I would tend to disagree with your description above (as do most animal behaviorists) in that this breed in particular is extremely quick to jump from inquiry to attack mode, not because of a playful nature, but because of its inherent instincts (which can be fettered out with skilled training). It does not attack kids through escalation of play (typically), but rather because a kid is small like another dog, and this breed (without heavy socialization and quality training) is EXTREMELY DOG AGGRESSIVE. In addition, it has an insatiable drive to clamp its jaws (like when playing tug-war), again an instinctual drive shared by many in this breeding family (like Boxers). However, Boxers were bred as Bull Baiting dogs (not to fight in dog pits), and while can be dog aggressive, are easily socialized with other dogs and are fantastic with kids. In contrast, the "PitBull" was bred to fight other dogs, and is an absolute thoroughbred at its task!z28steve said:........With that "gamey" temperment you must consider there will be other people on these trails riding. Now a pit may chase them thinking that the people are playing (gamey temperment) while in these peoples eyes, there is a huge ferocious pit bull chasing them down to kill them. There have been numerous attacks on children to which i believe this is the exact reason. Child sees dog and wants to play, dog is too big and is too rough for small child, child then turns and tries to get away, dogs gamey temp. takes over and chases, child then begins to actually fight out of fear, dog is being faught with so it fights back, child is killed and another vicious ferocious pit bull was on the hunt and killed a child is on every major news chanel.