I have always felt it is both but mainly how the dog is raised ...
i'm sure that most people who own pits would say its how you raise them and to some degree that might be true but i remember readin an article on vicious dog bites about 20 years ago and the most vicious breed as far as vicious bites goes was pit bulls .. and by quite a wide margin .. i think if my memory serves me well (and sometimes it does and sometimes it don't ) pit bulls accounted for more than half of all vicious dog bites .. so that would lead you to believe are all the pit owners or at least half of them bad owners if its only a matter or upbringin ?? i'd have to say probably no .. they are a pretty popular breed tho so that could account for the number bein so high ..but to combine all the breeds and still have the pit bull have more than 50% of all vicious attacks ?/ that does say somethin is goin on ..weather its inbreedin or just bad tempered dogs i don't know as i'm not a dog breeder .. i've owned a few dogs in my life but never a pit bull .. and for this very reason i don't think i'd ever reconsider .. i had a girlfriend who had one and it was a good dog tho so i couldn't condemn the whole breed .. the second highest dog in the ratins for vicious attacks was a chow and i've had 3 chow mixes and they've all been good dogs so maybe its the mix that helps ?? i can't say for sure .. and third on the list believe it or not was a cocker spaniel and i'd never want one of them .. ever .. i don't think i've ever met one that didn't have a nasty temperment .. not that i've met that many but a half a dozen or so is enough for me to form my opinion ..
My brother had two pitties, and after just a few minutes with them I was rolling around on the floor with them like they were my own. They were just as sweet and affectionate as any other breed of dog I've encountered, and one of them in particular so adored children that I'm sure he would have given his life to protect even a stranger's child. An old neighbor used to have a Rottie whom he ignored and neglected. Did the dog become mean ? No, he was the most desperately affectionate dog I've ever seen, a gallant and noble beast who wanted more than anything in the world to love someone and be loved back.
Dogs represent both everything good and everything bad about people, not dogs - There are no "bad" breeds, there are simply breeds that have been bred to do different things, and being a lap dog isn't always one of them - And blaming the breed for that is the same as blaming the counter help at McDonald's for not serving filet mignon.
Dogs give us their all, and we have in return warped some of them almost beyond recognition, as it suited our legitimate needs or most base desires. A damaged dog can be mean, sure, but you're more likely to be attacked by a screwed-up human than you are a screwed-up dog - Screwed-up people who, of course, will always expect mercy and compassion for themselves, but cheerfully demand the death penalty for a dog.
my asshole neighbor promised me my dog would die from rat poison in summer,the 1st day of summer,my dog died from rat poisoning,the asshole vet would not go to court,so I was s.o.l.,for a little while,is all i'm sayin'.that was 3 summers ago.and my asshole neighbor won't or can't look at me.i just remember after it happened,he had a lot of trouble walking for a while,(I don't know what happened to him) R.I.P.Budman.
my neighbor sits on his deck all day drinking and chain-smoking,a total waste of life.every once in a while I hafta go over and straighten him out for beating his own dog (he has a beautiful miniature Doberman),he never walks it or plays with it,i don't know why,he has all the time in the world.
Good riddance to both your neighbors. Flipper, why don't you just take yer ratbag neighbor's dog ? Sounds like he won't even miss it. (I would. Hell, I wouldn't be able to stop my fiancee from grabbing that pup, if he was our neighbor.)
I know he's being investigated( idon't know if 'm allowed to say this,) because the piece of garbage is always yelling at his little girl (she's about 7 or 8 y/o),i never saw him hit his daughter,i think i'd lose it if I saw him hurt her.his wife gets loaded and yells at all the neighbors.it was a nice quiet place before they moved in just over 4 years ago.
awwww man chief thats one of the saddest stories i ever heard about a dog .. i think i woulda kept that dog .. i woulda paid the owner for it but i woulda thought that was fate somehow.. i suppose there are exceptions to every rule and that may have just been one of them ..
and i'm sorry to hear about your dog flipper .. i had a sammy that died from bein poisoned .. i never did find out who did it or even why , i have my suspicions tho .. but you can't act on suspicions .. it breaks your heart tho .. i can so relate ..