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  • Personally, no. The stigma associated with them is just too much. I don't think I could, in good conscience, have a Pit Bull in the house. I'm sure they can be trained, but the fear would always be there.
  • Personally no, I would not have a Pitbull.
  • Even if i did want one i couldnt as they are banned in the UK.
  • I wouldn't choose to buy one, if only because I live in a small apartment and can't really support a dog. But if I had the room on my property to let a pit bull live well, I wouldn't be particularly adverse to adopting one. I don't have anything against Pit Bulls in particular, in fact they have the capacity to be very sweet animals. The things that seem to get ignored a lot when people talk about how dangerous Pit Bulls are are: 1- Even though their genetics does make them more predisposed to aggressive behaviour, any breed of dog can explode on you without warning. The added danger in pit bulls doesn't come from the fact that they have more aggressive personality as much as from the fact that they were... Well, bred to take down bulls: They're stocky, muscular, thick-skulled, and once they get their jaws on something, they *DO NOT* let go. 2- Also, any breed of dog would become dangerous if it was treated like so many pit bull owners treat their dogs. I used to live in a suburb of Houston, Texas, where every other house had a pit bull in the yard. In most cases, these dogs were outside 24/7, tied up in a shoddy little doghouse with a food and water bowl inside (if they were lucky), and only got to spend any time around people when their owners brought them out to use as "Living Bling". Owning a pit bull and raising it well doesn't neutralise the danger completely, but unless they're abused, pit bulls aren't exceptionally more dangerous than any of the other breeds of big dog like say... St. Bernard's.
  • I have known a couple pit bulls and they were real nice dogs but I wouldn't own one because of their reputation. Why take a chance when there are so many other nice breeds out there you wouldn't have to be worried that they could turn on you.
  • I would. Pit bulls are great dogs. The stigma associated with them is unfair, in my opinion.
  • Of course I would!!! I have 3 pits and they are the cutest, sweetest (and also silliest LoL ) family dogs. And I would never ever keep my dogs in the back yard. They are family members and they get to live the very best life a dog could possibly have at our house. I grew up with pits as family dogs and it was clear to me that once I could easily afford a dog it was going to be a pit. And i think if I had the space, the time and the money i would rescue a lot more pits from shelters.
  • Personally, I would not. That has nothing to do with their reputation, as I've known many and they are largely very sweet and loving dogs. I would not own one simply because they aren't a breed that suits my lifestyle. I prefer much larger and more active dogs, pits are a bit on the small side for me. I have a dobie, and they have a bad rap to a certain extent, and there is never any shortage of people telling me how vicious they are and how they will 'turn on me'. Nonsense, dogs don't 'turn' on their owners for no good reason.
  • no. too expensive and they wouldn't like my small backyard. it would be cruel to pin them up in there. my friend has one, she's so goofy and cute. but she's heavy, and picking her up so we can leave the front yard is always difficult. just better for me not to have one
  • Never. I think they should be banned.
  • NO but not because I fear them or don't think they can be good dogs. I like them very much. But I really only love Newfoundlands. So those are my choice.
  • I'm not much of a dog person, so no.
  • No, they're notoriously dumb animals that will attack their own owners. I'd much rather have a smart dog, or a hilarious-looking dog. Even for a guard dog, I'd rather have a Doberman.
  • no, they dont make good family pets
  • no, they're a little smaller than i like. very cute dogs though. there are lots in my neighborhood and my gsd girl loves playing with them. personally i have never met a mean pit bull, some nasty labs in our neighborhood though.
  • i love them hes a 5 month old blue nose pit named ACE
  • I have two, and we're considering getting a third, though we're also considering a smaller breed, like a beagle. It's funny the bad name they get. I took my boys to the local "dogs allowed on leashes" nature park today. It was SO crowded. We met a violent dog while we were there. This thing wanted to EAT Bub (my older, and bigger of the two). It bit its owner trying to get away to attack my dogs. What breed was it? A chihuahua. Winston, my younger dog, who has a history of abuse (we rescued him) managed to slip his collar (long story, he fell off the fishing pier), and bolted for a birthday party. He looked back at us with a "Come on, Mom! My friends are over here!" and proceded to become the hit of the party. Yeah. Put bulls are HORRIBLE with kids. Especially 25 2-and-3 year old strangers covered in chocolate cake. Tell you what...I'm never getting a chihuahua.
  • yes... i have one myself!
  • No, but I would adopt one. Pit Bulls only have a bad name among those who don't really think about it. What we really have are a lot of bad Pit Bull breeders and owners.
  • I agree. I would never own one. People say they want them for protection, but I think that it is pathetic to need an animal to protect you.
  • Well, I'd adopt one. I love pit-bulls..they are wonderful dogs.
  • I am a cat person. I like dogs. I might save a pitbull from getting the axe at the dog pound. its a good reason to stay away from dog pounds.
  • I have had a Pitbull for the past 15 years. One died at the age of 9 and was a great dog. The one I have now is 3 and he is the BEST dog I have ever had. Everyone who know him love him, even people who were reluctant about Pitbulls like Jack. I never purchased a Pitbulls. There are too many who need a home for me to buy one. The pit I have now I adopted from the nearby county pound when he was aprox. 6 months old. He is sweetness incarnate. I swear. He wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • Yes and the people answering here that they shoulod be banned should maybe be thrown in jail? Makes sense right? I mean have you that have negative thoughts on pitbulls ever owned one? If so how did you raise it.. Any dog can be made aggressive.. I own a pitbull hes a blue and he is by far the best dog ever.. Very gentle .loving and loyal.. He is great around kids,people ,dogs anything he fits right in people flip out because how big he is but once the play with him they love him.. People like you that say they should be banned make me sick your pathetic ass clown that knows nothing about american pitbull terriers. Carry on
  • No, not because of their reputation, it is just that my husband has a thing for Retrievers.
  • No. Three dogs would be too many for us
  • No, pitbulls are very strong and too easily excitable for me to handle.
  • Yes, I already have one! She is 9 months old, and is probably one of the smartest dogs I've ever had...and very nice too. Pitbulls make GREAT pets!!
  • Yes, I would love on. Don't judge the breed! BLAME THE DEED NOT THE BREED, ALL DOGS ARE BORN INOCENT!
  • No. Alot of insurance companies won't write insurance for a home owner who owns certain breeds of dogs. Pit bulls fall into that category.
  • DEFINITLEY NOT!! Would a wonderful dog rip your face off? Rip A TWO YEAR OLD'S FACE OFF!? Now, I do know that they are sweet if raised in a loving and happy home, but fighting is in their BLOOD. They were bred to FIGHT. And 66% of dog attacks are pitbulls. Some can be sweet, but some are just plain evil!
  • No. I don't like dogs, particularly not mean dogs.
  • Their bad reputation has nothing to do with my choice not to own one. I just don't like them, I don't think they are very good-looking dogs.
  • Yes, if we had the right home for a large breed dog. I think dogs are like people - some of them are great, and some have a screw loose. And more specifically they are like children - a lot of their behaviour comes from the way they are treated. Pit bulls are a powerful breed, and "look" dangerous. Unfortunately too many idiots out there get this type of dog and use it as a weapon. So many of them have been bred to fight that unfortunately, many seem to have this characteristic bred into them. If you get one from a reputable breeder then I think they are no more dangerous than any other dog...
  • I see that most people are relatively educated about the breed but there are a few who seem very ignorant of the subject matter. Anyone who believes this breed to be unintelligent has obviously never spent any amount of quality time with one. They are also NOT known for being done, it is quite the opposite. Also, not notorious for attacking their owners randomly, the main type of owners who get attacked by this breed and breeds like it are owners who try to train the dog to guard and be nasty especially through using abuse. And as far as the percentage of attacks that they are responsible for, it does not take a genius to figure out that this is mainly because they have become very popular with the wrong kind of owner for their fierce appearance and tenacity. It is not that they are natural born fighters but that if they are trained to fight they can do more damage than many breeds. Actually as family dogs they are known for being loyal, loving and obedient. Mine is even afraid of my 2 cats who bully him a bit. He is very friendly towards other dogs and people. Everyone who spends any time with him loves him.
  • no, but i`ll help you put them to sleep
  • No, simply because I have no use for one. I am not a fan of the breed, but I do know they have been given a bad rap. The nature is there, but training is the key. I am a German Shepherd afficianado. They also have some negative opinions about them. But, it is all in the breeding and training. I do not believe in random breeding. And everyone is not qualified to be a dog owner, period...any breed.
  • they're just.. not the greatest looking breed.. i wouldn't hurt them, i'm not much for hurting things with feelings, but i wouldn't want to own one as a pet.. no
  • Yes. I have a pit mix, and trust me... all that's bad about them is the rep that they get. Except for the fact that they are goofy and sometimes run into things at full speed. And mine whores around with the german shepherds next door.
  • No, I wouldn't buy one. I might rescue one in need, but I would not pay money for one. There are too many of them out there that no one wants, they are put to sleep regularly. I would save one, but I wouldn't support those who are breeding them.
  • I would not buy one but I would adopt one as I did my Jack who is a Pit Bull and the best dog ever. He is a really wonderful dog and I have friends with Pit Bulls and though they are strong and powerful, they are loving dogs because they were trained the right way, same for all dogs and have responsible owners. That is the major reason you have those episodes in the paper. However a lot of times they say the dog is a Pit Bull when in reality the dog is either part Pit Bull or another Bully breed all together.
  • yes, I just think that they are ugly..
  • Ill help put Dr. James to sleep as well. Yes, i would save any dog. but i would never buy a pit bull..i would rescue one
  • I haven't read all 45 answers so I may just be repeating here but--no breed of animal is a "bad" breed. Lots of bad owners though. Every breed of dog has particular breed quirks that must be handled appropriatley.
  • Oh yes* I had the most awesome Pitt when I was a kid til about fourteen. She was gorgeous and the sweetest most tame dog Ive ever owned. Its up to their owners to do their job to love them and train them to be the great pets and friends that they can be
  • we've owned three. they are good dogs, when socialized and trained, but that goes for any dog.
  • no. Nature plays a huge part in animal development. I could never trust one. They are bred to be aggressive. Sure you can nurture them to be less aggressive but it will always be in background.
  • Any dog can be trained,so that wouldn't stop me,but they are a very homely dog whose face only it's mother could love.lol!
  • Yes. I'd buy a pitbull pup, adopting one would take a little more consideration, depending on it's background.. but that would be true of any dog, not just pitbulls. They're no more vicious than any other animal if mistreated, if treated well they are happy, well behaved companions. Pitbulls were bred to fight, as such they've become status symbols amongst people who care more for their own image than the dogs welfare, that is the primary reason for all these 'scandalous' pitbull attacks, don't blame the animal for being mistreated.
  • YES!!! I would I am an owner of 3 pits. It is not the dogthat is mean... It is the human who owns them that make them mean...They are great dogs just like any other dog....
  • Nope I wouldn't "buy" any dog. I would however adopt one from a shelter or rescue organization as I have with all of my pets
  • Yes...i think pit bulls are so cute.
  • YES!!! I would I am an owner of 3 pits. It is not the dogthat is mean... It is the human who owns them that make them mean...They are great dogs just like any other dog....
  • Yeh, I didnt like my neighbours cat anyway...
  • I think its horrible that animal shelters put pitbulls to sleep just because of their bad name!!!!:0( if i could i would buy all of them that were abused and neglected.
  • Yes I would. I've got alot of friends with pit bulls and I have yet to meet a bad one. They are a real good friend when you need one be it just to talk to or go see what made that noise down the hall. A person can't blame a dog for it's actions without blaming the owner too. I'd go out and get one but I've had to bury too many to get another one.
  • No. I have a german shepherd now. Big, powerful dogs take the right kind of owner and LOTS and LOTS of energy if you want to give them the proper care. I don't think I'd go through it again, even though I love my dog.
  • I would not buy one, but I have rescued several. A pit bull is an intelligent, affectionate, loyal, highly trainable dog for a person who knows how to handle dogs. They have very strong personalities and do need to know that you are in charge and you know what you are doing. If you are inexperienced at handling and training dogs, you should not go for a big, powerful breed like this. Hope this helps, :) Suzanne
  • No i would not. Those dogs are mean.
  • Sure would. I have owned pit bulls and rotweilers, boxers, and bull dogs!! I love them all. The only dog I have ever had an issue with is a german shepard.
  • hello,i love dogs,but a pit bull or a rotwieler,id be nuts to have,you can never trust either breed.
  • Of course I would. There's a lot of contorversy over pit bulls being a "dangerous breed". There's no such thing as a dangerous breed. Breeds like pit bulls just need to be understood in a different way to other breeds. It's usually the owner's fault that these dogs become aggressive, and not the dog's fault at all. All they need is more exercise, and more of an authoritive control over them. The reason they become dangerous is because people let them control the household, and establish a dominant position. You should never let any dog do this. I've never owned a pit bull, I would love to get one.
  • Yes I would, because the breed isn't to blame it is how they ae raised not genetics that makes them visious
  • Never. I'd rather buy a breed that is known to be friendly at 100%. I don't like playing with fire especially when pittbulls have been such controversial dogs (there has to be a reason behind it.)
  • Yes, they can be the sweetest most loyal dogs if raised right.
  • I would because it's not a genetic thing - it's how the dog is raised. There's always one breed or another that gets a bad name - German Shepherds, Dobermans, etc. We had neighbors that had two pitbulls that were as gentle as any dog I've been around. They were GREAT.
  • of course Dogs arent bad, owners are I love pitbulls the BEST animal i ever had was a pitbull he was used to train dogs for dog fights he was the sweetest, most loving dog i ever had he Never bared his teeth, bit, growled, or barked.
  • My dog is a pit bull- beagle mix and she is very sweet and well behaved. I rescued her from an animal shelter. I was not looking for a pit bull when I got her, but out of all the dogs I saw that day she was the one that was the sweetest and most responsive to me. I think pit bulls can make wonderful pets, but I feel that they are not for everyone. Like with any breed of dog the owner needs to be responsible and train their dogs. It doesn't matter if you have a pug or a doberman, all dogs need training to some extent.
  • Pit bulls are great dogs! I have one and he's a loving, loyal companion.
  • No, never, they are to unpredictable, even with training.
  • YES i would if you were allowed them in the uk. its an owner that is dangerous not the dog! any dog can attack you if taught to, its just that a pit bull has alot of power behind them . I have two staffys and people say how dangerous they are but they have been trained and know im the alfer female in this house and do what i tell them to. My 14 month old son rolls around on the floor with them and pulls them around and they dont even batter an eyelid!!
  • If it had a name like 'fluffy' I wouldnt buy one.. thats gonna be embarrasing at the park..
  • Never. I'll be the one to do the protecting.
  • Yep, My sis has one named Daisy, and she is a sweet heart. she is WONDERFUL with the kids and she wouldnt hurt a fly. its how you raise them, not what breed they are.
  • It's always the owner blah blah blah. Most of the time the owner's seem to be suffering from a serious machismo coplex. They get the dog to be tough or because it's cool. Killing is in their blood like swimming is in a labrator's blood.
  • Never. They were bred to be attack dogs and I personally do not think that they can live peaceably or be fully domesticated. Their insticts will get the better of them sooner or later. I would never own a dog that aggressive.
  • No. My puppy that is very sweet and loving has been attacked by several at the dog park.
  • Only if it wore lipstick.
  • YES pitbulls are as sweet as any dog, they DONT have locking jaws and there are bigger dogs that can cause more damage than a pit, dont be discouraged about pitbulls just because RAP artista and so called gang members are attracted to them they are COOL DOGS
  • I wish that they were never used for poor reasons because now the fight dna has been passed and mixed and there is no telling which of them will go rambo! BUT I would still get one because I love all animals and I believe ALL animals deserve a chance!
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  • Never! If I buy them. They will give me hard times to teach them to be good. They won't listen to me. Nah, forget it.
  • ok, yes i would..they arent killers..most of the pitbulls that have had a bad name in the past is ALWAYS led by the owners, tell me pitbulls arent the only dogs that have attacked now have they... put it this way..its based the way they are treated, Pitbulls have veryy low tolerance, so if you miss treat them they get angry.. thats all..in other words, lets say if you have siblings..they hit you [mistreat you] you obviously you will get mad, right? and in most case you would hit back, same goes for pitbulls, because they are very overly protective with themselves
  • I have one and she is very sweet almost 3yrs old and has never even growled at anyone now my chihuahua she can get a little aggressive!!!
  • i think that the way ppl react when other ppl get pitbulls. for example ppl say tht pitbulls are bad dogs because they have a high rate of hurting ppl well mostly when you leave anytype of dog outside and give it no water or no food and dont play with them they will turn on you not just pitbulls any dog would i think if you give a dog love and play with it he will give love back
  • yes i own one now. the only thing with pits is they get sick very easly.
  • Absolutely. One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch :)
  • The problem is pit bulls is in the breeding. You have no idea what you are getting. Personally I wouldn't buy a pit bull without also purchasing a million-dollar plus liability insurance policy. I think owners of this breed should have to be bonded. Any dog can bite. Pit Bulls attack, unpredictably. Look at the reasons you want this breed. Is it love of the breed or social (to impress or intimidate).
  • No, I think that they are genetically predisposed to having brain defects that may turn many of them agressive. And you never know which one may have the defect. I like beagles and cats. Much happier animals.
  • I have a pit bull and she is the sweetest, most adorable thing in the world. I also have a yellow lab and they play all day together. I thought after dog fighting has been in the media, most people would understand it is the pit bull that has been the victim. These dogs have been tortured, forced to fight to the death, and killed if not willing to fight. The animals that attacked people were trained to attack. Pit Bulls are not vicious by nature. They just have stronger jaws than other breeds so of course if they were to attack someone, there is a higher chance of a fatality occuring. The reason there were so many pit bull attacks is because the owner trained them a certain way. My pit bull never hurt anyone and doesn't act aggressive in any way. As a matter of fact, I had a roommate with a 5 lb. pomeranian and he would bite my pit bulls ears and attack her daily and she didn't respond. She lived in the house first. There are many other breeds that have been vicious. I was badly hurt by a dog bite when I was 11 from a chow. It's the owner, not the dog. It's sad that so many people don't realize it. When I was a kid, dobermans were the ones with the bad reputation. So, yes I would definately adopt another pit bull if I were in a position to. My yellow lab is sweet and adorable too but labs always find homes so I would love another pit bull.
  • Yes. Bad ownership leads to bad dogs though.
  • sure,if i was hungry enough
  • I have one! He is the best dog for our family. We have 3 small children I dare anyone to try and mess with them! He has NEVER shown any violent tendency's to any one who lives in the house! We love our dog!
  • No, need one that is more furry.
  • I would NOT buy one when there are so many dieing in shelters! I LOVE pit bulls and am on the Pit Bull Task Force for Austin Texas. I think they have a horrible reputation. Some are definitely aggressive, but it is only the fault of the owner. I wish that people would stop breeding them and buying them in general but I do not want the breed to go away all together. For your information, the shelter definition of pit bull can be any dog that is mixed with a pit bull or resembles a pit bull - which can mean boxer, bulldog, presa canario, or other box-headed dog. The fatal bite records do not take this into consideration. Please think twice before buying or breeding your pit. Their sweet little faces don't deserve death.
  • even know bitbull has a bad repotation dousent been thear not nice i dount have one but thear frenly to
  • even know bitbull has a bad repotation dousent been thear not nice i dount have one but thear freanly to
  • I would never buy a dog period. There are far too many homeless dogs out there for me to justify seeking a breeder. That being said, pitties are one of the most commonly abandoned breeds, so there's a very good chance one will find a home with me in the future.

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