Pitbulls are the dog of choice for irresponsible breeders, ... We have tragically betrayed our children's beloved nanny-dogs, ... like the pitbull's “locking jaws,” was simply a myth.) I am hearing so many wonderful stories about pit bulls, I wish I could share them all. I'm very glad to hear that your dog, (I wish I knew his name), is doing so well. Dogs seem to be put here on Earth as a great companion for us. Because of the two incidents the county put the dog down. Pitbulls; The Nanny Dog. I'm so sorry! A Pit Bull is devoted to its family, and will be an excellent playmate and a friend for life, the reason why many consider it a nanny dog, i.e. I'm sorry you had to give up your pit bull. Diva has known my son since she was a pup and has been loved, socialized and taken care of properly. I have done much research on the pit bull breed as well as other breeds. Any breed of dog is likely to bit when they are scared. ), learn canine body language and watch for cues (learn those subtle ones! The dog that is the most aggressive and has done the most damage.. a husky. He LOVED playing with children; he was never once aggressive, and it was sad to see people not want to even get near him because of their misconceptions. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and votes, it is always appreciated! In Spain, for instance, it is only permitted to have a Pit Bull Terrier if the adopting party has a license, insurance and puts a muzzle on their pet when they walk it down the street. I do an awful lot of crossing the street to avoid other dogs. They show particular affection towards children, understanding their vulnerability and being a warmhearted companion to them. They are a wonderful breed. In fact, I'm fairly sure it's English staffies that were the breed referred to as the nanny dog (and yeah, I guess some ignorant people may group English Staffords into the pit bull category). Find out Everything about this Hybrid, The 10 Most Solitary Animals in the World, What Does It Mean When a Cat Shows Up at My Door. You can only abuse an animal for so long before you change their behavior permanently. These dogs do not exist. Luckily, I had not walked very far from the door and was able to get back inside quickly. Yes, Pit bulls were bred for bull baiting, but once that was outlawed in the 1800, people started using their pit bulls for dog fighting. The saying “Those who are so blind that they refuse to see the truth,” fits 100% the attitude of people that think Pit bulls are harmless adorable creatures. Jan 4, 2013 - Explore Cat Gonzalez's board "Pitbulls", followed by 158 people on Pinterest. Cause most injuries, deaths related to dog attack is done by 1 or more male dogs. It does bring pride to us Staffie owners knowing that our favorite dog, even in the old days, has a good reputation of being around children. Take care. It's how they are raised that forms their personalities, not their breed. In other words, they were used to care for the children of the family due to their gentle nature. Have a wonderful day! I do love pit bulls but I have seen both sides of it. I never expected that to happen to me either. Many dogs will attack viciously when provoked. I can see why they were called the nanny dog because she was especially good around children and always seemed to be extra gentle around them. He is very protective of his family but is sweet to kind strangers. I’ve never seen another breed of dog be that gentle and mindful of a baby before. Even many professionals cannot determine what an American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) looks like. It was just months before I was sharing my bed with her and had been around her since she was a baby. So before you judge a dog by its looks or breed, maybe you should judge its owner instead! In truth, they are very affectionate, loving and particularly protective over those they consider family. :). This is not the only misconception about Pit Bull Terriers and their history. I've had them since before they were a year old I believe that proper socialization and training is important same as any other dog. :). Thank you for a great and informative hub! Meaning that he pulled. Some spend many years living in kennels because nobody wants to waste time getting licenses and following procedures. I was quite amazed at his temperament. A brilliant hub on a wonderful breed of dog. Bottom line is that problems with dogs usually has more to do with the owner/s than the dog itself. The cat rules the house :) Lady just whimpers and whines hoping the cat will play with her! They seem to really appreciate being rescued. However, there is an additional issue. I sure questioned my daughter when she got Lola, but all turned out well! Staffies and English Bulls are both such good dog, and they are so cute. This is just my opinion. They are being taught to be aggressive. While it is too late for many children, hopefully many will be saved in the future. When you beat and starve a dog before throwing it a "snack," what do you think it is going to do? :). Thanks for writing this hub. The answer is difficult. There is some controversy as the source for this is someone called Lillian Rant who was interviewed in a 1971 article. Nice Hub Voted Up! I have a German shepherd and once I took him to my grandpa farm, in the moment he saw the sheeps he ran towards them trying to get them together. LOL Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Completely true. Pit Bull, the Nanny dog myth. He knew the neighbor and had seen him in our yard many times. It's so sad that the criminal element has corrupted these poor dogs' reputations. I'm sure it is true with human abuse as well. It is always appreciated! Princess Belle 🐶👸🏼 and her best friend Stone 👶🏼 I just hope more people get educated about pitbulls and realize they’re not the evil monster dogs that people have made them out to be. I have amazing boy snoop who is 5 when my little girl is 1. My yellow lab snapped at one of my grandchildren one time because he made her nervous. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 29, 2012: Hello trish! Thank you for your kind comment. It is true there is little evidence to support how official the term nanny dog is when it is used in terms of Pit Bull type dogs. These matches were held for the entertainment of the struggling classes; a source of relief from t… My mom sill doesn’t believe that they are nice and carding dogs but I do some are mean yes but that’s because of the people who made them like that to fight it was really sad, The man who said humans are the problem sir from just the facts yer 100%right, Little rascals Pete was a pit, WW II posters depicting Pits, archive old NYC news paper articles of pits. You sound like a lying cop. I used to only blame the owner and not the dog but if any other dog can snap without warning, so can pits. It's laughable that you would suggest any dog would be aggressive to the point of being dangerous because they weren't neutered. I have suffered a couple of bites and neither were from Pits; one was a Chihuahua and the other a Golden Retriever. Thank God the Chihuahua is a small dog! As friendly as any dog is, young children can often be unaware of how their actions can affect the dog. We adopted a beautiful 3 month old white spotted pitbull female fdom the shelter a month before we found out I was pregnant with our son. It saddens me too when an animals gets a bad reputation that it really doesn't deserve. Kim, you might want to do some research on the history of dogs in the Victorian era. You’ve probably seen the old timey photographs of Staffies sitting beside toddlers. It does no good to deny the issues. Everyone has their own opinion and I welcome any and all reasonable comments. Nanny Dogs. Sometimes "rescued" dogs are the best! The dog was basically giving the child a warning to leave him alone. The same has been done in the past with dobermans, rottweilers and German shepherds too. Nanny Dog Myth/Dangerous By Default/Pitbulls by Gary Wilkes. You are your pits, have a great day! PIt bulls can be just as good a dog as any other. Thank you for such a wonderful comment! Hollywood is also responsible...Cocker Spaniel temperaments declined after Lady and the Tramp, Dalmation temperaments declined after 101 Dalmations, Collie temperaments declined after Lassie, etc. People who use them to look bad take uneven tempered dogs and breed them with uneven tempered dogs, thus resulting in dogs that are nasty with humans. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 23, 2013: Hello Valerie! You can ask any specialist, when you buy a pure breed dog, the first sign that he is in fact pure will be when the dog starts to show some instincts that are natural to his breed. There sure have been a lot of stories about them in the news for years. It is always appreciated. They are Caesar the Dog Trainers favorite breed. Turned out he was a pit bull. Thank you for your wonderful comment! A child's safety was practically guaranteed. She is very protective of them. 10 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds - Temperament Ratings ... Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America. Demonizing Pit Bulls and using breed-specific legislation is not going to do this. They had unbelievable ferociousness, like Sci-Fi creatures coming for you. It was actually the Staffordshire bull terrier that was known as the nanny dog in Europe.similar looking.not the same breed as an American Pitt..but agree 100% of what is written in the article here about pits.great dogs also as any raised and trained by the right people.. :). Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on January 02, 2013: I really enjoyed reading your hub. They really are a wonderful dog breed. I agree that the pit bull has been a reputation it doesn't deserve. That was the moment I realized it's not always the owner. I have been a groomer, a vet's assistant, a trainer and a kennel manager...pit bulls were not the dogs I had most issues with. But please, stop referring to it as a breed. He lets her do almost anything to him and not even care that she kicks him out of his own 'room' cage. Also, studies show that the majority of Pit bull owners are considered high risk people. I have been attacked by more little dogs than I care to admit and never by a pitbull. My daughter's dog, Lola, is so patient the kids and the other little dog, Audie and Audie is such a little brat. Although played by a man in a costume, this dog was intended to be a Newfoundland. Maybe they can teach us something about the way abuse and trauma can damage anyone. I wanted to share some positives! Even PETA supports sterilization of these dogs, and acknowledges them as dangerous. Thank you for your kind comment! It is reported on temperament tests conducted by the American Temperament Test Society that pit bulls had a passing rate of 82% or better — compared to only 77% of the general dog population. Eiddwen from Wales on September 06, 2012: Oh what a wonderful story ;we have had a Staffie and English Bulls in the family and they were both amazing dogs. I think if they are trained correctly they can be really great dogs. They are the most loving kind dogs. That's genes. I wish I could see your sweet pit dog too! The American Pit Bull Terrier is the second calmest dog after the Golden Retriever[5]. I know dogsbite talks about it but of course that’s not an acceptable site for a pro pit. But this family member is scared to death of pitties and seems to glory in finding news articles of pitbulls attacking people, children, other animals. I too was worried about our daughter and her husband having a pit bull around our little granddaughter. It’s humans who abuse animals. :), Hello FreezeFrame34! So to get your APBT registered they called them The American Staffordshire Terrier. I'm sure there are dangerous pit bulls out there, but only because they have been bred and trained to be that way. But you just can't bring yourself to acknowledge that this breed has some issues, can you? Everybody cried when she died. And, I did a little research too, it Pit Bulls were and are known as nanny dogs. As stated above, Pit Bulls are abused regularly, potentially more than most other breeds. If they have a good owner, they will be a good dog. Back then folks my country rejected German Shepherd because "they kill"(for it was quite common to spot GPD in dog fights) while I had one at home and he was the most lovable. There is just more of the criminal element out there these days with the drug traffic being on the rise and more media coverage. New Blog Dispels 'Nanny Dog' Myth Invented by Pit Bull Fanciers The Nanny Dog Myth DogsBite.org - A new blog, " The Truth About Pit Bulls," launched Tuesday with contributors CKing and Craven Desires. Although played by a man in a costume, this dog was intended to be a Newfoundland. :). Their jaws do not lock, and the dog with the most powerful bite is actually the Rottweiler. Except if your a breeder. The first myth they address, the Nanny Dog myth, is widely disseminated by pit bull advocates and pro-pit bull groups. My snoop is bloody brilliant x, My fiance and myself have a pitbull and she is loving and caring, My son (who lives with me now) brought his "Diva" as well. Have a great day! Since she was the leader of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier organization, it is believed she was trying to generate positive publicity. :). People Are Afraid of my Pit Bull: What Can I Do? I appreciate your visit as well as your vote! 20 likes. :). She really took to my sisters baby and anytime she brought the baby over my pit bull always wanted to be near the baby to the point that if my sister would put her down for a nap my pit bull would lay right next to her while she slept. I love pits and rots, and I will protect them with my life. Pit bulls are terribly misunderstood, and it has been my mission to provide the facts so everyone can understand how wonderful these dogs are. 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