Pit Bulls were once known as "nanny dogs" because of how kind and protective they were of child
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Pit Bulls were once known as "nanny dogs" because of how kind and protective they were of children.
(Type: status | Published: 2013-09-02T03:10:00+0000)
[zack dugan] - Were? Still are. Nothing changed but society's view of them.
[lexi marie sonnekus] - Its the people not the animals.
[gino venditto] - There are no bad dogs, just bad owners.
[michael ramirez] - "No such thing as bad student only bad teacher." Mr. Miagi
[odi n alicia brown] - Ours are kind and protective of our kids :)
[alex mendez] - Problem is when a pit does attack, it's worse than others. I like pits a lot. But in reality owners need to be responsible, and the vast majority of the time, the wrong people, people who have no clue about these dogs, no respect for the power, and no business owning a pit bull, own a pit. Sad that the dog gets the bad rep, when its the owners fault.
[megan finke] - First of all, in the copied article I read that was posted, the child shouldn't have been riding the dog like a horse. It's not good on its back, or ANY DOGS back period! I'm sure the child moved in a certain way and that hurt the dog and that's why the dog retaliated as so. I'm sorry the child died though from the tragic accident. Second, and completely MY OPINION... My husband and I belong to a foundation that is nothing but American Bully's and pibbles. I own one old school pitty and then I also own two double registered (UKC & ABKC) pit bulls. I would own one of these over any breed because they have PROVEN themselves loyal time and time again. They are the most well behaved and best listening dogs I've ever had. How many people can say that they have a dog that will stop wagging its tail on command? I can! I can sleep safe each and every night knowing that if something were to happen my fur babies would make sure I'm protected and that my children are as well. My male (1 year old) is so protective of his "mommy" that when my husband hugs me or plays around with me in front of him, he will whine at my husband like "that's my mommy I want her not you" lol he will not play tug with anything because he refuses to "lock" his jaw on anything. He chews on his Kong ball and his blanket in his kennel, and that's ALL he does. My little female (5 months old) will be the same way. IT IS ALL IN HOW YOU RAISE AND TREAT THEM .... And if some people want to be completely ignorant then that's their opinion as well. I'm sure many will take offense to my use of the word "ignorant", all I can say is you gave your opinion, now I have given mine :)
[daniel kulczyk] - Top 3 biters are Dachunds, Chiuauas and Jack Russell Terriers. They have a Canine Good Citizen test given to dogs whose owners want to use them as therapy dogs. Dogs can't pass if they bite. Pit Bulls have never failed this test.
[brittany watson] - The most dangerous thing about my boyfriends pit is her tail....it hurts!!!! Oh and all the kisses and loving. Any dog could attack someone. It does not depend on size or breed.
[jessica chavez landry] - Pitbulls are wonderful dogs, people are dangerous... if you interested in a pitbull please visit your local kill shelter!! Or a rescue!! Dont buy one when so many die everyday!!
[ashley jenkins-crowder] - they still do. its how u raise them
[alicia serino] - Pitbulls are wonderful dogs my whole family has them, my step sister has a two month old baby and my dads dog does nothing but follow around whoever has the baby. When the baby was first born my dog sat next to the baby and did not move unless the baby was moved, very protective dogs. The only reason why the have the reputation they do is because of what some owners decided to do with them and how they raise them. They're just like any other dog unless brought up in a bad environment.
[trevor reclusado] - Pits are amazing, beautiful beasts. Extremely kind if raised correctly. Only those raised without attention and love or those raised to fight or with bloodlines of fighting pits are aggressive. I've met many of both. The biggest pits I've met were extremely loving and protective of those that showed them love. My brother has a kennel, he's bred both fighters in his past and family dogs in the present. If you haven't spent enough time with this breed, you are misinformed. I plan on raising pits when I have the ability and resources to do so. Not in a kennel but to protect my family when I'm not around to do so.
[chad williamson] - They still are kind and protective.
[tamara petrilli] - Bad owners ruined their reputation
[lee marion] - Guess which dog breed is responsible for the most bites? Datschaund. You don't see cities banning wiener dogs though
[ashley wright] - Disagree. I think any pit bull should be considered dangerous. My brother owned one, treated her very well, and out of the blue on day attacked another dog and ripped its leg off. I would NEVER expose my child to potential danger. It's too risky. It only takes 1 time.
[rebecca rayne belcher] - Cristy de la rosa: pit bulls are harmless pets as long as they are raised right. Those pit bull attacks are probably done by dogs that have been raised wrong. I have grown up around pit bulls, and never had any problems.
[chris spangler] - Great dogs!! Gotta bad rep...
[brandy nicole commodore] - they still are.
[samantha kaster] - You people are morons. Dogs (no matter the breed) are the sweetest, bravest, kindest, most loyal creatures to ever walk this planet. And you idiots are stuck profiling them by breeds, that's no different than profiling humans based on race. Every decade it's a new breed that's 'bad'. It's NOT THE DOGS.
I was raised with chihuahuas, chows, pitbulls, and a number of other breeds, never were they mean to anyone unless our family or friends were threatened with violence. My own children have been raised with pitbulls and boxers and never have they been hurt. It's people who need to be taught tolerance and love, not animals.
[cristy de la rosa] - its not always the ppl. read up on the subject there have been a LOT of pitbull attacks on babies and toddlers without provocation
[peta marshall] - on saturday my 3yr old has his first encounter with a red nose pitty.. It was epic. The dog was so kind, gentle and so protective of my child. I always knew people lied about them being 'nasty/vicious' breed..
[jax simmons] - My pitmix is the most loving little man every. He wouldn't hurt a mouse. He's just a clumsy guy and steps on feet a lot..
[travis hadder] - Its the owners not the dogs i have a pit who turns 4 in like a week and hes been attacked by like 5 lil dogs and never had he attacked back or even tried to hurt some one i truly love these dogs and wouldent get any other breed
[matt croschere] - ive seen more breeds snap way before a pit ever will
[dawn michelle huff] - We have a "lapdog" pit & he is sweet a sugar! We have a tiny terrier(mean as hell) & a mean Maltese. Both scare the crap out of the pit. It's all in how they are raised!
[katie bakker] - The problem is the media lumps all these dog breeds together as "Pit Bulls" a term, not a breed, and most people are clueless and uninformed thanks to the media, if only the would do a little research.....
[melissa ritzert] - Got 3 of em n 4 kids
[delbert gus] - mos def wanna get one for my daughter.
[pablo pincott] - my pit bull is that way with people and children
[ashley denham] - My pit is like that
[natasha flores] - Any dog will be aggressive if taught to be. For some reason this particular breed was chosen to fight and abuse.
[david stovall] - Mine are still protective of my kids and have growled at me for being rough with my kids. They have never snapped at or been aggressive towards the kids but they have towards everyone else
[beth repovich] - & ^ Megan Finke- that's so funny bc mine just turned 2, & he Still cannot sleep unless he has his 'blankie' to suckle on!!!! (LoL
**Just as every decade has... People feel the need to find an unfit breed to fear... over the years it has fluctuated.. Used to be Dobermans, Rottweilers, German Shepards, mastif's that were evil- & recently Pitbulls have been caught in this ignorance..
Sorry, but I can tell you whole heartedly, without a second thought... The smaller the dog, the more Evil they are!!! Chihuahua's & Min-Pin's are the Worst! They Are Evil!!!
[katie bakker] - Anti Pit Bull ppl, ask a vet which dog they would rather see on their exam table, a Chihuahua or an American Pit Bull terrier.
[brandi houck] - Pits aswome laying with one right now she is outstanding ♥
[cliff scrivner] - Yeah sure they're protective of their own... Sometimes. They can still turn anytime, no matter how well they're raised.
[aline laney] - You can't put that on all pittbulls its how you raise them. Raise them with love and not being miss treated then you have a wonderful pittbull.. You can make any dog what you want it to be...
[katie bakker] - This is wrong actually. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was. Not the American Pit Bull Terrier. However the "Pit Bull" gained that name not to long ago here cause of their love for children. But all history books point back to the SBT being the nanny dogs.
[jaymee wilburbessey] - Most def. mine still herds the boys...and they are 13 and 8 lol I love my pibble!
[omar daihatsu racing] - Pit bulls have a beautiful nature. Only humans ruin them.
[kyle monaghan] - You said that wrong, they are still known as kind and protective.
[oscar ivan barajas] - The bad people make it dangerous
[jessica chavez landry] - Cristi, its NOT about being provoked.. its how they were raised or their abusive past! Please dont spread false rumors about the breed. I volunteer for a rescue, I have been biten by yorkies, Chihuahuas (many many times), a lab, a terrier mix, mostly because they were scared, yet I've NEVER felt threatened by a pit. They wag their tail so hard... that could hurt..
[cristy de la rosa] - Mother Speaks Out UPDATE 06/20/13: The 2-year old male pit bull named Kava that killed a 6-year old boy was euthanized on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the dog owner was identified as Kelala Keanaaina, a San Mateo police officer, and the boy's uncle. Now the boy's mother is speaking out for the first time. Tilema Selu said Nephi was her only child. She said that Nephi was very close to the dog, which is why this comes as a shock. She described it as "one best friend turning on the other." "All of this is definitely a shock because it's almost like two best friends that turned on... like one best friend turned on the other," she said. Selu added, "we felt confident that it was a protector of our children," showing that she entrusted the false Nanny Dog myth. During Dog Bite Prevention Week this year, even Donna Reynolds of Bad Rap admitted the Nanny Dog myth was fabricated. Reynolds may have made the admission because pit bulls continue to maul and kill children at an escalating pace. Unfortunately, once a myth gets rooted, it's difficult to stamp out, resulting in more dead children like Selu's son. Kelala Keanaaina acquired the dog two years ago. According to SFGate.com, the dog was not neutered. The boy's uncle bought into the Nanny Dog myth too. Keanaaina said, "We brought the dog into our home as a pet to help protect life [Nanny Dog myth] and to help watch over [Beware of Dog sign], and by no means did we know that he was going to take life." [Pit bulls kill more human beings than all dog breeds combined.] -Bracketed, italic text added by DogsBite.org. The ABC 7 article also said that at the time of the attack, Nephi was playing with his young cousins in the backyard. It was his cousins who said the boy had been "riding the dog like a horse" when it suddenly threw the boy to the ground and latched onto his head. One tried to pull the dog's stomach to get it off the boy and another grabbed his leash, trying to yank it away. When his uncle was alerted, he came outside and shoved his hand into the dog's mouth and the dog released. Another Defense Attorney Back at the SFGate article by Henry Lee that continues to be updated, we learned that attorney Harry Stern was also present at the boy's home on Tuesday with Michael Rains. Both work for a law firm that represents police officers in the Bay Area. Stern described the boy's injuries as needing "a couple of stitches," -- everybody, according to Stern, assumed he would be fine "after a couple of stitches." Stern said it was an "unfortunate tragedy" and the breed was irrelevant. 06/19/13: Relationship Clarifications New information provides additional clarification on family members living in the home. The attack happened at the boy's grandparents' Union City home. The owner of the dog was the boy's uncle --still the unnamed San Mateo police officer. The officer's wife and the boy's aunt, Iona Keanaaina, both also live at the Union City home. Defense attorney Michael Rains, now being called the family spokesman, said that Nephi Selu's mother lived at the residence as well. A variety of "may" or "was" statements regarding whether the boy did or did not attempt to climb on the dog's back have been confusing in the flood of news articles as well. "May have attempted" is complete speculation and stems from the original statement from police Cmdr. Ben Horner. No evidence has arisen thus far that there was an eyewitness to this alleged behavior. So "was attempting" is hogwash and a horrible device used to blame this 6-year old boy for his own death. Also included in this Associated Press article (published late Tuesday) is a quote from Keanaaina. She told KGO-TV, "[The male dog] played with kids, very obedient, he was never allowed in the house, stayed right at the door, so we never had any problems with him at all." Furthermore, to eliminate the severity of the head injury that killed this boy, Rains stated that the dog's owner "believed the boy's injuries were not very serious and went to work before learning he had died."1
[jessica chavez landry] - Ha! Exactly,once a myth is out there its hard to stamp out... I like your anti pittie report though... kids are NOT to be left alone with any dog who is stressing, I teach my kids to watch the dog before touching one, any dog, look and see if he freezes, watch that he is looking at, if he is staring at your hand back off.... anyway, the fact is there is bad rap for the breed because of people like you, you have probably never met a pit. If I call my news station and say my Chihuahua bit me and I want them to cover it, they will laugh at me, if I say it was a pit I wont get them off my lawn for 3 weeks...
[daisy-clare hayes] - Was just telling my mum that a few days ago, you'll never hurt a kid with a rottie or pitty
[tabitha parkhouse] - Ugh, and that's the problem. While I'm not a fan of Pits, too many parents think "surely THEIR dog won't attack" Guess what, its an animal! Never leave your young child alone with one!! I own two German Shepherds, had them since they were puppies and would never leave them alone with a young child/baby. Why? Because I'm a responsible pet owner! It takes one small thing to set an animal off, whether it is out of fear or aggression, and a child is mulled.
[rey manalang] - that what they were bred for, to protect nurseries
Weird Facts: Pit Bulls were once known as "nanny dogs" because of how kind and protective they were of child - 50th Comments
[charles misterka] - Everybody loves them Until they kill a family member or one of your animals Or rip your child to shreds it does not matter of the owner They are terrible animals
[jay rex] - The dogs a reflection of the owner
[douglas nicholson] - Well they got the right idea. ;P
[tiana kuupilialoha] - My cousins had the sweetest red nose pit bull. He was almost like there other little brother. He used to follow them around when they were playing, and even let them ride his back like a horse. It was hilarious. The type of owners really does make a big difference.
[lee marion] - It's not the breed, it's the owner. My dad has a pit and he's a big baby
[kaitlynne moss] - My pits are the best dogs I've ever owned
[eddie herman] - what ya mean "were" they still are my dog would always be good around people of all ages and his mom, dad, bros, and sisters are the same way...cats are a different story though lmao
[linda gamman] - It the way u raise them
[tommy moose] - My Pitt bull is like dat too loveable animals
[kierra melody ann] - My two pit bulls are like that too protective animals
[brenda henson] - That's hard to believe for some people.....but it's true !
[blair brooke lucas] - Amy Johnson McDaniel trust me that is not a good sign ..
[miranda clock] - So sad of what people make pit bulls out to be
[lindsay domingue sylvester] - Pit bulls are dangerous because they are big and extremely strong! A sweet beagle we had bit our baby and it had been raised with nothing but love. The difference was when my son got bit by a small dog there was just a scratch but if it had been a pit he would have fared a lot worse!
[sarita takru] - Now they are banned in the US of A. Anyone who has them is punishable under law and their animal police culls the pups. So sad.
[tone loc romanoski] - you guys act like the dog told you "I did it for no reason" ha stupid people stop being prejudice against dog breeds I bet all you whi say pits are dangerous are probably racist too grow up and learn to love
[cynthia m luczkowiak] - never knew that--how cool.
[douglas hansen] - Charles misterka.... Wow, you are ignorant. I bet you know nothing about pittbulls.
[lisa cantrell-willis] - Kids will be kids just like animals will be animals both are unpredictable and I don't put that much confidence in either to allow my children around these animals.
[jarrett van drunick] - It is staffies that were nanny dogs
[searcy martinez] - Good luck finding a Dalmatian, cocker or chihuahua that doesnt have a health/behavior issue
[searcy martinez] - Not just bad owners, but bad breeding has nearly destroyed a wonderful breed of dog. Any "popular" dog ends up being overbred for money.
[lonnie joe clark] - Still are best dog to own
[lucy romero] - We have 3 dogs. Our Pitbull x is the most gentle giant on the planet! He wouldn't harm a fly! It's the two little dogs who are aggressive. The little turds! Lol
[amy johnson mcdaniel] - Well iv had nothing but pits and they have always took care of the kids to where I couldn't even spank or get loud at one of my kids
[kaile medina] - When I went to the shelter a few months ago to adopt another all the pits had sad eyes wishing for someone to take them... If my one dog I already had like pits I would have adopted one... There was so really adorable ones
[shannon michelle coley] - Fornthengirlmwho said they eat babies with no provocation, let me say this. It boils down to the owners, no matter the issue at hand. Children should never be left alone with any breed. And intoducing a baby into the house is a huge deal again, for any breed. The media just does blow up Poodle bites like they do pibbles. Educate yourself before you make statements like that. My min-pin will try to eat your face, with no hesitation. My 90lb mix wouldnt harm a fly.
[jessica chavez landry] - I don't "like" pits, I don't have one, because I can only have 2 dogs, I have a hard headed chiwinnie who is been with me for 8 years and a lab mix... I love all dogs... I just dont discriminate =)
[april jenkins weide] - I don't like them
Only because 2 of my nieces have been attacked by them one girl was 2 and in my sisters arms when the Owner of the pit was being held and he but my nieces face and took her nose off. My other niece was riding her bike ad that big grown pit broke his chain and drug her off into the woods she has had 15 surgery a for the damage that was done to her legs face and arms.
[juan romero] - They still are it's just society and the bad owners that make pitbulls dangerous dogs
[pablo trejo] - Until Michael Vick got ahold of them
[jessica chavez landry] - About the one that the dog got loose from its chain, thats obviously an abused dog!!!!!!!!!! Living in a chain, its neglect!
[euripides e. kokolakis] - were? They still are!
[azucena zamora] - Mary N Edgar Sanchez
[jarrod compton] - Until they were bred to hunt boars
[marvin bowe] - You are usually pretty accurate. But, this one is just a lie, unless when you say "once known" you are referring to a 1971 interview with a Pit lover.
[susan harris-whidden] - Once!?!?!?!?!?! They still are!!!!!!!!!
[douglas hansen] - Did you also know that stupid people genuinely believe they are smarter?
[charlotte n james shires] - Its how you raise them
[charlotte n james shires] - Blame the owner not the breed any dog can bite
[douglas hansen] - "Where of children?!"
You need to change that tense to, "are"!
[clarence jordan] - Any dog can be train to be mean but pits are GREAT dogs!!!
[gloria cruise] - They still are!(: I love them ♥♥
[searcy martinez] - Pits aren't for everyone just like long haired dogs aren't for everyone....if you aren't willing to put the time and effort in to having them, don't get one. Any pet you choose should be thought through and researched. Pits can be amazing or awful.
[jazmyn douglas] - I love pit bulls
[traci queenofcoatesville mitchell] - A pitbull bit my freaking. 3 YEAR OLD grandsons face and scalp
[jennifers dampier-terrill] - Pits are so sweet I have one that is so loveable he is a blue nose pit
[emily wendel] - They are still considered that
[antonio aguero] - wild animals shoot them all.
[katie bakker] - http://voices.yahoo.com/why-staffordshire-bull-terrier-called-nanny-7796390.html
Weird Facts: Pit Bulls were once known as "nanny dogs" because of how kind and protective they were of child - 100th Comments
[courtney björnson] - No. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known as Nanny Dogs...
[krystal sepulvado lee] - I wonder what happened. Maybe it just depends on how the dog is raised like if it is raised around children maybe it will be.. surely all pit bulls can't be bad..
[amber shehulk hale] - I miss mine. They were my kids nanny.
[yolanda pringle] - I have a silky terria but would love a pit :) its just how yu rise it that's all.
[carol saxton shaw] - mine is. is bc i raised him like that he is eli. he is a good babysitter(nanny) wit my girl.dont let her do something she isnt supposed to do and will bite if he thinks she is threatnd got him when she was 4 she is 9 now and he is still the same!
[morgan paige jent-dillon] - I miss me put bull
[tapenisha vea] - No true fact thats y i like pitbulls
[jessica chavez landry] - Omg talk about ignorance!! Absolutely false!! They were not bred for that!!! Dog fighting is relatively new, much newer than the breed!
[jill huhn] - Our family's gets along just fine with our nephews :)
[crissy hebert adams] - Hunting dogs naturally hunt because it has been bred into them. Only the best hunters were bred for the next generation. Herding dogs herd because it has been bred into them. Sadly pit bulls have been bred by bad owners to be aggressive. They are prone to aggression because these street thugs will continue to breed the most aggressive dogs and kill or abandon the docile ones. So yes it is bad owners but they have ruined the breed as a whole. A retriever can be trained to heard but its natural instinct is to retrieve. And it will do so even though it has been trained to herd. It is up to real put bull lovers to save and even reinvent their breed.
[nanikkia nikki mack] - @ Logan kicks rocks buddy..its my opinion! Stop catching feelings! I say what I want! Smh..:)