For every person who says that you can judge a pit bull's temperment on "how they're raised" (meaning dogs raised in good environments, or from a puppy = good and all other dogs = bad) read this.
If you can't be bothered to click through, I'll give you the highlights:
- The Vick dogs were fighting dogs. They were horrifically abused not only in the fighting ring, but at the hands of their owners.
- When Vick was busted, the dogs who were still alive were taken into custody. For six months, those dogs had little interaction, affection, even sunlight.
- With time, patience, and the knowledge and understanding of the breed, rescuers like Bad Rap and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary were called in to evaluate the dogs. This had never been done, because, after all "it's how they're raised" right? But the animal evaluator in the case thought they deserved a chance, and Judge Henry Hudson agreed.
- While the dogs had issues, most had workable issues. And with that, the dogs were taken in by multiple rescues. They had, after years of horror and months of isolation, a soft place to land.
- Many of the Vick dogs have gone on not only to be great family pets that get along with other dogs, but breed ambassadors and therapy dogs that work with children, seniors, and the like.
It's not "all how they're raised." They survived years of torture at the hands of human beings, and yet these dogs still love every human they meet.
This is why I have a pit bull.