I hate it when people ruin a dog. The entire pit bull breed (American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier) has been wrecked—trainers I know say that whenever you get a pitter there’s a 50-50 chance it will be an attacker. I don’t know if that’s true, but if a friend of mine wanted to get one I’d advise them to be very, very careful about the owner/breeder and learn a lot about the dog’s parentage—several generations back, if possible, I’d never let a child I know get near one.
We’ve had several Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Hands down (along with my bulldog) they’ve been the best dogs with children we’ve had. My now adult kids love Staffys because of the way they were loved on by this breed. In fact they’re the only AKC breed that I know of whose standard includes their gentle temperament and fondness of children. The American Temperament Test Society has tested for some 40+ years and found the Staffy to be one of the top 10 kid friendly dogs. Europeans call them the Nanny Dog.
Now Staffies have to be watched carefully with other dogs. Very carefully. But they know the difference between a dog and a child and act accordingly, at least in our experience. We’ve never had a Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire for comparison.
This just an excerpt. The whole thing is worth reading. It is short.