And now, a pit bull snarfling baby chicks

You know? Why the heck not. Can’t a pit bull lick some chicks if he/she wants to?

I know it’s bad for the pit bull image, but…

Tastes like chick-kons, Amy C….

// UPDATE — and thanks for filming this, TexasGirly1979! //

Comments

  1. oh dear. it shall haunt my nightmares. ;-)

  2. Aww, cuteness! I want a pile of chicks to snorgle!!

  3. Awwww! So sweet!

  4. Rosalynde says:

    snuffle snuffle sniff snort snuffle . . .

  5. I’m skeerd. Hold me.

  6. Licking or tasting?

  7. Andrea|Nash says:

    Breeds may have tendencies, but indviduals have personalities – grown fomm many things – environment, genes, and nurturing. However, I’ll still cross the street when I see a pit bull coming…

  8. Ummm. Pastels? I was just getting used to the other.

  9. That Pittie has a very confused look on his face…”Do these nuggets taste funny?”

  10. ohnonichole says:

    i think those chicks believe big boy there is their momma.

  11. FortunateFeline says:

    It’s not at all bad for the Pit Bull image. If you look at the big guy’s head he has a bunch of old mange scars and probably flea bites. He was most likely a dog bred to fight until he was rescued.

    Pit Bulls score higher than Cocker Spaniels and Chihuahua’s on behavior tests. They are loveable and wonderful animals. I’ve never met a pit I didn’t love instantly, and I don’t own dogs.

    Pits are gentle and kind. They get a ridiculous rep.

  12. Very cute and the pitty seems very gentle with them… but I held my breath waiting for the “Chomp”…

  13. That is officially the cutest thing I have ever seen.

    This morning.

    I love it.

  14. girlnextdoortn says:

    why no “interspecies snorgling”?

  15. I’m for anything that ruins the pit bull “image.” I’ve never known one to be bad that was owned and raised by reponsible people. They are wonderful dogs, and yes, they can be very cute, too.

  16. SeaBreeze says:

    Oooh sooo cuuuute!

    Good doggie! Lurve and snuffle those chickies, but no eats. =)

  17. Love it love it LOVE IT.

    And for GirlNextDoorTN — oversight corrected. ;)

  18. AuntieMame says:

    He might be a rescue and that might be mange and flea scars, but if it had been bred for fighting (and/or had actually done any fighting), most responsible rescuers would have put him down.

    Still, he’s a cute dog. Each lick sends the chick flying about six inches away from its previous position.

  19. Years ago I had a pit bull named Rosie. She was my lap dog and the love of my life. Before my daughter was born relatives all said that I HAD to get rid of Rose or she’d eat the baby. But Rosie was my first baby and there was no chance in hell that would happen. Turns out that she was patient and maternal with my daughter and tolerated all kinds of baby poking and prodding. One of the first words my daughter ever said was “gentle” meaning she had to be gentle with Rose. Pit bulls are like any other dog. A great deal of the way they turn out depends on how they are raised and treated. The people who “pit” these dogs should be shot.

  20. meltingmeltingmelting.

  21. Suzy's Mom says:

    It looks like the pitty is trying to clean the chicks, but they won’t stand still. “What kind of puppies are these anyways?”

  22. Awwww shes being so gentle! This is so cute. I’m jealous though, I want a pile of behbeh chicks

  23. Awwww… this is adorable. Catch the wing ak-shon on the little black and white stripey, about halfway through. He’s all like, “Hey, don’t do that, Mister, you almost pushed me over!”

  24. I love that PuppyPants licks starting at the Chicks’ feets and then up. Like “Ooooh, no! You is not escaping my lickins! I shall keeeeesh jooooz!”

  25. Doctor, are you sure this is my litter? I mean, I love them, but something just doesn’t seem right…

  26. Scarring? Really? I think it appears closer to grey ticking (color pattern)?

    The ears look like an aesthetic crop, not a fighting crop, which is a near shear (shiver).

    Pkeli, My sis is a Rottie gal, and everyone was screamin doom and gloom when she became
    pregnant too. The closest that Rott got to hurting my nephew was when my sis wasn’t watching and
    he tried to ride her, pulled back on her collar, so she of course sat down, he slid off her back and shattered his elbow.
    (when he started crying, Rottie put herself in the kennel….)

  27. Ha, I was waitin for a chicklit to get stuck to his tongue and get accidentally inhaled! “Thir, thith thickin ith thtuck thoo my thung, hep me!”

  28. As someone who has chickens and has raised chicks, I agree with ohnonichole – those chicks think the pit bull is their mother – exhibit A – they’re not running away from a big scary dog even though it is licking them! In fact they seem determined to stay close by. Anyone know the story behind the vid?

  29. The chick with stripes is sooo cute. At 0:12, it was like pushing the pit bull’s nose saying “Stopppp eeeeet”

  30. luvinmalssomuch says:

    Such a gentle giant. I agree pits do get a bad rap.

  31. Bunff:
    Ohhh, poor nephew but poor Rottie too, putting herself in the kennel… Guilt. Poor babes. Rosie scaled a 6 ft. fence a couple of times and joined a couple of other dogs in the neighborhood to sniff bottoms. I discovered that if I stood and pretended to cry (loudly), she would come creeping down the sidewalk back to me on her belly. Don’t know where that came from but whatever worked to get her back in the house was good with me….

  32. This is stupendously cute. It reminds me of my Australian Cattle Dog–she’s *always* trying to clean my cats, but they have a little more heft and hence tend to stay in place. :-)

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

    Yes, pitbulls are amazing dogs, and now, finally, the irresponsible devil-spawns who breed, mistreat, and fight them may get their comeuppance. In case you didn’t hear, on April 10th, the Senate passed the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. According to the Humane Society, “The House of Representatives passed the same bill, H.R. 137, late last month by a vote of 368 to 39. What this means is that after an almost six-year battle, the struggle to enact meaningful federal penalties for animal fighting has passed its final congressional hurdle. The legislation now is headed to the desk of President Bush, who is expected to sign the measure into law. The new law will take effect immediately.”

    It’s not going to completely erase the problem, but should certainly help now that the feds have some weight on their side! Woot woot!

  33. This is so f***ing great!!!!!!! What took sooooo damn long??? Who cares….

  34. brinnann says:

    I wish I could broadcast these wonderful pit bull stories to the world.

    My Honey is half pit and half lab. When I moved out of my boyfriend’s house and brought her to my parents’ as a puppy, my father kept telling me he was going to have her put down. I moved out on my own a year later, and now my father misses her so much he talked my mother into letting him get another dog, and Honey has to go to their house for regular visits.

    Her mother was a full pit that we rescued; I don’t think she was a fighter, but maybe a breeder raised with fighters. They had kept her on a three foot rope, and the rope had rubbed all the fur off the tops of her feet and the skin was raw. She is one of the most gentle dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Once she realized we were there to love her and not mistreat her, she stopped being afraid and acted more like a cat, sitting in our laps (all 75 pounds of her), leaning on us, always being near us.

    Unfortunately, none of this has changed the views of my family – even my extended family. I think they attribute Honey’s behaviour to her lab parentage. There are two pits next door to my grandparents, and my mother is terrified that they’ll harm them. There’s also one next door to my parents, and my father has threatened to shoot it if it ever gets in their yard (they live in the country), but this poor pit is kept in a small building all day and hardly ever let out (I plan to let the Humane Society know this).

    Sorry for the long thread, but this is something I feel very strongly about. Meg, you have no idea how much this beautiful post means to me.

  35. this is cute. pits have the cutest faces. the chicks are making me melt. fuzzy little cuddly squeaky things, god how adorable. i want to snorgle them too!

  36. I have known several people with pits and they have been the SWEETEST dogs I have ever met- they are strong and I think that is misinterpreted. My aunt’s pit is SO gentle with my little cousins. Pits should ONLY be adopted by responsible parents- that being said ALL DOG BREEDS should only be adopted by responsible parents- guess what? Bunnies bite too if they aren’t socialized properly- it is ALL up to the owner’s training and socializing them when they are little pups. That being said, I WANT TO SNORGLE LITTLE CHICKS WITH A PIT ON THE SIDE!!!

  37. Mags…
    “Bunnies bite too if they aren’t socialized properly”

    HA! 8 1/2 year old Maximus is very socialized, but he’ll still bite me on the arse if i’m in his way =D

    True enough though that it’s the “owners” at fault, not the dog.

  38. Nancy Davidson says:

    I don’t think the picture is cute. A dog is a dog with natural instincts and could have attacked those chicks. Nobody should put dogs, cats, and birds together.

  39. Yep. Brinnann, your dad gets it. And I’m sad about Honey’s mom. Hopefully she happy now. The problem is, with grown pit bulls, they might be dangerous depending on who raised them. Your relatives might be right about being afraid of the pit bulls living next to them. But they might be wrong. That’s the sad part. They are very strong dogs and I would still be wary of them depending on who the owner is. Give Honey a smooch for me…sweet babe….

  40. That does it. I’m a vegetarian.

  41. brinnann says:

    Nancy: “Nobody should put dogs, cats, and birds together.”???

    My 7 pound CAT bathes my 60 pound DOG.

  42. Oh so cute!
    Someone up there wondered about the background of the video as to why they were staying so close to the dog – I could be entirely wrong, but it seemed like there might have been seed or something near the dog’s paws that they were nipping at. :)
    I’ll tell you, I am much more afraid of “little dogs” than I am of pits. Little dogs are, in my experience, much more likely to go nuts and attack because their parents are less willing to discipline and properly train them.

  43. Brinnann, how does she get the dog in the tub?

  44. Brinnann? Could we get a picture of that? That would be fun to see! Hee!

  45. I think the dog in the video is happily licking up chick-poop. Dogs–you gotta love ‘em.

  46. And Brinnann, I still want to smooch with Honey–I’ll compete with the cats…

  47. brinnann says:

    Couldn’t Stop Myself: I’m sure if the cat got in the tub the dog would likely follow.

    Kalli: I’ve got pics, but I took them on my cell phone so they’re not really clear.

  48. i like how at first it looks like the dog is looking around to make sure no one is spying.

  49. Kalli & Brinn — LOL

    PKeli — EWW

  50. OMG, it’s like he’s trying to see if they have different flavors!

  51. brinnann says:

    Everybody: Okay, here’s the link. In the ones with Honey & Sister, look closely. Sister is holding Honey’s head in place with her paws while she cleans her. They do this often, usually Sister on a chair above Honey.

    http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k207/brinnann/The%20Kids/

  52. brinnann says:

    pkeli: I suppose you can try a through-the-screen smooch.

  53. I live in a ‘hood where it is common by a certain kind of people to have a pit bull. None of these are lap dogs, definitely not. The owners have them to increase their “street credibility”.

    And unfortunately I would love if each and every of these pit bulls and their owners are PTS.

  54. Yeah, ok, brinnann, I made a big fat mess neckin’ with your dog through the screen. Sweetheart… And “Sister” is the best name for any animal I’ve ever heard in my life. Not kidding.

  55. ShelleyTambo says:

    The dog population at my shelter is usually anywhere from 60% to 85% pit bull or pit mix. All stray animals in the county come to our shelter, and animal control serves some areas with high populations of pit bulls. Unfortunately, most people think that pits are not good family dogs. They can be very strong and very hyper (‘specially the younger ones), so they’re not always the best choice for a family with very young kids, but they usually are extraordinarily sweet and intelligent. A lot of the pits we get may have been intended as fighters (lots of nonexistent ears, home crop jobs done with scissors) but simply weren’t aggressive enough. In fact, even a lot of the unneutered adult males are complete wusses.

  56. OMG if i had a nickel for every time i had to explain how SMART, LOVABLE and WIMPY my pit was and NOT DANGEROUS, i’d be richer than the Donald!
    Maggie was housebroken in 2 days and has had 3 accidents in the 2.5 years we’ve had her. she knows how to play soccer. she has never been the instigator (or self-defender) and has paid dearly for it when a few dogs attacked her at the park. I will never have any respect for ignorant people that think Pits (or any other dog) is doing something they weren’t trained to do. Maggie was trained to be a lady, and she is. If you want to see a violent dog, take a look at the owner first. that should give you a clue as to the type of dog they will be. Imitation is the SINCEREST form of flattery, right?

  57. brinnann says:

    pkeli: It started out Little Sister because when I first got her I told Honey to be sweet to her little sister (she had, up until then, been Kitty). It has since morphed into just Sister, but I’ve noticed that her black cap kinda looks like a nun’s habit, so it fits even more so.

  58. a responsible pit owner (beth p) says:
  59. Love the peanut-butter-jar photo, Beth P.

  60. This is so sweet it almost made me cry. And I love the comment about the chicks “maybe” being the wrong litter=) LOL

  61. I love how the little chickens run back for more after they’ve been liked off their little feets!

  62. Brinnan: With those markings, “Sister” fits better than “Kitty”. I just named my ficus tree “Sister”. I don’t have any dogs, cats, etc. and I had to use the name. Fits my plant (??)

    beth p, Maggie is lovely! She and Honey are a tribute to pit-dogs everywhere (and I hope her foot is totally healed…).

  63. Once my mom was out in the yard with the golden retriever, and he looked like he was up to something. She noticed he had somfin in his mouth. She says, Bear drop it-and he opens up his mouth to reveal the tiniest baby bunny evah. He wasn’t going to eat it, he was just holding it in his mouth all comfterbuhls.

    Anywho this vid reminded me of this:
    http://cutebabyfix.com/2007/04/08/can-i-eat-it-2/

  64. Squeeee! chickons & pittie? my life is complete :)

    Wait did someone say pits are smart? Um, my next door neighbor Carmel has the IQ of a rock. But we love her anyways. She’s afraid of any dog bigger than 20 lbs.

    I still wouldn’t let her in my house though. She weighs 75 lbs and she might squish one of the cats trying to sit on -her- lap. lol

  65. kmira stole my comment! *L* Do the different coloured chicks taste differently? And I highly agree that the chicks probably think s/he’s their mom as s/he tries to “herd” them around.

  66. cutebabyfix – My Irish Setter carried around a baby bird in his mouth once too!
    “Ahyup, Ah gotta bird in my mowf hea. Ptui. Bleah.”

  67. Ha!! I’d love to see a pic of a pit dog happily trying to sit on a cat’s lap. “Ewww!! WTF??”

  68. In general, dogs licking birds is rather strange. I’m always like ‘is it a prechomp, or a love lick?’ I think this was in the snorgling catagory. Either someone dumped chicken feed in front of the dog, or the chickies thought the pup was their momma.

  69. I love how this thread could have turned into a hideous commentroversy but y’all have turned it into a best friend convention. Feel the love! It’s so wonderful.

  70. Give it time, Erin. The nuffs don’t generally rise early.
    ;)

  71. Love it. Thanks again to CO for posting Pits and helping to dispel all these crazy common misconceptions about pits. My Buster is 11 in June. He has been with us since two years before any of our children were born. Lots of people thought he should go when babies were expected, but we knew better–and now, so do they!

    Buster LOVES EVERYBODY! And most folks love him too.

    Once Buster goes, which–hopefully–won’t be for a while, I’m 99.9% certain we’ll be getting another pit (American Staffordshire Terrier), because they fit so well with our life!

  72. P.S. I’m pretty sure that dog is eating bird poop.

  73. Ha, Wendy!! Watch the video again, peeps–I think the dog is licking the chicks to see what will fall out of them. No cuddly stuff, no chicken nuggets–just interested in Poop McNuggets.

  74. ShelleyTambo says:

    rabble, most pits are smart (too smart). Obviously that varies from individual to individual–just like humans. ;) We’ve had some that were dumber than stumps at the shelter, too (that applies to both people and pits)! One in particular I remember: He watched another dog poop, dragged me over to sniff it, and deliberately put a paw in it. I expect that from a lab, but not a pit.

  75. ShelleyTambo says:

    Ummm…dragged me over to LET HIM sniff it, that is.

  76. hmm… needs salt

  77. That’s so cute! Those are such delicate little licks! Momma dog is probably licking bird poo, that’s true, but that’s what momma dogs do to their young’uns, isn’t it?

    I admit I’m pretty wary of strange pit bulls and rotties other ‘tough’ dogs. You never know what sort of owner they have. But once my ex-BF adopted a dog that was a pit/rott/german shepherd/lab mix. I think the ‘breeders’ were trying for some ultimate fighting dog and then the lab jumped it. The pooch *looked* absolutely murderous…but if you did so much as look at him sideways he’d roll on his back and pee himself.

    He also doubled as the happiest toddler jungle gym ever.

  78. Shannon Johnson says:

    That is so cute! Get more like that.

  79. brinnann says:

    rabble: My Honey is afraid of my parents’ lab. The only dogs she likes are about the size of my cat. At the park she’ll shy away from big dogs but let the puppehs sniff her.

  80. Wow! That must be a mama-dog.

    P.S. I love the new site background!

  81. In the U.K. pit bulls (or staffies) are known as “Nanny Dogs” because they are gentle and watchful with children.

  82. I want chickies to snorgle too!

  83. I think this is a great display about how truly gentle pitbulls are.

    Thanks for posting it, all I can saw is ‘AWWWW!!!’

  84. brinnann says:

    Amy: That’s another reason to add to my list of why I’d like to move to the UK (or at least visit), but I read that they make you microchip you pets before you can bring them overseas. I couldn’t let someone stick a piece of metal in my Honey.

  85. Awww. That is so adorable!

    My tiny grandmother has two pitbulls and they’re two of the biggest babies I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t imagine either them attacking anyone.

  86. brinann – microchips are the size of a rice grain. It’s just like getting a vaccine…
    Not that I’ve ever had one inserted into me, but that’s what I’ve been told…
    :o)

  87. brinnann says:

    Even if it’s that small, I’d be afraid the chip would irritate under the skin.

  88. Although microchips are small, pits generally don’t have the skin going their way. Any irritation ought to be temporary, though, and the ‘chip means that, in case of emergency, a person with a chip reader can find out your contact information if you get separated in like an earthquake or something. Plus, that way you can take her overseas with you :)

  89. Thanks for posting a great example of how pit bulls can be sweet and gentle! And thanks to everyone here for helping to bash the pit bull stereotype.

  90. this is to cute! some of our friends have pit bulls and i think they are great dogs. i can’t wait to share this video with them.

  91. Hmm. Very cute, but I’d make sure there was supervision at all times, and count your chickens after they’re licked. That predator instinct is always there.

  92. My brother’s ex business partner had a pitbull/lab cross. She was the sweetest, silliest, most loveable dog you could ever meet. She was bigger than and average pitbull – the lab in her – but her face looked more like a pitbull.

    Even though she would trot along with her tail up and wagging and her tongue hanging out, people would cross the street to avoid us when I took her for a walk. *sigh*

    While it would be easier to make a pitbull mean than, say, a golden retriever, any dog, with responsible owners who love and teach their dog well, can be a well-behaved and loveable pet.

    This vid gives me the warm fuzzies. :)

  93. Brinnann-
    Thanks for sharing the pics…:)

  94. Did they finally pass that bill? Thank God. My dog was killed by two pits trained for fighting. As absolutely shocked and heartbroken as I was for my own pup, my heart went out to them. It was all they knew. The incredible wrong of what had happened made my blood boil. If people cared for their dogs properly and just LOVED them the world really would be a far better place.

    If I didn’t rent, and if I wasn’t uncomfortable walking big dogs (I like tiny ones that tire out before I do :P), I’d probably want a Pit Bull. There are so many in my shelter, and half of them are probably ideal family dogs.

  95. Redzilla and kmira-! Hahahahaha!

    Now I am trying to assign flavors to the chickens. Just like little scoops of ice cream: someone should pile them up and stack them on a sugar cone! :)

  96. Ahn. It’s great to see such a sweet pit bull-unfortunatly, too many people think of these dogs as only fierce and dangerous. Any dog can be dangerous if it has been trained to. Obviously, any dog can be gentle also. Cuuuuute video!

  97. This vid looks like what my nephew-dog Bones would do if confronted with chickenses. “Fluff? Chirping? Walkings? Where’s my ball?”

    Bones is a pit, too.

  98. I love that one where the chick’s practially tapping on his forehead, “What’s up?”

  99. Brinnann, the shelter where we adopted Buster put a chip in him when he was a pup, before they would allow us to take him home. There has NEVER been a problem with the chip or the site where it was injected. And the peace of mind it provides………….priceless!

  100. Holy crap, R. Moore. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like. What an incredible person you are to not have blamed the pits. Like I said before, the people who raise these dogs to fight should be shot. I admire you immensely.

  101. ShellyTambo – i agree that’s more lab behaviour! – which is where i think Carmel gets it. She’s about 80% American Staffordshire, and about 20% other stuff, including beagle and lab. Poor thing, got the lovely affectionate, kissy, loyal pittie temperament, and a lab’s brain :)

    she is, admittedly, the exception. the shelter i worked at had lots of pits too, and most of them were incredibly easy to train, with the right motivation :)

  102. yankeebird says:

    Brinnann,
    I worked an animal cruelty case that ended with us chipping almost 200 dogs. Not a one of them experienced any issues with it other than one or two where the chip migrated a little further than usual. Still, that doesn’t cause any harm. Both of my cats are chipped as well (as I was looking to move to the UK) and I promise I wouldn’t do a thing that I thought would harm my baby girls. I’d recommend talking to a vet about your concerns about having Honey chipped… if she were to ever (heaven forbid) get lost, you’d be glad you did.

    And R. Moore, my sympathies. I can’t imagine how terrible that had to be. Thank you for not blaming the breed for what happened.

  103. Usually I worry when I see posts with a predator and prey species “playing” together, but in this case the dog’s body language clearly shows “these are my babies and I’m going to take care of them!” ^_^

  104. I shall snorgle the bebeh cheeks and wuv them!!!

  105. I love how the dog is all “kiss kiss” – looks away – “lick lick” – looks away – and the chickies calmly regroup right in front of the dog’s nose after each session. No wonder the babies are so clean and fluffy!

  106. R. Moore says:

    Thanks for the support, guys (or gals). I grew up with pit bull puppies being sold at the local flea market. If only I’d known the fate that awaited many of them… I just thought they were adorable. When I was six my step father was keeping (temporarily) two pits for his brother. They hadn’t been well socialized, and lived in individual dog houses in the back of the large yard. I didn’t like that they were outside and that we couldn’t play with them like we did our own Jack Russel. On one hot day, I noticed they didn’t have any water. So I took a metal bowl, filled it at the hose, and took it too them. Being rather a follish animal-loving child, I did not realize these were not the friendly sort of dog we could play with anymore. I just knew our neighbors had some that were friendly. Before any harm could come to me our JR leapt in the way, and was caught by the collar by one of the dogs. My seven month pregnant mother came rushing out, saw what happened, and got the small dog safely away from the pits. I was told not to go near them, and our uncle has not owned a pet since. But I always just felt that the dogs should have been nicer. I’ve never felt they were to blame. So even when my other dog was killed, I couldn’t blame them. The owners of the dogs, however… My lovely Mexican neighbor (who decided to get a dog after meeting ours) actually ran out with a gun. Where he came from people didn’t let their pets harm other people’s pets. And he was quite willing to take things out on the dogs. My mother, who was there when it happened and narrowly missed them, actually showed the greatest strength by telling him to stay put.

  107. R. Moore says:

    Wow, that was a long comment.

    Also, as a less serious side note, I get told I have great forgiveness a lot on this blog :P I also forgave a raccoon when I saw it eat our prized pet chicken. But then I love raccoons, and wholeheartedly support International Raccoon Appreciation Day.

    I worry I sometimes forgive animals better than humans.

  108. oaklandcat says:

    Pits are the best snugglers I’ve ever met. Love them!! My kitteh was born in a household with two of the most vicious-looking pits you ever saw, and they took such good care of her, and were sooo sad when I came and adopted her.

  109. R. Moore–and well you should.

    This grizzled vet playing with the wee chickies definitely changes my half-formed assumptions of the breed. Even if I was still waiting for the chomp, I thought it would be more inadvertent than vicious.

  110. R. Moore says:

    ‘Twren’t nothing. :)

    Yup, most larger dogs are big love bugs. Though I adore them, small breeds tend to be the real nippers.

  111. Summer says:

    I grew up with pit bulls, they are definitely they sweetest wimpiest dogs you’ll meet unless they are trained otherwise. IMO the owners should be put down along with the badly trained animals when attacks happen.

    Thanks for this post, I was scared to read the comments for fear of anti-Pit Bull sentiments.

  112. Linda SF says:

    Hey good folks,

    I’m glad there are many pit lovers and supporters out there. Thought I’d check the web about breeds and biting.

    The CDC, btw, states chained dogs are 3 times more likely to bite. Bad news.

    I post the list below to see what folks who document these things have to say.
    And of course, the usual disclaimer that many of the breeds below can be sweet and well-behaved and only want to bite their chew toys

    *** *** *** *** ***

    The 9 Breeds of Dog That Bite the Most

    According to a 27-year study of dogs in the New York City area made by Dr. Robert Oleson, of the U.S. Public Health Service, these are the 9 dogs most apt to take a nibble out of a human being. They are, in the order of their aggressiveness:

    1. German shepherd

    2. Chow chow

    3. Poodle

    4. Italian bulldog

    5. Fox terrier

    6. Mixed chow chow

    7. Airedale

    8. Pekingese

    9. Mixed German shepherd

  113. Pirate Cat says:

    Loves it!!

  114. Catrina says:

    ROFL! The cutest thing I’ve seen here in a loong time.
    I agree that pit bulls can be really nice dogs IF owned and raised by caring people who train and socialize them. In terms of cuteness, they’re not my faves but they can be sweet.

  115. Too adorable! I have had to share this with everyone I know. LOVE the cheeping and slurping sounds.

  116. Oooh. Gentle giant!

  117. Mother always said, ¨Don´t count your chickens before they´re licked by a pit bull.¨ (Mother was a bit odd…)

  118. I just noticed there are two more videos of this *daddy* dog and his chicks (and owner)!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl93Hc1uH2w

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7m4GVqwqOc

  119. gooeyctr says:

    Sweeeeeeet!

    Some of my favorite pictures of pits involved in interspecies snorgling are at
    http://www.vachss.com/dogs/av_dogs/honey.html

  120. ShelleyTambo says:

    One of our young pits was adopted last night by a family with four kids (older kids), and it was so nice to see that she had no qualms about him. We’ve had others that would let cats ride around on their backs, and one of the fiercest-looking ones we have recently wore a set of bunny ears all day. Have to find the pics of that.

  121. rabble says:

    ShelleyTambo: yes please! We put a giant multicoloured sweater on Carmel for Hallowe’en and told the kids she was a poodle *snicker* She loves to play dress-up…i gotta find pics too :)

  122. montana gramma says:

    I still have mixed feelings about pits.A friend of mine owned 2 pits,they were for protection as she was always going off into south American jungles alone! She got rid of them not because they were aggresive with people,but they were costing her a small fortune in vet bills for other dogs they had attacked.My next door neighbor got one as a puppy and as he was at work all day,the puppy was lonely and would show up at my place to be with my kids and dogs.I pretty much raised him,and he was taught the same things my dogs were.I watched him,but,never saw anything different about him from my dogs.I went to feed all the dogs a treat one day,I had done this many times, and I dropped the snack,which needed to be divided,at my feet.When I reached to pick it up the pit challenged me,growling and moving in my direction,standing over the snack.He was all business at that moment,and greatly frightened and shocked me into a retreat.My own dogs would have let me have my way,giving back what ever I wanted,taking food right out of their mouths.I tried chastizing the pit but he just became more determined to keep his prize.I never treated this dog badly,and always had kissed and snuggled,held him until he got too heavy for me to pick-up.God,was he a ugly baby!One of those faces that only a mother could love,and my heart went out to him.My real fear,I suppose,was if he would have bitten me.Pits are capable of inflicting great injury.Perhaps, it was just him and not his breed.Where I come from,if you choose to own a pit, you must be able to post a 10,000.00 bond.It was nice to see this video,in all fairness,we need to see all that a breed is capable of.Good and bad.

  123. Tricia says:

    It’s not sniffing, it’s SNORGLING! :)

  124. Oh I dunno about that; looked largely like LEECKINGS.

  125. Leeck, snorgle, leeck…..just too sweet….

    A word about Rotties: we have a Rot/Lab mix that we adopted from a Rescue. She was overlooked for months (she *looks* like a Rott) and then we brought her home. She is truly the best dog ever!!! She will even help herd in the goaties if they get out. She doesn’t know what to do with them other than chase them to the gate and obeys commands very well. Wouldn’t trade this girl for the world!!!

    I’ve joked that if she were a “designer-breed” I’d have called her a LaRott! Heart of a Lab but the bark of a Rott!!!!

    O.K.-back to the leeckings and the snorgling!!!

  126. brinnann says:

    Toward the beginning, it looks like big ol’ puppeh glances around for a second: “Hmm, what’s going on around this place? Nope, nothing as interesting as mah bebehs.” Then s/he goes back to teh snarfling/leeking/snorgling fest.

  127. I <3 pitties!

    Of course you should never judge an individual dog by its breed, as you should never judge an individual person by their race.

  128. furbabies says:

    So sweet! I loves me some pitties and chickies. Mushie pup!

  129. monta gramma – i love pits, but have a similar story. one of my dearest friends had two pits. both were extremely sweet with people. the young female, who is still around, was silly and hyper and licked a lot, and the older male was a giant, slow-moving, snuggle monster. they were also wonderful with children; the female would “bow” when approached by a toddler, seemingly in order to make herself smaller, and would abandon her usual bounciness to become extremely gentle.

    sadly, though, these dogs eventually had to be separated, because they kept hurting each other. even though the male had helped “raise” the female since she was a puppy, once she reached full size, they they had two terrible fights over food both of which resulted in bad injuries, and one of which left the female at the animal hospital for weeks. the big problem, as i understand it, was not so much their behavior as their physiology; they have extremely strong jaws and once they bite down, those jaws lock and it takes a huge amount of leverage to prye them apart.

    so i think the problem people have with pit bulls stems partly from the fact that, if they do bite, the damage can be comparatively extensive.

    however, i totally agree with most of the view expressed here that well-raised pit bulls tend to be extremely sweet and unlikely to bite.

    it’s one more complex issue relating to domestic animals…caused by humans.

  130. On the Doggie Good Citizenship test, pitties and other bully breeds statiscally score higher than any other breed of dog by leaps and bounds.

    I’d say this fella is a good example of why. And there’s no grin like a pittie grin. Big love muffins the lot of them.

  131. Pits need to be worked with quite a bit in the beginning when it comes to food aggression. They’re dominant dogs, they do.

    Now? I can reach in and take food out of my pittie girl’s mouth. Take her toys, take her treats. My friend’s pom/wirehair terrier mix? Ewie will break skin keeping her treats.

    Respect. You must have respect for what the breed is CAPABLE of doing before you should own one. I know a pit is capable of extreme pressure from bites, I know that they hold on. I know how to use a breaker bar to stop them. However, it has never been a problem because I properly socialized my pets.

    ..

    Then again, the dog I was bitten most by was a toy poodle. Just moving wrong would get Toby to snap

  132. from : OWNER

    thank you all for commenting my video :)))

    i had no idea that people can add any videos on different sites, but it was cool to read all the comments.

    i have to say, there were lots of cool comments – like :
    Doctor, are you sure this is my litter?
    “these are my babies and I’m going to take care of them!” ^_^
    “Do these nuggets taste funny?”
    “kiss kiss” – looks away – “lick lick” – looks away

    I know that HE looks like careing mommy, but HE is MALE pit bull named SHARKY ;)))))

    take care & thanks for checking out my little home video clip :))

  133. TG1979 — yep, YouTube allows “embedding” videos, unless you specifically turn that option off, with your own stuff. I don’t know exactly where that setting is; I mostly use Vox for my own clips. But it should be relatively easy to do.

    And I updated the post with a link back to your page. More Sharky & chickies! Awesome!

  134. How can people mutilate their pets like this??
    How would they like their ears clipped?
    How dare people call themselves animal lovers when they happily mutilate their pets?
    Shame on everyone who condones such disgusting mutilation!!!

  135. In Australia it is now officially illegal to dock the tails of animals for anything other than medical necessity. I wish the rest of the world woud wake up and see just how awful cosmetic mutilation is.

  136. shollia says:

    Awww… puppy-wuppy is acting like momma chicken! So cute!

  137. Kristin says:

    Lexi-

    To be fair, a lot of people who adopt animals through a shelter don’t have a choice in whether or not their animal has it’s ears docked. Or even after they buy an animal from a breeder. I’m not saying this owner, did or did not get the ears docked, just that she may have not had a choice in it.

  138. mahahaha says:

    that’s the cutest thing ive ever seen..more guys should be more sensitive like this

  139. texasgirly1979:

    Sharky is hilarious. THe best is how he doesn’t seem to know the power of his licks. Everytime ke kisses a chick and it moves a few inches, he looks like, “Dude, where’d my new homie go.” Too cute.

  140. Cute! I’m more scared of Chiuahuas and cats than I am of Pits. Those little suckers bite, scratch and draw blood all day long!! Pits are amazingly loving dogs. Just so happens they are the dogs of choice for every thug, gangsta and irresponsible home owner across the country. Of course they are going to be misbehaved!!

  141. Stop your whining about cosmetic “mutilation”. We do it to ourselves all the time and nobody says a word. Lets not even mention MUTILATING the poor animals reproductive organs and taking away its natural ability to have offspring. Thats as bad as any ear being clipped!! Those “poor” dogs live perfectly happy lives either way.

  142. I think its awesome i had 7 adult pits and all were gentle and nothin but big babies. thank you for showin this side of them

  143. When I saw this I was waiting for the bite to come. I admit it…I was scared the pit was gonna get his nose pecked and run off.

  144. GreenEyedHawk says:

    A word on Pit Bull myths:

    Their jaws don’t ‘lock’. Their jaws are no different from any other breed. Nor do they ‘bite down until their teeth meet’. They grab on and hold on, as all terriers do. Terriers as a group are stubborn and tenacious.

    A note about dog bites: A lot of dog bite statistics are skewed, sometimes because people don’t know what type of dog attacked them, or because they don’t want to admit what type of dog attacked them. There was a recent story in my town about a man’s Rottweiler attacking his neighbour, nearly tearing his ear off. The Rott was picked up and destroyed, and only after did the victim admit that it wasn’t the Rottweiler that attacked him, but his own West Highland White terrer. (westie.)

    In eleven years of being a dog groomer, I have encountered many ‘dangerous’ breeds; rottweilers, dobermanns, pit bulls, amstaffs, and so on. Have I ever been bitten by one? Nope, never. Not once. And I handle dogs in ways their ownsers never do. I pick up their feet, I trim their nails, I clean out their ears and brush their teeth. One of the worst bites I ever got, resulting in a logn deep scar on my forearm and twelve stitches, was from a toy poodle. The only large dog I have ever been bitten by was standing on the table, so his head was level with my neck. With no warning whatever, he grabbed on to the curge between my neck and my shoulder and started ‘kill-shaking’ me, jerking me off my feet. He wouldn’t let go of me. I oculd feel blood trickling down my back and chest. My boss came to the rescue, spraying water up the dog’s nose to make it let me go. What type of dog was this?

    A Golden Retriever. America’s ideal family dog.

    My point is, you can’t judge a dog by the breed. All dogs have teeth, all dogs have the propensity to bite, and there are far more larger and stronger dogs out there than the Pitty. They can do just as much. if not more, damage.

    Punish the deed, not the breed.

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