Should Pit Bulls be Banned

Pit Bulls have been vilified in the media for many years. This has caused some localities to ban this type of dog from their town or city limits. But is such a ban reasonable? Are these dogs more dangerous than other dogs? Do these dogs in general pose a threat to the community at large?

What is a Pit Bull?

What may surprise some people is that pit bull is not a breed of dog. Instead, it is a term used to describe several breeds of dogs including the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, The English Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Some organizations also include the American Bulldog.

Others use the term “pit bull type dog”. The definition for that term is largely subjective and varies wildly depending on who is providing the definition. It is important to keep in mind that when you hear “pit bull type dog”, the speaker is probably not describing one of the dogs listed above. If they were, they would just say “pit bull”. When you hear “pit bull type dog” in a negative context what is happening is that pit bulls are being blamed for the behavior of a dog that does not even fit the description of a pit bull.

Pit Bulls Through the Years

Prior to the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, pit bulls did not get that much attention in the media. So where did these dogs fit in before they became the media’s favorite villains?

In the early 1900’s, this type of dog was the most popular family pet in America. So trusted and loyal were pit bulls that they were given the nickname “nanny dogs” because of the caring way that they watched over children in the family. Because these dogs were so popular, many companies used their image in advertising campaigns. The most famous of these was for RCA Victrola. Another very famous pit bull was featured on the Our Gang television show, sometimes remembered as The Little Rascals. The show’s four-legged rascal, Petey was a pit bull.

Helen Keller had a very beloved pit bull that was her companion for many years. Pit bulls also have their place among the ranks of this nation’s heroes. In fact, the most decorated war dog of all time was a pit bull named Stubby who did his service during World War I.

There are also modern day pit bull heroes including drug sniffing dogs, and pit bulls that comfort the sick and grieving through work as therapy dogs.

If, as some media reports and jurisdictions say, pit bulls are innately dangerous, none of the above would be possible.

Pit Bulls in the Media

Until very recently, the only time you would hear about pit bulls in the media would be if there had been an attack. Sadly, pit bulls are often blamed for attacks that were actually committed by other breeds, furthering the unwarranted fear of these dogs.

Often, when a dog other than a pit bull has attacked, the paper will not even bother to name the breed. A prime example involved the French woman who was attacked by her pet Labrador while she slept. This woman later became the recipient of the first face transplant. Most of the headlines read something like, “Woman attacked by dog…” or “Pet attacks woman…” Had it been a pit bull, it is nearly certain the headlines would have contained the breed.

Another interesting tidbit about the way the media handles pit bulls involves the amount of coverage given to pit bull attacks as compared to the amount of coverage given when another breed attacks.
The bottom line is that pit bull attacks sell. Unfortunately, because they sell, reporters are quick to jump on the story of a pit bull attack, even if it is unclear that the dog is actually a pit bull.
This sensationalized reporting has had tragic consequences for millions of dogs.


Below are just a few of the common pit bull myths along with a brief explanation of the truth.

MYTH: Pit bulls have a locking jaw and cannot let go once they bite.
FACT: Pit bulls have the same anatomical features as other dogs. They do not have locking jaws. The same is true for the myths about their brains swelling and the power of their bite. It is simply not true.

MYTH: Animal aggression will soon turn to human aggression.
FACT: Many types of dogs, especially those used in hunting and other sport dogs, display animal aggression. Pit bulls were often used in similar ways as hunting and sport dogs so they will also sometimes display animal aggression. There is not necessarily a correlation between animal and human aggression.

MYTH: Rescuing a pit bull is dangerous, because you do not know the history of the dog.
FACT: All responsible shelters are going to put pit bulls – and all dogs they put up for adoption – through stringent temperament testing. They are not going to adopt out dogs that do not pass. If you buy from a breeder, especially a disreputable breeder, you will have no such assurances

While it is ideal to know the history of the dog, it is often not possible. The history of a dog does NOT dictate future behavior. Below, you will read about the Michael Vick dogs that prove this point beautifully.

Stats and Facts

Now that we have read about some of the myths, let’s look at some facts and statistics.

While it is not possible to know the exact number of pit bulls that are in the United States, estimates place the number somewhere between 10 and 15 million, and that is using the low end of the spectrum. If one is to believe the published studies regarding dog bites, the veracity of which will be discussed below, there are an average of 3 fatal dog bite incidents involving pit bulls each year. IF PIT BULLS WERE INNATELY DANGEROUS, THERE WOULD BE THOUSANDS – AT LEAST – OF FATAL INCIDENTS PER YEAR.

Another interesting statistic involves temperament testing. During temperament testing, a dog is subjected to a series of tests. How the dog responds shows his level of aggressiveness. In shelter situations, dogs that do not pass temperament testing will not be put up for adoption to the public. They either must be placed in special rescues designed to deal with problem dogs or be euthanized. Temperament testing is also done for dogs working to be certified as therapy or rescue dogs, and any owner may choose to have their dog tested at any time.

  • Of all pit bulls that are tested, they pass at a higher rate than the dog population in general.
  • Pit bulls are not responsible for the largest number of fatal dog attacks
  • Pit bulls are not the dogs that inflict the most bites
  • Pit bulls pass temperament testing at a higher rate than dogs in general

Bite Statistics

It is difficult to find accurate bite statistics. Some of the reasons are listed below.

  • “Pit bull type dogs” are sometimes blamed for attacks that occur by other breeds
  • The circumstances surrounding the attacks is not included
  • The conditions in which the dogs were kept prior to the attack are not included
  • Unless it was a fatality, the severity of the bite is often not included

In writing about researching her book, Fatal Dog Attacks: The Stories Behind the Statistics, Karen Delise, Director of Research for the National Canine Research Council, wrote “My study of fatal attacks occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of the household for purposes other than as family pets (i.e. guarding/ protection, fighting, intimidation/status); owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowledgably supervise interaction between children and dogs; and owners failing to spay or neuter resident dogs not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program”(1).

Delise also said that she found that in the many cases, those filing the reports, including animal control officers, police officers and others, were not sure the breed of the dog that had attacked. Also, the breed of dog most often blamed for fatal attacks has changed throughout the years.

For that reason alone, dog bite statistics about a certain breed cannot be taken as fact, because those reporting the incident admit that they are often not sure of the breed involved.

Still, even to take the bite statistics at face value means, as mentioned above, that pit bulls are to blame for an average of 3 fatalities per year. Taking into consideration there are at least 10 million pit bulls in the country, it is impossible to draw a logical conclusion that pit bulls are dangerous dogs.


With that in mind, why then are some localities banning pit bulls? They are trying to eliminate the possibility of dog attacks, but since all dogs attack – remember the face transplant recipient was attacked by a Labrador – breed specific legislation is not the way to make that happen.

If lawmakers use the media as a guide, it is easy to understand why they might think BSL will work.
It will not. All that it does it punish an entire breed of innocent animals while allowing irresponsible owners to be let off the hook.

Denver, for example, has banned pit bulls. They have not, however, banned Labradors or other dogs that have attacked in the past. That means that Denver residents are still in danger of a being attacked by a dog.

According to the American Kennel Club Web site, an appellate court in Ohio ruled BSL to be unconstitutional. The AKC Web site states, “The Court found no new evidence to prove that these breeds are any more dangerous than others. Regulating or limiting pit bull ownership was therefore “arbitrary, unreasonable and discriminatory” (2).

The Ohio BSL was written to include dogs that had bitten or killed a human, killed a dog or was classified as a pit bull. The Ohio court said, “Since we conclude that there is no evidence that pit bulls are inherently dangerous or vicious, then the city ordinance limitation on ownership is also arbitrary, unreasonable and discriminatory” (3).

Case Study – Michael Vick Dogs

It has been a common thought that once a dog, especially a pit bull, was abused, taught to fight, used to fight or trained to be vicious, that it could never again be a safe choice for a pet. When a Virginia judge ruled to allow all but one of the dogs taken from Michael Vick’s home to be sent to various shelters and rescue groups, he allowed the world to see that this is not the case.

Of the 47 dogs seized, 25 were able to go to various shelters to be placed with families. The other 22, who were considered the worst cases, were sent to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a Utah shelter that specializes in dogs with difficult pasts.

PETA representatives testified in court that there was no hope for those 22 dogs. They could never be rehabilitated. The only solution was to put the dogs down. These “Vicktory Dogs”, as they are called at Best Friends, have proved PETA wrong.

Some of those 22 dogs are now agility dogs, therapy dogs and much loved family pets. Most are now or will soon be placed in a home. The two most abused dogs will not be placed, but will live out their lives at the sanctuary, being spoiled by the staff and volunteers.

The Michael Vick dogs have shown the world that even severely abused and mistreated pit bulls CAN be rehabilitated when placed in the right hands.

So, should the pit bull be banned? When all the evidence is weighed, there is no logical reason to ban the breed. Instead, legislation should focus on punishing irresponsible and abusive owners and looking for ways to deal with vicious dogs no matter the breed.

  • john
    Posted at 06:34h, 26 February Reply

    Whoever wrote this is an odiot

    • AG
      Posted at 11:11h, 29 February Reply

      Your probably an idiot because you totally spelled it wrong.

      • Karina
        Posted at 01:10h, 28 June Reply

        I agree

        • james henderson
          Posted at 08:38h, 13 February Reply

          now I’m an idiot. That was meant for the comment above

      • james henderson
        Posted at 08:36h, 13 February Reply

        You’re*. Next time you’re going to try and call somebody an idiot, please at least use the proper grammar

      • james henderson
        Posted at 08:39h, 13 February Reply


    • Emelia
      Posted at 11:16h, 29 February Reply

      that is not nice

    • Kayla
      Posted at 20:30h, 01 March Reply

      Just like Adriana said, pit-bulls are just misunderstood. Many different breeds of dogs can be vicious, like a Labrador for instance. When I was little, a Jack-Russel terrier bit me, but I’ve never said that ALL Jack-Russel’s are a terrible breed of dog. Also, no one’s an “odiot”, these people are just giving attention to a very important issue.

      • Ali
        Posted at 07:11h, 11 June Reply

        If they’re so “misunderstood” then why have pit bull type dogs been responsible for killing more people than all other breeds combined? They can act very sweet, but they were bred to have decent temperaments and to kill with ease. So many children and others have been suffering the effects of pit bull maulings and attacks that have left them dead. There are so many other breeds that are MUCH more suited to be pets. When will humans start caring about the victims? And the victims aren’t just human beings…. thousands and thousands of pets have been killed by pits and pit mix. These are the facts, yet so many insist that pit bulls should be in our neighborhoods. Why? It’s horrible.

        • ??
          Posted at 09:04h, 29 September Reply

          Well they are put as the dog type killed the most people because people don’t want to tell the truth that it wasn’t a pit bull that attacked them because everyone already hates pit bulls so lets just blame it on pit bulls. Pit bulls are only mean if you raise then to be mean to people they don’t know so don’t judge a dog for what people say is true.

        • Madison
          Posted at 18:30h, 02 October Reply

          only 2 percent of the pitpull breed has been conditioned to fight, and even that 2 percent can be changed for the better with good treatment. And saying that they “kill more people than all breeds combined” is a complete myth. Jack russels, rottweilers, dobermans, and even chihuahuas are reported to have much worse behavior than pitpulls. You cant make those kind of assumptions; just do your research. Saying that all pitbulls are violent is like saying all Hispanic people are illegal immigrants; it is completely incorrect and just flat out rude and ignorant. And, pitbulls are reported to have the third best behavior out of all dog breeds. So there you go.

        • Ariel
          Posted at 13:55h, 18 April Reply

          If you look at it from a statistical perspective, there are many more “pit bulls”, or bully breeds, living in America, whether in shelters or with drug dealers or with that old lady living alone next door. Because there are so many “pit bulls” or American pit bull terriers, there would obviously be many more attacks by these dogs. Now when I was 3 years old, I ran up to a bully breed of dog that was off leash in my local park and hugged it and full on gave it kisses on the mouth, saying, “Mommy, look! A pretty doggy!” Then, on the same day, I ran up to a Golden retriever, whose owner assured me that the dog was gentle, and was almost bitten (thank God that my mother taught me what a growling dog meant). I’m not trying to say that all Golden retrievers are bad dogs, I’m trying to say that, because of the media, people believe that one specific dog breed has the same personality throughout. American pit bull terriers have been called by the recent media “killers” and told to the owners to “throw out your dog”, because it’s not a “good pet” and will “harm your children.” However, in the 1900s, American pit bull terriers were often the nanny dog of the household, loving on the children. Nowadays, Goldens and Labs often hold that spot above pitties. I’m not saying that you should go run up to that shady guy who lives in a dark alleyway’s dog and give it a big kiss, but take some time to consider the dog’s personality. I am a certified dog trainer, and many of the “family dog” breeds have had the worst disposition. I’ve had a beagle try to bite me, but never a pittie. But please, take some time to figure things out before you believe the media.

    • delton
      Posted at 08:01h, 07 March Reply

      I think we know who the real “odiot” is here…

    • Pitbull lover
      Posted at 11:17h, 31 March Reply

      Lol some people just can’t take the facts and rather blame the breed then themselves.

    • Justice for Dogs
      Posted at 14:05h, 12 April Reply


    • Sasha
      Posted at 07:21h, 12 October Reply

      Your the Idiot u cant spell

    • Andria
      Posted at 14:57h, 01 February Reply

      you are the real idiot JOHN!!!!

    • dude
      Posted at 00:17h, 22 March Reply


  • Adriana
    Posted at 07:59h, 26 February Reply

    All pits are great dogs they’re just misunderstood. They’re not an “odiot” they’re bringing awareness to an actual issue

    • really
      Posted at 21:17h, 03 March Reply

      pit bulls are animals – even i had dogs – i loved them but sometime they would bite back – animals will be animals – 3 fatal injuries that’s enough reason to clear them up from community – also what about the number of injuries caused by rest non fatal injuries – is that justified – even one bite is good enough to get rid of them – have a good dog – why theses genetically messed up ones

      • Justice for Dogs
        Posted at 13:59h, 12 April Reply

        how is it justifiable to just get rid of them, a mass killing of perfectly healthy dogs..? because of 3 bites? Like the article says, the breed of the dogs is not related to it. Have you even read the article?
        And why would you choose to ”get rid of them” if there’s a way better solution by putting them in sanctuaries (most of them were even able to be re-homed, so)? ”have a good dog” ? Its not as simple as that. What if your dog turns ”bad” because of the owner? That is the problem here.

        • Common Sense
          Posted at 11:35h, 02 April Reply

          There would not be mass killings of pit bulls, the breed would be grandfathered out. This would mean that it would be legal to own a pit bull but not to breed one or purchase a new one. It’s not like the government would be rounding up all pit bulls in existence and slaughtering them…

  • Emelia
    Posted at 11:15h, 29 February Reply

    the pits bulls are sweet creatures and they listen like Adriana said they are just misunderstood.

    • Johnney
      Posted at 09:25h, 15 April Reply

      I agree with that because pitbulls look happy all the time

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:34h, 16 March Reply

    Pit Bulls are just like any other animal. They are raised to be aggressive, not born that way. If you think all pit bulls are vicious then that’s like saying all men are pigs or all blondes are dumb. Give dogs a chance to show you their love and don’t discriminate.

    • Zander
      Posted at 11:30h, 05 April Reply

      I agree

  • Brianna chavez
    Posted at 12:31h, 22 March Reply

    Pit bulls are should not be banned thy are loving dogs I have a pit bull I am only 11 he is so sweet he will never hurt me

  • Brianna chavez
    Posted at 12:34h, 22 March Reply

    Hi I am Brianna Chavez I just put that comment pitbull are really nice Pets. Even though I am only 11 they are really trying to be playful and loving to the human race

  • Zander
    Posted at 11:22h, 06 April Reply


  • Zander
    Posted at 11:22h, 06 April Reply


    • ireanna
      Posted at 12:07h, 03 February Reply

      I like you!!!!

  • PitBS
    Posted at 12:48h, 06 April Reply

    I guess since you wrote your instead of you’re,….you’re the odiot.

    The truth is still hiding. This is BS…..intended for Trumpster types.

  • Butt feaces
    Posted at 09:44h, 15 April Reply

    srry i was taling about my stupid cat

  • Shatford
    Posted at 17:17h, 18 April Reply

    Fear trumps science, always. This is why many communities have Pit Bull Ban’s and also why the 1990’s saw ‘tough on crime’ legislation that gave people decades-long jail sentences for being in possession of a small amount of crack-cocaine. People feared drugs in their community, so the government reacts with laws meant to demonstrate to the public that their elected representatives are working for them. It took years of social sciences and statistics to show lawmakers the actual social harm caused by ‘tough on crime’ drug sentences (after everyone stopped being afraid of a crack epidemic, mind you) so those laws could ultimately be changed for the benefit of society. My point is, the same will have to take place before a total ban on Breed Specific Legislation occurs. People are fearful, knee-jerk reactionaries to whatever the media is telling them. Then the government tries to stop those fears without considering the science behind everything. Unfortunately, we dog lovers will have to ride this wave of fear out as well.

  • Grace
    Posted at 11:13h, 26 April Reply

    Does it really matter if something was spelled wrong, shut your stupid mouth and don’t pay attention to mis spellings

  • Lorelord
    Posted at 00:51h, 28 April Reply

    Pit Bulls are only 6% of the dog population and yet they are responsible for 60% of the attacks in the country. They are bred for aggression and to kill. has all the facts and I dare you to dispute them. Already in 2016 there have been over 6 child fatalities as the DIRECT result of a pit bull attack. Almost all of them were from the FAMILY PIT BULL that no one ever saw any signs of aggression in or would only lick your face….garbage.

    There is a reason why none of the US Military bases, Army, Marines, Navy or Air Force will allow them in family housing or on base. Because they are dangerous.

    Get you head out of your naïve butt and face the facts.

    • sp
      Posted at 11:26h, 10 May Reply

      I have to agree. Pit bulls are cute and lovable… until they are not. Whether the statistics are “worked” against them, it isn’t more than a few percentage points would be my guess. Therefore, they are mostly accurate and this is a dangerous breed. I had one lunge at my throat once and barely escaped its grasp. I simply don’t understand why the need to defend this breed. Yes, the vast majority are kind and friendly; however, the number of fatal attacks still lean heavily against the breed. I think it a gross issue of malfeasance if they adopt these Vick dogs out to families. That is absolutely insane and in my mind criminal. Totally beyond my comprehension.

  • Cj Marek
    Posted at 09:59h, 05 May Reply

    Pitbulls are just like any other dog 4 legs one mouth one nose 2 ears and a loving heart.

    • Tiana
      Posted at 12:00h, 01 February Reply

      very very true 🙂

  • Julie Holland
    Posted at 07:08h, 12 May Reply

    Thank you for writing this article. I have been a Pitty Lover for many years. I too, at one point, didn’t want to have one for the exact fear that everyone portrays. The are vicious, calculating, aggressive creatures. I found out otherwise. I have owned 2 awesome guys. 1 was murdered by a neighbor due to their fear. We still have our little man. They would both rather give you their underbelly than hurt you at all. Which if any animal shows their underbelly that is a sign of submission. We have had many dogs throughout the years from Great Danes, Labs, Dalmation, Hound,and Mutts, all of which didn’t show the love and devotion that our Pits have. If you own one you know how great they really are. I am glad that I gave them a chance, they are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to own more.

    • bailey
      Posted at 10:33h, 22 September Reply

      this really makes me happy that someone understands that pitbulls are great dogs. i have 1 that is my best friend in the whole world. shes the sweetest any dog could ever be. i always thought they were harmful until this summer when i moved and got one. any breed of dog can kill someone or bite them. that’s how dogs are. if you mess with them, they will mess with you back. people are blaming a breed of dogs for their own actions. if you train a dog to fight, that’s all their going to know to do. if you teach a dog to only be nice to you, then what do you expect to come from that? dogs don’t have a mind of their own. they are taught their actions so don’t blame a poor dog for their actions.

  • JT
    Posted at 16:33h, 19 May Reply

    I have been attacked 7 times by dogs never a pit-bull, clearly they aren’t very vicious if anything Rottweiler’s are the most dangerous dog or Chihuahua and even they arnt worth being banned

  • Christy
    Posted at 09:44h, 26 May Reply

    We just recently rescued a Pitbull, and she is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met. She isn’t aggressive. At night she’ll go to the Windows in the foyer, and looked outside. She caught a glimpse of her reflection and ran straight back over to me. If she was aggressive she wouldn’t have run. She’s extremely well behaved, and obeys better than my little two dogs. Every dog has a vicious side if pushed just like every human. Theses dogs are beautiful, and have be misunderstood and abused. What they need is love and affection more than anything.

  • Kara
    Posted at 11:46h, 28 May Reply

    The most aggressive dogs I’ve ever met in my life were a black lab and a chihuahua., they were vicious. On the other hand, I have know MANY pit bulls in my life and ALL have been amazing dogs. I had the pleasure of rescuing a pit bull and he was a gentle giant, the best dog you could ever hope to have. Sweet, calm, great with kids and other animals, was so smart, basically a giant lap dog.

  • Sharon Cramer
    Posted at 18:48h, 02 June Reply
  • teeya
    Posted at 06:45h, 02 July Reply

    I have to disagree with everything this article said about pit bulls. They need to be banned because their not sweet and their not loving. My dog almost died last night because it got bit by a PitBull who was just wandering outside. It was midnight so it was pretty dark out. I yelled at the owner because it wasn’t on a leash it was just outside walking around because the stupid ass owner is to lazy to walk her dog. I told her “Why don’t you put that thing on a leash!!!!” And she’s just staring at me like I’m an idiot. Pit bulls need to be banned!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 11:43h, 12 October Reply

      Actually I think that you need to take multplie chill pills. You don’t know if the dog was hers, you don’t know if it even had an owner. Once again, trauma. It’s called dog aggression, learn it

      • Teeya
        Posted at 11:51h, 12 October Reply

        Honestly I think you should stfu.. You can’t tell me anything because you weren’t there when it happened. It was her dog because after it bit my dog she called after it. And when I yelled at her she stood there like she didn’t hear shit I said. I don’t think you own a dog because if you did you wouldn’t have wrote that dumbass comment. obviously you don’t know what its like to witness your own dog get attacked I agree that some can be very nice but it doesn’t mean that they can’t lash out and bite someone if they wanted too. -_-

    • Madison Corkrean
      Posted at 07:37h, 09 November Reply

      You’re honestly an idiot. That’s all I have to say. Feel free to talk to me if you need someone to talk some sense into you 🙂

      • Teeya
        Posted at 06:16h, 10 November Reply

        Your an idiot… I can say whatever I wanna say..

      • Teeya
        Posted at 06:20h, 10 November Reply

        And how has what I said make me an idiot?? I’m sticking up for my dog dumbass. And I don’t understand why your replying to me like I’m the only one here who disagrees With them…. The argument is done.. Stfu already.

      • Teeya
        Posted at 06:32h, 10 November Reply

        And you and everyone here just seem to care more about my disagreements than my dog almost dying in general. I don’t need you or anyone to talk sense into me.. Your not my mom. And even she would tell you the same thing.

        • Grace
          Posted at 07:37h, 10 November Reply

          With all the arguments you and me have gotten into Teeya I agree with you on this. I tried to be rude and it was stupid of me, she is aloud to think what she wants and you can’t change it. Stop telling her she’s an idiot, I may not agree with her but I’m not gonna be mean and rude anymore.

          • Teeya
            Posted at 14:49h, 10 November

            I agree she’s allowed to say what she wants.. But I’m not gonna stop being mean when she started it. And grace im sorry if I upset you by being mean. I was just stating my opinion.

          • Grace
            Posted at 18:39h, 10 November

            Whoops. That other part about needing to stop being mean and respect decisions was meant for her not you Teeya. I accidentally put that in this comment and made it unclear. Uh oh

          • Teeya
            Posted at 19:18h, 10 November

            Lol ok… Nevermind then.

  • teeya
    Posted at 06:48h, 02 July Reply

    I recently got approached by 4 pit bulls all because of my dog.. He’s a jack Russell terrier

  • joe
    Posted at 07:25h, 06 July Reply

    this is a biased and statistically untrue article. Do you own research on documented dog attacks and you will come away with a MUCH different picture.

  • jay
    Posted at 14:54h, 29 September Reply

    Don’t care. They should be banned.

    • Leviathan Ray Carter
      Posted at 08:30h, 19 October Reply

      No, they shouldn’t

    • Leviathan Ray Carter
      Posted at 08:31h, 19 October Reply

      . That’s your conclusion, after this whole article? You are one hard headed idiot

    • Solomon
      Posted at 09:35h, 22 February Reply

      no they shouldn’t you don’t know anything

  • grace
    Posted at 11:45h, 30 September Reply

    pits r too cute to get rid of. i know that these people are just trying to help but seriously. 🙁

  • Kyle
    Posted at 07:32h, 11 October Reply

    It should be illegal to own a dog of this caliber without proper care, leashing (or anything to keep the dog in) and discipline, infact, owning these kind of dogs should require a license, infact, IMO these kinds of dogs shouldn’t be allowed as family dogs at all! These dogs are different from your normal, everyday beagles and Shiba inus, dogs like Bulldogs and Rottweilers are very aggressive and can tear anyone apart by themselves. Even if you know, like, 1 Pitbull owned by a friend that’s cute and loveable, that doesn’t prove anything, these kinds of dogs are naturally aggressive…

    • Terya
      Posted at 10:07h, 12 October Reply

      I agree with you. I don’t care if people have them. But they need to learn how to put the thing on a leash so all these attacks don’t happen

      • Grace
        Posted at 11:40h, 12 October Reply

        It’s called muscle, something a pitbull has. If you’ve seen those attack videos the dog has a leash most of the time because it broke from its owners grasp because of MUSCLE! If the dog doesn’t it’s because it escaped from its house through the front doors

        • Teeya
          Posted at 11:45h, 12 October Reply

          I really don’t give a crap about what you have to say… Where I live, people in every building have a pit bull and their never on a leash. I already said me and my dog got attacked by one last summer. There dangerous dogs and should be banned.

          • Grace
            Posted at 11:50h, 12 October

            That’s the thing. Not every single one is dangerous, only ones with abuse in their background. Pitbulls first of all are less dangerous then a chihuahua. Second pitbulls don’t have the most recorded deaths/injuries. Third of all a plane crash is more likely to happen then a pitbull attacking

    • Grace
      Posted at 11:38h, 12 October Reply

      Ok Kyle, if you knew crap about dogs one thing is evolution. Wolves became dogs, look how many different breeds there are. Yes they were bred to fight, yes their natural behavior is aggressive. But I have been around to many pit lulls to count, each one has been abused and hurt. But they all are sweet dogs, it’s not their natural behavior, it’s the trauma. The trauma that people cause can effect a dog making it very hard or near impossible to help. So no, these dogs shouldn’t be banned.

      • teeya
        Posted at 06:44h, 25 October Reply

        And you can’t just assume shit just by what someone commented.. And if you bothered to listen to what I said before I already said that some can act very nice. That still doesn’t mean their good dogs. I just gave a website that proves it. Many of the people who were killed on that site died from pit bulls. Someone had theirs for years and it acted mean and bit the owner.. And it wasn’t abused either.

      • teeya
        Posted at 06:44h, 25 October Reply

        And you can’t just assume shit just by what someone commented.. And if you bothered to listen to what I said before I already said that some can act very nice. That still doesn’t mean their good dogs. I just gave a website that proves it. Many of the people who were killed on that site died from pit bulls. Someone had theirs for years and it acted mean and bit the owner.. And it wasn’t abused either.

      • Teeya
        Posted at 14:49h, 25 October Reply

        Sorry for your loss..

  • Breyon
    Posted at 09:27h, 12 October Reply

    Some people that leave these negative comments on here are really dumb and i could almost bet that they havent even owned a pitbull ever. If a pitbull ever attacked someone it is most like because of the owner raised them to be like that. I have a Pitbull his name is leo and we rescued him because his owner threw him out of a car and we took care of him and raised him fight now he plays with all of our neighbor’s dogs which include a Yorkie, Jack Russel Terrior, two Blood hounds, a Boxer, and a wiener dog. Not once has he attacked anyone or any of the dogs all the dogs in my neighborhood love him as well as the people Leo even plays with my 2 year old cousin and he loves Leo. Pitbulls are completely safe they were even nicknamed nanny dogs because they were used to watch over kids while their parents were gone. And whoever said that they don’t allow pitbulls on army bases is stupid one of our most decorated dogs in our army’s history was a pitbull named Stubby look it it UP!!!!!!!!!!

    • Teeya
      Posted at 10:27h, 12 October Reply

      Were you talking to me?

      • Breyon
        Posted at 08:53h, 17 October Reply

        Im talking to everyone who keeps sayong pitbulls are dangerous dog which they are not

        • Teeya
          Posted at 16:09h, 17 October Reply

          Whatever I’m done arguing with you people. I already said what I needed to say. They should be banned,and that’s the end of the story…. Bye

          • Breyon
            Posted at 09:06h, 18 October

            They shouldn’t be banned they’re great pets and great family dogs but im glad u are done talking because your statements made absolutely no sense at all goodbye. =)

  • Breyon
    Posted at 09:29h, 12 October Reply


    • Teeya
      Posted at 17:53h, 18 October Reply

      Please explain how what I said didn’t make any sense? Their not good pets at all you don’t know where I live and how bad it is. So please shut the fuck up.

      • Breyon
        Posted at 09:05h, 24 October Reply

        No i will not STFU, I feel the need to educate you on this your responses are ignorant but that is simply because you do not know about them I think you should do some research and stop letting words fly out of your mouth. Pitbulls have a long successful history. Pitbulls are the same as any other dogs if you train them to be violent thats how they will be but, if you train them to be dosile that is how they will be. Educate yourself before you begin to speak you should know what you are talking about before you start talking about a topic. Now i think it was you that said some ladies pitbull attacked your dog and I sympathize with you on that but don’t take it out on the dog Teeya take it out on the owner because i can guarentee you that the owner mistreated that dog or beat it. People tend to do that to make pitbulls mean just say they can say they have a mean pitbull its not the dogs its the owners pitbulls are the same as any other dogs Teeya

      • Breyon
        Posted at 09:16h, 24 October Reply

        Teeya I personally think you should get a Pitbull puppy and raise it yourself and then you will realize that pitbulls are very loving and caring dogs

        • teeya
          Posted at 18:54h, 24 October Reply

          If I wanted to die early I would’ve gotten a PitBull years ago.
          1. I live in a apartment so their way to big
          2. No one in my family likes pit bulls
          3. There’s so many of them in my neighborhood when their not supposed to be… Which means people go out and get pit bulls when their not allowed too The rule where I live is to get a small dog that is under 25 pounds
          You can call me ignorant all you want. I don’t care. If you own a PitBull good for you but It won’t be long before it lashes out on you. Nothing you say will make me change my opinion about how I feel about them. Their dangerous dogs.. Period. And here’s a link to prove it. If you care enough to look

          • Andria
            Posted at 15:08h, 01 February

            teeya, You may have had a different experience with pitbulls that caused you to dislike them. That’s OK. Everyone has their favorite and least favorite dogs. But you don’t have to be snotty about it. Some pitbulls are only trained to fight and kill. Others come from loving breeders/families. It only depends on who you get the dog from.

        • teeya
          Posted at 19:00h, 24 October Reply

          And I still don’t understand why your still defending them when someone replied that a PitBull came and launched at throat. If that isn’t enough evidence to prove to you that their dangerous than I don’t know what will.

          • Grace
            Posted at 05:57h, 25 October

            And your comments have proven to me that you only research the bad things. Well guess what, there are two sides to each argument. In this one you might want to recheck your facts sweetheart

          • Teeya
            Posted at 06:25h, 25 October

            Why are you still replying??? That wasn’t meant for you it was for breyon and like I said before… I don’t care what you say. Why do I need to recheck my facts when I just gave him a website. Their dangerous dogs! If you had a dog and seen it get attacked then you would know how I feel..

          • Grace
            Posted at 12:11h, 25 October

            I lost my last dog to a pitbull and then I learned the pitbull was trained that way

      • Breyon
        Posted at 09:25h, 25 October Reply

        Teeya the websotes you look on you only try to find bad things about them which isnt much but there is a whole lot of good things about pitbulls heres a website for you to look into And Teeya i am being completely respectful to you so please show the same respect back. And yes i do own a pitbull and he behaves nothing like the media makes them see hes the sweetest dog you will ever meet. And also Teeya i recommend that you vounteer at a dog shelter that has pitbulls and work with them and then you can have a hands on experience on how sweet they are they really are great pets its just the owners Teeya.

  • Leviathan Ray Carter
    Posted at 08:25h, 19 October Reply

    Who’s the author?

  • Breyon
    Posted at 09:29h, 25 October Reply

    And also Teeya just because your family doesnt like pitbulls doesn’t mean you have to follow suit Teeya. And also Teeya would actually live longer if you got a Pitbull they help relieve a lot of stress in your life.

    • Teeya
      Posted at 14:46h, 25 October Reply

      I apologize.. I was mad that day since the owners of the dog didn’t ask if I was alright.. And i already said some can act sweet.. That still doesn’t make me like them though. That’s just my opinion

      • Breyon
        Posted at 08:55h, 26 October Reply

        i accept your apology Teeya and and more than some act sweet Teeya them acting sweet is their natural behavior all the other stuff is because owners make them behave that way and Teeya im sry i keep mentioning this but i think the best way to see how pitbulls really are is to get one yourself or work with them because they really are sweet dogs and may i ask why you have such a deep hatred towards pitbulls.

        • Teeya
          Posted at 16:56h, 26 October Reply

          I just don’t like them because i still think their dangerous.. There are times when i can’t even walk my dog because there’s so many of them outside without a leash for whatever reason. I already got attacked by one. I don’t want it to happen again.

      • Breyon
        Posted at 08:54h, 27 October Reply

        Teeya i really do think you should try to work with Pitbulls it would help you see that Pitbulls are really great dogs

        • Teeya
          Posted at 19:35h, 27 October Reply

          I doubt I ever will. I’ll work with any dog.. Just not a PitBull. And I’m not allowed to own those type of dogs where I am. I’m only 15 turning 16 soon

          • Breyon
            Posted at 08:50h, 28 October

            Well i understand you are young Teeya i am to Im only 17. Do you know anyone that has a pitbull like a friend or something or someone you know well you can start spending time with their pitbull I think it will be a great experience for you

          • Teeya
            Posted at 09:24h, 28 October

            Thanks for the offer but no..

          • Breyon
            Posted at 08:53h, 28 October

            If you would like i could send you like a video of my dog if you want because these are really sweet dogs and they are just very miss understood because the media nakes then look like really bad dogs but theyre not

          • Breyon
            Posted at 11:10h, 28 October

            No problem but i do think you should try to get to know a pibull

          • Teeya
            Posted at 19:24h, 28 October

            When I get a chance too ill try

          • Breyon
            Posted at 09:45h, 31 October

            Ok good Teeya you arent just saying that are you?

          • Teeya
            Posted at 21:51h, 31 October

            Yes… I still hate PitBulls… Lol sorry

          • Breyon
            Posted at 08:50h, 01 November

            You have to at least give them a chance Teeya you cant have a bias against them because of all the stereotypes of them or the false media interpretation of them.

          • Breyon
            Posted at 09:00h, 08 November

            havent heard from u in a while Teeya did u get the last message i sent u

          • Teeya
            Posted at 09:29h, 08 November

            Lol yes.. I just didn’t wanna reply

  • Breyon
    Posted at 08:48h, 01 November Reply

    You have to at least give them a chance Teeya you cant have a bias against them because of all the stereotypes of them or the false media interpretation of them.

  • sarah lily brown
    Posted at 06:58h, 15 November Reply

    why are pit bulls dangerous to people?

  • jdizzle
    Posted at 07:14h, 15 November Reply

    everyone shut up all breeds of dogs have a dark side but a bigger bright side

  • Aaron Black
    Posted at 15:33h, 17 November Reply

    I think that everyone here is getting angry and blaming it on others I think that everyone should never come back to this sight ever again and this sight is only for research about why and why not pit bull’s should be banned. and has anyone said to themselves that it is just pointless to argue over pit bull’s they do what they want and i’m a 6th grader writing this and i don’t know why i should be commenting on this sight and it does not matter what dog killed or bit who others dog it’s just plan stupid why people argue. does anyone remember about 9 11 it was a tragic moment in our lives and it’s gone now so maybe that might happen to pit bull’s they will be the talk then die down so it might be good then it might be bad.

    • Skyler
      Posted at 09:47h, 08 March Reply

      OK first of all it is a good resone to fight over this because the world needs to know why pit bulls are aggressive and if you don’t know why then let me tell you. Its because people train them to be in ilegle dog fights and bets and then they release them into public to tear people apart and you know what its not the dogs fault their like that its because us humans rip apart what ever was perfect and turn them into monsters so with that being said dont ever talk about stuff you dont know about

  • Liz
    Posted at 20:50h, 04 January Reply

    Read that and see the stories about how pit bulls have killed people of all ages. Parents of the many children killed by pit bulls say that the breed should be banned.

  • manuel
    Posted at 11:35h, 25 January Reply

    the reason is that is they do it for no reason

  • manuel
    Posted at 11:36h, 25 January Reply

    if the pittbulls didnt do it they wouln’t abbond them

  • Andria
    Posted at 15:01h, 01 February Reply

    Pitbulls are so misunderstood. It’s not their fault they’re fighters. Their owners train them to fight. Because they’re so loyal, they listen to anything their owners tell them to do.

  • Edgemar000
    Posted at 09:20h, 14 February Reply

    I have a pit bull and she is so nice she is 6 months old and her name is Jazz she can be a trouble maker we had to put a 4ft wall up and she still got over so my dad put another foot on top of that and she was so mad my dad was in the shower and she was barking at in a bark he had never heard before she was pissed!! And he called me and I laughed so hard

  • Solomon
    Posted at 09:45h, 21 February Reply

    I think that if the owner teaches there pit bull the right way there won’t be problems because then they will not be agresive.

    • Kevin
      Posted at 11:39h, 16 November Reply

      So your saying the owner of the animal should be legally responsible and charged for assault with a deadly weapon if the dog attacks another human or animal?

  • kc
    Posted at 10:54h, 01 March Reply

    i do not think any dog should be banned

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  • Colton
    Posted at 10:49h, 07 April Reply

    My dog is part pit bull and he is so sweet! We should not ban pit bulls because they are often mistaken for a different species. People are so mean these days!!

  • Clay
    Posted at 14:06h, 22 April Reply

    Pit Bulls and their mixed breed pups are at the top of most list of dangerous dog to insure. Wonder why insurance companies think that ???

  • Kai
    Posted at 09:24h, 25 September Reply

    Just because pitbulls are in the news that means they are dangerous

    ~Everyone ever

  • Kevin
    Posted at 11:35h, 16 November Reply

    I am a animal lover. I live on a island of around 8000 people many have dogs. Last night my dog was attacked in the bar from a pit bull that came into the bar. Out of all the dogs on the island the pit bulls are the trouble makers. The breeds that in compass the breeds that we call pit bulls will never be used for what they were actually ment for . I am a trump supporter but I do feel that animals who show aggressive tenden deserve nothing but a 22 mag between the eyes. I’m filing a police report today and will also be attending the next city council meeting to bring this issue to them for the safety of our community and it’s children and animals.

  • John
    Posted at 07:16h, 14 January Reply

    This article says there’s an average of 3 fatal dog bites per year. This webiste says there were 31 is 2016. This is a large discrepancy and I can’t trust the rest of the article..

  • Faith noe
    Posted at 09:30h, 06 March Reply

    Hello i’m doing doing a class presentation on this and I totally agree with what your saying and thanks for writing this artical it is very useful and i beleave that nothing is born is born aggressive

  • Faith noe
    Posted at 09:31h, 06 March Reply

    Hello i’m doing doing a class presentation on this and I totally agree with what your saying and thanks for writing this artical it is very useful and i beleave that nothing is born is born aggressive thanks again

  • Faith
    Posted at 09:24h, 07 March Reply

    To everyone that thinks its the dogs fault they turn out like that you’r wrong, pit bulls are one of the most caring dogs you’ll ever meet but its always the owners fault if they turn out aggressive because there so loyal to their owner that they would anything including if the owner teaches them to be aggressive they would do just that. its not like you tell them to stop suddenly they will because thats how they were raisd

  • Skyler
    Posted at 09:26h, 08 March Reply

    Its not like they try to be that way but if humans stop training them in ileagle dog fights and bets then they wouldn’t be acting this so realy its the humans fault so don’t blame something for an issue before you know their story

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