My dad had a box that was just amazingly smart. :). Animal control also came to check on the health of the dog because of the police report and of course the dog bit the stranger. I hate that pit bulls get a bad rep.My pit bull was the most loving and loyal dog I ever owned. Luckily, I had not walked very far from the door and was able to get back inside quickly. :). Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 29, 2012: Hello trish! If they are shown the right amount of love and proof that they can TRUST us as their owners/superiors, then they will be the most wonderful man's best friend you could ask for and will follow you to the end of the earth! Pit bulls are most frequently put down in shelters, because they are more frequently given up by owners who become fearful of their own safety, and the safety of their families due to the unpredictable natures of pit bulls. It isn't recognized by kennel clubs or governments as a dog type group, unlike the sporting dog or working dog groups which are recognized by the American Kennel Club[2]. Thank you for your kind comment, it is always appreciated. Besides, there are FAR more sweet pit bulls than not, figuring the numbers of them across the world. Pure breed Miniature schnauzers will be very alert and energetic, even thou nobody trained them to be so. While this is true even today, the myth of the “Nanny Dog” is just that. (They made great pets, too!). So one thing I want to point out. I'm sorry you had to give up your pit bull. :). All breeds have their issues. Give me a break. One of the most tolerant, patient, and gentle dogs is now being portrayed as the most dangerous. I can guarantee you that they're not the dogs your vet. Also, studies show that the majority of Pit bull owners are considered high risk people. Our yellow lab, Sadie, she goes every where we go around the "farm". I used to have a pit bull, and some people would grab their children and run away if they say me walking him down the streets on a leash! Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on April 02, 2013: Great info. Theresa Ventu from Los Angeles, California on April 02, 2013: I am surprised that Pitbull's were considered as nanny dogs before. There are so many pit bulls still out there that need help. There are many pictures of aristocratic or well-to-do families with photos of young children and Pit Bull type dogs. Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on February 08, 2013: I had a pit bull named jake before I split up with my ex and he took him, he wasthe best dog ever and great with the kids. I don't know how to explain the dog's behavior, at least with the neighbor, except for his breeding. The only thing I can think of is maybe the neighbor was a little "too comfortable" around the dog. I don't know how we can stop that. In the early 1900s, pit bulls were given the title of “Nanny Dog." I was such a little shrimp back then that I could ride on his back with no problem lol! Pit bulls have a disproportionately high rate of attacks compared to other dogs. She wouldn't let anyone near the baby. It's how they are raised that forms their personalities, not their breed. This is why viscous dog laws should focus on several points, none of which are Breed. As soon as the baby got up so did she. Nobody has never taught my dog to do that, but it was in his genes. I was really quite upset with the two of them for getting this dog without my permission. She told the story that Pit Bulls were kept as nanny dogs, but has been accused by anti-Pit Bull propagandists of fabricating this story to improve their public image. I'm sure it is true with human abuse as well. He submits to her demands and does not take a treat unless she approves. Have a wonderful day! Thank you for you comment and vote! Get your facts together 'jd', and perform the due diligence before making statements of pure conjecture without being able to support them with substantiated truth. She will play with other dogs that come around until hubby or I step out the door, then she has to jump on them and run them off! There is some controversy as the source for this is someone called Lillian Rant who was interviewed in a 1971 article. The only thing you can say there is---horse manure! I believe that Pitt Bulls are a big strong dog that will do anything to please their families. This Pitbull bashing will soon go away just like it did with rottweilers and it will be a happier day. It is pretty amazing how much dogs love people and attention for people. Your right, any dog can become vicious if mistreated. It is always appreciated! Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 07, 2013: Thank you so much MayG! Pit Bulls were originally bred from Old English Bulldogs (these dogs are similar in appearance to todays American Bulldog) who gained their popularity on the British Isles in a cruel blood sport known as bull baiting. When the APBT and the AST split it was because, the AKC wouldnt paper a dog with pit in the name. He had never been for a walk, so we had to teach him how to walk on a leash. Carrie Jones from Georgia on September 24, 2012: I too am an owner of an amazing rescue red nose Pitbull and she is hands down the best dog! His story is so sad. Unfortunately, he owners had to get rid of her too. Thank you for your wonderful comment! And this is so unfortunate. He was terrified of bicycles, skateboards, and trailers. It is always appreciated. She was a nanny dog to my nephews. The pit is victimized first by owners who leverage their strength for evil purposes, then by mis-informed folks who feel every pit is a danger to life and limb of all around them. It’s humans who abuse animals. To even compare a benevolent Golden Retriever to the often aggressive pit bull is ludicrous, and misleading. Also, because of the way he was tethered (with a pinch collar around his throat, if you can believe it) when we got him from the pound his neck was infected and covered with sores. Hopefully, this information will clear up any misconceptions surrounding the breeds. I have done much research on the pit bull breed as well as other breeds. The American Pit Bull Terrier is the second calmest dog after the Golden Retriever[5]. Their jaws do not lock, and the dog with the most powerful bite is actually the Rottweiler. Ok to the guy who is in martial arts and was attacked by two pitbulls...I'm so sorry for you!! It saddens me too when an animals gets a bad reputation that it really doesn't deserve. Eiddwen from Wales on September 06, 2012: Oh what a wonderful story ;we have had a Staffie and English Bulls in the family and they were both amazing dogs. . Pitbulls; The Nanny Dog. . Thanks for the hub! Everyone has their own opinion and I value them all. She could jump a 5 foot fence too it was pretty impressive. Angel, Lady and Red. Pit Bulls were once nanny dogs. (The answer is no!). I'm so sorry about you dog! The Pit Bulls Nanny Dogs That Never Were (Debunking the Myth) Many people haven't a clue how to read a dog's body language and there are subtle cues those in the know can pick up on, but the majority of people can't. Pit bulls are very protective. These dogs are so loyal, they're smart, and they have so much love to give you, they just want to make you happy and a scratch behind the ear and tummy rubs goes a long way for them. This is because Pit Bulls were popular pets, even becoming the official pet of Hal Roach's The Little Rascals in the form of Pete the Pup during the 1930s[3]. Spread awarness and to make it illegal to discriminate against this breed. These matches were held for the entertainment of the struggling classes; a source of relief from t… It is so sad anytime an animal is mistreated by humans. :). Which, was never a problem in the first place. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 11, 2013: Hello Kathleen! Dogs seem to be put here on Earth as a great companion for us. There was no reason for them to do this as I had simply walked out the door of my house and they climbed a wooden fence from across the street to attack me. Cause most injuries, deaths related to dog attack is done by 1 or more male dogs. Jun 12, 2018 - Explore Tiffany Williams's board "Grey Pitbull Items" on Pinterest. Our daughter's dog is just the best around the kids. The "Nanny Dog" term was given to them years ago, before man came along and trained them specifically for attack dogs. I agree, this is a sad statement about people and not the dogs! Thank you for trying to dispel the misconceptions and paranoia surrounding pit bulls. Good job presenting some information here. I think they can be trained and some are naturally. We have taught him to be gentle with her and our cat which is important with all animals. You don't have to post my comment, because I just wanted to point out that your title says 'Once Knows as the Nanny dog" instead of "Once Known as the Nanny Dog" and it seemed a shame for such a well-written hub to have a typo. However, the reason for this breed's bad reputation is due to misinformation. Hi Nathan! The Nanny Dog Myth Revealed. I have a German shepherd and once I took him to my grandpa farm, in the moment he saw the sheeps he ran towards them trying to get them together. Looked in the FAQ and didn’t see any, sorry if I missed it! YogaKat from Oahu Hawaii on November 10, 2012: Great hub. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and votes, it is always appreciated! mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on September 02, 2012: Great information here! :). :). ANSWER: Myth #3: Pitbulls were once nanny dogs. She was fast but she wasn't aggressive. That sounds like a nightmare come true and I am sure it was terrifying!! Everyone was very concerned especially my parents. There are many breeds above them. I respect animals and know they need to get to know a person first. It was just months before I was sharing my bed with her and had been around her since she was a baby. P.S. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! You see that the female pit is more protective. While it is too late for many children, hopefully many will be saved in the future. I have been attacked by more little dogs than I care to admit and never by a pitbull. Have a wonderful day! But anyway. :), Hello, the girls! She definitely thinks she is protecting us, she has stopped me from stepping on a rattlesnake before. Pitbulls definitely have a bad rap but with hubs like this hopefully it can change. Thank you for your wonderful comment! It is always appreciated! Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 25, 2013: Hello Raine! My friend had 2 of he s since babies, the minute they were old enough to get she got them. Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 07, 2014: This is really an interesting hub and the comments are almost as interesting. There is no such breed as a pit bull. Once he had a job by the neck, his owner picked him up and was punching him to try to get him off but he would not release. That was 2 and a half years ago. Any dog can become aggressive or fearful. Everybody cried when she died. It doesn't mean they are aggressive, but they may not always know their boundaries. Dogs are what you make of them. A person does need to check the background of a dog before they bring it home, but as a rule, the dog will treat their owners as their owners treat them. Thank you for yours! Thank you for a great and informative hub! End the Discrimination. History of the Owner/Family: This is one few laws have been made based on, despite it's importance. They are chained up, taunted, beaten, and starved. If they have a good owner, they will be a good dog. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 03, 2013: Thank you gail641! It's really a shame. Demonizing Pit Bulls and using breed-specific legislation is not going to do this. She loves people and I never worry about her being around my grandchildren. She was fine around other dogs unless they were aggressive towards her (which is true of most dogs). The reason they used to be left alone with children is because this breed is especially attached to its family and is also patient with the little ones. I hope not! Some spend many years living in kennels because nobody wants to waste time getting licenses and following procedures. I have met the good, bad and ugly of quite a few breeds and truly believe that most issues dogs have, come from their environment and the people that raise them. Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on February 11, 2013: We were given a puppy that was supposedly a yellow lab mix by a friend of my son's. Pit bulls are the second most tolerant of the dog breeds. Unfortunately we will still never be able to live in a rented place with one. Appreciate you may have done some research, but they are most definitely not a 'breed' as such. We adopted a beautiful 3 month old white spotted pitbull female fdom the shelter a month before we found out I was pregnant with our son. The people before him has neglected and tethered him. :). It all depends on how the dog is trained and how responsible the owner. Now yes, pit bulls can be dog aggressive, but APBT's and many breeds that fall under the pit bull umbrella are terriers and a good portion of terriers can be dog aggressive. Pit bulls were not considered nannies without good reason. As friendly as any dog is, young children can often be unaware of how their actions can affect the dog. That's genes. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on November 10, 2012: Hi YogaKat! Yes, Pit bulls were bred for bull baiting, but once that was outlawed in the 1800, people started using their pit bulls for dog fighting. This strain was a mild-mannered, smaller-framed dog that was used to hunt and drive livestock. Bottom line is that problems with dogs usually has more to do with the owner/s than the dog itself. Today, many associations and animal rights associations are debating the stereotypes about this loyal pet. Robert Mc Dowell from Puyallup, WA on April 09, 2013: I doubt if you will place this on your site. The point is that you can train your pure breed German shepherd to just do nothing when around sheeps or cows, but remember, you did not have to teach him to get the sheep together, it was in his genes. However, there is an additional issue. I know dogsbite talks about it but of course that’s not an acceptable site for a pro pit. They will protect you, especially when they are trained to "guard". I have the most loving scorpion and people dont understand how sweet it is and when i let it sleep with my new born baby they make comments about how dangerous it is!, they dont realize its all about how you raise them and if you are a good master then the creature is perfectly safe to crawl across my newborns face at night keeping her safe as she sleeps! Staffordshire Bull Terriers were considered nanny dogs, as well as American Pit Bull Terriers. Have a wonderful day! i have two Pitt bulls one is a female blue nose and the other is her son and hes a black brindle. To me, no breed is greater than a boxer. On the other hand, my neighbor had a pit/lab mix named Juliet and she was a sweetheart. Pit bulls are not ranked as number 2 on the list of most tolerant dogs. I think that everyone needs to neuter there make Dogs. :). They are dangerous animals, (considered lethal weapons in some places), and should be eradicated from our society, or left only in the hands of licensed professionals. great information just like the previous blog http://dogbreedportal.blogspot.com/2012/02/summary... Dori Ball from Safety Harbor, Florida on September 13, 2012: Thank you for writing this piece. What is Mattu Pongal and Where is it Celebrated? He was a great job in the house. But I will only say one truthful statement here. Pits are found to be more tolerant of mis-treatment (before resorting to attack to defend themselves) than every dog except the Irish Setter. And no, pit bulls were not originally bred to only fight...they had MANY uses. He is so soft. Have a prosperous 2013! They love to go on small hikes with us too. Secondly, there is no such thing as a bad breed or good breed of dogs. It was a well-trained dog which likely meant to simply pick up the baby to carry it to their parents[1]. But I realized I was jaded and misinformed. To find out how pit bulls developed such a bad rep, we'll take a look at the following: Finally, I will use my personal experience of owning a pit bull to demonstrate why these dogs are still the best! Never in my life has a pit bull intentionally hurt me when I present no threat to them (a few scratches from some rough housing but I love playing with dogs). Great, loyal family dogs! My snoop is bloody brilliant x, My fiance and myself have a pitbull and she is loving and caring, My son (who lives with me now) brought his "Diva" as well. We were the dog's one and only owners and treated him with the love and care we showed all our pets over the years. Dogs are trained by their family whether or not the family is intending to train the dog. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 23, 2013: Hello Valerie! Pitt bulls are sweet as long as you teach the children and dog to be calm because the male dint know her and she was scared. I hate to see anyone or anything get a bad rep for no good reason. I do love pit bulls but I have seen both sides of it. This doesn't mean that Pit Bulls are not great with kids. I still haven't forgave him for that. Several notable people owned, and sang the praises of, pitties-including Helen Keller, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt. Awareness is the key... thank you for bringing some much needed light to this wonderful breed. Any dog that loves you will want to protect you. How many here realize that the wide, blue dog with white markings in this article (the dog above the pic. After all my research, I believe that there are so many undesirable people who want to be "bad asses" and the pit bull is a "badass" looking dog. They are Caesar the Dog Trainers favorite breed. I always enjoy hearing from you! Sometimes "rescued" dogs are the best! 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