Like iNaZzy said...it's in their nature. Even if the dog is raised in a good family and seems quite nice, it's still in it's nature. When in a fight, they bite and lock their jaw and don't let go. They can't help it...
Depends on their behavior, especially around children. People have died from getting attacked by pit-bulls, but just the extremely aggressive ones. They sort of all have a bad reputation because of that to some people. If they are trained well they can be one of the most lovable dog breeds.
Yes, I believe there are nice well behaved pit bulls. But you should be lucky you are allowed to have one (assuming you do have one) because if people continue to be irresponsible with them, they are going to be made illegal. Don't believe me? Wait and see.
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Pit bulls are working dogs that can take down a bull. They are bred to "handle" stock, it's in their nature. Some can be kind and sweet until something arouses their instincts. 4 examples A lady was babysitting her 5 yr old nephew, locked her roommates 7 month old pit in a bedroom. The pit got out and mauled the 5 yr old Two pit bull puppies came to my house and were "playing" with one of the horses. One was trying to disembowel him, the other was locked on his nose trying to bring him down. They were quite happy and not being mean. It didn't save them. Another neighbors pit bull puppy got out and decided to play with a horse. Luckily the horse kicked him and broke his leg before he could do any damage. Owner holding him on leash and broken leg and it still wanted to get back in there with the horse. a friend with a pit had a baby and the pit was just fabulous! with the baby and then one day when the kid was 4 it attacked her for no reason. Pits are more liable to go after children because they're at eye level. Then there is the secondary issue with them. All the billy bad @sses want one to prove how cool and tough they are when they are the last that should own one. I believe people should have to take a class in what a pit is and how you handle it before they're allowed to own one.
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What I hear all too often is the owners' saying the dog was always so gentle. All dogs are capable of going off without warning. I accept that pit bulls aren't even as aggressive as Chihuahuas and dachshunds. The problem is that pit bulls, with their attributes of pain tolerance, tenacity, bite strength, and shake-and-hold attack mode, inflicts a maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time making their attacks more deadly than any other breed. These traits have been bred into them and are not just about abusive owners -- and certainly not the fault of a victim who was not abusing the dog (although pit bull owners often make that claim).
Bad owners will make these characteristics worse, but no amount of training can change their genetic makeup. Every potential owner should carefully consider what experts say about this breed; that it requires a very strong-willed and patient owner who is willing to put in the extra time to properly socialize the animal, and accepts their propensity for unpredictability. When I see some twenty year old walking down the street with one of these dogs, it is my fear that he has not taken these experts' recommendations to heart.