I'm no breeder or vet, just an everyday average Joe, so my opinion is all I have. At any rate I've had several different breeds of dogs, purebred and crossbred, mixed and muts.
My favorite without question was my American "Pitbull" Staffordshire Terrier.
I got him when he was six weeks old, the last of his litter, he circled me and plopped his brick like head on my foot. In essence he picked me, I didn't pick him.
My son was newborn at the time so we kept the puppy pretty much at bay when baby was around. but after short period of time baby was in walker and puppy abit bigger they could kinda chase each other around and "bond".
My son adored the dog for years and they were very close.
Actually my son could sit on the dog and ride him like a horse till he was about , was fun to see this.
Anyway the dog was quite protective of my son as I am and needless to say, no one, but no one ever got too close to my son without being forwarned by "his" guardian that "you try to hurt this kid and you gonna get bit".
Over the years the dog became more protective of other kids that were around as well and he seemed to know who was "okay" and who was not.
Deep loud bark and will definately make you aware someone is near or god forbid in your home, but he will protect you and yours with his life.
My source is my own personal experience, I know people have bad ideas about Pitbulls, but any dog can be made to be mean if you mistreat it.
· 1 decade ago