10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Pit Bulls Like Mickey

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JSeay
An American Staffordshire Terrier, one of several breeds often called a "pit bull."
Although Mickey the pit bull mauled 4-year-old Kevin Vicente, a judge decided this week to spare Mickey's life, amid outcry from many people who wanted to have the dog killed.

Many of the people who called for Mickey's head are misinformed or just plain wrong about the situation surrounding Mickey. Read on to find 10 things everyone should know about pit bulls, and dogs in general:

10.) "Pit bull" can refer to several dog breeds

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Dnheinsdorf
"Pit bull" is not a breed of dog. There is an American Pit Bull Terrier, but other dogs, like Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers can also be called "pit bulls." Mickey is said to be an American Bulldog mix, which falls under the broadest definitions of "pit bull."


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jcart058
jcart058

Haha #5 is so true! My pit will wag her tail even if a stranger like the UPS or FEDEX guy comes to the door and she just wiggles about saying "PET ME PET ME!". Pits are so human friendly and my pit has never made a negative gesture towards another human being.

Aida M. Scheck Medina
Aida M. Scheck Medina

I was deathly scared of them until Bella entered our lives many years ago. Bella is now gone but we now have 3 all rescues. I also volunteer at Sheriff Joe 's MASH which are dogs confiscated from abuse or fighting rings. I have worked with DMX ' S fighting dogs and many other pits at the MASH unit. Never been bit, growled or barked at. I work for the court system I have 3 pits of my own graduated from a Catholic school, graduated from college, I don't drink, do drugs or anything of the sort, I own my own home, paid off my car, so where does thug fit in? It doesn't best breed I've ever owned.

Cassondra Knight
Cassondra Knight

Larin Christensen you are part of the problem. Do you have a breeders license? Spay and neuter your pets people!

Cassondra Knight
Cassondra Knight

Any dog that is not socialized can become dog aggressive, any dog that gets beat will bow only to one master leaving other humans to be a threat. Other peoples children annoy everyone, when they are yours it's different so you cannot expect every dog to love them like they are theirs. It boils down to responsible ownership and supervision. If you don't have time to train and love an animal than you should understand the responsibility involved and not own one. Pits are amazing dogs and though some breeds require more time and training I have never met a dog I didn't like.

Adonica Cagle
Adonica Cagle

Best girl in the world! Had an American Bulldog. People would actually cross the road at times when I walked her. Happiest most loving girl ever. Right up to losing her battle with cancer. :(

Robert Seiler
Robert Seiler

For any other breed of dog I have never heard the "It's the owner" excuse as much as I have had for pits. Every time one of those dogs goes out of it's way to maul some one or another dog it is always the owner. The breed has a screw loose somewhere. Doesn't take much to dislodge it from it's place and off they go. No we cannot constantly blame the owner, not this many times and as long as people want.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Love them ! It's all about how their raised. It's up to the owner of the dog to raise them right. Bad dog bad owner. . . Just ask the dog whisper. Lol

Dana Teel
Dana Teel

This is an interesting read about 'bully' breeds... Remember, when a breed is overbred and mishandled (neglect, abuse or plain stupidity) aggression will happen. Just look at the statistics in this article. You will see why we hear more about them in the media than other breeds...there are MILLIONS more of them. Broken down by breed, you will see that 'pit type' dogs are less likely to be aggressors than some other breeds. This is a type of dog that is bred by certain people to serve as an ATM for the owner with no care for the future of the puppies being bred. It is the community's responsibility to not support backyard breeders and to reverse the overpopulation issues so that we will see less of these attacks by ANY breed. Before you go-off on me, please take a look at this link: http://www.dontbullymybreed.org/

Amy Degraaf
Amy Degraaf

love pitbulls great with adults and children

Everett Almond
Everett Almond

It was Not a Pit, But the dog I was attacked by was a Collie, and I held my Own till a Police officer arrived and put the dog down., I'm not sure I could have Held my Own with a Pit ! --Right or Wrong Some Breeds are Just to Dangerious . -------

Lisa Jensen
Lisa Jensen

I am fostering two pittie pups right now for Arizona Small Dog Rescue, they are loving, affectionate and soft souls. They are exposed to small dogs, children, noise, food sharing, love and haven't seen any aggression. They don't know they are Pitt Bulls....owners make them into the monsters that ANY dog could be. I trust dogs more than humans.....evil in some humans make aggressive animals look tame.

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

You act on your own its english make your case somewhere else my point is made! THIS ISNT ENGLISH CLASS AND I DONT CARE ABOUT CAPS! YOU DWELL ON SOME TRIVIAL SHIT MY FRIEND WAY TOO TRIVIAL~!~

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Your sentence structure makes my head hurt. You should question your English classes instead.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

You're an idiot. One example is not the rule, it is the exception.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

So James, you're saying that the poodle got aggressive and the pit defended its owner? Sounds like a good dog to me.

Justin Katz
Justin Katz

I know extremely loving and submissive Pits, but I've also seen Pits (that others told me were submissive and harmless) snap and attack another dog. I trust the breed less and I proceed with caution now - especially if I'm with my own dog.

Andrew Cyr
Andrew Cyr

Actually, you did say they are all that way... "Some breeds are just more aggressive than others" - your words.

Kal Varnson
Kal Varnson

LOVE LOVE them-especially my neighbors blue/red Bubba Kush, but also am keenly aware that I live because he is letting me :)

James Duke
James Duke

No assumption made here! I watched a "loving" Pit attack a very small white fluffy poodle in the park. There are Pits all over Honolulu and I see them going nuts all the time! Not to say that all are that way but I've seen enough to keep my kids away from them.

Andrew Cyr
Andrew Cyr

Larin, if you 'Love Em!!" So much, maybe you can stop breeding them and using the fathers origin to make money. Go down to the pound and see how many Bully breeds are in there that will never see the light of day. You are as much of the problem as the owners that are raising them wrong. James- educate yourself if you're going to post something like that. Look up the ATTS (American Temperament Test Society) and see where an American Pit Bull Terrier and a Standard Poodle rank. These ranking are based on test, not peoples assumptions (like yours)

James Duke
James Duke

About six months ago in Waikiki a young lady was walking her Pit Bull who was well mannered and loved. They came upon another man who was walking a fluffy white Poodle. The Poodle started yalping at the PIt and the Pit attacked the Poodle. I jumped off the park bench and tried to help but didn't want to get eaten by this "loyal and loving" dog that had the Poodle in his mouth. I had a football in my hand because I was playing catch with my youngest son before sitting to watch the sunset. So I threw the football as hard as I could and hit the Pit in the head. Then the owner of the Pit, this young lady, jumped on top of her dog and he let go of the Poodle. Afterward I spoke to both owners and the Pit Owner was in as much shock as the Poodle owner and exclaimed that her dog had never done anything like that before! Nature is nature and some breeds are just more aggressive than others. Anyone who thinks different isn't educated.

Ten Bears
Ten Bears

Pitbulls seem to me to be the only dog breed that has ever gone to the extreme and mauled or killed, why? Because they are PIT DOGS NUMBNUT PEOPLE THAT SAY, "OH MINE WOULD NEVER...."? PIT MEANS FIGHTING DOGS BRED TO FIGHT TO WIN I.DAMN E. KILL STOP LIFE POWERFUL JAWS MENTALITY TO USE THEM TO CRUSH BONES AND FOR THOSE TRYING TO MAKE METH OR DO OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES REALIZE WE KNOW WHY YOU HAVE THEM! WHATS WRONG WITH A DOCILE BREED AND YES SOME DOGS BITE MORE THAN SUSPECTED BUT THEY DO IT BECAUSE OF TREATMENT BY THE BITEE.

Marty Ercoline
Marty Ercoline

My pit mix is the best animal I've ever owned. He wouldn't hurt a flea. He gets along with every person and dog he sees. AND we picked him up from a rescue. Best dog ever

kuonzaa
kuonzaa

Pit Bull haters please list some expert opinions that support your claims

kuonzaa
kuonzaa

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Australia (RSPCA):


“The RSPCA does not support breed specific legislation, also known as BSL. Our view, based on the available international scientific evidence, is that any dog may be dangerous and that dogs should not be declared as dangerous on the basis of breed. While we recognise that there is a strong genetic component in a dog’s propensity for aggressive behaviour, their trigger point for aggression and capacity to inflict serious injury, these factors are NOT isolated to any specific breed. The RSPCA does not believe that BSL is in any way effective in preventing or reducing dog attacks or in protecting the public from dangerous dogs.”
(http://kb.rspca.org.au/What-is-the-RSPCAs-position-on-breed-specific-legislation_497.html)

kuonzaa
kuonzaa

The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) is an organization representing professional animal trainers and animal behavior specialists. The IAABC strongly opposes any legislation specifically designed to target or discriminate against dogs based solely on their breed or appearance. The IAABC does not believe that a dog poses a danger to society solely because of its breed. Dogs can become dangerous as a result of faulty socialization, inappropriate training, poor living conditions and other factors having nothing to do with breed. The IAABC believes that the objectives behind breed specific legislation can be met more effectively through rigorous enforcement and, when necessary, the strengthening of existing laws. We fully understand and support the need for laws to protect society, human and animal alike; however, our organization feels that any new legislation should be based on specific behaviors and actions and should not discriminate based on breed alone.

kuonzaa
kuonzaa

“The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructor, Inc. (NADOI) strongly opposes breed specific legislation which targets or discriminates against certain dogs based only on their breed or appearance. Such laws are unfair because they assume that a dog may be dangerous simply because of breed. In fact, it is almost always the behavior of the owners of these dogs which makes them a danger to others.


http://www.nadoi.org/position2.htm

kuonzaa
kuonzaa

“While supporters of Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) argue that the only way to be safe from dog bites is to eradicate “dangerous breeds” from the community, there is little evidence that supports BSL as an effective means of reducing dog bites and dog attacks. On the contrary, studies have shown that it is not the breeds themselves that are dangerous, but unfavorable situations that are creating dangerous dogs. Often, the very research that some cite as “support” for BSL actual argues for alternative, more effective means.”


http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/breed-specific-legislation.html

Larin Christensen
Larin Christensen

Love em!!! Have 8 puppies for sale too, father is a rescue from Michael Vick! Inbox me for details or with questions :)

Debbie Donnie Miles
Debbie Donnie Miles

Love them! Cookie & Daisy slept with our son every night! Instant connection & luv!

Amanda Mednansky
Amanda Mednansky

Marco, Mickey was actually an american bulldog mix. Nobody chose him over the child. He shouldn't be put to sleep because the adults weren't properly watching the poor kid. Only people were to blame in that situation. Even the judge mentioned that there are a lot of adults to blame. You should really educate yourself about pits before judging them. Any dog has the potential to bite if not raised right with proper training and socialization.

Bacilio Lopez
Bacilio Lopez

Hang that mutt.. It's a dog.. That kid is a human

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Pit Bulls are living assault weapons? Funny, my Pit has never massacred people at a mall, theatre, school or battlefield. Maybe I'm just lucky.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Shoot their owners first, then the pit. Problem solved with these vicious animals being raised the wrong way. These dogs are nothing more than living assault weapons for insecure people who believe they need an aggressive animal to protect their mediocre existence and property. The people who chose the pits life over the child who had his faced ripped off should be ashamed of themselves.

stuart.alexandra5
stuart.alexandra5

All rescue dogs are altered.. she is lying about the sire.. just trying to dump some BYB pups here

xAmericanPridex
xAmericanPridex

Pet owners are SUPPOSED to be responsible for pets just as parents or babysitters are SUPPOSED to be responsible for children. If you aren't able to control your pet or child, you shouldn't have it. Pets and children rely on their owners/parents/supervising adults to protect and teach them.

xAmericanPridex
xAmericanPridex

Yappy dogs annoy the hell out of me. Perhaps this yappy dog annoyed the hell out of that Pit Bull.

stuart.alexandra5
stuart.alexandra5

Get the fuck out here you lying pos BYB. You can't sell your mutts so you resort to a comment section in an online news article about irresponsible dog owners aka YOU.. try a Walmart parking lot. Breeding pound dogs is just so irresponsible  and unfair to the pups.

xAmericanPridex
xAmericanPridex

If anyone should be hanged it is the adults who stood there and let the kid run around a chained up Pit Bull and get attacked. That dog was in his own yard and on a chain. The kid invaded his space. He couldn't go farther than that chain would let him.

xAmericanPridex
xAmericanPridex

The adults who allowed that child to run around a chained up Pit Bull and get attacked are the ones who should be ashamed of themselves.

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