The current media and government frenzy over pit bulls can be observed all over the Internet, television and in other news sources. Legislative measures have resulted from the popular perception that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. In Maricopa County Arizona 750 pit bulls were scheduled to be put to death in May. Breed hysteria has struck before. In the 1970s, Doberman pincers were regarded as the most dangerous dog. In the 1980s, it was German shepherds. In the 1990s, it was Rottweilers. The fact remains that, without the proper training and discipline, any dog can be dangerous. Avoiding dog bites is oftentimes something that requires you to take a look at the owner more than the breed of dog.
Advocates for pit bulls and other breeds emphasize that properly training dogs and properly caring for them is the best way to avoid situations where the dog ends up biting someone. Sometimes, you can tell a lot more about a dog by taking a look at how its owner treats it than by looking at the breed. In fact, if you're getting your information from the media about breeds of dogs, you probably have a lot of misconceptions. For example, pit bulls do not have the highest bite strength of any dog, German shepherds do.