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Response to RadiationTherapy (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:28 AM

10. No information on the reasoning..

... stated by the court. I would like to see that.

I'm a dog person, but I've never owned a pit bull (some lovable mutts - but at least nothing that looked like a pit bull). So I don't have first hand experience with them. I have always believed they are not any more aggressive than other dogs, and like most dogs are mostly the product of their environment. But I think they have several things working against their image.

1. The impression I have is that they tend to be the dog of choice for owners who DO want or train them to be aggressive, who are likely to mistreat them and teach them aggression, and/or who engage in sports like dog fighting - all probably because of their tough appearance and reputation. When you hear about a dog fighting incident, or when you see a caricature of a drug dealer in a movie, the dogs involved are frequently Pit Bulls or a similar looking breed. I don't know if this is statistically true or not, but it is nevertheless the general sense I get, and I assume many others get it as well.

2. Somewhere along the line I picked up the idea that, although a Pit Bull is no more likely -instinctively - to be aggressive than a German Shepard, the difference is that once a conflict begins, the Pit Bull is instinctively more driven to finish it than many other breeds. I.e., the GS might bite and run, while the PB is less likely to do that. This may be total BS, but it is what I heard many years ago. The fighting history of the dog, as well as even the common name "Pit Bull", lend an "oh, that makes sense" quality to this contention.

3. They are big, strong dogs, and I understand they have very powerful jaws. Thus, when they do attack a person, they are capable of doing a lot of damage in a short time. Thus, they ARE more dangerous than a schnauzer. a beagle or a collie, simply based on the difference in customary size and strength. They might be no more nor less likely to bite than these other breeds, but they would seem to be more likely to cause a serious injury when they do bite

4. At the end of the day, despite all rational considerations to the contrary, if my 4 year old is in the presence of a Pit Bull, I am going to be uncomfortable about it. And, probably - no, actually certainly - more uncomfortable than I would if he were playing with a Lab, a Saint Bernard, an Irish Setter, or a Great Dane. Does that make logical sense? Probably not. Is it primarily because of the popular culture based reputation of the breed? Most assuredly. But its still how I would feel because the parent "instinct" in me says "better safe than sorry" when it comes to my kids.

I think all of these things - whether completely accurate or not - are out there, and tend to stoke the reputation of the "killer Pit Bull".

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