Ignorant, uneducated, misinformed..these are common phrases you will hear from Pitbull people. There is so much information on the Internet, that I find these words very inaccurate. Each person gathers information that is best useful for them personally. As you look for the type of dog that best suits you and your family, look through many resources to best understand the breeds as each account can differ.
Each breed has inherent characteristics besides the dogs individual personality. Many dogs were bred for a purpose which contributes to these inherent traits. These traits effect the dogs behavior. Take the Great Pyrenees for example. They were bred to work independent of humans. Thus this makes them not the most obedient dogs. They are runners so a 6 ft high fence and being on a leash when in the community is required. Dog shows are a good source for looking at various breeds. Talking with different breeders can give you a good perspective on possible options for a pet. When my sister was looking for a dog to show, she went to several dog shows and talked with breeders. She was really interested in the Akita but many of the breeders she spoke with encouraged her to make another choice. She finally selected the Norwegian Elk hound which was a great dog for her and her family.