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Reader: I've been bitten by a Chihuahua and a St. Bernard but never a pit bull

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A post about a pit bull biting a toddler on the face in Commerce City inspired an explosion of comments -- hundreds of them. Most readers wanted to discuss whether the dog or its owner was to blame for what happened, with this one arguing that the breed has been unfairly maligned.

See also: Photos: Pit bull bites toddler's face in Commerce City, dog dies while being wrangled by cops

Kimmy Colorado writes:

I've been around many kinds of dogs, a lot, and been bitten three times in my life. A chihuahua, an English Springer Spaniel and a St. Bernard each bit me (also roughed up by a Newfoundland once,) but never a pit bull. Over and over, they have defied their reputation to me and proved to be gentle, loving guardians.

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Todd Andres
Todd Andres

Blue is a black lab thru and thru ,, no Pit in her, but be honest, Have you ever met a Pit that doesn't go Pit at least once and bites another dog?, that does not happen with labs, they don't have the mechanics for that vicious bone crushing bite. Now Blue lives to please and chase and retrieve, Pits and just like alligator, I don't think you need Pits in the world. Not when they hurt and kill other dogs . Which they do ,, al the time. They were bred for that. Dog follow their bred. The part about the Police killing dogs, no argument there. The part about the pics,, I'm too busy sucking my fat gut in, yea I'm a 52 year old who hates being old

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

Lol Todd Andres, your dog in your pictures looks like a Pit Bull. Let's hurry and pass bsl where you live so they can come round up and euthanize your pet. Quit flexing in all of your pictures; it makes you look like a total douche when you're probably a really nice guy.

Annie Pechnyo
Annie Pechnyo

You could compare my Belgian malinois to a pit bc of its breed but it's all about the dog owner. We have friends who strictly rescue Pits and they're great dogs even when life isn't fair to them

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So you keep getting dog bites, yet you claim to be some sort of dog expert?

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

@Jacon Edward maybe you need to find credible sources

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

Let's also not forget the unreported bites. It's always easy to change statistics. As a compassionate dog owner my neighbors dog bit my daughter. It lives. And is a Doberman.

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

Don't be stupid. It's not the breeds fault it was made by MAN and now critisized for it. It's the stupid HUMAN breed that causes it!! Dogs are like kids. They don't know anything but what they are taught. They don't have voices. WE ARE their voice. Instead of band aiding the damned problem and treating symptoms MAYBE people should treat the actual ailment. The HUMAN.

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

The most abused, neglected, and overbred breed on the planet. Throwing out random statistics from a biased bullshit site like dogsbite.org doesn't take in to account all factors. Of course a breed of choice for ignorant thugs who overbreed for the wrong characteristics then neglect, abuse, fight, don't socialize, and mistreat their animal are going to have a higher percentage of bite statistics. That doesn't mean that a responsible owner who takes the time to train their dog should be punished, shamed, or ridiculed for having a great dog. Also, these statistics are skewed. Fact is that a Pit isn't easily recognized as you've proven with your earlier comment about thinking a Mastiff was a Pit Bull. Also, if a Pit bites it's definitely going to get reported because of the media frenzy and hype surrounding them. If another breed bites or mauls you don't see the breed name in the report or news story typically. It will just be listed as dog attack. If it is a Pit Bull you can bet there will be a headline- Vicious Pit Bull Mauls Defenseless Citizen! These statistics don't take in to account all the factors.

Charlie Thornblad
Charlie Thornblad

I have owned 2 pit bulls who both were very well mannered and behaved, I had a new born and my Pit Sammie would snuggle around him he loved that little baby. I have a friend with a blind pit bull whose favorite thing is children, he loves to be around them and play with them, they can slap, tug, pinch, ride, anything and that dog never so much as growls at them. You are delusional if you think that it is not how they are raised. They were raised to fight other dogs, bot humans. Do some research of your own, especially since you are all over this forum telling people that using "media hype" is their excuse to not research. Don't be a hypocrite who looks foolish because you don't know what you are talking about. Educate yourself.

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

Site created by a woman with a personal agenda who is biased against Pit Bulls (the most abused, neglected, and unsocialized of all breeds) because of her personal experience of being attacked by one. I should start a campaign against Labs because I was attacked by one as a child. Oh wait, that would be ridiculous.

Jessica Pombo
Jessica Pombo

It's more so the humans fault. A puppy is like a child...you love,care,teach,grow and nurture the child he/she will grow and thrive and be confident...a child whom is abused(physically,mentally or emotionally),neglected and mistreated is going to lash out in bad ways. Does this make the child a bad human? No. It wasn't taught right and most dogs do not get the everyday play,training and love they need. Not every unloved dog will attack now will every loved dog not...that I think becomes instinct. Just like a human is being attacked flight or fight kicks in. Why do dogs attack smaller children.?. No one will know. There are a lot of things that can be corrected...my friends kid was bit by a husky because the child crawled too close to the dog bowl...dog went in for quarantine an came out a few days later. Maybe if that person socialized the dog while eating(letting another dog by or petting him and touching his bowl) as a pup maybe this could've been avoided...maybe not. It's a lot of watching and working with the animal. Though it is a flip of a coin when it comes to nature an instinct...

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

Jacob Edward your defense is bogus as well. Because they aren't recognized by the AKC is an asinine statement. Perhaps if you knew a bit more about the breed and their history you wouldn't make such ignorant comments. In the AKC they are recognized as an American Staffordshire Terrier; there are actually some Pit Bulls that are dual registered with the AKC as an American Staffordshire Terrier and other organizations as an American Pit Bull Terrier. Oh, and American Pit Bull Terriers are recognized by the UKC. You know, that other huge well respected and recognized dog breed registration organization.

Charlie Thornblad
Charlie Thornblad

Hey John Wolfe, there is your proof, what do you have to say about that?

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

Well I was mauled by a lab as a child. Let's all ban labs! Oh, isn't that what you meant???

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

Exactly. Take the time to train and properly socialize your dogs regardless of the breed.

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

If you're going to do that then you're going to need to do it for ALL "powerful dogs". It's really not a feasible idea, plus you really think that's going to stop all the backyard breeders?? I suggest doing some research on breed specific legislation and restrictions that have previously been put in place on Pit Bulls and other breeds which have shown to be completely useless. Training and education programs along with responsible ownership as well as heavy fines and penalties for animal abusers and fighters are the real way to go.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

The term pit bull is often used as a generic term used to describe dogs with similar physical characteristics. The general public and news media consider a "pit bull" as one of several breeds including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, or any mix thereof. In some parts of the world, the American Bully, American Bulldog, and Dogo Argentino are also classified as a "Pit Bull-type" dog, despite major genetic differences. Any dog that is mixed with a "bully breed"[citation needed] may also be called a "pit bull" including those that are descended from the English Bulldog, French Bulldog and Boston Terrier.[2] However, breed fanciers believe that using the term "pit bull" as a catch-all term for several different types of breed is incorrect because the only breed that has the term "pit bull" in the official breed name is the American Pit Bull Terrier. The breeds often labeled as "pit bull" have their own unique histories, breed standards, and temperaments. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_bull

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Racist dog hater? Lmao, someone needs to take a high school biology class.

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

YOU'RE calling me "shit for brains" with a dumbass question like that Jacob Edward? Lmao! You're watching a dog that you admit to knowing has aggressive tendencies towards other dogs. If you're the one watching it, you have taken the responsibility of that dog and it's actions! That's like borrowing someone's car that you know has faulty brakes and when you crash in to a crowd of people saying it's not your fault because it's not your car. Since that post you've made another dumbass post about Pits by commenting on the reporter that got attacked by a dog that "sure looked like a pit" when it was a totally separate breed. Then you bring up Labs and their "soft mouths". How many morons like you blame dog attacks on PIt Bulls when in fact it wasn't a Pit? The lab that bit me when I was a kid and shredded my hand to the bone certainly didn't have a soft mouth. The lab that was shot in its owners vehicle because the cop who shot it said it was a vicious Pit Bull that lunged at him was a mistake too. Any dog can attack. It's up to the owners to properly train and socialize their dog. To blame an entire breed for the acts of some due to their owners negligence is ridiculous. If that was the case I should start a crusade against Labs because I was bitten by one, or because last week there were two wandering Yellow Labs in my back yard growling and barking at me IN MY OWN YARD! Of course I won't because I've been around enough well-trained Labs to know they are mostly great dogs, just as I've been around enough well-trained Pit Bulls to know they aren't all bad. I am smart enough to know the dogs in my back yard were just scared and out of their element, and not bad dogs. Had this been a couple of Pit Bulls in another persons yard they probably would have called the police and/or shot them and it would be front-page news. At any rate I'm done arguing and commenting with you. Trying to speak to someone like you is like talking to a tree stump

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

There's a reply button, why don't you use it? Pit bull is not a generic term for all terriers, you numbskull. Are you saying a Jack Russell terrier like the dog on Frasier is a pit bull?

David Thead
David Thead

@jacob edward you are a fool...first you say its not a breed then you say...that a pit bull attacked the kid...which is it?....Pit is a nickname brother... they are recognized by the AKC as American Staffordshire Terriers and the UKC as the American Pit Bull Terrier....from the original Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Esteban Mainzer.....i have an amazing and very well trained pit whos 15 now.......im a girl so your logic is ignorant and stupid at best....just another dog racist....bet u like labs and retreviers tho huh? Did u know statiscally they attack more than pits? Probably not because you dont do research

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Mastiffs are not terriers and are not under the pit generic term shit for brains Jacob Edward

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

@Mitch Scott, would that be becauze took took the time to train your pit correctly? My pit is exactly the same. Very well behaved and loving and the tricks hes does are the same. Very trainable and loving if you take the time to train. Sounds like you are a responsible owner! Thank you :-)

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

@Jacob Edward maybe the problem is you and the irresponsible dog owners you know. Learn to train and your animals may actually listen to you. Imagine that. Any dog can bite. All dogs can and are aggressive under different circumstances. You are ignorant and ridiculous if you think every terrier is mean. Makes you sound like an uneducated asshole.

Sandra Wiltsie Culp
Sandra Wiltsie Culp

They are amazing dogs.......it is how they are treated and trained. I have seen some very mean Chihuahuas but I would never judge them all.......

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Well again @Jacob Edward Kyle Dyer was not bit by a pit. And again pit is a generic term for ALL terriers. " Kyle Dyer of KUSA-TV was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine mastiff last month during a segment with the dog's owner and a firefighter who had rescued the pet from an icy pond. She received 90 stitches." Get your facts straight before judging you irresponsible racist dog hater.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

The dog that bit Kyle Dyer sure looked like a pit to me. That's such a bogus defense anyway since pit bulls are not recognized by the AKC, you can always claim the dog was something else.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Pit bulls aren't even a real breed. There's a reason they're not officially recognized by the AKC.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

So you're admitting that pit bulls are mean and viscous predators?

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

How could anyone be attacked by a chihuahua when you could stomp on it like a bug? Labs have soft mouths for hunting and rarely do serious damage when they bite, which is extremely rare.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

How is it my fault, shit for brains? It's not my dog, I was just watching it.

Mitch Stott
Mitch Stott

My Pit Bull fetches and drops items on command, sits, stays, lays down, and rolls over. She also heels on command and doesn't leave my unfenced yard unless she's playing with one of the neighbor kids who all love her. Her best little playmate is Miniature American Eskimo whose owner watched my Pit this last week and went out of his way to take a picture of them and post on fb saying "best Pit Bull ever!" There, I think my dog just put to rest nearly every negative bs comment you made about Pit Bulls. Oh, and YOU are the moron for not having an untrained, unsocialized dog under control which caused the incident with the Golden Retriever you described. That was YOUR fault you jackass!

Honda Master
Honda Master

Pitbull haters=Simple Douche Go to bed lames!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Khaler
Chris Khaler

IF...IF...IF...IF?seriously,IF!if they are trained properly,lol you fuc*ing make me sick.thst child has no fuc*ing face!If!...If

sevinn
sevinn

On a separate note, I own a black lab who tries to attack every dog she sees that weighs more than 25 pounds, and has been knows to be aggressive to random people for no reason what so ever. She is a great dog to our family, and has never been abused or anything. It's just who she is, and has nothing to do with her breed.

sevinn
sevinn

It was the PARENTS fault for not properly supervising their baby. At nineteen months, anything like this that happens is the PARENTS fault. As a mother, I NEVER would have left my baby unsupervised long enough to approach ANY strange dog, regardless of breed.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

dogs for douchebags. men get these "macho" dogs to compensate for their lack of financial status.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

John, pits were not initially bred to be fighting dogs. The fact that some elected to BEGIN breeding them to fight is indicative of human greed and selfishness. As Anthony said, there is a long list of sweet pits, as well. Of course, that is virtually never publicized as it's not considered to be newsworthy. It's interesting that you state that you don't want anecdotal evidence and yet you've provided no evidence of your own.

Victor Calvin Hoe
Victor Calvin Hoe

NO, I do not think pit bulls are inheriently dangerous. It really depends on the owner and how they treat and train the dog. When a pit bull attacks, it's their owner and training comes into play.

Ellen Kathleen Champion
Ellen Kathleen Champion

No not inherently dangerous, they just have a jaw like a million times stronger than other dogs. They don't even know what they're doing, they get carried away.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so Ban the OWNERS of Pit Bulls


Problem solved.

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