Black labs vs. pitbulls

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Doggy dog

Griffin, GA

#1 Feb 7, 2013
I have always been a huge fan of Labradors, especially black labs. My first dog as a child was a black lab. He was stolen out of our back yard when he was two. Twenty years later, I am wanting another one. I recently brought this up to a few friends and a couple of them actually said that I might as well buy a pitbull. They said labs are just as bad, if not worse, than a pit. I did some research to see what others around the world had to say concerning this topic but was curious as to what some would say on topix. Go ahead and buy a lab? I've always felt comfortable around one and have never seen one as aggressive as a pit. I have felt very uncomfortable arounds pits though & have witnssed agression. As gorgeous as they may be, I could never own one. Oh any why is it the black labs seem to be the aggressive ones, supposedly, and not the chocolate or yellow?
Jenna

Griffin, GA

#2 Feb 7, 2013
I have owned three black labs in my lifetime. All three of my labs were my babies. Super loyal to me, my family, and friends. However, the second lab that I owned, he was very much a protector. I did not raise him or treat him any different than my other two. That kind of tells me that it's in the blood line. I recieved him as a 13th birthday gift. He was the English Labrador (there are two, the American & the English). My other two have been American labs. Could this even be the difference? I don't know. Anyway, my 2nd black lab, the English, like I said was pretty aggressive but ONLY when it was he & I by ourselves and someone approached me that we did not know, like the UPS man one time LOL. However, if my father or another male that he knew was around me & my lab at the time when a stranger approached us, he would be 100% cool, calm, & collected. And this was only if the stranger were a man. Or, if it were just him out in the yard playing by himself or a male family member or friend was out there but I wasn't, he would play and lick the grim reaper himself if he walked into our yard. I felt that this was a very good & smart dog to be able to differentiate between a man & a woman stranger and between my father or other male family member being there with us. The first time it happened, it caught me off guard because he had never showcased this aggression ( I really didn't ever call it aggression, just looking out for his owner) until the UPS man showed up one day while I was bathing him outside by ourselves. I was holding onto his collar tightly while yelling at the UPS man "just throw the package on the ground." Lol I don't know if he would have ever went after him or if he was bluffing him to not come closer. The look on that poor mans face. I miss my boys protection. Not than I'm ever in any danger but he had two different barks, the I'm ready come feed bark that he had to do every day around 8 & 5 or the someone or something is out here that I don't know bark and it was a mean one. Sorry to be rambling on but god I miss him and feels good to talk about him lol. He never ever bit anyone. My other two however, the American labs, were & is big babies that wouldn't hurt a blessed flea. We had a pit as a little girl & my
Mom begged & begged my dad to get rid of him because she was scared of his aggression. He was my daddy's boy and was spoiled rotten. He was raised very good by us from a puppy until we had to put him down at 4 yrs old because he bit my grandfather & killed two of the neighbors little feist dogs all in the same day. To this day we have no idea why unless it is just the breed, which I'm starting to believe everyday & it's sad. My dad did see a black lab get the absolute best of a pit one time in a fight when a stray lab approached a neighbors yard with a pit. So I say buy the lab. They are so awesome but with any dog, treat them like you would want to be treated and you should have you a great dog on your hands. Good luck"
Batman

Griffin, GA

#3 Feb 7, 2013
Buy a Caucasian shepherd! Or a Presa Canario. Those 2 dogs would put a APBT & lab to shame.
Lorac

Pell City, AL

#4 Feb 8, 2013
I have a lot of friends with both types of dogs. I also have a friend with a small lap type dog.. both bark at strangers however it is hard to be afraid of the little dog.. I think if you raise a dog to be mean it will be mean, my friends with pits and labs treat their dogs well and they are both great dogs. I even have a friend with a Lab/pit mix the only thing you have to watch out for is his tail as he wags it when you pet him!!
LaForte Fan

Blue Ridge, GA

#5 Feb 8, 2013
Doggy dog wrote:
I have always been a huge fan of Labradors, especially black labs. My first dog as a child was a black lab. He was stolen out of our back yard when he was two. Twenty years later, I am wanting another one. I recently brought this up to a few friends and a couple of them actually said that I might as well buy a pitbull. They said labs are just as bad, if not worse, than a pit. I did some research to see what others around the world had to say concerning this topic but was curious as to what some would say on topix. Go ahead and buy a lab? I've always felt comfortable around one and have never seen one as aggressive as a pit. I have felt very uncomfortable arounds pits though & have witnssed agression. As gorgeous as they may be, I could never own one. Oh any why is it the black labs seem to be the aggressive ones, supposedly, and not the chocolate or yellow?
Think hard about adopting any dog instead of buying one. They are putting dogs down hand over fist at Animal Control -- both breeds and many others. They don't even take cats in because of the surplus population. If anyone thinks they can make a buck on breeding anything, they will.
Doggy dog

Hogansville, GA

#6 Feb 8, 2013
LaForte Fan wrote:
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Think hard about adopting any dog instead of buying one. They are putting dogs down hand over fist at Animal Control -- both breeds and many others. They don't even take cats in because of the surplus population. If anyone thinks they can make a buck on breeding anything, they will.
Oh I have thought very much about adopting a dog & I have been looking. I have my heart set on a lab right now though and thought about waiting To see if I could find one in a pound. I was just curious as to what some had to say about pits & labs. But I agree with you whole heartily.
good riddance

Ellijay, GA

#7 Feb 9, 2013
narcissist next door lets hers run and crap in elderly couple's yard when they're not home. you can have it.
LaForte Fan

Blue Ridge, GA

#8 Feb 9, 2013
Doggy dog wrote:
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Oh I have thought very much about adopting a dog & I have been looking. I have my heart set on a lab right now though and thought about waiting To see if I could find one in a pound. I was just curious as to what some had to say about pits & labs. But I agree with you whole heartily.
Find specific breed rescues at www.Petfinder.com
tucker

San Andreas, CA

#10 Apr 29, 2014
I hope this helps. I have been a lab owner my entire life I am an avid hunter so I've always had purebred as my bird dogs. Best dogs ever calm great with kids and very loyal. The only issue I've had was with my American chocolate lab. And he hands down was the best dog I have ever owned the only issue was he and I were extremely close and he was very very protective of me. Me and my dad one time were just wrestling around when I was about 12 and my dog startedgrowlin and ended up nipping my dad, he didn't bite him but he made damn sure that if he didn't stop "hurting" me he was going to f*** him up lol. That was the only time he ever got aggressive with a human but in his mind he thought I was hurt and he was going to protect me. No the second incident with him is a little more gruesome, so we are ranchers as well and have lots of farm animals, I was moving some goats one day and my dog was with me and this buck goat got very aggressive and started to ram me so I grabbed his horns and tried to move him, my dog thinking again I was getting hurt stepped in and latched onto the throat of the goat and started thrashing I knew he was serious due to the sounds of the goat I tried to get him off but it was no use he ended up by killing the goat and at that point my dad had to dispatch the dog because we have young siblings who I wrestle with and if he could do that to a goat than he can do that to a child but hands down I felt safe with that dog he was a great boy.

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