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Pit bulls have a bad wrap because they HAVE the ability to KILL People. My dad raises dogs, He has a huge kennel is his back yard and quit breeding pits years ago because they always ended up biting him. I think it's a bit uneducated to say these people are stupid who went the other way when they seen the pit because all dogs go into defense mode when strangers come around. My boxers even do it. You never see boxers, yorkies, terriers, or labs in the news because they ate a two year old. You see pitbulls who have because they have the propensity to kill. It does not matter who raised or trained the dog. That dog will protect its owner even if its wrong.

But I can't argue one aspect of your discussion- it's a great looking pit.

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Pits are great dogs but you can't blame the other people from protecting their animals. Pitbulls are known to be dog aggressive and any responsible dog owner would rather not take the chance of getting their pet hurt.

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DrHank   

I know first hand that your dog is very well behaved. All I can say is that the reaction of the other people at the dog park is completely understandable and really shouldn't upset you. I have a wonderful Rottweiler. We got her from a Rottweiler rescue organization in Miami. This is our fourth Rottie and there hasn't been one that some folks haven't been afraid of. I know that some people will have that reaction and it's part of the reason we chose that breed. She's part of our security system. You can't expect folks not to shy away from a large dog. It's human nature.

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drauka   

I can't wait to see people faces when I eventually get my dream dog - American Mastiff, all 150-200lbs of him. Quite a bit diffrent from oscar my 14lb mini-dashund lol

Had a pit mix growing up, the media has pretty much slandered this breed and it will take a lifetime fo responsible owners to change that image. people using them in dog fighting rings don't help either.

Glad you love your dog TJ

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Yea, he was a sweet heart when I was over. I have always been around large dogs. I grew up with two Norweigen Elkhounds and have had two lab mixes since I got my house. Nick passed away when he was 5 and it still brings me to tears to think of him. Midnight is now a 65+lb. 10 month old puppy that thinks he is a lap dog. He loves to lay down with his head on your chest to get petted while you watch tv. He will do this to nearly anyone. The funny thing is that his hind legs are almost lawys still on the floor because he is so tall. With all that said, I am still weary of unknown dogs. You just never know the history of the dog and as mentioned, dog will usually defend an owner if they feel the need. Many people have a fear of large black dogs and I use that to my advantage when the salesmen come knocking. :twisted:

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gremlin   

"Pits get a bad wrap because of people who dont know how to raise them"

Thats the answer. you know your dog but others dont. An animal is an animal, they go by instinct. I would never go near or touch any animal without getting the owners permission. I have always had big dogs and I have 3 dogs now.

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bugby   

Well we have a Miniature Pinscher and I would have done the same thing as i dont know your dog,and well O.P. dont get out much ether so i would only want to protect him from any possible danger.Dogs that dont get out much may act aggessive (even if he would get his butt kicked)to other dogs and can spark off somthing in a dog that may have a better rep. I think that anyone who owns a large work group/guard dog would see the same reaction,Boxer,Dobermann,Rottweiler,German Shepherd,ect...Not just the Pit. JMO

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I agree that the raising of the animal has a lot to do with their personality. I also agree with a couple others that not everyone will know your dog's personality so don't take offense. I want to add this also. I have two labs. Both have been raised as family members and treated as such. They live inside and lay in bed with us. Labs are known for being friendly and relatively passive. That being said my male has gone into protection mode a couple of times and I have to be careful to set up friend ships between the dogs and new people coming over to prevent this. Those that have been to my house know about getting the biscuit at the front door and that my dogs are very mellow but at the same time when my male decides he needs to protect he scares even me. He has gone after three people he felt for whatever reason he needed to. One my bug man, who is about 6'5 and 275 which I can understand because he is much larger than me. One of the others was a child at a park. He has never bitten but I don't care how good your nerves are he is going to scare you and I am not sure what would have happened if someone would run away. Anyway the whole point of all of this is you can know your dog and think there is no way anything could ever happen because they are so calm and easy going but in an instant if they feel fear or threat the dog will defend. Big dog or small dog it does not really matter. They all have the instinct, even Oscar Dave.

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bugby   

He didnt even bark for almost 4 months after we got him. He was only about 2 1/2 months when we got him.He will bark a little now but only if someone he dosent know comes over.He is harmless give him a toy or food, your his best friend forever,and that may not be a good thing if he has been outside playing,"stinky!" :shock:

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