Are Pit Bulls safe around children?

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mommaxxdukes
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Are Pit Bulls safe around children?

Last month I rescued a 2 yr old stray PitBull.. He was very Dog aggressive and was diffficult to walk..within 2 wks of being in my home he started going after one of my 10 yr old twins(special needs child ADHD).. I spoke with the shelter regularly in regards to his behavior and they wanted me to return him to the shelter. I reluctantly did.. and I just found out they had him put down.. My kids loved him and we are very heartbroken..

When I had gone to the shelter to see ow he was doing and found out they put him down I saw a beaautiful 4 month old female PitBull.. I would like to take her home but am a bit apprehensive.. I dont think my kids can take another devastating loss.. I am not afraid of PitBulls, I think they are the most loving animals.. Just from the 2 wks we spent with the former dog I dont think I have ever met a more beautiful loving animal and do not understand where his aggression came from.   My family says they will not visit if I adopt a PitBull and that I should find a safer breed... I dont agree with them but they have me thinking maybe I am wrong.. I would really appreciate any info...

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I can't speak for all pits, obviously, however, I can tell you that a pit being agressive towards children is the exception, not the rule.  I would guess that the pit you adopted was traumatized or not socialized appropriately as a puppy.  I have a 9, 7 and 6 year old and a 1 year old nephew.  My 70 lb, 1 year old pit is FANTASTIC with them.  Sometimes he gets a little bit excited and accidentally knocks them over, but,  as far as his temperment goes, I've never owned a better kids dog!!! Pitties have a high pain threshold.  They are VERY tollerant (as a GENERAL rule) to ear, leg and tail pulling etc.  They aren't usually nippy and high strung like many smaller, less resilliant breeds can be.  I would say that you would would have excelent luck with a puppy.  Also, pits are very loyal and many people with special needs enjoy them because they add a sense of security, stability and stedfastness.  They are also very attentive to their owners' needs, if trained properly.  Make sure you train her well. Also, be prepared for your children to have a life long "partner-in-crime!" ;)  Kaos goes EVERYWHERE our kids go (including down slides, to parades and swimming in the lake,) and he gets heart broken if he can't.