Military Ban on Pit Bulls & Big Dogs: Best for Families or Completely Cruel?

pit bull angel stand up for pitsAngel the pit bull makes a plea to the POTUSThis week, President Obama introduced the world to Sunny, the First Family's new dog and Bo's new playmate. But he's also making headlines for news related to a whole bunch of other dogs! The White House has come out against breed-specific legislation, or any regulations and laws that restrict ownership of dogs by breed. Pit bulls are usually the most common target. And ironically, one of the highest profile organizations to enact these sorts of bans is none other than the U.S. military ...

The Marine Corps bans "large dog breeds with a predisposition toward aggressive or dangerous behavior," including pit bulls, from on-base housing, and many Air Force, Army, and Navy installations have followed suit. ( has a list of bases and municipalities that have banned certain dog breeds.)

As if that wasn't enough, in Prince George's County, Maryland, pit bulls are banned altogether. According to the Maryland Dog Federation, those found within the county are usually either put down or donated to families in other areas. Ugh, horrible! No wonder the White House felt it necessary to speak out on this.

Families -- military or otherwise -- should be able to have whatever dog they want. The issue is not so much about the breed as it is about dog owners being responsible and informed. As the White House notes in their full statement, "The simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they're intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive." Sad, but true! In fact, the White house notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found it "virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds." Hello, that's definitely a case to keep the military and any other community from targeting specific breeds!

The solution, then, to guard against dog bites should be as the CDC suggests -- a "community-based approach," which would help "build stronger communities of pets and pet owners." Sounds like a win-win plan for every person -- and every dog.

What are your thoughts on the White House's statement and bans on specific dog breeds?


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nonmember avatar deku_stick

I have to say I agree with the bans. I know some people love pit bulls but I'm sorry, this breed of dog was originally bred to kill people. That is not it's use today but deep down these instincts are still there and this breed of dog is not welcome on my property. I feel bad for pit bulls but I do not like them.

nonmember avatar Lilac

Back in the 1920 and 1930's the pit bull was the dog who would babysit and guard your children and farm animals. But that all changed when some people started making dog fighting popular, Breeding only the most dangerous dogs, eventually evolving the pit into a status symbol of toughness though usually the owner is a big baby trying to seem tough and "gang". Because of there suppose "natural" ferocity its why low class people want them. Something similar happened when 101 dalmatians came out from Disney, there was an increase in demand of perfectly spotted dalmatian puppies and due to results of improper breeding 10% of all dalmatians are deaf, and this only happened in the few years after the movie came out.

ktobin2 ktobin2

Pit Bulls were NOT bred for killing They used to be called nanny dogs because they were so good with children and very protective. I've not once met a mean pit. The little rat dogs are more aggressive than pits.

nonmember avatar Lizzie Borden

Dogs were bred with a certain purpose and through selective breeding purebreeds retain the looks and instict to this day. Pit bulls were bred to be aggressive, it's in their nature. Unfortunately a bunch of know-nothings interested in profits have taken to breeding the dog now that they're so popular; thus producing dogs that lack any quality for a quick buck. These poor dogs attract a bunch of idiots who want a tough dog and they know nothing about being a caring or responsible pet owner. But you can't ban stupidity.

nonmember avatar Kim travise

As a proud owner of a pit bull/lab mix i say ban stupid people. If you could meet my dog you would change your attitude. No aggression ever, biggest sweetie ive ever had. Even bit once at a park by a larger dog n he put his tail between his legs n ran. Never even thought about biting back. Wasnt petie from the little rascals a pit bull? Everybody loved that dog.

redK8... redK8blueSt8

This isn't all that upsetting, all housing that isn't your own property has rules about the type of pet (if any at all) you're allowed to have. The apartment complexes around the military bases don't allow those dogs either. This is only worth mentioning because it's military? No. It's no different.

Debbie Bell

Pit bulls remain the choice of those who fight dogs because they are the best at wantonly attacking, maiming and killing dogs. Sometimes those instincts spill over into the pits attacking dog-sized humans (children). When those are not handy and instinct takes over, any victim will do.
It is a people problem: those people being those who breed these tragically handicapped dogs, dogs with centuries of heritage to attack for no reason, without first trying to avoid a conflict, then to not stop even if the victim submits, to not stop attacking even if suffering personal severe injury.

Not all pits are "good" pits but if a pit does suddenly become a "good" pit, we won't know until it's too late, as good pits do not give warning, they just attack. This trait was/is essential for pits to be THE fighting dogs, and pits are the best.

Ban pit breeding and sale. Pits are victims too. Let's stop making more victims.

Michelle Murray

Pitbulls were NEVER "bred" to kill people and they are nit bad dogs, what makes them bad is how they are raised by their owners. I have had pits and I have had Rotties..I love rotties and plan on getting another one but they too have a bad rep once again only because of the people who raise them

Rebecca Surratt

Its all about the owners. i have had 3 boxers one of them had to be put down because he aggressive and i didn't raise him. his pervious owners did and when he got to be to much they got rid of him. NONE of my dogs that I raised are like that. I would like to own a pit one day but because today most are bred for fighting I wont get one or trust is. Sorry pooch I know its not your fault. I just cant risk it!

DeAnna Pendleton-Dawson

I call bull. My pit, Bella, is the sweetest thing on the planet. My 2 year old daughter has pulled her lips from her teeth, pulled her tail and ears, sat on her, and rode her around the house like her personal horse. Never once has she ever growled, barked, or attempted to even snip at my kids. She's a big dog who has a "I'm really smaller than I look and I swear I can fit in your lap" personality who loves to meet new people. She's never growled or acted aggressively toward friends who've come over either. Our only problem is that she is a jumper. She is always overly excited to say hello to a new person. The lovely people at the shelter we adopted her from said the poor thing was thrown from a car. We gave that beautiful girl a great home and family who loves her. I've so far never met an aggressive pit and I've had many family and friends who've had them. It all depends on how you raise them. I've seen labs who became aggressive because they didn't know love. Stop hating.

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