The American Pit Bull Terrier (or American Staffordshire Terrier) has been the subject of more controversy than any other breed. Pit Bulls are strong, brave, and can endure a lot. Pit Bulls are an excellent choice for police dogs, service dogs, hunting, drug detection, search and rescue, weight-pulling and other canine occupations. They are taking over the Schutzhund contests. These are the same characteristics that make them an ideal choice for dogfighting. Pit Bull fighting has become so common in America that Pit Bulls are now strictly prohibited within the city limits. Offenders could face criminal charges. It is ironic that, despite having developed the breed, Americans are now banning it.
Contrary to popular belief Pit Bulls do not come predisposed to being vicious. Pit Bulls must be trained to be aggressive and their training methods are as brutal as torture. Pit Bulls are not the most aggressive breed, but that does not mean they are more dangerous than other dogs. For example, imagine if a Golden Retriever growled and nipped at a child. Because Golden Retrievers are so popular, this case would likely go unreported. Many people would ignore the incident, believing that the child was torturing the dog. The Pit Bull’s fame means that all cases involving them, regardless of how innocent, will be reported. This has caused a rise in Pit Bull attacks.
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Temperament 5 of 5
Pit Bulls are my favorite family pet and there are many resources to support this belief. Pit Bulls scored higher than seven most popular breeds in America: the Shih Tzu and Miniature Schnauzer as well as the Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshund. My personal experience is that I have never encountered a pit bull who was not friendly. I’m more likely to be scared of a Chihuahua, Pomeranian, or Miniature Schnauzer. I have been attacked by both a Labrador/German Shepherd and a Beagle mix, so I know that aggressive dogs can exist. It would be wrong to say all Pit Bulls can be dangerous. They are one the most caring, loving, selfless and humble breeds.
Training 5 out of 5
Pit Bulls aren’t as intelligent and can be difficult to train with consistent discipline and love. They make great pets if they are submissive. They are strong and need to learn that they can’t squish their weight to get what they want. It is not allowed to jump, lean, or pull on the dog’s leash. Socialization is important for Pit Bulls, because their hunting instincts can cause them to be aggressive towards small animals. A group obedience class can be beneficial for Pit Bulls who show signs of independence. Pit Bulls will learn quicker if they see another Pit Bull behave well in class. The training possibilities for Pit Bulls are endless once they know their place. They love to work and learn from their owners.
Grooming 3 of 5
Pit Bulls have a sleek, short coat that borders on makeinbusiness being bare-skin. Pit Bulls rarely require a bath, and they don’t need to be trimmed. Although the dog is almost maintenance-free, it doesn’t mean that your house won’t be. Pit Bulls shed an average amount of hair so after a good snuggle you will find your shirt covered in hair. Pit Bulls shouldn’t be allowed to sleep on furniture or beds. However, they should not be left lying down on hard floors as this can cause calluses. A comfortable bed for your Pit Bull should be provided in the family room. They also need a blanket-lined kennel in their bedroom.
Overall Score 5 out of 5.
American Pit Bull Terriers love to be loved, are loyal, smart, loving and amusing. Although they can be a little clumsy indoors (about an hour per day), regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce this. Pit bulls can become overweight so don’t overfeed them. They can weigh between 30-60 pounds and live for about 12 years. Pit Bulls are friendly, energetic, and happy. Pit Bulls are curious and eager to meet new people. Some people mistake their friendliness and aggression for aggression. Keep your Pit Bull under control in public places. You may need to register your Pit Bull in order to have it. Some cities might also require you to keep your Pit Bull muzzled when out and about. The appearance of muzzles can increase the fear factor of the breed. I recommend that Pit Bulls only be owned in areas where they are allowed. Pit Bull owners might have difficulty purchasing homeowner’s insurance.
When considering a Pit Bull, please do your research. This breed is best adopted from a local shelter or found on petfinder.com. Pit Bulls are one of the most neglected breeds in America. Let’s help them!