My fiance and I adopted Lucy from the St. Paul Animal Humane Society in October 2009. Lucy is a pit bull and was 12 weeks old when we got her. We were given advice on how to raise "bully breeds" including obedience training, early/often socialization, interference with food, etc. After having Lucy for 7 months, we will forever be advocates of this breed. Lucy has made our house a happy home. She has absolutely no obsessions with food, is great around other dogs (even little ones; we also have 2 cats) and also around kids (I have an 18 month old nephew). Pit bulls are strong, smart and can do harm if they wanted. To this day, I have never seen Lucy get angry, she is friendly and loving and listens very well. I have not done any professional training but work with her on my own. Lucy alerts me with a quiet bark if something is out of the ordinary but submits when she knows her owners are still safe. She is still learning her own size but the most harm she's done is wag her tail a little hard or try to lick the little ones too much. If you are a strong "pack leader", have basic knowledge on how to train dogs and are looking for an all around wonderful breed, a pit bull is great. It's unfortunate this breed has a bad reputation. Lucy is the love of our lives.