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Pitties, Pibbles, and Nicknames... Oh my!

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Beret, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    Why is there so much ire about using cutesy nicknames for the PB-type dogs?

    I don't entirely understand why people have such strong feelings about it, especially when they're referring to bull-breed mutts of unknown origin. I'm not a fan of the nicknames myself, but that's just because I'm not a fan of baby talk in general and and it's hard to say either with a straight face.

    For the people who feel strongly about it... Do you feel the same when it's applied to other breeds? "Rotties", "Dobies", "Staffies" etc. Why or why not?
     
  2. AmberH

    AmberH Good Dog Premium Member

    I personally don't mind most of them too much however, I cannot stand when people just say, "pit." It's horrible! I don't like the sound of it at all. Much like you'll never find me calling a Labrador Retriever a "Lab." But, that's just me. I guess, pit bull is a shortened name anyway so why shorten it more?
     
  3. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    I hate "pit" too. It just sounds... I dunno.... trashy? It's almost as bad as "pitt".

    It's funny, my trainer called Garp a "pittie" in class and my first thought was "Oh, I know a lot of people who would hate her for that." I think she's superb, however, and not the furmommy type at all.
     
  4. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    aaaah pibble hate it, sounds so effin stupid
     
  5. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    Why? Just stirring the pot here...
     
  6. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    I really don't care. I used to do it (Pitty).. I don't anymore, it annoys me a little for some reason, but it's a term of endearment and my opinion shouldn't ever be forced onto someone else when they are doing nothing to harm anyone/thing.

    Yes, most 'furmommies' do use those words, but many people who are responsible owners do too.

    I'm conditioned to have a negative reaction to the word "Pit". Because just about any time anyone has ever said "My Pit" talking about a dog, it's not a damn Pit Bull. Bit I still don't care.

    However, when people say it to me in person "pibble" I literally dont' know what they're talking about until they tell me PIT BULL. I always think pebble, or something else. :lol: It seems silly, but to each their own.

    I don't mind other breeds doing it either. However, in person I say the real names. I don't say Rotties, or Dobies, I say Rottweiler or Doberman. Hm, I never thought about that until now.
     
  7. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    pibble to me is just a person being slack on their enunciation. Say "pit bull" fast and comes out "pibble". Pittie is just a cuter way of saying pit, which I dont really care for. "Pit" is just harsh on the tongue. Dunno why people get so annoyed about it. Im not really bothered mcuh one way or the other. NO matter what they say--pit, pibble, pittie--I know what they are talking about.
     
  8. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    I finished reading a book by Lou Colby, a man who LOVED these dogs like few others. The book spans over 100 years of American Pit Bull History and is 192 pages long. Not once did he use any of those "nicknames" or slangs. Why should I ?? On the other hand, should I be upset if someone does ?? ... not necessarily ... I just find it laughable and often ... umm ... naive(?) (/idiotic/uninformed/ignorant/cutesy-fied/sissy/stupid/silly) ... not sure what the word is I'm truly looking for.

    I call mine "buddy" a lot though :)
     
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  9. 444

    444 Big Dog Premium Member

    I'm not fond of Pit.That's your underarm or the middle of a fruit or more specifically in this case,where matching occurs.I find Pit Bull acceptable when referencing the APBT and this breed only.

    Pibble is often used by bleeding hearts,to soften the breeds image.I find no need to sugarcoat.Know the breed,own it responsibly and there is no reason to hide its history or traits some find undesirable.I think terms like this contribute to naivete or denial.
     
  10. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    So say it's being used in reference to the shelter mutt variety? Is it still uninformed? Because those dogs are no Colbys, and they certainly aren't APBTs.

    I tend to call mine shithead. That's a term of endearment, right?

    When my trainer called him a "pittie", it was on the first day of a new class and I sort of got the impression that she may have used the nickname to subtly help put other handlers at ease. But who knows.
     
  11. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    because I associate those nicknames with know it all furmommies and i cant stand them. The breed has a name already we dont need to give them more nicknames to try to soften them up for the public
     
  12. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    So what's my dog's breed called? Cause it sure isn't APBT.
     
  13. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    mutt?
     
  14. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    Yeah, so that's my point. If the cutesy nicknames are being used to describe mutts that look like bully breeds, what's the harm?
     
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  15. hundchen

    hundchen Puppy

    I don't like 'pibble' but that is because the most annoying people on Facebook use it all the time, so I associate it with them. But they are the Pit Bull = Lab type, and that bothered me even before I really knew much about the breed, because not all dogs are the same. My dog doesn't = Lab and he is a great dog.
     
  16. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    Beret, just as the word when used, gave you an impression in the training class ... I too am given an impression when those terms are used. I suppose it varies depending on the circumstance and who uses it. But the impression is never one of breed knowledge and complete comprehension and that is the nicest way I can put it ... unless I recognize it's use PURELY and in a unique SPECIFIC situation as a very loving term of endearment ... rather than when used as a dog classification.

    While I write all that, I really don't over think it LOL
    We all asses people "at a glance". It's part of how we survive.
     
  17. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    I asked someone on instagram what a pibble is their reply was "just another name for pit bull like pitty". Thats where the harm stands with me.
     
  18. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    I hear ya Joe.

    So just to bring it up again... What about Rotties and Dobies and Staffies?
     
  19. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    mixed ??
    Bull & Terrier ??
    Beret's buddy, Garp
     
  20. hundchen

    hundchen Puppy

    I think it's the type of people associated with/ stereotyped as using it. In my case I have not come across to many 'educated' owners using pibble, but every one seems to use Rotti/Rott, Dobie/Dobe, and Staffy/ Am. Staff.

    Also, at least to me, Rotti, Dobie, and Staffy seem to make more sense and be more effective than 'pibble' as a shortening of a breed name. Also pibble to me is overly cutesy like the person is trying to hard.

    But that is just me. If more people used it, the negative connotations would go away for me probably. As I said before the only people I personally know who use it are annoying, so I am biased.

    Pit Bull or APBT is kind of a awkward name to shorten, because Pit and Pittie sound kind of unattractive too. So IDK.
     

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