They are a very powerful breed and certainly can be dangerous but so can any other breed of dog when not trained properly or trained to do bad things. Any dog, even a chihuahua can inflict damage. Of course a bigger stronger dog can do a lot more damage but it's the owner that should be held responsible, not the breed.
I know several Pits that are sweet and loyal and well behaved because their owners provided them with the proper training, socialization and taught them what behavior was expected and what was not acceptable. They also taught the dog from day one what their status is within the family and it's never "leader."
And if you've bought into the notion that the whole "pack mentality" thing doesn't exist, you're just fooling yourself and ignoring one of the most important tools you can use to have your dog become a well behaved, well adjusted member of your family. Perhaps "family mentality" is a more accurate term. Dogs are very social animals with an innate desire to be part of a family'
And we've been led to believe that pitbulls have this super natural bite strength with locking jaws.
Pitbulls do not have special “locking jaws” – that's pure mythology. They don't demonstrate some sort of special shaking action when they bite – all dogs display similar biting behavior. Pitbulls do not exert an unusual amount of bite-force for their size. Multiple studies have found that bite force correlates to body-weight, and tests of three breeds conducted by National Geographic found that the American pitbull terrier exerted less bite-force than German shepherds or Rottweilers.
I've always been partial to German Shepherds, another breed that gets a bad rap, and I've owned them, along with other breeds, for over 40 years. They're beautiful, intelligent and loyal and quite capable of hurting someone but I've never had a problem because they were loved and not abused and were all taught to be well behaved. It's so important for any potential dog owner to have an understanding of the breed they are considering and a realistic and honest assessment of their own training capabilities before deciding on a particular breed. Some dogs should not be in the hands of an inexperienced owner. It's not fair to the dog and it's not fair to the potential owner and will probably not have a good outcome. Any dog breeder worth their salt knows that and conducts their business accordingly.
It's the scum of the earth who abuse these dogs and train them to fight who should be held accountable, not the breed.
A 2009 study in the Journal of Forensic Science ($$), found that the owners of vicious dogs, regardless of the breed, had “significantly more criminal behaviors than other dog owners.” The researchers added that “vicious dog owners were higher in sensation seeking and primary psychopathy,” and concluded that “vicious dog ownership may be a simple marker of broader social deviance.” And according to the ASPCA, “Pit Bulls often attract the worst kind of dog owners.”
A word of caution to any dog owner who finds themselves in over their head; get professional help ASAP before things escalate to a point of no return. That goes for any breed from little Chihuahuas to giant Irish Wolfhounds and any in between.
Who's To Blame?
Let's face it, some breeds, especially Pit Bulls, have been exploited by the bottom feeders of our society and trained to do bad things because they are stronger than some other breeds and are capable of inflicting great damage or even death, but the fault falls squarely in the lap of the owner. Anyone who trains their dog to be aggressive and vicious should be locked up and lose the dog as well as their right to own a dog, ever. The very treatment these poor dogs are subjected to that make them mean is not just cruel, it's criminal and anyone who engages in these practices should be put away for a long time.
Look, I know there have been some terrible incidents with Pit Bulls as well as several other powerful breeds and those dogs are dealt with severely. They are the exception, not the rule and in most cases it's bad training or no training at all. All dogs, especially powerful breeds need to be socialized from an early age and taught what is and what is not acceptable behaviour.
So let’s put the blame where it really belongs and that begins with irresponsible breeders who pump out these puppies for a quick buck with no thought of breed health, quality or integrity or the well being of the “bitch” and her puppies and then they sell them to anybody, many times knowing but not caring about the misery that puppy will endure and what they will be used for, and then the irresponsible, morally bankrupt owners who take that puppy and abuse it in unspeakable ways to stroke their own egos and make a few illegal dollars. It doesn’t get much lower than that.
You can read the story about a HERO pit bull here>>>