Just to clarify guys there is a reason why i use quotation marks around "dangerous"....I don't believe they're dangerous unless put in the wrong situations or raised poorly (or have a medical reason). As for the tough guy thing, it is a stereotype, for sure....around my neighborhood in east van though, it's prevalent. I'm genuinely curious as to why somebody would choose a pitbull or rotty over a lab (other than protection, which is obvious). I always thought that a lab would be the ideal choice for a hunting/fishing companion since they love the water and looove being in the bush. A good friend of mine hunts and his lab has saved him from a grizzly....scary stuff!
Beast, that is heartbreaking that you found your pup (and his not so fortunate kin) in a bag at the river. So sickening that scumbags do that to animals:( Good that he's found a good home.
Troutbreath.. did that guy have kids with him? Remember, he doesn't know your dog, he just knows they can potentially (and sometimes do) attack and kill young children. If not, hes just paranoid.
Another thing about the "tough guy" stereotype.. I was up at lynn canyon swimming last year. We had our kids there, and there were lots of kids running around and playing in the water. This guy and his teenage girlfriend strut down to the river, and he's got a pit bull ...a HUGE one. The dog was visibly agitated and sort of lunging out and barking so what does the guy do? He smacks his dog in the head with a stick and yells "shut up"...the dog turns to him in defiance and he just REEFS on the chain in the opposite direction.... Then he hands the leash to his girlfriend. Thats when we left. Poor dog is being turned into a time bomb. It's owners like that that give these dogs a bad name (and support the stereotypes).
One of my best friends owns a rottweiler, and raises him well. He has kids and has taught the kids to respect the dog, and I must say hes a wonderful dog. I can't see him ever, ever, losing his cool...its just if he did, for whatever reason, its just so much to wager.