We have several "bully" breeds in our neighborhood (two look like staffordshire terriers, two like big brindle boxers, and one I know is an English mastiff). I have never seen them do anything remotely aggressive towards me or my dog. Most of the time they seem to barely notice us walk by.And that sucks. I'm really sorry. But you know what also sucks? Not being able to leave my apartment or keep my own dog because of*irresponsible, bad owners. *Also, the pitbulls who I've noted were aggressive towards me were not owned by thugs, gangsters or overly macho jerks. They were owned by a father of two who adopted the perfect family dog, *a graduate students who proudly told me all about the sweetheart pit-mix she rescued, and an older man who had owned several dogs prior to his scottie-pit mix respectively.
The dogs I'm most nervous about when we walk? A lab mix, a springer spaniel, an Irish setter, and a golden retriever (mix?). In all instances, I consider the owner are responsible for the behavior of their dogs. IMO, a dog who snarls and lunges at passers-by should not be left unattended in the front yard (when a perfectly useable back yard exists).
It is very unfortunate that this is true. To show that this doesn't always happen, I'll share my bad experience. As a child, I was bit by a German shepherd puppy (I could write an entire post on what went wrong in that situation). I'm still nervous around large, unattended dogs, but if I could provide the right home, I'd have a GSD in a heartbeat.Unfortunately, one bad experience with a dog of any breed can turn someone against that breed and it takes many many more good experiences to counter a single bad one; even if the good experiences are the more typical or true to form for the dog breed.
A woman in our neighborhood has a border collie and a chow that we often see on our walks. I'm always impressed at their amazingly good behavior - my goal is for my dog to be as well-behaved. Katie, my dog, stops in front the their house to look for the "pretty dogs."Interesting thread. I have no real Pit experience but since adopting Lela last year, have definitely encountered Chow bias. She's not purebred, but even anti-BSL dog people we've run into will kind of grimace when I mention she's part Chow. The good news for Pits is that they are getting great press via responsible dog owners, advocacy groups, TV shows (Pit Boss, Pit Bulls & Parolees, etc) but Chows... jeesh! I have yet to encounter anyone who has anything nice to say about the breed. ANYONE.