The APBT *is* a breed, The AKC is not the God if all Kennel Clubs or breeds, it does not recognize HUNDREDS of founded and breed-true breeds of dogs.
You have no idea what you're talking about- either. Dogs do NOT always bite out of fear, and bites are not always 100% preventable. There are many genetic disorders and illnesses that cause bites (Hypothyroidism is one).
Dogs can bite people for (what appears to be) no reason. Unprovoked attacks are far more prominent than provoked attacks. A provocation can be something as small as a sneeze or as big as opening a door. It depends on the individual dogs trigger.
If you were anything of an expert on the breed (which you are NOT), you would know that. The APBT *BREED* suffers from several genetic and temperamental disorders that cause aggression, hence the massive breed bans because of irresponsible ownership and breeding.
You have every reason to trust your dog, but you also have every reason to have him temperamentally tested every few years as well as having a blood panel done every year to make sure that he's in check.
The breed ban is justified in one sense, but wrong in many many more. I would rather see a comprehensive IQ test done prior to anyone being allowed to own this (or any other breed, really) breed of dog.
Anyone who believes that dogs only bite out of fear is one of the thousands of people who shouldn't own the breed. Do you really think the dogs that bite toddlers are biting out of fear? Or because an irresponsible owner left an unstable dog around their newborns?
American Pit Bull Terrier owner, foster, rescue worker, rehabilitator, and trainer.
Owner and Founder of Patient Paws Rescue-- a rescue which works exclusively with aggressive and neglected APBTs.