This is my best friend Smokey. He just turned 10 years old this month. He is a full blooded American Pit Bull Terrier and the most gentle loving dog I have ever had, and I have had a lot of dogs. He is a handsome dark brindle with four white boots and a white blaze on his chest. He came to live with me when he was 8 weeks old. He learned not to jump up on people from the start. He has never been whipped or even yelled at. He has been gently raised and likes to please people.
Any time someone comes to my door Smokey runs to the door and wags his tail expecting that it is a friend who will be glad to see him and rub his ears. He almost never barks and I have only heard his growl one time, at an Ostrich in the Wolaroc game park.
He especially likes children. When he is around a toddler he stands very still so he won't knock them over. If they start pulling his ears he just quietly slips into the bedroom until they leave.