Adopting a pit bull may seem like a daunting task. But it most likely will be a rewarding one.
The media has certainly cast a shadow over the breed no thanks to irresponsible owners.
A responsible owner like yourself will use the resources at your disposal to raise a happy, healthy, well-mannered pit bull!
So which breed should you get? There’s so many to choose from…
Actually there aren’t. A “pit bull” is actually not a breed itself.
Breeds – Pit bull breeds are known as the American Pit Bull Terrier, The American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
- The American Pit Bull Terrier can weigh from 35-65 pounds. Its hair is short and smooth with a head proportionate to its body.
- The American Staffordshire Terrier can weigh from 65 to 90 pounds. Its hair is thick and short and has a square, muscular frame.
- The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can weigh from 25 – 40 pounds. Its hair is short and smooth and possesses a broad head.
Check out this infographic to help better understand the differences between the pit bull breeds.
Nose Colors – Different nose colors are something people have become fascinated with about pit bulls. The most common colors associated with pit bulls are black, red or blue. A Red Nose Pit Bull or a Blue Nose Pit Bull are not a different breed of pit bull. They are pit bulls just the same as any other regardless of their nose color. They are not rare breeds like many people believe, and recent popularity has increased breeding of these Pits. People may pay more for them because they like the different color noses which my drive the prices up, but they are the same breed of pit bulls, they just have different pigments.
Temperament – Pit bulls that are trained properly are big-hearted, loving, friendly pets. One huge misconception about pit bulls is they love humans. They are also identified with having aggression towards other dogs or small animals known as their prey drive. They are not associated with showing aggression towards children but on the same note, no pet should be left unsupervised with a child. Pit bulls will not “suddenly” turn on their owners.
There is nothing inside them that makes them “snap”. They may show signs of aggression like any other pet and those signs if ignored can lead to an attack. Proper pit bull obedience training is invaluable. Be sure to get our FREE eBook!
Training – Pit bulls are smart, loving, energetic, strong dogs. They are wonderful dogs to train and they will enjoy it. Supervised socialization at a young age is paramount. It is important they socialize with other puppies and dogs suited with their personality.
Frequent interaction between Pit Bulls and children and adults is vital to their training. Any behavioral aggression should be corrected at this stage to avoid any further aggression in the future. Be sure to reward them properly for good behavior and not to reward them for inappropriate behavior. Avoiding confusion early on will enable your pit bull to pick up his training quicker. Let them know who is in charge. You are the owner and leader in your home. Once your pit bull understands that, all the other training will fall into place.
How to control a Pit Bull starts with commanding respect from your Pit. After you have gained that, you will see that he will start to obey you. Try not to confuse this with any sort of harsh discipline. Harsh discipline is not needed to command respect. That’s one major thing about pit bulls you want to avoid. It will only bring on further aggression in the future.
Traits – There are many traits associated with pit bulls, positive and negative. Here are just a few.
- They are people loving, very energetic dogs
- They can show aggression to other dogs and animals
- They are very strong and muscular with a high tolerance for pain
- They require a lot of exercise and constant supervision
- They are smart, easy dogs to train who excel in agility, running and other sports
- They are poor guard dogs. They love people!
Myths – They are many myths and urban legends circulating about pit bulls. Some of them are:
- They have locking jaws
- They turn on their owners
- They are born aggressive
- They are responsible for the most attacks on humans
- Their brains continue to grow and swell driving them insane
These are all falsities and unfounded truths. We go into further detail on them in our Top 5 Pit Bull Myths article.
With the right obedience training not only you will have a well-behaved pit bull, you will have a model for all citizens, Dog citizens that is
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