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FarrenH Donating Member (485 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-08-09 10:47 PM
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14. I'm in the "middle ground" on pit bulls
Edited on Thu Oct-08-09 10:49 PM by FarrenH
I think they've been bred to be fighting dogs and that makes them a risky breed, along with Dobies, Rotties and a few others. I agree with various country's legislation that actually bans breeding of these breeds based on known qualities and history.

BUT I also believe that individuals from the breed can have sweet temperaments and be good lifetime family pets when treated with love and affection and (in the case of troubled animals) trained well. So I would never hate on an individual pit or member of a risky breed that is well-adjusted in a loving home.

And I would give any dog that has been mistreated the benefit of the doubt and all the love and care it deserves as an intelligent creature. For context I had my lip bitten off my face (it had to be sewed back on) by a rottie and still went back and made friends with him afterwards, as well as convincing his owners not to put him down.

I think one can consider a breed dangerous and still have compassion and love for every dog on its particular merits, without contradiction. And I think people's love for their own representative of a dangerous breed can make cloud their judgement when discussing the breed rather than the dog. Despite protestations from pit owners, the breed is certainly more dangerous than, say pugs or labs.

On the topic of the OP, if Chris Rock is defending Vick, that's as bad as defending someone who raped or tortured other people in my book. Disgusting, and disappointing.
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