10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Erkan March 31, 2012 Animals 392 Comments Dogs are most often wonderful pets and best friends. They are clever, sociable, and funny when you want to play. However in certain circumstances, any type of dog can be dangerous. Even friendly dogs can attack and bite. some dogs are more dangerous than other breeds. Here is 10 most dangerous dog breeds in the world. 10 – Dalmatian Dalmatian Origin: Balkans, India; Weight: 40-70 lbs; Height: 20-24 inches Dalmatians are very friendly and protective dogs. Also they are very powerful and they like running. They were used as warriors, hunters, and also shepherds before becoming the symbol of the English fireman. 09 – Presa Canario Presa Canario Origin: Canary Islands, Africa ; Weight: 100-125 lbs; Height: 25-26 inches Presa Canarios were trained for hunting and for wars during the 18th century. An attack by this dog has been described as hopeless for the victim. They have incredible power and they are really fearless animals. 08 – Chow Chow Chow Chow Origin: China; Weight: 40-65 lbs; Height: 18-22 inches The Chow Chow looks lovable and sweet. It is not quite so, though. Better don’t try to get near a chow chow’s owner without his or her permission. Because chow chow is the one of the most aggressive dog breed in the world. They were bred for hunting and helping shepherds. 07 – Doberman Pinschers Doberman Pinschers Origin: Germany; Weight: 65-90 lbs; Height: 26-28 inches Doberman pinschers (dobermans) are dogs that were originally bred to protect and defend. They are famous with their loyalty to owners. 06 – Alaskan Malamutes Alaskan Malamutes Origin: North America; Weight: 80-110 lbs; Height: 23-28 inches Alaskan Malamutes are friendly dogs. But If they are bored, they can become destructive. Because of this , they constantly need to move or play. So it’s better to keep this dog in a village, far from the city. 05 – Huskies Huskies Origin: Siberia; Weight: 35-55 lbs; Height: 20-24 inches Huskies are very energetic and intelligent dogs. But their training is a complicated thing, and this dog is not recommended for beginning dog owners. 04 – Boxer Boxer Origin: Germany; Weight: 50-64 lbs; Height: 20-25 inches They are strong and square dogs. They love to walk and play. Unlike their aggressive look, they can play well with kids. They are bright, energetic and playful breed. Also they have one of the most powerful head. 03 – German Shepherds German Shepherds Origin: Germany ; Weight: 70-85 lbs; Height: 22-26 inches Famous K-9 dogs. They are known to be fearless and confident dogs. German Shepherds are in need of constant and serious physical activity though, and they seem to give preference to long walks and active games. 02 – Rottweilers Rottweilers Origin: Germany; Weight: 85-110 lbs; Height: 23-27 inches Rottweilers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are powerful dogs with strong jaws, primarily meant to protect. They generally don’t like strangers and other dogs and if they think their owners are in danger, they can be very dangerous. 01 – Pit Bulls Pit bull Photo credit: Tobyotter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Origin: US; Weight: 30-55 lbs; Height: 18-22 inches Pit bulls often attract the worst kind of dog owners because of their power. Especially immoral people who are only interested in these dogs for fighting (which is unacceptable). While pit bulls were once considered especially non-aggressive to any people, their reputation has changed because of unscrupulous breeders and irresponsible owners. In fact, Pit bulls are commonly confident, people-oriented dogs that can develop a strong sense of dependence on their owners. Source: National Geographic http://www.facebook.com/alex.tourtounis Alex Tourtounis Pitbulls were actually breed for digging and pulling. Do your research before you post articles like this. Many pitbulls were also used in wars to help rescue wounded soldiers I’m sure the government would choose the most dangerous dog for that mission. Also pitbulls score in the lowest class of aggression vs many other breeds. Dorinda F Then why is it that the news is flooded with articles about one or more pitbulls turning on their owner or innocent children? Media hype? or could it be based on statistic? Do you ever research things before you dismiss it as haters? suzq044 the news likes to make money. A chihuahua attack isn’t going to make the news. Most people won’t even report one; i’ve been bit by a chihuahha more often than our pitbull. So I have to say the news likes a big, “mean” breed is going to. The Pitbull has just become that stereotype. A labrador retriever can be confused for a pitbull by the media. “Pitbull” creates hype, and a lot of response, which is all they really want; ratings. Statistics are only there to show that one thing or the other is true, or false. Most of them, like documentaries, are about finding facts that support your belief, and in some cases ignoring the ones that do not. That said, many people do not go through the effort of being a responsible dog owner. They don’t put the dog through classes, they don’t socialize them correctly, etc. Pitbulls are also probably one of the most common breeds in the US; so, hearing more about those bites than any other breed isn’t exactly surprising. They’re also one of the most abused; they were bred to be insanely loyal to humans; if they bit a human, they were put down, simply put. They’ll do anything that you, their owner, train them to. They’re extremely flexible dogs in that respect. They can be trained to do anything from your stereotypical fighting dog, to weight-pullers, to search & rescue, and therapy or assistance dogs. They’ll do anything to make their people happy. Ray Varona Dorinda, We all know the media is full of hype. While I know some dogs (regardless of breed) can be aggressive, you have to wonder what got them to the point of aggression. Suzq044’s reply to your post makes some valid points in this regards. What dog is most aggressive is similar to fashion. It’s all about what the media wants to hype as the latest trend. There are a number of research articles about what dogs have been considered the most aggressive during the last 100 years. You should look them up, but here’s an interesting one: http://www.thedogpress.com/Columns/Media-Bias-DogBites-067.asp. One place the “10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds” gets it wrong, in my opinion, is in listing Pit Bulls as a breed. A Pit Bull is a type not a breed. Read http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/truth-about-pit-bulls. There are two true Pit Bull breeds; the American Pit Bull Terrier (United Kennel Club) and the American Staffordshire Terrier (American Kennel Club). I could be wrong but it seems like the same dog with two different names. Both UKC and AKC are considered reputable kennel clubs with a long history. Who am I to question them, right? One thing I learned when I was doing research before getting my American Bulldog is that opinions about “Pit Bull” types vary and discussions can get heated. American Bulldogs and Boxers are at times thrown into the “Pit Bull” type category. You might also want to read: http://animal.discovery.com/pets/breeds-you-should-know.htm and http://animal.discovery.com/pets/about-bully-breeds.htm. It might help you be better informed. By the way, don’t believe everything you see or hear in the news. It can rot the brain. :0 Travelmate The mainstream media used to recount dogfights. Here’s a 1904 account of a “demented” pit bulldog that attacked people. “All parties agreed to a rematch a month later but thirty days in Bob years proved to be even more dangerous. This time Bob launched an attack on Paddy’s owner and as Crowley slipped out of harms way, Bob again launched an attack on the spectators.” http://americasdog.blogspot.com/2011/12/man-biter-mayhem.html Travelmate 1894 The Bulldog Nuisance It is a common thing these days to hear of persons being bitten by bulldogs, which breed appears to be rapidly increasing about time. http://americasdog.blogspot.com/2011/12/bulldog-nuisance.html Mick7777 Most bad pit bulls are due to bad owners, they are trained to fight or kill other dogs, and the tendency to attack peopl falls right into play, they are actually one of the sweetest dog breeds there is, but they are very strong and determined animals. They most aggressive dog breed, according to the American kennel association is the cocker spaniel, they are more bites by cocker spaniels than by any two other breeds. Paul Let’s not compare mosquito bites with shark attacks – Pit Bulls are dangerous dogs, you get bitten once and that’s it – especially vulnerable people. Just as circus lions are not representative of the lions in general, a few gentle and well-trained (read weaker and submissive) is not representative of the breed. They have to be feared and respected – and not domesticated to sleep in your bed. Lesley Karen Luscombe Sigh… the usual nonsense. The Pits that kill people are nearly always loved and loving family pet dogs, until… Pits don’t need to be ‘trained to fight’, they are BORN FIGHT READY. That is why they are the preferred choice of the dog-fighters. TRY not to mix up the bite of any other dog with the MAUL of a fighting bulldog, will you, please? Wake up sunshine. ludwig This is actually the biggest bullshit I ever read!!! Your top 10 “most dangerous breeds” is based on the knowledge of a retarted jellyfish. I think it’s time for you to get some proper information. Listing “the most dangerous breeds” isn’t that simple. I am the owner of a cane corso, a fila brasileiro and central asian owcharka… they are the most lovable and reliable creatures… I rest my case. ( I’m from Belgium so if there would be writing mistakes…) DarthYan statistically that’s a lie. They had a reputation as family pets ban pit bulls Because if you have not noticed chihuahua do not kill!!!! Lesley Karen Luscombe LMAO; what nonsense. I should think knowledgeable Pit owners and handlers must be cringing in disgust at that rubbish. Amazing that you managed to attract 29 knuckleheads to ‘like’ that disgusting selection of lies. They were designed specifically hundreds of years ago in ENGLAND for nothing but violent purposes; livestock torturing and dog-on-dog fighting, TO THE DEATH. And that violence was heaped upon in America. They are designed for nothing BUT violence. ‘Digging and pulling’ – ROFL. And quoting the ATTS is equally laughable – let the figures speak for themselves; let the DEAD speak to those who can hear them. 27 people KILLED by Pit Bulls in the States so far this year 2013, 15 of those were innocent children. All other breeds = TWO (a GSD mix killed its owner, and a Huskie mix killed a child). Damn right Pit Bulls are the most dangerous breed of dog EVER. No other dog breed or type can come close to what they have been doing for decades to people. I challenge anyone to come up with a list of the dead killed by any one other type of dog in any one year of choice that can challenge the record of the Pit Bulls. The number one dog most likely to KILL you or leave you so badly disfigured (often with amputated limbs) that you can hardly bear to look in the mirror. LEE I wonder how many of the 27 were killed due to the dog defending its self due to the way it was being treated!!. unfortunately this great breed attracts the worst breed of human to own them for example in UK many if not all drug dealers have them for their looks and to deter other drug dealers from robbing their stash and slow down police during raids. I doubt these dogs are cared for much by their oxygen thieving owners and more than likely often on the end of a boot or baited with sticks to encourage aggression. If we culled the whole bully breed of dogs today the scum of society would simply teach a Labrador to behave in a similar way and yes a lab treated like shit would have the ability to kill also just as so many medium size dogs would. Its not the breed its the owners period. I’ve owned pits, staffs and English bulls none ever bit anything more than there own dinner and all raised around people and all lived full life terms. We know just like we get rogue humans that kill rape etc etc we get rogue dogs through poor breeding and neglected care and unfortunately this small percentage sometimes meet and give you your 27 of hundreds of thousands of responsible bully breed owners. if I was made to live in a tower block with drug dealing morons id be aggressive too but these people don’t want shitzus or Labradors if they did you would have very different statistics. Leave these dogs alone and target clowns that ruin them. in the right hands there fantastic companions with un rivalled affection for people. Jeff Borchardt WRONG! Characteristics of the Pit Bull Breed The pit bull is unique in many ways. Historically, the breed was derived from the “butcher’s dog” developed for the blood sport of bull-baiting in England. The dogs were intentionally bred to be stronger than other dogs and to engage in dangerous behaviors that would favor their winning in the ring by fighting a bull to the death. When this sport was banned in England in approximately 1835, the owners took their dogs to the coal mining communities of Staffordshire County. There, the dogs were placed into coal pits to fight one another, and the breed was manipulated to be quicker and more agile. This breeding eventually resulted in the smaller, tenacious terriers now known as the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The name “pit bull” is associated with dogs displaying these phenotypes.13,14 These fighting dogs were bred and trained not to display behavioral signals of their intentions so that they would have an advantage in the ring. For this reason, pit bulls are frequently known to attack “without warning.”10 For example, 1 study found that 94% of attacks on children by pit bulls but only 43% of attacks on children by other breeds of dogs were unprovoked.15 Mythically, these dogs have been ascribed with supernormal strength and bite force and with “locking jaws,” which are claimed to be responsible for the devastating injuries that the dogs can produce. Although it is clear that this breed of dog is muscular, strong, and tenacious, there is no evidence for the extreme bite force often reported in the applicable literature. The results of osteological studies of skull and jaw morphology suggest that, as the mass of the dog increases, small differences in mechanics due to skull morphology may produce a theoretical bite force advantage.16 Dr. Brady Barr of the National Geographic Society tested the bite strength of live animals. The bite force of the Rottweiler was 328 psi, that of the German Shepherd Dog was 238 psi, and that of the pit bull was 235 psi. In comparison, the bite force of a gray wolf is more than 400 psi whereas that of a lion is 600 psi.17 Therefore, it is not the biting force of pit bulls that is responsible for the damage they inflict. With regard to the locking-jaw theory, although pit bulls are bred to not let go, there is no such thing as a locking jaw mechanism in pit bulls or in any other canine.13 The attack pattern of pit bulls is different from that of other dogs. With other dogs, children are usually at highest risk of being bitten. In contrast, pit bulls seem to attack adults almost as frequently as they attack children.18 Pit bulls not only are notorious for their indiscriminate attack pattern but also are well known for the tenacity with which they continue with an attack. The case fatality reported above involved an infant that was mauled by 2 pit bulls. These dogs had previously bitten an 8-year-old relative in the face. When the dog’s owner attempted to stop the attack on the infant by stabbing the dogs with a knife, she became a victim herself, and police officers had to shoot (kill) the dogs at the scene.19 It is not uncommon to hear of witnessed attacks in which the pit bulls could not be stopped from attacking.20,21 The inbred tenacity of pit bulls, the unrelenting manner in which they initiate and continue their attacks, and the damage they cause are the result of both genetics and environment. Therefore, this breed of dog is inherently dangerous.10,13,16,17,22 As stated by 1 author, “Temperament is not the issue, nor is it even relevant. What is relevant is actuarial risk. If almost any other dog has a bad moment, someone may get bitten, but will not be maimed for life or killed, and the actuarial risk is accordingly reasonable. If a Pit Bull Terrier or a Rottweiler has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed, and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs and their victims are paying the price.”18 Over a recent 3-year period from January 2006 to March 30, 2009, a total of 98 dog bite fatalities involving 179 dogs occurred; 60% of the deaths were caused by pit bulls, and 76% were caused by pit bulls and Rottweilers.11 A total of 113 pit bulls were involved in these deaths, and they accounted for 63% of the dogs involved in fatal attacks (Table 2). If the risk of fatal attack is normalized to Labrador Retrievers and Labrador-mix breeds (the most common registered dog in the United States), the relative risk of death related to pit bull attacks is more than 2500 times higher. Data show that, in 2008, pit bulls alone were responsible for 81% of attacks that occurred off the owner’s property; of these attacks, 85% involved more than 1 dog.11 Although adults aged 21 to 54 years composed only 19% of all victims who died, 82% of these deaths were caused by pit bull attacks. Over a 3-year period, 54% of deaths due to pit bull attacks occurred among adults (aged 21 years or older) and 46% occurred among children (aged 11 years or younger). In one 85-day period from July to September 2008, pit bulls were involved in 127 dog attacks, 57% of which occurred off the owner’s property. In these attacks, 158 people were injured, 63% of them severely; 10% of the victims suffered severed body parts; and 6 victims were killed.12 In the same period, 128 dangerous pit bulls had to be shot to death by police officers or citizens.12 A closer look at these figures indicates that 1 person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, a person loses a body part to a pit bull attack every 5.4 days, 2 persons are injured by pit bulls each day, and 1.5 pit bulls are shot to death each day Travelmate They knew what pit bulls were bred for in 1884: This appeared right under the masthead of the Rockford Daily Gazette supplement section in 1884. They loved their pit bulls in Rockford and everyone knew full well they were not nanny dogs. After Victor Hugo: A Dog Fight as Viewed from a Heroic Standpoint. [Pen and Press] What is a bulldog? It is a monster that transforms itself into a machine. It is a battering ram. It is the entrance of matter into Liberty. It is a mad mass with the bounds of a tiger, the stelthiness of a mouse, the obstinance of an ox, the unexpectedness of the surf, the rapidity of lightening, the deafness of the tomb. It weighs forty or fifty pounds, yet it rebounds like a child’s ball. Its attack is a wild whirl abruptly cut at right angles. The tempest ceases, the cyclone passes, the wind falls, the broken mast is replaced, the leak is stopped, the fire dies out, but the bulldog never lets go. http://pitbullattacksinillinois.blogspot.com/2012/04/jan-16-1884-rockford-il-loves-real-pit.html animalcop Bred for digging and pulling! lol http://www.facebook.com/maria.eduarda.712714 Maria Eduarda este conceito de cães perigosos… tá um bom bocado errado …:) http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernardo-Gortaire-Amezcua/664487836 Bernardo Gortaire Amézcua There is no “dangerous” dog breed. There are dangerous and irresponsible owners. Kid Comi Actually their are in true history, for example the pit bull was actually know to be highly aggressive because it was mainly associated how within the brain of the dog, that it would attack with out realizing, but this mainly is associated because it is a cross bred dog… Christina Michelle Cayton Where do you get your info from? Curious so i can read that too… Actually, the pit bull began as being used to latch on to a bulls nose when it became aggressive and the pit woukd take a bull down, calming it. Can you guess where the name came from? Stop spreading lies about this breed. Youre as bad as the media, if not worse because youre not paid to spread fear!!! Lesley Karen Luscombe LOL – ‘the pit would take a bull down, calming it’???? Have you ever seen one of these dogs in action? No, you haven’t. They are incredibly cruel. I suggest you use your search engine and look for DOZENS of vids out there of Pits clamping down on horses, cattle, alpacas, donkeys and more. Oh and ordinary pet dogs too; they love to ‘calm them down’ on a daily basis. Use your search engine to look for ‘Pit Bulls kill Alpacas’, for instance. Use ‘images’. There, you will see beautiful gentle creatures with their lower jaws hanging off, pain and fear in their eyes. Use your search engine to look for ‘Pit Bulls attack horses’ and see the vile gripping injuries on those poor animals. You really are some kind of stupid. I will always remember that remark of yours – ‘the pit would take a bull down, calming it’. ROFL. John Use your search engine to see how many parents beat their kids to death or use your search engine to to read how many pitbull related attacks happenned before 1995 when rap and the media decided to portray the breed as a vicious dog. I guess since the media forced an opion on millions of people it must be true that pit bulls a vicious breed of dog. Or you can pick a book up and read how president Roosevelt and wilson both had pit bulls in the white house, maybe how Hellen Keller keep in mind she was blind, deaf owned a pit bull. How about the numerous pits that were nanny dogs in the 19th century. Or maybe Sergant stubby who was a war dog who saved an entire regiment from mustard gas attacks. Yea vicious dog. There’s no denying there have been attacks by pit bulls and there is no denying there have been attacks by other breeds well, but it ignorant arrogant simple minded people who listen to everything the media says that gave the pit bull a bad reputation. No-one ever mentions attacks by Dalmatian, golden retriever, dachshund, chi wawa, better yet any beeed that isn’t considered a bully beeed. How is it that the breed of dog has been around for centuries but only recently decides to attack people. Maybe its because the breed of dog isn’t genetically bred to be vicious but taught to e that way by a human. When will society stop blaming the breed and start blaming the owner who taught that dog to be that way. DarthYan and what of pits that have saved cats from coyotes. http://www.facebook.com/wintermadness1 Tim Best You can’t ignore the statistics. Are dangerous and irresponsible owners just incredibly likely to own these particular dog breeds? Regardless of whether it’s the dog or the owner, the fact is if these particular breeds DO attack, it’s really dangerous. So overall, the nicest pitbull is still more dangerous than the most vicious shi-tzu. You wouldn’t claim a tiger with a good owner is safer than a housecat with an irresponsible owner, would you? Sure, the house cat could be mean and attack everyone. But no one would get their throat ripped out. All it takes is for the tiger to attack ONCE, and he’s immediately more dangerous. Antonio Ray so in other words, the size of the dog determines how dangerous the dog is is what, your saying. Up top suraj verma The whole animal kingdom (including man) needs genetic reengineering. Christina Michelle Cayton People want the big mean looking dog so yes they are! How about this statistic that the media leaves out; there are over 6 Million pit bulls in the usa and only 800 thousand Rottweilers so of course there is going to be a Massive difference in numbers. Bet you’ve never heard that on the news after they slam this amazing breed! Lesley Karen Luscombe Pit Bulls actually represent around 6% of pet dogs in the States, but nearly ALL of the deaths and horrific injuries are down to them. 29 dead people in the States this year. All down to Pit Bulls except for two (a GSD mix and a Huskie mix). 15 dead children. Many of the killer Pits were loved and loving family pets. ‘Amazing breed'; you have that right. Amazingly violent and unpredictable. Never can tell when that goofy loving character who loves to ‘kiss you to death’ is going to switch from play to slay. You’re in a world of trouble once those genetics kick in; Pit Bulls who killed people this year had to be SHOT off their victims, often MULTIPLE TIMES. Really amazing, that. jarhead Could you please site the source of your statistics. and not some random blog or news report. I would like to see the source. Katie Ramirez about 150 people are killed a year by falling coconuts. Therefore, lyou are 60 times more likely to be killed by a palm tree than a pit bull. Also each year more than 2,000 children in the US are killed by their parents or guardians by either abuse or neglect. A child is more than 800 times more likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a pitbull. Another thing, did you know Pits were used as Nannies way back when? http://www.dontbullymybreed.org/ dwezil While I do like pitbulls, they are beautiful medium sized dogs, the stats don’t lie. More often than not the victims of these dogs were family members not strangers. So keep telling yourself they are the best dogs ever, bla bla but the FACT is they kill more children than any other breed with Rottweilers coming in a close second. See CDC dog fatalities report from 1979-1998, and those numbers have climbed even higher thanks to the ghetto trash who misuse this breed for fighting and as a status symbol. Quote all the stats you want to try and take the focus off the FACT that pitbulls ARE a dangerous breed and deserve their #1 ranking if it makes you feel better, I just laugh when I see people walking them and they cross the street to avoid walking by my Presa and my Dane who would gladly use them for a chew toy if it came to that. Maya12a3 YOU SAID SO YOURSELF, IT’S THE PEOPLE! “ghetto trash who misuse this breed for fighting and as a status symbol” DarthYan Heading the website is this statement: “In the 3-year period from 2006 to 2008, pit bull type dogs killed 52 Americans and accounted for 59% of all fatal attacks. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 73% of these deaths.” The very first error in this statement (beside the fact that 2006 – 2008 equals 2 years not 3) is ANY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER anywhere in the United States will voluntarily admit that identifying a breed of dog with absolute accuracy, with the exception of an obvious pure bred, is virtually impossible. Because of irresponsible backyard breeding where inter-breeding and cross breeding occurs, not even a DNA test on a dog’s breed is 100% accurate. Also… Media sources typically do not verify the breed of dog involved in incidents prior to running a story in the paper or on the evening news. Q: Why would a news source run a story about a pit bull attack when the breed of dog involved wasn’t even a pit bull? A: Which grabs YOUR attention more? “PIT BULL ATTACKS CHILD” or “UNKNOWN BREED OF DOG ATTACKS CHILD”? Q: Why is it important to know about sources and factual reporting? A: http://www.Dogsbite.org collects its information from the media exclusively. More importantly, this information was not taken verbatim from the one reliable source who does record national statistics on dog bites and attacks: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/ and http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/images/dogbreeds-a.pdf Also, the fact and common sense that Pit Bulls being one of the most popular breeds of dog in the US today contributes to the amount of dog related incidents and fatalities involving Pit Bulls. (ie If Honda cars are the most popular vehicle on the road, they will account for the greater percentage of vehicles involved in traffic accidents.) divider 1The pit bull is a class of dogs comprised of the following breeds: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and American bulldog. The term “Pit Bull” is a generic term referring to American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers (most common in Great Britain) and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Not the AKC, UKC, professional Veterinary Doctors, behaviorists, breeders, or knowledgeable animal control officers acknowledge American Bulldogs as part of the “Pit Bull” breeds. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanpitbull.htm 2Pit Bull Attack: Case Report and Literature Review, by Steven F. Vegas, MD, Jason H. Calhoun, MD, M. Eng., John Mader, MD, Texas Medicine Vol. 84, November 1988. This sources of information is not only compiled by those with little to no expertise or background in animal behavior OR collecting accurate census, But like Asst Denver City Attorney Kory Nelson were on the hunt for notoriety and resume line items. The slanted and manipulated information found in this “study” is directly discredited by The Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs (A Denver based non-profit organization- http://www.livingsafelywithdogs.org/ ) and the book “The Pit Bull Placebo” by Karen Delise of the National Canine Research Council http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/ 3Decade of Adoption Focus Fails to Reduce Shelter Killing, by Merritt Clifton, Animal People, July/August 2009. Merrit Clifton… A Professional Veterinary Doctor and Animal Behaviorist, or Reporter? You decide: http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/apHomeTeam.html , http://whales7.tripod.com/policies/white.html , http://www.animalbehaviour.co.za/tag/merritt-clifton/ 4American Canine Foundation and Florence Vianzon v. City of Aurora, Colorado, No. 06-CV-01510-WYD-BNB (D. Colo., Sept. 1, 2009). This case was settle with the dog being grandfathered with stipulation. The Problem with instating Pit Bull Bans: Like the cities of Denver and Aurora, CO… city officials of any city do not put proposed bans up for public debate or vote. They are typically discussed in study groups not open to the public and then are voted on internally (ie city council) and then put into affect. Sure, one could argue that city council meetings are open to the public, and that fact is true. One could argue that a city council meeting’s agenda is posted publicly. One could also argue that the average citizen does not follow new zoning issues, pay raises for elected city officials, and public works contracts (the most common issues discussed at city council meetings). Is it fair to say that citizens of a city should pay more attention to what their city council is discussing and proposing? Absolutely. Is it also fair to say that city councils bank on the fact that the community is not paying attention? Absolutely. Information Sources Are Not Always As they Appear… (Below are the sources of information named on Dogsbite.org with a brief explanation of those sources) An informal, yet conclusive summary of Dogsbite.org (Taken from KC DOG BLOG – http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2010/03/the-truth-behind-dogsbiteorg.html ) “While it seems that lately, several media outlets have been treating them like they have a particular knowledge on the subject of dog bites and attacks (I’ll get to a possible “why” on that later in the post), it doesn’t erase the reality that dogsbite.org is simply a website run almost entirely by an individual person who has an expertise in web design, access to google, and a desire to seek revenge on an attack that happened to her several years. Those are the qualifications behind the website. And it runs no deeper than that. And treating the website as anything more than that is a recipe bad information that will lead to less safe circumstances for people and dogs.” “And make no mistake, all of the experts organizations disagree with her idea on breed-specific legislation. **** Every mainstream national organization that is involved in canine/human interactions is opposed to laws targeting specific breeds of dogs. An at-least partial list of these organizations include: American Dog Owners Association, American Humane, American Kennel Club (AKC), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Working Dog Federation, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Best Friends, Center for Disease Control, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, International Association of Canine Professionals, National Animal Control Association, National Animal Interest Alliance, National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, National Canine Research Council, No Kill Advocacy Center” ” There is the reality that they claim dogs of even distantly-related breeds — including Boxers, Bulldogs and Mastiffs – to all be ‘pit bulls’ in their “statistics”. They consistently claim that all of the professional organizations that oppose BSL are only doing so because they are supported by dog fighters*. They sensor all comments on their website that even come remotely close to disputing anything they post — even if it is someone who is providing acutal data that is correcting something they misspoke about — again, censoring other types of thinking isn’t exactly something you’d expect from a “public education” website.” Dan Apples and oranges. Agree with what you say, but lets just look at the stats between dogs. After all this article was on what the most dangerous dog breeds are not the most likely things to injure you are. The point is no matter how much we love are pets there are certain dog breeds that statistically are more dangerous than others. Katie Ramirez Also here is this. http://www.dontbullymybreed.org/StopCourtRuling.php linda I agree one hundred percent with you. I am so tired of the ridiculous excuses and arguments these owners suggest. They are I am amazed they haven’t been banned from the planet . Look at the faces of all they have killed on dogsbite.org who keeps stats on maulings and deaths of all breeds. Pit bull is and has been number 1 with Rotts right behind them. Shame on these ridiculous people with no brains. Sara With proper socialization this entire list would be moot. Banning the breed is not the answer. Killing an entire canine population based on the breed? I think Hitler already tried something like that with humans awhile ago, and it didn’t work either. linda Reading statistics, many of the attacks have been committed by so called “socialized” dogs. The statistics about the breed do not lie, are not biased they are simply facts based on actual incidents. If you read the reports you will find many of the deaths and horrific attacks have been within family owned dogs and these dogs have turned on family members. While I feel bad for these dogs at times, the reality is breed is dangerous, and I for one am tired of hearing about children, adults and small animals being killed at a ridiculous percentage over any other breed. Read the stories…..look at the pictures and please do not be like the rest of the people making excuses for this breed by saying ” little dogs bite more”. While that statement may ring truth, you will not see a 4 pound breed in the news for killing a child. Ridiculous. That’s like comparing swimming with a great white shark and a flounder. Tired of walking in fear of these predators. And by the way try getting homeowners insurance once they know you own a pit. I guess the insurance companies are crazy too. Sara I have owned pits for years and I had no problem getting my insurance (and at a great price). My dogs have never attacked anyone or anything. And small dogs HAVE killed children. It HAS happened. No animal is 100% safe and it is unfair to continuously demonize these breeds. And I have read reports—many times the dogs are also incorrectly called pit bulls. DarthYan they are. Dogs bite has cited non pit bull dogs and passed them off. Fl0rax3 Dog bites.org is not a reputable site, morons. Look it up. DarthYan You are amazed because you are a fucking idiot. linda I agree 100%. Tired of people making excuses for this breed. Tired of fearing walking down a street thanks to this breed and the owners who think they are ok. Maybe the supporters should visit a morgue and look at the damage this breed is capable of. Funny how they all like to blame other breeds, but refuse to read the facts. Mandy Fetty I HAVE DONE MY RESEARCH EVER SINCE I WAS 13 WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH A PUP I SAW AND I WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM. THE FACT THAT KEEPS COMING UP AFTER 15 YEARS OF RESEARCH IS THAT ALL THE REPORTS THAT ARE DONE ON PIT BULLS MOSTLY IS BECAUSE THERE IS 800 ATTACKS YES THERE ARE SOME THAT ARE VERY SERIOUS AND SAD BUT THEN THERE ARE SOME THAT LOOK LIKE LITTLE DOG BITES AND HONESTLY THE LITTLE DOG BREED CAN DO ALOT MORE DAMAGE THEN A BIG DOG. 800 ATTACKS. LOOK AT CRIME RATES CHILDREN DEATH DUE TO CAREGIVERS OR KIDNAPPERS LOOK AT THE ACCIDENTS THAT PEOPLE DIE IN EVERY YEAR LOOK AT THE RATE FOR CHILDREN DROWNING INFANTS SUFFICATING WHILE A SLEEP.TRUST ME I HAVE DONE ALL MY NUMBERS AND ALL THE RESEARCH AND THANK GOD MY STATE OF OHIO FINALLY OPENED ITS EYES AND SAW THAT THESE SO CALLED DANGEROUS DOGS ARE ACTUALLY VERY LOYAL AND AKA NANNY DOGS. SO IF YOU KNOW ANYONE PERSONALIY THAT HAS SUFFERED FROM AN ATTACK FROM A PIT BULL PLEASE LET ME KNOW INSTEAD OF JUST GOING OFF NEWS AND HEAR SAY BECAUSE HUN I HAVE BEEN AROUND 50 DIFFRENT TYPES OF PIT BULLS FROM YOUNG AND OLD TO BEING LOVED TO BEATEN AND I HAVE A SOON TO BE 5 YEAR OLD AND A SOON TO BE AN 11 YEAR OLD AND I TAKE MY CHILDREN WITH ME EVERY TIME TO STRAYS TO FRIENDS TO SHELTERS AND TO POUNDS AND NEVER EVER HAVE I HAD AN ISSUE WITH PIT BULLS NOW WHEN I DO THE SAME FOR LITTLE BREEDS FROM THE SAME SITUATIONS I DO GET BIT MY CHILDREN GET SNAPPED AT AND THIS IS DO TO MY RESEARCH AS WELL. I HAVE ACTUALLY HAD PEOPLE COME WITH ME PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT ME SICK AND THEY HONESTLY FEEL LIKE ASSES AND THEN THE ASK THE HUMAINE SOCIETY HOW THIS CAN BE AND THEIR ANSWER TO THEM EVERY TIME I HAVE DONE THIS FOR A LONG TIME AND I KNOW THE PIT BULL BETTER THE HUMAINE SOCIETY AND THE DOG WARDEN. THE FUNNY THING IS I AM JUST NORMAL HOUSE WIFE THAT LOVES LEARNING AND TEACHING ABOUT THIS BREAD AND ACTUALLY DID A RESEARCH PAPER AND 8 PAGE ESSAY IN COLLAGE ABOUT THE PERSONILTY THE HEALTH THE STRUCTURE THE MENTAL FACTORS AND WHY THEY DO WHAT THEY DO. HONESTLY MY PROFESSER WAS SO PLEASED SHE SHOWED IT TO THE DEAN AND THE DEAN WANTED ME TO LEARN MORE SO I COULD DO ANOTHER ONE BECAUSE THEY WERE SO IMPRESSED HOW I PROVED MY FACTS AND HOW I MADE THEM RECONSIDER THEIR LOOK ON THESE KILLER DOGS KNOWS AS PIT BULLS INTO ACTUALLY LOVING LOYAL GREAT FAMILY PET AKA NANNY DOGS FOR A REASON!!!!!!! Lead Farmer What are the stats on un-polite people who type EVERYTHING IN CAPS? I just decided to ignore your whole post because you were inconsiderate enough not to learn ettiquette. You are probably just as inconsiderate as a dog owner. The Annoyed Critic You type your shit out in all caps. That’s one of the biggest signs of “dumb” that there is on the Web, so no matter how much research you claim to have done, you most likely misinterpreted everything you saw anyway because you’re a dumb ass fucking knuckledragger The Annoyed Critic Thanks, Lesley. I appreciate an intelligent, thoughtful reply. Hopefully, the morons will understand you are correct. DarthYan and given that there are MILLONS of pits in the country, the fact remains that the vast bulk of pits don’t actually kill. Sometimes the child provoked the dog or the parents were neglectful DarthYan they have a larger population. By your logic all arabs are terrorists because many of the terrorists are muslims. Katie Ramirez I’ve owned pits, dobermans, German shepherds, Husky and Malamutes. NEVER had an issue. Never wanted to attack or eat anyone. I’d trust them all with my child over any small breed any day! Sarah I agree! The only dogs I ever got bitten by as a veterinary technician were the small breeds. They were also the ones that need muzzles more often than not. jp my exp. is limited to shepherds but i agree although i wouldn’t let them near anyone else’s kid got a real nasty bite when i was 5 and went to play with my 2 year old cousin. apparently i was a threat to Laura in Sampson’s opinion Elisa I would rather chihuahua bite than a pit. thanks. Sarah My husband has raised numerous litters of Rottweilers and was never bitten by any of the parents and no issues were EVER reported with ANY of the puppies. So before you go accusing large breed dogs of being worse just because of their size, try putting your child with a small breed dog. You are more likely to get a growl from the big dog and then a bite and just get bitten by the small dog. dwezil As usual you people are missing the point. Yes small breeds are infuriating and personally I wish we could kill off any dog that isn’t at least 50 lbs, but chihuahuas don’t rip the throats out of toddlers, or dismember and feast on their entrails. My wife’s uncle had a Rotty that weighed well over 200 lbs and was the meanest dog you have ever met. He had killed several neighborhood cats and dogs and he was chained to a car in the back yard and would pull it back and forth barking and frothing at everyone except her uncle. It sounds like your husband is a competent breeder and dog owner but you ASSUME too much if you think all dog owners or breeders are the same. Put a dog like Grizzly the psycho Rottweiler in the hands of some 20 something piece of ghetto trash and I guarantee you would have had human fatalities as well. mnarvaez Key word, Competent breeder. That’s it, it’s more of the owners responsibility than the dogs fault. Maya12a3 Except, you know, that Jack Russel who ripped a 3week or day (can’t remember) babies throat out. But that didn’t have a big news report so no one cares. vicki t. Yes, it did have a big news report. But they have not killed as many people. a Pit bull jumped on my little jack russeell and messed up his neck. If a jr is so dangerous why couldt he fight the pit? You make no sense. These pits need to GO Toby Our little Chinese Crested is so mean to our Pit a Bull. He is the vicious one in our family. I just got but by him trying to stop him from attacking our Pit Bull. Our Pit Bull loves other dogs. Never had any issues. There are millions of Pit Bulls, but not even hundreds of attacks. So please tell me again why they must go? gtikh Terriers should be the ones going. Your reasoning does not make any sense. A big lab or golden can do damage too… yet you would rather hang out with an aggressive terrier?? my pit is a sweet loving dog. has been charged at by aggressive terriers, and just walked away from the situation. poor pits getting euthanized left and right because of a stupid stigma brought on my IGNORANT people. Gail Hall You’re ignorant because the correct name is AMERICAN PITBULL TERRIER. Stupid. gtikh It doesn’t matter. I was being hypothetical. You shouldn’t generalize breeds like this no matter the breed, it’s ridiculous. and don’t be rude. http://TrochilusTales.blogspot.com Trochilus Pit bulls ARE terriers, having been bred from Staffordshire Bull Terriers (English and American), Pit Bull Terriers, and Bull Terriers. If they are properly trained and treated, they can be wonderful pets, and non-aggressive. Unfortunately many of the pit bulls and pit bull mixes you would come across in city shelters or similar locations, have been bred, kept and trained as fighting dogs, or were kept as guard dogs by drug dealers to be aggressive to any humans other than their owners. Amy Pits are not likely to attack a person unless the own has trand it to! I walked up to a junk yard pit pet it and he was as liveable as could be. Pits are just missed under stood cimaron Oh, so now we have the poor misunderstood pit~bull type dog? Maybe everybody…..and I mean absolutely every human being there is should go seek therapy so this poor dog (which has cold hard facts supporting it’s aggressive nature) can be properly understood. In the meantime, what exactly is that going to do for the dog? Also, pits do not need to be trained by their owners to attack. They attack when the mood strikes them. Do you really think owners train their pits to attack and maim or kill 3 year old and 5 year old children? They do it when they do it. They just do…. Zebrastar MSP Not all pitbulls are mean >.< I've only owned pitbulls and they never attacked another dog, unless the dog did something to them first. Also, the pitbull could have wanted to play, and your dog was to small. Pit Bull Lover Stereotypical people like you need to go… its not breed its the owner… your Jack Russel can be just as vicious as any other dog if you raise it that way…. Television has people brainwashed about these dogs… little house dogs attack an bite people everyday but the American Pit Bull Terrier always makes headlines and is demonized… I am against dog fighting to the fullest I hate it with a passion pit bulls are not fighting dogs if you did research the Staffordshire Terrier are the original dogs bred to fight did ya know that??? Makes me sick when people stereotype an 9 times out of 10 they never even owned the bred Mel No, people like you need to go. Seriously lady do some research. Dogfriend you need to go….. read some real information on the Pit-bulls. They are naturally aggressive toward other dogs. michael jack russells are hunting dogs.. so yeah they are bred to kill, pits are soft dogs if you bring them up right.. i trust my presa canario 100% with my 9month old son, i would NEVER trust a jack russel around him.. Family pitbulls maul too That happened once in like 2008. In 2013 at least 25 pit bulls killed humans. And they have seriously disfigured many more. There is no comparison. It’s a fact that pit bulls have killed more people then every breed combined every year and the numbers are rising. So how many people is it going to take to die before you realize animals shouldn’t come before human . haifisch8587 If you bother to read the news, you will realize that humans are the most dangerous breed. So never mind the bulshit about humans first Family pitbulls maul too If you bother to read the news, there are laws that put dangerous humans in jail and in some states to death for killing a person. By the way why don’t you go look up the definition to dog breeds and human races. Maybe you’ll learn the difference between the two since your so smart:) Dogfriend since ‘ you’re so NOT smart’ Family pitbulls maul too Are you stalking me? I think there is a big difference between not spelling words right and comparing dogs to humans. I don’t have to be perfect at spelling to know what I’m talking about on an issue I have experienced and researched. Why don’t you come up with a comment that’s constructive. Let me know if you find anymore typos for me. Thanks… Bob Larnoz First off your statistics are complete and total bull and secondly you do realize that humans are animals too right. ow and lastly going off of ure argument then I guess we should just get rid of any other animals that kill us like snakes, tigers, spiders, elephants, hippos, crocs, insects, ow and we can’t forget to exterminate the animal at the top of the list, the one that kills more humans than any other animal in the world, what was that animals name again, ow ya that’s right right it,s other HUMANS! Yep we should definitely get rid of these animals because were humans and were more important then anything else on the planet because we are humans and we are better. <– Putride ignorant bull! "Just like your statistics." Family pitbulls maul too Do you eat meat? Were your clothes made from animals? If so, what makes you more important then the animals that are killed to feed you. And all the other animals you are referring to besides humans are wild animal’s that we keep away from populated areas. Dangerous bugs are exterminated. Poisonous snakes are are not kept as pets. Also domesticated animals are man made and manipulated to behave certain ways. We have regulations that keep dangerous wild life out of poputated areas and we need regulations to stop back yard breeding of all animals and the cities needs to put restrictions on the amount of dogs they can breed. Do you care that your precious breeds are being euthanized a million a year or do you just care that animals should be equal to humans. Maybe we should start letting them vote and drive. Tell me if you get in a car accident and you have a child or person in the car If you can only save one of them who are you going to save? Most sane people are going to save the person because they understand that a human life comes before a pets life. I fight for restrictions on all the dogs that are killing every year. But yes. Pit bulls are sweet dogs. But if they snap it’s likely to be unprovoked and without warning. And they are the breeds that cause the most severe disfiguring injuries. And prove that my stats are not right. Bob Larnoz ok first off your opening argument makes no sense since I was saying we’re not more important. Secondly venomous snakes are kept as pets and dangerous bugs aren’t normally the ones exterminated. typically it’s just the nusence ones. Next they didn’t start out as domesticated animals we made then that way for our own entertainment and now we punish them when they act like their instincts tell them to. also the only reason we have those regulations is because we’ve destroyed there homes and forced them into areas they’re not meant to be and now if they try to return home we kill them. Yes I do care that they are being euthanized that’s what im saying all do is destroy and kill everything we don’t like or don’t understand and it’s not right. Then after that your whole argument just devolves into some nonsensical crap about driving animals for a bit which is just a stupidly pointless argument. what i’m saying is they we don’t have the right to kill and destroy all these animals just because we don’t like them or we fear them. Now to answer your question if I had to choose it would depend on who the person was. And to immediately go to the next line tell me exactly why a human life comes before an animals life. why? Is it because we are “intelligent beings” is that what makes us so much better then them? The fact that we are evolved to the point that all we do is kill and destroy everything around us, Is that the reason our lives are more important? And at the bottom they are the breed responsible for the most deaths and disfigurements but the reason they are like that is because we made them that way and now we punish them for it. However I do agree with a single line from your entire post ” Pit Bulls are sweet dogs.” Family pitbulls maul too Pointless trying to reason with someone who is unreasonable. You need help and I hope you get it. I will not read or reply to your comments anymore. good luck. Bob Larnoz Here is my response to your close minded ignorance “It’s Pointless trying to reason with someone who is unreasonable. You need help and I hope you get it. I will not read or reply to your comments anymore. good luck.” Dogfriend Thank YOU! jp I do believe labs have them beat although seeing as they are outnumbered by the labs this is to be expected a study that ran from ’66 to ’80 found no fatal attacks by pitbulls while there were fatal attacks by labradors Family pitbulls maul too That’s because the pit bull movement hadn’t come and started making them family pets and adopting out pits that have killed, maimed, or were former fighting pits. A lab or lab mix has never killed 25 people in one year. No other breeds have. And evey year the death toll is getting higher and higher. Besides labs don’t cause injuries that chew and rip peoples limbs off. We are never going to prevent all deaths and attacks by dogs. But whether pits are loved, abused, trained, socialized, or neglected they have proven to attack the same way. Unprovoked, without warning, and a lot of them never showed aggression until the second they attacked. I know this because victims and witnesses of pit attacks compare notes. And unfortunately I witnessed a loved family pit bull that lived with kids and very sweet tempered attack my son the same way the majority of them attack. Do you think I would have ever let this dog around my son if I thought it would attack and try to kill him. And I guarantee you had I not been standing two feet away from him he would be dead instead of scarred for life. I just don’t want any of you people to loose your kids in order to realize that you are taking a bigger risk by having these dogs around. Maybe it won’t be your kid. Maybe it will the neighbors kid or your loved ones. Or maybe you’ll get lucky and your pits will never attack. But why choose a dog that’s strong enough to take down bears and bulls in your home? People there is a difference between a dog that bites and retreats in the majority of cases then a dog that attacks to kill. Don’t learn the hard way like I and so many others had too. Take the time to hear the victims stories. Don’t make excuses and assumptions. DJ First off, your son wasn’t attacked by a pit bull. Sorry, but I know you’re lying. Second, Pit bulls were very common family pets in the first half of the 20th century. In fact some records have them as the most common pet dog from 1890-1940. Third, a breed does not go from having barely any attacks to dozens do to genetics. Its done when a certain trend catches on. And in the 1980’s- current, that has been dog fighting and the “bad boy” persona. Having worked with pit bulls, I don’t think I’ve ever met one which was human aggressive, but many WERE dog aggressive. However, there is absolutely no link between dog aggression and human aggression. That is why pit bulls make terrible guard dogs! Fourth, there is absolutely no such thing as a dog that attacks without warning. A dog that attacks has and will display signs of aggression. Witnessing dog aggressive pit bulls, there was always a sign of aggression if they wanted to fight. Anxiety, nervous yelping, hair standing up on the back of the beck and back, strong focus. I don’t know how old you are, but I assure you that if you grew up in the 1950’s,60’s or 70’s, you probably never heard of a pit bull attack on the news. You heard of of German Shepherd attacks. Family pitbulls maul too Oh you caught me because it makes total since that my son was attacked by a different breed and one day I just desided to blame it on a pit bull. Why would anyone do that. And it’s people like you that further victimize victims by calling them liars about something so traumatic that I witnessed happen to my child. So every victim and witness is a liar. And animal control, the news. It’s just a giant conspiracy because people have no good reason to warn others about fighting breeds. I know why now. Either your a breeder and don’t want to loose your meal ticket, your a dog fighter and know if people put restrictions on these dogs it will be harder to hide your operation, or you are just a crazy pit bull fanatic. Move along now. I don’t waist my time with people like you. your a disgusting excuse for a human being. Dogfriend you don’t ‘Waist’ time? you mean, as in the area of your stomach above your hips? and why did you properly write our ‘you are’ in one place then totally blunder it up as ‘your’ in the rest of your rant? Family pitbulls maul too BTW. I was ignorant about pit bulls and my son paid the price for it. I believed that only owners who abused, neglected, and trained their pit bulls to fight attacked. I could have never believed that a loved, sweet family pit bull could turn on my son without warning or it being provoked. He just snapped. And after talking to the other victims and witnesses of these attacks and comparing notes it became obvious that fighting breeds have a different and more dangerous attack style. And it should be no surprise that they cling on and don’t let go, or attack without being provoked and without warning. That’s the way man designed them to be for their sick pleasures. We need to stop fighting and come up with a compromise because our kids lives might not matter to you but they matter to us. BSL doesn’t have to be about banning these dogs we can make people who breed to have to be registered and regulated. We can mandate that all other dogs and pets be sterilized. We can legislate that all pets that cause severe and fatal injuries unprovoked need to be euthanized. And I am all for owner responsibility. And owners who fail to control their animals and they kill someone. They shouldn’t just get their dog back and a fine. They should be charged with involuntary manslaughter. And as far as attacks that happen in the home. Whether it was a guest or a resident of the home that was severely attacked, I would feel obligated to put my dog down. My mom and I had our dachshund for 10 yrs when he became skittish after being attacked by a loose pit bull. Petie our dog bit my 3 yr old sons hand twice. And even though he didn’t break the skin I knew he was a threat to my son. So I had to do one of the hardest things I have done and put him down. It broke my heart but I knew my sons safety came first. You can not count on people to be responsible therefore the only thing to do is make laws that will force them to be responsible. And anyone who puts a pet before the safety of people is an irresponsible owner. Bob Larnoz There are a few valid points in this post however I still don’t believe that we should be killing them for acting out of what they think they are supposed to be doing. There are places out there where they can go to and live the rest of there lives out being happy and cared for without the risk of them hurting another member of our ow so precious human race. <-Sarcasm just to clarify since you obviously didn't comprehend it the first time. Dogfriend “Pointless trying to reason with someone who is unreasonable. You need help and I hope you get it. I will not read or reply to your comments anymore. good luck.” So you are a liar? Hello? Family pitbulls maul too OMG! I so haven’t heard that before. I mean it is what people need to believe so they can continue to live in a dream world. Hey but at least you’re perfect at spelling out your propaganda. DiesIrae999 Your face needs to pay the price.. Yuk! You look like Bozo the Clown! Linda Hetherington Dotson Collies should be on that list. Queensland heelers, Aussies, Wolf hybred, the list can go on forever.. NO DOG WILL NOT BITE!!! Never tell anyone.”sure go ahead my dog doesn’t bite” not true dogs have bad days too. Tayla I know all of these comments are from quite some time ago but I just had to say something. Animals shouldn’t come before humans. And humans shouldn’t come before animals. Since when do humans have the right to just call this planet ours and control everything on this earth. We don’t own this earth and allow all the other creatures to live here as long as they behave. The animals live here too. It is their planet too. We may be the smartest or whatever but just because some pitbulls have killed some people doesn’t mean we should fight against the breed to have it banned or get rid of them completely. They are beautiful creatures that call this planet home just as we do. Cars kill more people than pitbulls. Humans kill more people than pitbulls. Humans need to stop being so arrogant about our place on this earth. We don’t own it and absolutely do not have the right to ban another creature from living among us. Family pitbulls maul too I think your mistaking the difference between animals that came from this earth that are wild and animals that are man manipulated from wolves. And when man has gone to far by creating a pet that kills 25 people last year and disfigures hundreds of people and pets. And this year fighting breeds have already killed over 20 people and we are only half way through the year. So yes, we have a right to deside if a pet is to dangerous for our society. Pets are a luxury not a requirement. And also people and our children especially do come before them. Dogfriend Blah Blah shut if off Already will ya!! and check your flipping spelling. Family pitbulls maul too So sorry. We can’t all be perfect assholes. But I fixed it just for you because I know it will be the highlight of YOUR pathetic day TC If you were a Judge, you could be the most biased judge ever,how can you judge Pit-Bulls by looking only at their worst stories. Correction, dnt act lyk you know pit-bulls coz you dnt. adopt a pit-bull first and luv it, then come to the social media with you declaration,then maybe we can listen or hear what you are saying. AS for now, you sound lyk empty vessel with zero experience on Pit-bulls alxfaye Wouldn’t you be angry if you were chained to a car? Sounds like what a “20 something piece of ghetto trash” would do. Poor dog. Ann Miller Maybe your uncle should have socialized the dog when it was a pup. I’ve owned most of those dogs list and I say it’s a bunch of bullshit. Yes some of my dogs (small and big) were protective but they were loved and trained to obey us. Dogs are like children you have to teach them how to behave in different situations. And quite frankly your comment about killing small dogs is just as offensive as saying my boxer is dangerous. The fact is it’s ignorant people who do not know how to raise a dog that cause people to be hurt by dogs. Andreas Hightower You say ghetto trash you forget about trailer park trash like yourself and family!!!:):):):):):):) Elisa What an incredibly stupid arse hole you are. Kill off little dogs? Creep. Just come ona my house-a ma house-a come on..I will shoot you in your effing face.., Dogfriend What the ….. ? ona my house-a ma house-a come on…. LOL !!! Masagazi Patrick as i watched ful film dog breeds but the local one managed to beat the exotic called pit,rot, gem sherpd,statford ,and other small one which i havent recorgnise by now even when i try to search on the internet i cat find it ithing it was cross breeded to own the female dog that made me thing i just get our local breed for grooming more so in uganda police exotic breed are bitten by local ones so now days i see our police with local ones the difference is under standing. you cnt find dogs strength just on people its on mating period when every one whats to poses female dog Zebrastar MSP No, if it was chained to a car, no duh it’s going to be mean. Take better care of animals or don’t own any. Gust You can set up that same situation except replace the dog with a human baby and the result will be the same. Doc G That’s funny because statistics show that the most likely dog breed to attack or bite a human is the labrador retriever. I didn’t see that on the list… but since this is the internet it must be true. Back to the statistics (factual numbers); google search documented dog bites on children by shi-tsu’s compared to pit bulls. I think you’ll find that small dog breeds have a much higher child agression rate than the breeds on this list with the exception of the chow chow. linda Really? Sorry I haven’t read any reports about a shitsus killing people and other animals….typical answer that makes absolutely no sense. Try getting insurance when they know you own a pit, better yet how many cities across this country have bans on the breed? I guess statistics lie… Doc G Statistics don’t lie, people trying to defend invalid and illogical arguements do. Statistics are math ie. Science and are provable. Unlike your claim that small dogs are less dangerous than large dogs. Your point that cities have banned the breed is irrelevent as well, you’re citing human error and using it as the sole basis of your arguement. Someone created the nuclear warhead and it killed millions. Does that mean it was the bombs fault? Someone had to construct it, arm it, test it and deliver it to its destination before it could kill, all of those steps involve humans. Kind of like the steps taken by humans to make the innocent animals that you call monsters into something capable of taking life. I feel sorry for you and your narrow minded outlook on the world around you. linda I am far from narrow minded. I read countless articles and news reports pertaining to this breed. I know when I see a pit loose, I had better get behind a fence or I risk getting killed. You cannot change the facts and the reported attack statistics nationwide…..pit bulls are at the very top of the list. Sorry, I am sick of hearing about the carnage they cause and I would never ever own a dog that has a potential to kill like this breed. My point that cities have banned the breed is far from irrelevant but just reinforces it. Do you think they come to this conclusion out of a mere dislike of this breed???? NO, it usually comes after a rash of attacks and deaths in the city. They are the choice breed of drug dealers and high crime area for a reason…..they certainly don’t choose a toy poodle …..Ridiculous they people have to live in fear of this breed. They should let the breed fade out….in a humane way. Just stop breeding the dog. Doc G Saying that when you see a pit bull you know you have to get behind a fence or risk getting mauled shows just how narrow minded you are. You reinforce that point with every post on this forum. I don’t have to change any facts. The fact that you only read statistics on one breed of dog and then think you are an expert is what really hurts this breed. If you read what AKC says about the breed you’ll see that the dogs are no more likely than any other breed to get into a fight with another dog. However dogs that have not been reared and trained correctly are more likely to cause damage to another dog in a fight due to the negative side effects of being a breed that was bred for dog fighting. However as stated on the AKC website a propensity to act aggressively toward another animal has no correlation to human aggression. In fact as you can see clearly stated on several accredited websites oftentimes animals that are aggressive with other animals show little to no aggression towards humans. This is because there is no direct correlation between animal aggression and human aggression. The fact of the matter is that pit bulls are no more likely than your toy poodle to attack a human or another dog. But because of people like you everytime a pit bull bites another dog or scratches a child when they are playing it will be front page on the next days paper and the dog will be put down because its a “menace to society”, but the chihuahua that mauls a toddler that was pulling on its ears will be considered an anomaly and might be featured on page 5 as an “accident” and the dog will be adopted out to a family after being told that it doesn’t do well aroubd kids. The only reason cities have banned the breed is because more narrow minded people are serving on local committies in those areas. These are the same people that would have tried to ban african americans and hispanics from living in these areas 60 years ago because they felt that only people with dark skin could commit crimes. Time will show that common sense will win through as always and the narrow minded will take a back seat to those that look at the truth. linda It is you who is narrow minded and indeed ignoring the facts despite you not liking what the facts and statistics say. It is that exact problem that keeps this breed at the top of the list for the reputation it has and will always have for very good reason. Why don’t you follow your own advice and go swimming with a great white instead of a bass…..oh but then again the great white risks no danger and I am sure you will point out how a bass has the potential to bite more….Really? Its a waste of time even discussing this with you….I along with the majority of level headed people feel the same. Better be careful it just might be you who comes under attack for trusting this breed, and then what will you say? Good luck trying to defend this breed….doubt they will ever move off the number one spot for aggression anytime in the near future…I along with all level headed people will stay far away from them. Doc G So you’re comparing a pit bull to a great white shark? In actuality, if you watch one of the several bbc documentaries on great white sharks you’ll see that people are often able to swim with white sharks unharmed. People are generally attacked by white sharks when they are on surfboards because they resemble seals, the shark’s natural prey. Thats why yoy see so many stories about people being bitten by sharks and not devoured by them. Once they realize that they didn’t bite into a seal they let them go. But I really can’t continue to educate you on the correct way of things in the animal kingdom, which you obviously have no formal education about. When I tell you that thousands more people die of drowning every year than being attacked by sharks you’ll probably try to convince me that drowning is somehow caused by pitbulls. I should warn you that you will not win this arguement today or anyday. For every false claim that you post about the viciousness of pit bulls I will post a link to a chocolate lab or a poodle that has mauled a toddler or bitten they’re owners for no apparent reason. Everytime you continually state throughout your post that you are level headed I will show you and the world how narrow minded you are. I will use facts and will fully cite every post from here on out so that the facts are completely verifiable and I will use credible, reputable sources instead of heresay, false personal claims and amatuer blogs like you have used. Nevermind what the AKC, the dog experts, say about pit bulls. Obviously the grossly undereducated bandwagon pit bull haters on this website know more about these dogs than the experts. linda Please by all means get your so called “facts” about the other breeds such as poodles and chocolate labs. You are ridiculous and any “educated” person reading this blog would realize it. You speak on emotion, not fact. It doesn’t take a “formal education” to read statistics which you should really do before leaving such nonsense. I am educated, and most educated people do not own such dogs. Haven’t you paid attention to this blog to begin with? It states the 10 most vicious dog breeds which seem to have omitted poodles and chocolate labs as you state. I would like to know where you get your “facts” from. Start posting them. Get the stats for the entire nation for dog bites and lets put your facts on the blog. You won’t and can’t because it defies your very argument. You like the word “narrow minded” and throw it around frequently, yet it is you who is narrow minded. You like the Pit breed which is fine, but please do not confuse like or love with facts. You seem to go out of your way defending this breed, but why is that? You shouldn’t have to if they didn’t earn the reputation they have. Bandwagon of pit bull haters?????? Sick, why don’t you try telling that to the father who lost his child thanks to this breed. Doc G You’ll see in the link below to ATTS (American Temperament Test Society) an organization that tests the aggressive tenancies of all dog breeds that when the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Stafford shire terrier were tested they scored in the high 80% which is much higher than many of the breeds you have listed as being safe, the full list is on the site so I wont reiterate it here. This is an accredited website. I’ve also listed an article on a poodle attacking a little girl that walked by the back yard that it was in, the girl sustained bites the upper body and had to be hospitalized. The other article is about a 2 year old pit bull that rescued a 7 year old boy that was being mauled by 2 100 pound Akita’s, the pit bull worked tirelessly for 15 minutes to pull both dogs off the boy; likely saving his life. If these dogs were the monsters you say they are wouldn’t this pit bull have gone for the kill instead of defending the 7 year old boy? Very vicious dogs in deed. http://atts.org/breed-statistics/statistics-page1/ http://www.wboc.com/story/10769319/girl-7-hospitalized-after-poodle-attack http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/HeroicPitties/Missy.pdf linda I am talking about bite and attack stats, not intelligence and temperament stats. You bypass pages of stats listing pits as the number one attack breed and the nation and you find a few stories to try and justify your argument, which is baseless. Pits have earned the dishonor of viciousness for one reason….they earned it unfortunately. Please do not talk about a ridiculous poodle attack which left a girl in the hospital ,Is that the best you can do? Why is it you bypass the countless stories about children mauled and animals ripped apart by this breed? Why did you ignore the man who speaks about his child being killed by this breed right on this blog??? Go to dogsbite.org which follow stats yearly, and report the vicious attacks of all breeds…pits year after year are number one. And by the way, poodles are used as “bait” dogs for the pits in high crime areas, now why is that? I thought poodles were just as dangerous. This discussion is futile…you fit the profile of those who defend this breed. Most educated people as I have said will disagree with you and you will not find this breed in better low crime areas for a reason….they don’t want vicious dogs harming other animals and people Doc G Your arguement makes sense now. Dogbite.org has been publicly discredited several time. Below is a link to one of the articles. You should find some credible souces next time and don’t discredit scientific data and replace it with blatently anti pit bull propaganda that was posted once again by narrow minded people such as yourself. Please feel free to post again when you actually have a valid arguement and a reputable source. http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2010/03/the-truth-behind-dogsbiteorg.html linda Most educated people who think and make decisions rationally, agree with me. We are on opposite ends of the spectrum and you have blinders on because you like the breed. I am astounded at the lack of intelligence and common sense for anyone owning this breed, and choose to keep myself and family far from anyone owning them. As I do not want for any cruelty to be inflicted upon the Pit Bulls, I do think the breed needs to die out over time. Very simple: just fix each puppy born and do not allow them to breed. Doc G First things first, you cannot speak for “most educated people”. So far I’m not sure you can speak for one educated person. Your argument is entirely based on misrepresented “facts” and media hype around what is already widely known as the most wrongfully persecuted dog breeds. I present you with facts refuting your so called evidence. dogbite.org (very original) and you go back to saying that most educated people agree with you. The reason you see pit bulls in high crime areas like you stated before is because they believe the same mis-truths that you do and the breed becomes appealing to them. They want a dog that will never lose a fight and whose jaws lock. Both completely false claims. I saw a pit bull get his butt kicked by a lab/shepherd mix at a dog park and the owner of the pit was too afraid to report the real “aggressive” dog because he knew that, because of people like you, it would somehow be his dogs fault. linda People like me….hmmm…..you are really a waste of my valuable time. You keep avoiding facts, which just proves my case. Keep making excuses for your breed of choice. As long as you are not my neighbor I really don’t care. This conversation is over. All you say is “people like you” and you completely avoid stats. Goodbye. Do not reply to me any longer. Doc G That’s comical, you are most certainly the one avoiding facts that have been presented by reputable sources and are getting mad because you have very obviously lost this debate. I don’t ignore your statistics, all I’ve done is show you the real statistics that have not been altered by biased bloggers who wouldn’t know the truth if they stepped in it. By the way, I don’t own any Pits. I’m just trying to help people get their facts straight. http://www.anticruelty.org/nobull DarthYan the only one evading facts is you. You go to a source that has been discredited many times. Bob Larnoz It amazes me that you can sit there and continually say that he is doing exactly what you yourself are infact doing while he does the exact opposite. DarthYan No most people who think and make decisions rationally would think that you are a complete idiot. Colleen Lynn is a liar and a fraud. You do want cruelty to be inflicted. Don’t mask it with demure language Guest I think your momma should have been fixed before she had you. Ann Miller I think your momma should have been “fixed” before she had you. Ann Miller I think there’s not any need to present facts to her. Some people are just plain ignorant. Nicole Tomczak Temperament has to do with aggression…idiot. And how dare you call people who defend this breed uneducated. I am very educated and I WORK IN AN ANIMAL HOSPITAL WHERE I ACTUALLY HANDLE DOGS. You’re clearly the uneducated one going against the breed solely due to the media and haven’t experienced anything with this breed yourself. I have had more issues with smaller dog breeds than I have with large breeds. And honestly, the issues with large dogs….weren’t with pit bulls. You’re seriously pathetic linda What exactly do you do in the Animal Hospital? Do not call me an idiot as I can assure you I am far more educated than you. You are a waste of my time, and for the record, I have a family member who is a Veterinarian, owns his Animal Hospital, and will disagree with you based on his experience. I much rather entertain his opinion as a Veterinarian than yours as exactly what???? Your comment is pathetic. Cleo pitbull First of all u idiot I support all who support pibulls now u need to go get a life I am on the team of Nicole I have 4 purebred pibulls that are loyal kind sweet amazing dogs so there for go get a life! linda Your nasty, and just like a sore loser, you don’t like hearing the truth, but that doesn’t make me the idiot, it makes you the idiot. I suppose all the states and cities in this country with bans on pits are idiots along with the news stations and papers reporting attacks and deaths by the breed idiots, and websites such as this reporting statistics idiots, all because you just don’t like what the facts are. I am getting off this website because it attracts people like you with no basis for what you say. You can’t produce facts to back up what you say because all the facts are indeed supportive of what I have stated along with all the reasonable people on this website. Just last week on the news a report of yet another attack by a “loving family pit bull” just like yours turned on its owners and attacked trethem. The news showed the two men and woman being taken out in an ambulance. I thought about all the idiots out there who constantly defend these dogs and wonder what they are thinking when this is all that is on the news? If you want to call someone an idiot back it up with some facts instead of just stating you are on someones team. I will always state there are nice pits and I do not want them mistreated, but they do have the ability to kill and hurt more than other breeds and they have caused a lot of pain for many families and pets in this country. DarthYan You are nasty and you don’t like hearing the truth it makes you idiot. The states and cities with bans are idiots since they are being repealed. They can produce fact s to back it up because. And given the millions out there that don’t snap you’re argument of pain is laughable. More pets and families are caused pains by car accidents or drowning. Luke You do know “pit bull” is not a breed right? The Annoyed Critic Trash Mandy Fetty WELL I GUESS YOU AND THE VET ARE BOTH IDIOTS BECAUSE EVERY VET I HAVE EVER TALKED TO AND THE NURSES FROM THE VET AND THE VET HOSPITALS SAY THESE ARE VERY MISUNDERSTOOD DOGS AND JACK ASSES LIKE YOU AND YOUR SO CALLED VET FRIEND ARE PEOPLE THATCAUSE MOST OF THE DRAMA WITH THIS DOG….. gtikh You make it sound like pit bulls are in charge of dog fighting.. Like they decided that’s what they wanted to do in life, trained themselves, and collected the money they won. It’s not the breeds fault that people take them in as puppies and train them to do awful things. It is our mission as humans to protect all dogs from awful people like that. And yes pits are able to do some damage. If they are trained correctly, they would do damage to those trying to cause harm to families and babies. My “vicious pit bull” protects my 14 month old every single day. He stays by her side when we’re outside. He sleeps in her room at night, and he attacks her with kisses all day long. Even when she would pull his tail as a baby he would lick her to stop. He listens, he loves and he protects. That is all he knows because that’s what we taught him. Please stop saying we need to get rid of this breed. If anything we should be nurturing this breed to be amazing dogs that they deserve to be. DarthYan dogsbite is a dishonest site. And statistics can be manipulated (sometimes the dogs aren’t He doesn’t go to dogs bite because it knowingly manipulates statistics and rates to get what it wants and the father is blinded by grief and thus is vulnerable to making wildly inaccurate claims Bob Larnoz Actually you can find pit bulls in a lot of upscale low crime areas. They can be found all over in all different kinds of communities. DarthYan depends on What about http://www.examiner.com/article/stray-pit-bull-saves-a-woman-and-child-from-attacker http://pitbulls.org/bio/tater-tot Given that there are millions of pits and factors like training, breeding, owner the fact that many are safe any who think all pit bulls are inherently dangerous is an idiot who deserves to never have a pet ever DarthYan IF the father hates all pit bulls than he is a moron who deserves every bit of scorn he receives. What happened is tragic but that doesn’t excuse his assholery. You have no education and statistics can be misread or misinterpreted Dogan Samet The strongest dog is the KANGAL dog. Go to dailmotion.com and whatch some videos. You will see that any dog that is on the list has no chance even not close. İ have a pitbull and i see that videos , its not a joke that kangal dogs. DarthYan he doesn’t get that stats from colleen lynn because she is a liar who knowingly distorts info and ignores whatever disagrees with her. Mandy Fetty OK WELL LINDA IT IS VERY CLEAR YOU ARE TRUE BLONDE AND DONT KNOW HOW TO READ VERY WELL EXCEPT FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO READ AND ALSO PIT BULLS ARE NOWHERE CLOSE TO A GREAT WHITE BUT FROM RESEARCH I HAVE DONE DOC G KNOWS WHAT HE IS SAYING SHARKS DONT JUST ATTACK SHARKS ATTACK WHEN IT IS PRAY. Lead Farmer Tired of trolling you for your lack of nettiquette. Then again, its no use teaching an old dog new tricks. meg olson Pray? gtikh shut upp Bob Larnoz you realize swimming with great whites is actually relatively safe if your under the water with them. They attack do to mistaken identity because a person swimming on the surface looks like a seal to them DarthYan You kind of are. YEars ago everyone was saying all dobermans are violent and bloodthirsty, or all german sheppards are. And the fact that bans have been overturned probes that your point about cities banning them is indeed irrelevant. In the past it was dobermans and german sheppards not pits DarthYan and your precious statistics ignore things like context or treatment or how dogs were raised. jp well in terms of how dangerous they are small dogs do have to beat them in rate by quite a large margin given that the expected damage from an attack by a chihuahua is a lot different than what you expect from an attack by a breed on this list Fl0rax3 Are you reading actual statistics or crap websites that are organizations against breeds a fabricate actual facts?? Mandy Fetty I HAVE INSURANCE ON MY HOUSE AND HONESTLY IT IS GREAT AND VERY AFFORDABLE THAT IS WITH TWO PIT BULLS AND MY STATE ACTUALLY QUIT LABELING THE PIT BULL AS AN AGGRESSIVE DOG AND REMOVED IT FROM THE REDLINE LIST SO TRY TO LOOK AT THE STATE BECAUSE THE CITIES CANT REALLY GO AGAINST THE STATE NOT IN OHIO ANYWAY LOL. Lead Farmer You know, people get banned from many forums because they don’t know the difference between lower and uppercase letters, or just don’t appreciate it. gtikh EXACTLY. Angelica If you look at a study done at the University of Pennsylvania. They found that the 3 most aggressive breeds of dogs were dachshund, chihuahuas, and jack russell terriers. That they are more dangerous to have around children under the age of 12 then any big breed of dog. As well as the fact the number of cases reported for these three breeds is more then the combined amount done by big dogs every year. The reason that they are not called dangerous, despite their tendency to have psychotic breaks, is because of their size. Although almost all reported cases of attacks to children under the age of three were done by small breed dogs. The Annoyed Critic Well here’s the deal – most people can snap the neck of any of those three dogs and to be quite honest, I’d like to just for the sake of it. But when a pit bull goes wild, not everyone can beat the shit out of it as easily as a big, mean guy can. Maya12a3 The thing is these breeds are most likely to be owned by bad owners because they want to look hard. They train their dogs to be aggressive hence the attacks. But there are amazing pitbulls out there. Like Elle The Therapy Dog on Facebook. You can’t ignore the statistics but there should be information on their owners too. asdf Every single dog society in the US and UK have rated Pitbulls as being less aggressive or average aggression compared to other breeds. If you’re going to claim statistics support your argument? It would help to actually cite them. Additionally. This is like saying black people are naturally inclined to be criminals cause they’re criminals more often satistically. When that’s more a product of environment and childhood than anything. Rogelio Ocano Ummm…yes. irresponsible people are more likely to get an “intimidating” dog. jp yes it is the case that irresponsible owners are more likely to own these dogs because they get the dogs for their reputation. a vicious circle. although by attacks per year labs are far more dangerous than any of these Zebrastar MSP No, I have a very nice pit-bull and I have a shi-tzu. My shi-tzu is WAY more aggressive and meaner than my pit-bull, so be in the situation before speaking Sarah Yes, dangerous and irresponsible owners often like big dogs, dogs that are muscular, dogs that are strong. These traits don’t make these dogs bad, it makes them appealing. The FACTS are just that. PEOPLE don’t know how to approach dogs, PEOPLE train dogs to be mean/fight/be territorial, PEOPLE let their children walk up to strange dogs without knowing them or asking, PEOPLE are the morons. Your analogies are comparing apples and oranges. A tiger is not a domestic pet, cats are. All it takes is once MORON to ruin a dogs life, and all those they encounter. Jason Burnside Do you know Chihuahuas bite more than pitbulls? What about that Fucking fact. michael you couldn’t be more wrong tim.. do some research and you will find jack russles are more common to kill babys/children than pitbulls and other big breeds.. ravensquawk You are mistaken. I have a chow/shepherd mix who is 11 years old. I’m far from irresponsible. My dog, Lucky (to be alive), has never been mistreated, has always lived in the house and has been shown love and kindness every day of her life. She has to be kept apart from my “good” dog, who is a lab mix. She has always been aggressive to any other animal in her territory. She bit my cat in the head because it went near her bowl years ago. The cat survived. If I walk near her bowl, she nips at my foot. She has bitten me three times over the years. Once for trying to restrain her when she was attacking my 15 pound Westie that she was raised with, for no reason (RIP little Billy, he lived to be 16 years old). After that I kept those two apart. Lucky bites if I try to handle her in any way. I tried to give her a flea med pill last spring. The second I held her muzzle she put her teeth in my arm – three punctures. She can’t be bathed, restrained or handled in any way. As long as I don’t try to handle her at all, she’s fine. She hasn’t had a bath since she was six months old. Sometimes I hose her down and cautiously dry her with a towel. She can’t be taken to a vet or for a walk. I used to try to walk her, but had to give up on that when she was one year old, because if another dog approaches her, she goes for its throat. She doesn’t accept people easily and must be locked away when visitors come over. She spends a lot of time in the bedroom, so my black lab mix can be out of her crate in the back room. This gentle dog is not having the right kind life due to my having to keep them apart. Lucky is tied up on a cable when she spends time outside. I don’t let my dogs run free. On the very rare occasions that she gets loose, I have extreme anxiety until I find her or she comes home, because she might attack another person or pet. I’ve had dogs all my life. I’ve had great successes with training and managing difficult dogs, just not this dog. She’s defective and always has been. It’s genetic. Any vet or dog trainer will tell you that sometimes a dog has a deeply ingrained genetic disposition to viciousness. This isn’t always due to inbreeding either. Now I have to move to a friend’s home, due to financial circumstances, and Lucky has got to be put to sleep. I can’t and won’t take her there. I’ve had her since she was three weeks old, when her mother dog carried her away and abandoned her. I think that speaks volumes. The really sad thing is that I can’t take her to a vet to be put to sleep. She’d bite any stranger who approaches her. I’m likely going to have to get enough sedatives to knock her out, put them in a bowl of chicken, wait for her to fall asleep in the yard and have a police officer come over and shoot her in the head, so that nobody gets hurt. Also, I know several dog groomers who won’t groom a chow. It’s the only breed they refuse to handle. Frequently that’s after they’ve been bitten by one. So, the argument “no bad dogs, only irresponsible owners” isn’t going to work with me. It’s interesting that we acknowledge that people can be sociopaths and have personality disorders, but some people can’t make the stretch to the fact that so can some dogs. Sara Yeah…doesn’t sound like there was proper socializing here. You don’t avoid a dog, you deal with it. linda Thank God for honest realistic people with common sense. So refreshing to hear the truth instead of these people who need to defend vicious breeds. They sound ridiculous. The sad part is they have them around their children like so many others who regret their decision when it is far too late. They refuse to admit the difference between a little dog running down a road compared to a large dog such as pits. Doc G If the dog would be sedated to have a police officer come shoot it, which they wont do because that is illegal; why not just take the dog to a vet while she is unconscious and have her put to sleep. Seems more humane than having the poor dog shot in the head. In the future do sone research. Dogs that are foubd to be food aggressive at shelters are put to sleep because they are unpredictable around humans and other animals. The dog is likely this way because it was either severely abused or neglected as a puppy. Probably chained up to a tree in the harsh weather for days at a time with no food or water. When this happens the dog enters a survive at all costs mindset that leads to protectong food and water that it ckmes across from anything that gets close to it. This is not thw dogs fault, once again irresponsible humans lead to dogs being food aggressive. The Annoyed Critic Fucking wrong. I suppose you think there are no dangerous lions, just dangerous people nearby them? Layla Khabbaz I agree the dog is always after his sweet owner Bryan Lucas Totally agree Elisa Well, we cannot control who owns them, we can only control being in their midsts. Brady M if you don’t think different breeds have different temperaments or are more or less aggressive than other breeds you’re an idiot with a poor understanding of dogs and biology in general. arre Really? A pitbull? No hell NO. a kangal/rottweiler would destory pitbulls jenna merriman as far as pitt bull gos is bull you have to treat them with love love love and do not be mean to them my pitt is the most loving dog you could meet he is 3 years old and loves people and my friend has four dogs and he plays with every one of them so i will buy a pitt bull any time bridles are the least a mean dog so iam completely dis agree that pitt bulls are number one and if you are mean to a dog i do not care what bread they will be mean and i agree with Alex humans make dogs mean not the dog Kid Comi Pit bulls are aggressive, their are some or most that can be kind and genital, the pit bull is proving to be the most aggressive dog on earth because the brain was known to be affected because of the cross-breeding between diffrant forms of dogs, this is mainly why they are known to be aggressive because the DNA comes from two different species of dogs, and have been trained in the past to fight other dogs which is in genetic memory, pit bulls can be nice, but this is the average case for a pit bull… suzq044 You do know that that’s entirely false information, right? it’s not the cross-breeding that would cause that, since that cross happened well over 100yrs ago. It’s from inbreeding and bad breeders, going for a particular look or build, not taking into account the personalities and demeanor of the parents, let alone if they’re siblings or family members that are allowed to mate. Backyard breeding just to make money off the pups is also a huge problem for this breed. People look at these dogs as status symbols, not as living beings. The “average case” for a pitbull is being destroyed in an animal shelter because it was abandoned by its owner and was never adopted; or killed in the street, by human abusers or someone that just abandoned their dog on the roadside somewhere. It really is the human population that is at fault, not the dogs. Jaycee Pitbull… no no no. all the pits I have met are the sweetest dogs ever. Kid Comi Even though they are proven to be aggressive, it was never instincts… Keith Taylor Pitbulls are only dangerous if there trained that way, so I was wondering why don’t unscrupulous people train jack russells or chihuahua’s to fight seeing there the most aggressive of dogs, kind of seems strange they always choose the pleasant natured Pitbull or lovely child safe Rottweiler. uscgamecock Whoever came up with this list is a complete moron. Dalmatians are not a dangerous breed. sam My Dalmatian at age 6 had bitten me we’ve had it for 2 yrs at puppy chewed my ear off… they can be suzq044 our dog was attacked by a dalmation. I disagree with the list, but i do not disagree with the dalmations being on it. maryssa every breed of dog has attacked someone or something. Just because your dog was attacked by one, don’t mean the majority or even all are mean. No dog deserves to be on this list! Joanie Owen Hurd I am a mother of four and we have two pitbulls. At NO time has either of our dogs been anything but gentle with our kids. It is all about how you raise them. I don’t care what some out dated information says… its all about raising. I listened to the hype for years but now I have them I’d never have it any other way!!! <3 Bella & <3 Cinnamon Jeff Borchardt Circumstantial evidence…My son was killed by a family pit just like yours Sammycakes W And where exactly were you? Phillipgalloway Jeff, you need counseling. linda So sorry for you….this is exactly what is happening and these crazy people keep defending. I want the breed to disappear. My deepest sympathy to you and your family Travelmate The nature of the pit bulldog has been known for over a century: 1859: “An able recent writer on the dog considers the bull-dog as a sort of abnormal canine monster, a dog idiot, yielding to uncontrollable physical impulses, now of blind ferocity, now of equally blind and undiscriminating maudlin tenderness which renders him more addicted to licking, slobbering, and mumbling the hand, the boot, or any other part of any person to whom he takes a sudden and causeless liking, and who he is just as likely to assault the next moment, than any other of his species.” http://bit.ly/14ITWBj Sure your pit bulls may not attack, but they can, at any time. I would never take that chance with my children. Juan_Geezy So what you are saying is that no other breed of dog can attack? Julie Edwards-Matanga That’s what the family of the shocked family always says when their sweet pit bull attacks someone (usually one of the children in the family)…but then they drop the “it’s all how you raise ‘em”. It’s simply a fact, not out dated information. You are setting your dog up to fail, and submitting your children to Russian Roulette. Good luck. Juan_Geezy That sounds stupid thats like saying guns kill people when they dont you are an idiot Family pitbulls maul too Guns don’t have the free will to shoot without someone pulling the trigger. It’s so funny when when someone calls a person an idiot then makes an idiotic comparison between pit bulls and guns. POETIC JUSTICE is what I call that. Juan_Geezy It wasnt an idiotic comparison thats the point I was trying to prove that guns dont kill people on their own they have to be made to, just like pit bulls dont grow up just want to kill people that have to be taught to idiot Family pitbulls maul too How many pit bull attacks have you seen that you can say that only the pit bulls who are neglected, abused, or trained to fight attack? How many victims and witnesses have you talked to that you can say it’s a fact that only pit bulls treated bad attack. I can say that it is a fact that raised right family pit bulls attack unprovoked and with out warning every year. I know because I saw my friends sweet family pit bull jump on my sons back and attack when he was kneeling at the coffie table playing legos with his friends. This dog lived with a family with two kids and never attacked before. I have also talked with other victims and witnesses that experienced the same thing. One family had their pit bull for 8 yrs for it to kill there son. So yes, your comparisons are ridiculous because they are based on assumptions and not fact. So before you start going around calling people idiots, you might want to look in the mirror. Happy Thanksgiving:) Sarah The only reason you see “so many” pit bull attacks on TV is the fact that the media likes to glorify and add to the stereotype that pits are aggressive. There are more reported Labrador bites every year in the US than there are Pit bites. Go look up your facts. Family pitbulls maul too What facts do you want? I never said other dogs don’t bite. Other breeds have killed people as well. You want facts. There have been 28 fatal attacks on Americans this year so far. One death was caused by a German Shepard and one death was caused by a Husky mix. The other 26 Americans were killed by bully breed dogs. Over half of these deaths were children. Your excuses and assumptions of why pit bulls are in the news doesn’t change the facts that these bully breeds are killing more people then every other breeds combined every year. Here’s a video for you to watch so maybe instead of thinking of these people as isolated events that give your breeds a bad rap, you can see them as individuals that had a name, life, and soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhvYMRKjNlw#t=14 Sherry May I interject an opinion as well. The comparison about guns killing people may not have been the best argument. You said you are a professor? Try this: the population of Rhode Island is 1,050,788; and lets assume there are about that many Pits in the United States. I believe Rhode Island to be a good cross section of Humans. Murders in Rhode Island 2010, 29 Human on Human Killings and about 1200 crimes. During the most recent eight-year period of study (2005-12), 19 people were killed by Pits per year in the US. We can not Band a breed because it has killed, or we would have to take a closer look at Criminals. Do you see the folly in this argument! Fact not all Pits are aggressive time bombs and that title Most aggressive is not warranted. Fact little dogs are more aggressive and attack more often than your “Bully Breeds”. We Humans have the same history of killing each other as this breed and we are a reasoning, socialized species. Open your mind, I am Native American, people once thought we were savage and not human.The ideas of close minded people nearly wiped my Nation off the face of earth for ever, then made the mad man responsible for killing us a national hero. I do think animals that kill need to be put down but the breed itself has far more good dogs than bad! just like humans. Thank You for your opinion. Juan_Geezy My sister has a cat that attacks without being provoked so I guess that means that cats are dangerous too? What you are stating arent facts, they’re are opinions and I highly doubt the legitimacy of your story highly. This is a real fact though, the majority of dogs that attack people that are claimed to be pit bulls are in fact not pit bulls but dogs of similar breeds that closely resemble pits. If you take a picture of a Dogo Argentina and asked people what kind of dog it was im willing to bet my life they would say a pitbull when in fact they arent pitbulls. I live in the inner city and 80% of the people on my block alone own dogs that are legit pitbulls, but you know what they arent running up and down the block trying to bite people. Like i said using your logic its safe to safe that all white people are serial killers, all arabs are terrorist, and all black people still right??? think about your answer before you give it be cause the one you just gave made you sound very prejudice towards pitbulls and uneducated about the topic being discussed….Idiot Family pitbulls maul too Cats are not killing 25+ people a year. They are not causeing hundreds of people to loose body parts. Do you even think before you post these comments. Most of these attacks by pit bull type dogs are identified by the owner or animal officials. Now I’m not going to say that people haven’t misidentified a dog a few times, but the severe and fatal attacks this year has been comfirmed. I can no longer waist my time on someone who wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked you in the face. Just remember though. Your assumptions and excuses are killing people. I don’t really care if you believe my sons pit bull survival story because people like you will never believe that these attacks accure by family pit bulls. For you to admit that what I says is true would mean you have been attacking innocent people and that because of your lies, you have blood on your hands. Karen Ruiz I was raised around pit bulls all my live, and raising one my self. I am sorry for what happen to your son and for the other victims. Its not only that they are raised in a loving family, its also discipline. They are known to be strong breeds, but if you know how to care for them and give them the proper training I guarantee you that you would not hear about that. Dogs are like human, the difference is that they don’t talk but still use different ways of communication. Its a constant training, discipline, and lots of love. I am not making excuses for nobody, I’m speaking in regards my raising around this type of dog breed. But I know I wont make a difference but know that any animal they got teeth than should be called vicious and if you didn’t notice in this world, even humans are vicious. God Bless and Happy New Years!!! DarthYan It happens but less frequently than you want to admit Sarah You need to get re-educated on your facts. People make dogs kill, not the dog itself. It IS in how you raise and BREED them. 9 times out of 10 the dogs that attack a person have either been beaten or have come from lines that have been in-bred, bred from fighting aggressive line that the parents of the dog were unstable to begin with, or they were beaten as puppies before they were given to a home. My husband took in a former fighting pit bull. Within days of being in a loving and SAFE home he was the sweetest, most loving dog. Your sweet little lab is more likely to bite you than a pit. Look up your fact. There are more reported dog bites in the US from Labrador Retrievers than from Pit Bulls. Before you speak, know what you’re defending. Julie Edwards-Matanga Actually, in 26 sates, reports are that pit bulls are the leading BITERS as well. http://blog.dogsbite.org/2009/07/pit-bulls-lead-bite-counts-across-us.html This year, as it was the year before and the year before that, pit bull types are the leading canine killers of humans …..26 of 28 fatalities this year. No fatal Labrador incident reported as of yet this year. Yeah, before you write an all out false claim, you may want to check your facts there Sherlock. It seems you are blindly defending a type of dog purposely bred for the cruel and illegal sport of dog fighting. Do you think the dogfighters culled the manbiters? I’ll let you look up John Colby. Very likely, that sweet gamebred dog your husband brought home is kin to his dogs. It didn’t go pit bull on you, lucky lucky you. Sarah Wow, you cited a blog! Yay for you. No shit Sherlock. Hello and no-way really on the dog fighting pit bulls are bred to be aggressive. Doesn’t mean that the WHOLE breed is bad. People like you are the reason that pits are stereotyped and put down (and euthanized simply because they are Pits). People like you should be euthanized because you’re so aggressive person. Hell, why don’t we euthanize people who smack their kids around or who beat women? Rapists? Oh yea, because we as a society see it more fit to go and kill an animal who “may” hurt someone because of something a HUMAN did to it, but fuck it on the people who actually cause the pain in the world. It’s “inhumane” to put them “to sleep.” Stop and read things before you just jump on the bandwagon of hating a breed when in all actuality it is the humans behind it. And, Gabriel (my husband’s Pit Bull who HAS A NAME), was THE SWEETEST dog in the world. Any other breed of dog that’s considered “non-aggressive” isn’t news if it bites or even seriously hurts someone. They put it down, or deal with it, it’s not news. Just the “aggressives” are. So step off the pedestal and take a look at the breed you’re so eager to put down. Go spend some time with one…better yet, don’t. They’re better off without negative people around them. Makes them nervous, maybe they’d bite (ha! I don’t think they’d want a taste). And here, you want to see what can happen to a pit that has been given a new lease on life: https://www.facebook.com/MamaJadeNashville Julie Edwards-Matanga Did you even look at that particular entry? It’s essentially an abstract of many reports from different Animal Controls and Health Departments. It’s scholarly work. (I know scholarly work when I see it, I’m a college professor. She gets an A.) You simply don’t get it, and you are putting your child at risk. Good luck, especially to the child that you subject the breed of dog with an actuarial risk of 3,000%. Oh, I’ve met pit bulls, some pleasant, some in the act of displaying breed specific behaviors on my own pets. Until you see a pit bull in action, doing what it was bred to do, then you don’t understand them. Talk to a victim, read what they say. They used to sound just like you, clueless. They now know, but it’s too late to bring back their child. Sarah “Breed specific behaviors” huh? As far as I knew there was no such thing. And, any college professor, hell any high school teacher, will tell you to cite an actual source, not a third party blog. I am not subjecting my child to any more of a threat than being beaten by a family member. If you really want a site to look at that’s an actual source here: http://pitbullregistry.com/unwaranted%20negative%20stigma.htm You’re basically advocating for a form of genocide. I’m a Jew and I find your line of thinking highly offensive. It’s people like you that are the reason the Holocaust happened. Hitler stigmatized against a specific group of people like you are with Pit Bulls. Thanks for making the world just a little more unaccepting of things. Also, Pit Bulls are not a breed of their own. There are American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, and Bull Terriers that are lumped under the broad “Pit Bull” name. As well as any mix that looks like it MAY contain any of the afore mentioned breeds. Guess what? That’s 4+ breeds being lumped into one. Is that an accurate representation of actual bites? No. If you were really a college professor you would have researched all aspects and even the opposing side, seeing it from all angles, not just from one narrow-minded mind set. So, again, I state that you should really look up the facts when you decide to make an argument. Why should 4 breeds be lumped together? You don’t hear people lumping Labs, Shepherds, Chows, and Spaniels together do you? Or labeling all Spaniels together (and anything that looks like one)? Nope. Then why do it for these dogs? Why are they subject to any harsher of a standard than any other breed? And all bites can be ultimately attributed to a human’s faults. So, maybe we should just start putting down people who look at us wrong. And these Pits you have met have obviously been detecting the hate that you are radiating from yourself and reacting to that. Do these breeds a favor and stay away, you do them no good. SMHgurl24 One thing I absolutely HATE about many “pro pits” people is that they ignore all of the facts. Fact is that the dog was bred to fight PERIOD! Can’t change that quality in them so accept it. Second is that they were bred to fight other dogs. Its a dog – dog aggressive breed which is why they were such good fighters. Its true that you can find a lot of pit attacks but also remember that its a popular breed. There are going to be more attacks because many people have them (including those who shouldn’t). The media plays a huge role in this also because like you said poodle bites are not attention getters and most people do not report small dog attacks since they are not really serious health wise. A pit is a strong ass dog! It can do a lot of damage which is why they need to be owned by RESPONSIBLE people. The problem I have with so many pit advocators is that they sugar coat EVERYTHING which allows every man, woman and child to believe they have the ability to own one. Like every large breed, they need to be responsibility owned. That means NO dog parks, why? Because no matter what if a fight breaks out between a pit and another dog the pit will AUTOMATICALLY be blamed (and you can be darn sure that they won’t back down from a fight). I absolutely hate it when I pass a park and see pits there. Its an automatic set up for failure for them and all because people want to show “how good my pit is”. If your going to advocate for them, tell the WHOLE story and not just the one you think will put them in a better light. Besides compared to other breeds, a pit isn’t as bad as they are made out to be anyway. I’ve researched tons of breeds and pits are a lot more stable compared to the others. Its just that their strength, history and popularity puts them at a greater risk Sherry the only reason these breeds have a bad name is people are afraid to say they were bit by a Yorkie. I groomed dogs and little dogs are far more aggressive. I own Huskies and Malamutes they are fuzzy lap dogs. I would rather care for a Pit than a (toy) poodle, because little dogs bite more often. People just dont seek hospital care for a little dog bite; and those are the stats that we are given. I have been to the hospital 3 times for cat bites, do you see stats on cats?. (they are dangerous…just because they can be…I used to own cats now there is no way! I will have grand babies soon and I dont want a temperamental feline attacking them – all razor sharp claws and teeth.) Doc G You know that any idiot with at least 2 fingers, 1 eye and half a functioning brain can write a blog right? If you think that because it’s published online that it must be true try citing a blog in your next college research paper. Doc G The reports are false and your sources are not credible. As I’ve stated on here previously, dogsbite.org is a biased website and the stats that are reported are altered. Something else that you fail to mention is how in a majority of the media reported cases these so called Pit Bull attacks are later found to be committed by a dog that is not a Pit Bull at all, but another breed. There are several websites that track the sources of these media reports and refute them, later publishing the true findings. In relation to the comment ” Do you think the dogfighters culled the manbiters?” the answer is yes. If your read the articles on John Colby you will see that the Pit’s that the Colby’s raised were fighting were family dogs outside of the ring. For this reason any dog that was human aggressive was disposed of. http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2010/03/the-truth-behind-dogsbiteorg.html DarthYan colleen lynn knowingly ignored evidence. anyone who cites her deserves to be banned from owning pets. Luke PIT BULL IS NOT A BREED! linda You have a picture of a baby….and you keep a pit????? You really need to educate yourself wisely or someone in your family may become another sad statistic thanks to this breed. I hope you never know the pain of having a child killed or mauled by a pit because once it locks on it is all over. Nishal Sarah I agree 500% with you. I used to be one of these uneducated people who used to say i would NEVER get myself a pitbul. Or a rotti. And now I have a pitbul female and a male rotti that are the best of friends. They play ball together,swim together. They are the most loyal dogs if raised properly. Unfortunately people like give away dogs or these that are bought cheaply and that’s where it all starts. You have to buy from a breeder where u see the parents are of good nature. Then too while growing you constantly need to show them who is the boss. As soon as you have that sorted you have the best dog you could ever find. And yes…they kill children because when they are pups you have to constantly pull there tails and ears and get them used to that because thats the first thing a child does. Please people let’s get the facts straight before talking these breeds down. Unknown No dog breed is dangerous unless it is untrained, trained but in an aggressive way, unstable from bad breeders or just treated poorly. You cannot always blame the owners, but you can certainly blame people for creating an unstable dog that is certainly capable of damaging people. It is only humans that make evil dogs. Pit bull terriers were not bred to be human aggressive, but they were meant to be dog aggressive. That is why they need a /professional/ handler, who knows how to socialize fighting breeds. It is pretty much ignorant to be listing certain dog breeds. Chihuahuas and Dachshunds are known for the most dog bites. Rottweilers, American pit bull terriers and German shepherds have been known for the dog bites REPORTED. You’ll notice on the news, if a Labrador attacks someone, it’s just ‘Dog attacks person.’ If the apparent three most dangerous dog breeds attack a human, it’s like ‘Vicious German shepherd tears person apart!” or “Pit bull attacks dog on the street, injuring it severely!” They use FEARED dog breeds too make them more feared by adding the word ‘attack’ and ‘savaged’ in it. Kaya Pietrzyk German Shepherd?! I’ve laid in the back of a car on the way to a dog show as a kid with my mum’s German Shepherd Kerris cuddled into me. At the dog shows you walk past the Shepherds and maybe get one growl if you get too close to a timid one – walk past the Clumber Spaniels and they’re all snapping and snarling, I’ve petted many a strange German Shepherd, Chow Chow and even Pit Bull but tried once to pet a Clumber and got bitten. I’m not denying the statistics say Pit Bulls, GSDs, Chows and so on are aggressive. But how a gentle breed like the Shepherd, and the Pit that’s just susceptible to being screwed up by its owners can be on these lists and not a mention of the innately aggressive Clumbers who attack dogs, cats, humans, kids and even their own newborn puppies is ridiculous! http://doghoustraining.org/ Aggressive Dog Training Pit bulls are purposefully bred for fighting yet they are bread to be more aggressive against other dogs, but not necessarily humans. Dogs of any breed that are truly strong and aggressive can be managed so Much then comes down to the owners. Angel Tidwell I do not agree at all with #4 or #1. One of my reasons is that pit bulls are not always agressive or violent, and that most pit bulls are cute and sweet. The other reason is that boxers are happy and playful, and wouldn’t dare turn on their owners for no reason! Trust me on this because I have a pit/boxer mix (mutt) that tries to sit on your lap and give you kisses, and is basically a big baby (his name is Baby). Angel Tidwell Here he is! Bruno have you ever heard of MACEDONIAN dog Sharplaninec??? here some old video of two dogs vs wolfs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VJ_hD3BkoM maryssa Pitbulls, really? Y’all need to get your heads out of your rear ends someday! I bet anything, the creator of this, has never owned a pit, and don’t know how amazing they are, even when one has a rough background! Media loves to pick one topic and beat the living piss out of it until they have the public on their toes. Pitbulls have a high patience level and when raised right just like with a human, it can be your best friend. I suggest, go out, adopt a pit, and lets see if you still have them on this list. I want you to look at that face and honestly tell me, do you see a killer? NO! That’s my baby Bella who I sad to say had to give away a couple years ago, why? ‘Cause my landlord is a dink and listens to the reps over having the choice to have not only your life changed but a lost pits as well. I don’t believe in “bad/evil/mean dogs”, but I do believe in “bad/evil/mean humans”. Who trains these dogs to fight? HUMANS. All dogs just like all humans, when raised right, can be your best friend! suraj verma Most dangerous dogs are from Germany Gregory Butler Pits are great powerful animals…excellent personalities…unfortunately, they can be trained to kill….and kill they will…don’t believe all the Media hyped propaganda…they’re very good pets… Guest I would feel comfertable with 2 rottweilers than i would with one pit-bull. John Marston I WOULD FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH 2 ROTTWEILERS THAN I WOULD WITH ONE PIT-BULL disquser999 This is probably one of the most misinform post I see. I personally don’t think you spend enough time reading up all the breeds and their temperaments, and history of the breed. Please do your research. Maybe you can go to a dog pound and volunteer for some dog walking and you will be more inform and appreciate of different breeds. There are dogs that’s more unpredictable than any one of the dogs above – as an example Wolfdog ( across breed between wolf and dog) with high prey drive that might mistake kids for prey. Not that they are mean dogs but it’s in there DNA. For breed like that, the owner need to do a proper socialization and training. Even with all that, the owner need to be mindful of the temperament of the breed. Think about it, a lot of dog/human incident are avoidable. For example, you probably don’t like some stranger walk-up and touch you, but people think a dog should be friendly. No! Just like human, you need to introduce yourself and if the dog decided to like you and let you pet then you should proceed. Dogs do have it’s good days and bad days just like us. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have much commonsense when it comes to animal. Travelmate The history of the pit bulldog has been written about and known for a long time. It is you who needs to study up on the history of the pit bull. 1909: …why a peaceful city like Los Angeles should have several thousand vicious bulldogs is more than I can see. The average man has no more use for a vicious bulldog than he has for a tiger…” And then he goes on to suggest BSL – in 1909. http://1.usa.gov/16neUEq disquser999 Thanks for proofing that you know nothing about dogs. First of all, Bulldog is a class of dogs not necessary Pit Bull. That include the French and the English Bulldogs. On top of that, the article you post is a commentary just like your own. It shows nothing about the history or the temperament of the breed and any specific training regiment required for a specific breed. But you have your believe and I have mine, we just agree to disagree. ravensquawk The history of Chows presented here does not include the fact that this breed was initially bred to attack the enemy during war, going into battle with their owners, who were on horseback, in Mongolia, Sinking and Tibet. Predecessors of Chows migrated to China with the Mongolians who attacked China. This was around the 11th century BC. They would bring down the enemies’ horses, while being tethered to the owner’s horse by a harness. Needless to say, when the rider fell with the horse, they would be attacked. These dogs were greatly feared by the enemy. This is the underlying temperament, the primal instinct of the Chow. Much progress has been made over the last one hundred and fifty years, due to socialization. However, the instinct itself is still present when triggered. This breed is known for being unpredictable. This is a breed that can be happily wagging its tail one minute and then snap and try to take your face off. They don’t growl first, they just flip like somebody hit a switch in their heads. They are extremely territorial and their property and their owner are “territory.” When my Chow mix has the run of the house, I don’t have to worry about locking my doors when I go out. If anybody wants to rob my house when I’m not home, they’ll be very sorry. When not going to war, they were used to hunt, particularly lions and leopards, but not exclusively as they are aggressive to any any prey. Jennifer Ortiz Huskies aren’t a dangerous breed. They are one of the nicest dog breeds-_- Andreia Martins Wegmann It amazes me to hear and read the preconceived notions that people have of dogs in general. Most because we most see our dogs, pets, as our children. And the chances to be realistic and describe their misbehave can get really fascinating… The one topic really makes me crazy is : The misconceptions of dog aggression — especially when it comes to breed. The big dogs always take the blame. Never mind the little snip ones. They get a free pass due to his size. But with the big boy (dog) gets a little bit hard or excited in the pack… he’s aggressive and the list goes on…Always. And in this cloud, a great, protective, smart, over-excited dog can be seem as a killer, scary dog. There are numerous studies proving that, unfortunate not this list. Too sad that pitbullsdue to their power always make the star news as top of the list aggression. Everybody would be surprised with new studies and owner less touchy about large breeds. Drew Phillips Pitbulls are some of the sweetest dogs there are, they only get a lot of criticization for biting because thy are usually trained for fighting dogs, and they keep the behaivor from that Ethan Most of this is completely wrong, first dog aggression has different categories: aggression to owner, aggression to strangers and number of bites. no dog breed is aggressive, but just can do more damaige. Irish Panda there is no dog that is vicious only the way that they are raised and taught makes them that way they are idiots for even making this page. Irish Panda judge the deed not the breed, give a pitbull a try before sentencing them all to die. Jeff Borchardt The news is covered with the damage these dogs do because they are the dogs CAUSING THE MOST DAMAGE! My son was number 6 killed by pit bulls in 2013 29 dead by dog attack so far in 2013. Pit bull type dogs killed twenty-seven of them. fifteen of the twenty-six dead are children. Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim. Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (15): Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL. Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI. Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA. Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL. Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA. Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA. Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR. Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA. Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC. Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) ** Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas Adult fatalities by pit bull type (11): Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA. Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA. Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC. Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX. James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas. Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA. Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH. (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog. If 24 of 29 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 83% dead by pit attack, 10% dead by ‘molosser’, 3.5% by some kind of GSD mix, 3.5% by a husky + possibly pit mix If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 93% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population. The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car. 474 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November 9). river cry me a river. your son was an idiot for picking on a dog. period. Jeff Borchardt DID YOU KNOW my son Dax was the 358th (U.S. & Canadian combined DBRF) (Dog Bite Related Fatality) American killed by a PIT BULL in recorded history? IF Dax would have been killed by a: ROTTWEILER-he would’ve been the 81st GERMAN SHEPHERD or GSD mix-he would’ve been the 27th HUSKY-he would’ve been the 25th WOLF HYBRID-he would’ve been the 20th BULL MASTIFF or PRESA CANARIO-he would’ve been the 16th DOBERMAN-he would’ve been the 11th AKITA-he would’ve been the 8th CHOW-he would’ve been the 8th BOXER-he would’ve been the 7th http://www.fatalpitbullattacks.com/ http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/07/beyond-the-interview-essay-of-a-fatal-pit-bull-mauling.html?m=1 Jeff Borchardt Daxton Borchardt (my only son) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_R7QudVXGw Betty Todd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgn4MAIDEuo Christian Gormanous http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GiCybnUwiU Elsie Grace No video available http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/11/police-woman-91-was-mauled-to-death-by-her-2-pit-bulls/ Isaiah Aguilar No video available http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/pit-bull-kills-2-year-old-isaiah-ray-aguilar-he-chases-balloon# Ryan Maxwell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bs2FRkrBS4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLhDaNuKd3o Monica Laminack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jjNhXz1jFg Tyler Jett http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEHQPfvomxw Claudia Gallardo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caRYjQTGxG8 Jordyn Arndt No video available http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/pit-bull-kills-4-year-old-iowa-girl-jordyn-arndt-babysitter-arrested-felony Beau Rutledge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxZ2dtxJg4 Rachael Honabarger No video available http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/05/07/neighbor-stopped-dog-but-too-late.html Pamela Devitt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxJvBnS9PqU Carlton Freeman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tX0H5rPkzM Ayden Evans http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Victims-Parents-Speak-After-Son-Killed-By-Dog/d/story/wAoOC2m_tE-7d8qdFKCrGQ http://scorchedearththepoliticsofpitb.blogspot.com/2013/07/death-and-excuses-part-3.html Nephi Selu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkWV7gjZrwU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eburI8ZB5d8 Arianna Merrbach No video available http://www.wsav.com/story/22682640/florence-county-5-year-old-girl-fatally-mauled-by-dog Linda Oliver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb87BzN03fA Juan Campos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5a8AWXdjJA Jordan Reed No video available https://www.causes.com/posts/827958-three-children-lost-their-lives-to-pit-bulls-last-week http://www.katu.com/news/local/Pit-bull-that-mauled-Baker-City-boy-to-death-will-be-killed-225866581.html Daniel “Doe” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWH_UN-2tW4 Samuel Zamudio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWmgDWG0Ja8 Jordan Ryan No video available http://www.ktvb.com/news/Remembering-the-5-year-old-victim-in-pit-bull-attack-226976591.html Terry Douglass http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB1J1delrgc Katherine Atkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWhqfPzn77A Nga Woodhead No video available http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022207404_pitbullattackxml.html http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Spanaway-woman-dies-after-vicious-pit-bull-attack-230869721.html James Harding No video available http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/ Patricia Ritz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YNRjG6tY4k Joan Kappen http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/police-elderly-woman-dies-after-bull-mastiff-attack/d/story/SjLZzfv9HEuy_2WZ_d59gw http://www.thv11.com/news/article/288333/2/Woman-killed-another-mauled-by-dog-in-Hot-Springs-Village http://www.thv11.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2857704410001&odyssey=mod%7Ctvideo%7Cendslate DarthYan dude, I can find articles of pit bulls saving children as well or doing heroic things. Keep the emotionally manipulative nonsense to a minimum Yoka124 The history of the ‘bull’ dog began in England, somewhere in the middle ages. It took hundreds of years of selective breeding to create dogs aggressive enough that they were fit for bull- and bear-baiting. The sport had its heyday during the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, but as the law slowly abolished the torture of humans, public opinion began to turn also against the torture of animals for sport. In 1835, Britain passed a law that abolished bull- and bear-baiting. The people – in particular the breeders supplying the dogs and those who ran the gambling rackets – had to turn to some other avenue of livelihood. Pitting ‘bull’ dogs against each other became the thing. No need to have, sustain and hide a bull or a bear. No need for an elaborate fighting pit that was big enough to protect the audience from a bear fighting for its life against a bunch of bulldogs. The bulldogs were cheaper to keep, required only an improvised fighting pit, and could be quickly hidden if police were on the way. Some lines were modified by adding terrier. This didn’t lead to losing the bulldog’s love of a fight to the death but made the dogs smaller. These smaller bulldogs were easy to transport on Naval ships, and so the British fighting dogs spread around the world. It had taken a thousand years of careful breeding to create these specialized fighters / baiters that are so unlike any normal domestic dog. The British breeding program was so successful that these fighting dogs were used all over the world to increase the fighting tenacity of indigenous fighting and/or mastiff breeds. Never before or since was an experiment in changing the domestic dog so successful as the British thousand-years bulldog one. Even today, mixing in this type of dog is the only way to create new aggressive ‘breeds’. They are all basically the original bulldog, supplied with some other fancy name by fans and kennel clubs. Yoka124 In the past 32 years, Dalmatians have attacked exactly three people and killed exactly zero. Most of the aggression people have experienced from Dalmatians is because so many of them are born deaf — a result of breeding for the white coat with tiny spots. People interpret ‘disobedience’ by the deaf dog as ‘dominance’, then abuse the dog to teach it a lesson. Since the dog is deaf and never heard the command given, the dog has no idea why its owner is suddenly hurting it. It learns that people are dangerous and arbitrary. This on top of the other difficulties of being deaf in a hearing world. Max Gold If you are basing ‘dangerousness’ on dog bite related fatalities or the likelihood to kill you, Dalmatians should absolutely NOT be included in this list. There are ZERO recorded fatalities linked with the breed,and that includes mixes. Also, the glaring exclusion is Wolf Hybrids, which with 19 known dog bite related fatalities, are 4th behind Huskies, Rottweilers and Pitbulls in terms of DBRF. Thomas McCartney Behaviorists/veterinarians RANDALL LOCKWOOD, PhD Randall Lockwood, who said he has witnessed the best and worst of pit bulls, said illegal dog-fighting is perpetuating dogs that are hazards to humans and other animals. Shaped by dog-fight enthusiasts, they are “a perversion of everything normal dogs should do. What they’ve created is a canine psychopath.” “Fighting dogs lie all the time. I experienced it first hand when I was investigating three pit bulls that killed a little boy in Georgia. When I went up to do an initial evaluation of the dog’s behavior, the dog came up to the front of the fence, gave me a nice little tail wag and a “play bow” — a little solicitation, a little greeting. As I got closer, he lunged for my face.” The pit bull, in its purebred or mixed form, has been responsible for most of the fatal dog attacks on humans in the last two years. In 1987, there were eight deaths from dog attacks in the country, and seven involved pit bulls. In 1986, there were 13 deaths, seven involving pit bulls. But pit bulls have been victimized by hype. The dogs are no strangers to ordinances. A pit bull ban was passed in London in the 1400s. These dogs can be canine crocodiles. They have a dark and bloody history. In the United States, pets are considered property in the eyes of the law. And one of the most hotly defended rights of the individual is the right to own anything, no matter how stupid or dangerous the choice — even when what someone wants to own is a threat to them, their family, and the community around them. FRANKLIN LOEW, dean of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I’m not aware of any other breed of animal that has ever been singled out this way. This is man biting dog. HUGH WIRTH, veterinarian RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone. “They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances.” “The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition. “They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace.” “The fact of life is that the community doesn’t want American pit bull terriers. They’ve said it loud and clear over and over again – they want them banned.” GRAEME SMITH, veterinarian My views about associating a breed with dangerous behaviours were challenged over time as I saw the impact of Pit Bull attacks. Talking to owners with dogs of this breed who have themselves been turned on, it became clear that these animals are unpredictable and when they attack they can cause serious injury or death. It is very hard to give Pit Bulls the benefit of the doubt. Avoiding the identification of dogs and their behaviours by their breed means the legislation in place can be such that allows these Pit Bulls “one free bite.” This “one free bite” can have fatal consequences. If it looks like a Pit Bull, it is a Pit Bull. What’s at stake is the safety of people and their own pets in the wider community, there is no room for gambling with an unpredictable animal. And that is so often the case. No one knows where these dogs are until they come out and cause some form of grief. My position is about protecting the public and other animals from these animals. NICHOLAS DODMAN, BVMS, ACVB, ACVA Rottweilers were originally bred to guard the money of peasants returning home from the city of Rottweil in Germany, so their fierceness was prized. Staffordshire bull terriers and pit bulls were programmed to deliver a full crushing bite to the noses of bulls. “They’re locked and loaded,” as Dodman puts it. on breed profiling But Dodman defends the practice. “The insurance companies have no ax to grind,” he says. They base their decisions on actuarial statistics showing that certain breeds in certain homes are a recipe for trouble and the cause of lawsuits. on the MA muzzling law After a spate of attacks by pit bulls this summer, Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation requiring the dogs to be muzzled in public. Some pit bull owners protested, but a Tufts expert says the law may be a good idea. Breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers, says animal behavior expert Nick Dodman, are hardwired for aggression. “Some of these dogs are as dangerous as a loaded handgun,” Dodman– director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at TuftsSchool of Veterinary Medicine – said in an interview with The Boston Globe Magazine. Genetics play a big role. “No doubt about it, pit bulls are genetically predisposed toward aggression,” he told the magazine. “Justas certain breeds of dogs were bred to herd, certain were bred to hunt, certain to point, and others to swim.” While most pet owners accept that their dogs have certain genetic behavioral characteristics, there is still resistance to the idea that some dogs are more dangerous than others. “Everybody accepts [genetic behaviors like herding or hunting] until you throw in the word ‘aggression’ and things like a full, crushing bite, which some breeds were specifically bred for in the past.” Statistics on dog attacks reinforce the link between certain dogs and dangerous behavior. “It’s like a scene from “Casablanca” when they say, ‘Roundup the usual suspects,’” Dodman told the Globe.“It’s always German shepherds, chow, husky, pit bull.The numbers do the talking.” He added that pit bulls and Rottweilers alone account for more than 50 percent of the fatal dog attacks every year. Despite the danger, the owners of these dogs often fail to take proper precautions. “A lot of owners of aggressive breeds are suffering from denial and ignorance, because no one wants to be fingered as having that kind of dog,” Dodman said. “Genetics does play a role and people who think it doesn’t are kidding themselves,” says Dodman. “The pit bull is notorious for a very hard bite. They are always No. 1 in the lethal dog bite parade. The dog was bred for pit fighting. It was bred to never give up, to bite and hang on.” KATHERINE HOUPT, VMD, PhD, DACVB Says Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of Domestic Animal Behavior: “Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior, though that can be influenced by how they are raised. The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they’re going to encourage it.” “I have seen so many pit bulls taken by very nice, very dog-savvy people who did all the right things,” said Houpt. “They take them to socialization class, they take them to obedience school, they are fine for a few years, and then they kill the neighbor’s dog.” Thomas McCartney Myth: Pit Bulls have been called the Nanny Dog. Truth: This myth was started by statements made by two people. Mrs. Lilian Rant, President, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, magazine editor said they are referred to as a nursemaid dog in an interview published in the New York Times in 1971. Second in 1987 Toronto Star article where Breeder Kathy Thomas, president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Association said “In England, our Staffies were called the nanny-dog”. No sources, citations or evidence just two biased people heavily invested in trying to change the image of Pit Bulls made these statements and started this whole myth. The “nanny dog” is a complete historical fabrication. The sole known published reference to the “nanny dog” notion, before the rise of opposition to breed-specific laws in recent decades, came in a 1922 work of fiction, Pep: The Story of A Brave Dog, by Clarence Hawkes, a blind man who wrote by dictating his stories and, though able to spin a gripping yarn, routinely muddled his facts. This work of fiction also appears to be the point of origin of many of the other popular myths about the history of pit bulls. Indeed some dogfighters did photograph their pit bulls with their children, to help advertise the sale of their cull dogs as pets, but that hardly means pit bulls were safe pets. One of the most notorious of these gents, professional dogfighter John P. Colby, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, produced his first pit bull litter in 1889. The Boston Globe on December 29, 1906 reported that police shot one of his dogs, who mauled a boy while a girl escaped. On February 2, 1909 the Globe described how one of Colby’s dogs killed Colby’s two-year-old nephew, Bert Colby Leadbetter. Thomas McCartney Letter received from a pit bull owner: I was an upper middle-class pit bull owner just like you. My husband is a doctor and I am a stay-at-home soccer mom and we live in a lovely suburban neighborhood. We got our dog as a puppy from a reputable breeder and put her through puppy classes and basic obedience. She was spayed and properly vaccinated, stayed indoors and was very loved. I used to defend the breed to everyone I met, just like you. I used to think I knew my dog inside and out, and I was sure she would never, ever hurt my child. Then my dog turned 3 and, literally overnight, her dog-aggression came out. She tried to attack the neighbor’s poodle through the backyard fence (she had been in a fenced yard beside this same dog literally thousands of times with no show of aggression). When my 8 year old daughter tried to pull her away from the fence, our pit bull locked onto her forearm (she only got her forearm because my daughter threw it up to protect her face, she was going for the face) and it took 8 minutes for my husband to beat her off, he eventually wound up using the weed whacker, after a baseball bat broke over the dog’s back without even being noticed by her. My daughter lost partial use of her right arm and she is still relearning all of the basic skills with her left. Her life will never be the same. We have been accused of being at fault for not “being there to call off the dog”. Well, we were there, we were sitting on patio chairs watching my daughter throw a ball for our pet, who she had spent three years playing with and which had never shown so much as a lip lift to anyone or anything up to that point. We couldn’t, physically, call off the dog. We couldn’t physically BEAT off the dog for over 5 minutes. After the dog was off my daughter, my husband was on the ground struggling with it to keep it from going at her again as I pulled her into the house. There was so much blood that I kept sliding on it and falling down. There are still blood stains on the patio almost 2 years later. All the dog wanted was to get back on my daughter and finish the job. The dog didn’t make any noise while she was attacking and her tail was wagging faster and harder than it had ever wagged before. I believed then, and I believe now, that that dog was the happiest it had ever been when it was locked onto my daughter and trying to kill her. Let me tell you, you have no idea – none – how completely different pit bulls are from normal pet dogs. When that dog was triggered she went from being a goofy pet and companion to being a cold-blooded predator in a millisecond. You cannot imagine what it is like knowing that your dog is trying to kill your child and knowing that it might just succeed because it is stronger than you are. There is nothing like it in the world. There was no news coverage of my dog’s attack on my daughter. None. So much for the overhyped media aspect, hush? You are insane to own a fighting dog when you have children. Absolutely insane. I wish we had been protected from our own stupidity by legislation. What is worse is that you are also, by your own admission of a picket fence the dog could easily escape over, putting other people’s children at risk. Fighting dogs are not pets and we need laws in place to protect people from them. P.S. You are also insane if you take your fighting breed dog to a dog park, besides being pathologically narcissistic and criminally selfish. Thomas McCartney Kenneth Phillips, the country’s leading attorney for victims of dog attacks. This is what he sent me: I just finished giving a 21 minute interview to a reporter for a major San Francisco newspaper on a similar topic. In 2013, there have been 18 canine homicides of which 17 were committed by pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Our dogs are not killing us. Pit bulls are killing us. And although pit bulls attack and kill strangers like Claudia Gallardo, 38 (killed by a pit bull in the front yard of its owner’s house in Stockton, California) and Pamela Devitt, 63 (killed by 4 pit bulls running at large as she took a walk in Antelope Valley, California), the usual victims are our children, parents and guests. I have come to believe that the modern pit bull should not be thought of as a dog at all. A dog is man’s best friend, but this is an animal that will kill the man, his wife, his children, his parents and the guests in his home. Clearly this is not man’s best friend; clearly it is not a “dog” in the sense that we think of a dog. Charles Manson was anatomically a man, sociologically a neighbor, and legally a citizen, but he is spending his life behind bars because he was a deranged individual who orchestrated mayhem and murder. Just because pit bulls look like dogs, they do not have to be thought of like we think about dogs such as golden retrievers and Yorkshire terriers. In almost all homicides carried out by pit bulls, the owners and neighbors express shock and disbelief because the animal never gave a sign that it wanted to kill anyone. But to me, this is like a drunk driver expressing shock and disbelief that his car could kill. In both types of cases, a person made a choice to do something incredibly reckless, either by getting drunk or by getting the animal that makes headlines because of the frequency and brutality of its killing. We need to stop people from doing these reckless things. Lawmakers have to stop listening to the nonsense about breed specific laws which is spouted by the owners of bully dogs like pit bulls. Since 2006 there have been 3 psychological studies which focused on the personality and behavioral traits of the owners of pit bulls and other high-risk breeds of dog. A study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence showed a link between ownership of high-risk dog breeds and deviant behaviors, crimes against children and domestic violence. Another study concluded that “vicious dog ownership may be a simple marker of broader social deviance.” A third study established that the owners of high-risk breeds of dog displayed more antisocial thinking styles, have an arrest history significantly higher than owners of other dogs, and engage in fighting to a significantly greater degree than other dog owners. They also had higher levels of overall criminal thinking patterns to go with the actual criminal behavior. These people, who are fixated on the animals that kill, maim and terrorize, are not the people that a lawmaker needs in his camp. Reasonable people want fair laws that provide a solution to the obvious problems caused by pit bulls. I hope this helps the cause. Sincerely, Kenneth M. Phillips Attorney at Law Thomas McCartney MARK WULKAN, MD, surgeon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta “There is a difference with the pit bulls. In the last two years we’ve seen 56 dog injuries that were so severe the patient had to be admitted to the hospital so this doesn’t count just a little bite and then goes to the emergency room. Of those 56, 21 were pit bulls. And then when we look at our data even further, of the kids that were most severely injured, those that were in the hospital for more than 8 days or had life threatening injuries, 100% of those were pit bulls. STEPHEN COHN, MD, professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center “I think this is a public health hazard, this particular dog. We just have to have them contained in a way that protects the general public. I don’t want to see another kid come in dead.” JOHN BINI, MD, chief of surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center “There are going to be outspoken opponents of breed legislation, who say: ‘My pit bulls lie with my baby and play with my rabbit.’ And that’s fine. I just think we’re seeing something here, and I think it does warrant a discussion as to whether this is a risk that a community wants to take.” MORTALITY, MAULING, AND MAIMING BY VICIOUS DOGS, April 2011 Annals of Surgery “Fortunately, fatal dog attacks are rare, but there seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed responsible,” they wrote in an article published in the April issue of the medical journal Annals of Surgery. “These breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.” DAVID E. BLOCKER, BS, MD, Dog Bite Rates and Biting Dog Breeds in Texas, 1995-1997 Bite Rates by Breed page 23 One out of every 40 Pit Bulls (2.5%) and about one out of 75 Chow Chows (1.4%) generated a reported human bite each year (Table 29; Figure 7). One out of 100 Rottweilers (1%) caused a reported bite, and less than one out of 250 German Shepherds (0.37%) bit a human each year, not statistically different from the average for all dogs combined (0.53%). Huskies, Dobermans, and Australian Shepherds had bite rates slightly lower than German Shepherds but higher than Labrador Retrievers. Less than one in every 500 Labrador retrievers (0.15%) was associated with a reported bite each year. All other breeds examined individually, including Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Dachshunds, had bite rates lower than Labrador Retrievers. Odds ratios for each of the five most commonly biting dog breeds versus all others presented similar findings (Table 30). The odds of a Pit Bull in Bexar County causing a bite were 5 times greater than the odds for all other breeds combined, at 4.9 to 1. Chow Chows and Rottweilers also had odds ratios significantly greater than the average, at 2.9 to 1 and 1.8 to 1, respectively. The odds ratios for German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers were significantly lower than the average, at 0.67 to 1 and 0.26 to 1. PETER ANTEVY, pediatric E.R. physician, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Dr Antvey sees at least five dog-bite victims a month in his emergency room. Unfortunately, he said, “the biggest offender is the pit bull.” MELISSA ARCA, MD The reality is that any dog can bite, and statistically speaking, a child is most likely to be bitten by the family dog or a dog that they know. When you’re talking about bite severity resulting in life-threatening and even fatal injuries, pit bulls and Rottweilers are the main culprits. Experience absolutely colors our perception, and in this case I can’t help but be affected by what I’ve seen. I will never forget a young child I treated in the ER during my pediatric residency. She suffered severe facial lacerations and tears to her face after a pit bull attack in her local park. Thomas McCartney 9.16.2013 Legal Experts and the Enemy of Humanity THOMAS J. MOYER, Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court 1987-2010 “The trial court cited the substantial evidence supporting its conclusion that pit bulls, compared to other breeds, cause a disproportionate amount of danger to people. The chief dog warden of Lucas County testified that: (1) when pit bulls attack, they are more likely to inflict severe damage to their victim than other breeds of dogs; (2) pit bulls have killed more Ohioans than any other breed of dog; (3) Toledo police officers fire their weapons in the line of duty at pit bulls more often than they fire weapons at people and all other breeds of dogs combined; (4) pit bulls are frequently shot during drug raids because pit bulls are encountered more frequently in drug raids than any other dog breed…. The evidence presented in the trial court supports the conclusion that pit bulls pose a serious danger to the safety of citizens. The state and the city have a legitimate interest in protecting citizens from the danger posed by this breed of domestic dogs.” WILLIAM M HOEVELER, US DISTRICT JUDGE, ADOA v Dade County, Florida Despite plaintiffs’ contention that there is no such animal as a pit bull, plaintiffs’ own experts have written articles about their pedigreed dogs referring to them by the common nickname of pit bull. At trial, these experts identified photographs of dogs as pit bulls, rather than delineating the dogs into any one of the three breeds recognized by the kennel clubs. Moreover, veterinarians commonly identify dogs as pit bulls — rather than one of the three recognized breeds — by their physical characteristics. Two veterinarians, testifying for the defendants, stated that they are often called upon to identify a dog’s breed because it is an integral part of the animal’s health record. This they do by reference to standard physical characteristics. Generally, these veterinarians testified, owners themselves know what breed their dog is. There was ample testimony that most people know what breed their dogs are. Although the plaintiffs and their experts claim that the ordinance does not give them enough guidance to enable owners to determine whether their dogs fall within its scope, the evidence established that the plaintiffs themselves often use the term “pit bull” as a shorthand method of referring to their dogs. Numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including articles in dog fancier magazines, refer to pit bull dogs. Veterinarians typically refer to the three recognized breeds and mixed breeds with conforming characteristics as pit bulls. In addition, the veterinarians who testified stated that most of their clients know the breeds of their dogs. DON BAUERMEISTER, Council Bluffs, IA prosecutor All dogs can “get into it”. The reality, though, for way too many dog owners is the sudden, unprovoked, violent and very serious attack from a pit bull. These folks have to pay the immediate vet bill. Yes, sometimes, the Court is able to intervene and order restitution, but what about the dead dog. What about the psychological damage to those who had to witness the attack. I have seen pit bulls attack and injure other dogs. It is something that you will never forget. A very purposeful bite, indeed. Pit bulls are pros and the rest of the dog world are amateurs. Man made them this way. KORY NELSON, Denver, CO City Attorney The most significant point about the justification for bans or restrictions of pit bulls is that these are not dependent upon a claim that every pit bull has a higher than average propensity for attacking humans. The justification is based on the clear evidence that, as a group, pit bulls, compared to other breeds, generally have a higher propensity to exhibit unique behavioral traits during an attack. These behaviors havea higher likelihood of causing more severe injuries or death. The Colorado Dog Fanciers trial court made this clear, stating that, while it could not be proven that pit bulls bite more than other dogs, there was “credible evidence that Pit Bull dog attacks are more severe and more likely to result in fatalities.” The court, in great detail, noted fourteen separate areas of differences, including: strength, manageability and temperament, unpredictability of aggression, tenacity, pain tolerance and manner of attack. A municipality that is experiencing a problem with pit bull attacks needs to consider for itself the best course of action to protect its citizens, especially those most likely to be unable to defend themselves from the tenacious and sustained attack of a pit bull, who will likely bite, hold, and tear at its victim despite efforts to stop it. However, given the clear rational evidence, breed-specific legislation is still a legally viable option.There is no new evidence that undermines the holdings of Colorado Dog Fanciers, only new relevant evidence that adds additional support for BSL, as the differential treatment of pit bulls is based upon logical, rational evidence from the scientific field of ethology. BOB JOHNSTONE, Cincinnati, OH city attorney We have amassed what I consider an overwhelming amount of information that demonstrates to me that pit bulls are, by far, responsible for more fatal or serious attacks than any other breed. JUDGE VICTOR E. BIANCHINI, San Diego, CA A pit bull is the closest thing to a wild animal there is in a domesticated dog. U.S. SUPREME COURT, April 26, 1897, SENTELL v. NEW ORLEANS & C. R. CO. Laws for the protection of domestic animals are regarded as having but a limited application to dogs and cats; and, regardless of statute, a ferocious dog is looked upon as hostis humani generis, and as having no right to his life which man is bound to respect. Thomas McCartney An Ox be a Mutant Undog pit bull type dog by another name……………..works for me, this should be the outcome for all pit bull type dogs and pit nutter owners, we should include this in the next proposed BSL here, there and everywhere. 28 If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit. 29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death. Thomas McCartney In Calgary, by Bill Bruce’s own admission and documentation, pit bulls lead the serious bite count with 13% of the city’s serious bites attributable to pit bulls, yet pit bulls account for less than 1% of the city’s dogs. In fact, pit bulls are responsible for nearly as many serious bites (13%) as the ENTIRE sporting breeding category (15%), which includes all of the most popular breeds (Labs, Goldens, Poodles, Spaniels, etc) and houses 70% of Calgary’s dogs. Why aren’t these breeds attacking in the face of irresponsible ownership? Thomas McCartney Pit Bulls Lead ‘Bite’ Counts Across U.S. Cities and Counties. Dog Biting Incidents: 2008 to 2012. Animal control departments in at least 25 U.S. states report that pit bulls are biting more than all other dog breeds. These states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The oft-quoted myth by pro-pit bull groups that pit bulls “do not bite more than other breeds” is categorically false. In addition to leading bite counts, the pit bull bite is also the most damaging, inflicting permanent and disfiguring injury. Thomas McCartney “The LA Times (and other advocates) are fond of mentioning that many pit bulls live without incident as gentle pets. These advocates ignore more compelling facts. 321 humans have been killed or disfigured by dogs during calendar year 2013; 316 of those attacks were by pit bulls. 16 of the attacks have caused human fatalities, 15 of those deaths were caused by pit bulls.***. California leads the nation in fatal pit bull attacks with 25% of the nation’s total. To omit this essential information in an editorial opinion on pit bulls is tantamount to a lie of omission.” Thomas McCartney Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013. By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death. Study highlights Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA. The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs: 84% of attacks that induce bodily harm. 75% of attacks to children. 87% of attack to adults. 72% of attacks that result in fatalities. 80% that result in maiming. Thomas McCartney Sadly one does not even have to search for the many attacks of these savage mutant undog’s on humans and pets, there are literally hundreds of new incidents every day carried out by these disgusting creatures, here is another. These are all major daily newspapers and network TV station accurate factual reports with direct access to Doctors, ER’s Animal control officers, Police, the victims family, witnesses, the guilty pit nutters, all in news reports from major city newspapers and TV stations, as legit therefore as it possibly can be. There is only one breed that has every been or is a threat to public safety and that is the pit bull, the sooner they are exterminated the sooner tragic attacks like the one below will be ended. Ban the breed and end the deed. Thomas McCartney Cesar Millan quote unquote: “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind the bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. … So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender. If you add pain, it only infuriates them…to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it… That’s why they are such great fighters.”. He goes on to say: “Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.” Wow, is that what you want in a pet? A dog that has “explosions over and over” in its brain? Thomas McCartney A pit bull BSL works EVERYWHERE it is useful in almost eliminating all serious dog attacks that maim, disfigure, dismember, maul, cripple. or kill, this is a simply proven fact in all cases.The number of pit bulls is dramatically reduced as are the numbers of them put to death. The need to have BSL is to have a preemptive capability to avoid a pit bull attack from happening due to it’s extremely savage consequences. It is enacted against all pit bulls as they all have the genetic DNA propensity to carry out these horrific attacks that are non existent in 99% of all other breeds, ban the breed and you ban the deed, simple as that. Dealing with an attack after the fact is simply not acceptable due to the horrific nature of said attacks. With any other breed other then Rottweiler’s, wolf hybrids and Akita’s and a few others in very small numbers it is not a naturally genetic reality for them to carry out such horrifying attacks. Hence they need to be dealt with in an aggressive reactive modality where all of the breed are not looked on as one but rather based on the actions of the individual misbehaving dog. This can be done in a very aggressive proactive manner so that as soon as a dog like a lab lets say starts behaving inappropriately severe consequences can be brought to bare on the owner and their dog in an escalating manner as needed to deal with a situation that has developed. This duel track approach can deal with the pits issue as other normal dog breeds can be dealt with as well so vicious dogs of other mainstream breeds are also held accountable for their actions. There should be mandatory Spay/Neuter programs for all breeds but clearly the one that needs it the most and where the most change would be effected would be with the Pit Bull type dog. Thomas McCartney A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever’s to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull. They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark, nothing you do can change that, even if you have them from birth. No matter if you love them, or how you nurture, train, rehabilitate, raise them optimally as normal dogs from birth, you can not change their Genetic reality to Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit. For over 600 years the current pit bull type dog was brought into being through careful selective genetic breeding to create the most violent murderous fighting dog possible. Alexandra Semyonova canine Behavioral and Dog training Expert: The history of the ‘bull’ dog began in England, somewhere in the middle ages. It took hundreds of years of selective breeding to create dogs aggressive enough that they were fit for bull- and bear-baiting. The sport had its heyday during the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, but as the law slowly abolished the torture of humans, public opinion began to turn also against the torture of animals for sport. In 1835, Britain passed a law that abolished bull- and bear-baiting. The people – in particular the breeders supplying the dogs and those who ran the gambling rackets – had to turn to some other avenue of livelihood. Pitting ‘bull’ dogs against each other became the thing. No need to have, sustain and hide a bull or a bear. No need for an elaborate fighting pit that was big enough to protect the audience from a bear fighting for its life against a bunch of bulldogs. The bulldogs were cheaper to keep, required only an improvised fighting pit, and could be quickly hidden if police were on the way. Some lines were modified by adding terrier. This didn’t lead to losing the bulldog’s love of a fight to the death but made the dogs smaller. These smaller bulldogs were easy to transport on Naval ships, and so the British fighting dogs spread around the world. It had taken a thousand years of careful breeding to create these specialized fighters / baiters that are so unlike any normal domestic dog. The British breeding program was so successful that these fighting dogs were used all over the world to increase the fighting tenacity of indigenous fighting and/or mastiff breeds. Never before or since was an experiment in changing the domestic dog so successful as the British thousand-years bulldog one. Even today, mixing in this type of dog is the only way to create new aggressive ‘breeds’. It doesn’t matter what you mix the bulldog type with, the trait will prevail — it’s genetic and strongly heritable. Every single living ‘bull’ type dog is a direct descendent of these vicious Elizabethan baiting / fighting bulldogs. Thomas McCartney The Front Burner: Banning pit bulls saves lives and protects the innocent. By Colleen Lynn Guest columnist. May 24, 2013. Whether to ban pit bulls is a human health and safety issue that should be steered by health and safety officials. Public safety is not the profession of animal advocates. Thus, public policy coming from animal advocates concerning protecting humans from pit bulls is fundamentally flawed. So far this year, 13 of the 14 Americans who have been killed by dogs — 93 percent — were killed by pit bulls and pit mixes. This is well above the average of 60 percent from 2005 to 2012. As the pit bull population rises, more human fatalities ensue. During the last eight-year period that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied fatal attacks by breed (1991 to 1998), pit bulls were estimated at 1 percent of the U.S. dog population. Pit bulls killed an average of three people per year. The pit bull population has since grown to 4 percent. During the most recent eight-year period (2005-12), pit bulls killed an average of 19 people per year. Miami-Dade County, which banned pit bulls in 1989, has avoided this loss of life. Other Florida counties — prohibited by state law from regulating dogs by breed — continue to experience deaths and disfigurements due to pit bulls. Since 1989, 18 Florida citizens have been killed by pit bulls — none within Miami-Dade. The threat from pit bulls results from the combination of the animals’ inclination to attack without warning — an essential trait of fighting dogs — and the type of injuries that pit bulls typically inflict. Most dogs bite and retreat, but pit bulls have a hold-and-shake bite style, and tenaciously refuse to stop an attack once begun. Often a pit bull releases its grip only when dead — the trait dog fighters describe as being “dead game.” Ban opponents often blame dismembering and fatal attacks on environmental factors, such as neglect. That, unfortunately, is the plight of too many dogs of all breeds, not just those who kill and maim. Opponents also fail to distinguish dog-bite-injury severity. They argue that bans “do not reduce all dog bites.” Of the 4.7 million Americans bitten by dogs each year, 9,500 require hospitalization for severe dog-bite injuries. The most extreme injury level, mauling injury, requires life-saving procedures at trauma centers. The purpose of a pit bull ban is to eradicate mauling injuries and deaths inflicted by pit bulls, the breed involved in more than half of all severe and mauling attacks. Since 1986, 18 appellate decisions have upheld lower-court findings that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dog breeds. Since 1988, four peer-reviewed studies published in leading medical journals have reviewed the severity of pit bull injury. “Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs,” published in the Annals of Surgery in 2011, concluded the following: “Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the U.S. mortality rates related to dog bites.” In April 2012, the highest court in Maryland declared pit bulls “inherently dangerous,” altering common law pertaining to pit bull attacks. Pit bulls are prima facia dangerous in Maryland and held to a strict liability standard. In instances of a tenant’s pit bull attacking, this liability extends to the landlord. The court cited the entire abstract of the 2011 Annals of Surgery study in its opinion. Influential pit bull advocates have supported regulation in the past and are doing so now. On its Facebook page, the Villalobos Rescue Center, founded by Tia Torres of Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls & Parolees — expressed support for a proposal in Louisiana on the heels of a mutilating attack on a woman by her own pit bulls. It is time for Florida pit bull advocacy groups to follow suit. Colleen Lynn is the founder of DogsBite.org, a national dog-bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Thomas McCartney Barbara Kay: Dog bites man — again and again. Barbara Kay | 13/08/22. Thanks to (literally) thick skin, a Calgary-resident beagle named Arlo will recover from a recent unprovoked attack by two neighbouring pit bulls. The vet bill for stitching up Arlo’s neck and shoulder — $3600 — tells us that what will be officially recorded as “bites” were in fact the mauling typically associated with pit-bull-type dogs. If Arlo had been the family’s thin-skinned child, one shudders to think of the likely outcome. Here is yet another reminder that the vaunted “Calgary model” for containing dangerous-dog harm isn’t working. Because of the disproportionate damage they cause to other animals and humans, especially children, some 600 communities across North America have chosen breed selective legislation to ban pit-bull-type dogs. But Calgary opted for “responsible pet ownership”: strict licencing, public education and owner accountability. So the (unlicenced) pit bulls’ owner is paying the vet bill. Which is no solace to Arlo and his owners, or other neighbours, now understandably fearful in their instantly-devalued homes. Arlo’s assailants should be euthanized. Instead they will be “assessed,” after which they may get a second chance, as juvenile first (human) offenders usually do. Trouble is, dogs are not humans. The purpose-bred fighting breed cluster pit bulls represent, genetically programmed for impulsive aggression, cannot be trained into reliable sociability, any more than greyhounds can be trained to adopt the running gait of a sled dog. If this strikes you as mere common sense, reader, you are out of the canine-correctness loop. Most dog-industry spokespeople — veterinarians, humane shelters, animal charities — have bought into the sentimental, but anti-scientific tropes promoted by pit bull advocates. Ignoring hard evidence, they piously invoke common mantras like “all dogs bite” and “it’s bad owners, not bad dogs.”. Both statements are misleading. Unlike pit-bull-type dogs, non-fighting dogs usually only bite defensively. When they do, they grab and release; they don’t maul in the grip-and-rend style of fighting dogs. Explosive, unpredictable aggression can emerge in pit bulls as young as four months. Bad owners may exacerbate pit bulls’ inherited traits, but even ideal owners cannot eliminate or reliably control them. In his continually updated “Clifton Report,” available online, Animal People editor Merritt Clifton publishes tallied of serious human damage — maulings, maimings and fatalities by dogs — tallied by breed. (He has been tracking such data since the early 1980s.) According to these numbers, derived from Centers for Disease Control and police reports, amongst other sources, pit-bull-type dogs represent 3000% of the actuarial risk of more typical breeds. Rottweilers represent 2000%, and — to show the disproportion — German Shepherds, the third highest-risk breed, represent only 300% average risk. Since 1982, pit bulls have killed 259 of the 511 North American victims of fatal dog attacks. In fact, Farmers Group Insurance in California recently stopped liability coverage for pit bulls and Rottweilers (and wolf hybrids). Tellingly, the number of attacks and the amount of payout has doubled in those jurisdictions that — like Calgary — refuse to enact breed selective legislation. Before the late 20th century proliferation of pit bulls into the dog population, no other breed had ever killed or maimed humans in numbers that come even remotely close to those killed by pit bull type dogs. (Dobermans, widely maligned in their fashionable day as dangerous, have killed four people in the U.S. since 1982.) The exponential growth of pit bull love — they currently represent the second most popular breed after retrievers in sales — is a worrying cultural phenomenon. Now 6% of the dog population, since 1982, pit bulls have killed 259 of the 511 North American victims of fatal dog attacks, according to Clifton. Bans work. They eliminate the loathsome crime of dog fighting and ancillary criminal activity, notably drug dealing, that dog fighting attracts. They stop the co-optation of public spaces by intimidating youths parading canine weaponry. Overcrowded humane shelters empty out, as dumped pit bulls represent much of their intake. Most important: Bans spare animals and people horrible suffering. San Francisco saw an 81% decline in fatal or disfiguring pit bull attacks in the eight years following its ban; Toronto dog bites have decreased by 32% — from 486 to 329 — since the 2006 Ontario ban on pit bulls. The Calgary model is failing. Despite its record licencing rate of 90% — four times higher than the average in other cities — Calgary area pit bull attacks have more than tripled: from 58 in 2009 to 201 in 2012. Facts are facts. What part of “public safety hazard” does Calgary not understand? National Post Thomas McCartney BARBARA KAY: The Dog (Bite) Days of Summer. BY BARBARA KAY. 1 August 2013. Behaviourists (and I) call the cluster of breeds imbued with a genetically-endowed propensity for impulsive aggression – such as the mastiff, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentina and others – “pit bull type dogs.”. Earlier this month my esteemed colleague at the National Post, George Jonas, wrote a reminiscent column about irascible dogs. Dogs are a suitable topic for the dog days of summer, and – considering the additional time spent out of doors by children with exposed limbs – dog bites an even more timely theme. But, little did Jonas know, not being immersed as I am in the bizarre world of canine politics, that he committed an enormous faux (ahem) paw in his ruminations. The two dogs Jonas singled out as particularly ill-tempered were Soossee, a female “of uncertain breed,” but definitely containing some mastiff blood, and Muki, a Rottweiler hybrid, who bit him when he was a child, in the course of a dog fight Jonas attempted to break up. Later in his column, Jonas remarks: “Startle a Spaniel and it may cost you an upper lip; startle a Rottweiler and it’s likely to be an arm and a leg.” He is not wrong, but nowadays it is considered caninely incorrect to “stereotype” any breed, even though stereotyping is just another word for genetic line breeding. A mastiff is a larger version of a pit bull, and Rottweilers are first cousins to pit bulls. The genetic history of both the mastiff and the Rottweiler is rife with “impulsive aggression,” a consistent, often deadly trait, for which the pit bull (sometimes known by its image-laundering alias of American Staffordshire) is the poster canine. Many dog behaviourists (and I) call the cluster of breeds imbued with a genetically-endowed propensity for impulsive aggression – such as the mastiff, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentina and others – “pit bull type dogs.”. Most dogs will not attack humans under normal circumstances. Of those that have attacked humans, 70% are mixed-breeds, and 30% are purebreds. There are about 400 breeds of dog. Of them, only 44 are statistically represented in attacks on humans. Of the 44, pit bulls and Rottweilers account for 75% of the total actuarial risk for injury since 1982. When you get into the highest-damage categories of maulings, maimings, dismemberments and dog bite-related fatalities, it can truly be said that pit bulls and Rottweilers own the field. So Jonas did not distinguish the mastiff and Rottweiler hybrids out of malice. The malice encoded in those dogs’ genes created the high probability that they would exhibit memorably bad behaviour. Which brings us to the question of what to do if you are the victim or the witness to an attack by dogs like these. Pit bull type dogs do not just “bite,” as normal dogs do. They grip and tend not to let go. As they grip, they rend their way through flesh to the bone. Pit bulls have not earned the sobriquet of “land sharks” for nothing. Photographs of pit bull maulings bear a sickening likeness to shark attacks. It is never a good thing to intervene in any dog-on-dog fight (as George Jonas learned the hard way), but especially dangerous to put your hand anywhere near the mouth of a fighting dog, in case he redirects his murderous ferocity onto you. Once engaged, gripping dogs almost never react as normal dogs do to commands or painful blows to the head or body with sticks or baseball bats. Even bullets, unless they hit the brain or heart, can be fruitless in the case of pit bulls, as many policemen can attest. Either they don’t feel the pain as normal dogs do, or they feel it but their drive to fight to the death overrides it. One thing you can do if you’re desperate to stop the fight or attack is to lift a gripping dog’s hind legs high into the air. He can’t turn on you and he won’t be able to sustain his attack very well, even if he doesn’t let go. At least it allows for his owner to leash him while he is immobilized. Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People News, is the world’s leading investigative journalist/historian on the subject of fighting dogs. He strongly advises against hitting a gripping dog on the head with any object, as it won’t deflect the dog, and will likely serve only to drive the teeth further into the flesh. Pepper spray – illegal for citizens to carry in Canada – is not the best choice, as one has to get very near the dog to be effective, and the fumes spread with the breeze. In any case, according to Clifton, it is only successful about 40% of the time. Clifton’s rather surprising weapon of choice is a fire extinguisher, which has a success rate of about 70% with pit bulls. Unlike pepper spray, with a fire extinguisher, you can stand farther back and aim with precision. The spray suffocates them if they don’t let go. Obviously you won’t have a fire extinguisher handy in the normal course of a day’s outdoors activities, but in the U.S., of 123 fatal or maiming attacks on children in 2013 so far (120 of them by pit bull type dogs), 47 occurred on public streets, but 49 of them occurred at home. In those cases, a child’s life or limbs could have been saved by deployment of a handy fire extinguisher. Clifton always has a fire extinguisher in his car, a prudent idea that can’t do harm, and may prove useful in any number of scenarios. Not a cheery-beery topic, but the sobering fact is that because of misleading propaganda put out by the pit bull advocacy movement and Rottweiler fans, pit bulls are growing in popularity as pets; as a result, maimings of humans by pit bulls in North America have gone from 35 in 1992 to 184 in the first six months of 2013 (equal to all of 2012). The bottom line: Don’t intervene in a dog fight between normal dogs, as the fight will almost certainly resolve swiftly with relatively minor damage to either dog. Keep your own dogs, and especially kids in your care far, far away from pit bulls and Rottweilers (and in Canada to unleashed Huskies, whose track record for risk is problematic, often for geo-cultural reasons, a topic for another day). Most important for your own safety and that of the humans and animals you love: Don’t believe a word of the propagandist (pit) rubbish you hear and read. Fighting dogs really are high-risk dogs you should never “rescue” or buy. Thomas McCartney 29 dead by dog attack so far in 2013. Pit bull type dogs killed twenty-seven of them. fifteen of the twenty-six dead are children. Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim. Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (15): Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL. Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI. Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA. Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL. Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA. Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA. Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR. Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA. Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC. Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) ** Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas Adult fatalities by pit bull type (11): Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA. Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA. Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC. Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX. James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas. Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA. Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH. (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog. If 24 of 29 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 83% dead by pit attack, 10% dead by ‘molosser’, 3.5% by some kind of GSD mix, 3.5% by a husky + possibly pit mix If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 93% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population. The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car. 474 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November 9). Thomas McCartney HORSWELL BB, CHAHINE CJ, oral surgeons Dog bites of the facial region are increasing in children according to the Center for Disease Control. To evaluate the epidemiology of such injuries in our medical provider region, we undertook a retrospective review of those children treated for facial, head and neck dog bite wounds at a level 1 trauma center. Most dog bites occurred in or near the home by an animal known to the child/family. Most injuries were soft tissue related, however more severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds. Younger (under five years) children sustained more of the injuries requiring medical treatment. Injury Severity Scales were determined as well as victim and payer mix demographics, type and characteristics of injury, and complications from the attack. DR RICHARD SATTIN, chief of unintentional-injuries section of the Centers of Disease Control We’re trying to focus public attention on this greatly underestimated public hazard. In 1979, pit bulls accounted for 20 percent of fatal attacks by dogs. That figure had risen to 62 percent by 1988. Nobody knows the dog population of the United States or the exact breakdown by breed. We do not believe that pit bulls represent anywhere near 42% percent of dogs in the United States. Therefore, we believe that the pit bull excess in deaths is real and growing. ROBERT D. NEWMAN, M.D. As a pediatrician I was disturbed to read Vicki Hearne’s assertion that there are no bad breeds, just bad dogs (Op-Ed, April 15). There is ample evidence to suggest that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous to children than others. From 1979 to 1994, there were 177 known dog-bite-related fatalities in the United States. Of these fatalities, 66 percent were caused by five breeds: pit bull, Rottweiler, shepherd, husky and malamute. If you include crosses among these five breeds, that number rises to 82 percent. Other breeds, like Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers were not implicated in a single fatality during this same period. I laud the American Kennel Club’s attempt to include information about dog breeds considered ”not good with children” in the coming edition of ”The Complete Dog Book,” and lament the fact that the book is being recalled at the request of some breeders. Seattle, April 16, 1998 Dr. EDGAR JOGANIK (after trying to reattach scalp and ear to a pit bull victim) Pit bull attacks are typically the most severe, and in about one-third of all attacks, the animals are family pets or belong to close friends. That should be the message, that these dogs should not be around children, adults are just as likely to be victims. Everyone should be extremely cautious. DR. MICHAEL FEALY When a Pit Bull is involved the bites are worse. When they bite, they bite and lock and they don’t let go… they bite lock and they rip and they don’t let go. DR. CHRISTOPHER DEMAS Bites from pit bulls inflict much more damage, multiple deep bites and ripping of flesh and are unlike any other domestic animal I’ve encountered. Their bites are devastating – close to what a wildcat or shark would do. DR. AMY WANDEL, plastic surgeon I see just as many dog bites from dogs that are not pit bulls as bites from pit bulls. The big difference is pit bulls are known to grab onto something and keep holding so their damage they create is worse than other breeds. DR. PATRICK BYRNE, Johns Hopkins Hospital I can’t think of a single injury of this nature that was incurred by any other species other than a pit bull or a rottweiler. ANDREW FENTON, M.D. As a practicing emergency physician, I have witnessed countless dog bites. Invariably, the most vicious and brutal attacks I have seen have been from the pit bull breed. Many of the victims have been children. In a recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pit bull attacks accounted for more ER visits than all other breeds combined. In young children, the most common part of the body injured was the face. Numerous studies have proven that the number-one cause of dog bite fatalities is the pit bull breed. I am certain that many attacks are due to owner negligence, but the fact remains that many were unpredictable and were perpetrated by formerly “loving and loyal” pets. Dr. Chagnon has every right to leave our town as she claims she will if pit bulls are banned, just like every one of her patients has the right not to attend her clinic where she brings her pit bulls. I applaud Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders for bringing this issue to the forefront. In the interest of public safety, I recommend we enforce a spay/neuter requirement on pit bulls while reviewing and revamping all of our policies relating to animal bites. Thomas McCartney BONNIE V. BEAVER, BS, DVM, MS, DACVB, Professor and Chief of Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University Executive Director, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists By its origin, a pit bull is a fighting dog that takes very little stimulous to initiate aggression, and it will continue to fight regardless of what happens. Pit bulldogs have been responsible for about 70 percent of the deaths of humans killed by dogs since 1979. The AVMA warns veterinarians to be careful about supplying behavioural evaluations of dogs for insurance purposes. “It’s risky for veterinarians,” said Dr. Beaver, explaining that there are many situations in which a dog may behave aggressively, and temperament tests can’t rule out the possibility of aggression. “You don’t have temperament tests that can identify all possibilities.” KATHRYN HAWKINS, DVM After seeing another dog die from a pit bull attack, I feel compelled to write. The opinion that pit bulls are “mean because of the way they are raised” is often not the case. A Both of the dogs I took care of that died were attacked unprovoked by pit bulls that were in families that raised them responsibly. Just as a retriever is bred to hunt birds — an instinct you can’t stop — many pit bulls have a genetic tendency to attack other animals. When they do, they are extremely powerful and don’t quit. I have never been bitten or growled at by a pit bull — they are very friendly. But when the instinct to attack another animal occurs, they cause serious damage, or death. They don’t bite people any more often than other breeds but when they do, it’s bad. The aggressiveness toward other animals and damage they do is not because of “the way they are raised” — it is usually due to a genetic instinct not in the control of the owner. ARTHUR HERM, veterinarian, animal control He said he disagrees with those people who believe they can train aggressiveness out of dogs, and added he believes aggressiveness is “inherent” and “genetic” in all dogs while pit bulls “seem to have more of that.” MICHAEL W. FOX, veterinarian, animal behaviorist “I spent 20 years studying the behavior of dogs and it’s not in their nature. Man, has created a monster, If you wish…These dogs were selectively bred to fight, they have greater propensity to fight than other animals, which is brought out in training.” “They can attack people, and because the attitudes of Pit Bulls it is more likely they will attack people. The worry is the power of the dogs jaw…to bite and not let go. It’s quite sufficient to crush right through a child’s arm or leg.” SHERYL BLAIR, Tufts Veterinary School symposium – Animal Aggression: Dog Bites and the Pit Bull Terrier The injuries these dogs inflict are more serious than other breeds because they go for the deep musculature and don’t release; they hold and shake. Colleen Hodges, Veterinary Public Health spokeswoman Some families think that they can raise a loving pet if they treat a pit bull like any other dog. They may not realize that the dog was bred to fight and that some of these dogs may have fighting in their genes. They are tough, strong, tenacious. They are much more capable of inflicting serious damage, and some of them do. I would not recommend pits as a family dog. GARY WILKES, animal behaviorist No other breed in America is currently bred for fighting, in such great numbers as the American Pit Bull Terrier. No other breed has instinctive behaviors that are so consistently catastrophic when they occur, regardless of how rarely they happen. The reality is that every English Pointer has the ability to point a bird. Every Cattle Dog has the ability to bite the heel of a cow and every Beagle has the ability to make an obnoxious bugling noise when it scents a rabbit or sees a cat walking on the back fence. Realistically, if your English Pointer suddenly and unpredictably points at a bird in the park, nobody cares. If my Heeler nips your ankle, I’m going to take care of your injuries and probably be fined for the incident. If your Beagle bugles too much, you’ll get a ticket for a noise violation. If your Pit Bull does what it’s bred to do…well, you fill in the blank. Thomas McCartney TRISH KING, Director, Behavior & Training Dept. Marin Humane Society “There is no direct eye contact or very little direct eye contact. It is very quick and over with. Which is one reason why with pit bulls and rottweilers, we have problems. Because they’re bred to do direct eye contact and so they are off putting to other dogs and actually scary to other dogs.” The fourth undesirable characteristic – arousal or excitement – is actually the most problematic. Many bully dogs cannot seem to calm themselves down once they get excited. And once they get excited all their behaviors are exacerbated. Thus, if a dog is over-confident and has a tendency to body slam or mount, he or she will really crash into the other dog or person when he’s aroused, sometimes inadvertently causing injury. He may begin to play-bite, and then bite harder and harder and harder. When you try to stop the behavior, the dog often becomes even more “aggressive.” In this way, play can turn into aggression fairly quickly. Research on the brain has shown that excited play has exactly the same chemistry as extreme anger. This allows a play behavior to switch quickly into aggression. And, once the dog has become aggressive a few times, the switch is much easier. DIANE JESSUP, pit bull expert, breeder, former ACO “Jessup, the animal control officer in Olympia, uses two pit bulls to train police and animal control officers on surviving dogs attacks. Unlike dogs who are nippers and rippers, her pit bulls are typically “grippers” who bite down and hang onto their victims.” Jessup believes that much of dog behavior comes from their genes. “I truly believe that a dog is about 90% genetics,” says Jessup. on protection sports This difference in “sheepdog versus bulldog” mentality in a trainer is best understood when training the “out!” or release command. It is common practice for those training shepherds and sheepdog types to use force such as hard leash corrections or electric shock to get the dog to release the sleeve. Sadly, I had one young man come to me because a club trainer was slugging his little Am Staff female in the nose, till she bled, trying to get her to release the sleeve. She would not! And of course she would not! She was a good little bulldog, hanging on for dear life, just as her bull and bear baiting ancestors of old did. She was a super little gripping dog, who took the pain she experienced as just “part of the job” once her owner set her upon the sleeve. And this is the response from well bred pit bulldogs—to ignore pain while gripping. It is, after all, what they are bred for! Give me a bulldog like her, rather than one which will allow itself to be yanked off the sleeve due to pain. MICHAEL BURNS, Los Angeles Animal Control Lt. You have a dog that has aggressive tendencies enhanced through constant and incestuous breeding. If there are some recessive genes on the aggressive or psychotic side, they will make themselves manifest. They are different. There’s an absence of the normal sounds a dog makes when it attacks. It’s almost a workmanlike way they hold on in an attack. It’s a persistence I haven’t seen in any other breed. KURT LAPHAM, a field investigator for the West Coast Regional office of the Humane Society Most breeds do not multiple-bite. A pit bull attack is like a shark attack: He keeps coming back. DAVID GENDREGSKE, Clare County MI Animal Control Director “In my opinion they appeal to the most irresponsible pet owners and to younger people,” he said. “The younger people have no jobs to support the animal, or they have to move where animals aren’t allowed and (the dogs) end up here.” Certain people like pit bulls because they are intimidating, he said. “They want to scare people. It’s an intimidation thing. They’re number one with those being incarcerated. If there’s a dog left behind (when someone is sentenced to jail or prison), it’s always a pit bull,” he said. He cited the time a pit bull got out of a car and attacked a horse. He was pulled off, but he went back and grabbed the throat. He was pulled off again and again and went back after different parts of the horse. “What kind of a dog but a pit bull would do that?” he asked. “All dogs can bite but not with that ferocity. “ Some people will say that how a pit bull acts and reacts is dependent upon how the dog is raised, he said. “But he was raised to kill for centuries,” he said. “You can’t breed it out in one generation.” If the popularity of pit bulls is a fad, it’s a long term one, he said. “I keep seeing more and more pit bulls,” he said. “It’s getting worse.” Pit bulls, he said, are not good as a working dog, except for perhaps wild boar hunting. “And they’re not one of the smarter breeds,” he said, despite other’s beliefs that they are intelligent. Thomas McCartney KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand There was concern among dog authorities about American pitbulls being allowed into New Zealand as they were dangerous, unpredictable animals, Mr Coutts said. “A lot of people in this town get them because they are a staunch dog and they will fight. They are perceived as vicious … It’s frustrating they were ever allowed in the country … we can’t go back now though,” Mr Coutts said. COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don’t look after them. VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer Presas are not to be fooled with, they’re dangerous. You’ve got a fighting breed here. You’ve got a dog that was bred for fighting. You’ve got one of the most difficult breeds to handle. CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to ‘make him dog’ (I guess as in a “regular” dog) so we can actually create the limits. So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.”. If you add pain, it only infuriates them..to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it… That’s why they are such great fighters.” Cesar goes on to say…”Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.” GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer I estimate Medical & Veterinary bills related to injuries caused by pit bulls in the Tompkins Square dog run in 2011, $140,000.00. Estimated Medical (human) & Veterinary (canine) bills from all other breeds and mixed breeds combined during the same period, $5,000.00. (Estimate gathered from reports to by owners to the dog park association.) STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner “The dogs that participated in these attacks weren’t Pekingese. You don’t have herds of Pekingese roaming the city attacking people. When someone says all breeds are created equal, well then they’re denying the definition of what a breed is. Breed serves a particular purpose.” “I like them. They’re eager. They’re athletic. They’re aesthetically pleasing. But even if they’re bred perfectly, they can be problematic, particularly with other dogs.” “When you combine the breed specific behaviors … with owners who either don’t give a rip, or with owners who (have) too much dog, you have a problem.” JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she’s a fierce opponent of “breed bans” like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it’s undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence. Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it’s disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training. ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer “It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.” BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director “That is the only real way to solve this problem – is to license owners and to give them the responsibility that goes with owning a dog. It would be extremely useful when you have a neighbour who is concerned about that dog next door. You can look at it and see they don’t have a license and take it away. That’s owner responsibility.” “We led the charge to stop the importation of the pitbull because of the concerns they would be crossbred with other dogs… But there’s not a lot we can do about that because it’s happened. We wish someone had listened all those years ago.” JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun “Line breeding tends to concentrate recessive traits. The propensity for violent attacks by a dog would be a recessive trait.” MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant Working in a veterinary hospital, you are exposed to all kinds of animal trauma. One of the more common ones is dog fights. I can honestly say that in three out of four cases, an American pit bull terrier is involved. Many times, we are able to save the life of the afflicted, but yesterday, we were not. I propose that all owned American pit bull terriers be registered and all breeding be halted indefinitely. How many mutilated faces, mangled limbs, butchered pets and even human deaths does it take to convince us that this breed needs to be phased out? DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert “It’s not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I’m going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador,” says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. “It’s a capable animal, and it’s got to be treated as such.” JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman “It’s inhumane not to allow them to fight. If you have to encourage them to fight they are not worth the powder it would take to blow them away. To never allow them any kind of combat…That’s inhumane.” RAY BROWN, former pit bull owner, breeder, dog fighter Pit bulls didn’t become dangerous because we fight them; we fight them because the English specifically bred them to be dangerous. MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator If it chooses to attack, it’s the most ferocious of all dogs. I’ve never known of a pit bull that could be called off (during a fight). They lose themselves in the fight. F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services “They’re borderline dogs. They’re right on the edge all of the time. Even if the dogs are not trained or used for fighting, and even though they are generally good with people, their bloodline makes them prone to violence.” Thomas McCartney ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded. This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli. The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern. As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem. The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined. “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs. JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response. “The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said. “The only way to keep them is in a working environment.” He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position. ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals “A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still. A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.” “A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.” Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds , displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes. Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3]. Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8]. ALAN BECK, Sc.D However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction. “This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.” Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one. “If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.” “It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.” “I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.” MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animal People editor There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans. But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy. Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide. STANLEY COREN, PhD “A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84 “When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage. John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.” p 77 Dog trainers/animal control, Pit Bull breeders, owners, fanciers, experts Thomas McCartney Behaviorists/veterinarians RANDALL LOCKWOOD, PhD Randall Lockwood, who said he has witnessed the best and worst of pit bulls, said illegal dog-fighting is perpetuating dogs that are hazards to humans and other animals. Shaped by dog-fight enthusiasts, they are “a perversion of everything normal dogs should do. What they’ve created is a canine psychopath.” “Fighting dogs lie all the time. I experienced it first hand when I was investigating three pit bulls that killed a little boy in Georgia. When I went up to do an initial evaluation of the dog’s behavior, the dog came up to the front of the fence, gave me a nice little tail wag and a “play bow” — a little solicitation, a little greeting. As I got closer, he lunged for my face.” The pit bull, in its purebred or mixed form, has been responsible for most of the fatal dog attacks on humans in the last two years. In 1987, there were eight deaths from dog attacks in the country, and seven involved pit bulls. In 1986, there were 13 deaths, seven involving pit bulls. But pit bulls have been victimized by hype. The dogs are no strangers to ordinances. A pit bull ban was passed in London in the 1400s. These dogs can be canine crocodiles. They have a dark and bloody history. In the United States, pets are considered property in the eyes of the law. And one of the most hotly defended rights of the individual is the right to own anything, no matter how stupid or dangerous the choice — even when what someone wants to own is a threat to them, their family, and the community around them. FRANKLIN LOEW, dean of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I’m not aware of any other breed of animal that has ever been singled out this way. This is man biting dog. HUGH WIRTH, veterinarian RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone. “They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances.” “The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition. “They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace.” “The fact of life is that the community doesn’t want American pit bull terriers. They’ve said it loud and clear over and over again – they want them banned.” GRAEME SMITH, veterinarian My views about associating a breed with dangerous behaviours were challenged over time as I saw the impact of Pit Bull attacks. Talking to owners with dogs of this breed who have themselves been turned on, it became clear that these animals are unpredictable and when they attack they can cause serious injury or death. It is very hard to give Pit Bulls the benefit of the doubt. Avoiding the identification of dogs and their behaviours by their breed means the legislation in place can be such that allows these Pit Bulls “one free bite.” This “one free bite” can have fatal consequences. If it looks like a Pit Bull, it is a Pit Bull. What’s at stake is the safety of people and their own pets in the wider community, there is no room for gambling with an unpredictable animal. And that is so often the case. No one knows where these dogs are until they come out and cause some form of grief. My position is about protecting the public and other animals from these animals. NICHOLAS DODMAN, BVMS, ACVB, ACVA Rottweilers were originally bred to guard the money of peasants returning home from the city of Rottweil in Germany, so their fierceness was prized. Staffordshire bull terriers and pit bulls were programmed to deliver a full crushing bite to the noses of bulls. “They’re locked and loaded,” as Dodman puts it. on breed profiling But Dodman defends the practice. “The insurance companies have no ax to grind,” he says. They base their decisions on actuarial statistics showing that certain breeds in certain homes are a recipe for trouble and the cause of lawsuits. on the MA muzzling law After a spate of attacks by pit bulls this summer, Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation requiring the dogs to be muzzled in public. Some pit bull owners protested, but a Tufts expert says the law may be a good idea. Breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers, says animal behavior expert Nick Dodman, are hardwired for aggression. “Some of these dogs are as dangerous as a loaded handgun,” Dodman– director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at TuftsSchool of Veterinary Medicine – said in an interview with The Boston Globe Magazine. Genetics play a big role. “No doubt about it, pit bulls are genetically predisposed toward aggression,” he told the magazine. “Justas certain breeds of dogs were bred to herd, certain were bred to hunt, certain to point, and others to swim.” While most pet owners accept that their dogs have certain genetic behavioral characteristics, there is still resistance to the idea that some dogs are more dangerous than others. “Everybody accepts [genetic behaviors like herding or hunting] until you throw in the word ‘aggression’ and things like a full, crushing bite, which some breeds were specifically bred for in the past.” Statistics on dog attacks reinforce the link between certain dogs and dangerous behavior. “It’s like a scene from “Casablanca” when they say, ‘Roundup the usual suspects,’” Dodman told the Globe.“It’s always German shepherds, chow, husky, pit bull.The numbers do the talking.” He added that pit bulls and Rottweilers alone account for more than 50 percent of the fatal dog attacks every year. Despite the danger, the owners of these dogs often fail to take proper precautions. “A lot of owners of aggressive breeds are suffering from denial and ignorance, because no one wants to be fingered as having that kind of dog,” Dodman said. “Genetics does play a role and people who think it doesn’t are kidding themselves,” says Dodman. “The pit bull is notorious for a very hard bite. They are always No. 1 in the lethal dog bite parade. The dog was bred for pit fighting. It was bred to never give up, to bite and hang on.” KATHERINE HOUPT, VMD, PhD, DACVB Says Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of Domestic Animal Behavior: “Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior, though that can be influenced by how they are raised. The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they’re going to encourage it.” “I have seen so many pit bulls taken by very nice, very dog-savvy people who did all the right things,” said Houpt. “They take them to socialization class, they take them to obedience school, they are fine for a few years, and then they kill the neighbor’s dog.” Thomas McCartney This week, Riverside County supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance requiring pit bulls older than 4 months in unincorporated areas of the county to be spayed or neutered. Registered breeders, law enforcement and therapy dogs are exempt from the ordinance, which takes effect next month. In 2010, San Bernardino County supervisors passed a similar ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county, such as Mentone. Owners of non-sterilized pit bulls can be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $300 for subsequent offenses. Highland and Yucaipa adopted the same ordinance, according to Brian Cronin, chief of the county’s animal control division, which handles animal control in those two cities. The San Bernardino County ordinance said pit bull breeds account for about 20 percent of the dogs at animal shelters and are put down more often than any other breed. Cronin emailed figures showing the county’s intake of pit bulls has decreased 28 percent since the ordinance took effect and that euthanization rates have dropped by 56 percent. The ordinance was passed to reduce the number of dogs destroyed at taxpayer expense, Cronin said. Thomas McCartney From the CDC (1998 report, page 4): “Despite these limitations and concerns (about identifying the exact ‘breed’ of pit bull type dog responsible for a killing), the data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998. It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities.” Results of mandatory breed-specific S/N in SF: success in San Francisco, where in just eight years there was a 49% decline in the number of pit-bulls impounded, a 23% decline in the number of pit-bulls euthanized, and an 81% decline in the number of pit-bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks. Ed Boks, Executive director, Yavapai Humane Society (responsible Jan 2004 as director City Center for Animal Care & Control in NYC for trying to rename pit bulls New Yorkies; is pb owner) Pit bull type dogs represent 3000% the actuarial risk compared to other types of dogs. Insurance companies will have calculated the risks the other listed breeds represent based on what they’ve had to pay out through the years. This isn’t ‘prejudice’, this is cold statistical reality. Actuarial realities don’t yield to sentiment or a feeling of entitlement — they just are what they are. Thomas McCartney Wichita, Kansas In January 2009, the Wichita Department of Environmental Services released a number of pit bull statistics. The figures are based upon the Wichita Animal Control department’s investigation of 733 dog bites in 2008. Included in the data are pit bulls encountered by the Wichita Police Department. In the 1-year period, 95% of police encounters with aggressive dogs were pit bulls. The report also showed that the percentage of pit bull encounters had increased from 66% in 2004 to 95% in 2008. Subsequently, four months after the release of this data, the City of Wichita enacted a mandatory pit bull sterilization law. 55% of all dogs deemed dangerous were pit bulls (41 pit bull dogs deemed dangerous). 34% of attacks and bites involved pit bull dogs (246 pit bull attacks/bites). 28% of dogs found running at large were pit bulls (1,279 pit bulls found running loose). 25% of dogs impounded were pit bulls dogs (1,575 pit bulls impounded). 37% of all dogs euthanized were pit bull dogs (1,255 pit bulls euthanized). 23% of dog complaints involved pit bull dogs (2,523 complaints involved pit bull dogs). Thomas McCartney The ASPCA has no obligation to share safety issues about pit bulls with the public. On their “Pit Bull Information” web page, they write: “Sadly, pit bulls have acquired a reputation as unpredictable, dangerous, and vicious.” Yet, spelled out in the ASPCA Shelter Guidelines — designed to protect shelter workers — are the unique risks attributed to pit bulls. One of them is that they “attack without warning,” which is equivalent to unpredictable behavior. From the ASPCA’s The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment: There are “cases of experienced handlers who had developed good relationships with the dogs over a period of months still being attacked without warning or obvious provocation.” Pit bulls “ignore signs of submission from other dogs” and “give no warning prior to attack.” They add that this is “different than normal dog behavior.” “Today’s pit bulls” have multiple names including: “Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1936), American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1972, Am Staff), American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier.” “These dogs can be aggressive towards humans and more likely to cause fatal attacks to people than other fighting type dogs.” “Pit bulls will climb fences, chew up stainless steel food and water bowls, destroy copper tubing of automatic water systems and conventional cages, and attack other animals through chain link fences.” “Pit bulls can break through conventional cage doors and destroy typical epoxy paint on the floors and walls.” “Pit bulls require special housing considerations” and “isolation from other animals if dog aggressive or have a high prey drive.” “Install a panic button in rooms housing pit bulls along with other restraint equipment in any room housing pit bulls.” It seems unlikely that the ASPCA or shelters participating in the “Adopt-A-Bull Contest” will tell potential adopters to install a panic button in their home or that pit bulls attack without warning. Thomas McCartney In a discussion of the Denver ban, Assistant City Attorney Kory Nelson recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that: “Since 1989, when that city instituted a pit bull ban, ‘we haven’t had one serious pit bull attack,’ said Kory Nelson, a Denver assistant city attorney. His city’s assertion that ‘pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds of dog’ has withstood legal challenges, he said. ‘We were able to prove there’s a difference between pit bulls and other breeds of dogs that make pit bulls more dangerous,’ he said.” Sources: Denver Post *************************************************** Toronto: In a November 2011, public health statistics published by Global Toronto showed that pit bull bites dropped dramatically after Ontario adopted the Dog Owners Liability Act in 2005, an act that banned pit bulls: The number of dog bites reported in Toronto has fallen since a ban on pit bulls took effect in 2005, public health statistics show. A total of 486 bites were recorded in 2005. That number fell generally in the six years following, to 379 in 2010. Provincial laws that banned ‘pit bulls,’ defined as pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers and dogs resembling them took effect in August 2005. Existing dogs were required to be sterilized, and leashed and muzzled in public. Bites in Toronto blamed on the four affected breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010. This accounts for most of the reduction in total bites. *************************************************** Salina, KS Rose Base, director of the Salina Animal Shelter who lobbied for the ordinance, told the Salina Journal: The ordinance has made a difference, she said. Records at the Salina Animal Shelter indicate there were 24 reported pit bull bites in 2003 and 2004, and only five since — none from 2009 to present. Salina has 62 registered pit bulls, Base said. Before the ordinance she guessed there were “close to 300.” Since the first of this year three of the registered pit bulls have died of old age. “We definitely haven’t had the severity of bites that we had in the past,” Base said. “Our community has been somewhat safer because of the law that was passed *************************************************** Prince George’s County, MD Prince George’s County passed a pit bull ban in 1996. In August 2009, Rodney Taylor, associate director of the county’s Animal Management Group, said that the number of pit bull biting incidents has fallen: “Taylor said that during the first five to seven years of the ban, animal control officials would encounter an average of 1,200 pit bulls a year but that in recent years that figure has dropped by about half. According to county statistics, 36 pit bull bites, out of 619 total dog bites, were recorded in 2008, down from 95 pit bull bites, out of a total of 853, in 1996.” *************************************************** Salina KS (a second article) Note that they admit that the pit bull ban did not reduce the number of bites, but it did reduce the severity of bites reported by all breeds. Proof that when pit bull deniers find a jurisdiction that banned pit bulls, but reported no decrease in overall bites, is a moot point. Its death and dismemberment we are focusing on, not bite counts. In the monthly city newsletter, In Touch, published in September 2006, the City of Salina reported that the pit bull ban adopted in 2005 significantly reduced pit bull biting incidents in just a 12 month period. The number of pit bull bites depicted in the “Salina Pit Bull Bites Reported” graph shows 2002 with 13 pit bull bites, 2003 with 11 pit bull bites, 2004 with 15 pit bull bites and 2005 with only one bite. The newsletter notes that “animal bites reported have remained constant, but the severity of bites have decreased dramatically” since the enactment of the pit bull ban. *************************************************** Springfield, MO In April 2008, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department released data to a local TV station – following the City of Springfield’s adoption of a 2006 pit bull ban: “The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports that dog bites and vicious dog complaints are declining since the implementation of the Pit Bull Ordinance in the City of Springfield two years ago. In 2005 the health department fielded 18 vicious dog complaints, but only eight in 2007. Bites were down from 102 in 2005 to 87 in 2007.” *************************************************** Washington In 2008, the City of Wapato passed an ordinance that bans new pit bulls, rottweilers and mastiffs. Nine months after its adoption, in March 2009, Wapato Police Chief Richard Sanchez reported successful results: “Nine months into the ban and police calls about vicious dogs have been cut in half. The Wapato Police tell Action News they’ve gone from 18 reports in January, February and March of last year to seven so far in ’09. “Seven calls in three months… that’s nothing,” says Chief Richard Sanchez, Wapato Police Department. Chief Sanchez credits local cooperation for the decline of dangerous dogs.” *************************************************** Rhode Island When the City of Woonsocket was debating a pit bull ordinance in June 2009, the animal control supervisor in Pawtucket, John Holmes, spoke about the enormous success of Pawtucket’s 2003 pit bull ban: “Holmes says he predicted that it would take two years for Pawtucket to experience the full benefit of the law after it was passed, but the results were actually apparent in half the time. “It’s working absolutely fantastic,” said Holmes. “We have not had a pit bull maiming in the city since December of 2004.” *************************************************** Per section 8-55 of Denvers pit bull ban: A pit bull, is defined as any dog that is an APBT, Am Staf Terrier, Staff Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of anyone (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards set by the AKC or UKC for any of the above breed. Over the course of 22 years, the Denver ban has withstood numerous battles in state and federal courts. It has been used as a model for over 600 USA cities that legislate pit bulls, as well as US Navy, Air Force, Marine and Army bases ( so much for Sgt Stubby). without it, we’d see just what we see in Miss E’s lame replies. Every pit owner would claim their land shark was anything but a pit bull. Miami Dade county voted 66% to keep their pit bull ban, just as it is worded, last year. Thomas McCartney Merritt Clifton Editor OF Animal People: Of the 4,558 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,923 (64%) were pit bulls; 541 were Rottweilers; 3,696 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 523 human fatalities, 269 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 392 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,593 people who were disfigured, 1,753 (67%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 319 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,169 (83%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%. Thomas McCartney The total number of fatal and disfiguring attacks by all types of pit bull in the U.S. combined, Staffordshires included, came to just 103 in the eleven-year 1982-1992 time frame. The annual total reached 100 for the first time in 2003 (128), topped 100 twice more in the next three years, and has now risen for six consecutive years, from 74 in 2007 to 467 thus far in 2013. Thomas McCartney Learn and become educated about the genetic truth and reality of the Pit bull Type dog and the danger they present: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ban-All-Pit-Bull-Type-Dogs-Everywhere-Today-All-Dogs-must-be-on-a-Leash/180634022056782 Julie Edwards-Matanga Why does the truth only seem to hurt the feelings of pit bull owners? I myself own a mix of a breed listed as no. 8, a Chow and I also have a Belgian Malinois mix. I would never say, “It’s all how you raise ‘em”. Some breeds are more dangerous and risky than others, and when you understand that, you can be a better steward of them and empathize with what they are, and what they are not. Chow mixes and Malinois are not Labs or Beagles. They are not the pick for families with children, not the pick if your life long dream is to have a therapy dog for cancer patients to hug and children to read to. Keep them out of the dog park. Lock them up when you have company. Build a higher fence. Avoid that “my pit bull SOMEHOW escaped”. Somehow they escape, and your sweet pit bull attacks. D.N.A. can not be trained or loved away. One of my Chow mixes was killed….by a pit bull. I know of others. If pit bull owners and advocates want to see their beloved breed being listed no. 1 dangerous, having their insurance cancelled, being BANNED…why don’t you just accept the truth. A dog bred for aggression towards another dog (bull or bear) is DANGEROUS. And no, I’m not afraid that “my” breed is next. I support regulating riskier breeds so that idiots can not own them. Juan_Geezy Firstly the most aggressive dog on this list is the Perro de Presa Canario( I know because I own one and all he tries to do is fight and attack people). And secondly if this list was all supreme and completely true wouldn’t all the list for the top ten aggressive dogs be the same? #IJS Juan_Geezy And saying that all pit bulls are aggressive is like saying all white people are serial killers, all Arabs are terrorist, or all black people steal these are just stereotypes use your brains and do some thinking hell if the person that wrote this pissed on ya and called it rain you might believe them Geri Duquette Listen to all the racists here… a pitbull doesn’t know its a pitbull (its little walnut sized brain cannot comprehend this). As lovely as dogs are they simply lack the higher intelligence to look in the mirror and say, “I have spots that must make me a dalmatian, perhaps I should go help fight some fires”. This is just as bad as stereotyping people and the very thought of breed specific legislation reminds me a little of WWII (genocide is disgusting in any species). Find a reliable non-corporate funded news source and stop acting like a bunch of sheep and regurgitating every little thing you hear on CNN. Do your research and your math (with credible statistics). If you are going to serve up your opinion as factual information, let’s not be lazy about research, not everything you read on the internet is gold, people can write (almost) anything they want thanks to the lovely first amendment… All this coming from someone bit by 4 different dogs… Not a single one on this list. There are shitty dogs like there are shitty people. Lori Myers It’s pretty basic people. Any dog can attack, at any given time, for any given reason. It’s a shame to put so much emphasis on the pit bull breed. They are instinctually a loving and protective breed. It’s truly a shame what the media has done to this breed. Oh yeah, I’m a letter carrier and yes, I have been bitten and yes, it was a pit bull, but quess what? I don’t blame the dog, I blame the owner for not properly socializing their dog!!!! I personally own a pit mix and she is a wonderful dog. Lori Myers Any dog can attack at any time, for any reason, not just pit bulls. They are one of the most loyal, loving, protective breeds. As a matter of fact, they used to be know as “nanny dogs” because they watched over the children in the family. I have a pit mix and she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. It’s all about socialization and the owners taking the time to make them good canine citizens. Oh yeah, I’m a letter carrier and yes, I’ve been bitten and yes, it was a pit bull but I hold the owner responsible, NOT the breed. Media has contributed to this breed getting such a bad rap! gabi nelson People are so stupid it’s amazing. I have a pit, rottweiler And husky in front of me as I’m typing this and if I got up and smacked any one of them for no reason, they would cry and lay in their bed. Those “genetics” of naturally wanting to kill aren’t there.their natural instinct may be to hunt something, and thank God because now I don’t have to worry about bugs in the house. And they are protective of their home so I feel safe when somebody I don’t know comes to the door. But they don’t want to hurt anything or anybody without a reason. And the only reason those statistics are recorded is because if they do bite for any reason its going to be harder than a chihuahuas. It doesn’t mean it happens more. I’ve never been bit by Any “aggressive” dog but I couldn’t count how many times I was by hamsters. So again just because they are stronger doesn’t mean they are more dangerous. And just cause my gun is bigger than some criminals doesn’t mean its more dangerous to society. kim Wow! The writer of this article needs to do more research! For one, the pit bull does not have dangerous instincts among other misinformation about other breeds in the article! DalmnatianHeart Dalmatian ? , i dont agree , i read alot regarding this breed since i love them , & her Sweden, when you read regarding a dog problem with dogs or people i never read regarding Dalmatians , think there are more capable dogs then them , Tosa to name rase . Dalmatian is for sure not dog that should be part of this list . jdawg Who in there right mind would leave there kids with a half wolf/dog . It’s terrible they hunt on the weak and small. I don’t understand why people with families lite kids running around get wolf dogs ! Doc G This list is comical and looks like it was compailed by a 12 year old. This is just proof that you don’t need to be educated to post an article online. I hope nobody out there is foolish enough to take this rubbish as the truth. By the way “author”, spell check goes a long way. Mariaca “This list is comical and looks like it was compailed” ? and you recommend “spell check?” RooHan KoOlz Haha. An Alsation Dog Bit Me “Actually Three Huge Alsation Dogs Bit me Three Weeks Back”. Although I Survived. Next minute, the owner was attacked ? Maxwell Preston Tucker Wild Tim Best puts it best. This is a list of what are the most dangerous dogs to their strengths, body types, etc. To me it’s similar to a list of dangerous muscle cars. Some people don’t have any problems handling it while others can’t keep the tires on the road. Some dog breeds are more ‘dangerous’ than others. They have a more powerful jaw strength, or quoted above with the Boxer, it has one of the most powerful heads. It’s not saying these are bad dogs to have, it’s stating which ones are the more dangerous compared to others. I had a red nose Pit bull that shared a bed with my 3 week old kitten at the time. If you had a weapon he’d attack the weapon. First time I adopted him and I was cleaning my firearm (unloaded of course) he jumped and snatched it out of my hands! I trained him that anything I had was okay, but I adopted him at 4 years old and he was the most protective and caring animal I’ve ever had, and my parents have 3 chiwhawhas that actually attack me for no reason. He was sweet, but his muscle build, bite strength, he’s fearless attitude in the face of danger, and his stubborn tendencies when he didn’t like someone or something, made him very dangerous. Not to me he wasn’t, but every one else was a threat to him. I definitely agree with the list here. Doesn’t stop me though! I’m soon to adopt another pit bull puppy from a friend and a 6 month old German Shepherd. They will be trained together, and with a firm loving master they will be best friends. Ron Jubenville A Turkish Kangal will kill a pitbull with little effort. It will also kill a wolf and it didnt make the list? Doc G The American Bulldog didn’t make the list either and there is not a breed out there that could best an American Bully in a tussle, including the “vicious” pitbull. Rishab dogs are not bad they r cute and friend jst as mine german shephard bruno Laura Hall The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 20 year study on the 10 most dangerous dogs DID NOT include the boxer! What an ignorant and irresponsible site this is! Marisa I absolutely love going to these sites where someones trying to shame certain dog breeds. The reason? I see a lot of good/caring people with the intention of trying to make people aware that just because the dog breed is reported as something as ridiculous as “dangerous” doesn’t mean the dog will be. It’s all about how it was raised. Just like if you were to raise a human child. Anyways, these people give me hope for society and I find that refreshing. For looking for dogs by seeing what is dangerous, I find to be completely inaccurate. If you want to find a good dog to suit your family, look for information about how much the energy the dog has and what type of environment is best for it. sam i have a dog that is half chow chow and half dalmatian, she is the sweetest dog, a little old now, but i’m not afraid if anyone breaks into my house again. Linda Driscoll I had a friend who had a pittbull in their family for years and it was treated like a baby. It had all the doggie classes, there was no problem until it nearly took her arm off one day out of nowhere for no apparent reason while she was making dinner. She was in the hospital for a week and they barely were able to save her arm. You never know..they have instincts and quirks built into their DNA and its not an isolated incident. They too used to say they never had a problem with their pitbull, that she was gentle, until one day. They can be great dogs, true, but you have to understand the dog and accept all of its possible deameanor. Jerry I don’t care if people say there dog is well behaved or socialized-no1 is going to say (I had a hard time with him as a puppy so I beat the shit out of him,but he listens good now). Dogs only know what you teach them so when you lash out at them when you get frustrated,they will lash out when they get frustrated. Every dog is capable of attacking some1,its just that pit bulls,rots,and other muscular dogs like that are good at it. Thats why you here about them more than a smaller dog attack and thatt’s usually why people get them 4 protection, but you have be patient with them and show by example how to act. They say dogs resemble there owner and from what I’ve seen I believe it. Its kinda like if your son grows up to be a killer they look back in his life to see what made him that way. unknown This is such BS the Pitbull is a loving caring breed of dog! Its the way the owner raised them! Any dog will be agressive if the owner is agressive towards the dog. Ive had Pitbulls my whole life and anyone who met them would say that their the nicest dog they’ve ever met. So stop posting bs about Pitbulls its the owner not the BREED! pitbulls are misunderstood …. You pit bull haters sicken me. My Pit Bull snuggles with my CAT! on the couch, in fact Chance (my Pit Bull) would protect Spaz and Wheezy, (my cats) my family and anything he loved from anyone even if he knew it would kill him! Pit Bulls have a strong need to please their owners, even if they come from a hard past, they can always become good dogs, and you fools are getting your information from Colleen Lynn the owner of DogsBite.org. She is a women who was “attacked by a pit bull* And in reality she scared the dog and the owner. She is very unreliable and just happens to be good at building websites, if anybody tries to contradict her, she will call you a pit nut. Colleen Lyn also resorts to a lot of name calling, such as calling people who study pit bulls science whores. You all should know that there has been more bites from Golden Retrievers then Pit Bulls, which by the way consists of many different breeds. Pit Bulls have many desirable traits, they also do not lock there jaws. Although much of their brain is built for using there jaw, and they resort to shaking. Pit Bulls have also saved lives, they have sacrificed themselves for their owners, taking bullets from them, and saving them from fires, thousands of innocent Pits have been executed for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I’m extremely sickened by the people who have been behind the deaths of all these wonderful dogs, uneducated fools who believe whatever they see. The way a dog acts is reflected upon the way they are treated, and to be honest Pit Bulls are probably the most tolerant dogs out their. I do understand why people conceive them to be scary, with their bulging muscles and their large chests, but i think they are the cutest dogs out there. Every dog attacks for a reason, they are not just ruthless killers. Think of all the deaths by drunk drivers, murders, and so on, does that mean all humans should be killed? And as with small dogs, even they can do serious damage, they could puncture an artery and other weak places. If you think all fighting dogs are dangerous i guess you should kill all the Boston Terriers to! Did you know Colleen Lynn supports dog fighters, but not the fighting dogs! That is absolutely bogus! Guys I’m 13 and am already more educated then you. Anyways, just think about it for a while, Aryan Khan i suugest to you a afghan kucchi breed more stronger on earth zodd nosferatu Dog owners are most irresponsible. Take a wolf.. genetically mutate it to dumb it down. ken heres my take. I have a pitbull. she is mine, not yours! others may have attacked ppl, mine has not. yours may be dangerous..mine is not! you all have your opinions..do I give a shit? no! because I don’t know you, and you don’t know me or my dog! so bicker all you want.. because when it comes down to it…the only thing you people are trying to prove to each other is whos smarter. and who’s done more “research”..and even the research and statistics doesn’t say shit. the articles is from one author who witnessed one event and blew it up making whatever he saw sound 10 times worse then it really was. that’s how they get there reviews. BOTTOM LINE… I HAVE A GREAT PIT BULL!! Cleo pitbull I hate when people do this no dog is dangerous its the Owners fault pit bulls are sweet kind lovable and great guard dogs only if they are trained RIGHT punish the deed not the breed! Cleo pitbull Yeah right….so vicious get a life losers Mandy Fetty ok well me being an owner of two pit bulls and I have two young children. One pit bull is an 8 year old blue brindle and my other one is a 3 year old blue fawn and I rescued them both from pounds. The 8 year old was even beat by her previous owners boyfriend and still she is great with my children my husband and of course myself. She is a proactive dog a very loyal and loving dog. She sleeps with my oldest in the beginning of the night then jumps in my youngest child’s bed in the middle of the night and jumps in my bed when the sun starts coming up. The reason she sleeps in all three beds is to make sure we are safe and sound and a sleep. So yes I would trust my pit bulls with my family way before a little dog. The reason I say that is because my mother rescued a little Yorkshire from a woman that raised him for 8 years and the day my mother brought him home he snapped at my two children and my husband and that dog came from a very loving home the lady had to give him up do to moving to a new place that was not aloud animals. So there in my eyes it has nothing to do with the breeds. I always believed it is the size of the dog. Smaller dogs that I have been around and my children have been around get snapped at and bitten by. Never once did my two pit bulls ever snapped bit or even showed any aggression against my family and when someone comes into my house yes they are very alert always watching them and our reaction but as soon as we all sit down and start talking and show no stress my two supposedly very danger pit bulls may I remind you again both rescued from pounds and one even beaten sit up on the couch with everyone to great them and then run and get their toys and lay by our feet and just relax and when the guest leave my two pit bulls walk to the door with them and lick their hands and the guest leave no problems what so ever. So Tim Best it does not matter what the statistics say. me being owners of labs chows and boxers and small dogs like shi-tzu I would rather have my children raised around loyal caring dogs instead of a little shi-tzu that did bite my whole family before and the Yorkshire that my mother just got that did bite my mother her boyfriend and my two kids and my husband. MY PIT BULLS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE LIKE I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS THAT HAVE PIT BULLS EVEN ONES THAT MET MY CHILDREN FIRST TIME EVER PLAYED WITH THEM RIGHT AWAY AND PLAYED GREAT WITH MY TWO PIT BULLS GREAT. MAY I REMIND I HAVE BEEN AROUND ALMOST 50 PIT BULLS FROM FRIENDS TO POUNDS TO STRAYS AND I GET THE SAME REACTION FROM THEM AND HAVE BEEN AROUND 30 LITTLE DOGS THAT HAVE BIT OR TRIED TO BITE MY TWO CHILDREN MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF. SO STATISTICS NEED REALLY RE CHECK THEIR INFORMATION FROM WHAT THEY SEE IN PERSON AND NOT WHAT THEY SEE ON THE NEWS PICTURES AND HEAR SAY BUT ACTUALLY GET TO BE ONE ON ONE WITH ALL THE DOGS ANS SEE IF THE MOST DANGEROUS DOG IS ACTUALLY THE MOST LOVING AND LOYAL PET THEY WILL FIND. IF YOU CAN GIVE ME ONE STORY THAT YOU HAVE WITNESSED WHERE SOMEONE WAS SEREVLY HURT OR EVEN A BAD BITE AND IM NOT TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE PLAY BITE IM TALKING A BITE WHERE BLOOD IS DRAWN AND STITCHES NEEDED FROM A PIT BULL BITE THEN I MIGHT LISTEN BUT NOT NO DAMN STORY FROM THE NEWS OR NEWSPAPER!!!! MY MOTHER NEEDED STITCHES FROM HER YORKSHIRE A LITTLE DOG!!!!! Lead Farmer I just read thru the dontbullymybreed.org kill comparative stats. Those have to be the most ridiculous comparisons I’ve ever read. Honestly, those are offensive. None involve something as unavoidable as an idiot loosing control of its dog in a populated area. 1-Killer water pails: Drain em if you have a kid. Is it that hard? 2- Killer Cribs, not the ones from MTV: Keep buying cheap chinese crap at walmart. Thats what u get 3-Coconuts: OMG, dont tease the palms! . 4-Shower. Why do some people enjoy soaking in their own filth so much? 5-Shitty parents: Really? I’ll be really careful around my dead dad’s tomb, and aging mom when I’m out. 6- So you are 4 times more likely to be attacked by a PB than hitting the lotto. Then you decide to own a pitbull and roll the dice ? If you have a farm and are able to keep a timebomb dog away from common random folk, by all means raise your pitbull. Same goes for any other crazy-prone dog breed with a crocodile sized maw. These dogs were SELECTIVELY-BRED over hundreds of years to be KILLERS. If walking sharks existed and you could have them as pets, I bet there would always be a group of morons who’d be griping about people ‘maligning’ them. THIS WEBSITE IS RETARDED You are fucking retarded. It’s how they are raised not the breed. And yes Tim Best I can ignore the stats. What kind of dogs are dumb ass gang bangers, junkyard owners, and drug dealers going to own? Big, scary, huge, intimidating dogs. Stop being so ignorant people, so I can take my Pit Bull out to the dog park without having to worry about him being taken away from me. Glenn Allan Hunter Pit bull is a loosely used word for many types of dogs it is not a bread Kacey Amendola Okay whoever made this top 10 list has never owned any of these dogs or has experienced them. Pitbulls and Rottweilers should be FAR from the top most dangerous. I own two pit bulls & not once has either of them made me feel in danger. Do your research better and actually get to know these breeds. Until then you should delete this list because it’s completely false. Emma Dogs are dangerous and their wild animals, they shouldn’t even be allowed as pets if not trained properly. They should be in the wild some where in their countries of origin, they are vicious animals who can attack at any time. Dogs should be free in the wild far from the city, to do what ever they want not be forced out of their natural habitats and only go on occasional walks when the ‘owner’ wants to. Of course the dogs are going to attack, their wild animals, they don’t know how to act take them back to the wild or train them properly. gtikh Why aren’t terriers on this list? Almost all the terriers I’ve encountered have been very aggressive. My neighbor’s terrier charges at my dog everyday. I’ve only seen ONE pit bull show aggression(because she was abused) and I’ve met soooo many. This is BS. My pit bull is so sweet and doesn’t show aggression even towards aggressive dogs. ag A boxer is a dangerous breed? That’s………really, really strange to me. I’m genuinely confused. I don’t think I’ve ever met a mean boxer (though I’m sure there are some, just like there are some aggressive Labs or Setters). The only aggressiveness I’ve ever encountered was aggressive licking/loving/nub-tail wagging. Arun German Shepherds are by no means mean or dangerous…….they make lovely pets and are very sporty doggies…..wonder why have they been included in this hit list !!! Calida Rhodin Webster My family and I have always owned mostly German Shepard’s, they never ever attacked anyone, we now own a mutt (who I rescued from almost certain death) he’s part pug, rotty, and pit never had issues with him, also owned a rotty when I was small never ever had issues either. Its how you raise or not raise your dog/s. If they are in kennel 24/7 and only feed from a far of course the dog would attack you as it never knew were its master as I saw on horrible video of just that then the owner told everyone then these NASTY mean slow hit the dog to death. THAT IS INHUMANE AND BULLSHIT….yeah it bite her I get it but the dog was neglected so of course it will be lost, confused and lash out as you never cared for it….these people were from Africa and it made me SICK hearing the poor DOG crying for them saying SORRY I bite her….but they never EVER stopped til it was dead….they killed more than 4 dogs in that video. There are humane ways like gun to the head or clubbing to head or heart or humanly youthinize….I hate been alive as I am sick of people treating animals like SHIT….the only reason I am here as I have a husband and family who love me and I am not selfish enough to kill myself….I would believe me and I will ask to go to hell to be SATIN’S MISTRESS and get all those bastards who TREAT animals like SHIT!!!!!!!!!!! From a kiwi chick who cares for all living creatures regardless of what they may of or not done!!!!! Lin Antalek actually Tim Best the point is ANY dog can bite. A shi-tzu might be small but I doubt a baby would feel that way if bitten.. My issue with these articles is they stress to much on the “possible” aggression and not enough on the same breeds being the best dogs in the world. I agree a lot of is it the owners not the breed. Further articles like this hurt these breeds from getting adopted. I have a pitweiller and he’s a big baby. Can he take an arm off… yes, BUT he is in a good home with good people taking care of him. He’s been stepped on, hair pulled, door shut on him.. all by a 4 year old and not once did he react. That is a dog raised right, and my grandson got the scolding. Look you want to tell someone these dogs are aggressive go ahead. all dogs can be, but I say also tell what wonderful pets they are also. ,. Keri Cope THIS IS NOT TRUE!! According to the American Temperament Test Society (2010-2011), 804 American Pit Bull Terriers were tested and 695 passed. No breed was listed unless they could test at least 400 dogs of that breed! This means that 86.4% of Pit Bulls tested by the ATTS had a good temperament. Pit Bulls pass rating was above 121 other breeds of dogs, including Golden Retrievers! So, how did some of America’s other “favorite” breeds do? Hopefully these figures will help diminish the negative stereotyping of Pit Bulls. Golden Retriever = 84.9% Beagle =80.6% Bichon Frise =76.7% Chihuahua =71.1% Cocker Spaniel =81.9% Labrador Retriever = 92.4% Lhasa Apso = 70.4% Shih Tzu = 78% Yorkshire Terrier 82.5% Imagine that! The American Pit Bull Terrier had a better temperament than every dog on this list except the Lab. Wow, do you think it could be the irresponsible owner and/or environment that’s the issue??? Jacob Taylor First of all. Your statistics are ALL off. If any of these dogs weigh less than 90 pounds, they’re unhealthy and treated wrong. Second, none of these dogs are vicious. Its little dogs that are vicious. Ive seen a little Pomeranian kill a brown bear in a minute or less… so review your “facts” you goof. Its people like you that give all these amazingly wonderful and beautiful dogs bad names. Isaac Wow I was wondering how all these dogs got up here. cause there not dangerous… Isaac though some can be…. Isaac Depending on the dog’s health but it is usually not the owners fault.It’s either the seller or maybe the mother. DocParis This is one of so many obviously biases list of “dangerous dogs”. just like all the other lists out there, they only list big scary looking dogs. I own a pitbull (Mozzie) and doberman (Paris), both are as soft as a dog could be. Give them a treat and they’re your best friend for life. People really need to stop falling victim to the fallacies of their fears. Kevin Burch All breeds have some with bad attitudes and bad owners , where do you get your statistics ? from our useless government ? Somer Alderson National Geographic has nothing about noting specific breeds as dangerous. This article is falsely sourced and is entirely incorrect. You should be ashamed of yourself for promoting ignorant breed-specific fear. Shame on you. http://roymerchant.wix.com/rdm2 Roy Merchant HAHAHAAaaaaaa… Pit bull is an English dog, not from the US.. Yes there is an American bull, but its not a Pit bull… There are different types of bull terriers.. Pictured is a staffordshire bull terrier which was bread from staffordshire UK predominantly it’s “nanny” dog, bread to look after children… I SO wish people realised what they are doing before bringing an animal in to their house before pointing blame on an animal… My wife is a nurse of 15 years and satisitiiclty the most dog attacks in the NHS are Labradors…… Why…..? EVERYone goes up to a Lab”s…. THEY ARE ALL ANIMALS…. Unpredictable animals.. Take responsibility for your “TOYS”….!!!!! I have A Staff and Yes she “hard as nails… BUT 3 fights is all she’s ever had…..Never started one… but won all… 2 started by Jack russels 1 started by dachshund….WTF? All 3 times the dog wardens AND the police have fined the opposing dog owners… MAKE YOUR OWN MIND UP…. Breleigh This article is equivalent to saying which weapon will do more damage the hand gun or the rifle? Of course my Rottweiler will do more damage if she decides to attack than the little chiwawa down the street it is just a matter of size and power, however, statistics also prove that large breeds are more receptive to owner commands, more likely to warn before attacking, and less likely to harm a child. It is articles like this that continue to have large breeds attacked and murdered due to sheer ignorance. My dog may be larger and cause more damage, but she is far less likely to attack in the first place. Bones “I’d trust them all with my child over any small breed any day!” How many times have we read in the news this very quote from the owner of a pitbull that then suddently and unexpectedly kills the owner’s own child? Retarded. Staffies smile best Breed is irrelevant, the most dangerous dogs are the ones with poor training and irresponsible owners. KP Why the crap are huskies and malamutes on this garbage list? Pitbulls sure. But show me a report of a husky attacking someone….. Samantha Miranda Dogs are loving depending on how d dog is treated by d owner n how d owner is. No dog as such whether a big breed or small is dangerous until it feels threatened. Tally Hoe I think everybody has missed caucasian ovcharka as no.1 , central asian ovcharka as no. 2 and kurdish kangal as no. 3 in list. They are definitely big teddy bears but capable of killing anyone in sec. brian fitz More ppl are bitten by small dogs than big ones the problem is down to not being reported getting nipped of a small dog happens more but isn’t reported larger dogs tend to leave or do more damage But this is the fault of the owner not knowing how to train a big dog u have to break the dog early then they see u as the alpha male then u can bend the dog to our will I’ve just had two dogs non pit bull taken from me by a copper who hasn’t started shaving yet who said they look like pit bulls one was twelve week old the other two yr old they haven’t stopped growing yet how the fuck can this nimrod have the ability to tell breeds are one thing or another b4 their full grown this is state sanctioned destruction of life brian fitz The human race has wiped out hundreds of species of animals in its shorter history on this planet kill what they don’t understand if the dog is muzzled in public kept on a lead unless on its own kept in secure conditions and looked after with love and strength then what the fuck has it got to do with anyone else its criminal to remove a dog not allow it to be even seen to make sure its being looked after or find anything out as to its well fare keep the dog caged for the 9 to 12 month they keep it u get an animal back not a well adjusted dog. My friend got hers back after nine month its claws had to be operated on cos the dog had not been walked or had its claws clipped if we did this to any dog wed be cited for cruelty but u can’t accuse the British government of cruelty no they aren’t cruel to animals don’t trample peoples rights and they commit war crimes who is in charge of lookin after our animals and why can’t we check on them or even ring to find out how they are brian fitz Yeah n useless officials who no jack but r given the power of life n death over dumb animals who can’t speak for themselves defend themselves majority of which have been nothing more than loyal pets and unbelievable friends always happy to see you the reason u get up in a morning one of my dogs was 16 week old how can it be legal to exterminate a species within the borders of a country. And say they do are we gonna go on to getting rid of rottwiellers or Labradors great Danes Irish wolf hounds lap dogs say Wot u like cats will eventually have to die cos they scratch ppl fear and extinction is not the answer Lisa Risley This is the most disgusting thing I’ve seen. Boxers are NOT a dangerous breed. Boxers are not vicious. Much of it has to do with the owner – you take a good owner and you’ll have the sweetest dog ever regardless of the breed. Maybe we need to put down certain people instead of the dogs. People are problem. I’ve had many boxers and they are so gentle and loving – you can do anything to them and they’d never attack. Lisa Risley And part of the problem with data is that if it’s not reported, it never happened. Lisa Risley According to http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/dog-attack-deaths-maimings-merritt-clifton-2012.pdf It say that the Akita has caused 65 dog victims, 42 child victims, 19 adult victims, 8 deaths and 47 maimings compared to the Boxer that has caused 50 dog victims, 16 child victims, 16 adult victims, 6 deaths and 21 maimings….where is the Akita in this list? Alex Dowle I think what the point to this is to show what the dog is capable of due to structure and power more than being a ‘nasty dog bread’ Mixed Disclaimer: Any negative, racial or uneducated comments that do not help benefit this comment board will not receive a reply and would be a waste of your time. I’m just putting my personal experience with professional read documents statistics here, thank you. DocG, I agree with you! I have raised pit-bull and cane corso’s from pups and had no issues and no problems with my children. My father had a few, which I totally disagreed with his style of raising them. As stated in one of the comments depending on how the owner raises the dog will reflect on how the dog reacts to humans or other animals. You can make any dog breed vicious or tame, it’s what steps you as an owner takes while raising that dog. As a pup I allowed people to come pet my dog, I let the kids walk him, but if a threat was brought upon me or my family it will defend us as any dog should attempt. Now were the stigma comes from is from these foolish people that take ownership of these dogs (no matter the owners race) and breed them to be mean/negative. For the owners own financial gain or their mental state. Just because you own a pit-bull or a dog deemed vicious does not mean you are less educated than the next person. When most of the attacks have happened it was from a owner that did not love or raise the dog properly, but only raised it for what the dog could produce. So people that are ill informed or have not had any one on one contact with the breed while run with what the media puts out. I would recommend that you go to a owner that is informed on how to raise an animal and that truly loves that dog and see the difference. So I would advise anyone that has not actual been in contact with such breeds refrain from commenting on a topic where you have no hands on experience with it. If you took the time to actually get to know the breed then you would understand it a lot better and I can guarantee you would change your views. Here’s something to look at, you take two dogs (any breed) put one in a loving nurturing home and another in a abusive, neglected home. Then watch how that animal fairs with human interaction and other animals, you’ll see a grave difference of the two. The same test can be ran on humans and it shows in our schools which children have been loved and taken care of and the ones that have not. Dogs are intelligent so if you have a owner that abuses the dog on a constant basis you’ll see that dog react that way to strangers it’s called survivor mode. If that dog only interaction with humans is negative then it will think it has to defend its self against all humans. So I ask that you please don’t follow what the media puts out since their whole agenda is to manipulate it to what the news owner wants to be broadcast. Get some hand on experience with those dogs. Make a difference by getting those poor animals away from these cruel neglectful owners. The owners should be the ones held accountable not the animals that have been raised like that. No difference will be made be just bad mouthing a situation especially if you have not contributed in any positive way to try and rectify the issue. That statements goes clear across the board about anything not just dog breeds. Bala yes No Caucasian shepherd = fail. No Kangal = bigger fail brandi winters I call 100% bull crap on boxers being dangerous,my boxers saved myself and two children’s lives. You read about pits killing and never hear of boxers hurting but saving lives. It is a shame shame these animals have relie in world of him a s and there ingnorance for there mouth peace,to be treated as garbage trash ,unruly taunted. But the mouth peace they love fearleasy protect. If someone ugly me I fight back. AMD animal is no different. Paige Oops…. Stumbled onto another lamest propaganda article, written by some idiot who wants to sell more add space….making up a boogie man for the people who are to ignorant to know the difference…. Yet another media drone, selling hate to the weak minded. And to the other dog Nazis that are chiming in, your statistics are all just twisted and miss represented “studies” or “surveys”, that are all manipulated so you haters can pretend that you know what you are talking about. Politics 101, Journalism 101…. DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET 101 STUPID! …. We have raised pit bulls for years…. all our children have grown from infants, with a nanny dog at their side. All my family…. All my friends…. Almost everyone I grew up with have raised pits… QUICK!!! CALL GEORGE W …. WE GOT US SOME WMDs SLEEPING AT THE FOOT OF THE BED, AND I THINK ONE OF THEM IS LICKING ITSELF!!! You aren’t fooling anyone with this crap…. You will know karma one day…. Her sisters are destiny, irony, and fate, and she’s got a cold heart. I think she dated Buddha for a hot minute, but will have to check with TMZ on that.. If ignorance is bliss, then you must live in heaven…. Ok I’m dome picking on the stupid kids now… See ya. Paige here is one of our evil killer pits…. she will lick the skin from your bones…. stalk you at night for a chance to cuddle, and maul the food and treats right from your hand. you better stay back! cimaron Anyone can pose an animal for a picture. I have my Golden and my horse nose to nose in a picture and it’s absolutely adorable! A real phot-op. Does that mean they’re best friends? No, it meant my Golden was trying to get the food out of the horse’s mouth! Pictures can be manipulated to mean something they are not. cyndi Eldridge Who wrote this shit and decided which were the top 10 most dangerous???? I totally disagree with this information, I own and have bred Chow Chows since 1985 and I have never had one that was “dangerous” I also run a boarding kennel and have had lots of pit bulls, which in my opinion are very sweet dogs! We have cared for many German shepherds, Rottweiler’s, Husky’s, Dobermans, and most of the so called top 10 most dangerous dog breeds, these dogs are not dangerous as a breed, they are only a product of their owners training or breeders incompetence, so don’t blame the breed, blame the humans!! Shame on you who wrote this for ignorant people to believe about these breeds, do some investigating before damning, we breeders and owners of some of these breeds do a lot of hard work to educate people about our breeds so they don’t get a bad rap, and then there comes along articles like this from people who don’t even know what they are talking about. Hoping people thinking of owning one of these beautiful breeds listed do more research and learn the truth before marking them off their list. If you would like to be educated on the chow chow breed before you write anymore articles about them, contact me first and I will let you know what they are REALLY like. Christine Mattson Carlson The Boxer is listed here as #4 most agressive, but on the I Love My Dogs so Much website Boxer is listed #10 on most family friendly? Luke FYI “pit bull” is not a breed. Razim why DOGO ARGENTINO r not in that list Travis Burke It is not terribly difficult to grasp that some dogs have a much higher likelihood of becoming violent than other breeds. This is not an opinion, this is a fact. Also, this list is entirely subjective – it is the authors opinions rather than actual data. Anyone who claims that a dog is never inherently violent and dangerous, I suggest you do a quick google for the Caucasian Mountain Shepherd. The guard the prisons in Russia, and are known to start showing signs of violence when they are several weeks old. Anyone introduced to the dog is immediately perceived as a threat and is attacked, which is an attitude that can sometimes even shift to attacking their owners. Extensive training is required to condition them to be able to respond kindly to other people. They are beautiful and fascinating animals, but their temperament is not that of Newfoundland or another gentle giant breed. Ovtcharka are vicious, protective, and violent dogs who are not ever supposed to be near children unattended. “Only dangerous owners” <- what a bunch of BS. My mom had half of her face bitten off when she was petting a Dalmatian and something startled it. She had cosmetic surgery when she was 4 or 6 because of it. My point is that had it been a dog with a more mild temperament the attack would not have occurred. Also, in this instance it was not the owners fault – perhaps you could blame the person who startled the dog, but you would be a jackass to suggest that this dog is not more dangerous than others when its instincts spring it towards violence so readily. To suggest there is no such thing as a "dangerous" dog breed is ignorant, or at least it is ignorant to say that some dog breeds and no more dangerous than others. I do not fault the dogs for committing acts of violence ever, I fault their owners for knowingly buying a violent dog and then placing it in a situation where it can hurt others – and failing to stop it from doing so. elem86 this is the most bullshit article I have ever seen. Wendy Treadaway My best friend had three dogs: a Rottweiler named Diesel, a female Pit Bull and a Pomeranian. Despite the fact that Diesel knew me–and would lick me to death when Kristin was in the room with us all–the minute she left the room, Diesel was all about keeping me in my place! That is, I couldn’t MOVE until Kristin came back into the room. He never threatened to bite, but there was NO QUESTION he was in charge until she came back and took over! If I ever need protection, it’ll be a Rottie. Nick Paine This list is a fucking joke. An insult to at least 6 amazing breeds. If ur dalmatian bites, itsYOUR fault. I have never met a tempermental husky, and having the pit as #1 just shows tbe lack of education in this list. No caucasian shepard? U obviously dont know wtf ur talking about. Nick Paine This list made me physcally ill the way they portrayed some of these canine kings AngieM1962 Husky owner here, and the idea he’d be dangerous is laughable. And he had at least two bad owners before I ended up with him. Being independent does not make them dangerous. cimaron No, biting does. Family pitbulls maul too The first bad experience I had with a pit bull was when a stray pit bull attacked my moms dachshund. Three men were kicking this dog and it didn’t phase him. Luckily a couple who had raised pit bulls came running with a bat, put it under the pit bulls throat and choked him till he let go. My moms dog survived and the pit bull was taken by animal services. The pit bull was a stray dog and had many scars on him so it was obvious he had been a fighting dog. So four years later when I met my neighbors friends pit bull named Buddy, I wasn’t scared of him because he was a family pit bull that lived with two kids around my sons age. I thought that only the pit bulls that were trained to fight, abused, and neglected attacked animals and people. I wasn’t a big news person, so I had only ever heard of two people in my life that had been attacked by pit bulls. Besides my neighbor friends pit bull named Buddy was so sweet he would allow my neighbor friends grandbaby to crawl all over him without any reaction. Then one day my neighbor friends son who had a seizure disorder had to go to the hospital. She had no one to feed, walk, or take care of Buddy. So of course I offered. I brought Buddy to my house and took care of him. The first day everything was great. He seemed fine with my family including my six year old son Justen. Buddy really took to me and would follow me everywhere I went in the house. On the second day Buddy and I were in my bedroom and I decided to go see what Justen and some of his neighborhood friends were doing in the living room. When Buddy and I walked out of my room, the kids were all kneeling around the coffee table building Legos. Justen’s back was to Buddy and I as we stood about two feet behind him. Buddy was calmly sitting next to me as I glanced over my sons shoulder to see what he was building. And with no warning Buddy went from his seated position to jumping on Justens back and knocking him to the ground. For a second it almost looked like he was playing because he was wagging his tail. But Buddy had my sons head in his mouth. I remember screaming, “He’s attacking him.” I did the only thing I could think of and grabbed Buddy’s thick collar and pull with all my weight. But Buddy was so strong it was like trying to pull a boulder. I could see my little boy trying to cover his face and I felt so helpless. After some time I choked Buddy long enough to let go. But when Buddy lifted his head, I fell backward, lost my grip, and Buddy latched onto his head again. This dog wanted my son dead. I got up, grabbed his collar again, and pulled. I was able to choke him again to let go and my son jumped up, ran for his life, and locked himself into the bathroom. I quickly secured Buddy and ran to the bathroom and had to convince Justen to unlock the door. When he opened the door I saw the whole right side of his head, hair, and white polo shirt soaked with blood. There was a large chunk of his face between his eye and scalp that was gone. I took his shirt off and quickly pressed it against his head while the neighbors who heard mine and the other kids screams called 911. Justen ended up having reconstructive surgery that night not only to stitch up the missing chunk, but also to large lacerations on his scalp. He also suffered a concussion. Buddy ended up being euthanized. The surgeon asked me what kind of dog did this. I told him it was a family pit bull. the surgeon looked at me and said, “Pit bulls are not family dogs. cimaron Oh my gosh! I am so sorry to hear about your son! That is so tragic! I hope he’s ok, emotionally as well as physically. I can understand why people would think like you did at the time. However, I tend not to trust. I know, I’ve been told that’s kind of sad, but it’s just me. Anyway, I also have a friend who has a pit bull. She had a DNA test done on her dog when she got him and he had a little rotti in him as well (I don’t know if that makes it worse or better seeing as how they are both on dangerous dog lists). Anyway, my friend swears by her dog. She’s had him for years, he’s never been dog aggressive or people aggressive. I’ve taken my Golden over there for play dates. I feel like she’s a safe bet since she is so submissive, but never once have I brought my 5 year old son over there. When I bring my Golden it’s always when my son is at school. I just don’t feel comfortable taking the chance and my friend understands. She knows why I don’t bring him over. I’m sure there are people out there who would gladly give that pit bull who attacked your son excuses, such as he was protecting you, or your son moved or he was scared or out of his element…….or any number of excuses. The truth is, it’s in their DNA. Period. They don’t need a reason. Sometimes they don’t attack for a number of years and then, they just do. Again, I’m very sorry about your son Justen. Family pitbulls maul too Thank you so much. I do know first hand that your playing Russian roulette when you have these fighting breed dogs. I wish I had been educated about them before but that’s why I put the info out there in case someone doesn’t know. If you have a Facebook page you can private message my page “Family Pit Bulls Maul Too” and we can talk if your ever interestedly in signing petitions to help us fight for victims. Thanks again. Terry Trull pit bulls being the most dangerous dog is wrong because it the owners that make them that way. my neighbors pit is very well trained dog and has not bit anybody. ITS JUST THE OWNERS NOT THE DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Epichuntarz Really surprised to see malamutes on here, considering the description simply says they’re friendly but destructive. Eating paper and shoes doesn’t make them dangerous. I have an 8 month old malamute nd the only thing she’s dangerous to is a roll of paper towels. Gary-D People defending one breed over another are missing the point. Even reports by the American Veterinary Medical Association have stated the Pitt is the most dangerous Dog, not only by number of reported Dog bites but how lethal the animal is. People can easily make a Dog more aggressive if they choose, and I believe that you can make them more passive as well. But they all are wild animals we have domesticated, and say that their Dog is the best. They all can have the ability to bite or attack, but reports show which actually do more. 笛子 I have a chow chow. She isn’t dangerous. Zebrastar MSP Pit-bulls certainly do NOT have aggressive instincts, they’re the most loving dogs you would ever meet, if people took care of them right. Most “mean” pit-bulls were in the wrong hands, but they all shouldn’t be punished. Also, most pit-bulls could be turned around to being loving again, only if they get put in the right hands. Punish humans, NOT the breed. cimaron I would much rather prevent the deed and regulate the breed. Quincy Pioquinto Bernardo Gortaire Amézcua I agree.Just like us humans,they become what the are depending on how they were raised.Although dogs,or any animal for that matter,have a tendency to be vicious,that still depends on a lot of factors.But if they were raised with TLC,they respond accordingly. I also do not agree with the writer of this article,making the pit bull the most dangerous breed..Stating something as such WITHOUT anything supporting it,is, plainly TRASH…Sorry, but that’s the way it goes.. cimaron The writer didn’t make the pit bull or pit~bull type dogs the most dangerous breed, humans did that hundreds of years ago by selectively breeding them for bull baiting, ratting, dog fighting and whatever other blood sport put money in their pockets. In the meantime, after hundreds of years of selective breeding, aggression is now in their DNA. It’s sad, it’s not their fault and they along with the whoever they attack are paying the price, because the dog usually gets euthanized after such an incident. Look at the pitbullregistry.com and it does explain how these poor dogs became how they are. Quincy Pioquinto im aftraid the writer did. check out other sites, like this one: http://www.dog-breeds-expert.com/Dangerous-Dog-Breeds.html also i do not agree with what you’re saying, its in their DNA..humans began life thousands of years ago as the most vicious animal,because they were intelligent. as they evolved, they became less vicious, BECAUSE they started treating other humans with TLC and respect. same goes for dogs, whatever breed they may be. treat them kindly, with TLC, and they sure will respond to it. yes, you are correct, aggression is in their blood. BUT the same goes for humans. you have to remember, it is a NATURAL instinct for ALL animals. like for example, they’re being territorial, they were frightened, or got hurt.. so again, it doesn’t matter if they were raised for fighting,ratting, or whatever, it doesn’t matter if aggression is in their blood, because if they are treated with RESPECT and TLC, they sure will respond to it. cimaron Ok, I hear what you are saying, but let me just ask you a question. Let me just preface this first by saying the reason I ask it is because I’ve heard it numerous times, not just once. What exactly do you mean by treating your dog with respect? Sure, I agree with TLC, that goes without saying, but respect? I respect my spouse and everything he does for us, my employer, my friends, my in~laws, etc… I respect a lot of people and things. What I don’t respect are family pets. What I do respect though, is the damage an animal can do, either to a human being, another animal or property. So what is it about your dog you respect and why don’t you feel it shouldn’t maybe be the other way around? cimaron No response to my question huh? It’s perfectly ok. I’m not surprised. I didn’t really expect one A.J. Jones This is wrong, the pitbull is the most loveable dog i have ever seen. I also know people with a Rottweiler, German shepherd, boxer, husky, and they have never been dangerous. Besides, its never the dog its the owner. Faraz Ali Shah No dog can even come close to pakistani gull dong . It’s the most dangerous breed in world . Pitbull and rotty are shit in front of gull dong BℴscℴApℴstasy L.O.M. This list is absolute bullshit. Boxers are statistically not aggressive at all. Huskies don’t top any lists either. This makes absolutely zero sense. It’s articles like this that give certain breeds a bad name. Do some research. stella cool Jason To all the people who dont have common sense when discusison the issue at hand. The artical states most dangerous dogs. Period thats the title. Yes “SOME” little dogs bite and they are extremely annoying but a bite from a yorki or a pomarinain will only make you laugh not gasp for air as your body is ripped in half by the dogs on the list. Some pit bulls, rottweillers and others on this list have been known to be nice for SOME owners. However there are extremely more issue with these breeds then, black labs, great danes, newfoundlands. ETC. Awesome that your bitbull or rottweiler hasnet killed a child yet. Doesnt mean it cant or wont. statisictis say your pitbull will more likely kill you than your black lab, sorry its true facts. There is more of a chance eventhough you may be a good pet owner for your dog to turn and kill a human or other animals or bring extreme violence against them these other dog breeds. Cant argue with statistics. Katie Thomson It isn’t bad dogs it’s bad owners and people like you (the writter) who stereotype gorgeous loving dogs. You really have no idea how hard owners of these dogs have to work to educate others that their dogs aren’t vicious. I own a rottie and she is the most gorgeous affectionate dog who would luck you to death not attack you. I’d like to know where the little rat dogs are on this list as I was attacked by a terrier and I haven’t heard of anyone who has been attacked by most of the dogs above, just because you are small minded and can’t put yourself past a stereotype doesn’t mean that they are bad. You wouldn’t hold it against a German for what happened to the Jews, so why should you do it to dogs. cimaron And you have no idea how good it does my heart to hear how hard it is for you and your friends to spread the lies to unsuspecting parents of babies and toddlers that these potential killing machines are not vicious. How can you possibly keep spreading this crap when proof and statistics are staring you in the face if you care to look? Who cares about the rat~dogs? Do you see them maiming and mauling? Do you see rat~dogs killing and sending people to the hospital with disfiguring injuries? These are not stereotypical canines. They are vicious canines. Maybe if you would stop being small minded, you could possibly do some research and see for yourself. And leave the Germans and the Jewish people out of it for goodness sake! Bryan Lucas Akitas are way more dangerous than German shepherds, Huskies, Dobermans. Pierre Khazen how ever u condition a dog, still, this animal operates according to reflexes and instincts and not thinking. there will always be a risk of injury; even to a fatal degree in extreme cases. dont be naive Keith S Who comes up with these list. Most of the list I have seen about 25% of the list are really not aggressive. Raven D I am shocked that the German Shepard is on here! I was raised with them and have had at least 2 at one time all of my life. I love my “werman wepards.” We have never ever had an issue with one. They were very loyal and protective (in a nonaggressive manner). I grew up yanking and hanging from their ears. I’ve held them down to brush them, punished them, played with them by running around and making them chase me, and not once did any of them growl or show any sign of aggression toward a human or other animal. I had a Rottweiler, who was a big baby! He grew up with us as kids, and we did all of the things normal kids do to dogs. We used to ride him like a horse. The only aggression he ever showed was towards wild animals that came into our fence (rabbits). I have heard of way more people getting bitten and attacked by smaller bred dogs than larger ones. I understand that on a rare, unfortunate occasion that a larger dog bites, there will be more damage than a smaller dog, but that doesn’t necessarily make them more dangerous. If a dog is loved and properly trained from a puppy, I think there is a very low chance of it being aggressive. My aunt has 2 Russian caucasion ovcharkas (have no idea how to spell). They are HUGE people eating dogs! They are very well behaved and do not attack or get aggressive unless a person with not so good intentions tries to get into their territory. They do “fight” with each other but I think it is more play, but they are the size of bears so it is scary! heggmona Funny thing that the headline reads dangerous dogs while the text to the various dogs tells a different stories. Dangerous means eager to attack and bite, not a bored dog that destroys a pillow… Elisa There are some who should not have children and some who should not have pets. Sometimes they are the same people. To anyone who owns a dog/cat for the wrong reasons, there is a special hell for you. I have owned small and large dogs and they have each their own characteristics that made them loving members of the family. It had nothing to do with breed, or size. If you are caring a loving they are caring and loving back. beth scanlon complete poppycock. certain breeds have certain abilities, but their behavior (much like chewing shoes and going potty in the house) is a matter of training. if you indulge your dog and allow it to get away with behavior you don’t want, the dog will behave badly. it’s not the dog’s fault, it’s the master’s fault. domesticated dogs are meant to be human companions, and they strive to be what we want them to be. but if you aren’t just as willing to put forth the effort, you are to blame. not your dog. vimashi whether i want to know the rottweiler dog is gangeours any body knows of that, because i want to buy a rottweiler dog Mette Smith This list is not of dangerous breeds but breeds that need a confident and knowledgeable hand along with lots of training and exercise. Dangerous is the wrong word. These are the 10 BREEDS THAT NEED AN EXPERIENCED OWNER. Phil Spomer No mention of the miniature Schnauzer? They can break your heart. tiarna How isnt a staffie on there and is the childish behavour of the owner NieNie WRONGGGG pit bulls are not #1, and German’s are closer to the top. Harvey Altemose I own two Alaskan Malamutes, and they are far from being considered dangerous. They are genlte giants, very loving and loyal. I agree with Bernardo, the dog will become as it is treated or mistreated. Our houshold show nothing but love, care and affection for our Malamutes – treating them as members of our family. As a result, it showes in their behaviour . . . Michelle Ray What a load of BS, if you look at the stats for the NHS regarding dog bites, the most common attacks are by Labradors. I have to say I was surprised by this Collies were also cited. It is not necessarily about the breed, it is about the owner. Any dog is capable of biting!