And a breed you should change your mind about: the pit bull
Where you’ve heard of it: In December 2007, football player Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his involvement in a dogfighting
ring. He used mostly pit bulls in his fights.
Many people think pit bulls are mean and attack people at every turn. But these dogs were bred to be trustworthy, friendly and reliable around children, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Most pit bulls are loyal and affectionate. A dog isn’t dangerous just because of its breed―the likelihood a pup will bite depends on many factors, such as its level of socialization and obedience training, whether it has been trained for fighting, its genetic makeup, the quality of care and supervision its owner gives and whether the dog has been spayed or neutered, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Source: Lisa Peterson, director of club communications for the American Kennel Club