I have owned 3 Pits and they were all such little lovers. It seems those are the only dog owners who guarantee their dog won't do harm. Jan 4, 2013 - Explore Cat Gonzalez's board "Pitbulls", followed by 158 people on Pinterest. But this family member is scared to death of pitties and seems to glory in finding news articles of pitbulls attacking people, children, other animals. Our daughter's dog is just the best around the kids. You should not leave them alone with babies or young children no more than you should any other dog. Ya know Pit Bulls are #2 in tolerance testing, #1 is the golden retriever. Completely true. PIt bulls can be just as good a dog as any other. Now we have once sweet breeds like Labs and Golden Retrievers who are getting high bite rates due to indiscriminate breeding. I've known a truly loving pit bull myself and I hate that they have this bad rap about them. It is so sad that pit bulls are so mis-understood. I wish I could see your sweet pit dog too! Thank you for stopping in and the kind comment and vote, it is always appreciated! Maybe they are here to teach us something important about being more accepting. I wanted to share some positives! I was such a little shrimp back then that I could ride on his back with no problem lol! However, this is a reactionary misconception which goes against the findings of the RSPCA, ASPCA and the AVMA. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I've heard actually the dog that bites more people than any other bread is a Cocker Spaniel. It really is undeserved. Many people haven't a clue how to read a dog's body language and there are subtle cues those in the know can pick up on, but the majority of people can't. In fact, according to the United Kennel Club, American Pit Bull Terriers are consider poor guard dogs thanks to their relative friendliness towards strangers[4]. Pure breed Miniature schnauzers will be very alert and energetic, even thou nobody trained them to be so. Have a wonderful day! I can see why they were called the nanny dog because she was especially good around children and always seemed to be extra gentle around them. The criminal type of people are going to have to stop abusing and training these dogs to be aggressive. At one time, my daughter owned a pit bull named Lola. I hope not! This is because they are loving, playful, loyal, and protective to their very cores. She lived to be 12 years old. I did not realize the pit bull dog was once called the Nanny Dog either until I started doing some research on them. It's been proven that in many areas where pit bulls were banned, dog attacks did not go down. He was terrified of bicycles, skateboards, and trailers. Nice Hub Voted Up! One of my sons has had 2 boxers now and we loved them dearly. Unless someone's comment is hateful or nasty, I will approve it. I have a pit mix that's wonderful with kids and is a great babysitter. I own blue nose pitbulls had all kinds of pitbulls they protect love and respect me and my family they are as smart as my kids they are always loving and more dependable than any person they help raise my kids keep me safe and provide the best friend a person could ask for pit bulls are the best, Hey, if you don't believe any of this, just think, Ceaser Malone's dog he uses to train other dogs is a pitbull. They also need to be responsible in the training and care for the animal. Have a wonderful day! So folks, when you say that your pitbull pet is very docile I do believe you, he is like that because you gave him love, not aggression. First of all, take ur meds, dear! If they don’t kill their opponent, they are beaten severely. They show particular affection towards children, understanding their vulnerability and being a warmhearted companion to them. Nanny breeds are not dogs which can look after children without adult accompaniment. Now, these people are training pitties to attack and kill whatever comes near. A person does need to check the background of a dog before they bring it home, but as a rule, the dog will treat their owners as their owners treat them. Any breed of dog is likely to bit when they are scared. Temperament the same, same levels of exuberant affection. Never in my life has a pit bull intentionally hurt me when I present no threat to them (a few scratches from some rough housing but I love playing with dogs). They are Caesar the Dog Trainers favorite breed. Valerie Tapia from Nashua, NH on January 23, 2013: I grew up with Pit Bulls, we had 3. Pit bulls are trained to be aggressive by using other people’s pets as bait. If your state, or continent/country, doesn't allow pits come to Texas. Have a wonderful day! They are dogs who are scared of everything and that bond they have with their humans is warped by evil people to make them put aside thousands of years of evolution, because all dogs are pack animals, who cooperate. They were stoutly built, with square heads and firm jaws. :). it reminds me on Daddy, my all time favorite pitbull... (Cesar Milan's dog) very amazing dog miss him so much... i hope you know her Ma'am sgbrown (i can't find your name.. HAHAHA) , he's a model to all the dogs out there. Awareness is the key... thank you for bringing some much needed light to this wonderful breed. Thank you for your kind comment! Thank you for your wonderful comment! I'm so sorry! There was no reason for them to do this as I had simply walked out the door of my house and they climbed a wooden fence from across the street to attack me. The first myth they address, the Nanny Dog myth, is widely disseminated by pit bull advocates and pro-pit bull groups. No signs of aggression or any other issues until the day the roommate came home and found the dogs killed her. Perhaps he thinks he is protecting me. A brilliant hub on a wonderful breed of dog. :). Myth: Pitbull-type dogs have the strongest bite and a "locking jaw". Have a wonderful day! They were bred to be more aggressive, as they would need to be fearless to enter a pit with a large, dangerous bull. Do you really believe that people have been mauled to death because a dog wasn't neutered? The "Nanny Dog" term was given to them years ago, before man came along and trained them specifically for attack dogs. There are so many pit bulls still out there that need help. George is gentle with children, babies, cats, puppies and people. :). They’re not highly trainable, (a common trait of terriers), and are stubborn, and headstrong dogs. I'm sorry you had to give up your pit bull. You don't have to post my comment, because I just wanted to point out that your title says 'Once Knows as the Nanny dog" instead of "Once Known as the Nanny Dog" and it seemed a shame for such a well-written hub to have a typo. I have the most loving scorpion and people dont understand how sweet it is and when i let it sleep with my new born baby they make comments about how dangerous it is!, they dont realize its all about how you raise them and if you are a good master then the creature is perfectly safe to crawl across my newborns face at night keeping her safe as she sleeps! 1. Please find it in your heart to forgive those animals and let that hate go. Hopefully, this information will clear up any misconceptions surrounding the breeds. I didn't know pits used to be "nanny" dogs. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 24, 2012: Hello Carrie! Demonizing Pit Bulls and using breed-specific legislation is not going to do this. Pitbulls were once known as the “nanny” of all dog breeds. They had unbelievable ferociousness, like Sci-Fi creatures coming for you. There are many pictures of aristocratic or well-to-do families with photos of young children and Pit Bull type dogs. Pitbulls are the dog of choice for irresponsible breeders, ... We have tragically betrayed our children's beloved nanny-dogs, ... like the pitbull's “locking jaws,” was simply a myth.) So we had him on antibiotics and painkillers for months, and couldn' teach him how to walk with a collar -- instead we had to use a chest harness. I can guarantee you that they're not the dogs your vet. When you beat and starve a dog before throwing it a "snack," what do you think it is going to do? So to get your APBT registered they called them The American Staffordshire Terrier. I have spoken to many people who have owned pit bulls and well as some that have been "confronted" by them. I found that fact very interesting. After they had a baby, she was a nervous ninny. Pit bulls are most frequently put down in shelters, because they are more frequently given up by owners who become fearful of their own safety, and the safety of their families due to the unpredictable natures of pit bulls. Have a great day! I'm sorry to hear that your roommate and your neighbor had a bad experience with their pit bulls. I was really quite upset with the two of them for getting this dog without my permission. However, the reason for this breed's bad reputation is due to misinformation. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 28, 2012: Hi KCap! :). As far as my research on this subject I can say this is a bit overstatement. My grown daughter talked me into getting a pit. But, this is also true with our own children. Princess Belle 🐶👸🏼 and her best friend Stone 👶🏼 They are very loyal and protective, that was part of their popularity, even back then. It's laughable that you would suggest any dog would be aggressive to the point of being dangerous because they weren't neutered. What the "truth" is to you, may not be what the "truth" is to all, but it is your right to say what you think. After all, it's irresponsible and abusive owners that give the breed bad names. This is why viscous dog laws should focus on several points, none of which are Breed. All breeds have their issues. During the 19th century, people considered Pit Bulls to be the best breed for babysitting children. Pit bulls really can be the best dogs! I think you are smart in waiting until you get a more permanent residence and not so cold, they are short haired dogs. Someday there will probably be another breed adopted by the unsavory people in this world and done the same way. I still haven't forgave him for that. At first I was very leery of her because of her breed but oh how I was wrong. 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