A Pit Bull PSA. Edit because I forgot people can't read.
I assume this can be broadened to all breeds of dog, but I hear it the most about Pit Bulls.
I swear if I hear the words "It's all in how you raise them" one more time. I might curse.
It's not "all in how you raise them". Breeding has a lot, even more, to do with it. Most "pit bulls" (and I put that in quotations because most of the mutts being passed off as "Pit Bulls" aren't) are the result of poor breeding practices. Backyard breeders breed substandard, aggressive dogs together so they get puppies who are predisposed to be aggressive (because a "badass" dog is "fun).
You also have the morons who breed their family pet who they found on the street. They have no history on the dog, most of the time it isn't even purebred. They breed it because they want a dog "just like fluffy" or because "that one person in their family/friend circle wants a puppy 'just like fluffy".
Then there's the people who buy from the two aformentioned morons and breed their dogs together for profit or because their kids needed to see "the miracle of life" or any other bogus reason.
There are about 100 ways for someone to become a backyard breeder.
The result? Someone down the line buys a cute puppy off of craigslist or puppyfind or from a friend of a friend with no research into the breed, and no knowledge about what to look for in a breeder. They love their little puppy to pieces and treat it like royalty, yet they still wind up with a genetically unstable dog who either attacks them, or someone else. Is the owner at fault for not realizing signs before it was too late? Yes, but the average pet owner is usually clueless about animal behavior. Should they have got the dog from a more reputable source? Hell yea. But the majority of people who buy dogs (no matter the breed or mix) buy from disreputable sources. How were they supposed to know they were the unlucky ones?
If you get bit by a dog, chances are the owner wasn't abusing it, or treating it badly in any way. The dog was probably not being trained to fight or be an attack dog (and if it was being properly trained for Personal protection it wouldn't bite you unprovoked). Chances are the owner is just as shocked as you and when they say "he never behaved like that before", in their mind they are telling the truth (most of the time). So give the owners a break, and stop claiming "it's all in how you raise them". That phrase does a lot more harm than good.
But, if you happen to know someone is abusing their dogs or training them to attack others, give that person a swift kick to the gonads and call 911.
1. Never did I say Pit Bulls are evil. I wouldn't have 3 if I believed that.
2. I didn't say breeding is the only factor. I said it plays a big role. Uneducated owners who discount genetics and think they can hug the problems away are a problem too. As well as ones who do no research into the breed, or dog behavior and let potentially dangerous behaviors go on until it's too late.
3. Not every dog that attacks someone/something is abused (unless you count having an idiot for an owner or breeder as abuse). That was the point of this post.
4. This wasn't pointed out in the post but I happened to notice it. Why is it that the people who don't even like Pit Bulls or don't own them have more knowledge of the breed than so called "advocates" who can't seem to grasp that Pit Bull is two words instead of one?