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It has little to do with size and more to do with the fact that IF a pitbull is nasty, it can pack quite a punch compared to many other dogs.

The only time I treat an APBT with apprehension is if it's off leash around my DOGS and generally, I don't take ANY breed for granted in that situation.

I work with a lot of APBT's and am quite fond of them. Doesn't make them the right choice for my household though, as with many other breeds.

Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
It has little to do with size and more to do with the fact that IF a pitbull is nasty, it can pack quite a punch compared to many other dogs.

Not to mention, some people's exposure to certain kinds of dogs is only when these dogs are attached to certain kinds of owners. My parents were afraid of pitbulls and Rottweilers, and were quite apprehensive about visiting us when we were dogsitting Izzy (pit mix). Their only previous experience with both breeds have been the ones they've encountered in certain parts of the Bronx and Harlem (my parents lived/worked in those areas). They had legitimate reasons to be afraid of the dogs they encountered, just as they had legitimate reason to fear the people who were at the other end of the leash.

Suja
dogs that would eat me for lunch (cane corso, fila, etc)

You're okay with having dogs that'd eat babies for lunch, as long as they wouldn't attempt to eat you?

well sure, after all, it would be hard to mistake me for a baby.

-kelly
That's been an observation of mine as well. My Min. Dachshund certainly rules the roost here. The Boxers are almost ... this is a "truce" sign. Pebbles doesn't attack the big dogs but she won't hesitateto growl or snap at them.

Lola met a Dachshund once and is absolutely terrified of them now. she stays far away when she sees one coming.
-kelly
I have noticed a lot of coments on here about the humble Pit Bull - yes admittedly they got themselves ... Rottweilers? A lot of people on here when asked about which breed they 'dont' like mention the pit bull -

that's funny, i was just noticing how many people said they DO like the pit bull. more than i would have thought.
maybe we were looking for different things...
-kelly
If you like silly dogs that make you laugh, you need a Toklat.

What was it you said yesterday? 'Hair, hair, hair'? Sounds like a lot of work.

Either three minutes a day or a half an hour once a week. But don't let it get away from you, thats when you get into trouble.
But I do like your boys' smiles. I can imagine they'd be clowns.

Kavik is a clown and yet, he pouts. I hate sulking dogs.

BethF, Anchorage, AK
It's YOUR God.
They are YOUR rules.
YOU burn in hell.
Either three minutes a day or a half an hour once a week. But don't let it get away from you, thats when you get into trouble.

See, I prefer it the way I've got it: Hair falls off by itself and I sweep it up once a week. Oh, I guess that's not entirely true: A zoom groom and an undercoat rake every few days during spring and fall.
Kavik is a clown and yet, he pouts. I hate sulking dogs.

I always laugh whenever I hear about sulking, pouting dogs. Orson's not capable of that kind of regret, I don't think. He has essentially 5 emotions: happy, excited, worried, surprised, and guarded (not really anger, but close). When other dogs would pout, Orson makes lemonade out of lemons and goes back into happy mode.
Cate
Either three minutes a day or a half an hour ... get away from you, thats when you get into trouble.

See, I prefer it the way I've got it: Hair falls off by itself and I sweep it up once a week. Oh, I guess that's not entirely true: A zoom groom and an undercoat rake every few days during spring and fall.

The problem with lab hair is that its stiff and works its way into fabric. Our hair brushes right off.
Kavik is a clown and yet, he pouts. I hate sulking dogs.

I always laugh whenever I hear about sulking, pouting dogs. Orson's not capable of that kind of regret, I don't ... anger, but close). When other dogs would pout, Orson makes lemonade out of lemons and goes back into happy mode.

Oh, I laugh at Kavik when he pouts too. The other day he got in trouble for barking at a dog while we were in the car and he wouldn't look at me for at least 30 minutes. Silly dog, like I care.

Toklat is even simpler than Orson - he doesn't appear to be capable of "guarded" or 'angry", just happy, scared or asleep. Usually happy. And even if scared, then happy is two seconds off.

BethF, Anchorage, AK
It's YOUR God.
They are YOUR rules.
YOU burn in hell.
The problem with lab hair is that its stiff and works its way into fabric.

People say that, but I've never had that problem. However, if you accidentally drop one lab hair into a pot of something on the stove, there's some kind of black magic algorithim that produces a lab hair in every serving of whatever it is you're cooking.
Oh, I laugh at Kavik when he pouts too. The other day he got in trouble for barking at a dog while we were in the car and he wouldn't look at me for at least 30 minutes. Silly dog, like I care.

This is hysterical. Kavik is manipulative.
Toklat is even simpler than Orson - he doesn't appear to be capable of "guarded" or 'angry", just happy, scared or asleep. Usually happy. And even if scared, then happy is two seconds off.

I love dogs with uncomplicated emotional lives.
Cate
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