Define "bred to be family dogs." Pit Bulls were originally bred with a very specific mindset, and that was the fact that this breed was very specifically bred to not only be human-friendly, but to be human-friendly the point where it was expected that a bulldog be able to be handled by any person, stranger or otherwise at any time, including and particularly when they were in the pit.. manbiters were considered to be curs and a disgrace, and were typically killed where they stood. How much more "breeding to be a family dog" do you need? Guess I should have been more respectful to the fact that my neighbor's Goldens were "bred to be family dogs" when their male raced across the street and tried to maul me. My bad..