because of mislabeling and owner mismanagement of the dog.

What is key is knowing what they mean by pit bull. Tons of people who consider pit bull to be a type and not a breed then hear "well you don't have a pit bull but expect it to hate other animals cause pit bulls usually do" such a mixed message. If they don't have a pit bull then why would it have the same traits as a pit bull? Be aside aggression isn't breed specific. It can happen for any dog for any reason. It takes a good owner to adapt and watch and make sure their dogs are safe and everything else.

I hear "pit bulls are dog aggressive" well if you have no idea how your dog was bred or even what breed is actually is then how do you know it's a pit bull? Many dogs could have aggression issues, many do not have aggression issues. Not every dog that is labeled a pit bull hates other dogs or loves other dogs. All dogs are different no matter what they look like or what breed they may or many not be.

So while I agree dog aggression is not a big deal and is easily managed I don't agree with trying to attach more labels regarding typical dog behavior to dogs who are already labeled.
 

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For the record, when I say Pit Bull I mean APBT. I don't use it as an umbrella term or a term for bully mutts. And Squirt is also direct proof that any dog can be DA. He's definitely not a Pit Bull, probably not even what the media would CALL a Pit Bull, and he became very DA from an early age.

Having said that, when it comes to purebred APBTs, everyone I know who has one has dealt with varying levels of DA/AA. Some dogs are selective and can be with some but not others, some are only aggressive to animals other than dogs, and some are completely DA. So when I say it's common, I'm not just spewing information. In my personal experience, it has been very common.

Do I think all APBTs WILL be DA/AA? No! Definitely not! But do I think it's something you should be prepared for? YES. Even if we are just taking bully mutts here, it is something that should be taken into consideration before getting one, because it CAN happen. Hell, it's something that should be taken into consideration before getting ANY high-energy, high-prey drive dog.
 

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Exactly. Most people think of the legally accepted definition not an actual APBT. And that's all I am saying. Many dogs could have issues. And many people feel oh I have a lab he must love other animals and don't look for signs and then their dog attacks and they are surprised. If all owners would be aware of the potential of any dog having issues it would be better for all dogs not just those who are or get labeled as a pit bull.
 

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Yes, I agree with that. I just assumed we were talking Pit Bulls specifically, which is why I mentioned them initially. I definitely know first hand that any dog has the potential to be DA/AA, but I also know that it can be said more for APBTs than it can for Labs, for example. I don't see that as a drawback, but obviously some people will, which is also why I said that these dogs aren't for everyone.

Really, my opinion is that you shouldn't get a dog if you aren't prepared for said dog to have some issues or personality traits that you may not have expected. That's just part of owning any dog, they're individuals and you can't know for sure what kind of personality they may have or develop.

Genetics are always something to consider as well though, and I don't deny that APBTs are genetically predisposed to dog aggression. I've seen it many times where well socialized, well trained dogs turn on. That's why I think it's something people should be prepared for. If it doesn't happen, which I'm sure is the case a lot, then great! But I hate seeing when it does happen and people haven't done their research before getting the dog, and are shocked and/or get rid of their dog, you know?

I'm sort of just rambling now, lol. Long story short, I agree with you, and I also think people should do their research before getting any kind of dog in order to prepare themselves for common/possible traits.
 

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Despite the fact that APBTs and mixes of them are more prone to DA and animal aggression that doesn't mean all of them are or that other dogs will never display such traits just like many English Mastiffs, while usually naturally protective of their owners many of them are not.
 

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me too man! I agree with you. Its just a different way of saying the same thing. I have had my words twisted around on me and when I see key phrases (never trust a pit bull not to fight is one) it gets my attention. You should never trust ANY dog not to fight when it comes down to it. I know its in good faith and not said in a negative way. Its sometimes things can be misconstrued and I make an effort to not say things like that so they cant be taken out of context. now I am rambling lol
 
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