I was really quite upset with the two of them for getting this dog without my permission. The only thing I can think of is maybe the neighbor was a little "too comfortable" around the dog. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 23, 2013: Hello Valerie! Any dog, purebred or mixed, can be trained to be aggressive. Pit bull is a blanket term. Inside Nanny Dogs Dog Pitbulls Pitbull TerrierPin On Life In The Good Old Days And Hard TimesPit Bull Terriers As Nanny […] I believe that Pitt Bulls are a big strong dog that will do anything to please their families. You see that the female pit is more protective. But sh** happens when you don't expected so at least be vigilant and hopefully your dog won't kill you when you get home and feed them like hers did. I hate that pit bulls get a bad rep.My pit bull was the most loving and loyal dog I ever owned. Thanks so very much! They could “Turn” at one year or ten years or they may be in the 35% where they will never “Turn.” But the chances of them “Turning” is so high, why even consider having an extremely possible liability such as a Pit Bull?! 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. People Are Afraid of my Pit Bull: What Can I Do? I wont let at of these breeds around my kids. The only defense owners of Pit bulls have is that Pit bulls, like vampires, “Turn” only when the owners miss treat them. While pitbull-type dogs have been enjoyed by families for generations in both English and United States history, there’s no evidence that they actually cared for children like nannies. Hello Grinning Gremlin! 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. Some spend many years living in kennels because nobody wants to waste time getting licenses and following procedures. Pit bulls were actually BAIT dogs, used to bait bulls, (hence the name), and large animals. The Facts: There is no such thing as a "locking jaw" - no dogs (of any breed or type) have physical characteristics in their jaw that would cause or allow them to "lock" their jaws. These dogs were probably giving cues the owners didn't know how to recognize and due to that it went from subtle cues to an outright attack. ), learn canine body language and watch for cues (learn those subtle ones! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a well established breed in America, although its origins are British. No signs of aggression or any other issues until the day the roommate came home and found the dogs killed her. They have disfigured and dismembered attack victims more often than not. If I could attach a pic of my sweetheart 60 pound pit in my lap right now I would! It was stated that during the 19th century that pitbulls were used as nanny dogs. Lawmakers seem very reluctant to pass laws based on this, despite how much it influences dog behavior. See more ideas about Pitbulls, Nanny dog, Cute animals. Lola is the sweetest dog you'll ever meet. These are usually the type of people that own the pit bulls that are trained to be aggressive. . share. Luckily, I had not walked very far from the door and was able to get back inside quickly. They seem to really appreciate being rescued. FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on September 29, 2012: Great, informative hub! Simply put, such dogs cannot safely be kept in an urban or suburban environment. I don't know how to explain the dog's behavior, at least with the neighbor, except for his breeding. The majority of attacks involve pit bulls, or pit bull mixes. This first strain was originally used for guarding and dogfighting. Have a prosperous 2013! That was the moment I realized it's not always the owner. Princess Belle 🐶👸🏼 and her best friend Stone 👶🏼 I’ve never seen another breed of dog be that gentle and mindful of a baby before. This is because Newfoundland Dogs are also said to be nanny dogs in that they meet these requirements of being particularly protective and affectionate towards children. :). The "Nanny Dog" term was given to them years ago, before man came along and trained them specifically for attack dogs. All discrimination is wrong and needs to be illegal. You would laugh until your sides hurt if you could see Lola and Audi playing together, they are quite the odd couple! 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. Again the only answer is “Those who are so blind that they refuse to see the truth.”. :). He LOVED playing with children; he was never once aggressive, and it was sad to see people not want to even get near him because of their misconceptions. During the 19th century, people considered Pit Bulls to be the best breed for babysitting children. At first I was very leery of her because of her breed but oh how I was wrong. That is probably how most serial killers evolved. I really started doing some research about the pitt bull dog and really learned a lot. Anytime you have a animal that is not used to children, you should take extra precaution. There are four breeds that fall under the "pit bull" umbrella: The most common breed is the American Pit Bull Terrier. But he could not be around any other dogs. My baby is the sweetest baby and most protective dog I've ever met. The criminal type of people are going to have to stop abusing and training these dogs to be aggressive. I wanted to share some positives! The UKC was then created specificity for APBT's. Yes, with the wrong person and with the wrong upbringing this dog can be dangerous. It is true there is little evidence to support how official the term nanny dog is when it is used in terms of Pit Bull type dogs. Besides, there are FAR more sweet pit bulls than not, figuring the numbers of them across the world. I would love to see these horrible owners get the same fate as they have imposed on their poor dogs. :). Thank you for your kind comment, it is always appreciated. 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. Theresa Ventu from Los Angeles, California on April 02, 2013: I am surprised that Pitbull's were considered as nanny dogs before. I agree, as long as they are treated right, they are great pets. He is so soft. When we got him, he was emaciated - we could count each individual vertebrae in his spine. 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. As friendly as any dog is, young children can often be unaware of how their actions can affect the dog. The people before him has neglected and tethered him. They protect the children as if they were blood related, just as a nanny would do for their charge. In the early 1900s, pit bulls were given the title of “Nanny Dog." It is likely they were the children's pets, but it is not conclusive to determine from only a photo. In Spain, for instance, it is only permitted to have a Pit Bull Terrier if the adopting party has a license, insurance and puts a muzzle on their pet when they walk it down the street. They sure don't deserve the bad reputation they have. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 06, 2012: Hi Eddy! 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. But you have read it and that’s important because it may get you on the road to real deep truthful research. ), understand that not all dogs like other dogs (and that goes for any breed) so they're not abnormal if they don't want "doggie friends," be a responsible owner...make sure your dog is properly contained - and leashed if it's out and about with you, put your dog through a canine good citizen training course, keep your dog under control (if you can't, don't ignore it, seek help), don't let your dog roam, neuter and spay your dogs, if you have a dog that's aggressive with you or strangers (ANY breed...seek the help of a professional and keep that dog away from people), if you have a dog that's a problem with aggression with other dogs - keep it away from other dogs, muzzle it when you're out with it and see if a trainer can help (with some dogs it's so ingrained in their breeding it can only be managed) and realize, if you have a dog that doesn't have it's wires crossed right (is badly bred) it may not be able to be rehabilitated (and as I said, this goes for ANY breed, or mix for that matter) and you must do the responsible thing. I appreciate you writing the noble history of this beautiful animal. 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. Now, these people are training pitties to attack and kill whatever comes near. I agree, this is a sad statement about people and not the dogs! It is so true that how animals are treated impacts the level of trust they have in humans. I think they can be trained and some are naturally. However, this is because being a nanny dog isn't an official thing. So folks, when you say that your pitbull pet is very docile I do believe you, he is like that because you gave him love, not aggression. It's just a shame that some of them have been mistreated and abused to the point that they are no longer good. 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. He was terrified of bicycles, skateboards, and trailers. Testicles don't make a dog kill other animals and humans. Our article on names for Pit Bull dogs will help if you do want to adopt. Alicia Foley from Connecticut on January 24, 2013: Pit bulls are a misunderstood and tortured breed. When I was eleven years old, I would meet him every day when I went to see my friend, Leslie. An important study released in 2013 showed that considerations such as poor socialization, lack of neutering or abuse are the most important reasons for a dog attack[6]. I have owned many breeds, pit bulls included...it's wise to always do your homework. Give me a break. He had never been for a walk, so we had to teach him how to walk on a leash. Pitbulls created with aggression and Pitbulls created only with love have both been the villains in dog attacks, killing strangers or their own owners, always with no warning, no barking, just run and kill. 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