The are rated #1 family pet by the akc. But the akc didn't like the name pit bull so they renamed them so they could be shown. It has been proven they make the WORST attack dogs because they are not naturally human aggressive. They are not naturally aggressive (unlike what the ignorant ones try to say). Just socialize it and train it properly and you will have the best family pet. If you can find the books from Chris and Ed farron and books from the colby brothers, this will give you the truth and how to raise them properly. Just remember this, all those horror stories you hear and read, the news will use what will help with their ratings & sells papers. They were bred for hog hunting in the early 1800's then used for bull baiting until 1835, then the cruel dog fighting sport started after bull baiting became illegal. A pit bull named sergeant stubby was the first dog to get medals of honor in the military. Just goes to show they are wonderful companions and NO people don't get them to look all bad***. Trashy people may do that and the ignorant ones may say people do, but not the respectable familes that wants an awesome companion (aka the nanny). It has been proven they do not have lock jaw. Remember this, ANY breed can attack do the same amount of damage and not any breed is exempt from turning. All breeds need the proper training and socialization. Now what you need to do is look at your lifestyle, where you live, do you have time to train any breed of dog?
Let see. Right or wrong MANY not ALL, Pit Bulls are owned drug peddlers, fringe military radicals, and other less than desirable people. Yes it part of how the animal is treated/trained. So if you want to associate with that type of individual have at it.
Unless you are capable of taking on the intense training needed by a pit, you shouldn't. Fantasy aside, while they are not the most aggressive dog, the power of their jaws, their ability to withstand pain, etc makes them more dangerous than the average dog. Newspapers don't make up the stories, they just report them. I personally know of four instances where "friendly, family" dogs attacked kids or other animals
You are always going to get strong opinions both pro and con when you bring up the name "Pitt Bull". Regardless of "facts and opinions", ANY breed needs proper attention, training AND socialization. If the breed happens to be a large strong one, this obviously becomes even more of an important issue, but it holds for all. It's important for the Dogs as well as the owners. So, if you have the time, patience and are willing to take in AND train a potentially great dog, sure... get a Pitt Bull. I've had no problems with them ever.