The American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized by the AKC
The breed’s reputation is based on its recent past. Originally known as ‘the nanny dog’ for their loyalty, size, and intelligence, the height of their popularity was the end of World War I. Now that reputation has been forgotten in the horrors of being bred as a fighting dog. Its aggressive nature towards other animals remains today. However, with the proper training and the right owner the dog can quickly become a loyal, well mannered, and beloved family member.
BreedInfo.com has a great deal of praise for the breed. “They are very friendly, but not recommended for most people, because most people do not understand how to properly raise and treat a dog.”
American Pit Bulls Personality Traits
American Pit Bulls love people, and there is no doubt about it. The key to the bond is the firm hand of the Owner. By firm hand, we are not talking physically, which only enhances the aggressive nature, but a confident pack leader. Establishing and enforcing the rules of acceptable behavior is critical for ensuring the leadership role.
The breed definitely needs to be busy, or they will become destructive. So, enough exercise during the day and distractions while you are out are essential to keep you and the pup happy. The rowdy behavior is often a result of separation anxiety.
Where Would Your Pit be Comfortable?
Pits get bored. Plain and simple, so keeping the breed active and providing space to play and exercise is necessary for a happy pup. With many cities enacting bans on the “bully breeds” locating a residence takes time. Obviously, the breed does not do too well in an apartment or condo and almost requires a nearby park for exercise.
The Breed is not for everyone
Owning any dog requires a tremendous level of commitment. Taking responsibility for the training and socialization of an American Pit Bull goes way beyond the average dog owner. Before making such a commitment make sure you are the right fur parent for the breed.
Know your breeder. With its violent history, insuring the dog is properly bred is essential. Make certain the dog was bred healthy and with good intentions. Do your homework first.
The breed has a tendency to go after not only dogs but other animals as well. Insuring you have control over the animal at all times is necessary for the safety of your dog and others. You can’t rely on training, especially in an adopted animal. Are you strong enough to handle a lunging 60 lb dog?
Exercise and Fun
You will pay the price if you fail to exercise and provide mental stimulation for the dog. They get bored very easily and have been described as a “bull in a china shop” when left alone for an extended period.
Taking care of an American Pit Bull requires a special person. Even lovers of the breed note not everyone is ready for such a free spirited breed.
“Frankly, most American Pit Bull Terriers are “too much dog” for the average household. Very few people really have the knowledge or skills necessary to manage this breed, or to provide the type of activities that keep him satisfied.” Your Pure Bred Puppy.com