I am very much opposed to enacting breed-specific legislation. I have been involved with raising and breeding pit bulls since I was 6 and I am 41 now. I have friends that have had Staffordshire terriers since puppies and raised them around their children as babies. The children could do anything they wanted to the dog, pull its ears or tail, even lay on them and use them for a pillow and the dogs did nothing. Except maybe lick them and wag their tail.
I believe it's not the dog that is vicious; I believe it is the dog owner who takes care of the dog. It's how you raise the animal, if you raise it mean and vicious or to fight that is the way it will be. If you raise it to be protective and loving it will be loyal and loving.
When a dog bites, what caused it to bite? Was it possible the dog was being abused or felt threatened? Also dogs sense fear. If a person shows fear, it could cause the dog to attack. Not all breeds of dogs are vicious but I am aware that little dogs can be vicious, too. I know a woman who was attacked by a Chihuahua and the dog ripped skin tissue and shattered bones. Does that mean we will add that breed to the list? I think not.
All dogs bite, I don't believe they should make only certain breeds exclusive to this. My father had at least six pit bulls that he championed out in dog shows in which he won numerous awards and ribbons. Having a pit bull is the same as having a beagle or a American Eskimo - how you raise it determines its attitude and disposition.
Susanne L. Rosch